(ANS - Santiago) - "A society which recognizes itself as modern and democratic must recognize the right of all women in order to allow them to contribute to the public and political life of our country, and to create the conditions for their participation and their contribution". This is what His Exc. Mgr. Bernardo Bastres Florence, Salesian Bishop of Punta Arenas, said in a message published on the occasion of international women's Day, which is titled "Woman, Star of Chile".
(ANS - Luwingu) - Situated in northern Zambia, Luwingu is a very small town. Until a few years ago, it was isolated from the rest of the country due to an almost non-existent road network and it is therefore economically backward. For years, subsistence agriculture and hunting were the main sources of food but they were highly inadequate in terms of quality and quantity. However, in 1984 the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) arrived n Luwingu.
(ANS – Hua Hin) – Day 1 of the East Asia - Oceania Team Visit passed very quickly with a family spirit, due to the already well known wonderful Thai hospitality. The 94 participants of the 2017 Team Visit were welcomed in the opening session by Fr John Bosco Thepharat: “Welcome to Thailand, welcome to Hua Hin, welcome to the house of Don Bosco, welcome to your home!”
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.