(ANS - Bukavu) - Last year he celebrated 60 years of religious profession; on 5 April 2020, his 45 years of priestly ordination; and the year to come will be the 55th since his first arrival in Congo: Fr Piero Gavioli, an Italian Salesian, has spent a life in missions for the young and poor Africans. Looking at these anniversaries, he says: “These are important moments to thank the Lord who guided me with patience and fidelity, and to entrust my future to Him, sure that, as Fr Egidio Viganò said, our future will be greater than our past.”
(ANS - Kiev) - The Ukrainian population continues to be crushed by the economic crisis, by the lack of food and now also by the coronavirus pandemic, always keeping in mind the repercussions of the ongoing conflict in the east of the country. From 25% to 45% of citizens are no longer able to provide for their own humanitarian needs; to respond to this dramatic situation, the Greek-Catholic Church has launched the "Feed the poor" initiative. The Salesian Fr Maksym Ryabukha, Vicar of the Ukrainian Vice Province (UKR) and Director of the Salesian House in Kiev, talks about the initiative of the Church and the social context.
(ANS - Rome) - To deepen the contents of the 28th General Chapter (GC28), the Conference of the Salesian Provinces of Italy (CISI) - Formation Sector - and the "Opera Tabernacoli Viventi" Study Center organized a course of online meetings. Today, Fr Francesco Marcoccio, Vicar and Delegate for Formation of the Central Italy Circumscription (ICC) illustrates it for us in detail.
(ANS - Manila) - In the "St John Bosco" Province of the Northern Philippines (FIN), the tradition of celebrating a "Mission Month" from 11 October to 11 November has existed for years. Today Fr Jose Armando Cortez, aka Fr Ding among his brothers, the FIN Provincial Delegate for Missionary Animation, speaks of this and of missionary animation in the Province.