(ANS - Soyapango) - Mankind has always sought development on the banks of a river. The great civilizations have always had a river that provided their water resources and a way of communication. Today, however, many rivers are contaminated. And the problem is compounded because many people use this water for human consumption. In El Salvador, many institutions, including the Don Bosco University, have teamed up to draw the world’s attention to the care of small rivers.
(ANS – Hua Hin) – The last full day of the EAO 2017 Team Visit in Hua Hin, Friday 10 March, was dedicated to the sixth and seventh theme: Formation and Salesian Family.
(ANS - Turin) – The Don Bosco Camino is a wonderful way to get in touch with the spirit of the Salesian places. It starts in the place where it all began, Colle Don Bosco, a place of great natural beauty and cultural charm. It leads then to the cradle of the Salesian charism at Valdocco, with the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. The Don Bosco Camino offers this opportunity to all pilgrims and travellers. And to make the journey easier, a new Tourist Guide to the Don Bosco Camino was launched a few days ago in Turin. It is edited by Claudio Baldi and Ute Ludwig, and published by Blu Edizioni.
Ethiopia – “Here I was able to live the ‘Oratorian Heart’” says Donato Galletta SDB
(ANS – Addis Ababa) – Be it Feast or Feria, Christmas or Easter, Meskel or Temket, the National Feasts in Ethiopia, there is someone who is always at his job: a Salesian 24/7, a man with an ‘oratorian heart’, ‘man of few words and more actions’. This is Bro. Donato Galetta, who has been touching the hearts of hundreds of young people ever since his arrival in Ethiopia in the year 1988. Of the thirty years spent in Ethiopia, 12 years were spent in Zway and the remaining 18 years at Mekanissa in Addis Abeba.
A rich man who helped Lazarus
In his letter for Lent this year, Pope Francis invites us to be generous with the needy, stressing that this generosity should lead us not to give what is left over but to give of our very own. In this regard, the example set by Chuck Feeney, an 85-year-old man who donated all his possessions to charity, well represents the phrase: "He did not give the crumbs. He gave the whole bread."
Indonesia – Asian Youth Day 2017, in preparation
(ANS – Jakarta) – To encourage and accompany young people in Asia to live and promote a "culture of solidarity and encounter with the other, in the multicultural and multireligious societies of Asia" and increase the awareness of the contribution to give to the Church and society: this is the intent of the seventh Asia Youth Day, which in 2017 will be held in Yogyakarta in central Java, from July 30 to August 9, 2017. The theme chosen for the event which will bring over 3,000 young Catholics from 29 Asian countries to Indonesia is "Joyful Asian Youth! Living The Gospel In Multicultural Asia".
Paraguay – Conclusion of Team Visit with the Rector Major
(ANS - Ypacaraí) - The Team Visit to the Salesian Region of the American Southern Cone was held at the House of the Salesian Family of Ypacaraí, Paraguay. It ended on the afternoon of Friday 24 March with the concluding words of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime.