(ANS - Calulo) - José Simon Galarza was born in Argentina. In 1970, as a student, he had the blessing of meeting a Salesian educator, Brother Andrés Rafael Randisi. "This Salesian put in my heart the seed of service. Now, after many years I went to Angola to meet him and get to know his silent missionary work."
(ANS - Natal) - "When I was a teenager thinking about my future I imagined myself as a psychologist or a lawyer. When I was 22 I found a photo of a girl in Latin America that touched me deeply. Her sad eyes seemed to ask: 'Who will take care of me?'. Instinctively, my heart said, 'do not worry, little one, I'll take care of you'. And since then my life has not been the same." Fr James Begni is a Salesian missionary in Brazil working among children and young people just as he had dreamed.
(ANS - Rijeka) - The Salesians have been in Croatia since 1914. The country has experienced great changes in this period, with the dictatorship, the war of independence, and so on. The testimony of Fr Goran Antunovic, 32 year-old Salesian working in Rijeka (Fiume), provides an overview of the current situation.
(ANS - Wau) - This is not the first time that the Sons of Don Bosco pay for their missionary service to those most in need by being deprived of their freedom. Today it is Father Uzhunnalil who has been abducted because of his consistent witness to the Gospel. Before him, however, in 1985, the same thing happened to an Indian missionary, also from Kerala, working at the time in Sudan. He was kidnapped and remained a prisoner for over 500 days, but was eventually released. Now he describes his experience, while all the Salesian world hopes that soon Fr Uzhunnalil’s story will have a similar ending.