(ANS – Port Moresby) – “Just Land Agreements” was the topic presented by Archbishop Francesco Panfilo sdb, Archbishop of Rabaul in the 2nd CBC (Catholic Bishops Conference) talk series that was held at the Catholic Bishops Conference. Held on last month, in March 2020, the talk dealt with relevant land issues and had Bp Francis Meli, Bishop of Vanimo, together with teachers from different schools and other lay professionals all present. “The land belongs to you and you belong to the land,” said the Archbishop as he highlighted several relevant issues on his recently published booklet “Just Land Agreements.”
(ANS - Madrid) - More than 2,000 people, accompanied by 224 animators and 113 Salesians (SDB) and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), will participate in the "Easter at home" initiative proposed by the Salesian Family in Spain. The Salesians plan to gather 265 groups online at the scheduled moments of meeting.
(ANS - Santo Domingo) - The Salesian Province of the Antilles, which includes the countries of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, continues to accompany its communities in the midst of the emergency caused by the impact of Covid-19, in compliance with the quarantine launched by the authorities.
Italy – "We're lucky to be six." Pandemic experienced in the family
(ANS - Rome) - It is not easy to deal with emergencies and social confinement with four children under the age of 10 at home. Yet there are those who do so with creativity and prudence, considering the large family an added value in this moment of great difficulty. To offer a similar testimony are Marta and Nicola, two Salesian animators linked to the Valdocco of Rome, the Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco.
Amidst fear and hope
It is noon. We are in Rome in the Salesian house of the "Sacred Heart", located in front of Termini Station, Italy's most important railway station. Half a million people normally pass by here every day, but today there are only about twenty people moving about, their faces covered in masks.
RMG – Salesian Youth Movement - Salesian Spiritual Online Retreat
(ANS – Rome) – One year ago, in April 2019, an international Salesian Spiritual Retreat was organized at Colle Don Bosco with young people from different European countries. One year later, the world is facing the consequences of coronavirus pandemic. Nonetheless, the Small Team coordinating Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) Europe and Middle East has a proposal to share with young people all over the world. Adapting last years’ experience to the current situation, they are launching the first Salesian Spiritual Online Retreat from 14 to 17 April 2020.
Italy – 110 years ago, the death of Don Rua. And soon an unpublished document
(ANS - Rome) - Everything had been made ready for the great celebration of the golden Mass of Don Michele Rua on June 24, 1910, but the Lord called Don Rua to Him three months earlier, on April 6, at the age of 72. He had spent half of it beside Don Bosco and 22 as his successor. They had shared everything: bread, work, labors, anxieties, joys and sorrows, disappointments and hopes, until his death. Same passion for young people, zeal for souls, love for the sacramented Jesus, for the Help of Christians, for the sacraments, for the Pope, same readiness for hard work and sacrifice, same capacity for mortification, same arduous journeys, accompanied by graces and miracles. They shared the aspiration to holiness, achieved by both with the canonization of one (1934) and the beatification of the other (1972).