(ANS - Rome) - The Governing Board of the Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS) met at the Congregation's Central Office in Rome from 9 to 11 January, the aim to accompany the path of the IUS in each of the continents, follow up on the application of its common policies and programs, and strengthen the organizational and animation structures. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, spoke at the meeting, stating that "it is fundamental to have a strategic vision that adequately guides the processes of the Salesian institutions."

(ANS - Rome) - After the celebration of the First Seminar on promoting the causes of beatification and canonization of the Salesian Family, April 2016, with over 110 participants from all over the world, there were many requests to consolidate the path undertaken by organizing a new edition: it is, in fact, scheduled from Tuesday 10 April to Saturday 14 April, 2018, in Rome.

(ANS - Chieti) - Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime was the witness at the Youth Assembly of the Archdiocese of Chieti-Vasto, a meeting that took place on Friday, 5 January, at the Pastoral Center of Fossacesia (Chieti). The circumstances that gave rise to the invitation to the Rector Major were born last November when the local archbishop, Msgr Bruno Forte - chosen by Pope Francis as Special Secretary of the two Synods of Bishops dedicated to the theme of family – was in Madrid to participate in the International Salesian Youth Ministry and Family Congress: SYMFAMILY17. 

(ANS - Rome) – In what was a festive environment, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, officially presented 2018 Strenna on 27 December at the General House of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA); its title: "LET US CULTIVATE THE ART OF LISTENING AND ACCOMPANIMENT", with, additionally, a reflection on the biblical text, "Lord, give me this water" (John, 4:15). The event started with the presentation of the video, which is a summary of the Strenna.

(ANS – Mumbai) – Don Bosco, Matunga is an institution that imbibes the spirit of sharing and giving, two virtues that form the crux of the Christmas season as well. On December 15 and 16, hundreds of students and staff from the institution organised the Christmas Panorama, a the blue riband event aimed at ushering in the Christmas spirit at the Matunga campus.

(ANS – Addis Ababa) – A National Conference on the topic of “STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING” was organized by the PDO at the Salesianum in Addis Abeba on 13 December 2017. The conference was conducted with all the stakeholders working in this topic of Human Trafficking, including the Ethiopian Catholic Church, VIDES, Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI). The project entitled “Humans, not slaves” was entirely sponsored by the CEI. The Salesian province of AET has been active in the campaign against human trafficking for the past two years. 

(ANS - Rome) - The formation course for the new Provincials is currently taking place at the Salesian headquarters in Rome. Eight Salesian Provincials from three regions are participating. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, will entrust each of them guidelines and a roadmap to empower their roles as guides and animators.

(ANS – Rome) – The 36th Salesian Family Spirituality Days will be held at Valdocco, Turin, 18-21 January 2018, and will focus on the Rector Major’s 2018 Strenna: «“Lord, give me this water” (John 4:15) - Let Us Cultivate the Art of Listening and Accompanying.»

(ANS - Madrid) - "The family spirit and the mission shared with laity must be staples of our educational and evangelizing action with young people and families," said the Salesian Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, in the Eucharist closing the International Youth Ministry and Family Congress, which ended Friday, December 1, in Madrid.

(ANS - Madrid) - The Special Secretary for the Synod of Youth, recently nominated by the Pope, Salesian Fr Rossano Sala, completed the cycle of talks at the Salesian International Youth Ministry and Family Congress, SYMFAMILY17, held in Madrid from November 27 to December 1.

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