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Hong Kong - Rector Major arrives in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong - Rector Major arrives in Hong Kong

(ANS - Hong Kong) - After the animation visit to Taiwan, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, arrived in Hong Kong yesterday, August 15. The 10th Successor of Don Bosco landed in Hong Kong at 3.30 pm, accompanied by his secretary, Fr Horacio Lopez, by the Regional Councilor for East Asia Oceania Fr Vaclav Klement and by Fr Domingos Leong, Salesian, member of the Catholic Diocesan Liturgical Commission of Hong Kong.

As soon as he arrived, the Rector Major immediately went to the Salesian Missionary House of "Shau Kei Wan", where he was welcomed by a large group of young people, by members of the Salesian Family and by some older confreres. The Successor of Don Bosco was received with great enthusiasm and greeted with flags, banners, dances, photos, handshakes and hugs.

Once again, addressing young people, Fr Artime urged them to keep their joy and happiness alive. He then reminded them of the meeting scheduled for the following day at the Tang King Po school in Kowloon. Here, the Rector Major shall spend his time among the young in dialogue and to answer their questions.

He then met the Provincial Council for an open-hearted dialogue that lasted two hours and which was also attended by the Economer General, Br Jean Paul Muller.
It was on this occasion that Fr Artime wanted to thank Mary, on the day when the Feast of the Assumption was celebrated, for the many graces granted, for her guidance and for her constant protection.


At the end of the meeting, the Rector Major stayed for dinner with the Council, continuing the fraternal conversation at the table.


Photos of the Visit are available on ANS Flickr page

  • Hong Kong
  • Rettor Maggiore
  • Don Ángel Fernández Artime
    Virginia Nitto

    Japan - Biblical Vocation Camp: 47 years listening to the Word

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    Japan - Biblical Vocation Camp: 47 years listening to the Word

    (ANS - Shinano) - Lake Nojiriko is located in the city of Shinano, Kamiminochi District, Nagano Prefecture (northern Japan). The 47th Bible Camp was conducted in this splendid natural setting of mountains and lakes from 8 to 12 August for elementary school children and from 13 to 17 August for middle and high school students from many Japanese dioceses.

    This year, 68 young people aged between 10 and 18 were accepted and this camp was accompanied by many Salesians working as managers and staff: Salesian priests, Salesian brothers, post-novices, Salesian aspirants and collaborators. Thus it was possible to feel the Family Spirit, a key feature of our Salesian charism, where everyone feels at home, feels genuine affection, receives respect, is jointly responsible for the common mission with a clear mutual trust.

    The theme "Holiness for you, too" (Jn 15,11) was taken up by the Rector Major's Strenna 2019. Participants from various parts of Japan (Kyushu, Shikoku, Kansai and Kanto area) were invited to reflect on their vocation to be saints like our God. During the reflections on the theme of holiness, there was also talk of our founder's life, St Giovanni Bosco, of San Domenico Savio and of Father Cimatti. Young people were also reminded that holiness does not make them less human as "this is God's will, your sanctification" (1 Thessalonians 4: 3).

    Looking back over 46 years, it is possible to affirm that many priestly and Salesian brotherly vocations are the fruit of this biblical camp.

    Let us pray that this year too some of the dozens of participants, accompanied by young aspirants, postulants, Salesian brothers and priests, will be awakened to the call of God.


    God calls young people in many different ways, even through the biblical camp. It was Father Honda (the first Provincial of Japan, Salesian) who had had this great inspiration to start the biblical camp 47 years ago.

    • Giappone
    • campo biblico
    • Salesiani
      Virginia Nitto

      Colombia - EnfocaTV, a newscast proposal integrated with Medellín Province

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      Colombia - EnfocaTV, a newscast proposal integrated with Medellín Province

      (ANS - Medellín) - Every year, on the occasion of the meeting of the local Communication coordinators of the Salesian centers of the Province of San Luis Beltrán of Medellín - COM, common strategies are proposed to make known the good that is done in all the Province's Salesian works. Thus, in April, it was decided to produce a series of videos entitled "EnfocaTV"; every week the news of and about a different center is presented, each episode lasting a maximum duration of one minute, which is then shared through Whatsapp and the social networks of all the presences.

      So far, 12 shows have been made this year, coming from 12 different locations across the country, locations in which Salesian projects, activities and experiences were shared, presented by young students or collaborators.


      The idea of ​​the newscast, in addition to informing, is to involve the people involved in the works, stimulate the local coordinators to focus on audiovisuals, train the students and respond to the current trends of the networks, which increasingly require audiovisual products, with good contents, but at the same time that they be short and dynamic.

      The San Luis Beltrán Province currently has 19 local Communication coordinators (schools, ETDH, parishes and houses of formation) who, with the support of the Communication Delegation, work in a network and are integrated, not only through the information program "EnfocaTV", but also through the InfoCOM digital magazine and through various training activities such as the annual meeting held in Medellín.


      EnfcocaTV broadcasts can be viewed through the Youtube channel of the COM Province.

      • Colombia
      • Medellin
        Virginia Nitto

        Italy - ADMA Families Spiritual Exercises 2019

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        Italy - ADMA Families Spiritual Exercises 2019

        (ANS - Pracharbon) – Over 600 people experienced the Spiritual Exercises of Families, led by the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA), Primary of Turin, in the Alpine retreat of Pracharbon, Val d'Aosta, from Sunday 28 July to Saturday 17 August in four shifts of 5 days each. This is a 360° family experience. The main protagonists are in fact the families that find themselves together, where each generation has its own way of living these days with intensity.

        Parents have time and space for liturgical and silent prayer, following a path of meditation that this year had as its theme the exhortation of Pope Francis Gaudete et exsultate and the Strenna of the Rector Major “Holiness for you, too”. Through the meditations prepared and proposed by Fr Roberto Carelli, SDB, it was recalled how the journey of faith is a journey of holiness that flourishes in the witness of the good and joyful life of the Gospel. The following thematic nuclei were developed: joy and holiness; the enemies of joy and holiness; holiness in the light of the Master (The Beatitudes); combat and spiritual discernment.

        The days are marked by intense moments of catechesis, reflection and prayer. Of particular value is the time of sharing where in the light of the proposed themes life experiences are communicated, joyful and painful facts, in a climate of intense listening, respect and profound participation. One experiences the joy of walking together and sharing the journey of faith, centering one's life in Jesus in the Eucharist and entrusting it to Mary Help of Christians.

        While parents live the experience of spiritual exercises, children, teens and young people, under the guidance of the animators, spend their days with distinct and well-groomed paths of play, prayer and formation, the result of careful preparation, carried out during the year.

        This year the experience is particularly significant because it coincides with the 150th anniversary of ADMA's foundation: a truly special year during which we are experiencing the joy and beauty of 

        • ADMA
          José Luis Munoz

          Republic of the Congo - A workshop for future dressmakers

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          Republic of the Congo - A workshop for future dressmakers

          (ANS - Brazzaville) - On the outskirts of the capital of the Republic of Congo, there is the Vocational Training Center (CFP) of the Salesian "Cité Don Bosco" center which, precisely in this popular district, welcomes many children. Many of the area's younger inhabitants, in fact, are busy following the training courses offered by the Salesians. About 600 students (including 26 girls and 576 boys) attend this school every day.

          Recently, in the Vocational Training Center, the Salesians have decided to create a workshop for future dressmakers. This is an extremely interesting initiative that focuses on disadvantaged women in the neighborhood. They are young people who have long since passed the age of schooling, in many cases single mothers, who the Salesians want to involve in a cutting and sewing course designed specifically for them. After a targeted professional training, the goal is to help them start a small income-generating activity compatible with the needs of the market.

          There will be 35 women initially involved, and the benefits will obviously also fall on their families. In other words, it is an opportunity for development not only for the girls involved, but for the entire community. The project is supported by the Missionary Office of Turin - Don Bosco Missions and is part of women's promotion programs.

          The promotion of female talent starts from the establishment of vocational training courses for women, which become a springboard to guarantee a source of family income and legitimize a leading role as protagonists within the community to which they belong.


          Poverty and the lack of life and work opportunities are fertile ground for gender inequality, which manifests itself in every area of ​​public and private life. This is why learning a profession gives women the opportunity to claim the value of their role within the family and society.

          Offering young people the tools to live in society, as citizens aware of their rights and duties, is also the main objective of the Salesian Cité Don Bosco in Brazzaville. For this reason, in the Center, in addition to the nascent laboratory for future dressmakers, there are already numerous other courses: mechanics, welding, carpentry, construction, agriculture and breeding, electrical installations, air conditioning.

          The lessons are carried out thanks to the commitment and dedication of 28 teachers, who have 8 different classrooms where they can hold courses.

          For more information on the project, visit www.missionidonbosco.org

          • congo
          • brazzaville
          • sarte
          • Missioni Don Bosco
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            Cabo Verde - "Fundação Salesianos" brings university students and young workers on a mission

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            (ANS - Paúl) - They left on August 5th and will not be returning home before the 24th: they are 11 boys and girls, university students and young workers, who attend the Salesian centers in Portugal and have joined the volunteering project: "Missão Segue-me a Cabo Verde!"

            In a press release, the Salesian Province of St. Anthony of Portugal announced that in this international volunteering mission the group intends to "build an opportunity for community life" with very specific characteristics, "centered on service, prayer, sharing, familiarity and spiritual study."

            The missionaries' service is addressed "to the children and young people of Cape Verde", in particular to Janela, Municipality of Paúl, on the island of Santo Antão. The main activities and initiatives that are developed in this type of youth volunteering missions are the training of the animators, support to their studies, cultural and sports animation, together with liturgical and pastoral support.


            The "Missão Segue-me in Cabo Verde!" project was not just born this early August, but rather it mobilized volunteers and collaborators from various communities much in advance wherever the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians are present: Lisbon, Funchal and Arcozelo. In the past few weeks, there have been many initiatives to collect the resources needed for this expedition; among them, of note, a solidarity concert organized at the Salesian parish of Arcozelo and an articulated crowdfunding campaign.

            Motivated by the "promotion of the values ​​and ideals" of Don Bosco, the participating volunteers do not devote themselves only to educational and leisure activities for children and young people, but try to do good wherever possible. Thus, for example, Friday, August 9, missionary volunteers went to bring songs, smiles and a little joy to the elderly and sick people supported by the local "Dragoeiro Association"; and throughout the period of activity training sessions and health promotion and psychological support are provided.


            It is from 2007 that the Salesian missionary volunteers, especially through the "Don Bosco Program - Life Project", brings help and support to hundreds of families in Cape Verde. And in doing so, this program has also become one of the most impactful activities of Salesian Youth Ministry.

