(ANS - Hua Hin) - "We are on the right track: some provinces are moving faster, others a bit slower, but there is a clear feeling that all the areas of the region are taking seriously the indications of the last two General Chapters, 26 and 27, as regards administration." So said the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, yesterday morning, 9 March, when the participants in the Team Visit met to discuss the topic of administration and the economy. In the afternoon, they looked at the challenges in the area of Social Communication in the East Asia-Oceania region.
(ANS – Hua Hin) – The morning of the second day of the EAO Team Visit (March 8) was devoted to the SALESIAN MISSIONS, while the third session was devoted to Youth Ministry.
(ANS – Chennai) – “My dear confreres and friends, my first words, along with the members of my Council are: thank you; really thanks-a-lot”, said the Rector Major addressing the Salesians of South Asia region on the last day of the team visit (March, 4) as he laid down the proposals for future action. Below you can find his talk:
Egypt - Higher Education in the Salesian School in Cairo
(ANS - Cairo) - Over the years the Don Bosco Industrial Technical Institute in Cairo has been a centre of excellence. Every year it trains many young people as industrial experts, prepares them to enter the world of work and in this way helps Egypt to a high level of industrial development. In recent months, a number of innovative projects have been developed in the field of renewable energy. We listen to what the people involved have to say:
A rich man who helped Lazarus
In his letter for Lent this year, Pope Francis invites us to be generous with the needy, stressing that this generosity should lead us not to give what is left over but to give of our very own. In this regard, the example set by Chuck Feeney, an 85-year-old man who donated all his possessions to charity, well represents the phrase: "He did not give the crumbs. He gave the whole bread."
Chile - The Rector of the Don Bosco University in El Salvador inaugurates the academic year at the Silva Henríquez Catholic University
(ANS - Santiago) - On 21 March there was the opening ceremony of the academic year at the Silva Henríquez Catholic University (UCSH). It was attended by Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, Archbishop of Santiago, and the Secretary for Social Services of the Ministry of Social Development, Juan Eduardo Faúndez Molina.
France - Educating to Brotherhood
(ANS - Lyon) - "Forming honest citizens" was one of the main objectives of Don Bosco. This rather republican expression is a bit surprising, because in Italy in the nineteenth century, the Church and the Republic were not in great agreement. But for Don Bosco, educating for citizenship basically meant promoting brotherhood.