(ANS - Oakland) - Salesian Msgr. Dominic Jala, archbishop of Shillong, Meghalaya State, India, died in a car accident on Thursday 10 October near Wilbur Springs, in Colusa County, California, United States. A priest from the diocese of Oakland, Fr Mathew Vellankal, also died in the accident, while another priest from the diocese, Fr Joseph Parekkatt, was seriously injured and hospitalized in stable conditions.
(ANS - Bologna) - Among the various commemorations scheduled for the occasion of the Monte Sole massacres on the Apennines near Bologna, which took place between September and October 1944 by the Nazi SS, there was also one in memory of the Servants of God Fr Elia Comini, Salesian, and Fr Martino Capelli, Dehonian, held on 12 October at the "Botte di Pioppe di Salvaro" (Bologna). Presided by Fr Carlos Luis Suárez, Superior General of the Dehonians, it saw the presence of over 60 concelebrants, of the Christian and civil communities, and relatives of the victims.
(ANS - Quito) - The economic and social crisis that has intensified in Ecuador in recent weeks has triggered a wave of protests and repression by government forces. In this context, solidarity initiatives are taking place to assist the thousands of indigenous people who have come to the country's capital, Quito, to defend the rights of those most in need. The Salesians have opened the doors of the Salesian Polytechnic to welcome and assist over 3,000 people from all over the country.
(ANS - Rome) - Why is it important to create a website? In the digital age, it would seem to have been an inappropriate question. "The Internet," wrote one of the directors of Google, E. Schmidt, "has become a ubiquitous and multi-faceted element of energy and human expression ... Hundreds of millions of people create and consume an incalculable amount of digital content every minute." In a meeting on September 30, with this premise, the "Salesian Institutions of Higher Education" (IUS) signed an agreement for the creation of a web portal, a big job that will benefit thousands of young university students.
(ANS - Turin) - The Salesians have welcomed Pope Francis' missionary summons and, as every year, have renewed their commitment to spreading the Gospel with the Missionary Expedition from the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin-Valdocco. On ANSChannel, in the different language channels, a video-greeting is now available that the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has sent to the whole Salesian world just before the sending off Mass: a video that simply serves to transmit “the testimony of these confreres, who come from many parts of the world and will go to 17 nations!"
(ANS - Vatican City) - On the occasion of the Special Synod for the Amazon called by Pope Francis, the exhibition "Mater Amazonia - The deep breath of the world" has been set up at the Vatican's Ethnological Museum "Anima Mundi" (Vatican Museums). The inauguration is scheduled for October 18th and it will be possible to visit the exhibition until 11 January 2020.