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Burkina Faso - Salesian missionary Antonio César Fernández murdered

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Burkina Faso - Salesian missionary Antonio César Fernández murdered

(ANS - Ouagadougou) – Alas, the hour of martyrs. A tragic death has struck the Salesian Congregation in Africa. Our beloved confrere Antonio César Fernández, of the AFO Province (Francophone Western Africa), was shot dead in an ambush by jihadist assassins yesterday, Friday, February 15, 2019, after 3 PM.

Lomé (Togo) and he was currently in charge of the Salesian community of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

We pray for his eternal rest. He had offered his life for Africa and his offer was fully accepted. We ask him to pray with us for his province, where he arrived with the first group of missionaries in Lomé (Togo). He was also the founder of the parish of Mary Help of Christians, the first teacher of novices for 10 years.

This attack is part of the wave of violence that has been afflicting Burkina Faso since 2015, in a context that has seen a surge in terrorist threats in the past few weeks after the fifth Conference of Heads of State of the Sahel G5, of which the country has the current presidency.

May the Risen Lord welcome Brother César with tenderness alongside all those who have given their lives to the Salesian mission, and may Mary Help of Christians, whom he so loved, welcome him with the affection of the Good Mother of Heaven.

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  • Salesiani
  • Assassinato
  • Missionero
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Ireland – Rector Major's animation visit for 100 years of Salesian presence

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    Ireland – Rector Major's animation visit for 100 years of Salesian presence

    (ANS - Maynooth) – Plenty of activities for the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, during his Irish visit. Accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, and by the Councilor for the Salesian Central and Northern Europe, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco has already visited several centers that are symbols of Salesian educational work in the land of Saint Patrick.

    After his arrival at Shannon airport, on the evening of 12 February, and moments of fraternal sharing at the Salesian Community in Pallaskenry, Fr Á.F. Artime began the following day with the Junior students in the Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians in a context of prayer, reflection, sharing of music and joy. The celebrations continued with Senior students, after which he met with the teachers of the Salesian Secondary School and from the Agricultural College. The Rector Major expressed words of  appreciation and encouragment for the teacher's work for and with young people.

    After leaving the community of Pallaskenry between two rows of students waving and cheering from both sides of the road, the X Successor of Don Bosco reached the center of Milford, where he met with the Council of the Province and the community.

    On Thursday, the Rector Major began with Community prayer and later presided at the Eucharist for Salesians and students from the nearby Primary school. It was a festive celebration, after which Fr Á.F. Artime met with some members of the parish council and leaders of the Salesian school.

    The Rector Major then reached the "Killeshin Hotel" in Portlaoise, where he met with Salesians of the Irish Province. "It was an occasion to share a special moment, where we not only celebrated 100 years of Salesian presence in Ireland, but also a number of anniversaries of several confreres in a climate of celebration and sharing," said the Salesians present.

    Finally, the Rector Major was accompanied to Maynooth, a town about 20 km from Dublin, where, in the middle of the University, the Salesians have their house and community. Fr Artime met numerous young adults and participated in a festive evening, which began with prayer and a brief presentation of the story of Don Bosco, and continued with a Salesian-style celebration with food, singing, dancing and sharing.

    Finally, the evening ended with the "good night" offered by the Rector Major.

    Photos are available in ANSFlickr

    • Irlanda
    • IRL
    • Rettor Maggiore
    • Ángel Fernández Artime
    • Visita di Animazione
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Argentina – The Past Pupils of America are with Pope Francis

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      Argentina – The Past Pupils of America are with Pope Francis

      (ANS - Buenos Aires) - The federations of the Past Pupils, men and women, of Don Bosco and of the Past Pupils of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) of the American continent have drawn up and signed a document expressing their support for the pontificate of Francis, who enthuses them for the Synod of Bishops on Youth, the WYD in Panama, and the forthcoming anti-pedophilia summit. "We live in a unique and unrepeatable ecclesial context for young people," they say.

      By Lucas Schaerer

      The Salesian charism, 131 years after the "birth to Heaven" of Don Bosco, finds its continuity in Pope Francis. This process is claimed by the lay men and women of the Salesian world in the American continent, through a document in which they bring together the Rector Major, responsible for the world's second largest male congregation, and the first Latin American Pope in history, with Salesian roots and then ordained priest in the Society of Jesus.

      Don Bosco's work developed in Argentina, the first country on the first continent outside Europe to be reached; in these "arid societies," say the laity of Salesian circles, "has taught us to serve others and to generate processes, rather than just occupy spaces, as the Evangelii Gaudium affirms," continue the Past Pupils of Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Canada, Chile, Uruguay and USA.

      The Past Pupils, male and female, of the two institutes of the Salesian Family believe that the recent Synod, "of undoubted Salesian flavor" and the "effective and affective" presence, took note of the desire of young people to be heard and accompanied while they circulated along the modern "motorways of life" at speeds that often do not allow them to pay great attention "to others."

      For the federations of Past Pupils of Don Bosco and of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians of America "we are not adrift: we navigate under the guidance of Mary Help of Christians, with empty pockets, far from the temptations of the devil, without sensationalism or superficiality." For this reason they ask the Salesians to become "driving generators of trends in the current digital age, curating our dear charism in every detail."

      And to deepen the empathy with young people the necessity of accompanying "the generations of Millennials and Z" is underscored and emphasized.

      Source: La Stampa

      • America Cono Sud
      • Interamerica
      • Exallievi
      • Famiglia Salesiana
      • Papa Francesco
      • Exallieve
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Brazil – 1954 "Time Capsule" opened in old Salesian school

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        (ANS - Campinas) - January 31, for the feast of Don Bosco, was a day of great expectations at the social center "São João Bosco" of Campinas for the past pupils of the semi-boarding house "São João", together with directors and staff of the social center "São João Bosco", who met for the opening of a "time capsule" - a bottle inserted in the pedestal of a bust of Don Bosco – which had been sealed in 1954.

        The historical artefact was a sort of local legend: the "São João" boarding house was founded in 1909 and offered its school services and meals to generations of students of different social classes until 1994, when the center was converted into a center for social assistance. It had always been said that a "time capsule" was kept in the bust of Don Bosco, but there were no official records or data capable of confirming this tale.

        Then, on the afternoon of January 31st, the past pupils of the "São João", together with the members of the current social center "São João Bosco", gathered to start the commemorations for the 110th anniversary of the center (festivities culminating next June) and proposed to find out what was inside the "time capsule."

        Thus, after the celebration of the Eucharist, the current Director of the social center, Fr Orivaldo Voltolini, and the former Director of the "São João", opened the cavity where the time capsule was located. Angélica Barbosa, historian and coordinator of the work, and Luís Monteiro, restorer of the institute's patrimony, led the different phases of the procedure, ensuring that the documents and the objects were treated with all the due and necessary care. In the end, the capsule was extracted; inside: a glass bottle full of historical documents of the institution, a copy of the newspaper Diário do Povo of 17 March 1954, and a photographic film roll.

        Also inside: messages from students, a note from the Spanish Mint, a scapular, objects of everyday school life, an oratory card, a register with student grades, a description of the center at the time, and the names of the director of the boarding house, the mayor of the city and even the Pope in office in 1954.

        With the "time capsule", part of the Salesian history of Campinas and its service to the education of young people has come to light.

        {gallery}Brasile - Capsula del tempo{/gallery}

        • Brasile
        • Exallievi
        • Scuole
        • BSP
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Spain - Edebé and Google allies for improvment of education with Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

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          Spain - Edebé and Google allies for improvment of education with Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

          (ANS - Barcelona) - "The world lives in the antechamber of the greatest revolution in the history of education," writes Jorge Benitez. "A field that, apart from the technological or disciplinary elements, has not undergone deep reforms for some time." On the other hand, explains Victor Mayer - Professor of Internet Regulation and Management at the University of Oxford and author of Big Data: "The great hope of Big Data is that every student have a personalized and adaptive tutoring with costs that are not prohibitive." With this in mind, the Salesian publishing house "Edebé" and "Google for Education" have reached a collaboration agreement.

          The Salesian publisher and the information giant have reached an agreement for the production and distribution of digital educational products for adaptive learning in schools, through the use of artificial intelligence and data analysis, Big Data.

          The rapid pace of change and the transformation of the educational paradigm have led all the actors involved in teaching to consider how to deal with attention to diversity.

          The use of artificial intelligence in school will offer the student personalized learning, adapted to his or her needs, with the contents and materials they need at all times. Reaching the maximum potential of each student, according to his or her abilities, will thus be the objective. Also, the technology will provide educators with a virtual assistant that will facilitate the individualized accompaniment of the student and will be able to detect and solve the challenges of the learning process.

          Marc Sanz López, Director of "Google for Education" for Southern Europe said: "With this strategic alliance we want to accompany leaders and teachers in the process of transformation and evolution of education, having technology as a key ally to achieve this goal and to support their projects."

          According to Antonio Garrido, General Manager of the Edebé Group, "this collaboration agreement allows us to support the digital transformation of schools and give teachers more time to personalize the teaching and be able to make every student face his own challenges."

          As a result of this agreement, the first products will be made available during the 2019/2020 school year.

          The collaboration between the two companies aims to drive digital transformation with the combination of Google's digital tools and Edebé's digital educational products and content. These new products integrate with the "Google for Education" ecosystem consisting of the "G Suite for Education" collaboration and communication platform and Chromebook devices.

          Thanks to this agreement, the latest findings of Artificial Intelligence and adaptive learning based on Big Data will be within reach of the educational community and will be able to respond to its great challenges.

          • Spagna
          • Tecnologie
          • Educazione
          • Editrici
          • Edebé
            Gian Francesco Romano

            India – Salesians at work for literacy and artistic education of youths in need

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            India – Salesians at work for literacy and artistic education of youths in need

            (ANS - Kochi) - "One of the key challenges facing youth in India is the lack of education and the skills required to find and retain stable employment when they are older," says Fr Mark Hyde, director of Salesian Missions, with headquarters in New Rochelle, USA. "Salesian missionaries provide youth access to primary education so that they can acquire the basic skills needed for later vocational and technical training or university."

            Literacy education is obviously the first step towards embarking upon a successful educational journey: this is why the Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco concentrate their many efforts in this area and in a series of other initiatives aimed at giving young people the fundamental skills.

            With this in mind, Salesian Missions used the donations received from its benefactors to support the creation of a Don Bosco Literacy Center in the village of Bualpui, in the Indian state of Mizoram, near the border with Myanmar. The school classrooms consisted of dilapidated sheds that hardly created a favorable learning environment. The new structure, on the other hand, now offers an environment of eight classrooms designed specifically for primary school children, so that they can now concentrate and study profitably.

            In addition to traditional school lessons, Salesians worldwide are also known to promote the knowledge and development of music and the arts, to help young people cultivate their talents, increase their potential, foster their integral development.

            Another example of its support activities to missions is Salesian Missions donating a piano to the students attending the Don Bosco Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Kochi, Kerala, which offers free courses to the most disadvantaged youngsters. Currently, there are about 100 students who are learning piano, keyboard, violin, guitar, drums, singing and more.

