(ANS - Batatais) - Bishop Pedro Casaldáliga, 92, prelate emeritus of São Félix, State of Mato Grosso, belonging to the Congregation of the missionaries Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians), passed away on Saturday 8 August in Batatais, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Fr Casaldáliga, born in Balsareny, Catalonia, prelate of São Félix from 1971 to 2005, was a well-known bishop and a point of reference for his battles in favor of human rights, indigenous rights and creation.
Fuerte Olimpo, Paraguay - July 2020 - In the Apostolic Vicariate of Chaco Paraguayo, entrusted to the care of the Salesian Msgr. Gabriel Narciso Escobar Ayala, the Social Ministry has already launched two projects for the social development of poor families since the end of 2019: the sheep project, aimed at women, and sustainable gardens for men, both supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Breeding and the NGO "Manos Unidas". The first project involved the delivery of two female sheep per family and a pair of rams per village. In the communities of Virgen Santísima, Abundancia Los Tomarajos, the animals were delivered between 21 and 24 July.
The project for sustainable gardens was articulated, instead, through the supply and installation of shading nets, agricultural tools and seeds, and despite the scarce rains, they already allow the local population to see the fruits of their sacrifices.
Both projects have filled the communities with hope.
(ANS - Manaus) - In Brazil, the pandemic is still advancing with great strides: almost 1.5 million infected and 61,884 confirmed victims. Unfortunately, the official data in the second country most severely hit by Covid-19 is not a complete picture of the Brazilian situation.
(ANS - Temuco) - Archbishop Héctor Vargas Bastidas, SDB, Bishop of Temuco and Head of Indigenous Pastoral Care of the Chilean Episcopal Conference (CECh), in an interview published by the Diario Austral of the city of Temuco on Sunday 21 June, referred to announcements and promises made to the indigenous world that have remained unfulfilled. He also spoke of the preparation of the National Day of Indigenous Peoples, celebrated June 24th.
(ANS - Nova Xavantina) - As in the entire Amazon region, the Indigenous people of Brazil are among - or segments of - the population most at risk for coronavirus. The Indigenous people of this area live far from hospitals and often have very few basic infrastructures, no specialist assistance, few medicines. The only thing left for the Salesian missionaries to do is "prevent" contagion and the risk of death. To achieve this, they have produced a video in the Salesian spirit.
(ANS - Manaus) - There are areas of the world that are objectively marginal compared to the great economic and demographic flux, but which equally enter the whirlwind of global events. It occurred for the Amazon in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic: thus emerge the subtle, but decisive interconnection channels, those highlighted in the encyclical "Laudato Sì" of 2015 and in the Pan-Amazonian Synod of 2019.
Vietnam – New Councilor for East Asia-Ocenia: "to serve the poorer, respond to urgent needs of poor young people is my dream and challenge"
(ANS - Ho Chi Minh City) - He did not participate in the 28th General Chapter and due to the Covid-19 restrictions, he still resides in Vietnam. But as regards his new position Fr Joseph Nguyen Thinh Phuoc, the new Councilor for the East Asia-Oceania region, has very clear ideas. And today he illustrates them to us.
Italy – 150th anniversary of birth of Fr Pietro Ricaldone
(ANS - Mirabello Monferrato) – Being celebrated - in addition to the centenary of the birth of Fr Egidio Viganò, VII Successor of Don Bosco at the head of the Salesian Congregation - is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Fr Pietro Ricaldone. Rector Major from 1932 to 1951, he was born in Mirabello Monferrato on July 27, 1870. For this occasion, his hometown remembered him with two days of celebration.
Brazil – The great meeting: Don Bosco and ECA's 30 years
(ANS - San Paolo) - Education is a thing of the heart, said Don Bosco. It is an extremely appropriate paradigm to celebrate the 30 years of the Statute of the Child and Adolescent (ECA, in Portuguese), a set of rules of the Brazilian legal system aimed at the integral protection of children and adolescents, which in July celebrated its thirtieth anniversary.