            For further info, please visit its Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MissaoSegueMeACaboVerde

            • cabo verde
            • Giovani
            • missione
              Virginia Nitto

              Macau – Day 2 of the Rector Major's Visit

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              Macau – Day 2 of the Rector Major's Visit

              (ANS – Macau) – It was truly a full-day schedule for the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, on the second day of his animation visit to Macau on August 12. However, one does not feel the tiredness. Instead, it was a day full of life and joy!

              The Rector Major started the day with a visit to the old leprosy village in Coloane where Fr Gaetano Nicosia died a few years ago at the age of 101, a Salesian who devoted all his life to serve the needy patients or brothers as he used to call them. Just next to the village, now stands a Don Bosco complex in which there are two schools, a SDB and an FMA, a student dormitory for 61 boys and a large educational camp site. At the end of the meeting and recreation with the interns and their educators, the Rector Major blessed their new oratory, named after the first Salesian missionary to Macau and protomartyr St. Versiglia, which is also the name of the school. He hoped that this new oratory, with the presence of the Salesians among the young, will become a real home.

              It is an important day for the Rector Major to share with the young people as well as the members of the Salesian Family in two separate meetings. Interesting questions popped up from the crowd: his favorite food and sport. There were also tough questions. The young people asked the purpose of life and the problem of bullying. Fr Á.F. Artime encouraged the young to pursue true happiness in life and to treasure the people whom we care about in our hearts. And each one of us should take his own responsibility, both for the search of happiness and for going against bullying.

              As to over 150 members of the Salesian Family, Fr Á.F. Artime emphasised, first of all, the communion we all share as one family. It is a strong witness of Christian and Salesian values. The Salesian Family is born for the young. Therefore, to keep our family alive and our heart youthful, we must continue to be present and accompany the young. It is simple but crucial. Only in this way, through our presence and accompaniment, can we educate the young towards the good and discover their vocations.

              Certainly, thanksgiving to Lord in the Eucharist cannot be missed out. The holy Mass was celebrated as commemoration of our Father and Teacher, St. John Bosco. In his homily, Fr Á.F. Artime pointed out that the project of Don Bosco is truly inspired and assisted by God. Nobody could imagine that a small oratory in Valdocco, Turin, would become a home, a church, a playground, and a school for the young around the world. At present, everyone in the Salesian Family continues this mission of being present among the young so that they may be able to meet Jesus.

              By Deacon Anthony Pun, SDB

              Photos of the Visit are available at ANSFlickr

              • Macao
              • Gaetano Nicosia
              • Cina
              • CIN
              • Rettor Maggiore
              • Ángel Fernández Artime
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Solomon Islands – A project with teens and children of Ranadi dumps

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                Solomon Islands – A project with teens and children of Ranadi dumps

                (ANS - Honiara) - Poverty, illiteracy and unemployment characterize families living near the Ranadi dumps, a suburb east of Honiara. The families who live here deal mainly with collecting materials that can be recycled: they dig in the garbage, select and collect them.

                Children very often work with their parents and, clearly, this practice prevents them from regularly attending school and receiving adequate education. Moreover, the hygienic-sanitary conditions in which these minors find themselves are truly precarious and they risk compromising their health.

                The "Don Bosco" Technical Institute of Henderson has therefore launched a project to guarantee education to these children and to raise the parents' awareness of the importance of their children's education.

                Since March 2019, the Henderson Salesians have in fact started courses to teach children between 4 and 13 to read and write and to refine their calculation skills. The number of students who attend these lessons is between 50 and 70.

                Furthermore, courses are organized for older children who want to specialize in welding or manufacturing or, also, in the hotel sector. To date, there have been about 25 applications to participate in these lessons.

                The project is also aimed at raising awareness among parents, so that they understand the importance of giving their children a proper education and are motivated to send them to school instead of working in landfills.

                In this sense, it becomes important to guarantee an income for families in order to be able to meet the school expenses of the children. For this reason, the "Don Bosco" Technical Institute has devised a program aimed specifically at mothers, which allows them to use the institute's land to grow vegetables, which they can then sell back to the market.

                It is important that there is collaboration and support from all, so that the Salesian community of Henderson can continue to carry out this project and reach the largest possible number of vulnerable children and young people.

                {gallery}Isole Salomone - Bambini delle discariche 2019{/gallery}

                • Isole Salomone
                • Povertà
                • PGS
                • Opzione Preferenziale
                • Bambini
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Macau – Visit of Rector Major to “Mary Help of Christians” Province (CIN)

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                  Macau – Visit of Rector Major to “Mary Help of Christians” Province (CIN)

                  (ANS – Macau) – This moment has been long waited for. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernandez Artime, accompanied by EAO Regional Councilor Fr Klement Vaclav and his secretary Fr Horacio López, arrived in Macau, where in 13 February 1906, Fr Versiglia and 5 other Salesian missionaries reached Chinese soil and began the first Salesian works in Far East Asia. In this week, the Rector Major is going to conduct his animation visit in the China Province which covers three main regions – Macau, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

                  CIN Provincial Fr Joseph Ng Chi-Yuen, Vice-provincial Fr Domingos Teng Kok Leung, and Fr Savio Yeung Cho Law, Economer, with one translator and 10 Macau SDBs, met the Rector Major on his arrival.

                  The welcoming ceremony was held in Yuet Wah College on Sunday afternoon, where the 10th Successor of Don Bosco was greeted by some 100 youths, Salesians and Salesian family members. Colorful flags were put up. Everybody was carrying a towel which was specially designed for the Rector Major's visit. The hot weather did not deter the people to express their joy and excitement to meet Don Bosco's tenth Successor. Besides the Salesians and representatives from various groups of the Salesian Family, there were students from St. Luigi Versiglia School. They cheered and sang a Don Bosco hymn in Cantonese. Before entering the Salesian quarters, the Rector Major paid a short visit to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and offered a bouquet of flowers to Our Lady.

                  “I am happy to have come among you and meet each one of you. It has always been a precious and wonderful moment to meet personally the confreres. For this, it merits to travel million miles.”

                  The Rector Major shared the evening with the Salesians with simplicity and sincerity. In 5 years and 4 months as Rector Major, he has visited altogether 96 nations and 12,200 Salesian confreres.

                  In the heart to heart sharing, Fr Á.F. Artime encouraged the Salesians to have hope always because the Lord is showering His blessings to the congregation with new vocations. It is very much alive as it continues to take care of the poor young people. This makes it truly beautiful. At the same time, Fr Á.F. Artime invited the Salesians to give witness to their identity as Salesian consecrated person. This should be made more visible. To counteract the current of individualism, Salesians are called to grow in the aspect of fraternal communion.

                  The CIN Province is blessed with great and unique history, as the Rector Major puts it, and the Salesians at present and those to come in the future shall continue to write its history.

                  The presence of the Salesians of Don Bosco in China goes back to 1906 (Macau - Instituto Salesiano, Mother House) with the development in Hong Kong (1927) and Taiwan (1963). At present there are 13 canonical communities and 115 confreres. The majority of the Salesian settings are schools, some parishes, social work, youth center-oratory and a vibrant Salesian Youth Movement around the numerous schools. Father Ángel is also meeting a very dynamic and united Salesian Family with large numbers of Don Bosco Past Pupils, Salesian Cooperators, FMA and SAL sisters and VDB.

                  Photos of the Visit are available at ANSFlickr

                  • Cina
                  • Macao
                  • Rettor Maggiore
                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                  • Václav Klement
                  • Visita di Animazione
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Cambodia – A flood affects Don Bosco Sihanoukville

                    6 days 23 hours ago
                    Cambodia – A flood affects Don Bosco Sihanoukville

                    (ANS - Sihanoukville) - The heavy rains and strong winds from the tropical storm Lekina, and the impact of the southwest monsoon, hit Cambodia's coastal provinces, causing floods in several areas, including Sihanoukville. Last week, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology had issued a statement, urging citizens to prepare for this serious natural event. However, the Don Bosco Technical School, the Hotel and Children Fund center of Sihanoukville, suffered flooding on the night between 8 and 9 August. Salesian Brother Roberto Panetto, Economer of the Don Bosco Sihanoukville Center, described what happened.

                    "Last night at 22:30 (August 8), the heavy rain made me have a walk to check the water level in front of our school. I advised some our staff families and guests at the ground floor of our guesthouse to get ready for some water may enter in their ground floor rooms," said Br Panetto. "The level of the water on the main road in front of our school started to rise and in a matter of few minutes it was overflowing the dam-wall we had just built to prevent flooding." 

                    Br Panetto said that the large amount of water destroyed the gate and did not spare any of the buildings on the ground floor. The houses of teachers and staff were destroyed and many now had no place to go, and have asked the Salesians for a place to stay. Also, much machinery and equipment used in the workshops (Mechanical, Welding, Automotive, Electrical) were heavily damaged. No one, thank God, was injured during this calamity.

                    "It is too early to estimate the damage, but I presume it will be closed to one million US dollars," added Br Panetto. "However, we are happy to see many Salesians, Past Pupils and friends ready to help and encourage in this difficult time here. Thanks to all of you for your prayer and sympathy. The good Lord will inspire generous Benefactors to help us in replacing the damaged items and solve in the best way to preventing future floods."

                    Br Panetto took this sad opportunity for a reflection on the environmental conditions in Cambodia, stating that deforestation is one of the main causes for which similar floods occur. Many trees have been uprooted to build hotels, skyscrapers and shopping malls. Also, numerous waterways have been reduced to exploit the land on their banks. Furthermore, garbage is thrown everywhere obstructed the already strained drainage system, and in the end, he said, Nature takes its toll for the bill for the damage caused to it.

                    {gallery}Cambogia - Sihanoukville alluvioni 2019{/gallery}

                    • Cambogia
                    • THA
                    • Disastri
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Brazil – Safe school for young Yanomami

                      6 days 23 hours ago
                      Brazil – Safe school for young Yanomami

                      (ANS - Marauià) - The Amazon today is the home of 1 million indigenous people, divided into about 400 tribes. According to data from the "Fundação Nacional do Índio" (FUNAI) 63% of indigenous people live in Brazil and out of the 400 identified ethnic groups, around 100, the most fragile, have chosen to live in complete isolation. The Salesians have been alongside the indigenous people of South America for more than a century: they support them through education and formation, but also by concerning themselves with the protection and appreciation of their culture.

                      During the 20th century there have been enormous changes, but the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco have continued to work tenaciously to provide the indios with the instruments to live with dignity and in respect of their own traditions.

                      This, for example, is what they do in Marauià, a small village overlooking a tributary of the Rio Negro, deep in the heart of the Amazon Forest. Here lives a community of Yanomami, one of the ethnic groups that most characterizes the Amazon and that the Salesians have been following for a hundred years, since they first arrived in this inaccessible and unexplored region.