            In a country like India, where almost 44% of the workforce is illiterate and less than 10% of the working age population has completed secondary education, Salesians offer young people opportunities that give them the chance to break the vicious circle of poverty and help them to contribute to the well-being of their families and communities.

            Source: Mission Newswire

            • India
            • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
            • Missioni
            • Procure Missionarie
            • Educazione
            • Musica
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Ecuador - The volunteering experience motivates Nicson to work like Don Bosco

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              Ecuador - The volunteering experience motivates Nicson to work like Don Bosco

              (ANS - Esmeralda) - The daily work with the vulnerable children and young people of Esmeraldas has aroused the interest of Nicson Sicha, a young man of 18, for the consecrated life. Seeing the work done by Salesians like Fr Pedro Vidal up close, and being aware of the good that can be done towards the most needy children and young people, has motivated this young man to follow in the footsteps of Don Bosco.

              "Volunteering is a step to decide what you will do with your life, to clarify your doubts about the future; in my specific case, I am thinking of Salesian life," says Nicson, who was one of the protagonists of the last vocational meeting promoted by the Province, held in January in the "El Horeb" spirituality house in Quito.

              When asked what was the impulse that led him to volunteer, Nicson did not hesitate to answer: it was thanks to his brother Dillan, born with a brain disability and a great desire to live.

              Among the obstacles he had to face, however, Nicson reported the refusal of his family members. Moreover, since there was no Salesian presence in his canton, the boy was not able to follow a previous formation, with the exception of the 21 days of intensive course when he was already ready.

              His efforts and determination were however repaid and he was sent to the "San Filippo Neri" community of Esmeraldas for a year.

              The first time he visited the Santa Martha neighborhood, where the Salesian community operates, he was shocked: he saw young people between the ages of 15 and 16 smoking drugs on the streets and others who were beating each other up in full daylght. He was also surprised by their aggressive attitudes and behaviour, their lack of respect for others and the use of inappropriate language by the neighborhood children and youths.

              Yet, recalling his experience, he affirms that the Salesian volunteer is he who is there for the children in need, and who in every moment or situation knows how to be a counselor. The best reward in these cases is a simple "thank you" or a smile on the face of someone who has been helped.

              "To this one boy I dedicated great attention: I would talk to him and advise him, but I suffered a heavy blow when I saw that he was taking drugs, because I said to myself: 'we do a lot for them, but they do not care.' But then I realized that it is God who brought us to there, and so one recovers the desire to continue giving one's all."

              Now Nicson hopes to continue in the process of discernment and strengthening of his vocation.

              • Ecuador
              • ECU
              • Volontariato
              • Missioni
              • Testimonianza
              • Discernimento Vocazionale
              • Opzione Preferenziale
              • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Spain - Fr Martoglio's Extraordinary Visit resumes: opportunity to strengthen unity with Rector Major and Congregation

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                Spain - Fr Martoglio's Extraordinary Visit resumes: opportunity to strengthen unity with Rector Major and Congregation

                (ANS - Madrid) – On behalf of the Rector Major, Fr Stefano Martoglio, elected Councilor for the Mediterranean Region in 2014, is on an Extraordinary Visitation to the Spain-St James Major Province, one of the 10 that make up the territory of his region (six in Italy, two in Spain, Portugal and the Middle East).

                The mission of the Regional Councilors, according to the Salesian Constitutions, is to promote "a direct link between the Provinces and the Rector Major and his Council. They take care of the interests of the Provinces entrusted to them. In the General Council they encourage the knowledge of local situations, in which the mission takes place" (No. 140).

                With this in mind, at the end of January, Fr Martoglio returned to Spain, to Madrid, where he had begun his Extraordinary Visitation as early as last September.

                On February 1-2, he visited the Vocational Guidance House in Madrid, and met the members of the "Pan Bendito" Social Platform, members of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA), children and youth, the Council of the Educational-Pastoral Community and the Salesians and pre-novices of the community.

                Also on February 2, he visited the house of Carabanchel, in Madrid, where he began the meeting with prayer, presented himself to the community and explained the meaning of an Extraordinary Visitation, which he defined as "a grace of the Lord."

                Fr Martoglio dedicated his time to dialogue with each of his confreres, pedagogical directors, pastoral coordinators and other persons in charge. He also took the opportunity to greet the various groups of students - those in vocational training, maternal and primary education, high school and higher education courses - and he animated and encouraged the teaching staff in their service.

                He was also able to meet the members of the Salesian Family: Salesian Cooperators, ADMA and Past Pupils of Don Bosco, to listen to their concerns and get an idea of ​​the development of the groups. Later, he met the Youth Center animators to get to know firsthand the work they do with children and young people.

                Finally, on 5 February, he inaugurated and blessed the "Innovation Room".

                "It was a very interesting visit because he proved to be a pleasant person, close to us. His guidance was very precious for our spiritual and Salesian life," said the Salesians of Carabanchel.

                {gallery}Spagna - SSM - Visita Straordinaria 2019{/gallery} 

                • Spagna
                • SSM
                • Visita Straordinaria
                • Stefano Martoglio
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Venezuela - "Today, the Venezuelan does not live, he survives": Salesian works of Venezuela continue to bet on justice and peace

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                  (ANS - Caracas) - Yesterday, February 11, the Holy See welcomed the delegation of the self-proclaimed interim President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, and insistently asked for a "just and peaceful" solution for Venezuela, "avoiding bloodshed", said Msgr. Edgar Peña Parra, Substitute for General Affairs of the Vatican Secretariat of State after the meeting with Guaidó's delegation.

                  The situation in Venezuela is very difficult. As the Venezuelan journalists M. Castro and J. Lafuente have well described, "the needs, which include hunger, lack of water and continuous power cuts ... impose themselves on politics in this devastated Venezuela. Today, the Venezuelan does not live, he survives."

                  Another journalist, Federica Bello, for La Voce e il Tempo, through "Missioni Don Bosco", contacted Fr Rafael Andrés Borges in Caracas. His voice testifies to the grave nature of the situation, but also hope and confidence in a recovery.

                  From a parish in Caracas, which has just celebrated the feast of Don Bosco, he says: "Venezuela is going through a very painful phase ... Weighing upon it are twenty years of social defeat caused by both a serious political confusion, with a very fragile practice of democracy and from a serious moral weakening. These elements constitute fertile ground, negative, due to the increase of some viruses in Venezuelan social life. First, a generalized discouragement that now dominates in the citizen's conscience. The Venezuelan, who is cheerful and enthusiastic about culture, has become a sad, fearful and suspicious person, without dreams. Anarchy is another of the 'diseases' that has struck us: for the moment there are two cases of governability, that provided by the Constitution of the country and the one that seeks to impose itself by a usurping regime. The current situation transmits dangerous patterns of behavior: as if the lack of respect was the practice to be followed throughout. Anarchy dresses itself in arrogance and violence. Everything goes hand in hand with corruption as the modus operandi in all areas of national life."

                  "In this difficult social, political and economic context," continues Fr Borges, "the Salesian Family of Venezuela has faced the challenge of celebrating well the holiness of Don Bosco, despite the limitations of economic and social security: a sign that all the Salesian works of this Venezuela continues to bet on arriving at justice and peace in democracy."

                  • Venezuela
                  • VEN
                  • Vescovi
                  • Sociale
                  • Politica
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Italy - In memory of Fr Teresio Bosco, SDB, passionate narrator of the Salesian treasure: Don Bosco

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                    Italy - In memory of Fr Teresio Bosco, SDB, passionate narrator of the Salesian treasure: Don Bosco

                    (ANS - Turin) - "Now I recommend to some of you who have a good memory, that you write down what I have said," Don Bosco often repeated. There have always been Salesians who have cherished and recorded the facts and the words of the founder. Fr Teresio Bosco (1931-2019) was one of these men.

                    Fr Teresio Bosco was born in 1931 in Montemagno Monferrato. He did his Salesian aspirantate in Penango, immediately showing vivacity and intelligence, together with a natural goodness and generosity. With enthusiasm and success, he journeyed through his years of formation to his degree in Theology at the Pontifical Salesian Athenaeum.

                    Meanwhile, he had already manifested an extraordinary communicative imagination, especially in his writings. His qualities did not escape the superiors who flanked him to Fr Carlo Fiore and Fr Gigi Zulian in the adventure of the "Salesian Companies". He had his secret: he wrote like a movie camera, the rhythm and pace of his writing was TV-like and readers could almost truly visualize the characters and story.

                    With the publisher SEI  Fr Teresio was the protagonist of a group of modern and popular magazines: Meridiano 12, Dimensioni and Ragazzi Duemila. He wrote as if he were before an audience of teens and young people. For them he began several series of publications that had immediate and lasting success: "Campioni" and "Eroi" and then the seven volumes of the series "An adventure for every day", and the five of the series "Diamanti", the first real attempt – and a very successful one – to publish books on meditation for teenagers. Also in this, his work, it was as if Don Bosco's own work was being continued, updated over time.

                    For schools he published numerous books. For three years he directed Bollettino Salesiano while churning out popular works with his recipe of "high readability", the same Don Bosco wanted for his "Catholic readings".

                    But the work he cared about most was the life of Don Bosco, to whom he dedicated many years and books. Above all: "Don Bosco. A new biography", which was translated into many languages and is still today the book that makes Don Bosco known to the world.

                    At the beginning of one of the many books dedicated to Don Bosco, Fr Teresio wrote: "I am convinced that Don Bosco is our great and specific treasure. If Don Bosco is removed from Salesians, what is left of them that is precious, specific, that distinguishes them from all other religious families? ... When I will remember and narrate the facts and words of Don Bosco, I will try to read deep inside, and I hope to strengthen the conviction that he is truly the Father and Teacher for each of us, and to him the Virgin Mary has entrusted us."

                    Yesterday, 11 February, Mary Help of Christians took Father Teresio by the hand and brought him to the House of the Father.

                    • Italia
                    • Decessi
                    • Storia
                    • Don Bosco
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Myanmar - Card. Bo, SDB, defending population threatened by Myitsone Dam

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                      Myanmar - Card. Bo, SDB, defending population threatened by Myitsone Dam

                      (ANS - Myitkyina) - "Inequity affects not only individuals, but entire countries," writes Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Sì (No. 51). In the same passage the Holy Father warns against those companies who for their immediate commercial interests leave behind enormous human and environmental damage in their wake: "villages without life, depletion of natural reserves, deforestation, impoverishment of agriculture and local breeding, craters, devastated hills ... ". In tune with the words of Pope Francis, and in defense of his flock of faithful, Salesian Cardinal Charles Maung Bo is fighting against the resumption of work on the Myitsone Dam.

                      The Myitsone Dam is an imposing Chinese construction project, to be built at the confluence of the Mali and N'Mai rivers, which come together and form the Irrawaddy. It would be the first dam to block the Irrawaddy River, which represents the cradle of the Myanmar civilization, and would be exploited for 90% of its capacity by China alone.

                      Work on the dam's construction - capable of generating 6,400 megawatts, and worth USD 3.6 billion - was discontinued in 2011, following popular protests, which denounced fears about the project's environmental impact and serious consequences and hardship to the local population - to a large extent Christian.

