(ANS - Cádiz) - A group of seven pupils of the Electrical Vocational Training of the Salesians of Cadiz won second prize in a national energy efficiency competition. During the school year the pupils created a project for energy efficiency which was presented to the Schneider Electric company competition.
(ANS - Quito) - Joy, hugs, tears and greetings between parents and children are what took place at the temple of Lumbisí in Quito, just minutes after the Eucharist of the missionary expedition this past 27 August. There were 57 young volunteers in two ranks who, forcefully, made their pledge: "Volunteers, we are life and hope."
(ANS - Freetown) - On August 14 a violent landslide caused by torrential rains swept Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. According to local authorities, the number of deaths is about 1,000, but a definitive figure seems unlikely to be tallied. Two weeks after another flood, again due to heavy rainfall, it fell onto a suburb of the capital, causing a thousand deaths, including hundreds of children. Many people are still missing. The Don Bosco Fambul Center immediately took on the responsibility of welcoming and protecting children.
(ANS - Bratislava) – For the first time in the Congregation's history, a Slovak Salesian will be beatified. In Bratislava, a month from now, on September 30, Fr Titus Zeman will be proclaimed blessed. A martyr of communism, he rescued about twenty clerics and priests accompanying them in their walk across the border to Turin in Italy, why the Czechoslovak Communist regime arrested, tortured and tried him as a traitor to the homeland and a spy for the Vatican, sentencing him to 25 years in the country's toughest prisons, the cause of his death.
(ANS – Makati City) – We, Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) of the Philippine North Province (FIN) are deeply saddened by the spate of killings that have been going on in the recent past. Being at the forefront of youth pastoral ministry in the world and in the Church, our sadness turns to alarm given the disturbing and undeniable reality that many of those who have been killed recently are vulnerable young people, in the hands of those sworn and duty-bound by law to protect the common good, and to safeguard the same young people from their own—and other adults’—possible wicked ways.