(ANS - Quito) - On 12 June, the "Ecuadorian Missionary Day ad gentes" was celebrated in Ecuador. It was 2014 when the Ecuadorian bishops decided to celebrate this day, coinciding with the feast of the first ad gentes missionary active in Eastern Ecuador, Blessed Mercedes de Jesús Molina (1828-1883), a religious and founder, who did not hesitate to face the many challenges to cross the forests and bring the Gospel to the indigenous Jíbaros.
(ANS – Yangon) – A sorrowful lament, like a true pastor and a true citizen of Myanmar: it is the one launched by Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Salesian, Archbishop of Yangon and President of the Federation of Episcopal Conferences of Asia, who observes with bitterness what Myanmar was and could be and the many evils that afflict her today. And yet, he reiterates, "peace is possible, peace is the only way." The following is the text of the cardinal's letter.
(ANS - Pozzomaggiore) - On Saturday 15 May 2019 in Pozzomaggiore, Sardinia, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, beatified, on behalf of the Holy Father, Edvige Carboni, a humble and strong woman with a "life imbued with God", who lived a life of manual and service work, in the family and towards many needy people she met, a life filled with graces and extraordinary supernatural gifts.
(ANS - Rome) - On the last day of the second week of the summer plenary session of the General Council, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the consensus of the other members of the Council, appointed Fr Savio Silveira as Provincial of the Province of India- Mumbai (INB) for the six-year period of 2019-2025.
(ANS – Batulao) – With the third EAO Salesian Studies Seminar Workshop held in Batulao (8 - 29 May), a three year cycle of Salesianity Program (2017-2019) came to an end. All together there have been 15 consistent participants since 2017. Several EAO Provinces have consistently sent the same confrere(s) and Lay Mission Partners (LMP), who are becoming resource persons in their respective SDB provinces, SDB Delegations or Salesian Cooperators Associations. There is a growing number of Lay mission partners participating every year.
(ANS - Madrid) - The Director of the Salesian University School of Sarriá (EUSS), Andreu Moreno, Coordinator of the Salesian Higher Education Institutes (IUS) of Europe, and Fr Marcelo Farfán, Coordinator General of the IUS, attended the meeting of IUS Europe in Madrid, 5 and 6 June, at the Center for Higher Studies (CES) "Don Bosco". The event brought together representatives of the 7 European university institutions: CES (Madrid), EUSS (Barcelona), ISBJ (Zilina), IUSTO (Turin), IUSVE (Venice), Jabok (Prague) and UPS (Rome).