(ANS - Quito) - Paúl Naikiai Jintiach, a young man from the Shuar indigenous people of the Amazon, was chosen to give the official speech on behalf of the graduate students. The young man thanked the Salesian Polytechnic University (UPS) for the support offered during their personal and professional formation. In particular, he wanted to remember the people who work at the Intercultural University Residence, where Naikiai spent the past five years of his life. "This has been my home. Today we bid farewell to this beautiful university and start a new phase, as professionals," he said.
(ANS - São Marcos) - "A nation or a church who forget their martyrs do not deserve to survive," wrote Bishop Pedro Casaldaliga, bishop of the poor. The Bororo - a population that has had two martyrs, Fr Rodolfo Lunkenbein, SDB, and their indigenous brother Simão - do not want to forget them and indeed, they do not forget them. On Sunday 2 April, a large number of faithful and friends held a procession (romaria) to the place where the two martyrs shed their blood for their people when they were killed.
(ANS - Juba) - Do not abandon the Republic of South Sudan and do not forget the many problems - mostly stemming from the war - that the people have to face every day. This is the appeal that comes yet again from the Salesians who have been engaged for years in projects to benefit children and the population of the youngest African country.
El Salvador - Archbishop Rivera Damas, SDB: the silent and humble friend of Archbishop Romero
(ANS - San Salvador) – Martyrdom was the fate destined for Archbishop Óscar Romero. His first successor, the Salesian Archbishop Arturo Rivera Damas, was destined to die a quiet death in a hospital bed. Now they are both buried in the cathedral in San Salvador, one in a large sepulchral monument, the other portrayed on the wall behind the Romero mausoleum. Even in life he was always behind Romero, silent and humble.
Paula Figueroa, who worked with both of them, speaks about the figure of the Salesian Archbishop.
What plot, Lord, are you weaving?
On a day of protests and clashes in Venezuela, two young people were assassinated. Carlos José Moreno Barón was killed while on his way to a football pitch. He did not reach his destination. Paola Ramírez Gómez, 23, was killed while returning from a job interview as she was passing in front of San Carlos Square in San Cristóbal. Neither of them was participating in the protests.
Czech Republic - Meeting of Salesian Publishers from Europe
(ANS - Prague) - Representatives of 11 Salesian Publishers from all over Europe met in Prague from 20 to 23 April to analyse the current situation and plan activities in response to new challenges arising from the new type of readers, Salesian pastoral approach, the economic situation and the market.
Mexico – Kindness matters
(ANS – Tijuana) – Between May 2016 and January 2017, a Haitian tsunami hit Tijuana. These migrants arrived dizzy, exhausted, cold, hungry, and broke after their threemonth land journey from Brazil. Some were sick. Some had delivered babies or miscarried en route. Some had buried their dead along the way or watched helplessly as loved ones were swept away by swollen rivers. Some left their dead to rot in the woods. Some were stripsearched, robbed, raped, or exploited as they traveled through Central America.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
WHY WE HAVE LIFE IN ABUNDANCE
My thought goes to the Salesian presences around the world because our dream is that they might be true dispensers of life to so many young people, and a life in abundance, an authentic, true life which gives them dignity and helps them also experience the great gift that God is in their lives.