(ANS - Rome) - In reference to the situation of Father Tom Uzhunnalil, kidnapped on 4 March last in Aden, Yemen, it is confirmed that at the moment there is no further news than what has already been said.
(ANS - Madrid) – The anthem for the meetings of Easter 2016 is "Betting on tenderness". It reminds us how important it is that "we try to not let us steal the strength of the mission". The hymn says: "Bet on tenderness, forgiveness, and love, of freedom. Bet on love. Let us not steal faith, love and hope. Bet on tenderness, never on fear, never on selfishness, never. Bet on love." Faced with a society that has lost the sense of goodness, gentleness, compassion, we must live with tenderness. The Easter encounter thus becomes a courageous evangelizing proposal in a world that has other values.
(ANS - Manzini) - Swaziland is a country nestled between South Africa and Mozambique, with the highest rate in the world infected with HIV and 69,000 AIDS patients in a million inhabitants. According to the annual report of the United Nations, it is considered "the least healthy country in the world." And in this little portion of the world, the Salesians continue their mission to put into practice the message of Christ.
Uruguay - "Aristophanes": transmitting a message like Don Bosco used to
(ANS - Montevideo) - Although not everyone has passed through the doors of a Salesian institute, those who are part of "Aristophanes" feel absolutely part of the example of Don Bosco and try to transmit his values through their art. This is what three members of this parodic theater company claim; they are: Juan Ignacio Cristóbal, Winston Gorgal and Daniel Javier.
THE DARK FACE OF INTERNET
If we wanted to find a metaphor to fully describe the revolution caused to society since the introduction and use of the Internet, we could certainly compare this phenomenon to the discovery of a new planet, a new continent, a territory continuously being explored that we cannot manage to fully fathom, one we repeatedly marvel at, that surprises us with ever-new aspects and unexpressed potential.
RMG - Formation course for new Provincials
(ANS - Rome) - The formation course for the new Provincials is currently taking place at the Salesian headquarters in Rome. Eight Salesian Provincials from three regions are participating. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, will entrust each of them guidelines and a roadmap to empower their roles as guides and animators.
Spain - Young people need authentic and credible educators
(ANS - Madrid) - The Youth Ministry Department of the Spanish Episcopal Conference presented a summary of the contributions received for the next Synod on young people. What is the relationship of young people to the Church? Do favorable environments for vocational discernment exist? What hopes do young people in Europe have today? These are some of the questions asked through a special questionnaire to young people, who say they feel listened to by the Church, but who also ask that more time and more people become involved in listening to their needs.