(ANS - Panama City) - The Don Bosco Technical Institute, in the framework of the 60th anniversary since its foundation, hosted Salesian delegations from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, gathering in Panama City on October 3 and 4 to celebrate the XIII Congress of Technical-Professional Training.
(ANS - Panama City) - "We have started again after our wonderful meeting in Krakow, where we celebrated the XXXI World Youth Day," wrote Pope Francis. "At the end of the WYD in Krakow, I indicated the next goal of our pilgrimage which, with God's help, will take us to Panama in 2019. The Virgin Mary will accompany us along this path, she who all generations shall call blessed." The Youth Ministry Dicastery, in contact with the leaders of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) in Central America, began the work of organizing and planning what will be the feast of all those who share the Salesian charism.
Panama City, Panama - October 2018 - On October 2 in the Basilica of Don Bosco came the relic of Blessed Óscar Arnulfo Romero, one of the patron saints of WYD, with a ceremony presided over by the archbishop of Panama, José Domingo Ulloa. Numerous faithful welcomed the reliquary containing a piece of cloth stained with the blood of the blessed when he was wounded to death, a bust and a replica of his mitre. The relic will remain in Panama until the World Youth Day which will take place in January 2019, and during this period will travel to various parts of the country. On October 14th, Pope Francis will proclaim saints Msgr. Romero and Pope Paul VI and with them two priests, two religious and a layman will also be canonized.
Panama City, Panama - August 2018 - Students, staff and teachers of the Don Bosco Technical Institute have animated numerous moments of Eucharistic adoration to ask God for peace in the world, especially for the Nicaraguan brothers subject to persecution. The students prayed for the eternal rest of the young people killed during the clashes and, through sign boards, they sent messages of solidarity and stressed the importance of respect for human rights.
(ANS - Panama City) - A few months before the World Youth Day (WYD), the world leaders of this event met in Panama to organize everything with the utmost precision. Even the Salesians of the Rome Headquarters have also had several preparatory meetings and everything proceeds as scheduled. And the Salesians in Panama? They are continuing to organize and remodel everything to welcome the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and the thousands of young people of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM). Fr Rómulo Gallegos, from the Shrine of Don Bosco in Panama City, answers some questions.
(ANS - Panama City) - From 6 to 10 June, 2018, about 250 representatives of the youth pastoral offices of the Episcopal Conferences, Movements and Ecclesial Associations from all over the world met in Panama for the Second preparatory meeting for the next World Youth Day (WYD), to be held in Panama from 22 to 27 January, 2019. Representing the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) were Renato Cursi, of the Salesian Youth Ministry Department, and Sr. Maria del Carmen Indurán, Coordinator of the Youth Ministry of the Central South America Province, of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA).
Mexico – Fr Novoa Leyva on caravan of migrants heading to Tijuana: "They are people in a special situation"
(ANS - Tijuana) - The Salesian Fr Agustín Novoa Leyva is responsible for the "Tijuana Salesian Project". In this interview he offers, without prejudice or bias, a view on the arrival and reception of the caravan of migrants now reaching the border between Mexico and the United States. To remember that migrants are, first of all, people.
Communicating in the network: a language to learn again
It is a fact that digital communication is a challenge for the Church. In the last Synod of Bishops, the network is spoken of as a space of evangelization, like a continent to explore, like a new place to live. The old "information highways" have now become true "constellations of content", with about 1,400 million websites on the network and their number grows exponentially, while every day new virtual communities of meetings and discussions arise according to the different tastes and needs of people.
Uruguay - "How to efficiently connect with new public?" Meeting of Latin American Missionary Offices
(ANS - Montevideo) - The second meeting of the Latin American Missionary Offices began on Thursday, November 15th, in Montevideo, focusing on the theme: "How to connect with the new public efficiently?"
Democratic Republic of Congo - Does charity for beggars really help them or helps them stay on the street?
(ANS - Lubumbashi) – On leaving the main streets of Lubumbashi in the evening one might even see and meet a thousand children on the sidewalks and intersections. They are all between about 7 and 12 years old, both boys and girls. Where do they come from and what are they still doing on the street at that time of night?
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
GOOD NEWS STILL EXISTS!
I am writing to you, my dear friends, just a few hours after having bestowed the missionary cross on a group of ten Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and twenty-five Salesians of Don Bosco who will leave in this 149th missionary expedition. We count the number of expeditions from the very first one prepared by Don Bosco himself for November 11, 1875. On that occasion, the first ten Salesian missionaries were sent to Argentina: six young priests and four Salesian brothers. Those first ones have been followed by about 11,000 Salesians and 2,500 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, 2,000 of them Italian FMAs who left Europe for the world.