(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)
(ANS - Lawaan) - Eng Sarorng is one of the seven novices who made their first profession on 6 May, the feast of Saint Dominic Savio, in Lawaan, Philippines. His story is unique. He is a native of Cambodia and is the first Salesian of that country to make his profession as a Salesian Brother. He was born in 1989.
(ANS - Seville) - "Welcome Home" is the slogan all over Salesian Spain as it welcomes its son, friend, brother, and now Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major. His visit to the Province of St James the Greater ended on 6 May with great enthusiasm. His visit to the Province of Mary Help of Christians and began immediately at Seville. The province was waiting for him with open arms and with a multitude of activities on the programme. The Rector Major first met a group of about 300 Salesians.
(ANS - Rome) - On May 9, 1876, Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Don Bosco’s plan to form a lay branch of people committed to the education and salvation of the neediest young people received the seal of Pope Pius IX. This year, therefore, marks the 140th anniversary of the Association of Salesian Cooperators, the third group of the Salesian Family, which has over 30,000 members in about 1,400 local centres in 11 regions.
(ANS - Salamanca) - The visit of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, is a source of energy and motivation for the Salesians and in a very special way it is an encouragement from the Successor of Don Bosco to every Son of Don Bosco. The visit to the parish of Fr Ángel García, founder of Mensajeros de la Paz, was very special. He asked for the opportunity to greet the Rector Major personally and asked him to bless a statue of Don Bosco, saying: "I love Don Bosco and the Salesian Family because they taught me values such as equality and solidarity. These are the values that we seek to spread at this church of St Anthony."