(ANS - Aleppo) – Split by the front line between government forces and rebel militias, Aleppo is now a city totally torn apart by war, a dying city, a martyr city, a city that bleeds because of hatred ... Fr Pier Jabloyan, a Salesian who was born and raised in Aleppo, no longer knows how to describe his city. In a new video appeal launched by the Salesians in Aleppo Fr Jabloyan makes this request: "intensify your prayers for us especially in this Marian month".
(ANS - Madrid) – The Rector Major Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, is in Spain at present. In these days the Salesian works have stopped to listen to the words of the tenth successor of Don Bosco. "There are about 5 thousand young Galicians - and 100 thousand in the whole of Spain - being formed at the school of Saint John Bosco, the same kind of school as the one in which Pope Francis was educated" wrote the newspaper "La Voz de Galicia".
(ANS - Aleppo) - "Dear Fr Munir, Greetings from Aleppo, the dying city as it is called ... The situation in the city is very difficult and worrying". So writes Fr Pier Jabloyan, SDB, from Aleppo, to Fr Munir El Rai, the Middle East Provincial who is in Italy at present. He is reporting on the condition in the city after the latest bombing. Even the Salesians were forced to suspend activities in the Oratory to offer help to the needy on account of this "unnecessary war".
(ANS - Bangui) - The "Peace Spaces" campaign is an initiative of the Salesians to rise funds that will benefit thousands of children, adolescents and young people of the Damala and Galabadja neighbourhoods of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. The situation in the country remains difficult, but the Salesians have decided to continue their educational service, even if the problems do not stem only from the lack of economic resources, but above all from the violence. The complaints of abuse suffered by hundreds of girls continue, but education cannot wait so they have started to raise funds to create "Peace Spaces”.
(ANS - Madrid) - In the course of a really festive occasion, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, presented himself as a father, offering the appropriate word to each group he met. Meeting the 400 Salesians he spoke to them from the heart: "We have a beautiful Congregation"; "We are people of faith, with our weaknesses", but with "a common project" and "we do a lot of good."