(ANS - Santiago de Compostela) - The Regional Coordinators of Formation met near the tomb of St James at Santiago de Compostela, Spain, from 13 to 18 February 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to analyse the lines of action required by the 27th General Chapter and the project of the Rector Major for the six-year period.
(ANS - Port-au-Prince) - After the emergency phase following the passage of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, now is the time to start again. The context is very difficult. Official data report that the hurricane caused 548 deaths, 438 wounded and 128 missing, along with landslides and floods, damage to road infrastructure and buildings, water access problems and damage to electricity services.
(ANS – Rome) – Next Monday, February 20th, the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, will arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, for an animation visit to the Salesians of the Province “St. John Bosco” in Vietnam (VIE). The Tenth Successor of Don Bosco will remain in the country of South-Eastern Asia till February 27th. He will be accompanied by his Secretary, Fr. Horacio López, and by the Regional Councillor for East Asia – Oceania as well, Fr. Václav Klement, who is already in Vietnam doing the Extraordinary Visitation.
RMG - A new image of Don Bosco, "with young people for young people"
(ANS - Rome) – In future, when the Rector Major and his Councillors go to the various regions for the Team Visit, they will carry with them a small statue of Don Bosco. It is in contemporary style and a bit different from traditional images. Mauro Baldassarri, the artist who created the statue, has spoken about his relationship with Don Bosco and about art and education.
Listen to the voice of God in the young
Pope Francis is undoubtedly one of the greatest leaders of our time; it is impossible for a believer to understand the geopolitical and social context while ignoring his interventions. He is a profoundly innovative Pontiff who always surprises us with his teaching impregnated the "freshness" of the Gospel which frightens and shock many people.
Italy - Salesian Mission Day 2017: Don Bosco's dream continues
(ANS - Rome) - The Salesian Mission Day is an event that is celebrated all round the world, although on different dates. It offers an opportunity to reflect on the missionary dimension of the Salesian charism. Next Sunday, 26 February it will be celebrated in Italy, with the traditional name "DOMISAL" (Salesian Mission Sunday). The guiding theme will be "... and they stayed with us," recalling the action of the Salesian missionaries among the indigenous peoples of Latin America.
Mexico - Living on the border: the imperative to be disobedient religiously and politically
(ANS - Ciudad Juárez) - They want to take the border away from us! Yes, I say very clearly, they want to take away the border! It may seem a very strange expression and not very correct, but it is an expression full of meaning. And this is why I repeat: they want to take away the border and we will not allow them to!