Tijuana, Mexico - July 2021 - Under the motto "With hope we transform our reality", for three weeks the complex of works of the "Proyecto Salesiano Tijuana" brought together more than 900 children, adolescents and young people in the city's six Salesian centers. This year's program of the "Happy Holidays with Jesus" initiative (VAFEJE, in Spanish) was spiced with joy, games, sports and moments of spirituality. On the last day, Friday 23 July, all the participants gathered to close this experience together. Subsequently, the more than 100 activity animators gathered for a day of evaluation and sharing on the initiative, culminating in a Eucharist presided over by Fr Agustín Novoa, Director of the "Proyecto Salesiano Tijuana".
Vienna, Austria - July 28, 2021 - The week of summer activities of the Salesian Czech-speaking Cooperators in Grossarl ended with great satisfaction on the part of all. Children and young people managed the special situation – due to the anti-COVID-19 health regulations - with maturity and optimism, and each of the 50 people collaborated to ensure that everything went well.
(ANS - Vilnius) – Again this summer, despite the great limitations due to the containment measures of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Salesian oratory in the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, wanted to offer children and young people an intense educational and leisure for the summer months. The Summer Day Center held for a few weeks at the "St. John Bosco" church in Vilnius attracted great interest, with the registration of more than 350 children, many of whom came from various parts of the city.
(ANS - Vatican City) - On Friday 30 July 2021, the adventure of the Youth Summer Camp in the Vatican ended after six weeks, a second edition dedicated to the theme of Ecology, following the reflections proposed by the booklet "Sei dei nostra!" (Elledici publishing house). Again this year, the initiative took place in environments not designated for educational and play activities for children, but the transformation of places such as the "Paul VI" Hall for papal audiences proved to be a wonderful solution that favored a exceptional climate of interaction and education.
(ANS - Vatican City) - Their best wishes to Pope Francis during the recent period of his stay at the Gemelli hospital were among the most touching and affectionate. In a video they "sang" their closeness and their encouragement, assuring him: "You are always a great friend to us and we want to be with you soon." There are 185 children, aged 5 to 13, participating in the "Youth Summer Camp" in the Vatican until 30 July. Fr Franco Fontana, chaplain of the Pontifical Gendarmerie and Director of the Salesian community in the Vatican, explained the meaning of the initiative to L'Osservatore Romano.
(ANS - El-Houssoun) - Organized by the Salesians in Lebanon, the Youth South Camp in the mountain house of El-Houssoun (Byblos district) is increasingly revealing itself to be an oasis of peace, serenity and conviviality in what is a dramatic social, political and economic context, one that is unprecedented in the centennial history of modern Lebanon.
Pakistan - "With these sparks of hope, the mission and future of Pakistan are bright": interview with Fr Gabriel Cruz
(ANS - Lahore) - The Salesian Fr Gabriel Cruz is the Provincial Delegate of Pakistan, a Delegation that belongs to the Southern Philippine Province (FIS). The Salesian house was founded in 1999, but was erected as a Delegation only in 2015. There are two houses: one on the border with Afghanistan, in the city of Quetta, and another on the border with India, in the city of Lahore. Fr Cruz tells ANS about his experience in Pakistan, about his contact with a cheerful culture and with many young people who appreciate the commitment of the Salesian missionaries.
RMG – East Asia-Oceania ADMA Congress 2021: a rich charismatic experience
(ANS – Rome) – After a long and involved preparation since January 2020, the Second EAO ADMA Congress, the first online, was a true rich and inspiring charismatic experience. On 11-12 September, for 3 hours each day, several hundred ADMA members, their spiritual animators SDB and FMA, SDB Provincials, young Salesians in formation and other members of the Salesian Family came together to pray, deepen their identity, interact and get to know each other better.
United States – "Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world": International Day of Peace
(ANS - New Rochelle) - "Salesian Missions", the Salesian Mission Office based in New Rochelle, joins the celebrations for the International Day of Peace, observed on 21 September each year with the aim of fostering the ideals of peace among the people. The theme chosen for 2021 is: “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. The theme focuses on how we can help people recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, build resilience, and transform the world into a fairer, more inclusive, and healthier place.