(ANS - Pugnido) - The massacre that took place on April 15 on the border between South Sudan and Ethiopia is a deep wound for the local population. 208 people were killed and more than 100 children abducted, not to mention the pillage of about 2000 cows, in a world where pastoralism is the main source of livelihood. Fr Filippo Perin, a Salesian missionary in Pugnido in the Gambella region, not far from the site of the massacre, said: "We are concluding Lent, we have got to Palm Sunday and we are beginning the week of the Passion ... We are living three days of mourning in Gambella region for what has happened."
(ANS –Vatican City) – The Holy Father Pope Francis appointed the parish priest of San Juan Bosco parish in Altamira, Fr. Enrique José Parravano Marino, SDB, as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Caracas, Venezuela, giving him the episcopal titular see of Isola.
(ANS - Madrid) - The Departments for the Missions and for Social Communication have organized the first meeting of the communication teams of the Salesian Mission Offices in Madrid from 25 to 28 April. The meeting represents a new departure in synergy: "Mission Offices, challenges to effective communication in the new contexts of communication."
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.