(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.
(ANS – Jakarta) – To encourage and accompany young people in Asia to live and promote a "culture of solidarity and encounter with the other, in the multicultural and multireligious societies of Asia" and increase the awareness of the contribution to give to the Church and society: this is the intent of the seventh Asia Youth Day, which in 2017 will be held in Yogyakarta in central Java, from July 30 to August 9, 2017. The theme chosen for the event which will bring over 3,000 young Catholics from 29 Asian countries to Indonesia is "Joyful Asian Youth! Living The Gospel In Multicultural Asia".
(ANS - Rome) - On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome (25 March 1957), the founding moment of the European Union, a meeting of Heads of State and Government of the member countries is taking place in Rome. The members will be received by Pope Francis this afternoon, 24 March.
(ANS - Santiago) - On 21 March there was the opening ceremony of the academic year at the Silva Henríquez Catholic University (UCSH). It was attended by Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, Archbishop of Santiago, and the Secretary for Social Services of the Ministry of Social Development, Juan Eduardo Faúndez Molina.