(ANS - Rome) - "To what extent are we prepared to take on other people's suffering, limiting our own lifestyle to make room for those in need?" This is the question some of the Salesian Cooperators in central Italy asked themselves. Their answer was that in the face of the horrors of war it is worth facing the bureaucratic complications and difficulties to restore serenity and dignity to those who are seeking help.
(ANS - Rome) - On the occasion of United Nations Earth Day (22 April) the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, supports and endorses the Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change, directed by religious and spiritual leaders to world leaders. With this gesture the Rector Major wants to remind us that care for creation is to be seen as a moral issue and he encourages the Salesians and Salesian Family members to work for the adoption of consistent behaviour and education for the protection of "our common home." (Laudato Si’, 1).
(ANS - Manta) - On 21 April a new 6.2 ° earthquake was recorded off the coast of Ecuador. The earth continues to shake, so along with the grief over the loss of loved ones people cannot find serenity and peace. The Provincial Fr Jorge Molina arrived in Manta to see the situation. "I came to be with my brother Salesians,” he explained. “It will not be easy to rebuild, but we will be here to help and to respond to the most important human needs."
(ANS - Jarudori) - The Travelling Missionary Support Programme is one of the initiatives of the Salesian Mission in Mato Grosso (Campo Grande Province). Its aim is to support the work of the Salesians who work in missions among the natives, especially with the ethnic groups, the Xavantes and Bororo. On 4 April, a team from the programme, made up of the Salesian Brothers Ludwig Würstle and Mario Bordignon and the technician Osmar Paulino Guarienti Bezerra, drilled a well 30 metres deep and built hydraulic and electrical systems in the Bororo village of Jarudori near Poxoréu.
(ANS - Esmeralda) - It's been five days since the terrible earthquake in Ecuador. There are people under the rubble. And in the midst of so much misery, the land of Ecuador is still trembling. The earthquake has caused 525 deaths and over 4,000 injured, fulfilling the worst predictions of the experts. The hypocentre of the earthquake has been identified off the coast of Esmeraldas, at a depth of 10 km. The Salesians continue to work without a break.