(ANS – Pasahaur) – It has been noted that child labour in India involves about 60 million children, the so-called “hidden labourers” who in submerged economy do any type of work. Even though the Indian government guarantees free and obligatory education for all children between 6 and 14 years of age and forbids their recruitment, this problem remains one of the greatest plagues of this country.
(ANS – Rome) – From June 17th to 19th, there was the World Encounter of reflection on the “Salesian Rector’s Manual”, which took as a reference the Manual of 1986. The meeting was attended by 20 people; Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, and Fr. Ivo Coelho, General Councillor for Formation, with the team of his Dicastery, were also present at the meeting.
Perú - Fr Ernesto Sirani: "I dreamed of spending my life for the poor!"
(ANS - Ancash) - The name of Fr Ernesto Sirani resounds among the peaks of Peru's Andes. In a beautiful and exciting interview, Fr Sirani says: "I was fortunate enough to meet Fr Luigi Melesi, veteran of the first expedition 'Operation Mato Grosso' in 1967 and the many young people leaving for missions in Brazil, Ecuador and Bolivia. They talked about their experience with joy, and my heart was excited about listening to them. The contact with the poor had changed their way of thinking! So I decided to start as a missionary ... I dreamed of spending my life for the poor!"
Communicating hope and confidence in our time, a difficult task
22 May, 2017: It is 10:35 PM, local time. The concert of American pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester City Arena turns into a night of terror when a terrorist attack kills 22 people, many young; in the following days, repeated attacks in Egypt, Afghanistan, and even more recently in London, the number of victims tragically increases.
Angola - Educational-Pedagogical Project for the Reintegration of Children and Adolescents in and from the Streets
(ANS - Luanda) - Salesians in Angola, with the help of the NGO "International Voluntary Service for Development" (VIS), organized a round table on Friday, June 23, on "Advocacy for the Protection of Children in Risk Situations." The event was the occasion to present the Manual "Projecto Educativo-Pedagógico para Reinserção de Crianças e Adolescentes de e na Rua", or the Educational-Pedagogical Project for the Reintegration of Children and Adolescents of and on the Streets, which explains in detail the steps needed to pursue a path of (re) education and reintegration into society, according to the values and principles of the Preventive System.
RMG – Building a family, in the rituals of every day
(ANS - Rome) – "A life-long love begins again every day." Here is the essence of love, the essence that Fr A.M. Carré condensed into a single maxim that he would always repeat to couples during their wedding cerimony: "spouses forever, remaining engaged." And how do you manage to stay loyal to your spouse a whole lifetime? Through love in the rituals of every day: by a kiss, a greeting, a hug and a thousand gestures that are rituals and that should never become routine. The Rector Major in the Strenna for 2017 invites building a family through the rituals of every day, by living "a love that is faithful, everlasting and open to life."