(ANS - Dakar) - More than 300 children and adolescents between 5 and 17 years of age play sports and learn values thanks to the two socio-sports schools that the Real Madrid Foundation has set up in Senegal together with "Misiones Salesianas", Madrid's Salesian Mission Office. The “Don Bosco” schools in Thies and Tambacounda host the sports facilities and most of the project's participants come from the Salesian centers. They are two more good examples of education through sport within the 21 socio-sports schools that are part of this sports-educational collaboration for the benefit of children.
(ANS - Corumbá) - Archbishop Segismundo Martínez Álvarez, SDB, bishop emeritus of the diocese of Corumbá, in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, died yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 21 April. Hospitalized since March 28, he too was a victim of Covid-19. The funeral is scheduled in the shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians in Corumbá, today, Thursday, at 10 am local time, presided over by Msgr. Dimas Lara Barbosa, Archbishop of Campo Grande and President of the Brazilian Episcopal Conference - West Region 1.
(ANS - Santa Cruz) - “Techo Pinardi” (Pinardi Roof) is an Orientation and Treatment Center for adolescents living in city streets. Belonging to the “Don Bosco - Santa Cruz Project”, it is a house that welcomes minors who want to try a different path, one away from the street. Most of them left their homes because they suffered violence or abandonment by their parents and sought an alternative family environment on the road, where, however, they easily found themselves lost and headed for dangerous paths. “What we are trying to build is this welcoming family and a place of opportunity,” said Paolo Trevisanato, head of “Techo Pinardi”.
(ANS - Rome) - With deep sadness in their hearts, but with the certainty of faith in the resurrection, the Salesians of Venezuela announce that on Friday 16 April, due to Covid-19, Fr Bruno Masiero (81 years old), former Provincial in the years between 1996 and 2002, and Luigi Verdecchia (78) passed away. Both Salesians, born in Italy, had been present in the country for over 55 years and had recently celebrated their 50th anniversary of priesthood. In the same period, and again because of Covid-19, the Province of Peru also announced the departure of Fr Yul Soto, 55, Delegate for Missionary Animation.
(ANS – Ruteng) – On Friday morning, 16 April 2021, Fr Yohanes Boedi Soerjonoto, Provincial Economer, and Fr Paulus Anggara Rarasta, Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry, finished their five-day exploration in the Diocese of Ruteng. The area of the Diocese occupies the west part of Flores Island. The island itself is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia whose eastern part was hit by a cyclone and flash floods recently. The trip is a follow-up to the invitation of the Bishop, Mgr. Siprianus Hormat, for SDB Indonesia to open a work in the diocese.
(ANS – Rango) – “When I complete the training, I will be able to buy clothes, body lotion, and therefore it will help me to strive for my development.” The Single Mothers of Rango in the Southern Province of Rwanda, Huye District, receive education and training with the help of the Salesians of Don Bosco.