(ANS - Santiago) - Tomàs, a 14-year-old boy, is hungry and is scared. For three months, since leaving home for fear of a violent uncle, he has spent his nights on the streets of Santiago. He can't ask the police for help because he was caught stealing to eat, and drug dealers and gang leaders seem to be his only friends - but their generosity has a price. Like Tomás, there are plenty of minors abandoned and alone along the Santiago streets. It is for these kids that the "Fundación Don Bosco" and Microsoft are working together to track them down and give them a second opportunity.
(ANS - Rome) - For the Church, October represents a "missionary month". The missionary dimension is manifested from day one, with the liturgical memory of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Patroness of the Missions and Doctor of the Church, and then reaches its peak on the third Sunday of the month, with World Mission Day. But October 2019 is special, because Pope Francis proclaimed it "an extraordinary missionary month".
(ANS - São Paulo) - The educators of the Salesian Youth Center "Don Bosco" in Alto da Lapa, São Paulo, held a meeting on a topic that cannot be ignored: "adolescent depression and suicide". The number of suicides is high, growing rapidly each year. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that "every 40 seconds, a person takes his own life" and that "more than 800,000 people commit suicide each year"; and concludes: "Over the past 45 years, suicide rates have risen 60% worldwide."
(ANS – New Rochelle) – It is said Catholic and Salesian schools ought to be “places of evangelization.” That’s a daunting task considering the large number of students of other faiths in our schools and the growing challenges to the faith education of present-day young Catholics.