(ANS - Buenos Aires) - In the Gospel according to Luke, the first and last words that Jesus pronounces during his life refer to the Father (2,49; 23,46). No wonder: the two have a special relationship! He is "the" Son (Mt 11,27; Mk 13,32; Lk 10,22; Jn 5:19) and the Father is "his" (Mt 16,17; Lk 22,29; Jn 5,17). Christ is so sure of being the only Son, loved and chosen by the Father (Mt 3,17; Mk 1,11; Lk 3,22; Jn 10,17) that, with unusual familiarity, he calls him "Abbà" (Mk 14, 36): “Dad”.

(ANS – New Rochelle) – When the global COVID-19 pandemic struck and countries began lockdowns, Salesian missionaries around the globe went into action ensuring that those who were impacted in their local communities had the food and hygiene supplies they needed. Missionaries also quickly began to shift how they worked with poor children and their families, including working to provide education online when possible. To aid these efforts, significant funding was needed.

(ANS – New Rochelle) – Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and the international community in celebrating World Environment Day held annually on June 5. This year, World Environment Day marks the official launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a 10-year drive to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide. The initiative will “draw together political support, scientific research and financial muscle to scale up restoration and revive millions of hectares of land and marine ecosystems.” Salesian missionaries have an ongoing focus on the environment in their organizations around the globe. And in honor of World Environment Day, Salesian Missions is proud to highlight Salesian green and restoration efforts in countries around the globe.

(ANS – New Rochelle) – The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, recognized on June 4 each year since its United Nations designation in 1982, affirms the commitment by the UN and the international community to protect the rights of children. This work is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history. Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and the international community in honouring that day and remember what Salesian missionaries do in more than 130 countries around the globe work to ensure that all youth know their rights, are able to fully participate in their communities, and receive the support they need in the aftermath of trauma and abuse.

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