(ANS – Aleppo) – Fr. Pier Jabloyan, Vicar of the Salesian house in Aleppo, recounted how they lived in the oratory of Aleppo the witness delivered at WYD 2016 by their animator Rand Mittri. “While Rand was speaking to the Pope, we all felt that our voice was being heard all over the world”.
(ANS - Dakar) – In the month oh July, the Don Bosco Centre in Dakar was illumined, filled with smiles, pride, and hopes for the future. There was the conclusion of the school year, and thirty young men were given a certificate that states that together it is possible to grow, it is possible to do.
(ANS - Krakow) - More than 2.5 million faithful from around the world gathered for the Eucharist at the end of the XXXI World Youth Day in Krakow, which was celebrated with the theme: "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." The Pope in his homily said that Jesus wants to get closer to each of us. Finally the Holy Father invited all young people to be bearers of their faith and of the good news to the whole world. Francis had also announced that the next World Youth Day will be held in Panama. The Rector Major also attended this concluding Mass.
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).