(ANS - Antananarivo) - Madagascar is also still struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic. Not only because the new coronavirus has infected 15,925 people with 216 victims in the country, but also because the lack of international tourists due to the blocking of flights and travel has generated enormous problems for the tourism industry and all the related activities it generates. Faced with this situation, the Salesians have worked out a detailed plan to help, as far as possible, the people most in need, starting with those closest to their environments.
(ANS - Mumbai) - A group of children from a slum located near Mumbai, with the mobile phone of one of their parents, hunger in their bellies and enthusiasm in their hearts, reinvented Don Bosco's oratory at the time of Covid-19: 4 or 5 very young people gave birth to the “Don Bosco E-Oratory” of Navi Mumbai, an online oratory whose beneficiaries are scattered throughout various states of India. Every day there are about 250 children and young people who "attend", even thousands of kilometers away from each other.
RMG – In conversation with the General Councilor for Formation, Fr Ivo Coelho
(ANS - Rome) - The 28th General Chapter confirmed Fr Ivo Coelho in his position as General Councilor for Formation, to which he was called in 2014. After six years of activity, he still has important objectives that he intends to pursue to promote the quality of formation of today's Salesians. Today he illustrates the path followed and the prospects for the future.
RMG - Online meeting of the Salesian publishers of America
(ANS - Rome) - From 17 to 19 September 2020 the meeting of the Salesian publishers of the America South Cone and Interamerica regions took place via videoconference. It brought together those in charge for the sector from Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Chile, Argentina. The event was chaired by Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos, General Councilor for Social Communication, with presentations by Fr Hugo Orozco, Councilor for the Interamerica Region, and Fr Gabriel Romero, Councilor for the America South Cone Region. Also present was Marta Palomares, coordinator of the Salesian publishers in Europe.
Italy – Simply priests
(ANS - Rome) - On 15 September 1993, in Palermo, Fr Pino Puglisi was brutally killed by the mafia. A symbolic coincidence, on the same day of this year Fr Roberto Malgesini was killed. Fr Puglisi was bothersome because he distanced young people from the world of crime, removed from the street those boys who, without his help, would have been sucked into the life of organized crime, used for small robberies and drug dealing. Fr Malgesini had always been involved in helping people in difficulty, the poorest people. For years he translated the Christian message into practice, bringing breakfast to the poor, accompanying them to doctors himself, managing the municipal canteen and dormitory, welcoming people, mainly migrants.