NEWS

(ANS - San Juan) - The news of the disaster caused by Hurricane Maria has been distressing. "Puerto Rico under shock for the magnitude of the disaster," wrote El País, which confirmed what Governor Ricardo Roselló had said: "This is a major disaster. No doubt." The economic losses will amount to billions of dollars, according to Jennifer González, Puerto Rico representative at the United States Congress, who said: "We have never suffered a devastation like this." There are no Salesians among the victims, but all Salesian centers in the country have been damaged.

(ANS - Rome) - On the occasion of the imminent beatification of Venerable Fr Titus Zeman, SDB, taking place on September 30 in Bratislava (Slovakia), the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has sent a letter to Salesians across the globe and to members of the Salesian Family.

(ANS - San Juan) - Hurricane Maria has caused heavy damage and at least 14 deaths in Puerto Rico. Dr Carmen Yulín Cruz, mayor of the country's capital, San Juan, which has about 390,000 inhabitants, explained that at the moment "it is very difficult to calculate the damage and the number of houses destroyed." The Mayor of Fajardo City, Dr Aníbal Meléndez, said, "I have never seen my city so devastated." After striking Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria has decreased in intensity and is now headed towards the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic.

(ANS - Uijongbu) – Due to the historical and social situation of South Korea, Salesian candidates are supposed to complete their compulsory military service before their novitiate. In the past, there was a 36-month-long military service duty; now, fortunately, they are only called to serve 21 months. Salesian candidates are enrolled for the military service only after two years as aspirants.

(ANS - Beit Jemal) - A few days from the Jewish and Muslim New Year celebrations, unidentified vandals attacked Bei Jemal's church of St. Stephen which is entrusted to a Salesian community. The vandals damaged or destroyed statues, stained glass windows, sacred items and furniture.

(ANS - Santa Cruz) - The visit of Fr Filiberto González Plasencia, General Counselor for Social Communications of the Salesian Congregation, held 17-20 September, closed in Bolivia yesterday. During his visit, the Counselor was able to animate various Salesian works and, in a special way, the Communications sector. Fr González participated in the ARTESBOL meeting and the second Day of Salesian Communications at the "Muyurina" Salesian center in Santa Cruz.

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