(ANS – Davao) – As the second largest island of the Philippines, Mindanao main island with adjacent islands makes up 97.530 km2 with 25 million people. It is a multi-religion and multi-cultural population, with a majority of Catholic Christians, and minorities of Muslim and Animist religions. The evangelisation of Mindanao goes back to the 16th century and in the whole country the vibrant lay-driven Catholic communities are well known for their well animated Basic Ecclesial Communities and numerous priestly and religious vocations.
(ANS - Sikasso) - "I met Father César in August 1992, when he had just arrived at the Salesian novitiate in Lomé, in Togo. He himself, as a Novice Master, came to see me at the airport. I was struck by his physical appearance: thin, athletic, he had a very simple suit and was always wearing sandals. His first words of welcome were sweet and warm, accompanied by a beautiful smile and an attentive gaze."
(ANS - Kampala) - The Salesian Family of the whole world has been touched by the message of the Rector Major of February 2019 entitled: "For 125 dollars more. The most splendid and precious money I have ever seen." This message speaks of the generosity of the young poor in Kampala and of the South Sudanese refugees who are in the refugee camp of Palabek. Here is the story of the two Salesian communities, protagonists of this generosity.
(ANS - Ouagadougou) - It's a hot day on February 15, 2019, in Nohao, in the province of Boulgou, in Burkina Faso. Three Salesians arrive at the customs office, coming from Lomé, Togo, for the Ouagadougou mission, where an armed group of guerrillas had already killed government officials. The attackers take control of the Salesians' car and call the older religious aside. The guerillas speak to each other in a low voice and lead the priest into the forest. Three shots are heard. Only the guerrillas return; they put their noisy motorcycles in motion and leave a cloud of dust behind them. And on the land of Burkina Faso lies the body of the Salesian Fr Antonio César Fernández.