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A Chair for Pope Francis

Saint John (“Don”) Bosco devoted his life to those on the margins of society, particularly the migrant workers and day laborers of Turin, Italy. These young, impoverished boys were seeking better opportunities and a brighter future in the city. Today, in a fitting tribute to Don Bosco’s...

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Nepal Is Calling

In the dark, frightening and chaotic hours of April 25, Nepal cried out for help -- and many friends of Salesian Missions answered, generously and from the bottom of their hearts. Today, a new video produced by Fr. Jiji Kalavanal in Nepal details the positive impact of that generosity -- as well as...

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Giving Back, Giving Hope Through Soccer

For Cesar Cantancio, a young boy living at the Don Bosco Boys’ Home on the island of Cebu in the Philippines, soccer provided a previously unimaginable opportunity. It helped him to overcome adversity, attend college and build a better life. Today, he directs his life’s passion toward helping...

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Salesian Missions’ Gifts-In-Kind Program

Late last year, as the Ebola epidemic ignited and spread across West Africa, the Salesian Missions Office for International Programs (also referred to as the property and logistics program) quickly sprang into action. Rallying their extensive network of “giving supply” partners, the office...

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Improving the Health of Impoverished Women

This past March, Salesian missionaries in Mumbai, India helped organize a free health clinic for impoverished and marginalized women who otherwise could not afford care. The one-day clinic was held at the Don Bosco Provincial House and staffed by medical professionals from a nearby hospital. More...

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Renewed Hope for Child Slaves

“Trafficking isn’t the children’s wish ... and it’s a terrible situation for the girls and boys who suffer it. It kills their hope.” So says Marc Tsanda, a child psychologist who works on behalf of rescued youth at the Don Bosco Center in Porto-Novo, Benin. Sadly, far too many adults in...

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Finding Harmony through Music

It may seem odd to consider the violin as a powerful weapon. But in the capital city of San Salvador, El Salvador -- where brutal gang warfare renders the country one of the most dangerous places on earth -- close to 1,000 at-risk youth are battling the violence, crime and poverty of their...

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Clean Water for Children in Rwanda

As part of an ongoing commitment to improve access to clean water, and the infrastructure that supports it, Salesian missionaries in Rwanda recently completed a project that now delivers fresh drinking water and improved sanitation to hundreds of school children and their families.

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