(ANS - Madrid) - The Don Bosco Confederation of Salesian Youth Centres, together with the National Commission of Salesian Oratories and Youth Centres in Spain, has launched a project called "Suriya" (phonetic transcription of the Arabic word "Syria").
(ANS - Cochabamba) - The Team Visit to the American Southern Cone Region, held in Paraguay, ended on Sunday 26 March. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, then arrived in Bolivia, accompanied by some members of his General Council, and his secretary, Fr Horacio López, to chair the Team Visit to the Salesian Region of Inter-America region. The "Don Bosco-Fátima" Event Centre in the city of Cochabamba - Bolivia's third largest - will be the venue for the important meeting, from 28 March to 1 April. This is the first time that Bolivia has hosted a Team Visit.
(ANS - Rome) - The Department for Social Communication of the Salesians and the Sector for Social Communication of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians are proposing an online initiative to study the Strenna for 2017. A new window called "WE ARE FAMILY" is already to be seen on the righthand side of the homepage of the ANS website. For the month of March, the study will be on the theme "Family and reconciliation."
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."
Indonesia – Asian Youth Day 2017, in preparation
(ANS – Jakarta) – To encourage and accompany young people in Asia to live and promote a "culture of solidarity and encounter with the other, in the multicultural and multireligious societies of Asia" and increase the awareness of the contribution to give to the Church and society: this is the intent of the seventh Asia Youth Day, which in 2017 will be held in Yogyakarta in central Java, from July 30 to August 9, 2017. The theme chosen for the event which will bring over 3,000 young Catholics from 29 Asian countries to Indonesia is "Joyful Asian Youth! Living The Gospel In Multicultural Asia".
Sudan - "They all appreciate the services offered by Don Bosco to the young"
(ANS - El Obeid) - In recent months the Salesian house in El Obedi received some important visits: a few days ago there was that of the Queen of Qatar, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser. In December 2016 several members of the State Legislative Assembly visited it, and before that, in November 2016, officials of UNICEF and the Ministry of Education paid a visit. Why so much interest? The fact that in a world that is far from simple, the Don Bosco Centre is changing the lives of thousands of young people by means of one of the typical elements of Salesian education: Vocational Training.