(ANS – Manchester) – Fr. George Cuthbert Williams, the former English Speaking Region Councilor, passed away on June 6, 2017, at the age of 101 years. He was born in Wallasey, on May 26, 1916, as the only child of George Frederick and Teresa Williams. After secondary school studies, he attended Liverpool University where he read Chemistry, and was later awarded a Ph.D. He was an Associate of the Royal Institute of Chemistry. In 1940, he was appointed to the Ministry of Supply, a UK governmental office where, as an Experimental Officer, he was involved as a research chemist working on wartime firearms, ammunition and explosives. In 1946, he was admitted to the Salesian novitiate in Beckford and made his First Profession in 1947.
(ANS - Poznań) - On the weekend of 9-11 June, the trip of the Rector Major, Don Ángel Fernández Artime, to Poznań, in the Poland-Wrocław Province, took place on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the martyrdom of the five Blessed oratorians. Accompanying the Rector Major were the Regional Councilor for Central and Northern Europe, Fr. Tadeusz Rozmus, and the Rector Major's Secretary, Fr Horacio López.
(ANS - Vatican City) - "The Pope has the moral strength to speak to governments and peoples, and we trust that there is an international mission, help ... the Holy See can do much to shed light on our situation," said Msgr. Diego Padrón, President of the Venezuelan Bishops' Conference (CEV), at the end of the private hearing with Pope Francis, a meeting expressly requested by the CEV Presidency, which took place yesterday, June 8.
Italy - The role of oratories today
(ANS - Catania) - During the afternoons of so many kids today, digital devices have replaced the physical locations of meeting and gettting together. Several observers comment that there are fewer outdoor games today, fewer socialization opportunities ... In this context, the oratories have also changed, but their service continues to be precious, reiterates Fr Domenico Luvarà, Delegate of the Youth Ministry of the Sicilian Province (ISI).
Communicating hope and confidence in our time, a difficult task
22 May, 2017: It is 10:35 PM, local time. The concert of American pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester City Arena turns into a night of terror when a terrorist attack kills 22 people, many young; in the following days, repeated attacks in Egypt, Afghanistan, and even more recently in London, the number of victims tragically increases.
Belgium – 4 Salesian organizations join 250 NGOs launching Alternative Vision for Europe
(ANS – Bruxelles) – More than 250 non-governmental organizations from across Europe have released an alternative vision for a more democratic, just and sustainable Europe today, June 20, 2017. Intended to influence the debate on the future direction of Europe, this alternative vision is endorsed by organisations representing a multitude of public interest issues, including labour rights, culture, development, environment, health, women’s rights, youth, and anti-discrimination groups.
Italy - Hope beyond the waves: Ahmed's story
(ANS - Turin) - Ahmed comes from Egypt, is a Muslim and he arrived in Italy three years ago. The family did not want to let him go, for fear of losing him in the waves of the Mediterranean but, convinced by a friend, Ahmed decided to leave with the help of his father. Now he has started a new life in Turin, accompanied by the sons of Don Bosco. "The most beautiful and important lesson I learned is to live in peace with people of different countries and religions and the recent visit of the Pope to Cairo is a beautiful demonstration of how we can be brothers," says Ahmed.