(ANS - Rome) - The project "Salesian Solidarity with Italy: the Emergency Response to COVID-19" funded by the American government agency for international development "USAID" is about to end. For 15 months it has supported projects of upliftment of groups of vulnerable people affected by the pandemic in Italy. The Salesian network that implemented the project include: "VIS - Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo", "Salesiani per il Social Aps", "CNOS-FAP", and "Salesian Missions USA" (Salesian Mission Office based in New Rochelle, USA). The projects operated in 16 Italian regions and reached 24,480 people including teachers, girls, boys, young people, needy families, and migrants.
(ANS - Quito) – Based in Quito, the Salesian Center for Ongoing Formation in America (CSFPA) completed the first edition of the online course "With the eyes of Don Bosco", a joint formation program that lasted 5 months, for the Salesians, members of the Salesian Family and lay collaborators.
(ANS - Madrid) - Yesterday, Thursday 16 September, 2021, the Auditorium of the "Espacio Fundación Telefónica" in Madrid hosted the presentation of the "Inocencia entre rejas" (Innocence behind bars) campaign by the Salesian Mission Office "Misiones Salesianas" accompanied by the presentation of the documentary film “Libertad”, which denounces, through the example of the Pademba prison in Freetown, Sierra Leone, the situation of minors serving sentences in prisons with adults. The harsh images and testimonies of the Salesian Fr Jorge Crisafulli and of Chennor, a young man who was imprisoned in that prison as a minor, were at first shocking for the story they told, but then turned into applause for the hope they gave. Given the limitations due to the pandemic, only 100 people attended the event, but the live streaming has brought the documentary and the testimonies of the protagonists to thousands of people around the globe.
Pakistan - "With these sparks of hope, the mission and future of Pakistan are bright": interview with Fr Gabriel Cruz
(ANS - Lahore) - The Salesian Fr Gabriel Cruz is the Provincial Delegate of Pakistan, a Delegation that belongs to the Southern Philippine Province (FIS). The Salesian house was founded in 1999, but was erected as a Delegation only in 2015. There are two houses: one on the border with Afghanistan, in the city of Quetta, and another on the border with India, in the city of Lahore. Fr Cruz tells ANS about his experience in Pakistan, about his contact with a cheerful culture and with many young people who appreciate the commitment of the Salesian missionaries.
Ecuador – “Living in harmony with Jesus”: the challenge that brought the Salesian Family together
(ANS - Quito) - A total of 329 people took part in the XIIIth Meeting of the Salesian Family (SF) in Ecuador, which was held online for the second consecutive year. From 17-19 September, 2021, the various groups of the SF gathered under the theme of the Strenna 2021: «Moved by hope. "Behold, I am making all things new" (Rev 21:5)». For this edition, the themes and reflection were aimed at the challenge of formulating a charismatic educational-pastoral response of the Salesian Family in a context of hope and encounter for young people and their families.
United States – "Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world": International Day of Peace
(ANS - New Rochelle) - "Salesian Missions", the Salesian Mission Office based in New Rochelle, joins the celebrations for the International Day of Peace, observed on 21 September each year with the aim of fostering the ideals of peace among the people. The theme chosen for 2021 is: “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. The theme focuses on how we can help people recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, build resilience, and transform the world into a fairer, more inclusive, and healthier place.