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Italy – GC28: Official opening of work sessions in Turin-Valdocco

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Italy – GC28: Official opening of work sessions in Turin-Valdocco

(ANS - Turin) - The official opening of General Chapter 28 took place on the morning of 22 February in Turin – Valdocco, after a week of work, almost a preparation and even a foretaste of what the life and experience of a chapter assembly that widens its gaze to the 132 Nations represented by the 242 Salesians present is.

The morning began with the Eucharistic celebration in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. It was presided over by Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

At 10.30 am, the Chapter Assembly met in the Teatro Grande inside Valdocco and began work with prayer and singing of the Veni Creator Spiritus and the prayer to Don Bosco proclaimed in multiple languages.

Fr Stefano Vanoli, Regulator, coordinates the work of the Assembly and, alongside Chapter members, were many Salesian guests, including Cardinals Oscar Andrés Rodriguez Maradiaga, Tarcisio Bertone, Ricardo Ezzati, and a number of Bishops.

After attending Mass, Mrs. Chiara Appendino, Mayor of Turin, sent a greeting address presented at the Assembly.

The Bishop of Turin, Monsignor Cesare Nosiglia, who will be present on 29 February, also sent a message.

Speaking, representing the groups of the Salesian Family, were Mother Yvonne Reungoat Superior General of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, and Mr. Renato Valera, President of the "primary" Association of Mary Help of Christians.

Cardinal João Braz de Aviz again took the floor; in addition to his greeting address, he made explicit in his own words the ecclesial context in which a general chapter acts.

Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, Superior General, gave the opening speech.

Then Fr. Stefano Vanoli, Regulator, finally declared the work of the General Chapter 28 formally and officially open.

The morning's work ended with the song Sub tuum praesidium.

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    Italy – CG28, official opening: "A strong time of meeting, of prayer and of discernment"

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    (ANS - Turin) - Don Bosco is certainly happy and rejoices at hearing the expressions uttered on the official opening morning of General Chapter 28.

    Several times, in the greetings, those who took the floor or sent a message referred to the origins and to Valdocco.

    Turin's Mayor, Ms Appendino, recalls that "seed that, in just over two centuries of history, has left indelible marks and contributed to strongly connote the character of our city." And today that character is still present in the city of Turin: "like the activities of the Salesian congregation, it's reflected in the continuous commitment to educate young people, to teach to be supportive and attentive to the weakest, to welcome without prejudice those who leave their own country of origin and dreams of building a new life for themselves."

    Monsignor Nosiglia, Bishop of Turin, highlights the current relevance of Don Bosco's educational experience: "from the wealth of experience that Don Bosco has left us, we can today also draw several fundamental features of each educational action: the authoritativeness of the educator, the centrality of the personal relationship, education as an act of love ('a matter of the heart,' as Don Bosco would say), the integral formation of the person, co-responsibility for the construction of the common good."

    With a gaze to the Salesian Family, Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Superior General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, highlighted the opportunity and necessity of each Chapter Assembly in the world horizon (the FMA are also preparing to celebrate their General Chapter): "They are precious opportunities to revive today the apostolic and missionary passion that nourished the beginnings of the Salesian Family and that we try to keep alive today."

    Thanks and best wishes also on behalf of all the laity of the Salesian Family were expressed by Renato Valeria, President of the "primary" ADMA of Turin who thanked participants for their presence and offered his best wishes for "a strong [intense] time of meeting, of prayer and of discernment."

    Cardinal João Braz de Aviz offered his message to speak of an ecclesial horizon open to the present moment. It is in this context that a renewed document dealing with the relationships of consecrated life in the Church (mutuae relationes) is now at the final stages. He continued with the presentation of some current challenges for consecrated life.

    First of all, he mentioned, those involving formation choices. Then he underlined the attention that must be paid to give a just and renewed importance to man-woman reciprocity. Another open challenge is that which concerns the service of authority. Last but not least, is the challenge that awaits the management of ecclesiastical assets dependent on institutes of consecrated life.

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      Italy – CG28 official opening, Rector Major: We are “an assembly of consecrated men, gathered in the name of the Lord”

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      Italy – CG28 official opening, Rector Major: We are “an assembly of consecrated men, gathered in the name of the Lord”

      (ANS - Turin) -The Rector Major began with several words of thanks for the many guests, Salesians and representatives of the groups of the Salesian Family. For Fr Angel, too, the first focus is that of a prophetic and hopeful gaze for an especially significant commitment: "responsibly guiding and animating a charism of the Church, for the Church and for the world, aroused by the Spirit."

      And it is with this focus and this task that, as Salesians, there is to be renewed "the responsibility of guiding communion and unity of life in the Congregation" with a single interest: taking care of the interests of God.

      As Fr Luigi Ricceri stated in General Chapter 20: "Ours is not an assembly of shareholders of an industry, it is not a political assembly with factions with conflicting interests that are economic, prestige and ambition. We are here as Church - better, an assembly of consecrated men, gathered in the name of the Lord, totally devoted to a supernatural ideal."

      In moving on to the specific theme and objectives of the GC28, the Rector Major focused on a few objectives.

      First of all, by underscoring that we must "give absolute priority to the Salesian mission with today's young people, and among them giving priority to the most needy, the poorest and most abandoned.

      Who is the Salesian who goes to meet young people today? What is his profile? The one that has Don Bosco as a model.

      With Don Bosco as a model, saying Salesian today should be the same as saying:

      - consecrated man of deep faith;
      - apostolic passion for young people;
      - son of God who knows he is and feels like a father to young people;
      - charismatic identity of everyone who enriches the Church with the charism of Don Bosco and creates ecclesial communion;
      - always faithful apostle of young people, always flexible and creative;
      - always educator, always friend of young people."

      Today, even more than in other times, the Salesian lives together with the laity in mission and formation. And in this area there is to go further, and Fr Angel hopes that the General Chapter "will perhaps consider some of these points on which to push our discernment", to overcome resistance in the mission shared with the laity, to grow in reciprocity in relations between Salesians and lay people, with a joint formation.