                      The school in the village of Marauià, built in 2011, was seriously damaged in 2017 by a hurricane. After almost 2 years of immense difficulty, the Salesians want to secure the building so as to allow its 128 little students - who attend elementary and middle schools divided into 3 shifts, i.e., morning, afternoon and evening - to experience the most important moment of the day in a dignified and proper environment.

                      The project, backed by the Salesian Mission Office of Turin "Missions Don Bosco", is simple, but f import. On a practical level, it is a matter of redoing the roof torn up during the 2017 hurricane, and of carrying out work to reinforce the foundations, to redo the floor and fix the facade.

                      The meaning of the project, however, goes beyond the work of safety. The President of Missions Don Bosco, Salesian brother Giampietro Pettenon, explains: "Attention to ethnic minorities is a fundamental element of the Salesian mission and is more than ever in the limelight because it was chosen as a topic of reflection for the special assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Supporting the project of this small school means guaranteeing a better future for the young Yanomami, future custodians of the world's green lung."

                      For more information, visit the website: www.missionidonbosco.org  

                      • Brasile
                      • India
                      • Missioni
                      • Missioni Don Bosco
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Spain – Seriously committed to youth employment

                        6 days 23 hours ago
                        Spain – Seriously committed to youth employment

                        (ANS - Madrid) - Nithun is a young Indian who works as an accountant in a hotel. Abduragamaan lives in Cape Town but spends six months a year on a merchant ship. Anthony comes from Bolivia and works in a carpentry workshop that produces furniture. Liliana, in Mexico, has a small clothing company. Helena works as an office clerk in a large company in Luanda. Besides being young, they all have in common the fact of having studied in one of the world's 830 Salesian Vocational Training Centers.

                        Today, 64 million of the 1.8 billion young people in the world are unemployed; 24 million have no access to training, 145 million are poor and one in ten lives in conflict zones. The Salesians cannot ignore this reality and they face and deal with it every day with their instruments: the answer is a concrete effort to educating and training young people, so that they have the opportunities to emerge from poverty and become agents of development and social change.

                        For this reason, "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid, together with the Salesian NGO "Jóvenes y Desarrollo" reaffirm their commitment to fostering youth employment. Over 200,000 young people are currently being trained in a Salesian formation center throughout the world. A quality education that allows 85% of them to find work after their studies, "without forgetting," notes Fr José Antonio San Martín, Director of "Misiones Salesianas, "that 65% of them continue to work even after four years."

                        "It is shown that a young person who receives quality formation obtains a better job and takes even less time to find it," adds Juan Linares, President of "Jóvenes y Desarrollo".

                        Both organizations work on projects designed to support young people in their education or vocational training, following the guidelines set by the Sustainable Development Goals regarding access to quality education (OSS4) and decent work (OSS8).

                        On World Youth Day, which is celebrated today, Monday 12 August, "Misiones Salesianas" and "Jóvenes y Desarrollo" want to highlight the fundamental role of young people and the need for them to find a job to live by; and for this they ask governments for a concrete commitment to this objective and their benefit.

                        • Spagna
                        • Giovani
                        • Jóvenes y Desarrollo
                        • ONG
                        • Procure Missionarie
                        • Formazione Professionale
                        • Lavoro
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          RMG - Rector Major's Visit to Macao, Taiwan and Hong Kong

                          1 week 2 days ago
                          RMG - Rector Major's Visit to Macao, Taiwan and Hong Kong

                          (ANS - Hong Kong) - This year the Rector Major will spend Don Bosco's birthday in the Far East: starting next Sunday; in fact, from 11 to 17 August, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime will be on an Animation Visit in Macao, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

                          Accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco will reach Macao on early Sunday afternoon and will have a first moment of dialogue with the area's active Salesians.

                          On Monday, the program includes a visit to some of the most significant Salesian works in Macau, such as the "Escola Dom Luigi Versiglia", where the Rector Major meets students and young people of the institute. In the afternoon there will be time to meet the Salesian Family and to celebrate the Eucharist together, in the church dedicated to St. Lawrence.

                          On Tuesday morning, the Rector Major meets with the young people and members of the Salesian Family present in Tainan; on Wednesday, he will learn about the work carried out by the Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco through a kindergarten and a parish in Taipei.

                          For the solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Fr Á.F. Artime shall preside at the Eucharist and receive the perpetual vows of a young Salesian. He will then reach Hong Kong in the early afternoon and will thus have the opportunity to gather at the Provincial House with the Superior of the "Mary Help of Christians" Province (CIN) and his Council.

                          On Friday, August 16, the 204th anniversary of the birth of Don Bosco, the Rector Major will spend the day surrounded by young people and the Salesian Family.

                          The Rector Major will dedicate the last day of his visit to the traditional appointment reserved for talks with all the Salesians in the Province and to receive the perpetual professions of three other Salesians.

                          To stay up to date on the Rector Majorìs visit, the CIN Province provides various channels.

                          Website: http://www.sdb.org.hk/ 

                          Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalesianFamilyCIN/ 

                          YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/SDBSCOCIN

                          • RMG
                          • Visita di Animazione
                          • Rettor Maggiore
                          • Macao
                          • Taiwan
                          • Hong Kong
                          • CIN
                          • Ángel Fernández Artime
                            Jesus Jurado

                            India – Church mourns death of Sushma Swaraj

                            1 week 2 days ago
                            India – Church mourns death of Sushma Swaraj

                            (ANS– Mumbai) – Sushma Swaraj, one of the most well-known and beloved political figures in India, Foreign Minister in the First Modi Government (2014-2019), died on August 6 at 67 years. In hers service she worked hard for the cause of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, SDB, kidnapped in Yemen and held hostage for 18 months, and she was the one to announce via Twitter his release on September 12, 2017. She loved Mother Teresa and was defined by Pope Francis “as a very spiritual person”.

                            With the death of Sushma Swaraj, “the Nation has lost a great Indian personality”: she was a very skilled administrator, a versatile and effective leader” declared Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai and President of the Indian Episcopal Conference (CBCI).

                            In his message of condolence, published on Wednesday, August 7, the Cardinal recalls the commitment of Sushma Swaraj, as Foreign Minister, in the liberation of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil. “All the Indians abroad who had some difficulty found, in her, an empathetic minister and who did everything to help them.”

                            Despite the prestigious position in the first Modi government, but due to her health she did not stand for election last March. Previously, she had been Minister of Health in another government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1998-2004).

                            Many people remember her as the minister who could be contacted via Twitter: to Indians abroad who were in need of diplomatic assistance she would often answer in person on social networks.

                            Even Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, on hearing the news, commented: “I am very sad for the passing of such a beloved and pleasant personality. I pray for her and her loved ones. I remember when I spoke with her after my liberation: her way of speaking with me was not that of an official authority with an ordinary man. I thought I heard a big sister talking to me.”

                            Sushma Swaraj, a diabetic, had had a kidney transplant in 2016 and died of a heart attack.

                            In his message of condolence, Card. Gracias recalls that “Sushma Swaraj led the government delegation for the canonization of Mother Teresa. She had a special devotion to the Mother. On that occasion she met the Holy Father, who later said of her: ‘The Indian Foreign Minister is a very spiritual person.’”

                            • India
                            • Chiesa
                            • Sushma Swaraj
                              Jesus Jurado

                              United States – Reflections by a Counselor in “Camp Savio”

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                              United States – Reflections by a Counselor in “Camp Savio”

                              (ANS – Bellflower) – Every year, a camper will begin doing Camp Savio for the first time, and for many, it will be the first of many summers that they come to enjoy their summer. Campers spend many summers at Camp Savio because of all the great and fun experiences it provides for them, and because of the friendships they make here.

                              Seeing the fun games, activities, and field trips that the campers get to go on, and all the friends they make, many campers this year decided to have more of these for many summers to come.

                              Some of these campers enjoy camp so much that they even go on to become counselors, like the Boys grade counselor Albert Serrano. Albert has been going to Camp Savio as a camper since he was young and continued to go for many years, every summer. Albert said that his favorite part of going to Camp Savio was seeing his friends every day and being able to hang out with them all summer.

                              He did enjoy all the games and field trips that Camp Savio offered, but it was the fun he had with his friends that made him truly fall in love with Camp. Not only the fun he had but the fun that he saw his counselors having volunteered with the campers, which he said was his inspiration for continuing doing camp as a Counselor.

                              In a time where it is very easy for kids to spend their summers at home on their phones, playing video games, and watching YouTube videos, it is great to see that kids are excited to come to Camp Savio, and spend their days as campers with their friends.

                              The things I notice most at Camp Savio among the campers is the smiles on their faces when they are with their grades, laughing and hanging out with their friends. Overall, that is what keeps bringing kids back to Camp Savio, the friendships they form, because while the field trips are fantastically fun for kids, without their friends there, they would not be nearly as memorable. The bonds and friendships formed are what keep campers wanting to come back to Camp Savio and spend their summers there.

                              Serving together is a great way to form strong and fast friendships among the counselors and seeing the happiness in the kids’ face will be the reward for serving. Already, I have made new friends at Camp Savio that I would have not met otherwise. Our service to the kids will provide us an opportunity to form bonds and make memories that will last for years to come.

                              Through our service with the children, Camp Savio will provide an opportunity for many counselors to become more like the religious figures we look up to and believe in. St. John Bosco believed in helping young children, and to do so, formed the Oratory, a home, school, Church, and playground, and through Camp Savio, we will provide all of these to the children. Like St. John Bosco, we will bring out the excellence in each child, and through helping them, we will help ourselves.  Along with John Bosco, Jesus himself loved children and would spend time with them and bless them. He believed that they deserved kindness, and that because of their innocence, they would enter Heaven before all others.

                              When we treat children in the ways that Jesus and St. John Bosco did, giving them our time, love, and kindness, we are able to become more faithful and faith-filled.

                              Sean Wilk

                              Source: InTouch

                              {gallery}SUO - Camp Savio 2019{/gallery}

                              • Stati Uniti
                              • Campo Savio
                              • Animatori
                                Jesus Jurado

                                Ecuador – “DONBOSROCK”: a youth band for young people

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                                Ecuador – “DONBOSROCK”: a youth band for young people

                                (ANS – Quito) – When Don Bosco thought of his educational proposal, he used different tools to generate empathy with young people, following the logic that it is “necessary to love what young people like, so that they love what the educator proposes.” One of these means was music, because it allowed children to occupy their leisure time, develop their skills and communicate a positive message to those who listened to them.