                      In recent times, however, there have been ever stronger signs of a possible resumption of work and for this reason many voices, including from the Christian minority, have risen to defend those who risk the most because of this project. Among the many voices is the first cardinal in the country's history, namely Cardinal Bo:

                      "The Myitsone Dam is a death sentence for the population of Myanmar," he stated bluntly. "The gloomy prospect of millions of farmers losing their livelihood, the violation of sacred sites along the rivers, the death and destruction of the precious flora and fauna of our beloved nation, is becoming a nightmarish reality ...

                      On behalf of all the people of Myanmar, especially the poor farmers, we sincerely ask all interested parties to stop their attempts to abuse our mother Irrawaddy. We warmly invite the people of Myanmar to collaborate to protect the dignity of our mother Irrawaddy. We are confident that our leaders will resist all efforts to destroy the destiny and dignity of our nation."

                      Source: AsiaNews

                      • Myanmar
                      • Ambiente
                      • Creato
                      • Cardinali
                      • Charles Maung Bo
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        RMG - World Consultation on Social Communication: which Salesian communicators for young people in the digital world?

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                        RMG - World Consultation on Social Communication: which Salesian communicators for young people in the digital world?

                        (ANS - Rome) - "Work in the field of communication develops within the Salesian mission in favor of young people, as a dimension that crosses through every educational and pastoral activity," says the Salesian Social Communication System. And why create a World Consultation Body (Consulta) on Social Communication? Fr Filiberto González, General Councilor for Social Communications, explains: "What kind of Salesian communicators do young people need in the digital world? Today more than ever we must reflect on various aspects of the communication world that touch our being Salesian at the service of young people."

                        Speaking of communication does not mean referring only to the media, but "living in a widely digitized culture, which profoundly affects the notion of time and space, the perception of oneself, of others and of the world, the way of communicating, learning, to be informed, to enter into a relationship with others," says the Final Document of the Synod of Bishops on "Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment."

                        "The central theme of the Consulta comes from the General Chapter 28, united with the reality of the digital world: What Salesian communicators for the youth of the digital world?," adds Fr González. "On the part of the Dicastery we wish to offer to the Provincials, Delegates for Communication and Persons in charge of formation, a profile of the Salesian from the current communicative perspective. With this Salesian profile we look at the present and the future of our mission."

                        Twenty-four Salesians and lay people from various Salesian Provinces, experts in the sector, will attend the World Communications Council, which will take place from 21 to 24 February at the Salesian headquarters in Rome.

                        The work to be done during the working days is being prepared in advance. Each of the participants is called to reflect on the question: "What kind of Salesian communicators for the young people of the digital world?" To give an answer, a variety of topics shall be discussed, such as: communication in a crisis situation, the Integrated Communication Plan, diversity and quality of communication, presence in social networks, foundations of educommunication, videos for evangelization, elementary technological skills, attitudes and contents to evangelize and educate, institutional communication, charismatic foundations, and more.

                        "I am convinced that by motivating Salesians to grow in these aspects, we will be able to dialogue effectively with young people and current society ... And I am sure we will be able to offer the Congregation an excellent proposal for the formation and pastoral care of the Salesian communicator in the digital age," concluded the General Councilor for Social Communications.

                        • RMG
                        • Comunicazione Sociale
                        • Filiberto González
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          RMG - Holiness for you too ... Face it!

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                          RMG - Holiness for you too ... Face it!

                          (ANS - Rome) - A new tool is now available to show everyone the joyful daily holiness lived in the many realities of the Salesian Family around the world, the site being: https://www.lasantitaancheperte.it/en 

                          Born on the initiative of the Dicastery for Social Communications, thanks to the work of the Salesian iNfo News Agency and "IME Communications", the site is ultimately an intuitive interface that allows to create a "personalized" version of the poster of the Strenna 2019.

                          By registering on the site, which can also be achieved using Facebook credentials, each oratory, youth center, school group, group of young people, and others can upload their photo onto the site and then view it on a smartphone screen with the hashtag #holinessforyoutoo super-impressed – in the same way as the poster of the Strenna 2019.

                          Once uploaded the photo on the site, the "personalized poster" generated can be downloaded to your PC or device and shared immediately on social networks - specifically, for Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp a button is provided for direct sharing.

                          Each user can upload only one photo on the site; but all together it will be possible to create a kaleidoscope of images of Salesian daily holiness lived all over the world!

                          As the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, wrote in the Strenna for 2019: "I can safely say that the greatest need and the greatest urgency we have today in our Salesian world is not to do more things, to plan and to redesign new realities ..., but to show what our lives communicate personally and collectively, our way of living the Gospel."

                          The site is available in the six most spoken languages in the Congregation at: https://www.lasantitaancheperte.it/en 

                          • RMG
                          • Santità Salesiana
                          • Strenna 2019
                          • Comunicazione Sociale
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            RMG – Salesians of Ireland celebrate 100 years with illustrious guest: the Rector Major

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                            RMG – Salesians of Ireland celebrate 100 years with illustrious guest: the Rector Major

                            (ANS - Rome) - After a January truly full of events – what with the Days of Spirituality of the Salesian Family in Turin-Valdocco, the World Youth Day and the Feast of Don Bosco celebrated in Panama - the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has scheduled several animated visits for February in the Central and Northern Europe region. The first stage will be the "Saint Patrick" Province of Ireland, which this year is committed to celebrating its 100 years since the arrival of the first Salesian missionaries on the island.

                            The X Successor of Don Bosco, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, will begin his visit on the morning of Wednesday 13 and will first go to the Mother House of the Salesians of Ireland, in Pallaskenry. There, at separate times, he shall animate the members of the Institute's Parental Council and Student Council, as well as the educational community and all the pupils of the various school cycles. In the afternoon, instead, moving to Milford, he will meet with the Provincial Council.

                            The morning of Thursday 14 February will see the Rector Major engaged in learning about the school community of Milford, where he will also preside at the Eucharist. Scheduled for the afternoon, at Maynooth, Fr Á.F Artime meets with all the Salesians of the Province and with the young people of the Irish Salesian Youth Movement.

                            On the last day of his visit, Friday 15, the Rector Major will first visit the renowned school of Celbridge; then, in the capital, Dublin, he will have the opportunity to learn about the work of "Don Bosco Care", a Salesian institution that takes care of young people at risk of social exclusion and that has become a point of reference for many of this sector.

                            The last act of his visit will be the meeting with the local Salesian Family, on Friday afternoon.

                            • RMG
                            • Irlanda
                            • Rettor Maggiore
                            • Visita di Animazione
                            • Ángel Fernández Artime
                            • IRL
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Italy - March of Peace in memory of venerable Francesco Convertini

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                              Italy - March of Peace in memory of venerable Francesco Convertini

                              (ANS - Cisternino) - In the context of the month of Peace 2019 and in memory of the birth of the Venerable Francesco Convertini (1898-1976), Salesian missionary in India, the 14th March of Solidarity, Peace and Responsibility took place on Sunday 10 February, which saw two communities, Locorotondo and Cisternino, and many other ecclesial and civil realities of the Valle d'Itria, between the provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto, head to the same destination: Contrada Marinelli, to remember the example of the venerable Father Convertini.

                              Over 2,000 people attended the appointment, on an almost spring-like day, many children and youngsters with parents, plus schools, parishes, municipal administrations, associations and groups. Beautiful the colorful billboards and banners of the children who remembered the testimony and example of love, goodness and generosity of Fr Convertini, as an instrument and messenger of peace.

                              Fr Convertini was in fact a sower and builder of peace, walking on foot or with his famous bicycle, exercising the ministry of reconciliation and becoming a tireless missionary and an authentic evangelizer: "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger of good news that announces peace, the messenger of good that announces salvation"(Is 52: 7) was remembered during the event.

                              On this occasion, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, recalled that Fr Convertini, following the example of the prophets and apostles, was a humble instrument of peace between Christians, Hindus and Muslims: not through discourses or realizing particular works, but as his mother had taught him when he was a child, that is, by putting love in the things he did and bringing peace and reconciliation in the hearts, in the families and in the villages he saw, met and visited.

                              {gallery}Italia - Convertini Marcia della Pace 2019{/gallery}

                              • Italia
                              • IME
                              • Santità Salesiana
                              • Francesco Convertini
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                RMG - Salesian Missionary Offices are looking towards the future

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                                RMG - Salesian Missionary Offices are looking towards the future

                                (ANS - Rome) - The World Conference of those responsible for the Salesian Missionary Offices, held in Rome last month, has indicated the roadmap for the future path of these organisms. For the concrete support of the Salesian mission in the world, the Missionary Offices are called to act along four lines: greater subsidiarity, solidarity, efficacy and transparency.

                                The specific objectives are:

                                1. Subsidiarity: Each Province or Vice-Province is called upon to become progressively more self-sustaining. This means finding the necessary resources within their own Province or country, thus reducing the dependence on foreign aid. Thus, the Provinces shall have to develop their own capacity to look for and gather funds locally. Provinces that have not started local fundraising are called upon to do so.
                                2. Solidarity: Every Province and every Mission Office (Procura) shall, however, bear in mind the entire Congregation and contribute to those who have greater needs and less resources.
                                3. Effectiveness: the Mission Offices shall have to learn the most effective ways of finding resources, methods which change with the times. Why those in charge of the Mission Offices are working on greater collaboration among all the Mission Offices. Important steps in the growth of effectiveness and efficiency shall be the building of a valid brand that is global, the sharing of material for communication and the broadcasting of similar, cohesive and coherent messages.
                                4. Transparency: The Salesian standards of fundraising and administration shall go beyond the simple demands of the general public. Why a general code of ethics at the Congregational level shall be elaborated and each Province or Vice-Province will also formulate their own rules to adhere to.

                                The Missionary Offices are today indispensable organisms for the Salesian mission. The guidelines identified and set down shall serve to always help increasingly more and better those young people in need so loved by Don Bosco.

                                • RMG
                                • Procure Missionarie
                                • Economia
                                • Missioni
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Panama - "I was hungry, you gave me to eat": thought-provoking Salesian documentary

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                                  (ANS - Panama City) - The Salesian media company "Don Bosco IMAGE", based in Kochi, India, won the Best Film Award in the category "Missionary Spirit" at the "Goodness Reigns Film Festival", a film festival that took place in Panama, as part of the 2019 World Youth Day, and which aims to promote the creation of faith-based media and art. The award-winning documentary, namely I was hungry, you gave me to eat, tells the poignant story of the people affected by the drought in Korr, Kenya, and has as its hero a mentally-challenged girl.

                                  The gala evening of the award saw the presence of several film directors, a number of touching testimonies and the greeting of the Archbishop of Louisville, Msgr. Joseph Kurtz. Furthermore, a prize of $ 1,000 was awarded to Don Bosco IMAGE as part of the prize.

                                  In telling the story and the genesis of the documentary, the director, the Indian Salesian Fr Jiji Kalavanal, said: “One day we went to distribute food in a remote Mangatta – i.e. village. While distributing food a girl shabbily dressed carrying two kids caught my attention. She herself was a mentally-challenged girl. It was a very moving scene. I had tears in my eyes when I was filming the scene.

                                  It is an everyday procedure while on filming projects to capture the rushes on to a hard disk, clean the camera and other equipment and make a shooting report of the day before retiring to bed. That day while doing the routine and checking the rushes on my computer, now the images enlarged struck my eyes again … Her dry lips, the sediments of dirt and the piercing look in her eyes… I felt compelled to tell her story and made some rough scribbling that night.

                                  I was called to make a general video on Korr mission and had no intention to make this film. All our scripts are supervised and edited by Fr Thomas Anchukandam. The corrections and subtle changes he makes in the script make a big difference. I am ever grateful to his interest and support in our media initiatives. My editor, Bineesh Sebastian, did an excellent job in juxtaposing the visuals so that they communicate better.

                                  The result is the video I was hungry, you gave me to eat”.

                                  • Panama
                                  • Cinema
                                  • Siccità
                                  • Kenya
                                  • AFE
                                  • GMG2019
                                  • Panama2019
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Vatican - "No one can wash their hands (of this) if they do not want to be somehow complicit": World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking

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                                    (ANS - Vatican City) – Celebrated today, like every 8 February, the feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita, the World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking, promoted by the International Unions of Superiors Generals (male and female)  (UISG / USG ). The day aims to raise awareness on this issue, invites to ask how it is possible that in the XXI century there is still the trafficking of people and wants to understand how this business really works in order to fight it and eliminate it.

                                    "Even if we try to ignore it, slavery is not something of other times," Pope Francis clearly stated in the monthly video addressed to the Pope's World Prayer Network.

                                    "Faced with this tragic reality," the Pontiff continues, "no one can wash his hands if he does not want to be, in some way, an accomplice of this crime against humanity. We cannot ignore that slavery exists in the world today, as much or perhaps more than before. We pray for the generous reception of victims of trafficking in persons, forced prostitution and violence."

                                    The testimonies of those who have been victims of the trafficking of people report unimaginable deceits, coercion and suffering. "Their stories show concretely what can be stolen from a human life for the pleasure or profit of others. It is something inconceivable until you hear from a victim, from a survivor, what happened to him or her," said yesterday, in a press conference, Fr Michael Czerny, SI, Under-Secretary of the Department of Migrants and Refugees of the Dicastery for the Integral Human Development Service.

                                    Among the first and most effective organizations of solidarity active in this field is the Talitha Kum network, "nuns, who work in the network, calmly and quietly" still using the words of Fr Czerny.

                                    Talitha Kum celebrates its 10th anniversary of activities this year. Today the network is engaged in activities of prevention, awareness raising, protection, partnership and prayer in 76 countries on 5 continents: 13 in Africa, 13 in Asia, 17 in America, 31 in Europe, 2 in Oceania and in the world there are, in total, 150 operational groups of Talitha Kum networks.

                                    The name chosen for this year's World Day is "Together against trafficking": only through joint work can those who exploit the "dream" of thousands of people trying to improve their living conditions be countered.

                                    To act also through prayer, the organizers of the day send a specific prayer:

                                    St. Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery
                                    as a child
                                    and endured untold hardship and suffering.
                                    Once liberated from your physical enslavement,
                                    you found true redemption in your encounter with
                                    Christ and his Church.
                                    O St. Bakhita, assist all those who are trapped in a
                                    state of slavery;
                                    Intercede with God on their behalf
                                    so that they will be released from their chains
                                    of captivity.
                                    Those whom man enslaves, let God set free.
                                    Provide comfort to survivors of slavery
                                    and let them look to you as an example of hope
                                    and faith.
                                    Help all survivors find healing from their wounds.
                                    We ask for your prayers and intercessions for
                                    those enslaved among us.

                                    Further information at: https://migrants-refugees.va 

                                    • Vaticano
                                    • Tratta
                                    • Papa Francesco
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Italy - Youth Ministry and Missionary Animation in Europe: time for reflection and planning

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                                      Italy - Youth Ministry and Missionary Animation in Europe: time for reflection and planning

                                      (ANS - Turin) – Underway at the Salesian HQ of Turin-Valdocco from 4 to 9 February is the meeting of Youth Ministry Delegates (PG) and Mission Animation (AM) of the Provinces of Europe North and Central and Mediterranean Regions.  This is the last meeting for the Delegates of PG and AM of these two regions before the next General Chapter.

                                      Some parts of the program see the PG and AM Delegates participate jointly in the sessions, while other parts are experienced separately, to deepen their respective animation processes.

                                      The first day opened with the celebration of a Lectio Divina and the Eucharist. In the afternoon, the participants received the report by Fr Rossano Sala, Special Secretary of the Synod of Bishops on "Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment". In the light of the indications gathered in the Instrumentum Laboris and the Final Document of the Synod, Fr Sala invited those present to reflect on the generative thematic nuclei of the Synod, and suggested various work itineraries.

                                      On the second day, the PG and AM Delegates deepened their respective processes. Fr Eunan McDonnell, Provincial of Ireland, then presented a report on spiritual accompaniment and discernment; the topic was then further explored during the day, also in relation to the General Chapter 28 of the Congregation, called to discuss the theme: "Which or what kind of Salesians for today's young?"

                                      The third day opened with the presentation of the second edition of the "Manual of Salesian Missionary Volunteering". The document, recently approved by the General Council, renews the first edition of 2008 in the light of the third edition of the "Framework for Youth Pastoral Reference", and is the fruit of three years of shared work in listening to all the Provinces.

                                      Time was also dedicated to the presentation of the WYD experience in Panama and the Manual for the Delegate of PG, as well as to the proposal of some upcoming initiatives, such as the International Spiritual Exercises for young people (Colle Don Bosco, 23-30 April 2019), the second edition of the School for PG Delegates (Colle Don Bosco / Turin, 5-18 May 2019) and the Seminar on Salesian Spiritual Accompaniment and Affectivity (Turin, 25-30 November 2019).

                                      On the fourth and final full day of the meeting, the group moved to Colle Don Bosco to meet with the Commission for Salesian Places and to learn about the processes underway to offering an ever better reception and usability of these places.

                                      {gallery}ICP - Incontro PG e AM{/gallery}

                                      • Italia
                                      • Pastorale Giovanile
                                      • Europa Centro Nord
                                      • Mediterranea
                                      • Missioni
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Philippines – FIS Province extraordinary visitation commenced

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                                        Philippines – FIS Province extraordinary visitation commenced

                                        (ANS – Cebu) – To assist the Rector Major in his task of animating and governing the Congregation worldwide, the members of the General Council may carry out on his behalf Extraordinary Visits, lasting several weeks or months, wherein they have the opportunity to learn about Salesians and centers of a specific Province or Vice Province in-depth. A few days ago, the Councilor for the East Asia-Oceania Region, Fr Václav Klement, embarked on his in the Philippines South - Pakistan Province.

                                        The FIS (Philippines South - Pakistan) Province Extraordinary Visitation commenced on 21 January with the arrival of the EAO Regional Councillor in Cebu. A Rectors meeting was held on the first day, along with the various sector commissions and in the early afternoon the Provincial Council meeting, presided over by the Vice-provincial Fr Geronimo Honesto Jr.

                                        During the opening day of the Extraordinary Visitation, thoughts on the Rector Major’s Strenna 2019 “Holiness For You Too!” were shared, and the “how” to accompany the numerous lay mission partners (with adequate involvement, formation at professional level and in the Salesian way of education) was among the main themes for discussion.

                                        Before starting the first community visitation, Fr Václav, together with two provincial councillors, paid a courtesy visit to the Archbishop of Cebu, Mgr. Jose Serofia Palm. Together with the whole Catholic Church in the Philippines, Cebu too is preparing for the 500th anniversary of evangelization; and as part of this Year of the Young, Cebu will hold the National Youth Day next April 23-28, 2019.

                                        Then Fr Klement embarked on his journey of knowledge and animation in the various Salesian houses and presences of the Province.

                                        For the feast day of St John Bosco, he blessed the new novitiate chapel of St Francis of Sales in the Don Bosco Formation Centre Talisay, Lawaan, with Salesian Family members, students, benefactors, novices and aspirants as witnesses. He gave also a short message on the importance of the Salesian vocation which is strengthened by one’s dedication to Mary Help of Christians and the effort to learn from the wisdom shared by Francis De Sales in his writings. The chapel was built through the contribution of several Salesian provinces, benefactors in the Philippines and abroad.

                                        Just a week before, on the occasion of the feast of St Francis de Sales, Fr Francis Gustilo, SDB, in that same chapel had blessed the three statues adorning the apse: a crucified Christ, Mary Help of Christians and, indeed, the patron, St Francis of Sales.

                                        For the Feast Day of Don Bosco, moreover, Fr Klement presided also the solemn Holy Mass with the Salesian Family in the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Cebu. Representing the Salesian Family were the ADMA, the Cooperators, Past Pupils, the Kindergarten students, the parishioners of the Shrine, the Aspirants, Pre-novices and Novices of Don Bosco Formation Center. In his homily, Fr Klement stressed the importance of communication among the Salesian Family members in the Philippines. He also shared the message that the Rector Major gave to the youth of the world, highlighting the challenge that “they too can be holy”.

                                        The FIS province is made up of 15 canonical communities in the Philippines (Negros, Cebu, Panay, Eastern Samar and Mindanao islands) and in two in Pakistan. There are 115 Salesians (4 novices, 24 in temporary profession and 87 with perpetual vows) with 16 Salesian Brothers and 69 Salesian Priests. There is a large variety of apostolic works: 9 vocational training centres (TVET-VTC), 11 Youth Centres, 7 parishes, 4 academic schools, 4 retreat houses, 2 youth at risk homes, 2 schools for religious formation, one after-care home for youth in prison; in Pakistan there are two schools, one vocational training centre and one youth centre.

                                        The province of Mary Help of Christians was established in 1992 and it is relatively young - average age of the confreres is 46 years, and it is rather dynamic with a missionary spirit - both at home as well sending ad gentes missionaries abroad. Both in Mindanao and in Pakistan the FIS Salesians are involved in daily contact with Muslim youth, a good opportunity for daily inter-religious dialogue of life.

                                        The end of the 2019 Extraordinary Visitation in the FIS Province is scheduled for April 25th.

                                        Source: AustraLasia

                                        {gallery}FIS - Visita Straordinaria{/gallery}

                                        • Filippine
                                        • FIS
                                        • Václav Klement
                                        • Pakistan
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          Burkina Faso - Salesian missionary Antonio César Fernández murdered

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                                          Burkina Faso - Salesian missionary Antonio César Fernández murdered

                                          (ANS - Ouagadougou) – Alas, the hour of martyrs. A tragic death has struck the Salesian Congregation in Africa. Our beloved confrere Antonio César Fernández, of the AFO Province (Francophone Western Africa), was shot dead in an ambush by jihadist assassins yesterday, Friday, February 15, 2019, after 3 PM.

                                          Lomé (Togo) and he was currently in charge of the Salesian community of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

                                          We pray for his eternal rest. He had offered his life for Africa and his offer was fully accepted. We ask him to pray with us for his province, where he arrived with the first group of missionaries in Lomé (Togo). He was also the founder of the parish of Mary Help of Christians, the first teacher of novices for 10 years.

