(ANS - Tokyo) - The first conference of the Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS) in the Asia-Oceania region was held in Tokyo, Japan, from 22 to 26 April. Six centres from three different countries were represented: Japan, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. The representatives were 7 Salesian Priests, 1 Salesian Brother, and 5 lay people - including two women.
(ANS - Lviv) - From 27 to 29 April, more than 20 Provincial Delegates for Schools of the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians from Europe met in Lviv, Ukraine, to retrace developments that have taken place from 2010 to the present. It was seen that the operative choices made were in accordance with the magisterium of the Congregation and the Institute and in response to the Church.
(ANS - Rome) - The Salesian Communication Days at the Salesian Pontifical University will begin this afternoon, Friday 28 April, and will continue tomorrow. About 160 young people in initial formation for the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and other members of the Salesian Family will study the Pope's message for the 51st World Social Communications Day.
(ANS - Prague) - Representatives of 11 Salesian Publishers from all over Europe met in Prague from 20 to 23 April to analyse the current situation and plan activities in response to new challenges arising from the new type of readers, Salesian pastoral approach, the economic situation and the market.
(ANS – Nairobi) – The first ever Salesian Brothers Congress of Africa and Madagascar was held at the Dimesse Sisters Spirituality Centre in Nairobi, East Africa Salesian Province. Thirty-three Salesian Brothers and 4 Salesian Priests took part in the Congress that started on 18th of April and ended on the 23rd of April. The Thame of the Congress is “Rooted in Christ as Servant of the young in Don Bosco’s way”.
(ANS - Tournai) - At the end of March students of the Primary School and Secondary Technical-Vocational School in Tournai, Belgium, had two extraordinary days of animation, games and special moments thanks to the "missionaries": Salesians, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) and the youth of the Salesian youth Movement (SYM).
(ANS – Hyderabad) – The Second Annual Seminar on Participatory Action Research (PAR) for Transformation of Don Bosco Young at Risk (YaR) Centres in South Asia was held at Don Bosco Provincial House, Hyderabad (India) on the 27-28 March, 2017. There were presentations from 22 Research Co-ordinators of PAR, representing 16 YaR centres in 9 cities and 6 states of south India. They revealed how the participation of children really made a difference.
(ANS - Brussels) - From 3 to 7 April Don Bosco International (DBI) ran an intensive promotion of Salesian activities in Brussels, in various public, private and third sector venues.
(ANS – New York) – The 61st Commission on the Status of Women was held at UN Headquarters in New York, March 13-24, 2017 addressing the Priority theme: “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”. Research has shown that providing women with opportunities to improve their health, education, and well-being has a multiplier effect in a community as she creates a better life for her family and helps build a strong community. Investing in women is an investment in a community and in sustainable development.
(ANS - Rome) - "The Church of the first millennium was born of the blood of the martyrs (...) At the end of the second millennium, the Church has once again become a Church of martyrs" (John Paul II, Tertio Millennio Adveniente). To mark the 80th anniversary of the death of Sister Carmen Moreno Benítez and Sister Amparo Carbonell Muñoz, both of whom were martyred during the Spanish Civil War, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians are organizing a conference on the FMA and Martyrdom, to be held tomorrow, Thursday, 30 March at 17:00, at the Madre Ersilia Canta House in Rome.