                                With these same premises, three young post-novices: Christian Chávez (Ecuador), Felipe Arango (Colombia) and Jesús Espino (Peru), and Salesian coadjutor Bro Jorge Moraga (Chile) decided to form an international band that they themselves describe as a musical experience with Don Bosco: DONBOSROCK. The genre they chose, as the name says, is rock, the thought being how close its rhythm is to young people.

                                On 27 July 2019, they presented their first album entitled: Por ustedes mi juventud, (For you my youth) composed of seven original tracks by Christian Chávez and four covers by other songwriters. The stage chosen was the auditorium of the Postnovitiate, where various groups of the Salesian Family, relatives, young people from the evening oratory of the La Tola house and lovers of good music gathered to hear them perform.

                                Fr Robert García, Director of the House of Formation, emphasized that for the Salesians it is important that the processes of evangelization do not proceed in a traditional way, but that means such as these be used, like music, to attract the attention of young people. “If there are trainees who possess and cultivate this talent, we must support them because they communicate a positive and Salesian message.”

                                One of the group's anecdotes concerns their name: in fact at the beginning they were called The Survivors, because they did not have enough musical instruments or amplification equipment for rehearsals; but this was not a lasting impediment and they began to compose with what little they had. They survived these challenges and the first song they composed, a ballad, was entitled Jesús.

                                Later they started to merge the musical rhythms and finally they opted for the rock genre. The singer, Christian, claims that music is for him part of his life and helps him feel fulfilled. He affirms that he would be different as a Salesian if he did not play the guitar as it was an instrument to know more children and convey to them the main message that Jesus is joy.

                                DONBOSROCK marks the end of a biennial formation process, but whose heritage aims to inspire more and more students and young people from different Salesian spheres to feel motivated to compose new Salesian music, from young people to other young people.

                                Cristian Calderón

                                {gallery}ECU - Donbosrock 2019{/gallery}

                                • Ecuador
                                • ECU
                                • Musica
                                • Postnoviziati
                                  Jesus Jurado

                                  Italy – “150 Young People in Search of an Author”: report after 1.5 year's work

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                                  Archive photo - Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco

                                  (ANS Rome) – After over a year and a half since its inception, the campaign “150 Young People in Search of an Author” presents the work done and the work still to be done. In recent months there have been 66 minors who, with the support of generous benefactors, have been given a concrete opportunity of redemption.

                                  When it was launched in January 2018, the campaign “150 Young People in Search of an Author” represented a new challenge for the Salesian center “Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco” who have always been committed to giving concrete answers to the needs of children with family, social and economic difficulties. But many accepted this new challenge: 25 benefactors in 2018, and 29 others only in the first half of 2019: 54 people who with a continuous donation have decided to support the educational and growth paths of the most troubled children.

                                  Thanks to them, it was possible to help, in particular:

                                  • 22 young people (13 in 2018 and 9 in 2019), who have undertaken vocational training courses and traineeships that have introduced them to the world of work;
                                  • 15 children (9 in 2018 and 5 in 2019), who were welcomed in a safe and protected environment, away from deviant and/or abusive situations; 3 of them, who became of age and therefore left the Family Home, have continued to enjoy a gradual accompaniment towards adult life and the support of solidarity families;
                                  • 38 children (21 in 2018 and 11 in 2019), who have been included in sports activities or creative workshops;

                                  In addition, the project also provided training and support to 3 families (2 in 2018 and 1 in 2019), who have started to host children in need of a new family environment.

                                  The campaign, also promoted by the association “Rimettere le Ali” – also active at the Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco– now stands at a turning point; after the results achieved so far, the challenge is to continue supporting the children, achieving the goal set for 2019, that is to accompany in their growth a total of 50 young people.

                                  “Unfortunately last year we did not reach our objective – by just 5! - but we are convinced that with a little effort and with the collaboration of all, together we will be able to make the difference for the future of our young people and our society,” said the promoters of this initiative in a note.

                                  • Italia
                                  • ICC
                                  • Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Italy – Prenovices of Europe meet Rector Major at Colle Don Bosco

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                                    Italy – Prenovices of Europe meet Rector Major at Colle Don Bosco

                                    (ANS Castelnuovo Don Bosco) A very special meeting took place last Sunday, August 4, at Colle Don Bosco, where Don Bosco grew and matured: the meeting between Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, who as Rector Major is called to lead the entire Salesian Congregation, and 36 young prenovices, who are still in a phase of attentive discernment of their own vocation; the meeting, as it was, of a father with many little children in their search.

                                    The meeting with the Rector Major was actually only one stage for the priests, even if important, of a wider journey, fulfilled along 15 days of a journey on the Salesian Places. “The young people who have completed it are young people who in about a month will begin the journey of the novitiate within the four Salesian novitiates in the Old Continent,” Fr Fabiano Gheller, Delegate for Vocational Animation of the Piedmont and Aosta Valley Special District (ICP), said to ANS.

                                    Accompanied by seven Salesians, namely directors and members of the Formation Department, the priests looked to Don Bosco and his sites to discover the fundamental steps of his vocational itinerary. Thus, in comparison with the life of the Saint of the Young and, in constant relationship with the Sacred Scriptures, they were accompanied towards understanding the fundamental passages of their own lives, to say yes to God in the Salesian style.

                                    The days alternated moments of their journey and discussions in couples and in groups, together with profound explorations of Salesian spirituality.

                                    “It is a beautiful experience of fraternal life, of sharing and identification with Don Bosco and with that model of life that we chose with God,” Walter testified, a prenovice of the Sicily Province.

                                    “These are very particular days,” concludes the prenovice, “which permit us to rediscover the beauty of our call and which give us also a very peculiar breadth for those who want to be born to the Salesian life, because they make us know and appreciate the reality in which Don Bosco was born and where our Congregation was born.”

                                    • ICP
                                    • Italia
                                    • Rettor Maggiore
                                    • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                    • Prenovizi
                                    • Formazione iniziale
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Colombia – Singer Andrés Cepeda enchanted by Salesian charism in “Ciudad Don Bosco”

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                                      Colombia – Singer Andrés Cepeda enchanted by Salesian charism in “Ciudad Don Bosco”

                                      (ANS Medellin) – Nearly 100 children, adolescents and young people, alongside animators and participants in the initiative “Our UNICEF”, promoted by the same international organization, participated in recent days in a meeting with Andrés Cepeda, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Colombia. The musician and singer took up this role on 10 November 2017 and on the occasion said: “Music in this cause is a vehicle that can help us bring important messages and express what children want to tell people, that we absolutely have to listen to.”

                                      The Colombian artist, born in Bogota on 7 July, 1973, is a singer and composer known for his love songs. On 18 July last, he went to the Salesian house of “Ciudad Don Bosco” to meet the youth animators who work there, the house's beneficiaries and the children of the district of Carpinelo, who are part of the Unicef program.

                                      Immediately after meeting the Director, Fr Carlos Manuel Barrios, and several coordinators of the various programs – who invited him to learn about the mission of Don Bosco within the house – the singer went to the main auditorium, where he was welcomed by many guests.

                                      William Barrios, National Head of the Salesian Programme “House of Specialized Protection” – which he too passed through in youth – then explained to all present that Andrés Cepeda’s visit had the objective of raising awareness on the processes carried out in collaboration with the “Our Unicef” program and to motivate regional leaders and assistants to work for positive leadership, children’s rights and peace.

                                      The meeting consisted in the development of a series of workshops aimed at generating reflections on how the participation of young people can generate positive changes in society.

                                      “I feel very happy to be with you all and to know ‘Ciudad Don Bosco’. We'll work very well together in this meeting,” said Andrés Cepeda.

                                      Finally, the singer delighted the audience with two of his most famous hits: Día tras día and Déjame ir, recorded together with the band Morat.

                                      • Colombia
                                      • COM
                                      • Ciudad Don Bosco
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Brazil – New youth leaders prepared to take leading role in evangelization

                                        1 week 5 days ago
                                        Brazil – New youth leaders prepared to take leading role in evangelization

                                        (ANS – Corumbá) – “In different contexts, among the different types of youth groups of the Youth Ministry – states the Manual of the Provincial Delegate for Missionary Animation – there are groups that keep the missionary flame in the youth and ecclesial community alive; it is a dimension corresponding to everyone.” In fact, the missionary flame is born and grows in the groups, but it is formed on the basis of the sacrifice and dedication of the provincial and local animators of each province. This is also the case of the new youth animators who have trained at the Missionary School of Corumbá.

                                        During four days of formation and sharing the young animators had the opportunity to study, pray, sing, celebrate, meditate and exchange many experiences among themselves. One of the fundamental experiences was the presentation of the theme of holiness. “It's all very beautiful, especially because sanctity was made for young people,” said Luis Felipe de Jesús, student of the “Cidade Dom Bosco” center in Corumbá.

                                        Rafael Gustavo Lopes, SDB, presented the theme, based on the 2019 Strenna. According to him, young people today are “thirsty to live holiness, and it is perfectly possible to reach it, to be cheerful, optimistic and fulfilling one's duties, be a good son, a good friend, a good father, a good teacher, in the places where we live daily,” he said.

                                        The participants in the “Exchange between Animators” were also able to attend several workshops and the result was technical formation in the main areas of action of young people in pastoral groups in schools. “I learned to be an animator and to participate in a group,” said Gabriela Souza Szablewiski, 15 years old. She adds, “Some of these meetings were formed to train other young people.”

                                        The strongest moments of the meeting, according to the young people, were the Eucharistic celebrations, the Lectio Divina, the recitation of the Enlightened Rosary and the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

                                        The Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry - Educational-Cultural Dimension (Schools), as well as Director of the Salesian Institute “St Antonio”, Fr Hermgilenedo Conceição da Silva, considers the results of this meeting to be positive. “I think it was a very special moment for young people, educators and Salesians.”

                                        The experience of the “Exchange between Animators” is an ancient tradition of the Brazilian Campo Grande  Province – a Province that in this 2019 celebrates 125 years of history. According to Fr Wagner Galvão, Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry, “the school is the place where education and evangelization take place, the place where Salesians have the opportunity to lead many young people to God.” And the Exchange between Animators is a special moment to bring together young animators in order to evangelize other young people.

                                        {gallery}Brasile - Scambio per animatori 2019{/gallery}

                                        • Brasile
                                        • BCG
                                        • Animatori
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          Hong Kong - Rector Major arrives in Hong Kong

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                                          Hong Kong - Rector Major arrives in Hong Kong

                                          (ANS - Hong Kong) - After the animation visit to Taiwan, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, arrived in Hong Kong yesterday, August 15. The 10th Successor of Don Bosco landed in Hong Kong at 3.30 pm, accompanied by his secretary, Fr Horacio Lopez, by the Regional Councilor for East Asia Oceania Fr Vaclav Klement and by Fr Domingos Leong, Salesian, member of the Catholic Diocesan Liturgical Commission of Hong Kong.

