(ANS – Bangalore) – Bosco Youth, Bangalore Zone, organized “Snehotsava: A Festival Of Friendship” as part of the Zonal Convention at Don Bosco Church, Lingarajapuram. It was an event meant to give young people an awareness on relationships. Fr Joe Kokandathil SDB was the chief Resource Person for the day. 120 Bosco Youth from 6 Bosco Youth units of Bangalore Zone actively participated in the programme. 10 Salesians (priests and brothers) and 2 Salesian Sisters were present for the event. Snehotsava was indeed a rejuvenating experience for the young people after a year-long gap due to the pandemic and other related issues. SNEHOTSAVA had the special privilege of being visited by Rev Fr Biju Michael SDB, the Regional of South Asia, and Rev Fr Robert Simon, the National Coordinator for Don Bosco Youth Services.
(ANS - Malabo) - Almost a hundred children in need in Equatorial Guinea participate in the socio-sports school project that the Real Madrid Foundation has opened at the “Don Bosco” school in Malabo, the country's capital. Through the practice of football and basketball, boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 17 learn values and improve their academic performance. The current pandemic situation and last year's compulsory lockdown prevented sporting activities, but not the accompaniment of children and their families.
(ANS - Rome) - The videos of Salesian Missionary Day 2021 are ready "One Father, one Family - Missionary Solidarity as First Announcement". They come from all over the world, as a witness to the unity of the Salesian Family, which has set itself in motion to respond to the needs of the poorest and announce the message of the Gospel. “Feeling like children of the same Father and, therefore, brothers, is the most beautiful and important challenge that we can carry out, showing our solidarity with everyone, starting with the simplest gestures,” affirm the Sector for Salesian Missions.
Malawi – A missionary “Ad Gentes” reflects on 12 years in Africa
(ANS – Lilongwe) – Salesian Deacon Peter Nguyen Khanh is a Salesian Vietnamese Missionary in Malawi, ZMB Vice-Province (including Zambia, Malawi, Namibia and Zimbabwe). He has been serving African youth for the last 12 years and today he shares his experience with ANS.
Thailand – 4th Extraordinary Chapter of Secular Institute of Daughters of Queenship of Mary Immaculate (DQM)
(ANS – Bangkok) – From 25-28 February 2021, 35 members of the Secular Institute of the Daughters of the Queenship of Mary Immaculate gathered for the 4th Extraordinary Chapter at the Mother House of the Institute in Sathorn Road, Bangkok. The opening was graced by the presence of Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovitwanich, the Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Bangkok. He presided at the opening liturgical service and gave a homily.
Italy – San Salvatore Monferrato and Fr Giovanni Guarona, apostle in China
(ANS - San Salvatore Monferrato) - Among the towns of Monferrato Casalese Alessandrino, a territory that has offered so many vocations and many stories of holiness to the Salesian Family, there is also San Salvatore Monferrato, a small agricultural town in which, among others, the Salesian Fr Giovanni Guarona was born: a missionary pioneer who for 40 years carried out evangelization and the Salesian mission, first in mainland China, following the Salesian saint Louis Versiglia, and then in Macao and Hong Kong.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
LORD, HELP ME NEVER STOP BEING AMAZED OR BECOME INURED TO REALITY
«This is my prayer after having visited over 100 nations around the world where there are Salesian presences... and where I came to know realities that are so incredible, fascinating, precious, and often times so painful».