(ANS - Rome) – Even small gestures can bring changes in the way we consider those who are different from ourselves. Yesterday, 21 March, was International Down Syndrome Day. In Cartagena in Spain, the students of "San Juan Bosco" primary school, were invited to do drawings to express how they see their companions with this syndrome. The intention was to break stereotypes and discover the positive contributions that people with Down syndrome can make.
Freetown, Sierra Leone - 2016 - These are the faces of children left without parents, whom the Salesians look after and educate for life. They are "faces that speak of the future."
(Photo: Alberto Lopez, the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid)
(ANS – New Delhi) – The “All India Catholic Union” (AICU), the largest lay Catholic organization in India, is calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use his influence and that of his government to negotiate with the countries of the Middle East free Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, kidnapped in Yemen on March 4, 2016. Meanwhile, in Kochi, also sixty tiny tots from Kochi, dressed as Infant Jesus, have written to prime minister Narendra Modi and sought his intervention for the early release of Father Tom.
(ANS - Manaus) - Solidarity is one of the most important and essential values for all human beings. Zygmunt Bauman observed in his famous book "Liquid Love" that our culture no longer considers commitment as a value. But the truth is that "we came to this world as brothers. And we walk, joining his hands and facing each other." This is the kind of solidarity the Manaus Salesian Youth Ministry has implemented for the benefit of hundreds of children, adolescents and young people.
Kenitra - Morocco – 23 December 2016 - The children of the Don Bosco Salesian school celebrated Christmas with song and dance in the presence of relatives and friends.
Antofagasta, Chile – 26 December 2016 - Children and young people from the Salesian Houses in Calama, Antofagasta, Iquique and Alto Hospicio participated in the Camp "Pampa Bosco" of the north of Chile from 26 to 29 December. The purpose of this meeting was to deepen the Salesian Youth Spirituality through the slogan of the Rector Major of the Salesians: "We are Family"
Ethiopia – “Here I was able to live the ‘Oratorian Heart’” says Donato Galletta SDB
(ANS – Addis Ababa) – Be it Feast or Feria, Christmas or Easter, Meskel or Temket, the National Feasts in Ethiopia, there is someone who is always at his job: a Salesian 24/7, a man with an ‘oratorian heart’, ‘man of few words and more actions’. This is Bro. Donato Galetta, who has been touching the hearts of hundreds of young people ever since his arrival in Ethiopia in the year 1988. Of the thirty years spent in Ethiopia, 12 years were spent in Zway and the remaining 18 years at Mekanissa in Addis Abeba.
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".
Paraguay – Conclusion of Team Visit with the Rector Major
(ANS - Ypacaraí) - The Team Visit to the Salesian Region of the American Southern Cone was held at the House of the Salesian Family of Ypacaraí, Paraguay. It ended on the afternoon of Friday 24 March with the concluding words of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime.