(ANS - San José) - It was May 29, 1989, when Sister Maria Romero Meneses, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, was given, posthumously, the title of honorary citizen of Costa Rica, because of her exceptional services rendered to the Republic by the religious. To celebrate this honorary citizen, great FMA and blessed of the Catholic Church, last Sunday, 7 July, the city of San José held a large procession, which gathered thousands of faithful around her relics, in memory of this nun who spent 46 years of her life in the country at the service of the poor and the needy.
(ANS - Santiago) - According to a study by the Ministry of Social Development and the Family, "at the end of 2018 there were 547 children and adolescents living or having lived in a street situation during the last year." In this matter, the Minister for Social Development, Alfredo Moreno, also said that "it is very difficult to remove all the people from the street, but with children it must be done absolutely." The "Fundación Don Bosco" of Chile works and is committed precisely to these children.
(ANS - Port Moresby) - "During my visits to our communities in the Decanate of Pomio, individuals and groups of people have repeatedly asked me to speak for them, to speak on behalf of those who have no voice ... The problems in question are not easy to resolve, but I have always believed that with good will and dialogue a solution for the common good was possible ... A solution, that is, of solidarity based on a preferential option for the poorest of our brothers and sisters." With these words of a true Salesian, last Friday, 5 July, Msgr. Francesco Panfilo, SDB, archbishop of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, introduced his speech to the Institute of Catholic Theology of Bomana, at Port Moresby, in which he illustrated the advocacy action carried out by his archdiocese towards the indigenous population of Pomio.
Mongolia - "My experience as a translator": interview with Mary Gangaa, Salesian Cooperator
(ANS - Darkhan) - Ms. Mary Gangaa, Salesian Cooperator, is one of the three Cooperators who will take part in the second translation workshop of the East-Asia Oceania region, to be held in Myanmar from 27 to 29 August.
UN – Youth Aspirations & Climate Urgency
(ANS - New York) – A panel discussion on ‘Youth Aspirations & Climate Urgency’ was organized on 11 July as a side event at the ongoing United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at New York, by “Don Bosco Green Alliance along with Salesian Missions USA and Don Bosco Network” (DBN). The HLPF annually evaluates the global progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), hence, this panel discussion focused on SDG 13 Climate Action and the impact of climate change on young people and their future.
Italy – 140 years of Salesian presence in San Benigno: when Don Bosco sought a home for the novitiate
(ANS - San Benigno Canavese) - On 5 July the Salesian community of San Benigno Canavese celebrated its 140th anniversary. The history of this Salesian site, which is just twenty kilometers from Turin, dates back to the Congregation's origins and refers to the times of the first foundations started by Don Bosco himself.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THREE STOLES, THREE WONDERFUL STORIES and a heart that doesn’t forget
I want to carve into my memory and yours the inestimable value of every human encounter, however brief or lengthy, deep or quick it might be. If it is a human encounter, it is always special and we have to make it special. We will have a much better life if we live it this way.