(ANS – Tokyo) – During Pope Francis's recent visit to Japan, one Bosconian (Don Bosco Past Pupil), staff member of Don Bosco Publications and member of the Japan Province Social Communication team, a descendant of the “hidden Christians”, who have kept the faith for the past 470 years, provided a brief interview that can be found on the Vatican News website in Spanish (video) and in English (audio) with a shortened English version text:
(ANS – Tokyo) – Fr Achille Loro Piana celebrates 50 years of missionary life at the service of the youth of Japan this year. He has calculated to have taken over a thousand flights in his life to attend Salesian events in the East Asia-Oceania region and is a profound connoisseur of Salesian reality and missionary commitment in this part of the world. "More Japanese than the Japanese," the Italian Salesian Bulletin once described him. In this interview, he speaks in full about the missionary animation and its challenges.
(ANS – Hong Kong) – Phyllis Tang, Youth Ministry Coordinator in Hong Kong, Province of China, has been selected to represent the EAO region at the forthcoming GC28. Her dedication and commitment radiates her love for the Lord and Don Bosco as she interacts with the young entrusted to her. She was happy to share her experience of youth ministry in the Province of China.
(ANS - Tokyo) - In addition to Carina Baumgartner, the 28-year-old Austrian Salesian Youth Movement member, there is also another representative of the Salesian world in the newly established "International Youth Consultative Body", established by the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life to comply with the Synod's focus on Young people: Raphael Makoto Yamada, Japanese, VIDES volunteer (International Volunteer service for Women Education and Development). Below, a few remarks on his appointment.