(ANS - Iwaki) - Last Wednesday, July 12, the sixth interreligious prayer meeting was held on the coast of the Fukushima Prelature in Ena Harbor, Iwaki, to commemorate the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in eastern Japan. The meeting, attended by more than 250 people, was coordinated by reverend Eikan Tsutsui, the Buddhist monk of the Yakushiji Temple, while the logistics were borne by the Iwaki Risshokosekai lay Buddhist group. Among the guests: Salesian Fr Mario Yamanouchi, SDB, Superior of the Salesian Province of Japan, together with the Sisters of Charity of Jesus, and the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, the only religious presence in the city of Fukushima - with a kindergarten, primary and secondary school.
(ANS - Brussels) - The European Parliament, with its headquarters in Brussels, hosts an exhibition with 31 centenary or ultra-centenary magazines from the Portuguese press, of which 8 are members of the Association of Christian Publishers and Press (AIIC, in Portuguese), and are presented as symbols of the country's "cultural variety." "Even the Salesian Bulletin, whose first edition was published in February 1902, is now exhibited at the European Parliament in a very visible way," Salesian Joaquim Antunes, the Salesian Bulletin Director, said with pride.
(ANS – Nashik) – Around 350 Scouts and Guides from various Salesian schools of the Mumbai Province, along with Salesian priests, sisters and brothers from the communities in Nashik, participated in the official launch of the 13th National Boscoree, an all-India gathering of Scouts and Guides from Salesian schools. The event took place on 3 July at Don Bosco High School, Nashik.
(ANS – Warsaw) – On 25th June 2017 Salesians in Poland celebrated the 25th anniversary of the presence of the Salesian Mission Procure in its current location in Warsaw. Salesian Mission Procure was established in 1981. There were two temporary offices: first one in Lodz, after which it moved to Warsaw.
(ANS - Siedliska) - On Sunday 2 July in Siedliska, Poland, the native country of Blessed Józef Kowalski, SDB, celebrated the 75th anniversary of his martyrdom which took place in the concentration camp of Auschwitz on July 4, 1942. It has been over ten years since commemorating Blessed Józef Kowalski on the first Sunday of July in his parish of origin has become a tradition.
(ANS – Bruxelles) – On 28th June under the title ‘Is Europe doing enough to protect fundamental rights?’ the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) hosted a high-level symposium in cooperation with the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU. The symposium addressed the three most burning issues on the EU’s policy agenda by focusing on migration and asylum, insecurity and fear, and poverty and social exclusion. Particular attention was paid to the children’s perspective, and children themselves took part in the event as speakers and commentators.
(ANS - Luanda) - Salesians in Angola, with the help of the NGO "International Voluntary Service for Development" (VIS), organized a round table on Friday, June 23, on "Advocacy for the Protection of Children in Risk Situations." The event was the occasion to present the Manual "Projecto Educativo-Pedagógico para Reinserção de Crianças e Adolescentes de e na Rua", or the Educational-Pedagogical Project for the Reintegration of Children and Adolescents of and on the Streets, which explains in detail the steps needed to pursue a path of (re) education and reintegration into society, according to the values and principles of the Preventive System.
(ANS – Bruxelles) – More than 250 non-governmental organizations from across Europe have released an alternative vision for a more democratic, just and sustainable Europe today, June 20, 2017. Intended to influence the debate on the future direction of Europe, this alternative vision is endorsed by organisations representing a multitude of public interest issues, including labour rights, culture, development, environment, health, women’s rights, youth, and anti-discrimination groups.
(ANS - Rome) - In 2016, 25,846 unaccompanied minors landed in Italy: 1 migrant in 6 was a minor traveling alone. For their part, the Salesians with the SCS - Salesian Social Federation - have activated 12 services for 207 unaccompanied minors, 6 services for the reception of refugees, which have reached 262 people. In addition, there were 14 Italian language training services for 677 beneficiaries and 4 services for job placement projects for 96 people.
(ANS - San Salvador) - El Salvador's "Universidad Don Bosco", faithful to its spirit of social engagement and professional and productive development, fosters programs for the inclusion of women in the fields of technology and science, such as the Program for Women In Science and Engineering (WISE Program). During the month of June, the University's academic authorities and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) inaugurated the "Science Girl Camp" science camp for 2017.