(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."
(ANS - Turin) - Fifty-two years of conflict between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have left more than 260 thousand dead, 45 thousand desaparecidos and 6.9 million displaced persons on the ground. But after the peace agreement ratified in Bogotá on November 30, 2016, young people shall be the architects of the renewal of a nation. Tomorrow, March 15th, at the invitation of "Missioni Don Bosco", a female ex-child soldier of FARC and the heads of the "Ciudad Don Bosco" recovery and rehabilitation center of Medellín bring their testimony to Turin for the conference “Scars of War - Matrices of Peace”, which will also address the ongoing pacification process.
(ANS - Madrid) - The Faculty of Theology of Salamanca celebrated the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas with a Eucharist presided over by the Bishop of Ávila, Msgr. Jesús García Burillo, and a conference by Fr Rossano Sala, Salesian, Special Secretary of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, who spoke about: "Youth of the Church and hopes of the young: what can we expect from the next Synod?"
(ANS - Fatima) - "The Initial Proclamation and the Salesian Mission" is the title of the Continental Seminar of Missionary Animation and Formation currently being held in Fatima. From 4 to 11 March, under the tender gaze of the Madonna appearing before the three young shepherds, Francesco, Giacinta and Lucia, 60 participants attended, including Salesians (SDB), Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) and volunteers from various parts of Europe and the Middle East.
(ANS – Seoul) – The Annual EAO Provincial Economers Meeting has just been concluded in Seoul, Korea. It was headed by the Economer General, Br. Jean Paul Muller, and managed by FIS Economer and EAO Regional Coordinator, Fr. Andy Satura. In attendance were 14 Provincial Economers, the KOR Mission Office, and 8 lay staff of some of the EAO Provinces. The entire meeting ran from March 1-4, 2018.
(ANS - Tlazala) - In the spiritual center "House of the New Man" of Tlazala, Mexico, on 24-25 February, the Meeting of the National Salesian Association of Associative Pastoral Care (ENSPA) took place, involving Salesians of Don Bosco, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and the lay collaborators of the four Provinces of Mexico: Mexico-Mexico (MEM), Mexico-Guadalajara (MEG) of the Salesians, Mexico-South (MME) and Mexico-Monterrey (MMO) of the FMA, together with the young people who belong to the four provincial councils of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) of each Province.
(ANS – Chennai) – A two-day national symposium was organized by Don Bosco Youth Animation, South Asia, on the theme: ''The Heart of Educating India: Don Bosco System of Education in Dialogue with 21st Century Educators.'' The Symposium was organized on 16th and 17th February 2018 at Don Bosco College of Arts and Science, Chennai, and it was jointly organized by Sacred Heart College, Tirupattur and was partnered by India Didactics Association, New Delhi.
(ANS - Madrid) - A meeting for all the communication agents of the Salesian houses in Spain was held on Saturday 24 February at the Salesian house in Atocha, Madrid. "Not only do we need to have a good story, we also need to know how to tell it," said Fernando Cueto, creative director, advertising manager and blogger in front of 90 participants, as part of the main presentation of this IV Salesian Communication Day.
(ANS - Nairobi) – Four days of deep thought, prayerful moments of reflections, challenging group sharing, inspiring conclusions by the Rector Major, light moments of laughter, a brief outing to the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians … these were the highlights of the Team Visit 2018 at Dimesse Sister Retreat Center, Nairobi. The final day was filled with inspiring and challenging thoughts from the Youth Ministry Sector presented by Fr. Fabio Attard.
(ANS - Nairobi) - On the third day of the Visit to the Africa-Madagascar region, the debate focused on the current state of Social Communication and of collaboration with the Salesian Family.