      General Chapter 28 is a great appeal or summons at this hour, as already indicated in the convocation letter: “we shall be called to discern with realism, courage and determination, the orientation of the path to embark upon in this 21st century, in a very special ecclesial moment of renewal and purification."

      The “business” started by Don Bosco has to be continued, as he himself said to Fr Giulio Barberis in 1875: 'You will complete the work, which I begin; I sketch, you will spread the colors [...] I make a rough draft of the Congregation and I will leave it to those who come after me to make the good [beautiful] copy.' Fr Angel concludes:
      "I think that with the GC28 that we start today we will clean up other parts of the sketch that Don Bosco left us, since the Holy Spirit continues to illuminate us even today to be faithful to the Lord Jesus in faithfulness to the charism of the origins, with the faces and music and colors of today."

      At 12.30, the Regulator on behalf of the Rector Major formally and officially opens General Chapter 28, placed under the protection of Mary with prayer and singing Sub tuum praesidium.

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        Italy – GC28: concert in Basilica of Mary Help of Christians

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        Italy – GC28: concert in Basilica of Mary Help of Christians

        (ANS - Turin) - The Concert offered on late Wednesday evening in the Basilica of Maria Ausiliatrice is one of the appointments that are periodically performed in the Basilica itself as the result of the collaboration with the Turin Conservatory of Music that has been active for three years.

        Occasions, of course, which highlight and enhance the acoustic characteristics of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians and even more allow young talents to perform and thus offer good music to listeners. On the evening of Wednesday 19 February, the first beneficiaries were the Capitulars, who were thus able to also nurture their spirit with the beauty of music, in view of the intense weeks of work that await them.

        Fr Maurizio Palazzo, responsible for the musical activities of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, titular organist and director of the Choir, is the drive behind a series of initiatives which, as per Salesian tradition, find a root in Don Bosco.

        Those who know the saint of young people know how much he cared about music as a lively food or fuel for education. "An Oratory without music is like a body without a soul", is one of the most famous sayings of the Saint of Youth.

        The Choir, made up of about 50 volunteers, are joined by a network of multiple collaborations throughout the year, both for singing and for the orchestra, which globally reach up to 200 units.

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          Venezuela – Cattle thieves once again threaten lives of students and workers of Salesian school in Barinas

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          Venezuela – Cattle thieves once again threaten lives of students and workers of Salesian school in Barinas

          (ANS - Barinas) - The social situation in Venezuela worsens day by day, as if political and economic problems weren't enough. The Salesian Congregation works among young people and this was confirmed by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, during his visit to the country a few weeks ago. He himself explained: "In my heart, I simply carried the desire to accompany, to support, to see how they are ... I found dignity, integrity, strength, the desire to continue working day by day to continue to build and," he concluded, I'm saddened by what is happening ... I am worried about my Salesian confreres, for our works."

          A few days ago, in fact, what happened in 2015 happened again: "violence against the Salesian Agricultural Center of Barinas." "About 110 students, managers, teachers and workers who live in the Salesian Agricultural School are in danger for a series of violent acts that have intensified since February 2, 2020, with the presence of unknown persons arriving at the institute - burning land, killing and stealing cattle," wrote Briceida Morales.

          Despite the decree of a precautionary agri-food measure that is supposed to safeguard the 1,894 hectares of the Salesian Agronomic Technical School of Barinas, a decree issued by a regional court on May 12, 2010, according to Fr Bernardo Ramírez's report - SDB, Director of the Institute - since the beginning in February they have witnessed true raids, with people transported by car and truck to the institute's grounds to set fire to pastures and other structures specially designed for animals.

          On that occasion, a group that identified itself as workers of the National Electricity Cooperation (CorPoElec) entered the territory by cutting down the fence, trees and burning a "small forest" maintained and cared for by 215 students from the country's different states. In addition, on that same occasion, the criminals set fire to a truck and burnt the electrical panel of a pump that supplied the institute with water.

          Fr Ramírez denounced that, in the attack suffered on February 12, about 20 hectares of land were burned and 40 farm animals were stolen or killed, including cattle and dairy buffalo.

          This deplorable situation touches the reality of an institute that accompanies the formation of 110 young internee students, who are acquiring very useful skills for the area, as well as that of the center's 80 workers.

          The Salesian Agricultural School of Barinas is an innovative center in the Venezuelan educational system and educates under the motto: "School that teaches by working and producing." The educational work makes rational use of the land and its natural resources with students carrying out their agricultural and livestock practices.

          Source: Qué Pasa en Venezuela - Social Communication Office of the Venezuelan Province

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            Spain - "BoscoSocial" Foundation tries to meet migrants' needs

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            (ANS - Madrid) - "BoscoSocial" is a Salesian organization which groups together the work of three entities of social platforms spread in various autonomous Spanish communities: "Boscos" in the Basque Country, Navarra, La Rioja and Cantabria; "JuanSoñador" in Galicia, Asturias and Castile and León; and "Pinardi Federation" in Madrid and Castilla-La Mancha. Among the various programs supported by "BoscoSocial", those aimed at migrants stand out, both in terms of training for better access to the labor market and in terms of social support, with the creation of relationship groups between migrants to encourage integration into their new country.

            Pinardi Federation, with young migrants. Abdalah is a 24-year-old Palestinian migrant from a refugee camp in Lebanon, part of one of the projects of the Pinardi Federation of Madrid. Helped by educators, Abdalah is taking many steps forward, as part of a project that seeks to offer him everything he needs in the country he has chosen in order to get out of his situation of injustice.

            "Malaikas": women in a vulnerable situation. Many kilometers from the capital, in Galicia, but with the same objective, the "JuanSoñador" Foundation, also from "BoscoSocial", carries out the "Malaikas" project. Aimed at women between 19 and 75 at risk of social exclusion, in a situation of vulnerability and of different nationalities, the program is developed in Coruña, Ourense, Lugo and Vigo. In 2019, more than 650 women from over 45 nationalities participated. "Malaikas" tries to break the isolation of migrant women, provides meeting spaces, creates circles, networks and alliances, which encourage the empowerment of women to face their life plans within the migration process.

