(ANS - San Pedro Carchá) - "Talita Kumi", which in Aramaic means "Little girl, I say to you, arise!", is a foundation established for the promotion and training of women of the Q'eqchi ethnic group. For a long time they were victims of discrimination. In San Pedro Carchá, 200 km north of the capital of the country, the energetic command addressed by Jesus to the dead girl was transformed into a reality that is now celebrating 25 years of service.
(ANS - Ypacaraí) - The House of the Salesian Family in the city of Ypacaraí is to host a major international meeting of the Salesian Congregation, called the "Team Visit". The meeting will be chaired by the Rector Major who arrived yesterday, 20 March, and will be attended by six other General Council members and 90 Salesians from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.
(ANS - Addis Ababa) - Among the 115 confirmed victims of the rubbish landslide that occurred on Saturday 11 March in the Koshe landfill on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, there are seven students from the Don Bosco Centre at Mekanissa, a suburb of the capital. The tragedy, for which the Ethiopian government has declared three days of national mourning, has directly affected the entire educational community.
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.