(ANS - Rome) - From Monday 9 May, the anniversary of the birth of Mother Mazzarello, the Studies Centre of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) at the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences at "Auxilium" in Rome is available online. As well as giving information on the activities of the FMA Study Centre, the site aims to be a service and a research and documentation space where the FMA, Past Pupils, Salesians and Salesian Family members and those who are interested in the female dimension of the Salesian educative spirituality can refer to contributions on the history, pedagogy and spirituality of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians from the origins (1872) to today.
(ANS - Barinas) - The increase in the number of people from outside who are occupying the Salesian Agricultural School in Barinas these days continues to put at risk the stability and the work of the Salesian community, the work of the teachers and the educational activities on behalf of young people.
(ANS - Kapolowe) - Hansen's disease, commonly known as leprosy, is a disease that causes not only suffering but also social stigma. Those who are infected, even if they are cured, continue to suffer the clinical consequences and often also social consequences. It is to these people in need of recognition and friendship that young members of the missionary circles of the South of the Democratic Republic of Congo demonstrated their closeness. On Sunday 8 May they visited them and shared with them the results of the solidarity campaign carried out during Lent.
(ANS - Córdoba) - It seems that Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, never gets tired. His journeying from one community to another creates a sense of closeness, friendship, but above all fatherliness. His mission as Rector Major invites us to look at life from the perspectives of hope, of love for young people, and hospitality for the homeless. Young people have come out in their hundreds to hear him speak, to hear the words of the tenth successor of Don Bosco.
(ANS - Gizo) – When he announced the Jubilee of Mercy Pope Francis said that a Door of Mercy should be opened in every diocese, "so that everyone will be able to experience the love of God who consoles, who forgives and gives hope." The problem in the diocese of Gizo in the Solomon Islands is that the isolation and remoteness of parishes from the diocesan centre makes it virtually impossible for the people living in the villages to come to the Holy Door at the cathedral. For this reason the pastoral team of the diocese, led by Bishop Luciano Capelli, SDB, thought of a mobile Holy Door.
(ANS - El Alto) - Last March the Day of the Bolivian Woman was celebrated. However, "violence against women is on the increase, despite government laws," wrote the magazine datos-bo. What can be done in the face of violence and contempt for women is the question that the experts are asking. The answer lies in empowering women so that they are "recognized as makers of history, and so that they may be on an equal footing with men, and that there be no differences in society and in their personal development". For several years there has been a project in El Alto called "Strengthening the role of women through literacy, training and specialized qualifications", funded by the Extremadura Agency for Cooperation Development (AEXCID)