            In Bilbao, "shared accommodation." In Bilbao, the "Boscos" Foundation has launched the project called "Zuen Etxean", which offers refuge and accompaniment in social inclusion to young people in situations of vulnerability through coexistence in shared housing with a Salesian community. "For these young people - says a Salesian who shares his life with them - this time with us is like an oasis in which they can take their life and decisions more calmly, and continue to fight for that dream which, for various reasons, they could not fulfill in their places of origin or that they did not see as feasible while they were there, and that now, from afar and after other experiences, some see that they can indeed face it, even in another way."

            "BoscoSocial" projects include youth assistance programs and all have an impact, in one way or another, on the growth of social justice. Over 14,000 people, preferably children, adolescents and young people at risk of social exclusion, and almost 1,400 families are assisted thanks to the work of over 400 educators and contract workers and more than 230 volunteers. 

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              Italy – GC28: Prayer and study continue, discussion in commissions and fraternity

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              Italy – GC28: Prayer and study continue, discussion in commissions and fraternity

              (ANS - Turin) - The Rector Major, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, recalled General Chapter 20: “Historians, theologians, politicians and organizers are not enough to carry out the necessary discernment and renewal: men called spiritual are needed, men of faith, sensitive to the things of God and ready for courageous obedience, as was our Founder."

              It is in this context that the mornings of 19-20-21 were dedicated to reflection and prayer. The three interventions can be found on the sdb.org site, section dedicated to GC28.

              Fr Rossano Sala, professor at the Salesian Pontifical University and former Special Secretary of the Synod on Young People, offered his proposal for meditation in the context of the first nucleus of the chapter theme: young people.

              He first examined the inspiring criteria of Jesus' action towards young people, and then invited to examine and discuss the profound reasons for Don Bosco's vocational choices. These had some important moments in the discussion with the wisdom of Fr Cafasso and the meeting with young prisoners, in the experience of the shepherdess dream, in the strong and decisive dialogue with the Marchesa di Barolo. The meeting with this holy woman, sincerely concerned about Don Bosco's health and mission among young people, was resolved on the day when the holy educator communicated his decision:

              My answer is already thought out. You have money and will easily find as many priests as you want for your institutes. This is not the case with poor children. Right now, if I retire, everything goes up in smoke, so I will continue to do what I can for the Refuge, I will cease from regular employment and I will deliberately give myself to the care of abandoned children."

              In the context of the Salesian's profile, Fr Eunan McDonnel, Provincial of Ireland, immediately recalled that the distinctive feature of Salesian spirituality is sweetness and loving kindness. "There is nothing as strong as sweetness and nothing as sweet as true strength" (St Francis de Sales).

              The question "what kind of Salesians for today's young people" should be enriched with other questions: "What does God expect of us. Do we know what God wants us to be? Lord, what kind of Salesians for today's young people?"

              To find an answer, it is necessary to learn to listen because “if and when we listen to God, the script changes. We no longer go according to our expectations, but we discover that God offers us even greater possibilities than we could have imagined." Consequently, discernment becomes prayerful discernment and "one can be capable of a style which is that of contemplation in action, imitating Don Bosco," as Blessed Filippo Rinaldi also recalled: "If you want to live according to the spirit of Don Bosco, you must not never lose sight of his inner life ... continually united to God in prayer."

              Fr Luis Fernando Gutierrez, National Delegate for Youth Ministry in Spain, offered his reflection on the third nucleus: that of sharing mission and formation with the laity.

              First of all, there is the synodal style, which recalls how the mission is a task entrusted by God, and nobody is its master.

              Discernment is the heart of pastoral care, because its first task is to meet God in every person's life.

              To support this journey, the Salesian must live in humility, which supports the path of mediation: "Let us not forget that we are only mediators. The problem of pastoral care is mediation." The Baptist is the model: "It is better that He grows and I diminish."

              The Salesian is called to live and share the tent of the mission, in the unity and consequentiality of the vocation and mission in the name of Don Bosco and of the Salesian charism: to build the future with humility, joy and hope.

              In the second part of the meetings, six work sessions were dedicated to the study and deepening of the Rector Major's Report on the state of the Congregation.

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                Venezuela – “Some think it's not worth spending on children. I think it's a good investment for the future”: Fr Rino Bergamin, SDB

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                Venezuela – “Some think it's not worth spending on children. I think it's a good investment for the future”: Fr Rino Bergamin, SDB

                (ANS - Caracas) - In recent years, Venezuela has been experiencing truly sad conditions. Who would have imagined hearing sad and dramatic stories of hungry or sick people dying from lack of medicine? A few years ago it was said of Venezuela: "the millionaire nation of America", or "Saudi Venezuela." Today, the images tell us of a country in a deep crisis, shaken by poverty and hyperinflation. In the midst of this chaos, men emerge who do not speak much, but do a lot for the poor, children and young people. This is the case of Fr Rino Bergamin, founder of the "Don Bosco House" in Sarría, in Caracas.

                Through the reception centers and shelters, Fr Bergamin helped over five thousand children and elderly people living in the streets, at risk, abandoned or mistreated by their families. In 2016, he said: "We don't want money. We only ask the government to give us the opportunity to buy food for sick children and adults."

                Fr Bergamin was born in Campigo, a burgh of Castelfranco Veneto (Treviso, Italy), on March 13, 1932. On August 1, 1945, at the age of 13, he entered the Salesian house in Castelnuovo Don Bosco. At 16, he expressed his desire to go to the missions ad gentes and on 22 November, 1952, he left for Venezuela. He became Venezuelan in his heart and also obtained citizenship.

                His work in the "Red de Casas Don Bosco" was his passion. "I didn't work alone," he explained in an interview. "Many are the people who have dedicated their lives and who have contributed to giving an effective response to the basic needs of children living in particularly difficult situations. Some people are suspicious of this job; others think it's not worth spending money, time or effort on children. Personally, I think it's a good investment for the future."