                                          As soon as he arrived, the Rector Major immediately went to the Salesian Missionary House of "Shau Kei Wan", where he was welcomed by a large group of young people, by members of the Salesian Family and by some older confreres. The Successor of Don Bosco was received with great enthusiasm and greeted with flags, banners, dances, photos, handshakes and hugs.

                                          Once again, addressing young people, Fr Artime urged them to keep their joy and happiness alive. He then reminded them of the meeting scheduled for the following day at the Tang King Po school in Kowloon. Here, the Rector Major shall spend his time among the young in dialogue and to answer their questions.

                                          He then met the Provincial Council for an open-hearted dialogue that lasted two hours and which was also attended by the Economer General, Br Jean Paul Muller.
                                          It was on this occasion that Fr Artime wanted to thank Mary, on the day when the Feast of the Assumption was celebrated, for the many graces granted, for her guidance and for her constant protection.


                                          At the end of the meeting, the Rector Major stayed for dinner with the Council, continuing the fraternal conversation at the table.


                                          Photos of the Visit are available on ANS Flickr page

                                          • Hong Kong
                                          • Rettor Maggiore
                                          • Don Ángel Fernández Artime
                                            Virginia Nitto

                                            Japan - Biblical Vocation Camp: 47 years listening to the Word

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                                            Japan - Biblical Vocation Camp: 47 years listening to the Word

                                            (ANS - Shinano) - Lake Nojiriko is located in the city of Shinano, Kamiminochi District, Nagano Prefecture (northern Japan). The 47th Bible Camp was conducted in this splendid natural setting of mountains and lakes from 8 to 12 August for elementary school children and from 13 to 17 August for middle and high school students from many Japanese dioceses.

                                            This year, 68 young people aged between 10 and 18 were accepted and this camp was accompanied by many Salesians working as managers and staff: Salesian priests, Salesian brothers, post-novices, Salesian aspirants and collaborators. Thus it was possible to feel the Family Spirit, a key feature of our Salesian charism, where everyone feels at home, feels genuine affection, receives respect, is jointly responsible for the common mission with a clear mutual trust.

                                            The theme "Holiness for you, too" (Jn 15,11) was taken up by the Rector Major's Strenna 2019. Participants from various parts of Japan (Kyushu, Shikoku, Kansai and Kanto area) were invited to reflect on their vocation to be saints like our God. During the reflections on the theme of holiness, there was also talk of our founder's life, St Giovanni Bosco, of San Domenico Savio and of Father Cimatti. Young people were also reminded that holiness does not make them less human as "this is God's will, your sanctification" (1 Thessalonians 4: 3).

                                            Looking back over 46 years, it is possible to affirm that many priestly and Salesian brotherly vocations are the fruit of this biblical camp.

                                            Let us pray that this year too some of the dozens of participants, accompanied by young aspirants, postulants, Salesian brothers and priests, will be awakened to the call of God.


                                            God calls young people in many different ways, even through the biblical camp. It was Father Honda (the first Provincial of Japan, Salesian) who had had this great inspiration to start the biblical camp 47 years ago.

                                            • Giappone
                                            • campo biblico
                                            • Salesiani
                                              Virginia Nitto

                                              Colombia - EnfocaTV, a newscast proposal integrated with Medellín Province

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                                              Colombia - EnfocaTV, a newscast proposal integrated with Medellín Province

                                              (ANS - Medellín) - Every year, on the occasion of the meeting of the local Communication coordinators of the Salesian centers of the Province of San Luis Beltrán of Medellín - COM, common strategies are proposed to make known the good that is done in all the Province's Salesian works. Thus, in April, it was decided to produce a series of videos entitled "EnfocaTV"; every week the news of and about a different center is presented, each episode lasting a maximum duration of one minute, which is then shared through Whatsapp and the social networks of all the presences.

                                              So far, 12 shows have been made this year, coming from 12 different locations across the country, locations in which Salesian projects, activities and experiences were shared, presented by young students or collaborators.


                                              The idea of ​​the newscast, in addition to informing, is to involve the people involved in the works, stimulate the local coordinators to focus on audiovisuals, train the students and respond to the current trends of the networks, which increasingly require audiovisual products, with good contents, but at the same time that they be short and dynamic.

                                              The San Luis Beltrán Province currently has 19 local Communication coordinators (schools, ETDH, parishes and houses of formation) who, with the support of the Communication Delegation, work in a network and are integrated, not only through the information program "EnfocaTV", but also through the InfoCOM digital magazine and through various training activities such as the annual meeting held in Medellín.


                                              EnfcocaTV broadcasts can be viewed through the Youtube channel of the COM Province.

                                              • Colombia
                                              • Medellin
                                                Virginia Nitto

                                                Italy - ADMA Families Spiritual Exercises 2019

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                                                Italy - ADMA Families Spiritual Exercises 2019

                                                (ANS - Pracharbon) – Over 600 people experienced the Spiritual Exercises of Families, led by the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA), Primary of Turin, in the Alpine retreat of Pracharbon, Val d'Aosta, from Sunday 28 July to Saturday 17 August in four shifts of 5 days each. This is a 360° family experience. The main protagonists are in fact the families that find themselves together, where each generation has its own way of living these days with intensity.

                                                Parents have time and space for liturgical and silent prayer, following a path of meditation that this year had as its theme the exhortation of Pope Francis Gaudete et exsultate and the Strenna of the Rector Major “Holiness for you, too”. Through the meditations prepared and proposed by Fr Roberto Carelli, SDB, it was recalled how the journey of faith is a journey of holiness that flourishes in the witness of the good and joyful life of the Gospel. The following thematic nuclei were developed: joy and holiness; the enemies of joy and holiness; holiness in the light of the Master (The Beatitudes); combat and spiritual discernment.

                                                The days are marked by intense moments of catechesis, reflection and prayer. Of particular value is the time of sharing where in the light of the proposed themes life experiences are communicated, joyful and painful facts, in a climate of intense listening, respect and profound participation. One experiences the joy of walking together and sharing the journey of faith, centering one's life in Jesus in the Eucharist and entrusting it to Mary Help of Christians.

                                                While parents live the experience of spiritual exercises, children, teens and young people, under the guidance of the animators, spend their days with distinct and well-groomed paths of play, prayer and formation, the result of careful preparation, carried out during the year.

                                                This year the experience is particularly significant because it coincides with the 150th anniversary of ADMA's foundation: a truly special year during which we are experiencing the joy and beauty of 

                                                • ADMA
                                                  José Luis Munoz

                                                  Republic of the Congo - A workshop for future dressmakers

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                                                  Republic of the Congo - A workshop for future dressmakers

                                                  (ANS - Brazzaville) - On the outskirts of the capital of the Republic of Congo, there is the Vocational Training Center (CFP) of the Salesian "Cité Don Bosco" center which, precisely in this popular district, welcomes many children. Many of the area's younger inhabitants, in fact, are busy following the training courses offered by the Salesians. About 600 students (including 26 girls and 576 boys) attend this school every day.

                                                  Recently, in the Vocational Training Center, the Salesians have decided to create a workshop for future dressmakers. This is an extremely interesting initiative that focuses on disadvantaged women in the neighborhood. They are young people who have long since passed the age of schooling, in many cases single mothers, who the Salesians want to involve in a cutting and sewing course designed specifically for them. After a targeted professional training, the goal is to help them start a small income-generating activity compatible with the needs of the market.

                                                  There will be 35 women initially involved, and the benefits will obviously also fall on their families. In other words, it is an opportunity for development not only for the girls involved, but for the entire community. The project is supported by the Missionary Office of Turin - Don Bosco Missions and is part of women's promotion programs.

                                                  The promotion of female talent starts from the establishment of vocational training courses for women, which become a springboard to guarantee a source of family income and legitimize a leading role as protagonists within the community to which they belong.


                                                  Poverty and the lack of life and work opportunities are fertile ground for gender inequality, which manifests itself in every area of ​​public and private life. This is why learning a profession gives women the opportunity to claim the value of their role within the family and society.

                                                  Offering young people the tools to live in society, as citizens aware of their rights and duties, is also the main objective of the Salesian Cité Don Bosco in Brazzaville. For this reason, in the Center, in addition to the nascent laboratory for future dressmakers, there are already numerous other courses: mechanics, welding, carpentry, construction, agriculture and breeding, electrical installations, air conditioning.

                                                  The lessons are carried out thanks to the commitment and dedication of 28 teachers, who have 8 different classrooms where they can hold courses.

                                                  For more information on the project, visit www.missionidonbosco.org

                                                  • congo
                                                  • brazzaville
                                                  • sarte
                                                  • Missioni Don Bosco
                                                    Virginia Nitto

                                                    Cabo Verde - "Fundação Salesianos" brings university students and young workers on a mission

                                                    4 days 23 hours ago

                                                    (ANS - Paúl) - They left on August 5th and will not be returning home before the 24th: they are 11 boys and girls, university students and young workers, who attend the Salesian centers in Portugal and have joined the volunteering project: "Missão Segue-me a Cabo Verde!"

                                                    In a press release, the Salesian Province of St. Anthony of Portugal announced that in this international volunteering mission the group intends to "build an opportunity for community life" with very specific characteristics, "centered on service, prayer, sharing, familiarity and spiritual study."

                                                    The missionaries' service is addressed "to the children and young people of Cape Verde", in particular to Janela, Municipality of Paúl, on the island of Santo Antão. The main activities and initiatives that are developed in this type of youth volunteering missions are the training of the animators, support to their studies, cultural and sports animation, together with liturgical and pastoral support.


                                                    The "Missão Segue-me in Cabo Verde!" project was not just born this early August, but rather it mobilized volunteers and collaborators from various communities much in advance wherever the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians are present: Lisbon, Funchal and Arcozelo. In the past few weeks, there have been many initiatives to collect the resources needed for this expedition; among them, of note, a solidarity concert organized at the Salesian parish of Arcozelo and an articulated crowdfunding campaign.

                                                    Motivated by the "promotion of the values ​​and ideals" of Don Bosco, the participating volunteers do not devote themselves only to educational and leisure activities for children and young people, but try to do good wherever possible. Thus, for example, Friday, August 9, missionary volunteers went to bring songs, smiles and a little joy to the elderly and sick people supported by the local "Dragoeiro Association"; and throughout the period of activity training sessions and health promotion and psychological support are provided.


                                                    It is from 2007 that the Salesian missionary volunteers, especially through the "Don Bosco Program - Life Project", brings help and support to hundreds of families in Cape Verde. And in doing so, this program has also become one of the most impactful activities of Salesian Youth Ministry.

