(ANS – Alotau) – The story of the 130 Vietnamese fishermen arrested for illegal fishing and harvesting beche-de-mer in the waters of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, has happily ended. Thanks to the commitment of many people, and to the decisive efforts of Sr. Ma Theresa Trinh Vu Phuong, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, everyone was able to return home.
(ANS - Esztergom) – The official opening of the Team Visit to the East Sector of the North Central Europe region took place yesterday, Monday 7 August, at the "Saint Adalbert Center" in Esztergom, about 40 kilometers from Budapest, Hungary.
(ANS - Goma) - Goma is a city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, capital of the North Kivu province. Since 1988, there has been a Salesian Center, "Don Bosco Ngangi", in the city. Over time, educational and recreational activities have developed into a broad training project, while natural disasters and wars have also forced Salesians to provide answers to local society in virtually every other area of daily life.
Italy - Don Bosco's relic, Fr Attard: "It is not spiritualism, but a projection towards the sacred"
(ANS - Castelnuovo Don Bosco) - The relic of Don Bosco, stolen last 2 June and recovered after a few days by the Carabinieri, was returned to the Basilico of Colle Don Bosco on 16 August. Here is how Fr. Fabio Attard, General Councilor for Youth Ministry, expresses his thanks to the Carabinieri and the sense of the Sanit's "presence."
"In extreme cases, extreme means must be used"
"Lift up your hearts! No more complaint and fear! It well may be some happier hour will find this memory fair.” These are the words with which Aeneas encourageed his companions in the adversity of fate and dangers. (Virgil, Aeneid, I, 203)
RMG - 450 years since the Birth of Saint Francis of Sales
In his name and spirit, Don Bosco was inspired in founding the Salesian congregation and the Salesian Family, whose main focus regarded the growth and education of young generations, with special attention to the care of children from less-affluent classes; he, furthermore, preferred the method of dialogue and gentleness based on happiness, kindness and love.
Democratic Republic of the Congo - Ishara's story, a boy in the street
(ANS - Bukavu) - In their message of last May 13, the Bishops of Northern and Southern Kivu, members of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Bukavu, once again denounced: "The number of street children are growing at an alarming rate." The Salesians active in Bukavu, such as Fr Piero Gavioli, deal with this situation on a daily basis: not statistical data, but real children, innocent victims. On the example of their founder, the Children of Don Bosco still succeed in giving hope, dignity and opportunities for the future.