                Fr Bergamin was called the "Don Bosco of the 90s". About him, they wrote: “This humble person is facing, as the bravest of men, some of the most serious problems of our city, such as drug addiction and child prostitution among the so-called street children. Many stories are told of this great priest. One of them tells of a boy who has lived on the street since he was five years old. He was taken to the hospital and he asked about his father. A doctor then asked him, 'Who is your daddy?' He replied: 'Don Rino'.”

                In 2018, Fr Bergamin was diagnosed with lung cancer. After a year of suffering, the Lord called him to Himself on February 13, 2020, while he was again in Italy, at Castello di Godego.

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                  Italy – GC28: Prayer, meditation, discussion in regional groups to explore chapter experience

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                  Italy – GC28: Prayer, meditation, discussion in regional groups to explore chapter experience

                  (ANS - Turin) - In the beginning homily, with the words of the 20th General Chapter, the Rector Major recalled that “True fidelity to Don Bosco consists not in copying him externally, but imitating Don Bosco in his fidelity to the motions of the Holy Spirit." And this is why February 19-20-21 are dedicated to reflection, study, prayer, personal talks: three days of spirituality and study to enter increasingly more into the General Chapter's atmosphere and contents.

                  On the aforementioned mornings, there are three meditation proposals offered by:

                  - Fr Rossano Sala, on "The priority of the Salesian mission among today's young people";
                  - Fr Eunan McDonnell, on: "The profile of the Salesian today";
                  - Fr Luis Fernando (Koldo) Gutierrez, on: "Together with the laity in mission and formation."

                  Hours of listening and personal meditation precede the Eucharistic Concelebration before lunch.

                  The two work sessions that follow in the evening are experienced in Regional groups. The aim of the study and talks is to "discern the priority challenges of the Congregation and identify the fundamental processes and interventions that must mark the 2020-2026 term."

                  The study takes place in successive times and modalities. The group study and discussions, always with reference to the Report of the Rector Major, precede the discussions in the Assembly. The discussion will also be resumed at the end of the Chapter “so that each Region studies its own situation and offers the Rector Major and the elected General Councilors the lines of action to keep in mind for the Region in view of the Rector Major's animation and government project and of the General Council for the six-year term, 2020 – 2026."

                  A path therefore articulated, which foresees sessions for Commissions and the Assembly, personal study, group study, elaboration of a first summary document, reviewed and re-proposed by the Rector Major.

                  To help begin to summarize what has been elaborated in the Commissions, corresponding at first to the Salesian Regions, a group identified by the President is at work, made up of the following chapter members: Fr Gabriel Romero (ARN), Fr Igino Biffi (INE ), Fr Marcello Baek (KOR), Fr Pierre Célestin Ngoboka (AGL).

                  We are before the beginning of a sharing process that will certainly accompany the examination of Chapter's specific theme with a horizon projected onto local realities and to the Provinces for animation and government in the forthcoming six years.

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                    Italy – GC28: increased ANS live broadcasts. Mass and Chapter's official opening session on Facebook, Saturday

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                    Italy – GC28: increased ANS live broadcasts. Mass and Chapter's official opening session on Facebook, Saturday

                    (ANS - Turin) - To bring the contents and spirit of the 28th General Chapter of the Salesian Congregation to all the Salesian houses across the globe, there is nothing better than making it possible for everyone to access Valdocco, at least online. For this reason, also considering the popular results obtained, the live broadcasts on ANS Facebook page have multiplied: already tonight, 20 February, at 7 PM (UTC+1) it will be possible to listen to the Salesian "Good Night" of the Postulator General of the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni; while on Saturday 22, the Mass and the official opening session of the GC28 will be broadcast.

                    After this first preparatory week to Chapter work, with the presentation of the reports of the General Council on the six-year term just ended and the introduction to the three thematic groups, next Saturday the GC28 will fully enter into the heart of the matter.

                    The opening Mass, in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, will be broadcast live in the original language at 8:00 am (UTC + 1). Subsequently, the official opening session will be broadcast from the Teatro Grande di Valdocco with the live broadcast available in four language channels (Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese).

                    Numerous civil and religious authorities are expected to attend the solemn ceremony: the mayor of the city of Turin, Chiara Appendino, was invited; the archbishop of Turin, Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia; Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life; numerous Salesian cardinals and prelates: Cardinals Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, Tarcisio Bertone and Ricardo Ezzati; Monsignors Enrico dal Covolo, Adrianus van Luyn, Mario Toso, Vitaliy Krivitskiy, Calogero La Piana, Peter Štumpf, Joaquim da Silva Mendes, Luc Van Looy, Ludwig Schwarz, and others.

                    The participation by the Superiors Major and Directors of the Salesian Family will also be very large and of great importance. In fact, there will be:

                    - Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians;

                    - Antonio Boccia, World Coordinator of the Salesian Cooperators;

                    - Renato Valera, President of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) Primary;

                    - the World Heads of Don Bosco Volunteers and Volunteers with Don Bosco;

                    - the Presidents of the Confederations of the SDB and FMA Past Pupils, Michal Hort and Maria Maghini respectively;

                    - Dina Moscioni, General Coordinator of the Witnesses of the Risen One;

                    - Mother Graziella Benghini, General Superior of the Salesian Oblates of the Sacred Heart;

                    - deacon Guido Pedroni, General Custodian of the Community of the Mission of Don Bosco;

                    - Fr Joe D’Souza, SDB, founder and superior of the Disciples;

                    - Fr Jonas Abib, SDB, founder and superior of Cancão Nova;

                    - Mother Teresia Furuki Ryoko, Superior General of the Sisters of Charity of Jesus;

                    - Sister Luigina Bellomo, Vicar General of the Apostles of the Holy Family;

                    - and Delegations and representations of other groups still.

                    After Mass and greetings, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, will deliver the opening speech, at the end of which the Chapter Regulator, Fr Stefano Vanoli, will officially declare the GC28 open.

                    Stay tuned via the ANS Facebook page.

