(ANS - Rome) - It was on 24 June 1870, in fact, when a well-known story happened: Carlo Gastini and a group of the first past pupils of Valdocco went to visit Don Bosco to congratulate him on the day he celebrated his name day. They gave him coffee cups to thank him for the education and love received. It was on that occasion that Don Bosco first spoke to his boys as "Past Pupils". And from that first group arose and spread a movement today that is vast and present all over the world.
(ANS - Lisbon) - Only a few months remain until the next General Chapter of the Salesian Congregation, whose main theme will be the profile of the Salesian for today's youth. Sister Rosa Teixeira, of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, wrote an answer to this question.
(ANS - Madrid) - They can't go to school, they barely have time to eat, they don't even rest on weekends and they don't know what it's like to play with other children. This is the life that 158 million children around the world lead, victims of child labor who should, instead, be at school and in the playground rather than employed doing adult activities. Without considering that, in almost half of the cases (73 million) they are engaged in activities dangerous to their health. Pope Francis, recalling the World Day against the Exploitation of Child Labor, writes: "Children must be able to play, study and grow up in a peaceful environment. Woe to those who suffocate in them the joyful impulse of hope!"
(ANS - Lubumbashi) - A simple walk along the main streets of Lubumbashi has one see a phenomenon that is simply shocking: the massive presence of minors, male and female, who wander about here and there. But what are they doing in the streets? Why does the street replace the family today?