                                                    For further info, please visit its Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MissaoSegueMeACaboVerde

                                                    • cabo verde
                                                    • Giovani
                                                    • missione
                                                      Virginia Nitto

                                                      Macau – Day 2 of the Rector Major's Visit

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                                                      Macau – Day 2 of the Rector Major's Visit

                                                      (ANS – Macau) – It was truly a full-day schedule for the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, on the second day of his animation visit to Macau on August 12. However, one does not feel the tiredness. Instead, it was a day full of life and joy!

                                                      The Rector Major started the day with a visit to the old leprosy village in Coloane where Fr Gaetano Nicosia died a few years ago at the age of 101, a Salesian who devoted all his life to serve the needy patients or brothers as he used to call them. Just next to the village, now stands a Don Bosco complex in which there are two schools, a SDB and an FMA, a student dormitory for 61 boys and a large educational camp site. At the end of the meeting and recreation with the interns and their educators, the Rector Major blessed their new oratory, named after the first Salesian missionary to Macau and protomartyr St. Versiglia, which is also the name of the school. He hoped that this new oratory, with the presence of the Salesians among the young, will become a real home.

                                                      It is an important day for the Rector Major to share with the young people as well as the members of the Salesian Family in two separate meetings. Interesting questions popped up from the crowd: his favorite food and sport. There were also tough questions. The young people asked the purpose of life and the problem of bullying. Fr Á.F. Artime encouraged the young to pursue true happiness in life and to treasure the people whom we care about in our hearts. And each one of us should take his own responsibility, both for the search of happiness and for going against bullying.

                                                      As to over 150 members of the Salesian Family, Fr Á.F. Artime emphasised, first of all, the communion we all share as one family. It is a strong witness of Christian and Salesian values. The Salesian Family is born for the young. Therefore, to keep our family alive and our heart youthful, we must continue to be present and accompany the young. It is simple but crucial. Only in this way, through our presence and accompaniment, can we educate the young towards the good and discover their vocations.

                                                      Certainly, thanksgiving to Lord in the Eucharist cannot be missed out. The holy Mass was celebrated as commemoration of our Father and Teacher, St. John Bosco. In his homily, Fr Á.F. Artime pointed out that the project of Don Bosco is truly inspired and assisted by God. Nobody could imagine that a small oratory in Valdocco, Turin, would become a home, a church, a playground, and a school for the young around the world. At present, everyone in the Salesian Family continues this mission of being present among the young so that they may be able to meet Jesus.

                                                      By Deacon Anthony Pun, SDB

                                                      Photos of the Visit are available at ANSFlickr

                                                      • Macao
                                                      • Gaetano Nicosia
                                                      • Cina
                                                      • CIN
                                                      • Rettor Maggiore
                                                      • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                        Solomon Islands – A project with teens and children of Ranadi dumps

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                                                        Solomon Islands – A project with teens and children of Ranadi dumps

                                                        (ANS - Honiara) - Poverty, illiteracy and unemployment characterize families living near the Ranadi dumps, a suburb east of Honiara. The families who live here deal mainly with collecting materials that can be recycled: they dig in the garbage, select and collect them.

                                                        Children very often work with their parents and, clearly, this practice prevents them from regularly attending school and receiving adequate education. Moreover, the hygienic-sanitary conditions in which these minors find themselves are truly precarious and they risk compromising their health.

                                                        The "Don Bosco" Technical Institute of Henderson has therefore launched a project to guarantee education to these children and to raise the parents' awareness of the importance of their children's education.

                                                        Since March 2019, the Henderson Salesians have in fact started courses to teach children between 4 and 13 to read and write and to refine their calculation skills. The number of students who attend these lessons is between 50 and 70.

                                                        Furthermore, courses are organized for older children who want to specialize in welding or manufacturing or, also, in the hotel sector. To date, there have been about 25 applications to participate in these lessons.

                                                        The project is also aimed at raising awareness among parents, so that they understand the importance of giving their children a proper education and are motivated to send them to school instead of working in landfills.

                                                        In this sense, it becomes important to guarantee an income for families in order to be able to meet the school expenses of the children. For this reason, the "Don Bosco" Technical Institute has devised a program aimed specifically at mothers, which allows them to use the institute's land to grow vegetables, which they can then sell back to the market.

                                                        It is important that there is collaboration and support from all, so that the Salesian community of Henderson can continue to carry out this project and reach the largest possible number of vulnerable children and young people.

                                                        {gallery}Isole Salomone - Bambini delle discariche 2019{/gallery}

                                                        • Isole Salomone
                                                        • Povertà
                                                        • PGS
                                                        • Opzione Preferenziale
                                                        • Bambini
                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                          Macau – Visit of Rector Major to “Mary Help of Christians” Province (CIN)

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                                                          Macau – Visit of Rector Major to “Mary Help of Christians” Province (CIN)

                                                          (ANS – Macau) – This moment has been long waited for. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernandez Artime, accompanied by EAO Regional Councilor Fr Klement Vaclav and his secretary Fr Horacio López, arrived in Macau, where in 13 February 1906, Fr Versiglia and 5 other Salesian missionaries reached Chinese soil and began the first Salesian works in Far East Asia. In this week, the Rector Major is going to conduct his animation visit in the China Province which covers three main regions – Macau, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

                                                          CIN Provincial Fr Joseph Ng Chi-Yuen, Vice-provincial Fr Domingos Teng Kok Leung, and Fr Savio Yeung Cho Law, Economer, with one translator and 10 Macau SDBs, met the Rector Major on his arrival.

                                                          The welcoming ceremony was held in Yuet Wah College on Sunday afternoon, where the 10th Successor of Don Bosco was greeted by some 100 youths, Salesians and Salesian family members. Colorful flags were put up. Everybody was carrying a towel which was specially designed for the Rector Major's visit. The hot weather did not deter the people to express their joy and excitement to meet Don Bosco's tenth Successor. Besides the Salesians and representatives from various groups of the Salesian Family, there were students from St. Luigi Versiglia School. They cheered and sang a Don Bosco hymn in Cantonese. Before entering the Salesian quarters, the Rector Major paid a short visit to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and offered a bouquet of flowers to Our Lady.

                                                          “I am happy to have come among you and meet each one of you. It has always been a precious and wonderful moment to meet personally the confreres. For this, it merits to travel million miles.”

                                                          The Rector Major shared the evening with the Salesians with simplicity and sincerity. In 5 years and 4 months as Rector Major, he has visited altogether 96 nations and 12,200 Salesian confreres.

                                                          In the heart to heart sharing, Fr Á.F. Artime encouraged the Salesians to have hope always because the Lord is showering His blessings to the congregation with new vocations. It is very much alive as it continues to take care of the poor young people. This makes it truly beautiful. At the same time, Fr Á.F. Artime invited the Salesians to give witness to their identity as Salesian consecrated person. This should be made more visible. To counteract the current of individualism, Salesians are called to grow in the aspect of fraternal communion.

                                                          The CIN Province is blessed with great and unique history, as the Rector Major puts it, and the Salesians at present and those to come in the future shall continue to write its history.

                                                          The presence of the Salesians of Don Bosco in China goes back to 1906 (Macau - Instituto Salesiano, Mother House) with the development in Hong Kong (1927) and Taiwan (1963). At present there are 13 canonical communities and 115 confreres. The majority of the Salesian settings are schools, some parishes, social work, youth center-oratory and a vibrant Salesian Youth Movement around the numerous schools. Father Ángel is also meeting a very dynamic and united Salesian Family with large numbers of Don Bosco Past Pupils, Salesian Cooperators, FMA and SAL sisters and VDB.

                                                          Photos of the Visit are available at ANSFlickr

                                                          • Cina
                                                          • Macao
                                                          • Rettor Maggiore
                                                          • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                          • Václav Klement
                                                          • Visita di Animazione
                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                            Cambodia – A flood affects Don Bosco Sihanoukville

                                                            6 days 23 hours ago
                                                            Cambodia – A flood affects Don Bosco Sihanoukville

                                                            (ANS - Sihanoukville) - The heavy rains and strong winds from the tropical storm Lekina, and the impact of the southwest monsoon, hit Cambodia's coastal provinces, causing floods in several areas, including Sihanoukville. Last week, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology had issued a statement, urging citizens to prepare for this serious natural event. However, the Don Bosco Technical School, the Hotel and Children Fund center of Sihanoukville, suffered flooding on the night between 8 and 9 August. Salesian Brother Roberto Panetto, Economer of the Don Bosco Sihanoukville Center, described what happened.

                                                            "Last night at 22:30 (August 8), the heavy rain made me have a walk to check the water level in front of our school. I advised some our staff families and guests at the ground floor of our guesthouse to get ready for some water may enter in their ground floor rooms," said Br Panetto. "The level of the water on the main road in front of our school started to rise and in a matter of few minutes it was overflowing the dam-wall we had just built to prevent flooding." 

                                                            Br Panetto said that the large amount of water destroyed the gate and did not spare any of the buildings on the ground floor. The houses of teachers and staff were destroyed and many now had no place to go, and have asked the Salesians for a place to stay. Also, much machinery and equipment used in the workshops (Mechanical, Welding, Automotive, Electrical) were heavily damaged. No one, thank God, was injured during this calamity.

                                                            "It is too early to estimate the damage, but I presume it will be closed to one million US dollars," added Br Panetto. "However, we are happy to see many Salesians, Past Pupils and friends ready to help and encourage in this difficult time here. Thanks to all of you for your prayer and sympathy. The good Lord will inspire generous Benefactors to help us in replacing the damaged items and solve in the best way to preventing future floods."

                                                            Br Panetto took this sad opportunity for a reflection on the environmental conditions in Cambodia, stating that deforestation is one of the main causes for which similar floods occur. Many trees have been uprooted to build hotels, skyscrapers and shopping malls. Also, numerous waterways have been reduced to exploit the land on their banks. Furthermore, garbage is thrown everywhere obstructed the already strained drainage system, and in the end, he said, Nature takes its toll for the bill for the damage caused to it.

                                                            {gallery}Cambogia - Sihanoukville alluvioni 2019{/gallery}

                                                            • Cambogia
                                                            • THA
                                                            • Disastri
                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                              Brazil – Safe school for young Yanomami

                                                              6 days 23 hours ago
                                                              Brazil – Safe school for young Yanomami

                                                              (ANS - Marauià) - The Amazon today is the home of 1 million indigenous people, divided into about 400 tribes. According to data from the "Fundação Nacional do Índio" (FUNAI) 63% of indigenous people live in Brazil and out of the 400 identified ethnic groups, around 100, the most fragile, have chosen to live in complete isolation. The Salesians have been alongside the indigenous people of South America for more than a century: they support them through education and formation, but also by concerning themselves with the protection and appreciation of their culture.

