“The horrors of today’s terrorism motivate us even more, as Salesians and as members of the Salesian Family, to work in those place where human rights are trampled upon, where life itself is at risk, and where there is great need of sympathy and support.” So said the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, referring to the attacks that occurred recently in various parts of the world.
This is not just about France. There is a long list of countries where terrorism is sowing violence and death, creating a situation of generalized alarm and suspicion among the population. In the light of all this, the Rector Major wants to revive the commitment of the Salesian Family in the constant search for peace and, at the same time, to express his closeness to those working in the areas most at risk.
“The places where terrorism occurs today – I am thinking of Gaza, Syria and Iraq … but also of Nigeria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Kenya and many other places worldwide – show without doubt ‘the cruelty of which man is capable’, as Pope Francis has said. This motivates us even more, as Salesians, and members of the Salesian Family, to work in the areas where human rights are trampled upon, where life itself is at risk, and where there is great need of sympathy and support.
I join the voice of the Pope and all the religious leaders who appeal to all humanity at the present time to put aside feelings of hatred and resentment, and pledge to work together for peace, on the basis of mutual respect and human solidarity.
Courage, Salesians! I am thinking especially of you who are in the areas where even the witness of your life may put you at risk. Courage! With the spirit of Don Bosco, we remain firm. I am with you and I pray for you and for the flock entrusted to you. Jesus and Mary Help of Christians will not fail to support us.”
Source: Info ANS