(ANS – Rapolo) – Fr Valeriano Barbero, SDB, is a pioneer of the mission in Papua New Guinea. The Salesian mission was launched in 1980 by Fr Valeriano Barbero, Fr Rolando Fernandez and Salesian brother Joseph Kramar. They started their work in Araimiri. Fr Barbero recently celebrated his 80th birthday and is now building spacious dormitories for students at the Don Bosco Agro-Ed Complex, Vunabosco, Rapolo. He shares here his spirituality and love for Our Blessed Mother that have been his source of strength and courage, especially when things were difficult.
(ANS - Rome) - In his words to the Synod of Bishops on young people, the Rector Major highlighted several themes: that the Church is not only made up of parishes, but also of many structures that welcome, educate and accompany; the need to include young foreigners in communities; the need for fatherhood and motherhood of many young people. With its activities in favor of Unaccompanied Foreign Minors (UFM), the "Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco" represents an exemplary model on all three issues.
(ANS - Rome) - World Youth Day 2018, celebrated Sunday 21 October, even as the Synod of Bishops on young people was taking place, focuses precisely on young people as heralds of the faith: "Together with the young, let us bring the Gospel to all" is the chosen motto. For the Salesian Family - always characterized by missionary longing, and strongly convinced that there is no one better than a young person to accompany another young person to Christ - it is a message and a day that give new impetus to the apostolate.
(ANS - Surat Thani) – Almost half of the 92 SIHM Sisters (Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Thailand-Cambodia), founded by late Salesian Bishop Gaetano Passoti, are contributing to the building of Catholic communities and witnessing in the most southern part of Thailand, in Surat Thani diocese (Bishop Joseph Prathan, SDB).