(ANS - Rome) - The Ongoing Formation Course for Missionary Ministry 2017 is being held at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome, organized in collaboration with UPS and the Missionary Section of the Congregation. The course, which started on 17 September and ends December 14, is at its 21st edition.
(ANS - Seville) - The motto "Ven y veras" (Come and See) will be the guiding theme of the pro-vocations campaign presented by the Province of Spain-Mary Help of Christians. Over the next 12 months, lay vocation, vocation to marriage and family, vocation to ministerial service, or consecrated life will all be presented.
(ANS - Yangon) - The visit of Pope Francis, the situation of minorities in the country and the drama of Rohingya refugees, the delicate position of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel for Peace and today minister in the Burmese government, the role of the Church in Myanmar's society: two months from the papal journey to the country (27-30 November), the first Burmese Cardinal of the Catholic Church, Salesian Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, spoke on many current issues.
Congo - A new story begins with the new "Africa Congo Congo" Vice Province. Interview with Fr Manuel Jiménez
(ANS - Brazzaville) - While in different parts of the Salesian world, the Provinces are being merged for a number of reasons, in Africa, a new hope for Salesian life begins thanks to the creation of the new "Africa Congo Congo" (ACC) Vice Province. To learn more about this new Salesian reality, ANS interviewed Fr Manuel Jiménez, the first ACC Provincial.
Comfort Zone: NO THANK YOU! "I prefer a wounded Church"
Some were astonished to see the face of Pope Francis injured during his visit to Colombia. The bruise on his eyebrow and on his cheekbone, the blood-stained white garment. A small accident on the Pope-mobile, which brought to mind the words of Bergoglio and inspired my ANS Editorial: "I prefer a Church that is bruised, wounded and dirty because it is going out into the streets, rather than a Church made sick by closure and the convenience of clinging to its own safety." (EG49)
Italy - 148th Salesian Missionary Expedition: "Without missionaries, many of us would not be here"
(ANS - Turin) - Yesterday, Sunday, 24 September, at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, 22 Salesians of Don Bosco and 15 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) received the Missionary Cross and prepared to depart to their assigned destinations as missionaries.
Democratic Republic of the Congo - "The child and the dugout canoe"
(ANS - Miti) - There are three maternal orphans abandoned by their fathers; there is Bora, a young woman who has faced more challenges in her 28 years than most people live through in an entire lifetime; there are the Bambuti Pygmies who, while being the region's oldest inhabitants, when Kahuzi Biega National Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, were expelled and now live on the margins: there are, alas, many poor people living in rural areas near Bukavu where the Salesian missionary Fr Piero Gavioli and Lydie Masoka, a Salesian Cooperator, are working as best as they can to help give a future to the area's children and most vulnerable teens.