(ANS - Temuco) - The Mapuche, or Araucani as the Spanish called them, are an ethnic group of Native Americans who live mainly in the south of Chile and Argentina. After centuries of peace, a problem has arisen over territorial boundaries and in recent years it has turned violent. "The conflict is mainly territorial. There is no demarcation of the territories occupied by the communities, and no legal title to those lands, as defined by national legislation." Meanwhile, the Chilean government is organizing for the first time a committee to address the conflict in the Mapuche area, as Bishop Héctor Eduardo Vargas Bastidas, SDB, of Temuco has confirmed to the local press.
(ANS - Cochabamba) – According to the Reference Framework of Salesian Youth Ministry, "Group experience is one of the most important pedagogical insights in Salesian Youth Ministry. Don Bosco saw the importance of the group as an educational presence capable of multiplying formative influence.” And it goes on: "To opt for the group means constantly training educators and leaders." To this end, about 170 young people from the Salesian houses in Bolivia are participating in the National School of Leaders, with the motto: "The call".
(ANS - Bogotá) - The Juan Bosco Obrero Centre for Training and Development, along with the District Secretariat for Economic Development of the City of Bogota, started the Pacto Motor project in June. It offers educational opportunities and employment for young people affected by the armed conflict in Colombia or other situations of vulnerability.
(ANS - Madrid) – "Solidarity is the human value par excellence." You can hear this being said in the corridors and playgrounds, in churches and schools, among groups and families. And what is Sister Africa? It is a solidarity group which has been running a project since last September with the main objective of twinning with a Salesian house in Sierra Leone that provides accommodation, food and education for the most vulnerable children.
(ANS - Sydney) - The purpose of global youth events such as World Youth Day (WYD) is not to offer individual spiritual experience but to raise questions for young people, lead them to search, and then grow through appropriate programmes. In Australia, the Salesian Family has been able to draw fruit from these experiences and has begun a programme with some young people, who have created the group "Australian Salesian Youth Mentors" (ASYM) which has recently become "Australian Salesian Youth Community "(ASYC).
(ANS - Guwahati) - In the coming weeks, Assam Don Bosco University, (ADBU), India's first Catholic university, will transfer some of its faculties and departments to the campus at Tapesia Gardens, just a few kilometres from Guwahati. "The rapid growth of the institution is surprising to say the least. Together with the Grace of God, who blesses this university, we must emphasize the immense efforts of our confreres who worked for this, particularly Fr Stephen Mavely, the Vice-Chancellor," said Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga, Councillor for the Salesian Region of South Asia.