(ANS - Freetown) - Pademba Prison in Freetown was built in 1937 to house 300 prisoners. Since then, nothing has changed in its facilities, except for the fact that it now hosts 2,000 prisoners crammed into unhygienic cells. The Salesians are the only institution that works with detainees, even today, when fear for Covid-19 led to a riot that ended in unrest, fires, and deaths among the detainees.
(ANS - Lisbon) - To offer concrete modes of implementation to the Educational Proposal of the Salesian Schools, the "Fundação Salesianos" - expression of the Salesian Province of Portugal - promotes an online seminar starting today, 1 July, and ending Thursday 16 July: "Formare SalesianaMENTE". It includes synchronous and individual work sessions.
(ANS - Castelvetrano) - Reserve and pragmatism, welcome and denunciation, dialogue and action: Fr Baldassarre Meli was a man of many facets. He passed away last Saturday, June 27, in Castelvetrano. Originally from Aragona, in the Agrigento area, he became Salesian in 1960 and was ordained a priest in 1971. For 17 years, from 1986 to 2003, he was the soul of the work "Santa Chiara" in Palermo, fighting on the front line in welcoming migrants and in defense of children's rights.
Hong Kong – Invitation to join Don Bosco’s dream
(ANS – Hong Kong) – The Salesian presence in Hong Kong, which began in 1927, looks to the future by recovering the treasure of its past, that is, first of all, the charismatic service to the neediest young people. In this interview, the young indigenous Salesian priest Fr Carlos Cheung illustrates the peculiarities of the Salesian mission in the special administrative regions of China in Hong Kong and Macao.
FALLING STARS FORCE US TO LOOK AT THE SKY
We would spend hours, as children, with eyes that searched the dark sky to catch and surprise falling stars. They said to us, "When you see a falling star, make a wish." But it is always sad to see a star that detaches itself from the sky and falls. Where do falling stars go?
Bolivia – First online graduation ceremony at Salesian University of Bolivia
(ANS - Cochabamba) – On July 3, with the virtual participation of 37 new professionals from the city of Cochabamba, their families, friends and the whole Salesian community of the country and of Latin America, the Salesian University of Bolivia (USB) celebrated its first online graduation ceremony, this via the official USB Facebook page.
Italy – Agricultural Technical Institute of Lombriasco: 360° salesianity
(ANS - Lombriasco) - At the gates of Turin, in the land of Don Bosco, there is a Salesian institute that keeps alive the rich Salesian tradition of agricultural schools: the Salesian agricultural school of Lombriasco. In this particular school year, marked by the pandemic and distance learning, the institute has maintained its role as an educational environment of excellence and, indeed, has launched itself forward with courage in the name of innovation, of experimentation and solidarity.