Madras, India - July 2016 - On 9 July, Bishop Soundaraj Periyanayagam, SDB, of Vellore, presided at the ordination of three Salesians from the Madras province: Thomas Savari, John Christopher and Lawrence Soosainathan. The Provincial Fr Jayapalan Raphael was present.
Porto, Portugal - June 2016 - The new council of the Association of Salesian Cooperators in Porto for the 2016-2019 triennium was elected on 29 June. The Local Delegate, Fr Teixeira, and the Provincial Delegate, Fr Taveira were present. The following were elected: Coordinator, Graça Borges; administrator, Alexandre Araújo; Secretary, Sílvio Monteiro; plus Gertrudes Coelho and Joana Ferreira.
Mänguo-Maridi, South Sudan - July 2016 - The Salesian mission of Maridi-Mänguo in South Sudan is devoting the month of July to living the Jubilee of Mercy with times of prayer, dialogue, discussion and sharing groups, Eucharistic adoration, confessions, masses, moments of leisure and reflection. "It is very important to celebrate the Year of Mercy at this time when the country is experiencing conflict, difficulties and other serious problems," one of the Salesian missionaries wrote to ANS. So far, two mission stations have completed their celebrations - Rastigi on 3 July and Nakua on 10 July. On 17 July, if conditions permit, the Year of Mercy will be celebrated in Manikakara and on 23 and 24 July in Maridi-Mänguo.
Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica - July 2016 - The members of the Salesian Cooperators and of the Perez Zeledon Salesian Youth Movement took part in the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of the Diocese, organized by the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, to celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy. Bishop Fray Gabriel Enrique Montero Umaña, presided at the Eucharist, concelebrated by Fr José Manuel Carranza, Fr Alexis Madrigal, and Fr Francisco Hernández López SDB.