(ANS - Maputo) - The Salesians in Mozambique were detached from the Salesian Province of Portugal and the Vice-Province of Mary Help of Christians was canonically erected on 19 August 2006. This year, therefore, the Vice-Province is celebrating its first ten years. Various commemorative activities were planned throughout the year and the main one was the celebration on 1 November with a spirit of gratitude to God and renewed service to young people. This service is being carried on in the style of Don Bosco by about sixty Salesians in eight works.
(ANS – Rome) – Yet again, the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians has experienced that many drops put together make a lovely puddle of water for more than one person to enjoy. In fact, on October 27, Mother Yvonne Reungoat was able to submit to Italian Caritas, earthquake section, the sum of 150,000 euro, fruit of the generosity from about thirty provinces, from the initiatives of some communities, and from various generous private benefactors.
(ANS - Rome) - On 4 March 2016 a group of armed men attacked the house of the Missionaries of Charity in Aden, Yemen, killing 16 people, including 4 Sisters. At the time of the attack on the sisters’ house, an Indian Salesian priest, Fr Thomas Uzhunnalil, was present. As the hours passed it became clear that he had been abducted. Today, however, eight months later, we still have no definite news of him.
Sri Lanka - With Don Bosco, different ethnic groups and religions are building a new future together
(ANS - Kurunegala) - Fr Reginold Fernando is a "multitasking" Salesian as we say today: Vicar of the Vice Province of Sri Lanka, Director of the community of Metiyagane and Dean of the Salesian Institute of Civil and Electrical Engineering, in addition to following, at a distance, a major agricultural project aimed at supporting initial formation communities.
Italy - New eyes and new words to see and narrate the banlieues
(ANS - Rome) - The banlieue, inner-city, or periphery as a space, as a dimension, the periphery, above all, as a lively and vital reality, and not simply a catalyst of social problems and degradation. Because "reality is better seen from the periphery," as Pope Francis said, who has brought the theme of the banlieues into the magisterium of the Church. From this point of view, on March 10th, at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, a formation course was held entitled: "Narrating the peripheries: positive observations, constructive words."
Argentina - At the oratory we are demonstrating ... that change is possible, Amarrando Redes de Solidaridad
(ANS - Córdoba) - In Argentina the Salesians offer assistance to thousands of children and young people in vulnerable situations. In recent years the Sons of Don Bosco have engaged in a typically Salesian project entitled: "Amarrando Redes de Solidaridad" (Connecting Networks of Solidarity) which, faced with a selfish and individualistic culture, wants to prod open "a new culture of solidarity."