(ANS – Bruxelles) – Don Bosco Youth-Net ivzw has released a games App for Smartphone and Tablet. The App consists of a unique collection of over 240 games to inspire group activities. The game App is a fun and interactive tool to be used by leaders and youth workers on youth exchanges, summer camps or training courses, as well as an inspiration for playing group games in youth clubs, schools and oratorios.
(ANS - Torre Annunziata) – The Emera project caters for one hundred and thirty children between 6 and 17 years, including 11 ethnic Roma and 6 young people who had dropped out of school for more than a year and are being prepared for eighth grade. There is a large team of educators, including five young people doing Civil Service and 6 teenagers on probation, sent by the Juvenile Justice Centre, who have joined their younger companions. These are some of the numbers of the Emera project run by the Salesian "Small Steps Big Dreams" Association and supported by Social Ambit no.30, which includes the areas of Torre Annunziata, Boscoreale, Boscotrecase and Trecase.
(ANS - Lyon) - From 5 February to 25 May 2016, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, Councillor for the Salesian Region of Central and Northern Europe, visited all the religious communities of the Salesian Province of France-South Belgium on behalf of the Rector Major. As envoy of the tenth Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Rozmus heard the views of the confreres and lay people involved in the Salesian mission.
(ANS - Tijuana) - Nearly a thousand migrants from Africa, Haiti, Central America and Mexico have reached the border city of Tijuana to seek political asylum in the United States. While they wait to receive a response to their request they are being helped by the Salesian Oratory of St. Francis de Sales. This means that the facilities available to the oratory have been reduced as a consequence, but the heart has expanded to accommodate these migrant people who are homeless and without food.
(ANS - Kabgayi) - The United Nations says that more than 840,000 people die worldwide each year from water-related diseases. The Salesians have been in Rwanda since 1953. They are working in six places, providing educational opportunities for young people. The Salesians in this part of the world have now also completed plans for the construction of new water wells.
(ANS - Vatican City) - The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Fr Sylvain Ducange, SDB, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, capital of Haiti, assigning him the titular see of Nove. The Salesian was Superior of the Salesian Vice-Province of Blessed Philip Rinaldi in Haiti from 2010 to 2016. During his term of office he had to face the difficult situation caused by the earthquake of January 12, 2010.