(ANS – Monrovia) – The Rector Major, Father Angel Fernandez Artime, concluded his two day visit to Liberia yesterday, February 4th. In the morning he celebrated the holy Eucharist in honour of Mary Help of Christians at Our Lady of Lebanon, St. Joseph’s Parish in Monrovia which has been looked after by the Salesians of Don Bosco from the time they set up their presence in Monrovia.
Fr. Sony Joseph Pottenplackal, SDB
(ANS – Accra) – On the 6th day of his landmark visit to West Africa English speaking province, Fr Ángel Fernandez Artime landed at Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana. With his secretary, Fr Horacio López, he was accompanied by the incoming and outgoing Provincials of AFW Province, Frs Michael Karikunnel and Jorge Crisafulli. Despite the late hour, the Provincial house community and other confreres turned out in numbers to meet them.
by Br. Samuel Job, SDB
(ANS – Kuching) – During the weekend, January 24-26, a 'Malaysia Adventure Team' of three Salesians carried out a second historical exploratory trip. This time the non-formal invitation to the Salesians came from Kuching Archbishop John Ha. The FIN provincial Fr Paul Bicomong, his Economer Fr Elu Ulandal, and Fr Noel Villafuerte, a Filipino missionary based in Surabaya (ITM), are happy with the fruits of this short visit.
By F. Noel Villafuerte, SDB
Vatican - Rector Major Fr Á.F. Artime: "We must give priority to young people, ensure no one feels left aside"
(ANS - Vatican City) - The Synod is an opportunity to talk about young people and with young people, but the Church also has a lot to learn from them. It is, therefore, necessary to undertake a journey together. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, is fully aware of this.
"The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to dream"
The Synod of Bishops on young people began in a difficult and apparently unfavorable context for the Church, amid tensions, disbelief, decline in vocations and open challenges to the Church's teachings on important issues such as the right to life and the role of the Christian faith in the social fabric and in human rights. On the other hand, despite the complex circumstances surrounding this event, a sign of communion and hope is the presence of two continental Chinese bishops who "for the first time" can participate in a Synod.
Italy – Don Bosco Network Development Cooperation Working Group meeting 9th October 2018
(ANS – Rome) – On the 9th of October 2018 members and partners of the Don Bosco Network (DBN), including the Councilor for Missions Fr Guillermo Basanes, Economer General Bro Jean Paul Muller, and the Coordinator of Mission Offices Fr George Menamparampil, met at the DBN headquarters in Rome for the Development Cooperation Working Group meeting.
Thailand – Servants of Immaculate Heart of Mary, 80 years in Southern Thailand
(ANS - Surat Thani) – Almost half of the 92 SIHM Sisters (Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Thailand-Cambodia), founded by late Salesian Bishop Gaetano Passoti, are contributing to the building of Catholic communities and witnessing in the most southern part of Thailand, in Surat Thani diocese (Bishop Joseph Prathan, SDB).