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                      Brazil – Networking and the Salesian answer to young people in conflict with the law

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                      Brazil – Networking and the Salesian answer to young people in conflict with the law

                      (ANS - São Paulo) - In the week of 10-14 February, the National Councilor of the "Salesian Network Brazil - Social Action", which corresponds to the Region of the Americas and the South Cone, and the Coordinator of the network "America Social Salesiana", which corresponds to the Inter-American Region, respectively Fr Agnaldo Soares and Fr Juan Carlos Quirarte, met in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, to share strategies and networking experiences.

                      The meeting focused on the extent reached by Salesian works as regards its attention to young people in conflict with the law and on the relevance and forms of influence that Salesians can assert, both with the judicial authorities and with the governments of Brazil and of Mexico.

                      The exchange of experiences and their proximity to the concrete practices of some works of the State of São Paulo has allowed to deepen the importance and urgency of qualified support to minors who have broken the law, to involve the latter in efforts to prevent relapses, that is, in the work of recovery and reintegration in the family and in the community, in education and employment.

                      Already known in Salesian circles is the experience of "socio-educational measures" in Brazil, which concern the accompaniment of minors on probation and the accompaniment in the provision of community services for those young people who are sent to Salesian social works for the care of children in various stages of  their legal process.

                      In the same way, the two Salesians also visited those institutions that look after young people who live in a controlled environment, that is, those who are serving their legal measure of internment, but who see the Salesian institutions allied in the accompaniment during their trials. These procedures have been initiated in several social works in Mexico and have made it possible to share enrichment models from both regions since, due to the specific situations of violence in Mexico, deemed urgent is the need to create specialized protection houses for young people who wish to abandon armed groups and groups linked to organized crime, as well as for those who are ending their precautionary measures but find their reintegration into their own context impossible.

                      For this reason, the wealth of the network makes it possible to appropriate the model of the Salesian protection houses of the Province of Colombia-Medellín in order to create a similar model in Mexico.

                      Finally, the meeting also allowed to share the ways in which both Salesians are involved in government structures to collaborate online with other similar institutions and to promote public policies in favor of young people who find themselves in these vulnerable conditions: in fact, the large majority of the children who are involved in socio-educational measures have been – first, and at the same time - victims of a system that marginalizes, excludes and does not offer them the traditional protection factors.

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                        India – "Salesian Social Forum" meets in Ravulapalem

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                        (ANS - Ravulapalem) - Fourteen Salesians, seven from the Chennai Province, five from the Hyderabad Province and two from the Bangalore Province, attended a three-day meeting (3-5 February) of the Salesian Social Forum held at the headquarters of the Salesian NGO PARA (People's Action for Rural Awakening) in Ravulapalem at what is also home to the "Center of Justice and Peace", the psychosocial services and legal assistance center of the Hyderabad Province.

                        Much of the meeting's first day was dedicated to the research of the group's identity in the wider context of the rediscovery of one's individual identity: a process that requires abandoning the superstructures of roles to recover one's individuality and common humanity, remaining open to everyone's contributions and without making disparities on a clerical or seniority basis.

                        Subsequently, the group engaged in an in-depth analysis of the country's current socio-political situation, marked by an erosion of democracy and the emergence of worrying extremist tendencies. The Forum unanimously expressed itself on the need to speak openly to the authorities as a means of safeguarding democracy and the Constitution.

                        During the work sessions, the issue of protection of minors and cases of sexual abuse and power, both in the Church and in society, were also addressed. After lengthy discussions, the participants focused on strategies to prevent the formation of structures that lead to abuse of power, such as avoiding the culture of privileges.

                        In this struggle for justice, the participants called for the need to put pressure on the media and authorities to bring to light the rampant and daily abuses suffered by the population belonging to the humblest castes and tribals.

                        In the course of the work, an analysis was made to see how much the theory corresponds to daily practice in Salesian life, regarding the three areas of obedience, poverty, chastity, community life and mission.

                        Finally, they asked to bring the requests and the vision of the SSF to the General Chapter of the Congregation, which is taking place in Turin-Valdocco these days, and to work to integrate good practices that promote Gospel values and Human Rights.

                        • India
                        • INH INDIA HYDERABAD
                        • Società
                        • Politica
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Italy – GC28, Rector Major: "Continue to be educators and evangelizers of young people with faith and hope"

                          5 days 12 hours ago

                          (ANS - Turin) - After the presentations of the General Councilors, the Rector Major took the floor yesterday afternoon, 18 February. For the first time in the Cingregation's history, the Report was broadcast live via social media, namely on Facebook: a useful communication method to reach many lay people and members of the Salesian Family as well. Words, the Rector Major's, which are also the result of the multiple experiences lived in his personal meetings throughout his six-year term: over 13,000 confreres reached and met. "What is the status of our beloved Congregation?": The question presented at the beginning of the Report found answers where the lights outnumbered the shadows.

                          “The visibility and credibility of our consecrated life has diminished: it is a weakness and also a permanent challenge, which is faced with faith and courage: the more than 400 novices who begin Salesian life every year are a gift that confirm that our Congregation has not lost its loyalty," said the Rector Major.

                          It must be said that the tasks entrusted by the 27th General Chapter at its conclusion (belonging more to God, to the confreres, to the young) are tasks that have been taken on and have made their inroads.

                          The Congregation continues to be a missionary congregation in the multiple contexts in which it is present: where Christianity is a minority, for example in an Islamic or Buddhist context, or where a consolidated presence continues, as in the Amazon where there are 47 communities and 245 Salesian confreres. This missionary vocation can only but grow in its availability to solidarity between the Provinces through the exchange of confreres.

                          "As Salesians we continue to be educators and evangelizers of young people": we privilege evangelization, there is more attention to accompaniment, we involve families more.

                          "As a Congregation we feel an active part in the Church, in union with Pope Francis, always ready to accept his indications as highlighted in the recent Synods on the family and young people."

                          Manifold and numerous are our efforts where the migration phenomenon or the reality of refugees and migrants is strong.

                          All this acquires more consistency, as Salesians animate increasingly more educational communities with the laity and other members of the Salesian Family.

