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Pope asks youths to rejuvenate Church, youths ask Church to listen

Pope Francis

Pope Francis begins to meet delegates from all over the world, including Australia.

By Cindy Wooden

The Catholic Church needs the enthusiasm, daring and hope of young people so that it can preach the Gospel energetically and respond to the questions men and women raise today, Pope Francis told some 300 young adults.

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Water changed my life!

India

Gangabai Akolkar, 55 years old, a resident of Marathwadi village, next to Ahmednagar, is much relieved today, thanks to the water project that brings water to her village. Three months ago, she had to walk for 2.5 kilometers to fetch water for her family. The “Water Project” was implemented by “Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra” (BGVK) and supported by Salesian Missions, USA.

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Food and water to despairing people

Young people of Korr

Kenya

As a catastrophic drought continues to worsen and spread in Kenya, the Nairobi government has declared a national disaster. Don Bosco Korr is situated in the northern county of Marsabit where it has not rained for more than a year. “The poorest of the poor are suffering the most,” he says. “They have no food and very little water.”

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“I was in prison, you came to see me”

Sierra Leone prison

Sierra Leone

Once a guard told us that we were not allowed to kill cockroaches, because our lives were of less value than that of a cockroach,” quoted an inmate who spent 4 years in Pademba prison, Sierra Leone. The lives of these “faceless men” are an experience of continued suffering. Not by chance is it called “Hell on earth”. Even after leaving, life is not easy, unless someone decides to help you.

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Fighting for life in the district of the 'easy trigger'

Argentina Slums

Argentina

Father Frederick Salmeron SDB

Fr Frederick ‘Chingui’ Salmeron, a 29 year old Salesian with a diploma in drug prevention, works with the young people of the Ludueña district, one of the most dangerous of Rosario, Argentina. Here people live ‘in the shadow of death’, but he, with other Salesians, keep the community alive.

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