(ANS – New Delhi) – The Salesian Provincial Council of South Asia (SPCSA) is a body, led by Father Maria Arokiam Kanaga, Regional Councillor, which brings together 11 Provinces as one body for common orientations and initiatives in the following areas: Education, Youth Animation, Mission, Communication, and Formation. In the context of a periodic evaluation of the SPCSA, it was thought appropriate to also do a Visioning exercise for Salesians of Don Bosco, India, during a meeting in New Delhi, on 8-9 February.
(ANS – Rome) – On February 17th, in Naples, the emotional journey of the “Museo della Pace – MAMT” (Museum of Peace) dedicated to the Father and Teacher of the Youth will open its gates. The journey is entitled: “Don Bosco, the Power of Love”. The Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, will also take part in this event.
(ANS - Brussels) - Ahead of the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers (12 February) and taking advantage of the valuable documentary produced by Misiones Salesianas entitled Alto el Fuego (Ceasefire) on the work being done by Salesians for the personal rehabilitation and social reintegration of child soldiers, Don Bosco International organized a series of events in Brussels to promote the Salesian work of Ciudad Don Bosco in Medellin.
(ANS – New Delhi) – Don Bosco Youth Film Festival of India (DBYFFI) is an annual Short Film Festival organized simultaneously in over 100 cities of 19 States in India as a tribute to Don Bosco, the patron and friend of youth. This Festival, which is non-commercial and competitive, has showcased on 28-29 January twenty-four short-movies that celebrate the spirit of youth and issues concerning nation-building. It creates platforms for filmmakers to reach the widest possible audience for their work.
(ANS - Rome) - Yesterday, 2 February. the documentary "Alto el fuego" (Ceasefire) was shown in Rome to a large audience of journalists. The film was made by "Misiones Salesianas" in Madrid in collaboration with the Salesian House "Ciudad Don Bosco" in Medellin, Colombia. After the screening of the documentary, many questions were put to the two former child soldiers present, Manuel and Catalina (fictitious names). "Catalina, did you decide to join FARC? Why did you leave it?" - "Yes. I decided to join and I decided to leave … "
(ANS – Brussels) – On the occasion of the Feast of Don Bosco, Don Bosco International has organized for the first time, an evening reception in partnership with the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) to celebrate Don Bosco. This new initiative counted on the presence of Fr. Fabio Attard, President of DBI.
(ANS – Attard) – On 26th and 27th January, Fr. Antoine Farrugia and Ángel Gudiña have taken part in the Conference “Lost in Migration”, organized by the Maltese President’s Foundation for the Well-being of Society together with Missing Children Europe. The Conference was focused on the terrifying phenomenon of the 10,000 minors being unaccounted for in Europe last year, as Director of Europol, Mr. Rob Wainwright reported upon.
(ANS – Mumbai) – What is common between veteran Bollywood film makers Mahesh Bhatt, Anand Patwardhan and famous actor Akshay Kumar? They are all alumni of the reputed Don Bosco High School at Matunga, Mumbai. While the trio took the mass medium to greater heights in their own right to entertain and drive home a lesson or two, their monk mentors, known as the Salesian priests of the Catholic Church have also started reaching out to the masses through the medium of the films.
(ANS – Rome) – Over 50 years of armed conflict in Colombia between FARC, ELN, the Paramilitaries and the State left on the field eight million victims. Throughout this time, thousands of children were part of armed groups and in their turn became the victims, because their childhood remained attached to arms, the forest was their only home and the battalion their sole family. This is why the Salesian Missionary Procure of Madrid presents on Thursday, February 2nd, in Rome, the documentary “Alto el Fuego” (Cease Fire) on the process of personal rehabilitation and social reintegration of Child Soldiers implemented by the Salesians.
(ANS – Rome) – The 35th edition of the Days of Spirituality of the Salesian Family has come to an end. These days were held from January 19th to 22nd, under the responsibility of Fr. Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family. The first activity of the last day was the celebration of the Eucharist, that was presided over by Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, who said, “We, as Salesian Family, are in this world, in our society, to witness to the light!”