(ANS – Tokyo) – At the present time there are about 200,000 Vietnamese migrants resident in Japan, a good number of them are Catholics. The proposals of the first General Assembly on Vietnamese migrant ministry (Tokyo, March 13) are very concrete and viable. These are the first impression after this important meeting.
(ANS - Jaen) - "Being good does not consist in not making a mistake. Oh no! Being good consists of this: in having the will to emend oneself." (Biographical Memoirs VI, 322). These words of Don Bosco accompany the firm conviction that young people need large doses of love, attention and orientation. For this reason, a group of educators from the "Fundación Don Bosco" of Jaén and former animators of the DOSA Youth Center, accompanied by Salesian Fr Pepe González, launched an initiative in favor of the Salesian past pupils present in the Jaén II Penitentiary Center.
(ANS - Namugongo) – There has been a center in the city of Namugongo since 2001, namely the "Children and Life Mission" (CALM), founded by two Comboni Missionaries and a Jesuit, that welcomes and supports vulnerable children. In 2006 the center was entrusted to the Salesians, thus becoming the Congregation's fourth mission in the African country. The Sons of Don Bosco have also associated the activity of hosting children at risk with providing education through a primary school; with greater support, it may be expanded and further improve its services.
(ANS - Madrid) - This year there will again be more than 2,000 young people from the Salesian environments throughout Spain who will participate in the Easter meetings organized by Salesians in different areas of the country from March 29 to April 1, Resurrection Sunday. The two Provinces of the Salesians in Spain - "Mary Help of Christians" and "St. James Major" - have prepared these meetings so participants can truly celebrate the most important events of Christianity: the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
(ANS – Lilongwe) – Don Bosco Youth Center in Lilongwe, Malawi, has become a symbol of youth empowerment through sporting activities as well as vocational and technical education. The center conducts motivational evening talks for spiritual and moral growth, according to an article in the Nyasa Times. The article also notes that the Don Bosco Youth Center also provides leadership training for youth with the aim of equipping them with skills in leading and motivating other youth toward positive behavior and social change in their respective communities.