                          There is no shortage of challenges and appeals.

                          First of all that of formation, to strengthen and give greater Salesian charismatic identity in the years of initial formation, without forgetting all the years or stages of life.

                          It is always necessary to continue to accept the appeal of young people, who first of all ask for presence and accompaniment: "Take the journey with us, we need your presence," the reminder.

                          We must continue to accompany those who are engaged in government duties, first of all Provincials and their Vicars.
                          Words of encouragement are offered by the Rector Major to continue in fidelity after even difficult and painful moments, and today the Congregation is more purified, more robust, more serene.

                          A Congregation that grows continuously also in economic solidarity, especially in coping with the many situations where the effort to live the ordinary and to provide for the costs for formation falter. Providence and many benefactors are not lacking.

                          The poorest young people, sharing the mission with the laity, being actively present in the digital reality, are still other challenges that the CG28 must study.

                          The study, in fact, continues over the next days with moments of reflection, prayer, comparison in the regional groups.

                          • Italia
                          • CG28
                          • Rettor Maggiore
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            India – The spirit and charism of St John Bosco are alive in Hyderabad Province

                            6 days 12 hours ago
                            India – The spirit and charism of St John Bosco are alive in Hyderabad Province

                            (ANS – Hyderabad) – The Salesian Province of St. Joseph, Hyderabad (INH), last month welcomed a few representatives of  the Salesian NGO “Missioni Don Bosco-Turin” to show them various social outreach programmes, institutions, schools and orphanages operated by the Province. Rev. Fr Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar SDB, Provincial of the Salesian Province of St. Joseph, Hyderabad, and Fr Bellamkonda Sudhakar SDB, Executive Director of the Planning and Development Office of the province, accompanied them in their visit to various communities in the province.

                            “Missioni Don Bosco” has been one of the major long-term benefactors for the Province, providing financial support for scholarships of poor children over the past few decades. Recently, the organization sponsored the education of hundreds of poor children in INH Province, who are now enrolled in schools.

                            On the first day of their arrival in India, Bro Giampietro Pettenon SDB, from the Mission Office of “Missioni Don Bosco”, and his travel companions could visit the “Don Bosco Human Resource Development Center” in Gagillapur. The purpose of this visit was to show how the Province in its mission with the charism of the congregation is educating and rehabilitating poor youth in the city of Hyderabad and the rest of the region. 

                            Don Bosco Human Resource Development (DBHRDC) was established in 2010 to provide vocational training and job skills to poor youth in the city and across the region. Over the past couple of years, the centre has trained more than 1200 (average of 120 youth per year) poor youth with close to 100% job placement rate. The Centre provides training in hospitality, tailoring, plumbing, electricals, electronics, AC refrigeration, mobile phone repair, solar panel installation and diagnostics. The vast majority of students are from poor rural villages.

                            On the second day of the visit, they travelled to “Don Bosco Navajeevan” (DBNJ), Visakhapatnam, to witness various outreach activities and programmes being undertaken by the Salesians in Visakhapatnam, the largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh and home to one of the largest ports on Eastern India. 

                            The Salesians and the Province own and operate four campuses that serve orphaned and poor youth in the city, three campuses that serve as orphanages or ‘Navajeevan’ centres, and one campus that serves as a training centre for skill development for poor youth and education for very poor children. At Visakhapatnam, they could hear also three success story by three past-pupils of the centre.

                            The visitors were glad to see that the Beech Blossoms Bridge School operated by the Salesians in the city have helped educated 1,500 children and placed them into government schools over the past 12 years. They were very supportive of plans to demolish one of the Navajeevan center and replace it with a new facility that can grow to the outreach of the centre from 30 orphans to 100 in an integrated campus for staff, children, volunteers and Salesians.

                            On the third day, the guests travelled to St Michael’s Boys’ Home, Guntur, the first mission in the Province which started in 1964. Don Bosco Industrial Technical Institute is the oldest technical school in the Province. It provides certified technical training in electricals, electronics, motor mechanics, fitter and skill development in industrial printing. Around 200 students are currently residing at the centre and come from marginalized families.

                            While travelling from Guntur to Mangalagiri – to visit also the Don Bosco School, the second school established in the Province in 1974 and now part of a proposal to provide a standard education – the guests had stopped at Migrant mission started by Navajeevan Bala Bhavan (NJBB), Vijayawada. It was started in collaboration with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Fr Ratna Neelam, Director of NJBB, along with Mr Anto, explained the mission carried out among the migrant workers, with 41 boys and girls who are under 15 years of age, facing the hardest challenges, since builders and contractors do not cooperate with the Salesians.

                            On the final day, visitors reached Don Bosco School, Wyram, that serves a region that is poor and rural. “Missioni Don Bosco” helped the Province and the School construction, a new basketball court and the community. The School currently has around 300+ students who are receiving an education for the first time in a generation.

                            During the final meeting with the Provincial Father and his core team, Bro Pettenon said he was glad to see the spirit and charism of St John Bosco alive in the Province and stated that the Province was living out the mission in keeping with the wishes of the Rector Major in Turin. He expressed that the Province must work towards financial self-sustainability, and proposed four areas for the Salesians to focus upon: food, education, water and the welfare of women.

                            • India
                            • INH INDIA HYDERABAD
                            • Missioni
                            • Missioni Don Bosco
                            • Opzione Preferenziale
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              The Philippines – Volcano Taal or Mindanao earthquake victims helped by many Salesian Family members

                              6 days 12 hours ago
                              The Philippines – Volcano Taal or Mindanao earthquake victims helped by many Salesian Family members

                              (ANS – Manila) – Although at the moment the Taal Volcano in Batangas province (Philippines) is rather low profile and there are no major earthquakes, many people still suffer the life of internally displaced persons (IDP) due to these natural calamities. In Batangas and Canlubang, the Salesians and their lay mission partners are generously assisting with thousands of people with simple, but effective help.

