(ANS – Addis Ababa) – A one and a half day National Seminar (21-22 November) was held on Human Trafficking in the Salesianum in Addis Ababa. It was organized with all the stakeholders working in this area of Human Trafficking like the Ethiopian Catholic Church, VIDES, Conferenza Episcopale Italiana (CEI), VIS and many other representatives from different embassies.
(ANS – Rome) – On Sunday 20 November, as the church celebrated the Solemnity of Christ the King, the Pope brought to a conclusion the year-long celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. On the same Sunday, at the Chapel in the Salesianum, Fr Fabio Attard, SDB, Councillor General for Youth Ministry, brought to a conclusion the 4-day seminar organized by the Youth Ministry Department on "Accompanying the Life of Prayer."
(ANS - Rome) - This year, as every year, we remember the children. Next Sunday 20 November is International Day for the Rights of Childhood and Adolescence (also known more simply as International Children's Day). It is meant to raise public awareness on children's issues. Did you know that 450 million children live in poverty? Millions of children are deprived of their childhood because they must take care of their siblings, carry water for the family, work to bring money home, live on the street ... instead of going to school and playing. These are children who spend their days trying to survive.
(ANS – Batulao) – The joint meeting of the EAO Youth Ministry Delegates and Regional Formation Commission started on 10 November in the Mary Help of Christians House of Spirituality and concluded on Sunday 13 November. During this time the Salesians listened to each other’s stories of initiatives and challenges, and also their difficulties and limitations as youth ministers and formation personnel. They listened also during lighter moments at meals and in recreation and they listened to the Spirit in prayer and Eucharist.
(ANS - Ljubljana) - The joint meeting of the two regional formation commissions of the Region of Central and Northern Europe and the Mediterranean Region took place from 3 to 7 November in Sveti Duh, near Ljubljana. This was the first time that the formation delegates from the Provinces of the two European regions had come together for such a meeting.
(ANS - Rome) - Yesterday, 1 November, Solemnity of All Saints, the ninth "Race of the Saints" took place in the shadow of St Peter's. This is an event that is growing every year. It attracts thousands of dedicated sports enthusiasts who are also committed to solidarity. The 2016 event was divided as always into two races - competitive and non-competitive. The runners numbered more than 6500 - a new record for the event.
(ANS - Rome) – Yesterday 25 October at the Sala Tevere of the Lazio Region in Rome, the "Race of the Saints" was launched. This is by now a traditional event of sport and solidarity. It will take place next Tuesday, 1 November 2016, in Rome, on the occasion of the Solemnity of All Saints. This year the prestigious sporting event in the streets of the historic centre of Rome will be associated with an invitation to mercy. Through the DON BOSCO IN THE WORLD Foundation it aims to support the work of the Salesians in the capital of the Central African Republic, Bangui, the city where Pope Francis opened the Holy Year of Mercy.
(ANS – Rome) – On October 21st and 22nd, at the “Sacred Heart” Salesian House in Rome, Principals and Directors of Salesian Houses meet to revive and relaunch the Salesian scholastic experience between tradition and innovation. The Salesian School meets to read and propose afresh the educational criteria of the Salesian Scholastic Proposal, which focuses on the development of the young in building up their lives by answering their dreams, wishes and opportunities.
(ANS - Rome) – Yesterday, 19 October, marked the inauguration of the Academic Year 2016-17 at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. Proceedings commenced at 9.30 a.m. with a Eucharistic celebration at which Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians and Grand Chancellor of the UPS, presided. In his homily he called on students, faculty and staff of the University to make it a real home, understood as a "biosphere" characterized by a continuous cultural and educational exchange.
(ANS – Ulaanbaatar) – In June 2016 the Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime gave approval for a new Salesian work in Mongolia and the Salesians are now happy to open a new mission. On 15 October 2016, on the feast of St Teresa of Avila, Bishop Wenceslao Padilla of Mongolia, introduced the Salesians and the FMA sisters to the local faithful during Mass.