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The Feeding of 5,000 Continues in DB Calauan

  By Mr. Charles O. Armario Calauan, Laguna, the Philippines, 13 August 2020 — Matthew, a 7-year-old boy, gained two kilos after joining the feeding program a year ago. His father, who undergoes monthly dialysis, cannot provide for him and his three siblings anymore. Christy, a mother of 8 children, is a vendor of assorted kakanin (local delicacies). She enlisted her three (3) kids in the daily feeding program this year. The feeding has greatly lessened the financial burden of sustaining her family, knowing that their income is unstable nowadays. John Paul, a 12-year-old boy who used to sell bottles and plastic for food cherished the fact that “since we get a meal pack everyday, no more excuse causes me to miss school. Now, I can go to school regularly. Matthew, Christy, and John Paul are beneficiaries of people’s generosity channeled through our Salesians of Don Bosco based in Calauan, Laguna who run a feeding program originally meant for the poverty-stricken children. Started long before the COVID-19 era, the feeding program has been one of the many works of the Salesians in the relocation site under the care of the National Housing Authority (NHA). When the Ayala Foundation invited the...

Past Pupils World Solidarity in Action

DiBosco Coffee Project By Mr. Peter Kováč, Co-founder of DIBOSCo International General Secretary Don Bosco Past Pupils World Confederation   Slovakia, 28 July 2020 — Interview with the co-founder of the DIBOSCo International Coffee Project. How was this idea of the Past Pupils coffee network born? The idea of networking the Past Pupils producers with Past Pupils customers and eventually the wider Salesian Family as customers came to my mind in 2015 when a friend of mine brought me a few samples of roasted coffee from Thailand from Rome, after the General Assembly of Don Bosco Past Pupils . I had a small local coffee roasting business back in that time and I immediately got the idea of purchasing coffee along with the values and background story from Past Pupils. Since I have been active already in international structures of Past Pupils I contacted Past Pupils involved with the DIBOSCo project in Thailand – Chiang Mai and we started step by step to build up this dream. How was your first travel to Thailand – DiBosco in Chiang Mai? My first Experience with Asia, Thailand and Chiang Mai is connected with my visit to the DIBOSCo project in Chiang Mai....

Caritas launches emergency plan to assist victims of Beirut explosion – Vatican News

Caritas Lebanon is providing emergency relief in the wake of Tuesday’s devastating explosion in Beirut  CHURCH LEBANON HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY INTERVIEW SOLIDARITY Caritas Internationalis launches an emergency plan to assist victims of Tuesday’s massive explosion at the port in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut. By Vatican News Caritas Lebanon leapt into action almost immediately after a gigantic explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday evening. READ ALSO Pope Francis prays for victims of Lebanon explosion 05/08/2020 Lebanon blast kills 100, many more injured “The situation is critical and this is the first time that we have experienced a situation of such great magnitude. It is apocalyptic, but we don’t stop and we will carry on in order to help all those in difficulty,” said Rita Rhayem, director of Caritas Lebanon. “There are a lot of dead and a lot of injured, and the health situation is likely to worsen quickly, as the toxic gases can cause additional health problems,” she continued. “Caritas Lebanon is preparing for this, but its health centres have no means to face this kind of situation, and rescue operations are made even more difficult by the lack of electricity”. “It’s a huge disaster” Peter Mafhouz, the head...

Laos Salesian work begun by Past Pupil of Don Bosco

By Mr Sanya Boonprasert Don Bosco Vientiane, Laos, 20 June 2020 — Interview with Mr. Sanya Boonprasert Don Bosco Vientiane Founder Past Pupil of Don Bosco What is your family and Salesian educational background? I was born in Rayong, Eastern Thailand. I was born into a poor family and we are seven siblings, all Buddhists, who had a chance to study at Don Bosco College. I studied the Certificate of Vocational Education (Electrical) for 2 years, then took a Diploma course in Electrical (2 years) while working as a teacher and finally studied 5 years for a bachelor’s degree. As a ‘Bosconian’ – Don Bosco Past Pupil, I was one year in Ban Nazareth (Aspirantate), assistant to the students for 2 years. All together some 12 years with Don Bosco. During those years I learnt the Salesian spirit, Don Bosco way of education based on loving kindness, reason and religion with diligence, faith and cheerfulness. I was often in the Church and prayerful. How did you start Don Bosco Vientiane in 2004? Once out of Nazareth House (Aspirantate), I prayed and told Mary Help of Christians: “Mother, I decided to resign, but I promise you, that if there is in...

Covid-19: US Bishops demand aid for poor and vulnerable – Vatican News

Covid-19: US Bishops demand aid for poor and vulnerable   Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, Chairman for Domestic Justice and Human Development of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) releases a statement urging for care for the poor and vulnerable in further consideration of Covid-19 relief legislation. By Vatican News Archbishop Paul Coackley opens his statement by stressing that “as Congress turns once more to considering additional relief related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the focus should be on those most in need”. “This is not a time for indifference” says Archbishop Coackley, recalling Pope Francis’ Easter Urbi et Orbi Message. “The whole world is suffering and needs to be united in facing the pandemic. The most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters” living in every part of the world must “not be abandoned”, he says. “Let us ensure that they do not lack basic necessities…’ Waiting, therefore, for the US Congress to establish “further aid” in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, Archbishop Coakley urges that attention turn to “the poor, the vulnerable, and people on the margins, to offer them some hope and assistance in desperate circumstances”. The Archbishop of Oklahoma City then recalls the numerous letters he and his brother...

Catholic Charities Coronavirus Update – Thank You for Your Support!

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Paterson Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update April 15, 2020 Dear Friends of Catholic Charities, We hope that you had a joyous Easter, though certainly different, and perhaps more challenging than ever before. With the pandemic continuing to spread throughout the tri-state area, Catholic Charities has actually seen an increase in the need for our services, especially our food pantries. Prior to the pandemic, 80% of those who came into our pantries worked one or multiple jobs to provide for their families.   Now, we are seeing small business owners and others who have recently been laid off. We do all we can to promote dignity and respect, and we know that we are all just one moment away from needing the support of an organization like ours. Catholic Charities has had to adapt our services to meet the changing needs of the community and to keep our service recipients and staff members safe. We are fortunate to have received an outpouring of love and support from the community.  Each day, we are receiving donations and well-wishes from individuals throughout our communities and beyond.  We have also been blessed to have support from community partners, including parishes and friends...