                                          This attack is part of the wave of violence that has been afflicting Burkina Faso since 2015, in a context that has seen a surge in terrorist threats in the past few weeks after the fifth Conference of Heads of State of the Sahel G5, of which the country has the current presidency.

                                          May the Risen Lord welcome Brother César with tenderness alongside all those who have given their lives to the Salesian mission, and may Mary Help of Christians, whom he so loved, welcome him with the affection of the Good Mother of Heaven.

                                          https://youtu.be/2Y-X1BrdEik

                                           

                                          • Salesiani
                                          • Assassinato
                                          • Missionero
                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                            Ireland – Rector Major's animation visit for 100 years of Salesian presence

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                                            Ireland – Rector Major's animation visit for 100 years of Salesian presence

                                            (ANS - Maynooth) – Plenty of activities for the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, during his Irish visit. Accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, and by the Councilor for the Salesian Central and Northern Europe, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco has already visited several centers that are symbols of Salesian educational work in the land of Saint Patrick.

                                            After his arrival at Shannon airport, on the evening of 12 February, and moments of fraternal sharing at the Salesian Community in Pallaskenry, Fr Á.F. Artime began the following day with the Junior students in the Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians in a context of prayer, reflection, sharing of music and joy. The celebrations continued with Senior students, after which he met with the teachers of the Salesian Secondary School and from the Agricultural College. The Rector Major expressed words of  appreciation and encouragment for the teacher's work for and with young people.

                                            After leaving the community of Pallaskenry between two rows of students waving and cheering from both sides of the road, the X Successor of Don Bosco reached the center of Milford, where he met with the Council of the Province and the community.

                                            On Thursday, the Rector Major began with Community prayer and later presided at the Eucharist for Salesians and students from the nearby Primary school. It was a festive celebration, after which Fr Á.F. Artime met with some members of the parish council and leaders of the Salesian school.

                                            The Rector Major then reached the "Killeshin Hotel" in Portlaoise, where he met with Salesians of the Irish Province. "It was an occasion to share a special moment, where we not only celebrated 100 years of Salesian presence in Ireland, but also a number of anniversaries of several confreres in a climate of celebration and sharing," said the Salesians present.

                                            Finally, the Rector Major was accompanied to Maynooth, a town about 20 km from Dublin, where, in the middle of the University, the Salesians have their house and community. Fr Artime met numerous young adults and participated in a festive evening, which began with prayer and a brief presentation of the story of Don Bosco, and continued with a Salesian-style celebration with food, singing, dancing and sharing.

                                            Finally, the evening ended with the "good night" offered by the Rector Major.

                                            Photos are available in ANSFlickr

                                            • Irlanda
                                            • IRL
                                            • Rettor Maggiore
                                            • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                            • Visita di Animazione
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              Argentina – The Past Pupils of America are with Pope Francis

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                                              Argentina – The Past Pupils of America are with Pope Francis

                                              (ANS - Buenos Aires) - The federations of the Past Pupils, men and women, of Don Bosco and of the Past Pupils of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) of the American continent have drawn up and signed a document expressing their support for the pontificate of Francis, who enthuses them for the Synod of Bishops on Youth, the WYD in Panama, and the forthcoming anti-pedophilia summit. "We live in a unique and unrepeatable ecclesial context for young people," they say.

                                              By Lucas Schaerer

                                              The Salesian charism, 131 years after the "birth to Heaven" of Don Bosco, finds its continuity in Pope Francis. This process is claimed by the lay men and women of the Salesian world in the American continent, through a document in which they bring together the Rector Major, responsible for the world's second largest male congregation, and the first Latin American Pope in history, with Salesian roots and then ordained priest in the Society of Jesus.

                                              Don Bosco's work developed in Argentina, the first country on the first continent outside Europe to be reached; in these "arid societies," say the laity of Salesian circles, "has taught us to serve others and to generate processes, rather than just occupy spaces, as the Evangelii Gaudium affirms," continue the Past Pupils of Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Canada, Chile, Uruguay and USA.

                                              The Past Pupils, male and female, of the two institutes of the Salesian Family believe that the recent Synod, "of undoubted Salesian flavor" and the "effective and affective" presence, took note of the desire of young people to be heard and accompanied while they circulated along the modern "motorways of life" at speeds that often do not allow them to pay great attention "to others."

                                              For the federations of Past Pupils of Don Bosco and of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians of America "we are not adrift: we navigate under the guidance of Mary Help of Christians, with empty pockets, far from the temptations of the devil, without sensationalism or superficiality." For this reason they ask the Salesians to become "driving generators of trends in the current digital age, curating our dear charism in every detail."

                                              And to deepen the empathy with young people the necessity of accompanying "the generations of Millennials and Z" is underscored and emphasized.

                                              Source: La Stampa

                                              • America Cono Sud
                                              • Interamerica
                                              • Exallievi
                                              • Famiglia Salesiana
                                              • Papa Francesco
                                              • Exallieve
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                Brazil – 1954 "Time Capsule" opened in old Salesian school

                                                1 day 16 hours ago

                                                (ANS - Campinas) - January 31, for the feast of Don Bosco, was a day of great expectations at the social center "São João Bosco" of Campinas for the past pupils of the semi-boarding house "São João", together with directors and staff of the social center "São João Bosco", who met for the opening of a "time capsule" - a bottle inserted in the pedestal of a bust of Don Bosco – which had been sealed in 1954.

                                                The historical artefact was a sort of local legend: the "São João" boarding house was founded in 1909 and offered its school services and meals to generations of students of different social classes until 1994, when the center was converted into a center for social assistance. It had always been said that a "time capsule" was kept in the bust of Don Bosco, but there were no official records or data capable of confirming this tale.

                                                Then, on the afternoon of January 31st, the past pupils of the "São João", together with the members of the current social center "São João Bosco", gathered to start the commemorations for the 110th anniversary of the center (festivities culminating next June) and proposed to find out what was inside the "time capsule."

                                                Thus, after the celebration of the Eucharist, the current Director of the social center, Fr Orivaldo Voltolini, and the former Director of the "São João", opened the cavity where the time capsule was located. Angélica Barbosa, historian and coordinator of the work, and Luís Monteiro, restorer of the institute's patrimony, led the different phases of the procedure, ensuring that the documents and the objects were treated with all the due and necessary care. In the end, the capsule was extracted; inside: a glass bottle full of historical documents of the institution, a copy of the newspaper Diário do Povo of 17 March 1954, and a photographic film roll.

                                                Also inside: messages from students, a note from the Spanish Mint, a scapular, objects of everyday school life, an oratory card, a register with student grades, a description of the center at the time, and the names of the director of the boarding house, the mayor of the city and even the Pope in office in 1954.

                                                With the "time capsule", part of the Salesian history of Campinas and its service to the education of young people has come to light.

                                                {gallery}Brasile - Capsula del tempo{/gallery}

                                                • Brasile
                                                • Exallievi
                                                • Scuole
                                                • BSP
                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                  Spain - Edebé and Google allies for improvment of education with Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

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                                                  Spain - Edebé and Google allies for improvment of education with Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

                                                  (ANS - Barcelona) - "The world lives in the antechamber of the greatest revolution in the history of education," writes Jorge Benitez. "A field that, apart from the technological or disciplinary elements, has not undergone deep reforms for some time." On the other hand, explains Victor Mayer - Professor of Internet Regulation and Management at the University of Oxford and author of Big Data: "The great hope of Big Data is that every student have a personalized and adaptive tutoring with costs that are not prohibitive." With this in mind, the Salesian publishing house "Edebé" and "Google for Education" have reached a collaboration agreement.

                                                  The Salesian publisher and the information giant have reached an agreement for the production and distribution of digital educational products for adaptive learning in schools, through the use of artificial intelligence and data analysis, Big Data.

                                                  The rapid pace of change and the transformation of the educational paradigm have led all the actors involved in teaching to consider how to deal with attention to diversity.

                                                  The use of artificial intelligence in school will offer the student personalized learning, adapted to his or her needs, with the contents and materials they need at all times. Reaching the maximum potential of each student, according to his or her abilities, will thus be the objective. Also, the technology will provide educators with a virtual assistant that will facilitate the individualized accompaniment of the student and will be able to detect and solve the challenges of the learning process.

                                                  Marc Sanz López, Director of "Google for Education" for Southern Europe said: "With this strategic alliance we want to accompany leaders and teachers in the process of transformation and evolution of education, having technology as a key ally to achieve this goal and to support their projects."

                                                  According to Antonio Garrido, General Manager of the Edebé Group, "this collaboration agreement allows us to support the digital transformation of schools and give teachers more time to personalize the teaching and be able to make every student face his own challenges."

                                                  As a result of this agreement, the first products will be made available during the 2019/2020 school year.

                                                  The collaboration between the two companies aims to drive digital transformation with the combination of Google's digital tools and Edebé's digital educational products and content. These new products integrate with the "Google for Education" ecosystem consisting of the "G Suite for Education" collaboration and communication platform and Chromebook devices.

                                                  Thanks to this agreement, the latest findings of Artificial Intelligence and adaptive learning based on Big Data will be within reach of the educational community and will be able to respond to its great challenges.

                                                  • Spagna
                                                  • Tecnologie
                                                  • Educazione
                                                  • Editrici
                                                  • Edebé
                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                    India – Salesians at work for literacy and artistic education of youths in need

                                                    2 days 16 hours ago
                                                    India – Salesians at work for literacy and artistic education of youths in need

                                                    (ANS - Kochi) - "One of the key challenges facing youth in India is the lack of education and the skills required to find and retain stable employment when they are older," says Fr Mark Hyde, director of Salesian Missions, with headquarters in New Rochelle, USA. "Salesian missionaries provide youth access to primary education so that they can acquire the basic skills needed for later vocational and technical training or university."

                                                    Literacy education is obviously the first step towards embarking upon a successful educational journey: this is why the Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco concentrate their many efforts in this area and in a series of other initiatives aimed at giving young people the fundamental skills.

                                                    With this in mind, Salesian Missions used the donations received from its benefactors to support the creation of a Don Bosco Literacy Center in the village of Bualpui, in the Indian state of Mizoram, near the border with Myanmar. The school classrooms consisted of dilapidated sheds that hardly created a favorable learning environment. The new structure, on the other hand, now offers an environment of eight classrooms designed specifically for primary school children, so that they can now concentrate and study profitably.

                                                    In addition to traditional school lessons, Salesians worldwide are also known to promote the knowledge and development of music and the arts, to help young people cultivate their talents, increase their potential, foster their integral development.

                                                    Another example of its support activities to missions is Salesian Missions donating a piano to the students attending the Don Bosco Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Kochi, Kerala, which offers free courses to the most disadvantaged youngsters. Currently, there are about 100 students who are learning piano, keyboard, violin, guitar, drums, singing and more.

                                                    In a country like India, where almost 44% of the workforce is illiterate and less than 10% of the working age population has completed secondary education, Salesians offer young people opportunities that give them the chance to break the vicious circle of poverty and help them to contribute to the well-being of their families and communities.

