(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.
(ANS - Dublin) - The first meeting of the project "Young Europeans at risk: new Salesian responses" was held in Dublin and Maynooth from 8 to 10 March. It involves Salesian social institutions of six European countries: Germany, Belgium, Slovenia, Spain, Ireland and Poland. The aim of the project is to share the work of each of the institutions involved. All of them are specialized in various aspects of work with young people at risk.
(ANS – Rome) – From 13-15 March 2017 Don Bosco Network is hosting a set of Working Group meetings at the Salesianum in Rome. The representatives of various Salesian organizations: Via Don Bosco – Belgium, VIS – Italy, Missioni Don Bosco – Italy, SWM – Poland, Don Bosco Missions – Germany, Don Bosco Mondo – Germany, Jovenes y Desarollo – Spain, BoscoNet/PARA – India, Don Bosco International and Salesian Past Pupils, gathered to share experiences, materials and best practices and to plan effective cooperation in various fields of work and support for Salesian Mission worldwide.
(ANS - Río Negro) - Following a project presented by the National Deputy Maria Emilia Soria, the old school building of San Miguel was declared a National Heritage on 6 March. The school will celebrate this recognition by the National Congress in an event organized by the Blessed Ceferino Namuncurá Institute.
(ANS - Santiago) - The Salesian Congregation in Chile celebrates 130 years of presence precisely today, 6 March. On this very day in 1887, three Salesian priests Pietro Paolo Rabagliati, Spirito Scavini and Raimondo Daniele, accompanied by Brother Peter Moglia and two clerics Carlo Gerolamo Amerio and Giovanni Battista Burzio, entered Chile. They were sent from Argentina by Fr Luigi Costamagna to start the first Salesian work in Concepcion.
(ANS - Rome) - The Salesian Mission Day is an event that is celebrated all round the world, although on different dates. It offers an opportunity to reflect on the missionary dimension of the Salesian charism. Next Sunday, 26 February it will be celebrated in Italy, with the traditional name "DOMISAL" (Salesian Mission Sunday). The guiding theme will be "... and they stayed with us," recalling the action of the Salesian missionaries among the indigenous peoples of Latin America.
(ANS - Naples) – There was great enthusiasm in Naples on Friday 17 February for the visit of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime. His presence made even more special the day of the opening of the "Peace Museum - MAMT", in Piazza Municipio, entitled "Don Bosco: The young apostles of the young." It is a unique space devoted entirely to the Saint of Youth and Salesians in the world.
(ANS – New Delhi) – The Salesian Provincial Council of South Asia (SPCSA) is a body, led by Father Maria Arokiam Kanaga, Regional Councillor, which brings together 11 Provinces as one body for common orientations and initiatives in the following areas: Education, Youth Animation, Mission, Communication, and Formation. In the context of a periodic evaluation of the SPCSA, it was thought appropriate to also do a Visioning exercise for Salesians of Don Bosco, India, during a meeting in New Delhi, on 8-9 February.