(ANS – Rome) – “My mother having been raised from the age of 5 to 14 in what was then Mary Help of Christians Orphanage in North Haledon, N.J., loved the Rosary. Later, now married and with kids (six), she would often have us stay together after supper to say the Rosary as a family. My Protestant father, just back from bearing the heat of the day working at Ploch Farms in Clifton, was there of course. Invariably, one of the intentions she announced would be ‘that Daddy become a Catholic.’ Of course all eyes went to Daddy. What did he feel like sitting right there?”
(ANS - Rome) - An International Day to focus on the theme of poverty, to remember that millions of people are in fact banned from living with dignity, that it is necessary to act soon and to work as a community to eradicate poverty from the face of the earth. On this occasion, some shocking situations.
(ANS – Chuncheon) – Within the fast changing and ageing society of South Korea one of the youth main needs is without doubt a counselling. Children and teenagers find very few people who listen to them both in their families as well in the highly competitive school education system. Also the increasing youth violence and suicide attempt rate in South Korea does foster need of more systematic and dedicated counselling center. Salesian Family members (especially SDB, FMA sisters and Salesian Cooperators) invested in past 15 year a lot of energies in this field.
(ANS - Rome) – On October 12, 1717, exactly 300 years ago, the discovery of the statue of Our Lady, which gave birth to the devotion to the Virgin of Aparecida, took place at Porto Itaguaçu, in today's state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Since then, the Brazilian people have always grown up in loyalty and filial love towards their Patroness.