                                                    Source: Mission Newswire

                                                    • India
                                                    • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                    • Missioni
                                                    • Procure Missionarie
                                                    • Educazione
                                                    • Musica
                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                      Ecuador - The volunteering experience motivates Nicson to work like Don Bosco

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                                                      Ecuador - The volunteering experience motivates Nicson to work like Don Bosco

                                                      (ANS - Esmeralda) - The daily work with the vulnerable children and young people of Esmeraldas has aroused the interest of Nicson Sicha, a young man of 18, for the consecrated life. Seeing the work done by Salesians like Fr Pedro Vidal up close, and being aware of the good that can be done towards the most needy children and young people, has motivated this young man to follow in the footsteps of Don Bosco.

                                                      "Volunteering is a step to decide what you will do with your life, to clarify your doubts about the future; in my specific case, I am thinking of Salesian life," says Nicson, who was one of the protagonists of the last vocational meeting promoted by the Province, held in January in the "El Horeb" spirituality house in Quito.

                                                      When asked what was the impulse that led him to volunteer, Nicson did not hesitate to answer: it was thanks to his brother Dillan, born with a brain disability and a great desire to live.

                                                      Among the obstacles he had to face, however, Nicson reported the refusal of his family members. Moreover, since there was no Salesian presence in his canton, the boy was not able to follow a previous formation, with the exception of the 21 days of intensive course when he was already ready.

                                                      His efforts and determination were however repaid and he was sent to the "San Filippo Neri" community of Esmeraldas for a year.

                                                      The first time he visited the Santa Martha neighborhood, where the Salesian community operates, he was shocked: he saw young people between the ages of 15 and 16 smoking drugs on the streets and others who were beating each other up in full daylght. He was also surprised by their aggressive attitudes and behaviour, their lack of respect for others and the use of inappropriate language by the neighborhood children and youths.

                                                      Yet, recalling his experience, he affirms that the Salesian volunteer is he who is there for the children in need, and who in every moment or situation knows how to be a counselor. The best reward in these cases is a simple "thank you" or a smile on the face of someone who has been helped.

                                                      "To this one boy I dedicated great attention: I would talk to him and advise him, but I suffered a heavy blow when I saw that he was taking drugs, because I said to myself: 'we do a lot for them, but they do not care.' But then I realized that it is God who brought us to there, and so one recovers the desire to continue giving one's all."

                                                      Now Nicson hopes to continue in the process of discernment and strengthening of his vocation.

                                                      • Ecuador
                                                      • ECU
                                                      • Volontariato
                                                      • Missioni
                                                      • Testimonianza
                                                      • Discernimento Vocazionale
                                                      • Opzione Preferenziale
                                                      • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                        Spain - Fr Martoglio's Extraordinary Visit resumes: opportunity to strengthen unity with Rector Major and Congregation

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                                                        Spain - Fr Martoglio's Extraordinary Visit resumes: opportunity to strengthen unity with Rector Major and Congregation

                                                        (ANS - Madrid) – On behalf of the Rector Major, Fr Stefano Martoglio, elected Councilor for the Mediterranean Region in 2014, is on an Extraordinary Visitation to the Spain-St James Major Province, one of the 10 that make up the territory of his region (six in Italy, two in Spain, Portugal and the Middle East).

                                                        The mission of the Regional Councilors, according to the Salesian Constitutions, is to promote "a direct link between the Provinces and the Rector Major and his Council. They take care of the interests of the Provinces entrusted to them. In the General Council they encourage the knowledge of local situations, in which the mission takes place" (No. 140).

                                                        With this in mind, at the end of January, Fr Martoglio returned to Spain, to Madrid, where he had begun his Extraordinary Visitation as early as last September.

                                                        On February 1-2, he visited the Vocational Guidance House in Madrid, and met the members of the "Pan Bendito" Social Platform, members of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA), children and youth, the Council of the Educational-Pastoral Community and the Salesians and pre-novices of the community.

                                                        Also on February 2, he visited the house of Carabanchel, in Madrid, where he began the meeting with prayer, presented himself to the community and explained the meaning of an Extraordinary Visitation, which he defined as "a grace of the Lord."

                                                        Fr Martoglio dedicated his time to dialogue with each of his confreres, pedagogical directors, pastoral coordinators and other persons in charge. He also took the opportunity to greet the various groups of students - those in vocational training, maternal and primary education, high school and higher education courses - and he animated and encouraged the teaching staff in their service.

                                                        He was also able to meet the members of the Salesian Family: Salesian Cooperators, ADMA and Past Pupils of Don Bosco, to listen to their concerns and get an idea of ​​the development of the groups. Later, he met the Youth Center animators to get to know firsthand the work they do with children and young people.

                                                        Finally, on 5 February, he inaugurated and blessed the "Innovation Room".

                                                        "It was a very interesting visit because he proved to be a pleasant person, close to us. His guidance was very precious for our spiritual and Salesian life," said the Salesians of Carabanchel.

                                                        {gallery}Spagna - SSM - Visita Straordinaria 2019{/gallery} 

                                                        • Spagna
                                                        • SSM
                                                        • Visita Straordinaria
                                                        • Stefano Martoglio
                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                          Venezuela - "Today, the Venezuelan does not live, he survives": Salesian works of Venezuela continue to bet on justice and peace

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                                                          (ANS - Caracas) - Yesterday, February 11, the Holy See welcomed the delegation of the self-proclaimed interim President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, and insistently asked for a "just and peaceful" solution for Venezuela, "avoiding bloodshed", said Msgr. Edgar Peña Parra, Substitute for General Affairs of the Vatican Secretariat of State after the meeting with Guaidó's delegation.

                                                          The situation in Venezuela is very difficult. As the Venezuelan journalists M. Castro and J. Lafuente have well described, "the needs, which include hunger, lack of water and continuous power cuts ... impose themselves on politics in this devastated Venezuela. Today, the Venezuelan does not live, he survives."

                                                          Another journalist, Federica Bello, for La Voce e il Tempo, through "Missioni Don Bosco", contacted Fr Rafael Andrés Borges in Caracas. His voice testifies to the grave nature of the situation, but also hope and confidence in a recovery.

                                                          From a parish in Caracas, which has just celebrated the feast of Don Bosco, he says: "Venezuela is going through a very painful phase ... Weighing upon it are twenty years of social defeat caused by both a serious political confusion, with a very fragile practice of democracy and from a serious moral weakening. These elements constitute fertile ground, negative, due to the increase of some viruses in Venezuelan social life. First, a generalized discouragement that now dominates in the citizen's conscience. The Venezuelan, who is cheerful and enthusiastic about culture, has become a sad, fearful and suspicious person, without dreams. Anarchy is another of the 'diseases' that has struck us: for the moment there are two cases of governability, that provided by the Constitution of the country and the one that seeks to impose itself by a usurping regime. The current situation transmits dangerous patterns of behavior: as if the lack of respect was the practice to be followed throughout. Anarchy dresses itself in arrogance and violence. Everything goes hand in hand with corruption as the modus operandi in all areas of national life."

                                                          "In this difficult social, political and economic context," continues Fr Borges, "the Salesian Family of Venezuela has faced the challenge of celebrating well the holiness of Don Bosco, despite the limitations of economic and social security: a sign that all the Salesian works of this Venezuela continues to bet on arriving at justice and peace in democracy."

                                                          • Venezuela
                                                          • VEN
                                                          • Vescovi
                                                          • Sociale
                                                          • Politica
                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                            Italy - In memory of Fr Teresio Bosco, SDB, passionate narrator of the Salesian treasure: Don Bosco

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                                                            Italy - In memory of Fr Teresio Bosco, SDB, passionate narrator of the Salesian treasure: Don Bosco

                                                            (ANS - Turin) - "Now I recommend to some of you who have a good memory, that you write down what I have said," Don Bosco often repeated. There have always been Salesians who have cherished and recorded the facts and the words of the founder. Fr Teresio Bosco (1931-2019) was one of these men.

                                                            Fr Teresio Bosco was born in 1931 in Montemagno Monferrato. He did his Salesian aspirantate in Penango, immediately showing vivacity and intelligence, together with a natural goodness and generosity. With enthusiasm and success, he journeyed through his years of formation to his degree in Theology at the Pontifical Salesian Athenaeum.

                                                            Meanwhile, he had already manifested an extraordinary communicative imagination, especially in his writings. His qualities did not escape the superiors who flanked him to Fr Carlo Fiore and Fr Gigi Zulian in the adventure of the "Salesian Companies". He had his secret: he wrote like a movie camera, the rhythm and pace of his writing was TV-like and readers could almost truly visualize the characters and story.

                                                            With the publisher SEI  Fr Teresio was the protagonist of a group of modern and popular magazines: Meridiano 12, Dimensioni and Ragazzi Duemila. He wrote as if he were before an audience of teens and young people. For them he began several series of publications that had immediate and lasting success: "Campioni" and "Eroi" and then the seven volumes of the series "An adventure for every day", and the five of the series "Diamanti", the first real attempt – and a very successful one – to publish books on meditation for teenagers. Also in this, his work, it was as if Don Bosco's own work was being continued, updated over time.

                                                            For schools he published numerous books. For three years he directed Bollettino Salesiano while churning out popular works with his recipe of "high readability", the same Don Bosco wanted for his "Catholic readings".

                                                            But the work he cared about most was the life of Don Bosco, to whom he dedicated many years and books. Above all: "Don Bosco. A new biography", which was translated into many languages and is still today the book that makes Don Bosco known to the world.

                                                            At the beginning of one of the many books dedicated to Don Bosco, Fr Teresio wrote: "I am convinced that Don Bosco is our great and specific treasure. If Don Bosco is removed from Salesians, what is left of them that is precious, specific, that distinguishes them from all other religious families? ... When I will remember and narrate the facts and words of Don Bosco, I will try to read deep inside, and I hope to strengthen the conviction that he is truly the Father and Teacher for each of us, and to him the Virgin Mary has entrusted us."

                                                            Yesterday, 11 February, Mary Help of Christians took Father Teresio by the hand and brought him to the House of the Father.

                                                            • Italia
                                                            • Decessi
                                                            • Storia
                                                            • Don Bosco
                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                              Myanmar - Card. Bo, SDB, defending population threatened by Myitsone Dam

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                                                              Myanmar - Card. Bo, SDB, defending population threatened by Myitsone Dam

                                                              (ANS - Myitkyina) - "Inequity affects not only individuals, but entire countries," writes Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Sì (No. 51). In the same passage the Holy Father warns against those companies who for their immediate commercial interests leave behind enormous human and environmental damage in their wake: "villages without life, depletion of natural reserves, deforestation, impoverishment of agriculture and local breeding, craters, devastated hills ... ". In tune with the words of Pope Francis, and in defense of his flock of faithful, Salesian Cardinal Charles Maung Bo is fighting against the resumption of work on the Myitsone Dam.

                                                              The Myitsone Dam is an imposing Chinese construction project, to be built at the confluence of the Mali and N'Mai rivers, which come together and form the Irrawaddy. It would be the first dam to block the Irrawaddy River, which represents the cradle of the Myanmar civilization, and would be exploited for 90% of its capacity by China alone.

                                                              Work on the dam's construction - capable of generating 6,400 megawatts, and worth USD 3.6 billion - was discontinued in 2011, following popular protests, which denounced fears about the project's environmental impact and serious consequences and hardship to the local population - to a large extent Christian.

