(ANS - Santa Cruz) - The Second Vatican Council invited the pastors of the local Church to "open spaces of shared responsibility in the life and mission of the Church". Don Bosco, here too, was a forerunner; in his Oratory, he counted on the help of everyone, both consecrated and lay persons, to carry forward not only the activities, but also the charism. Today in Bolivia, this sensitivity is spreading. An example is offered by the case of Cecilia Dörfelt, a lay person involved in the Church and in the Salesian Family, coordinator of the Association of Mary Help of Christians - Youth (ADMA Youth) of Bolivia. She was also recently appointed Executive Secretary of the "Commission for the Brotherhood", organ of the Bolivian Episcopal Conference which curates collaborations with several German dioceses for several development projects in Bolivia.
(ANS – Hong Kong) – A few days before the Apostolic visit of Pope Francis to Thailand and Japan, the incoming East Asia-Oceania meeting of Social Communication, together with the Formation Delegates in Hong Kong, is also upon us. Together with three General Councillors – Fr Ivo Coelho (Formation), Fr Filiberto González (Social Communication) and Fr Vaclav Klement (EAO) – there will also be circa 30 Provincial Delegates for both sectors. Scheduled: four joint sessions (SC-Formation) and specific times for each sector delegates.
(ANS - Guwahati) - The "Assam Don Bosco University" (ADBU), India's first Catholic university, which just one year ago awarded the "University of the Year" award by the Indian Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), has been portrayed in a documentary by the famous British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) through StoryWorks, its Commercial Productions division. The documentary was produced as part of the "Aiming Higher" communication project promoted by the International Association of Universities (IAU) in collaboration with the BBC to convey the importance of the role of universities in the transformation of the world.
(ANS - Buenos Aires) - Yesterday, November 13, on the day when the Salesian Family celebrated the liturgical memorial of Blessed Artemide Zatti, a Salesian coadjutor, Salesian Argentina joyfully announced the distribution of the film trailer "Zatti, hermano nuestro" (Zatti, our brother), conceived in 2018, produced this year and scheduled for release in 2020.
(ANS - Rukago) – Blessed and inaugurated on October 30th was the new building of the "Maison Cana" orphanage in Rukago. It is managed by the Congregation of the "Daughters of Mary - Our Lady of Cana", and founded in 1994 by the Salesian Fr Vital Minani, who today is Vicar of the "Mary Mother of God" house of Rukago.
(ANS - Dili) - The annual gathering of Delegates for Youth Ministry (YM) and for Mission Animation (MA) of the Asia East-Oceania region (AEO) is currently underway (11-15 November) in Dili, Capital of Timor-Leste. The meeting is led by Fr Fabio Attard, General Councilor for YM, and Fr Guillermo Basañes, General Councilor for the Missions, together with their collaborators in their respective ministries, and regional coordinators Fr Joebeth L. Vivo (YM) and Fr Arvin Abatayo (MA). The meeting is also attended by Fr Václav Klement, Regional Councilor, and the Archbishop of Dili, the Salesian Msgr. Virgilio Da Silva.