(ANS - Bemaneviky) - Madagascar is one of the ten poorest countries on the planet. Far from a picture of tropical paradise, lately internationally known for the discovery of three types of the smallest primates in the world, it is a place where often the rights of children are not respected. Malagasy children face poverty in their daily lives. Fr Tomas Lukaszuk, Polish missionary, decided to evangelize using a bicycle to get around "because the bicycle is the means of transport of the poor."
(ANS - Monrovia) - One of the pastoral problems of Liberia concerns the family. The Salesians in the country are faced with a situation that sees a high number of de facto unions, children raised by a single parent, and girls who are already mothers when they should still be at school. The pastoral activity of the Salesians is also directed towards the emotional education of young people, not to mention the initiatives to promote religious activities and social works on behalf of the needy.
(ANS - Bilbao) - "In his visit to the Salesian communities of Castile and León, Catalonia, Valencia, La Rioja, Andalusia and Galicia” wrote the newspaper La Rioja, “Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, Rector Major, revealed that he had found a climate of great serenity in the Congregation, which is present in 132 countries, which is a great strength." The Rector Major was greeted everywhere by children, youth and members of the Salesian Family. "The Salesians are a great religious family,” the Rector Major reiterated, “called to do educational miracles."
(ANS - León) - The presence of the Rector Major Fr Angel Fernandez Artime in Spain has brought fresh vigour and strength. He continues to encourage the Salesians to be the "guarantors of the Salesian charism." Speaking to 55 Rectors of various Salesian Houses he invited them to dream of a future for the "young" province, studying how to ensure the presence of the Salesian charism in the Salesian works and he asked them to listen to the needs of young people and to be more proactive in faith education.