                                                              During the 20th century there have been enormous changes, but the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco have continued to work tenaciously to provide the indios with the instruments to live with dignity and in respect of their own traditions.

                                                              This, for example, is what they do in Marauià, a small village overlooking a tributary of the Rio Negro, deep in the heart of the Amazon Forest. Here lives a community of Yanomami, one of the ethnic groups that most characterizes the Amazon and that the Salesians have been following for a hundred years, since they first arrived in this inaccessible and unexplored region.

                                                              The school in the village of Marauià, built in 2011, was seriously damaged in 2017 by a hurricane. After almost 2 years of immense difficulty, the Salesians want to secure the building so as to allow its 128 little students - who attend elementary and middle schools divided into 3 shifts, i.e., morning, afternoon and evening - to experience the most important moment of the day in a dignified and proper environment.

                                                              The project, backed by the Salesian Mission Office of Turin "Missions Don Bosco", is simple, but f import. On a practical level, it is a matter of redoing the roof torn up during the 2017 hurricane, and of carrying out work to reinforce the foundations, to redo the floor and fix the facade.

                                                              The meaning of the project, however, goes beyond the work of safety. The President of Missions Don Bosco, Salesian brother Giampietro Pettenon, explains: "Attention to ethnic minorities is a fundamental element of the Salesian mission and is more than ever in the limelight because it was chosen as a topic of reflection for the special assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Supporting the project of this small school means guaranteeing a better future for the young Yanomami, future custodians of the world's green lung."

                                                              For more information, visit the website: www.missionidonbosco.org  

                                                              • Brasile
                                                              • India
                                                              • Missioni
                                                              • Missioni Don Bosco
                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                Spain – Seriously committed to youth employment

                                                                6 days 23 hours ago
                                                                Spain – Seriously committed to youth employment

                                                                (ANS - Madrid) - Nithun is a young Indian who works as an accountant in a hotel. Abduragamaan lives in Cape Town but spends six months a year on a merchant ship. Anthony comes from Bolivia and works in a carpentry workshop that produces furniture. Liliana, in Mexico, has a small clothing company. Helena works as an office clerk in a large company in Luanda. Besides being young, they all have in common the fact of having studied in one of the world's 830 Salesian Vocational Training Centers.

                                                                Today, 64 million of the 1.8 billion young people in the world are unemployed; 24 million have no access to training, 145 million are poor and one in ten lives in conflict zones. The Salesians cannot ignore this reality and they face and deal with it every day with their instruments: the answer is a concrete effort to educating and training young people, so that they have the opportunities to emerge from poverty and become agents of development and social change.

                                                                For this reason, "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid, together with the Salesian NGO "Jóvenes y Desarrollo" reaffirm their commitment to fostering youth employment. Over 200,000 young people are currently being trained in a Salesian formation center throughout the world. A quality education that allows 85% of them to find work after their studies, "without forgetting," notes Fr José Antonio San Martín, Director of "Misiones Salesianas, "that 65% of them continue to work even after four years."

                                                                "It is shown that a young person who receives quality formation obtains a better job and takes even less time to find it," adds Juan Linares, President of "Jóvenes y Desarrollo".

                                                                Both organizations work on projects designed to support young people in their education or vocational training, following the guidelines set by the Sustainable Development Goals regarding access to quality education (OSS4) and decent work (OSS8).

                                                                On World Youth Day, which is celebrated today, Monday 12 August, "Misiones Salesianas" and "Jóvenes y Desarrollo" want to highlight the fundamental role of young people and the need for them to find a job to live by; and for this they ask governments for a concrete commitment to this objective and their benefit.

                                                                • Spagna
                                                                • Giovani
                                                                • Jóvenes y Desarrollo
                                                                • ONG
                                                                • Procure Missionarie
                                                                • Formazione Professionale
                                                                • Lavoro
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  RMG - Rector Major's Visit to Macao, Taiwan and Hong Kong

                                                                  1 week 2 days ago
                                                                  RMG - Rector Major's Visit to Macao, Taiwan and Hong Kong

                                                                  (ANS - Hong Kong) - This year the Rector Major will spend Don Bosco's birthday in the Far East: starting next Sunday; in fact, from 11 to 17 August, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime will be on an Animation Visit in Macao, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

                                                                  Accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco will reach Macao on early Sunday afternoon and will have a first moment of dialogue with the area's active Salesians.

                                                                  On Monday, the program includes a visit to some of the most significant Salesian works in Macau, such as the "Escola Dom Luigi Versiglia", where the Rector Major meets students and young people of the institute. In the afternoon there will be time to meet the Salesian Family and to celebrate the Eucharist together, in the church dedicated to St. Lawrence.

                                                                  On Tuesday morning, the Rector Major meets with the young people and members of the Salesian Family present in Tainan; on Wednesday, he will learn about the work carried out by the Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco through a kindergarten and a parish in Taipei.

                                                                  For the solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Fr Á.F. Artime shall preside at the Eucharist and receive the perpetual vows of a young Salesian. He will then reach Hong Kong in the early afternoon and will thus have the opportunity to gather at the Provincial House with the Superior of the "Mary Help of Christians" Province (CIN) and his Council.

                                                                  On Friday, August 16, the 204th anniversary of the birth of Don Bosco, the Rector Major will spend the day surrounded by young people and the Salesian Family.

                                                                  The Rector Major will dedicate the last day of his visit to the traditional appointment reserved for talks with all the Salesians in the Province and to receive the perpetual professions of three other Salesians.

                                                                  To stay up to date on the Rector Majorìs visit, the CIN Province provides various channels.

                                                                  Website: http://www.sdb.org.hk/ 

                                                                  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalesianFamilyCIN/ 

                                                                  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/SDBSCOCIN

                                                                  • RMG
                                                                  • Visita di Animazione
                                                                  • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                  • Macao
                                                                  • Taiwan
                                                                  • Hong Kong
                                                                  • CIN
                                                                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                    Jesus Jurado

                                                                    India – Church mourns death of Sushma Swaraj

                                                                    1 week 2 days ago
                                                                    India – Church mourns death of Sushma Swaraj

                                                                    (ANS– Mumbai) – Sushma Swaraj, one of the most well-known and beloved political figures in India, Foreign Minister in the First Modi Government (2014-2019), died on August 6 at 67 years. In hers service she worked hard for the cause of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, SDB, kidnapped in Yemen and held hostage for 18 months, and she was the one to announce via Twitter his release on September 12, 2017. She loved Mother Teresa and was defined by Pope Francis “as a very spiritual person”.

                                                                    With the death of Sushma Swaraj, “the Nation has lost a great Indian personality”: she was a very skilled administrator, a versatile and effective leader” declared Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai and President of the Indian Episcopal Conference (CBCI).

                                                                    In his message of condolence, published on Wednesday, August 7, the Cardinal recalls the commitment of Sushma Swaraj, as Foreign Minister, in the liberation of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil. “All the Indians abroad who had some difficulty found, in her, an empathetic minister and who did everything to help them.”

                                                                    Despite the prestigious position in the first Modi government, but due to her health she did not stand for election last March. Previously, she had been Minister of Health in another government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1998-2004).

                                                                    Many people remember her as the minister who could be contacted via Twitter: to Indians abroad who were in need of diplomatic assistance she would often answer in person on social networks.

                                                                    Even Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, on hearing the news, commented: “I am very sad for the passing of such a beloved and pleasant personality. I pray for her and her loved ones. I remember when I spoke with her after my liberation: her way of speaking with me was not that of an official authority with an ordinary man. I thought I heard a big sister talking to me.”

                                                                    Sushma Swaraj, a diabetic, had had a kidney transplant in 2016 and died of a heart attack.

                                                                    In his message of condolence, Card. Gracias recalls that “Sushma Swaraj led the government delegation for the canonization of Mother Teresa. She had a special devotion to the Mother. On that occasion she met the Holy Father, who later said of her: ‘The Indian Foreign Minister is a very spiritual person.’”

                                                                    • India
                                                                    • Chiesa
                                                                    • Sushma Swaraj
                                                                      Jesus Jurado

                                                                      United States – Reflections by a Counselor in “Camp Savio”

                                                                      1 week 2 days ago
                                                                      United States – Reflections by a Counselor in “Camp Savio”

                                                                      (ANS – Bellflower) – Every year, a camper will begin doing Camp Savio for the first time, and for many, it will be the first of many summers that they come to enjoy their summer. Campers spend many summers at Camp Savio because of all the great and fun experiences it provides for them, and because of the friendships they make here.

                                                                      Seeing the fun games, activities, and field trips that the campers get to go on, and all the friends they make, many campers this year decided to have more of these for many summers to come.

                                                                      Some of these campers enjoy camp so much that they even go on to become counselors, like the Boys grade counselor Albert Serrano. Albert has been going to Camp Savio as a camper since he was young and continued to go for many years, every summer. Albert said that his favorite part of going to Camp Savio was seeing his friends every day and being able to hang out with them all summer.

                                                                      He did enjoy all the games and field trips that Camp Savio offered, but it was the fun he had with his friends that made him truly fall in love with Camp. Not only the fun he had but the fun that he saw his counselors having volunteered with the campers, which he said was his inspiration for continuing doing camp as a Counselor.

                                                                      In a time where it is very easy for kids to spend their summers at home on their phones, playing video games, and watching YouTube videos, it is great to see that kids are excited to come to Camp Savio, and spend their days as campers with their friends.

                                                                      The things I notice most at Camp Savio among the campers is the smiles on their faces when they are with their grades, laughing and hanging out with their friends. Overall, that is what keeps bringing kids back to Camp Savio, the friendships they form, because while the field trips are fantastically fun for kids, without their friends there, they would not be nearly as memorable. The bonds and friendships formed are what keep campers wanting to come back to Camp Savio and spend their summers there.

                                                                      Serving together is a great way to form strong and fast friendships among the counselors and seeing the happiness in the kids’ face will be the reward for serving. Already, I have made new friends at Camp Savio that I would have not met otherwise. Our service to the kids will provide us an opportunity to form bonds and make memories that will last for years to come.

                                                                      Through our service with the children, Camp Savio will provide an opportunity for many counselors to become more like the religious figures we look up to and believe in. St. John Bosco believed in helping young children, and to do so, formed the Oratory, a home, school, Church, and playground, and through Camp Savio, we will provide all of these to the children. Like St. John Bosco, we will bring out the excellence in each child, and through helping them, we will help ourselves.  Along with John Bosco, Jesus himself loved children and would spend time with them and bless them. He believed that they deserved kindness, and that because of their innocence, they would enter Heaven before all others.

