Panama City, Panama - January 2019 – Fr Fabio Attard, General Councilor for Youth Ministry, arrived in Panama to take part in the preparations for the Salesian Youth Movement event of Wednesday 23 January.
Barcelona, Spain - January 2019 - The European Seminar for Salesian Coadjutors, organized by Fr Francisco Santos, a member of the Dicastery for Formation, and led by Fr Pascual Chávez, took place from 17 to 21 January at the Martí Codolar center. 40 Salesians Coadjutors participated in the seminar, with the aim of reflecting on the Salesian Brotherhood today, starting from the perspective of the Magisterium of the Church, of the Salesian Congregation and of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and presenting the figure of the Lay Salesian in a modern way, capturing roles, functions and tasks, challenges and opportunities.
Strasbourg, France - January 2019 - On January 17, Jérémie Forget, coordinator of the activities of the Salesian house of Farnières, and Giulio Veggi, of Don Bosco International (DBI), took part in the conference organized at the Council of Europe entitled "Intercultural dialogue, learning of citizenship and democracy - Practices of Catholic schools." The event, organized under the patronage of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, saw the participation of numerous representatives of the Catholic and inter-religious world. Opening the work session on the topic of active citizenship of young people and schools was the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Council of Europe, mgr. Paolo Rudelli, (middle of photo). Jérémie Forget (right) had the opportunity to enrich the debate by illustrating the activities that the Farnières house regularly offers to young people and groups of students on active participation and democratic citizenship. At the center of the photo, Derin and Yagiz, past pupils of the Catholic school circuit in Turkey. On the same day Giulio Veggi (left) met Guido Raimondi, President of the European Court of Human Rights, presenting the Salesian reality in Europe and the work of the DBI to him.
Rome, Italy - January 2019 - On 16 January the traditional joint meeting of the General Councils of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and of the Salesians of Don Bosco took place - for the first time in the new location of the Salesian Headquarters at Rome's Sacred Heart. The Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and his General Council, received Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Mother General of the FMA and her Council, who together spent an afternoon of prayer, sharing information of their respective forthcoming General Chapters.