(ANS - Turin) - A shed in the courtyard at Valdocco: it was here in 1846, in the heart of Turin suffering from social inequality, that Don Bosco founded his first oratory. In this same place (albeit now greatly changed) more than a century and a half later stands the headquarters of "Don Bosco Missions", committed to supporting Salesian works in the five continents.
(ANS - Fianarantsoa) - Fr Giuseppe Miele is a Salesian missionary who has been working for over 30 years in Madagascar. Currently he is located in Fianarantsoa, as Rector of the formation house for young Salesians. From there he tells us about the work and some of the fruits of the Salesian work among the neediest young people of that country.
(ANS - Luanda) - "Voluntary service is the act of donating one’s time and personal knowledge to promote the community or society in which one lives, through actions that are not paid, but have an important value in themselves, for the community and for one’s neighbour. If we do all this for love of God ... then we have said it all." So writes the Provincial of the Salesians in Angola, Fr Victor Luis Sequeira at the launch of the photographic book "Cuando amas das ..." (When you give, you love ...). The book is by a volunteer photojournalist, Evangelina Martínez, from the Argentine.
(ANS – Bukavu) – The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a country of contrasts: it is very large, with an area of 2,300,000 km², and yet it is scarcely populated, with a density of 30 inhabitants per km²; it is very rich in natural resources, but with mainly a very poor, or rather an “impoverished” population. In the last 20 years there have been from 5 to 6 million people killed because of the wars; destitution, hunger, diseases and exploitation are daily experiences to many, and yet the people often smile and show, whenever they can, their joy and will of living.