(ANS - Santa Cruz) - On 10 July, the V American Missionary Congress (CAMV) opened in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and was inaugurated with the presentation of Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Delegate of Pope Francis, who encouraged over three thousand participants to be "credible through testimony." The Salesians of Latin America, and of the world, participate in this great event. One of them, in the name of the Rector Major, is Fr Martín Lasarte, of the Missions Dicastery.
(ANS - Managua) - The Nicaraguan nation is experiencing one of the deepest crises in its history. A people that has denounced the arbitrariness of the government, which represses it, annihilates and arrests it. No one can go out to "protest", not even in the presence of international human rights organizations. The population is experiencing much pain and anguish.
(ANS - Mumbai) - At a time when in India the public debate is occupied by identity issues and many are busy with raising walls, rather than building bridges, between different cultures, religions and traditions, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) has given a mandate to all Catholic schools to read, comment and teach young people the Preamble to the Constitution of India, which promotes inclusive values among all citizens.
(ANS - Managua) - Two months of intense protests have been going on in Nicaragua. Time passes quickly and the incessant repression of the police, paramilitary groups and those close to the government of Daniel Ortega continues to make the nation cry.
(ANS - Vatican City) - "Beware of blaming young people for their distance from the Church"; instead, proceed towards an "institutional conversion, which concerns the way we live and work together". These are some of the suggestions offered by Salesian Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, Special Secretary of the Synod of Bishops on "Youth, faith and vocational discernment", during the press conference to present the Instrumentum Laboris of the Synod - the working document for the synod fathers.
(ANS - Fátima) - The Portuguese bishops met in Fatima to address the theme of young people, youth ministry and vocations in the context of the forthcoming Synod of Bishops. On the agenda, issues related to accompaniment, faith, vocational discernment, the space that young people have in parish communities, the integration of young people and their contribution to evangelization. In support of the work of reflection of the Portuguese episcopate were Fr Fabio Attard, General Councilor for Youth Ministry, and Fr Mario Óscar Llanos, SDB, Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the Salesian Pontifical University.
Venezuela - Fr Méndez: "The Salesians have not surrendered and will not give up, because we are many united to God"
(ANS - Caracas) - Fr Francisco Méndez is in his fifth year as the Provincial of the Salesian Province of Venezuela. In the country's current situation, his task is – difficult, stimulating - to animate, encourage and give hope to the Salesians in the midst of the difficult conditions facing Venezuela and its people.
Communicating in the network: "this is the problem"
The Pope's appeal to "Proclaiming the Gospel of mercy to all peoples ... through the means of communication that the new digital cultural context makes available to our contemporaries" is a great challenge.
India – The workshop marking 25 years of BOSCOM South Asia
(ANS – Mumbai) – On 18 and 19 July, a group of citizen journalists from 42 centres in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh participated in a two-day media workshop on “fake news and journalism for peace”. Organized by the Bosco Information Service (BIS) of Mumbai Salesian province, the event marked the 25 years of BOSCOM South Asia.
Italy - Renewed efforts to fight Poverty
(ANS - Rome) - It is not enough to be part of the G7 to be able to claim to have defeated poverty. In Italy, on the contrary, it increases and involves more and more people, with trends and indicators for growth, cause for deep concern, as stated by the National Statistical Institute (ISTAT).