(ANS - Rukago) – Blessed and inaugurated on October 30th was the new building of the "Maison Cana" orphanage in Rukago. It is managed by the Congregation of the "Daughters of Mary - Our Lady of Cana", and founded in 1994 by the Salesian Fr Vital Minani, who today is Vicar of the "Mary Mother of God" house of Rukago.
(ANS - Dili) - The annual gathering of Delegates for Youth Ministry (YM) and for Mission Animation (MA) of the Asia East-Oceania region (AEO) is currently underway (11-15 November) in Dili, Capital of Timor-Leste. The meeting is led by Fr Fabio Attard, General Councilor for YM, and Fr Guillermo Basañes, General Councilor for the Missions, together with their collaborators in their respective ministries, and regional coordinators Fr Joebeth L. Vivo (YM) and Fr Arvin Abatayo (MA). The meeting is also attended by Fr Václav Klement, Regional Councilor, and the Archbishop of Dili, the Salesian Msgr. Virgilio Da Silva.
(ANS - Addis Ababa) - The Animation Visit of Fr Francesco Cereda, Vicar of the Rector Major, to the Vice Province of Africa Ethiopia (AET) was recently concluded. From 4 to 10 November, Fr Cereda visited the communities of Addis Ababa and Meki, meeting numerous Salesians, young people and members of the Salesian Family. These were intense days, during which the Rector Major's Vicar visited the Salesian schools and centers and had moments of discussion with the Directors and the Provincial Council.
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.