(ANS - Rome) - For many people, October 5th is a date like any another. But like every year since 1994, October 5 is World Teachers' Day, and this year's theme was: "Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers." And what are the Salesians doing in 132 countries? What Don Bosco, Father and Teacher of Youth, taught all his life: educating.
(ANS – Aleppo) – Despite difficulties and the possibility of emigrating, Rania Salouji, a 40-year-old Christian in Aleppo and her family. Neither the violence of war and fear for an increasingly uncertain future, nor the two-month and half captivity of her husband by an extremist group specialised in abductions for ransom, or what she calls her "most difficult time", the death of a child at a catechism school killed by a rocket, were able to get them to leave.
The transmission of faith presupposes that parents live the real experience of trust in God, seeking Him, needing Him, because only in this way 'one generation narrates your works to another, announces your accomplishments.' (Sal 144, 4) (p 33)
(ANS - Miti) - There are three maternal orphans abandoned by their fathers; there is Bora, a young woman who has faced more challenges in her 28 years than most people live through in an entire lifetime; there are the Bambuti Pygmies who, while being the region's oldest inhabitants, when Kahuzi Biega National Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, were expelled and now live on the margins: there are, alas, many poor people living in rural areas near Bukavu where the Salesian missionary Fr Piero Gavioli and Lydie Masoka, a Salesian Cooperator, are working as best as they can to help give a future to the area's children and most vulnerable teens.