(ANS – Rome) – On 20 June 2017, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consent of his council, appointed Fr William Matthews as the 11th Provincial of Australia-Pacific for the period of 6 years (2018-2023).
(ANS - Lima) - Young people with disabilities receive formation and training at the "CETPRO Santo Domingo Savio" technical center in Rímac, Lima, Peru, and a campaign for raising awareness is being undertaken in their favor. Many times these young people suffer because society turns its backs on them, but, as Robert M. Hensel, a wheelchair athlete and a Guinness record holder, said, "people have no disabilities, but different abilities."
(ANS - Rome) - With the consent of the General Council, the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, appointed Fr Carlo Andrés Lira Airola as Provincial of the "San Gabriele Arcangelo" Province of Chile, who will begin this new assignment on 27 January, 2018.
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.