(ANS - Addis Ababa) - Among the 115 confirmed victims of the rubbish landslide that occurred on Saturday 11 March in the Koshe landfill on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, there are seven students from the Don Bosco Centre at Mekanissa, a suburb of the capital. The tragedy, for which the Ethiopian government has declared three days of national mourning, has directly affected the entire educational community.
(ANS - Punta Arenas) - The Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, arrived in Punta Arenas on Friday 17 March for a three-day visit to mark the centenary of the death of the Salesian missionary Monsignor Giuseppe Fagnano, evangelizer of Patagonia. Accompanying him were the Regional Councillor for the American Southern Cone, Fr Natale Vitali, and the Secretary of the Rector Major, Fr Horacio López.
(ANS – São Marcos) – I am a Salesian belonging to a Province with a great history of mission-a ry work among the indigenous people, especially among the Bororos.
Egypt - Higher Education in the Salesian School in Cairo
(ANS - Cairo) - Over the years the Don Bosco Industrial Technical Institute in Cairo has been a centre of excellence. Every year it trains many young people as industrial experts, prepares them to enter the world of work and in this way helps Egypt to a high level of industrial development. In recent months, a number of innovative projects have been developed in the field of renewable energy. We listen to what the people involved have to say:
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."
Chile - The Rector of the Don Bosco University in El Salvador inaugurates the academic year at the Silva Henríquez Catholic University
(ANS - Santiago) - On 21 March there was the opening ceremony of the academic year at the Silva Henríquez Catholic University (UCSH). It was attended by Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, Archbishop of Santiago, and the Secretary for Social Services of the Ministry of Social Development, Juan Eduardo Faúndez Molina.
France - Educating to Brotherhood
(ANS - Lyon) - "Forming honest citizens" was one of the main objectives of Don Bosco. This rather republican expression is a bit surprising, because in Italy in the nineteenth century, the Church and the Republic were not in great agreement. But for Don Bosco, educating for citizenship basically meant promoting brotherhood.