(ANS – Lahore) – What makes the Salesian Brother so special? Many are sharing the following conviction: “The Brothers are simply doing their ordinary youth ministry duties with an extraordinary love!” Brother Alex Abelgas (61 years old) from the Southern Philippines (FIS) province of Mary Help of Christians, arrived in Pakistan just a few months ago, but he has already conquered the hearts of the young people in Don Bosco Lahore (Technical Boarding School & High School).
(ANS - Beirut) - 100 years after the proclamation of the Greater Lebanon (1920) in its geographical and historical boundaries, the country, once considered the Switzerland of the Middle East, is going through one of the most delicate and difficult moments of its centennial history: a crisis, above all economic, but also social and political, which has pushed the local population to rise up and rebel against its leaders, to the point of asking that the whole political class go away. Something unheard of in a fragmented society, where political leaders, in some cases former lords of the interminable civil war (1975-1990), were mostly praised and followed almost blindly.
(ANS - Cochabamba) - The Salesian Province in Bolivia is grateful for the solidarity and support expressed by all in relation to the assault, looting and destruction of the Ichilo Radio and Television Broadcast Station, located in the municipality of Yapacaní, Santa Cruz, and for its proximity manifested earlier for the launch of tear gas at the "Don Bosco" school in La Paz while students were in the courtyard. Let us make clear to our sister communities in America and in the world that what has happened in Bolivia is the fruit of a complex social and political process that has resulted in the resignation of the former president Evo Morales and in the appointment of a legitimately constituted transitional government.
Thailand – Who is the Pope for the Thai Youth?
(ANS – Bangkok) – On 20-23 November 2019, His Holiness Pope Francis will visit Thailand, a country where 94.6% are Buddhists [the total population of the country is 69 million]. Following this are the Muslims with 4%. The Catholics are only 0.5% [380,000] of the population. Let us now listen to the views of the Thai youth on "Who is the Pope for the Thai Youth?" and "How do you feel that the Pope visits Thailand?"
India – South Asia Youth Ministry and Missionary Animation Delegates 2019 Meeting
(ANS – Shillong) – The regional meeting of the delegates for Youth Ministry and Missionary Animation of South Asia, animated by the Youth Ministry and Mission Departments from Rome, took place at the Don Bosco Provincial House in Shillong from 3 to 6 November 2019.
Peru – Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Lima: temple of the centenary, temple of the patriots
(ANS - Lima) - The Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, located in the Breña district, is one of the great jewels of the art of Lima. It marked a before and after in the Peruvian capital's religious architecture. Its facade features a large central tower - almost 60 meters high, the tallest structure in Lima until 1956 – which broke with the previous tradition of the era of the viceroys, with a retable facade and two large towers on the sides; its design decidedly influenced other temples in the city.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
A MISSIONARY DREAM THAT LIVES ON
The dream to which I refer, my dear friends of the Salesian charism, is the great missionary dream of Don Bosco. Even in the very first years of the foundation of the fragile, little Society of St. Francis de Sales (the Salesians), he sent out his first missionaries to Argentina (in the year 1875) with the intention of caring for the Italian immigrants who had reached those shores by the thousands.