                              FIN Province - MAYAPA PARISH

                              At present, the Mayapa SDB community (Rector Fr Cerada and 3 Salesian priests - Fr Raffy, Fr Sonny and Fr Ben) are trying their best: “Our Social Action Ministry is still very busy for ‘relief operations’ since many Taal volcano victims are coming back to our vicinity (living with their relatives) since they don’t have electricity and water in their areas. We are glad that our confreres helped us in relief operations. I also asked the help of our Bishop and the Social Action ministry of the Laguna diocese of San Pablo. Right now we (both the social action of the parish and the diocese) are planning to rehabilitate our 3 affected Barrios, especially regarding their livelihood.

                              We are finalizing the working paper for our Parish Pastoral Planning (SEPP) based on the results of the Youth Congress last October: Renewed Salesian Youth ministry. Please, pray for our huge parish! We are not less than 33 Barangays from Laguna to foot of Tagaytay (heights near the Taal volcano).”

                              FIS Province - MISSIONARY ANIMATION IN MINDANAO OUTREACH (SALVO Volunteers)

                              “We are very grateful to all the generous people who shared their blessings to our brothers and sisters in Mindanao affected by the series of earthquake last year. A total of Php 68,500 cash donations were gathered from different organizations and donors. It was allocated for the house materials, for the feeding and dental care, as well as for the purchase of hollow blocks. One hundred nineteen (119) families in Little Bliss Evacuation Center were the beneficiaries last December 29, 2019, in Malasila, North Cotabato, 15 to 20 minutes away from Kidapawan. Each child was given a lunch box, spoon and fork, toothbrush and toothpaste, a pair of slippers, and a tumbler. Mothers and Elderlies were given vitamins, blankets, and towels. The volunteers also served a sumptuous lunch for the evacuees. Our deepest thanks to the Parishioners of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Don Bosco FIS-Provincial House, Don Bosco-Victorias, Philippine Dental Association, the BCBP group, and Medical Doctors who donated. Special thanks to Ma’am Idz Marie's friends and family members for their help.”

                              “We are inspired and we are proud of this small gesture of human and Christian solidarity in difficult times and we pray that more Salesian Family members are inspired and continue to reach out to the people in need,” said the Salesians in the Philippines.

                              Source: AustraLasia - https://www.bosco.link/webzine/55741

                               

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                              • Filippine
                              • FIN FILIPPINE NORD
                              • FIS FILIPPINE SUD
                              • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
                              • Solidarietà
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Italy – GC28: worldwide panorama for "multinational education company" in the name of Don Bosco

                                6 days 12 hours ago

                                (ANS - Turin) - Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 February are the first days totally dedicated to chapter work. The days have begun to be lived with their ordinary pace. At 6:45 am, all the capitulars, divided into linguistic groups, begin the day with prayer: praise, meditation and the Eucharist, as if it were an ordinary day in community life, in the daily rhythm of the many geographical and cultural contexts.

                                Daily work takes place in four assembly moments, days mainly engaged in listening, studying, in a first personal reflection for taking stock of the presence of the Congregation in the world.

                                ­Days of listening, above all: in the next few days, the reports will be taken up again, studied and discussed in Commissions, and also to elaborate evaluations and any questions of integration to be addressed to the Rector Major.

                                The unifying theme of the two days is the Report of the Rector Major for the Society of St. Francis of Sales with reference to the six-year term, namely 2014-2020.

                                Article. 119 of the General Regulations asks in fact that "in one of the initial sessions the Rector Major, or whoever takes his place, will present a general report on the state of the Congregation". This is a task that the Rector Major is carrying out, also through the collaboration of his Councilors.

                                In succession, the Sector Councilors, the Regional Councilors and the Secretary of the Secretariat of the Salesian Family presented their papers. Each speaker presented a summary of what is available to all the Chapter members, both in hard copy and on the web pages inside the Chapter. There was no shortage of presentations, with the help of videos and slides.

                                Of note, also the reference, by some Directors, to documents, materials, and sites that complement the reports presented.

                                A first element that unites all the relationships emerges: with a reference to the six-year term that is now ending, each Report has originated from the previous term and, after an examination and an evaluation of the path traveled, identifies several challenges to be examined to be actively present in the next six years.

                                Listening continues until tonight, Tuesday 18 February, with the specific intervention of the Rector Major who can be followed on the ANS Facebook page starting at 5:30 pm (UTC + 1).

                                On the occasion of the first Chapter Assembly, a communquè was also published as regards the broadcasting of the General Chapter's work sessions, which makes use of the different communication channels: information on www.infoans.org, official documents on www.sdb.org, ANS presence in social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and ANSChannel on YouTube) and the live broadcast of various moments, on the ANS Facebook page.

                                • CG28
                                • Italia
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Spain – "Generating a culture of protection of minors": Salesians enhance safe spaces

                                  1 week ago

                                  (ANS - Madrid) - The Salesians educate in schools and want their educational centers to remain safe environments for the children and adolescents who go there. As a continuation of the work being carried out in this sector during these years, the Salesian Province of "Spain-St James Major" held a conference on the protection of minors and vulnerable adults on 12 and 13 February, attended by 51 staff members of the Salesian educational centers.

                                  Two expert speakers on the subject shared the necessary tools to prevent, identify and address possible situations of ill treatment or abuse against minors, both inside and outside the school environment. Elia María Écija, legal adviser of the Catholic Schools of Madrid, focused on the protocol to be followed in such cases. For her part, the doctor and psychotherapist Lourdes Azorín invited the participants to take a careful look into the educational environments, so that they are spaces where everyone can feel well treated and live in mutual care.

                                  In addition, some of the participants had the opportunity to share their experiences in identifying and intervening on various cases of abuse in the intra-family environment and in other areas of life of minors.

                                  The day included the testimony of a victim of sexual abuse, who brought participants closer to the reality of those who suffered abuse. In his presentation, he traced a profile of the abuser and warned about the risk factors of abuse. Knowing this reality is fundamental to generate a culture of protection of minors in educational centers.

