(ANS – Cisternino) – From February 5th to 12th the towns of Locorotondo (Bari) and Cisternino (Brindisi) lived a week of celebrations with great attendance of people on the occasion of the declaration on behalf of Pope Francis of the Venerability of Fr. Francesco Convertini, a Salesian missionary in India (1898-1976).
(ANS – Rukago) – “Sexual violence, the stigma of HIV and high maternal mortality block the development of women in Burundi, the small great forsaken country of Central Africa”. The title of a reportage published on the daily “El País” – “Daughters of the Cursed Great Lakes” – represents well the crude reality of the women of that land, victims of abuses, violence and habitual violations. In front of all this, the Spanish Salesian NGO “Solidaridad Don Bosco” (Don Bosco Solidarity) remains firm in its work in favour of women.
(ANS – Ho Chi Min City) – Vietnam-Mongolia Province Extraordinary Visitation was opened on February 3rd in the provincial house, Ho Chi Min City with a Provincial Council meeting. With 306 confreres the VIE province is the most numerous in the EAO region, with two canonical communities in Mongolia and 19 canonical communities in Vietnam.
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!