(ANS - Bamberg) - The goal of "Zirkus Giovanni" (Circus John, in honour of St John Bosco) is to involve children and adolescents who have experienced failure at school. This is a unique artistic and educational project of Salesian inspiration. Last year alone they gave about 30,000 hours of circus performances. In recent days, those responsible for this project have launched a campaign to encourage companies and benefactors to sponsor their activities.
(ANS - Mbuji-Mayi) - A healthcare centre for street children, many of whom are involved secretly and illegally in searching for diamonds, will be built on the initiative of the Spanish NGO Manos Unidas at the Salesian complex Muetu Don Bosco in Mbuji-Mayi, in the south-central Democratic Republic of Congo, where about a third of the world’s industrial diamonds are extracted.
(ANS - Mandalay) - The Salesian centre for street boys in Mandalay, the second most important city of Myanmar, now has a new dormitory and a new refectory, thanks to the generous donation of a wealthy retired US businessman of Jewish origin, and his wife. Fr Peter Myo Khin, SDB, who runs this Salesian centre, and all the young people in need who reside there are very grateful for this beautiful gesture.
France - Students of a vocational school planning a music school
(ANS - Bailleul) - How can we give meaning to the commitment of students in vocational schools? One possible answer is given by the staff of the Sainte Marie Professional Institute in Bailleul. This was formerly a Salesian school and still follows the pedagogy of Don Bosco. Students and teachers are working together on a specific project, entrusted to them by the town of Bailleul: to turn a former orphanage into a music school.
A rich man who helped Lazarus
In his letter for Lent this year, Pope Francis invites us to be generous with the needy, stressing that this generosity should lead us not to give what is left over but to give of our very own. In this regard, the example set by Chuck Feeney, an 85-year-old man who donated all his possessions to charity, well represents the phrase: "He did not give the crumbs. He gave the whole bread."
Italy - The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians speak about martyrs of yesterday and today
(ANS - Rome) - "The Church of the first millennium was born of the blood of the martyrs (...) At the end of the second millennium, the Church has once again become a Church of martyrs" (John Paul II, Tertio Millennio Adveniente). To mark the 80th anniversary of the death of Sister Carmen Moreno Benítez and Sister Amparo Carbonell Muñoz, both of whom were martyred during the Spanish Civil War, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians are organizing a conference on the FMA and Martyrdom, to be held tomorrow, Thursday, 30 March at 17:00, at the Madre Ersilia Canta House in Rome.
Mozambique - The Salesian presence in the country: formation, quality and fidelity
(ANS - Maputo) - The Salesian houses in Mozambique all have a Vocational Training Centre (VTC). This is not unusual, given that the learning of a job has always been our main way to give dignity to the lives of young people.