(ANS - Goma) - The Councilor for the Africa-Madagascar Region, Fr Américo Chaquisse, is on an Extraordinary Visitation from 17 August to 27 November in the Salesian Province of Central Africa (AFC). From 2 to 20 September, he visited the eastern part of the country. Defying the threat of the Ebola virus in Kivu, he crossed hills and valleys to bring comfort to the Salesians also on behalf of the Rector Major.
(ANS - San Benito Petén) - Psalm 9 expresses the conviction of many people: "the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever", and presents itself with an incredible timeliness. The psalmist describes in a real way the lives of millions of people living in this world. According to UN-Habitat, the UN agency for human settlements, nearly a billion people live in slums and in inadequate housing. Pope Francis observes that many poor people wander from one part of the city to the other, hoping to find a job, a house, and that every possibility offered to them becomes a ray of light. That light has come to the Parish of San Benito Petén, thanks to the construction of 22 houses for the poor.
(ANS - Madrid) - "It is not just about migrants" is the motto of the 2019 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which the Church celebrates this Sunday, September 29th. The goal of this day is to raise awareness of the reception of migrants and refugees who "are not a danger, but a help that enriches us", as the bishops of the Episcopal Commission on Migration recall in their message of the day. There is also an appeal to eradicate and prevent situations of vulnerability or disregard for human rights.
(ANS - Jaen) - "We cannot encourage a path of fidelity and mutual self-giving," writes Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia, "without encouraging the growth, strengthening and deepening of conjugal and family love." In this perspective, from August 19th to 24th, in the Sierra de Cazorla (Jaén), a group of 80 people, composed of 18 families, 5 animators and a Salesian of Don Bosco, lived a family camp for the second consecutive year, an experience of being Salesian, family, joyful, formative and spiritual entitled "the magic of the family."
(ANS - Rome) - One of the most brutal massacres carried out by the Nazi SS in Europe during the Second World War was that consummated around Monte Sole, in the territories of Marzabotto, Grizzana Morandi and Monzuno, commonly known as the "Massacre of Marzabotto" (Bologna). Among the victims there were several priests and religious, including Salesian Fr Elia Comini. October 1st marks the 75th anniversary of his martyrdom.