(ANS - Yaoundé) - Sad news has been emerging from Cameroon for years: clashes, deaths, poverty, misery ... In 2020 it is expected that the country will face one of the worst humanitarian crises in its history. According to the United Nations, Cameroon is facing a "double humanitarian crisis": hunger, on the one hand, and political problems on the other. The UN estimates that 4.4 million people will need humanitarian aid in 2020 and that children and adolescents will be the ones who suffer most.
(ANS - Lima) - The first Salesian festive oratory in Peru was inaugurated in the populous San Lazaro district of Lima, today called Rímac, in 1891, the same year in which the Salesians arrived in the country. Thousands of young people passed through that oratory. Hundreds of Salesians came from many parts of the world and testified to the presence of the first Peruvian Salesian, the venerable Msgr. Ortiz Arrieta, today in the process of beatification and canonization. After more than a century, Martín Martinez has passed through these courtyards and will soon be ordained a diocesan priest, but confesses that his Salesian heart is always present in his formation.
(ANS – Rome) – The long-awaited revised version of the “Salesian Rector’s Manual” will be released during General Chapter 28 (GC28) in a limited edition. The Manual will be made available to the members of the Chapter in various languages, and after the Chapter to the whole Congregation. This will permit the insertion of any major changes that GC28 might promulgate regarding the figure of the Rector, the Salesian community, and most especially the sharing of the mission with lay people.
(ANS - Rome) - On the evening of January 24, the Feast of St. Francis de Sales and the day of the monthly commemoration of Mary Help of Christians, God called upon Fr Francesco Maraccani, SDB, former Secretary General and Procurator General of the Congregation. His was a life lived in intelligent and generous dedication at the service of young people, of the Salesians and of the Congregation.
(ANS - San Benito Petén) - Blocked on the traditional border between Guatemala and the Mexican state of Chiapas, on the Suchiate River, the Central American migrants, mostly Hondurans, who are part of the new caravan, are looking for alternative ways to try to enter Mexico and are passing through the Petén department in northern Guatemala with the intent to pass through the Mayan forest and enter the Mexican state of Tabasco.
(ANS – Melbourne) – Aside from the 240+ SDB delegates and observers to General Chapter 28 in Valdocco (Feb 16-Apr 4, 2020) the Rector Major has also invited 18 young adults (3rd week) and 11 lay mission partners (after the election week). Lauren Hichaaba is also part of this group, who since 2007 shares the Salesian mission together with the Sons of Don Bosco in Australia.