                                                              In recent times, however, there have been ever stronger signs of a possible resumption of work and for this reason many voices, including from the Christian minority, have risen to defend those who risk the most because of this project. Among the many voices is the first cardinal in the country's history, namely Cardinal Bo:

                                                              "The Myitsone Dam is a death sentence for the population of Myanmar," he stated bluntly. "The gloomy prospect of millions of farmers losing their livelihood, the violation of sacred sites along the rivers, the death and destruction of the precious flora and fauna of our beloved nation, is becoming a nightmarish reality ...

                                                              On behalf of all the people of Myanmar, especially the poor farmers, we sincerely ask all interested parties to stop their attempts to abuse our mother Irrawaddy. We warmly invite the people of Myanmar to collaborate to protect the dignity of our mother Irrawaddy. We are confident that our leaders will resist all efforts to destroy the destiny and dignity of our nation."

                                                              Source: AsiaNews

                                                              • Myanmar
                                                              • Ambiente
                                                              • Creato
                                                              • Cardinali
                                                              • Charles Maung Bo
                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                RMG - World Consultation on Social Communication: which Salesian communicators for young people in the digital world?

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                                                                RMG - World Consultation on Social Communication: which Salesian communicators for young people in the digital world?

                                                                (ANS - Rome) - "Work in the field of communication develops within the Salesian mission in favor of young people, as a dimension that crosses through every educational and pastoral activity," says the Salesian Social Communication System. And why create a World Consultation Body (Consulta) on Social Communication? Fr Filiberto González, General Councilor for Social Communications, explains: "What kind of Salesian communicators do young people need in the digital world? Today more than ever we must reflect on various aspects of the communication world that touch our being Salesian at the service of young people."

                                                                Speaking of communication does not mean referring only to the media, but "living in a widely digitized culture, which profoundly affects the notion of time and space, the perception of oneself, of others and of the world, the way of communicating, learning, to be informed, to enter into a relationship with others," says the Final Document of the Synod of Bishops on "Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment."

                                                                "The central theme of the Consulta comes from the General Chapter 28, united with the reality of the digital world: What Salesian communicators for the youth of the digital world?," adds Fr González. "On the part of the Dicastery we wish to offer to the Provincials, Delegates for Communication and Persons in charge of formation, a profile of the Salesian from the current communicative perspective. With this Salesian profile we look at the present and the future of our mission."

                                                                Twenty-four Salesians and lay people from various Salesian Provinces, experts in the sector, will attend the World Communications Council, which will take place from 21 to 24 February at the Salesian headquarters in Rome.

                                                                The work to be done during the working days is being prepared in advance. Each of the participants is called to reflect on the question: "What kind of Salesian communicators for the young people of the digital world?" To give an answer, a variety of topics shall be discussed, such as: communication in a crisis situation, the Integrated Communication Plan, diversity and quality of communication, presence in social networks, foundations of educommunication, videos for evangelization, elementary technological skills, attitudes and contents to evangelize and educate, institutional communication, charismatic foundations, and more.

                                                                "I am convinced that by motivating Salesians to grow in these aspects, we will be able to dialogue effectively with young people and current society ... And I am sure we will be able to offer the Congregation an excellent proposal for the formation and pastoral care of the Salesian communicator in the digital age," concluded the General Councilor for Social Communications.

                                                                • RMG
                                                                • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                                • Filiberto González
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  RMG - Holiness for you too ... Face it!

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                                                                  RMG - Holiness for you too ... Face it!

                                                                  (ANS - Rome) - A new tool is now available to show everyone the joyful daily holiness lived in the many realities of the Salesian Family around the world, the site being: https://www.lasantitaancheperte.it/en 

                                                                  Born on the initiative of the Dicastery for Social Communications, thanks to the work of the Salesian iNfo News Agency and "IME Communications", the site is ultimately an intuitive interface that allows to create a "personalized" version of the poster of the Strenna 2019.

                                                                  By registering on the site, which can also be achieved using Facebook credentials, each oratory, youth center, school group, group of young people, and others can upload their photo onto the site and then view it on a smartphone screen with the hashtag #holinessforyoutoo super-impressed – in the same way as the poster of the Strenna 2019.

                                                                  Once uploaded the photo on the site, the "personalized poster" generated can be downloaded to your PC or device and shared immediately on social networks - specifically, for Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp a button is provided for direct sharing.

                                                                  Each user can upload only one photo on the site; but all together it will be possible to create a kaleidoscope of images of Salesian daily holiness lived all over the world!

                                                                  As the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, wrote in the Strenna for 2019: "I can safely say that the greatest need and the greatest urgency we have today in our Salesian world is not to do more things, to plan and to redesign new realities ..., but to show what our lives communicate personally and collectively, our way of living the Gospel."

                                                                  The site is available in the six most spoken languages in the Congregation at: https://www.lasantitaancheperte.it/en 

                                                                  • RMG
                                                                  • Santità Salesiana
                                                                  • Strenna 2019
                                                                  • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                    RMG – Salesians of Ireland celebrate 100 years with illustrious guest: the Rector Major

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                                                                    RMG – Salesians of Ireland celebrate 100 years with illustrious guest: the Rector Major

                                                                    (ANS - Rome) - After a January truly full of events – what with the Days of Spirituality of the Salesian Family in Turin-Valdocco, the World Youth Day and the Feast of Don Bosco celebrated in Panama - the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has scheduled several animated visits for February in the Central and Northern Europe region. The first stage will be the "Saint Patrick" Province of Ireland, which this year is committed to celebrating its 100 years since the arrival of the first Salesian missionaries on the island.

                                                                    The X Successor of Don Bosco, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, will begin his visit on the morning of Wednesday 13 and will first go to the Mother House of the Salesians of Ireland, in Pallaskenry. There, at separate times, he shall animate the members of the Institute's Parental Council and Student Council, as well as the educational community and all the pupils of the various school cycles. In the afternoon, instead, moving to Milford, he will meet with the Provincial Council.

                                                                    The morning of Thursday 14 February will see the Rector Major engaged in learning about the school community of Milford, where he will also preside at the Eucharist. Scheduled for the afternoon, at Maynooth, Fr Á.F Artime meets with all the Salesians of the Province and with the young people of the Irish Salesian Youth Movement.

                                                                    On the last day of his visit, Friday 15, the Rector Major will first visit the renowned school of Celbridge; then, in the capital, Dublin, he will have the opportunity to learn about the work of "Don Bosco Care", a Salesian institution that takes care of young people at risk of social exclusion and that has become a point of reference for many of this sector.

                                                                    The last act of his visit will be the meeting with the local Salesian Family, on Friday afternoon.

                                                                    • RMG
                                                                    • Irlanda
                                                                    • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                    • Visita di Animazione
                                                                    • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                    • IRL
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      Italy - March of Peace in memory of venerable Francesco Convertini

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                                                                      Italy - March of Peace in memory of venerable Francesco Convertini

                                                                      (ANS - Cisternino) - In the context of the month of Peace 2019 and in memory of the birth of the Venerable Francesco Convertini (1898-1976), Salesian missionary in India, the 14th March of Solidarity, Peace and Responsibility took place on Sunday 10 February, which saw two communities, Locorotondo and Cisternino, and many other ecclesial and civil realities of the Valle d'Itria, between the provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto, head to the same destination: Contrada Marinelli, to remember the example of the venerable Father Convertini.

                                                                      Over 2,000 people attended the appointment, on an almost spring-like day, many children and youngsters with parents, plus schools, parishes, municipal administrations, associations and groups. Beautiful the colorful billboards and banners of the children who remembered the testimony and example of love, goodness and generosity of Fr Convertini, as an instrument and messenger of peace.

                                                                      Fr Convertini was in fact a sower and builder of peace, walking on foot or with his famous bicycle, exercising the ministry of reconciliation and becoming a tireless missionary and an authentic evangelizer: "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger of good news that announces peace, the messenger of good that announces salvation"(Is 52: 7) was remembered during the event.

                                                                      On this occasion, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, recalled that Fr Convertini, following the example of the prophets and apostles, was a humble instrument of peace between Christians, Hindus and Muslims: not through discourses or realizing particular works, but as his mother had taught him when he was a child, that is, by putting love in the things he did and bringing peace and reconciliation in the hearts, in the families and in the villages he saw, met and visited.

                                                                      {gallery}Italia - Convertini Marcia della Pace 2019{/gallery}

                                                                      • Italia
                                                                      • IME
                                                                      • Santità Salesiana
                                                                      • Francesco Convertini
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        RMG - Salesian Missionary Offices are looking towards the future

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                                                                        RMG - Salesian Missionary Offices are looking towards the future

                                                                        (ANS - Rome) - The World Conference of those responsible for the Salesian Missionary Offices, held in Rome last month, has indicated the roadmap for the future path of these organisms. For the concrete support of the Salesian mission in the world, the Missionary Offices are called to act along four lines: greater subsidiarity, solidarity, efficacy and transparency.

                                                                        The specific objectives are:

                                                                        1. Subsidiarity: Each Province or Vice-Province is called upon to become progressively more self-sustaining. This means finding the necessary resources within their own Province or country, thus reducing the dependence on foreign aid. Thus, the Provinces shall have to develop their own capacity to look for and gather funds locally. Provinces that have not started local fundraising are called upon to do so.
                                                                        2. Solidarity: Every Province and every Mission Office (Procura) shall, however, bear in mind the entire Congregation and contribute to those who have greater needs and less resources.
                                                                        3. Effectiveness: the Mission Offices shall have to learn the most effective ways of finding resources, methods which change with the times. Why those in charge of the Mission Offices are working on greater collaboration among all the Mission Offices. Important steps in the growth of effectiveness and efficiency shall be the building of a valid brand that is global, the sharing of material for communication and the broadcasting of similar, cohesive and coherent messages.
                                                                        4. Transparency: The Salesian standards of fundraising and administration shall go beyond the simple demands of the general public. Why a general code of ethics at the Congregational level shall be elaborated and each Province or Vice-Province will also formulate their own rules to adhere to.

                                                                        The Missionary Offices are today indispensable organisms for the Salesian mission. The guidelines identified and set down shall serve to always help increasingly more and better those young people in need so loved by Don Bosco.

                                                                        • RMG
                                                                        • Procure Missionarie
                                                                        • Economia
                                                                        • Missioni
                                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                          Panama - "I was hungry, you gave me to eat": thought-provoking Salesian documentary

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                                                                          (ANS - Panama City) - The Salesian media company "Don Bosco IMAGE", based in Kochi, India, won the Best Film Award in the category "Missionary Spirit" at the "Goodness Reigns Film Festival", a film festival that took place in Panama, as part of the 2019 World Youth Day, and which aims to promote the creation of faith-based media and art. The award-winning documentary, namely I was hungry, you gave me to eat, tells the poignant story of the people affected by the drought in Korr, Kenya, and has as its hero a mentally-challenged girl.

                                                                          The gala evening of the award saw the presence of several film directors, a number of touching testimonies and the greeting of the Archbishop of Louisville, Msgr. Joseph Kurtz. Furthermore, a prize of $ 1,000 was awarded to Don Bosco IMAGE as part of the prize.

