(ANS - Madrid) - The “Recognize” Project (Reconce), promoted by the Don Bosco Youth Confederation, was selected among the top 50 of the 327 candidates for the “la Caixa” competition for Social Innovation 2017.
(ANS - Vatican City) - A New World Day to bring "an exquisitely evangelical element ... that is, the predilection of Jesus for the poor." It is the World Day of the Poor, expressly wanted by Pope Francis at the end of the Jubilee of Mercy. It will be celebrated for the first time on November 19, on the occasion of XXXIII Sunday in Ordinary Time, on the theme: "Let us love, not with words, but with deeds."
(ANS - Arica) - There is a long-standing conflict in Chile involving the indigenous people of Mapuche. "The Mapuches are a people who are profoundly rooted to their own land, and in recent years they have been in the news for several unpleasant events," wrote D. Ancalao. One of the conflict's hot issues to be discussed is the idea of negotiating spaces of "plurality" and "mapuche autonomy". In this regard, the Church of Chile has sought to find a path through dialogue and Msgr. Héctor Vargas, Salesian, Bishop of Temuco, is one of the guarantors of the process.
Italy - The role of oratories today
(ANS - Catania) - During the afternoons of so many kids today, digital devices have replaced the physical locations of meeting and gettting together. Several observers comment that there are fewer outdoor games today, fewer socialization opportunities ... In this context, the oratories have also changed, but their service continues to be precious, reiterates Fr Domenico Luvarà, Delegate of the Youth Ministry of the Sicilian Province (ISI).
Communicating hope and confidence in our time, a difficult task
22 May, 2017: It is 10:35 PM, local time. The concert of American pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester City Arena turns into a night of terror when a terrorist attack kills 22 people, many young; in the following days, repeated attacks in Egypt, Afghanistan, and even more recently in London, the number of victims tragically increases.
Belgium – 4 Salesian organizations join 250 NGOs launching Alternative Vision for Europe
(ANS – Bruxelles) – More than 250 non-governmental organizations from across Europe have released an alternative vision for a more democratic, just and sustainable Europe today, June 20, 2017. Intended to influence the debate on the future direction of Europe, this alternative vision is endorsed by organisations representing a multitude of public interest issues, including labour rights, culture, development, environment, health, women’s rights, youth, and anti-discrimination groups.
Italy - Hope beyond the waves: Ahmed's story
(ANS - Turin) - Ahmed comes from Egypt, is a Muslim and he arrived in Italy three years ago. The family did not want to let him go, for fear of losing him in the waves of the Mediterranean but, convinced by a friend, Ahmed decided to leave with the help of his father. Now he has started a new life in Turin, accompanied by the sons of Don Bosco. "The most beautiful and important lesson I learned is to live in peace with people of different countries and religions and the recent visit of the Pope to Cairo is a beautiful demonstration of how we can be brothers," says Ahmed.