(ANS - Seville) - They were seven dizzy days for the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, in the Spanish Province of Mary Help of Christians (SMX). His visit lasted from Saturday 7 May to Friday 13 May. He did a marathon of almost 1,500 kilometres by road and this tested his stamina. The result: a Gold Medal for fatherliness, friendliness and fraternity.
(ANS – Rome) – Although in his lifetime Don Bosco accepted 7 parishes, he was always considered the parish priest of poor and abandoned boys who were parishless. In fact, the Oratory in Valdocco was “a parish which evangelises”. It is no surprise that in not too distant past the parish apostolate was not seen as a typical Salesian apostolate. It was the 19th General Chapter which acknowledged the parish as the place for “an exemplary care for the youth community” (GC19, IX, 3).
(ANS - Rome) - A new twenty-four-hour truce was declared in Syria just a few hours ago. This follows several days of fighting that left nearly 300 dead, mostly civilians. In this context of extreme suffering, Fr Alejandro León, a Salesian missionary in the Middle East, has given his view of what is happening in Aleppo.
(ANS – Nairobi) – The Salesians of Don Bosco East Africa Province (AFE) have been operating in East Africa since 1980, namely in Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan and South Sudan. Sudan and South Sudan together is a semi-independent entity of the Province. To date there are 28 institutions in the Province. These institutions serve the youth through various activities such as technical schools, secondary schools, parishes, youth centers and refugees in Kakuma refugee camp.
By Fr Gianni Rolandi