(ANS - Cochabamba) - Someone may wonder, "Who are those ladies with yellow coats walking through life with smiles on their faces?" You could simply answer that they are social workers, women from a certain company, people working for a brand ... Yes, all true answers, but there is more. They are women who are part of the association "Damas Salesianas" (ADS), "Catholic women who direct their efforts to the service of the needy population, especially other women. Their goal is to evangelize through human promotion," says E. Marín, one of the Damas.
(ANS - Tlaquepaque) - In order to promote a more profound Marian devotion, a Provincial Congress on Mary Help of Christians took place from 11 to 14 May at the Salesian Superior Institute of Tlaquepaque. It was attended by about 130 people, most being members of the Salesian Family, and especially from the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA).
(ANS – Muenster) – Around 70,000 participants attended the 101st German Catholic Day in Muenster, which reached its climax on Sunday, May 13, 2018, with an open-air worship service at its best and most popular event to date. The Central Committee of German Catholics, as organizer, speaks of the "largest Catholic Day since reunification." In the middle of it all, a circus tent of Don Bosco put children and young families into the best Catholic Day mood possible.
(ANS - Mestre) - From 10 to 13 May the meeting of the Delegates of Social Communication of Europe took place in Mestre. The aim of the proposed itinerary was to review, present and discuss current pastoral communication in the various Provinces in a constructive fashion.
(ANS - Brussels) - On Friday, 27 April, the project "Toma las riendas" (Take the reins) of the State Coordinator of Salesian Social Platforms (CEPSS) of Spain was presented at the European Commission's Annual Conference for Inclusive Growth (ACIG 2018), an event that brings together civil society organizations and legislators to discuss how to achieve truly inclusive growth. The Salesian representation, organized by "Don Bosco International" (DBI), was numerous, with six people coming from Italy, Belgium and Spain participating in the various activities.
(ANS - Goma) - On 30 April, the Salesian "Don Bosco Ngangi" in Goma, at the eastern end of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, welcomed the Regional Councilor for Africa-Madagascar, Fr Américo Chaquisse. The reason for his visit was the inauguration of the new chapel, dedicated to St. Melchiorre, of the Salesian prenovitiate called "Boscolac", located about ten kilometers from Goma.
(ANS - Nairobi) - The International Meeting of the PDOs, the Planning and Development Offices, organizations that in recent years have assumed an ever-increasing role in the implementation of Salesian educational and development initiatives, ended in Nairobi on 27 April. The event offered numerous indications for the future journey.
(ANS - Rome) – "Nourishing oneself on truth and communicating truth means nourishing oneself on life and on communicating life." This is perhaps the best summary of the 7th Salesian Communications Days held at the Salesian Pontifical University of Rome on 27-28 April. The awareness of the pitfalls of fake news and the clear-cut choice for a journalism of peace that is well anchored to the Truth represented the cornerstones that gave life to the seminar's debate and activities.
(ANS - Nairobi) - The Planning and Development Offices (PDOs) as tools to support the Provinces to bridge the gap between young people and Salesians, as structures capable of keeping Don Bosco's name high in the world, and as a vehicle for a new economic ethics in the world. This and much more was discussed on the first day of work of the third International Meeting of PDOs.
(ANS - Nairobi) - To ensure that the Planning and Development Offices (PDOs) in the various Salesian Provinces become increasingly more think-tanks wherein to reflect on how the Salesian Mission can support and foster human development and, especially, young people. This is the primary purpose of the international meeting of PDO leaders and operators currently taking place in Nairobi, Kenya.