                                                                          In telling the story and the genesis of the documentary, the director, the Indian Salesian Fr Jiji Kalavanal, said: “One day we went to distribute food in a remote Mangatta – i.e. village. While distributing food a girl shabbily dressed carrying two kids caught my attention. She herself was a mentally-challenged girl. It was a very moving scene. I had tears in my eyes when I was filming the scene.

                                                                          It is an everyday procedure while on filming projects to capture the rushes on to a hard disk, clean the camera and other equipment and make a shooting report of the day before retiring to bed. That day while doing the routine and checking the rushes on my computer, now the images enlarged struck my eyes again … Her dry lips, the sediments of dirt and the piercing look in her eyes… I felt compelled to tell her story and made some rough scribbling that night.

                                                                          I was called to make a general video on Korr mission and had no intention to make this film. All our scripts are supervised and edited by Fr Thomas Anchukandam. The corrections and subtle changes he makes in the script make a big difference. I am ever grateful to his interest and support in our media initiatives. My editor, Bineesh Sebastian, did an excellent job in juxtaposing the visuals so that they communicate better.

                                                                          The result is the video I was hungry, you gave me to eat”.

                                                                          • Panama
                                                                          • Cinema
                                                                          • Siccità
                                                                          • Kenya
                                                                          • AFE
                                                                          • GMG2019
                                                                          • Panama2019
                                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                            Vatican - "No one can wash their hands (of this) if they do not want to be somehow complicit": World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking

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                                                                            (ANS - Vatican City) – Celebrated today, like every 8 February, the feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita, the World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking, promoted by the International Unions of Superiors Generals (male and female)  (UISG / USG ). The day aims to raise awareness on this issue, invites to ask how it is possible that in the XXI century there is still the trafficking of people and wants to understand how this business really works in order to fight it and eliminate it.

                                                                            "Even if we try to ignore it, slavery is not something of other times," Pope Francis clearly stated in the monthly video addressed to the Pope's World Prayer Network.

                                                                            "Faced with this tragic reality," the Pontiff continues, "no one can wash his hands if he does not want to be, in some way, an accomplice of this crime against humanity. We cannot ignore that slavery exists in the world today, as much or perhaps more than before. We pray for the generous reception of victims of trafficking in persons, forced prostitution and violence."

                                                                            The testimonies of those who have been victims of the trafficking of people report unimaginable deceits, coercion and suffering. "Their stories show concretely what can be stolen from a human life for the pleasure or profit of others. It is something inconceivable until you hear from a victim, from a survivor, what happened to him or her," said yesterday, in a press conference, Fr Michael Czerny, SI, Under-Secretary of the Department of Migrants and Refugees of the Dicastery for the Integral Human Development Service.

                                                                            Among the first and most effective organizations of solidarity active in this field is the Talitha Kum network, "nuns, who work in the network, calmly and quietly" still using the words of Fr Czerny.

                                                                            Talitha Kum celebrates its 10th anniversary of activities this year. Today the network is engaged in activities of prevention, awareness raising, protection, partnership and prayer in 76 countries on 5 continents: 13 in Africa, 13 in Asia, 17 in America, 31 in Europe, 2 in Oceania and in the world there are, in total, 150 operational groups of Talitha Kum networks.

                                                                            The name chosen for this year's World Day is "Together against trafficking": only through joint work can those who exploit the "dream" of thousands of people trying to improve their living conditions be countered.

                                                                            To act also through prayer, the organizers of the day send a specific prayer:

                                                                            St. Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery
                                                                            as a child
                                                                            and endured untold hardship and suffering.
                                                                            Once liberated from your physical enslavement,
                                                                            you found true redemption in your encounter with
                                                                            Christ and his Church.
                                                                            O St. Bakhita, assist all those who are trapped in a
                                                                            state of slavery;
                                                                            Intercede with God on their behalf
                                                                            so that they will be released from their chains
                                                                            of captivity.
                                                                            Those whom man enslaves, let God set free.
                                                                            Provide comfort to survivors of slavery
                                                                            and let them look to you as an example of hope
                                                                            and faith.
                                                                            Help all survivors find healing from their wounds.
                                                                            We ask for your prayers and intercessions for
                                                                            those enslaved among us.

                                                                            Further information at: https://migrants-refugees.va 

                                                                            • Vaticano
                                                                            • Tratta
                                                                            • Papa Francesco
                                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                              Italy - Youth Ministry and Missionary Animation in Europe: time for reflection and planning

                                                                              1 week 1 day ago
                                                                              Italy - Youth Ministry and Missionary Animation in Europe: time for reflection and planning

                                                                              (ANS - Turin) – Underway at the Salesian HQ of Turin-Valdocco from 4 to 9 February is the meeting of Youth Ministry Delegates (PG) and Mission Animation (AM) of the Provinces of Europe North and Central and Mediterranean Regions.  This is the last meeting for the Delegates of PG and AM of these two regions before the next General Chapter.

                                                                              Some parts of the program see the PG and AM Delegates participate jointly in the sessions, while other parts are experienced separately, to deepen their respective animation processes.

                                                                              The first day opened with the celebration of a Lectio Divina and the Eucharist. In the afternoon, the participants received the report by Fr Rossano Sala, Special Secretary of the Synod of Bishops on "Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment". In the light of the indications gathered in the Instrumentum Laboris and the Final Document of the Synod, Fr Sala invited those present to reflect on the generative thematic nuclei of the Synod, and suggested various work itineraries.

                                                                              On the second day, the PG and AM Delegates deepened their respective processes. Fr Eunan McDonnell, Provincial of Ireland, then presented a report on spiritual accompaniment and discernment; the topic was then further explored during the day, also in relation to the General Chapter 28 of the Congregation, called to discuss the theme: "Which or what kind of Salesians for today's young?"

                                                                              The third day opened with the presentation of the second edition of the "Manual of Salesian Missionary Volunteering". The document, recently approved by the General Council, renews the first edition of 2008 in the light of the third edition of the "Framework for Youth Pastoral Reference", and is the fruit of three years of shared work in listening to all the Provinces.

                                                                              Time was also dedicated to the presentation of the WYD experience in Panama and the Manual for the Delegate of PG, as well as to the proposal of some upcoming initiatives, such as the International Spiritual Exercises for young people (Colle Don Bosco, 23-30 April 2019), the second edition of the School for PG Delegates (Colle Don Bosco / Turin, 5-18 May 2019) and the Seminar on Salesian Spiritual Accompaniment and Affectivity (Turin, 25-30 November 2019).

                                                                              On the fourth and final full day of the meeting, the group moved to Colle Don Bosco to meet with the Commission for Salesian Places and to learn about the processes underway to offering an ever better reception and usability of these places.

                                                                              {gallery}ICP - Incontro PG e AM{/gallery}

                                                                              • Italia
                                                                              • Pastorale Giovanile
                                                                              • Europa Centro Nord
                                                                              • Mediterranea
                                                                              • Missioni
                                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                                Philippines – FIS Province extraordinary visitation commenced

                                                                                1 week 1 day ago
                                                                                Philippines – FIS Province extraordinary visitation commenced

                                                                                (ANS – Cebu) – To assist the Rector Major in his task of animating and governing the Congregation worldwide, the members of the General Council may carry out on his behalf Extraordinary Visits, lasting several weeks or months, wherein they have the opportunity to learn about Salesians and centers of a specific Province or Vice Province in-depth. A few days ago, the Councilor for the East Asia-Oceania Region, Fr Václav Klement, embarked on his in the Philippines South - Pakistan Province.

                                                                                The FIS (Philippines South - Pakistan) Province Extraordinary Visitation commenced on 21 January with the arrival of the EAO Regional Councillor in Cebu. A Rectors meeting was held on the first day, along with the various sector commissions and in the early afternoon the Provincial Council meeting, presided over by the Vice-provincial Fr Geronimo Honesto Jr.

                                                                                During the opening day of the Extraordinary Visitation, thoughts on the Rector Major’s Strenna 2019 “Holiness For You Too!” were shared, and the “how” to accompany the numerous lay mission partners (with adequate involvement, formation at professional level and in the Salesian way of education) was among the main themes for discussion.

                                                                                Before starting the first community visitation, Fr Václav, together with two provincial councillors, paid a courtesy visit to the Archbishop of Cebu, Mgr. Jose Serofia Palm. Together with the whole Catholic Church in the Philippines, Cebu too is preparing for the 500th anniversary of evangelization; and as part of this Year of the Young, Cebu will hold the National Youth Day next April 23-28, 2019.

                                                                                Then Fr Klement embarked on his journey of knowledge and animation in the various Salesian houses and presences of the Province.

                                                                                For the feast day of St John Bosco, he blessed the new novitiate chapel of St Francis of Sales in the Don Bosco Formation Centre Talisay, Lawaan, with Salesian Family members, students, benefactors, novices and aspirants as witnesses. He gave also a short message on the importance of the Salesian vocation which is strengthened by one’s dedication to Mary Help of Christians and the effort to learn from the wisdom shared by Francis De Sales in his writings. The chapel was built through the contribution of several Salesian provinces, benefactors in the Philippines and abroad.

                                                                                Just a week before, on the occasion of the feast of St Francis de Sales, Fr Francis Gustilo, SDB, in that same chapel had blessed the three statues adorning the apse: a crucified Christ, Mary Help of Christians and, indeed, the patron, St Francis of Sales.

                                                                                For the Feast Day of Don Bosco, moreover, Fr Klement presided also the solemn Holy Mass with the Salesian Family in the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Cebu. Representing the Salesian Family were the ADMA, the Cooperators, Past Pupils, the Kindergarten students, the parishioners of the Shrine, the Aspirants, Pre-novices and Novices of Don Bosco Formation Center. In his homily, Fr Klement stressed the importance of communication among the Salesian Family members in the Philippines. He also shared the message that the Rector Major gave to the youth of the world, highlighting the challenge that “they too can be holy”.

                                                                                The FIS province is made up of 15 canonical communities in the Philippines (Negros, Cebu, Panay, Eastern Samar and Mindanao islands) and in two in Pakistan. There are 115 Salesians (4 novices, 24 in temporary profession and 87 with perpetual vows) with 16 Salesian Brothers and 69 Salesian Priests. There is a large variety of apostolic works: 9 vocational training centres (TVET-VTC), 11 Youth Centres, 7 parishes, 4 academic schools, 4 retreat houses, 2 youth at risk homes, 2 schools for religious formation, one after-care home for youth in prison; in Pakistan there are two schools, one vocational training centre and one youth centre.

                                                                                The province of Mary Help of Christians was established in 1992 and it is relatively young - average age of the confreres is 46 years, and it is rather dynamic with a missionary spirit - both at home as well sending ad gentes missionaries abroad. Both in Mindanao and in Pakistan the FIS Salesians are involved in daily contact with Muslim youth, a good opportunity for daily inter-religious dialogue of life.

                                                                                The end of the 2019 Extraordinary Visitation in the FIS Province is scheduled for April 25th.

                                                                                Source: AustraLasia

                                                                                {gallery}FIS - Visita Straordinaria{/gallery}

                                                                                • Filippine
                                                                                • FIS
                                                                                • Václav Klement
                                                                                • Pakistan
                                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana