(ANS – Bangalore) - The third conference of major superiors of the Salesian Family (CMS-SF) of South Asia was held at Don Bosco Provincial House, Bangalore on August 29 and 30, 2016. Altogether 29 members including one founder, one Mother General and Provincials, were present for the conference, which was chaired by Fr Maria Arokiam, the Regional Councillor of South Asia. Besides moments of sharing and community life, the group reflected and agreed upon concrete lines of action with regard to migrant youth, family ministry, and a healthy ecological outlook. The group also openly shared issues and concerns which hamper collaboration and the common mission.
(ANS - Rome) - The earthquake that struck central Italy did not inflict damage on any of the Salesian Houses although the shocks were heard distinctly in Rome, as well as in the houses of Macerata, Perugia, Terni, Loreto, and Civitanova. Investigations are planned for any eventual damage to the School in Macerata and the holiday houses located in Gualdo Tadino and in the mountains in Calcara di Ussita.
(ANS - Cartago) - The Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime arrived in Costa Rica on the morning of 28 August. It was an unusual flight because it arrived at the same time as it took off! In the afternoon there was a meeting in the Domingo Savio Centre with young people of the Salesian Youth Movement of Cartago, San Isidro de El General, the Salesian College and CEDES Don Bosco, and groups from the works of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.
(ANS - Rome) - 292 have been confirmed dead, 10 are missing, over 370 injured, and 2900 are housed in tents. These are the tragic consequences of the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that struck at 3.36 a.m. on 24 August last and devastated central Italy, including Lazio, Umbria and the Marches. The towns of Amatrice, Accumoli, Arquata, Pescara del Tronto and surrounding villages were destroyed. The Salesians were not slow to speak up and offer their support.