The Marists of Syracuse and the immigration drama in Europe
Following the invitation of the Superior General of the Marist Brothers, Brother Emili Turú, in the letter “The Dance of the Mission”, new international communities were formed with the aim of giving a Marist response to the new challenges the world faces 200 years after the foundation of the Institute. And so the Project Lavalla200> was created, as part of which the Marist community of Syracuse (Sicily) was established in October 2016 for the European Region. Its main focus is on refugee / immigrant children and adolescents who land unaccompanied in Italy.
The members of the new community presented a first video in February, 2017 (see the article of the 2nd March, 2017 under “News” on this website) and have now launched a second video, in which they present the factual reality of the apostolate developed by them. Who are the unaccompanied minors? For what reasons do they leave their countries? What are the countries of origin from where they depart? From some data, reports of people who work in partnership with the Marists in Syracuse and also reports of some of the boys and girls, the community have tried to present an image of the social problem they face every day.
The video is captioned and can be viewed via this link :
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The members of the Marist community in Syracuse are, from left to right, Brother Riccardo Gómez Rincón (Norandina), Brother Onorino Rota (Mediterránea), Mario Araya Olguín (Santa María de los Andes) and Gabriel Bernardo da Silva (Brasil Centro-Sul).