Vatican City, Vatican - April 2019 - On the afternoon of April 11, at the "Domus Sanctae Marthae", the concluding moment of the spiritual retreat for the civil and ecclesiastical authorities of South Sudan was held, organized by mutual agreement between the Vatican State Secretariat and the Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Msgr. Justin Welby. After the concluding speech of the retreat, Pope Francis kissed the feet of the President and Vice Presidents of South Sudan, an extraordinary sign to invoke the commitment of South Sudanese leaders for peace. Subsequently, a Bible signed by the Holy Father, Archbishop Welby and Rev. John Chalmers, former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, was delivered to the participants with the message: “Research what unites. Overcome what divides”. Thus the blessing was imparted to the leaders of South Sudan, who made the common commitment to peace.
Bogotá, Colombia - March 2019 - On 28 and 29 March, the first 2019 meeting of the project "Community Reconstruction of the Salesian Provincial Historical Memory" of the Bogotá Province (COB) took place; its participants: coordinators and team members of various Salesian centers. On the first day, research papers on two Salesians of significance to the COB Province were presented, namely Salesian brother Giovanni Buscaglione and Father Remigio Rizzardi; participants were then provided with the tools to reconstruct the life and work of representative Salesians in every presence. In the afternoon, historian Joaquín Palacio held a seminar on the (re)construction of memory. Taking place on the second day was a guided tour of a bookbinding and restoration laboratory, and a practical workshop on the importance of reconstructing historical memory. The meeting ended with an evaluation and the formulation of some local and provincial efforts to improve the community's reconstruction of the memoirs of the COB Province.
Paris, France - April 2019 - On 6 April, Salesians, FMA and lay people from the various Salesian parishes of the France-South Belgium Province (FRB) gathered for a day of meetings and sharing on the specificity of a parish entrusted to the Salesian Family of Don Bosco.
Piribebuy, Paraguay - April 2019 - With the theme "The Mission of Christ reflected in you", the 48th National Camp called "Protagonism 2019" of the Salesian Student Leader Movement was held from 5 to 7 April. The event brought together about 270 young people from Salesian schools throughout the country, accompanied in the reflection and development of themes by various professors, Salesians and FMA. The meeting culminated in the Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr Mario Villalba, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Paraguay.