(ANS - Brasilia) - ‘Our identity and our mission as Salesian Catholic school should motivate us to have clear goals, innovative strategies, principles and values guided by a Christian and humanist proposal, to meet the contemporary youth culture. This is very complex work, which requires great experience and collaboration’. So Sr. Adair Sberga, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, Executive Director of the Salesian School Network (RSE), summarized the meaning of the XIV National Meeting of Network (XIV ENARSE), which took place from April 6th to 8th in Brasilia.
(ANS - Benediktbeuern) - More than 100 participants from various sectors of the Church's work for young people, of Catholic social work and pastoral work for education in Germany met at the Salesian house of Benediktbeuern to discuss the future and challenges of Salesian Youth Ministry. The theme of the meeting was “accepting, trusting, encouraging”.
(ANS – Manta) – The expression “we cannot solve everything” resounds in the hearts of all those who watch the dreadful images of the earthquake in Ecuador. Even though it is not possible to do great things, “we can help in some way”. The post-seism reality is sad and devastating. Mr Marcelo Mejia, the Delegate for Social Communication of the Province of Ecuador, commented on the phone: “I am going to Manta. They asked us to bring masks, because of the sickening smell, due to the dead, the litter, the stagnant water”. We cannot remain indifferent, we must pray, the Pope asked, so that “the help of God and of brethren may give them strength and support”.
(ANS - Rome) - Observing the gestures and words of the Pope in Lesvos, and before that in Lampedusa and on many other occasions, Fr Fabio Attard, Councillor for Salesian Youth Ministry, invites us to approach the phenomenon of migration today not from the point of view of "a threat on the part of those called to share with those who have nothing," but with the understanding of the situation of despair of those who leave "a land that is home to go to a strange land."
(ANS - Manta) - "The people we work for in the school and in the parish are passing through a time of sorrow and need. I invite everyone to have an attitude of solidarity in this Year of Mercy,” said Fr Jorge Molina, Provincial in Ecuador, after hearing of the situation of many people after the earthquake.
(ANS – Tokyo) - On the evening of 14 April, an earthquake of intensity 7 struck Kumamoto Prefecture followed by more than 500 quakes continuing in different parts of the same Kyushu Island, located in south-west Japan, mainly in Kumamoto, Oita and Fukuoka Prefectures. As of 18 April, 41 have died, more than 2000 have been taken to hospitals, and more than 200,000 are evacuated from their homes, taking shelter elsewhere.