(ANS - Bologna) - From 18 to 22 June, scholars from Europe and around the globe shall meet in Bologna for "#ExNihilo, the 'zero conference' on research in the religious fields" promoted by the European Academy of Religion. On Monday, 19 June, Fr Francesco Motto, SDB, President of the Association of Salesian Historians (ACSSA) will present a lecture entitled "Surviving and growing in difficult times: the Salesian Educative Mission in Europe in the First Half of the Twentieth Century.”
(ANS - Valencia) - The Spanish Confederation of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco begins its second century of life with the aim of opening itself up to volunteer work and sharing the Salesian mission.
(ANS - Rome) - The Superiors of seven Salesian Vice-Provinces and Provinces from 4 Regions (Africa-Madagascar, East Asia-Oceania, South Asia and Interamerica) are heading to the General Salesian House in Rome in the next few days for the usual training course reserved for newly-appointed Provincials. Attending the meeting, from 11 to 24 June: Don Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, members of the General Council, with the teams of various Dicasteres and Salesians responsible for a number of sectors.
(ANS - Sao Paulo) - In the final days of May, the Provincial of Brazil São Paulo (BSP) celebrated the expansion and improvement of various facilities of the Salesian University Center (UNISAL), which will benefit both the students of the center and the local population.
(ANS – Fatima) – Hundreds of pilgrims of the Salesian Family (SF), gathered as per tradition at the Marian Sanctuary of Fatima, together with the boys and girls of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM/MGS) who are meeting there to celebrate their National Day. This year the celebration was lived with even more participation than usual because of the centenary of the apparitions.
(ANS - Parañaque City) - A three-week Salesianity seminar was held between April and May in the Philippines, in Parañaque City; it is the first part of a three-year course that will be developed until 2019 under the themes such as History, Pedagogy and Spirituality. The purpose of the course, open to the participants throughout the Salesian region of East Asia-Oceania, was to produce a concrete document to be used to improve the initial training of the Salesians.
(ANS - Turin) - The Institute of the Volunteers of Don Bosco (VDB) celebrated its centenary just where the Institute was born: in Turin Valdocco.
(ANS - Turin) - The celebrations for the centenary of the Volunteers pf Don Bosco (VDB), the seventh group of the Salesian Family, come to life from this evening, 19 May. Three days of celebration (19-21 May) will take place at Valdocco, the spiritual centre of the entire Salesian Family. The festivities will be marked above all by the spirit of gratitude to God for creating this charism and gratitude to the women and men who have carried it on with fidelity.
(ANS - Alicante) - "Communication begins with people, with being open to the culture of meeting, as Pope Francis says." With these words, the General Councillor for Social Communication, Fr Filiberto González, began his opening speech to the participants at the meeting of the Provincial Delegates for Social Communication of the Mediterranean Region, held from 10 to 14 May at "El Campello", (Alicante).
(ANS - Salerno) - The Department of Humanities at the University of Salerno took on the task of the first public launch of the critical edition of the letters of Don Bosco, published in the "Fonti" series of the Salesian Historical Institute (ISS) in Rome. Over the space of about 30 years, Fr Francesco Motto, the editor of the ten large volumes (the eighth and third-last volume is in print), has managed to personally recapture from all round the world almost five thousand published and unpublished letters which he has collected and put in order, and then published in chronological order with all the historical-linguistic information useful for their correct understanding.