                                  The Salesian educational centers in Spain have equipped themselves with a code of conduct to prevent these situations, a code which is already in force and which is kept in mind by all those who work in the various environments of Salesian works. In fact, the educators of the centers studied it to put it into practice.

                                  The two Salesian Provinces in Spain have a commission for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults. They drafted both the code of conduct and the protocols of action for these cases, according to the indications of both the Church and the Salesian Congregation.

                                  It should be noted that some initiatives are being undertaken in recent years to address this problem. In particular, the Vicars of the Provinces, who are responsible for the Commissions, continue to be trained and updated. The same is true for religious, lay people and professionals in the centers, who through training days like the one held last week complete their skills to accompany possible situations of this type.

                                  • Spagna
                                  • Protezione Minori
                                  • SSM SPAGNA SAN GIACOMO MAGGIORE
                                  • Educazione
                                  • Scuole
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    RMG – GC28: the Rector Major's report live on Facebook

                                    1 week ago
                                    RMG – GC28: the Rector Major's report live on Facebook

                                    (ANS - Rome) - The presentations of the Sectors and Regions by members of the General Council began today, Monday 17 February. Tomorrow, Tuesday 18 February, this program will be completed with the report of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, on the state of the Congregation, broadcast live at 5:30 pm (UTC+1) on the ANS Facebook page.

                                    • CG28
                                    • Rettor Maggiore
                                    • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Italy – CG28: "We're in Valdocco, we're from Valdocco"

                                      1 week ago

                                      (ANS - Turin) - "We are in Valdocco, we are from Valdocco": not only a statement, but also greetings for the Salesians arriving in Turin - Valdocco to participate in General Chapter 28. These are the words expressed by Fr Stefano Vanoli , Chapter Regulator, in what can be called the pre-chapter "Good Night" on the evening of Saturday, 15 February.

                                      A "Good Night" in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians; present, many Capitulars who'd already arrived in Turin, many Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, lay faithful. A Chapter with a biblical flavor in its duration: 7 weeks to answer the question "Which Salesians for today's young people?"

                                      The Capitulars will be intensely busy for the next few weeks until April 4, the closing date.

                                      A Chapter in Valdocco to give strength to the vocation and charismatic identity of Don Bosco's disciples.

                                      Fr Vanoli said: "Where the place of our origin is found, the place of our originality is also found."
                                      The General Chapter returns to Valdocco after 62 years. The Chapter members are 242, representing the 7 Regions into which the Congregation is divided.

                                      There are 66 nations to which the Chapter members natively belong, which for their mission are present in over 130 countries.

                                      23 people attended the first General Chapter which took place in Lanzo Torinese in 1877, presided over by Don Bosco. Today, having arrived at GC28, the Chapter Members have more than multiplied: 242 in total among participants as per Law, such as the Provincials and the elected Delegates, and the permanent guests as observers, appointed Provincials, Delegation Delegates.

                                      Let us not forget that among the participants by right are the 16 confreres of the Central Office and the Rector Major emeritus.

                                      To these already abundant numbers, the young and lay collaborators invited to participate for a week are to be added.

                                      All these numbers tell of a universal and missionary Congregation which finds, in the distinction of origins and languages, experiences and personal stories, the highest moment of convergence and unity.

                                      Today, Monday 17 February, the presentation reports of the Sectors and Regions by members of the General Council begin.

                                      Tomorrow, Tuesday 18 February, the Rector Major's report on the state of the Congregation will be broadcast live on the ANS Facebook page.

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                                      • CG28
                                      • Valdocco
                                      • Torino
                                      • Italia
                                      • Statistiche
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Democratic Republic of the Congo – Landslide emergency: appeal of Fr Gavioli, SDB

                                        1 week 3 days ago
                                        Democratic Republic of the Congo – Landslide emergency: appeal of Fr Gavioli, SDB

                                        (ANS - Bukavu) - “Dear friends, once again I take the liberty of informing you about the silent disasters affecting our small world of Bukavu. After (and on top of) the fires, landslides have now come upon us.” Thus begins the heartfelt letter that Fr Piero Gavioli, a Salesian missionary in Africa for over 35 years, sent to ANS, a letter sent together with several other friends and supporters of the Salesian work, to ask for help in favor of the poorest and most needy population of Bukavu.

                                        The missionary continues:

                                        Between 2018 and 2019, I launched several appeals to ask for help for the fire victims in Bukavu. Unfortunately, the fires, albeit on a smaller scale, continue. Our pastor told us that in 2019 a thousand families in our parish lost their home due to fires. At the end of January, the Diocesan Office for Medical Works was also set on fire, for unknown reasons. It was not only an office, but also a factory and a warehouse for medicines. The archives, the laboratory equipment, the medicines just produced and ready to be put on the market, the IT equipment, everything was reduced to ashes ... The damage has been immense.

                                        During the same period, we had heavy rains in Bukavu that caused landslides, mudslides, small floods, the collapse of the walls of the houses ... At least ten people died.

                                        The causes are always the same: due to misery, many families arrived from the countryside to the city, driven out by wars and guerrillas, from the lack of security, from poverty ... In Bukavu, they built their shacks wherever they found a small open space, on steep treeless slopes, exposed to foreseeable landslides. The public administration has been selling land not suitable for construction for years ... In official speeches, the government promises to decongest the city, to prepare new building land in outlying areas. So far, nothing has been done. And the disasters continue.

                                        In recent landslides, many families, even those we know, have lost everything. And they come to the Don Bosco Center to ask for emergency aid: clothes, food, money for the children's school ... And we tell them: as long as we are helped, we will help you ...

                                        The problem of landslides in densely populated irregular settlements is, unfortunately, not a rare occurrence when and where large unauthorized agglomerations, if not true and proper shantytowns, arise on risky land. Between March and August 2017, for example, it was the Salesian works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the "Don Bosco Fambul" in Freetown, Sierra Leone, which had to take care of hundreds of IDPs following the landslides they had assailed the slums close to them and which had caused hundreds of deaths.

                                        • AFC AFRICA CENTRALE
                                        • Rep Dem del Congo
                                        • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
                                        • Missioni
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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