                                                                      When we treat children in the ways that Jesus and St. John Bosco did, giving them our time, love, and kindness, we are able to become more faithful and faith-filled.

                                                                      Sean Wilk

                                                                      Source: InTouch

                                                                      {gallery}SUO - Camp Savio 2019{/gallery}

                                                                      • Stati Uniti
                                                                      • Campo Savio
                                                                      • Animatori
                                                                        Jesus Jurado

                                                                        Ecuador – “DONBOSROCK”: a youth band for young people

                                                                        1 week 3 days ago
                                                                        Ecuador – “DONBOSROCK”: a youth band for young people

                                                                        (ANS – Quito) – When Don Bosco thought of his educational proposal, he used different tools to generate empathy with young people, following the logic that it is “necessary to love what young people like, so that they love what the educator proposes.” One of these means was music, because it allowed children to occupy their leisure time, develop their skills and communicate a positive message to those who listened to them.

                                                                        With these same premises, three young post-novices: Christian Chávez (Ecuador), Felipe Arango (Colombia) and Jesús Espino (Peru), and Salesian coadjutor Bro Jorge Moraga (Chile) decided to form an international band that they themselves describe as a musical experience with Don Bosco: DONBOSROCK. The genre they chose, as the name says, is rock, the thought being how close its rhythm is to young people.

                                                                        On 27 July 2019, they presented their first album entitled: Por ustedes mi juventud, (For you my youth) composed of seven original tracks by Christian Chávez and four covers by other songwriters. The stage chosen was the auditorium of the Postnovitiate, where various groups of the Salesian Family, relatives, young people from the evening oratory of the La Tola house and lovers of good music gathered to hear them perform.

                                                                        Fr Robert García, Director of the House of Formation, emphasized that for the Salesians it is important that the processes of evangelization do not proceed in a traditional way, but that means such as these be used, like music, to attract the attention of young people. “If there are trainees who possess and cultivate this talent, we must support them because they communicate a positive and Salesian message.”

                                                                        One of the group's anecdotes concerns their name: in fact at the beginning they were called The Survivors, because they did not have enough musical instruments or amplification equipment for rehearsals; but this was not a lasting impediment and they began to compose with what little they had. They survived these challenges and the first song they composed, a ballad, was entitled Jesús.

                                                                        Later they started to merge the musical rhythms and finally they opted for the rock genre. The singer, Christian, claims that music is for him part of his life and helps him feel fulfilled. He affirms that he would be different as a Salesian if he did not play the guitar as it was an instrument to know more children and convey to them the main message that Jesus is joy.

                                                                        DONBOSROCK marks the end of a biennial formation process, but whose heritage aims to inspire more and more students and young people from different Salesian spheres to feel motivated to compose new Salesian music, from young people to other young people.

                                                                        Cristian Calderón

                                                                        {gallery}ECU - Donbosrock 2019{/gallery}

                                                                        • Ecuador
                                                                        • ECU
                                                                        • Musica
                                                                        • Postnoviziati
                                                                          Jesus Jurado

                                                                          Italy – “150 Young People in Search of an Author”: report after 1.5 year's work

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                                                                          Archive photo - Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco

                                                                          (ANS Rome) – After over a year and a half since its inception, the campaign “150 Young People in Search of an Author” presents the work done and the work still to be done. In recent months there have been 66 minors who, with the support of generous benefactors, have been given a concrete opportunity of redemption.

                                                                          When it was launched in January 2018, the campaign “150 Young People in Search of an Author” represented a new challenge for the Salesian center “Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco” who have always been committed to giving concrete answers to the needs of children with family, social and economic difficulties. But many accepted this new challenge: 25 benefactors in 2018, and 29 others only in the first half of 2019: 54 people who with a continuous donation have decided to support the educational and growth paths of the most troubled children.

                                                                          Thanks to them, it was possible to help, in particular:

                                                                          • 22 young people (13 in 2018 and 9 in 2019), who have undertaken vocational training courses and traineeships that have introduced them to the world of work;
                                                                          • 15 children (9 in 2018 and 5 in 2019), who were welcomed in a safe and protected environment, away from deviant and/or abusive situations; 3 of them, who became of age and therefore left the Family Home, have continued to enjoy a gradual accompaniment towards adult life and the support of solidarity families;
                                                                          • 38 children (21 in 2018 and 11 in 2019), who have been included in sports activities or creative workshops;

                                                                          In addition, the project also provided training and support to 3 families (2 in 2018 and 1 in 2019), who have started to host children in need of a new family environment.

                                                                          The campaign, also promoted by the association “Rimettere le Ali” – also active at the Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco– now stands at a turning point; after the results achieved so far, the challenge is to continue supporting the children, achieving the goal set for 2019, that is to accompany in their growth a total of 50 young people.

                                                                          “Unfortunately last year we did not reach our objective – by just 5! - but we are convinced that with a little effort and with the collaboration of all, together we will be able to make the difference for the future of our young people and our society,” said the promoters of this initiative in a note.

                                                                          • Italia
                                                                          • ICC
                                                                          • Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco
                                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                            Italy – Prenovices of Europe meet Rector Major at Colle Don Bosco

                                                                            1 week 4 days ago
                                                                            Italy – Prenovices of Europe meet Rector Major at Colle Don Bosco

                                                                            (ANS Castelnuovo Don Bosco) A very special meeting took place last Sunday, August 4, at Colle Don Bosco, where Don Bosco grew and matured: the meeting between Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, who as Rector Major is called to lead the entire Salesian Congregation, and 36 young prenovices, who are still in a phase of attentive discernment of their own vocation; the meeting, as it was, of a father with many little children in their search.

                                                                            The meeting with the Rector Major was actually only one stage for the priests, even if important, of a wider journey, fulfilled along 15 days of a journey on the Salesian Places. “The young people who have completed it are young people who in about a month will begin the journey of the novitiate within the four Salesian novitiates in the Old Continent,” Fr Fabiano Gheller, Delegate for Vocational Animation of the Piedmont and Aosta Valley Special District (ICP), said to ANS.

                                                                            Accompanied by seven Salesians, namely directors and members of the Formation Department, the priests looked to Don Bosco and his sites to discover the fundamental steps of his vocational itinerary. Thus, in comparison with the life of the Saint of the Young and, in constant relationship with the Sacred Scriptures, they were accompanied towards understanding the fundamental passages of their own lives, to say yes to God in the Salesian style.

                                                                            The days alternated moments of their journey and discussions in couples and in groups, together with profound explorations of Salesian spirituality.

                                                                            “It is a beautiful experience of fraternal life, of sharing and identification with Don Bosco and with that model of life that we chose with God,” Walter testified, a prenovice of the Sicily Province.

                                                                            “These are very particular days,” concludes the prenovice, “which permit us to rediscover the beauty of our call and which give us also a very peculiar breadth for those who want to be born to the Salesian life, because they make us know and appreciate the reality in which Don Bosco was born and where our Congregation was born.”

                                                                            • ICP
                                                                            • Italia
                                                                            • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                            • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                            • Prenovizi
                                                                            • Formazione iniziale
                                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                              Colombia – Singer Andrés Cepeda enchanted by Salesian charism in “Ciudad Don Bosco”

                                                                              1 week 4 days ago
                                                                              Colombia – Singer Andrés Cepeda enchanted by Salesian charism in “Ciudad Don Bosco”

                                                                              (ANS Medellin) – Nearly 100 children, adolescents and young people, alongside animators and participants in the initiative “Our UNICEF”, promoted by the same international organization, participated in recent days in a meeting with Andrés Cepeda, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Colombia. The musician and singer took up this role on 10 November 2017 and on the occasion said: “Music in this cause is a vehicle that can help us bring important messages and express what children want to tell people, that we absolutely have to listen to.”

                                                                              The Colombian artist, born in Bogota on 7 July, 1973, is a singer and composer known for his love songs. On 18 July last, he went to the Salesian house of “Ciudad Don Bosco” to meet the youth animators who work there, the house's beneficiaries and the children of the district of Carpinelo, who are part of the Unicef program.

                                                                              Immediately after meeting the Director, Fr Carlos Manuel Barrios, and several coordinators of the various programs – who invited him to learn about the mission of Don Bosco within the house – the singer went to the main auditorium, where he was welcomed by many guests.

                                                                              William Barrios, National Head of the Salesian Programme “House of Specialized Protection” – which he too passed through in youth – then explained to all present that Andrés Cepeda’s visit had the objective of raising awareness on the processes carried out in collaboration with the “Our Unicef” program and to motivate regional leaders and assistants to work for positive leadership, children’s rights and peace.

                                                                              The meeting consisted in the development of a series of workshops aimed at generating reflections on how the participation of young people can generate positive changes in society.

                                                                              “I feel very happy to be with you all and to know ‘Ciudad Don Bosco’. We'll work very well together in this meeting,” said Andrés Cepeda.

                                                                              Finally, the singer delighted the audience with two of his most famous hits: Día tras día and Déjame ir, recorded together with the band Morat.

                                                                              • Colombia
                                                                              • COM
                                                                              • Ciudad Don Bosco
                                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                                Brazil – New youth leaders prepared to take leading role in evangelization

                                                                                1 week 5 days ago
                                                                                Brazil – New youth leaders prepared to take leading role in evangelization

                                                                                (ANS – Corumbá) – “In different contexts, among the different types of youth groups of the Youth Ministry – states the Manual of the Provincial Delegate for Missionary Animation – there are groups that keep the missionary flame in the youth and ecclesial community alive; it is a dimension corresponding to everyone.” In fact, the missionary flame is born and grows in the groups, but it is formed on the basis of the sacrifice and dedication of the provincial and local animators of each province. This is also the case of the new youth animators who have trained at the Missionary School of Corumbá.

                                                                                During four days of formation and sharing the young animators had the opportunity to study, pray, sing, celebrate, meditate and exchange many experiences among themselves. One of the fundamental experiences was the presentation of the theme of holiness. “It's all very beautiful, especially because sanctity was made for young people,” said Luis Felipe de Jesús, student of the “Cidade Dom Bosco” center in Corumbá.

                                                                                Rafael Gustavo Lopes, SDB, presented the theme, based on the 2019 Strenna. According to him, young people today are “thirsty to live holiness, and it is perfectly possible to reach it, to be cheerful, optimistic and fulfilling one's duties, be a good son, a good friend, a good father, a good teacher, in the places where we live daily,” he said.

                                                                                The participants in the “Exchange between Animators” were also able to attend several workshops and the result was technical formation in the main areas of action of young people in pastoral groups in schools. “I learned to be an animator and to participate in a group,” said Gabriela Souza Szablewiski, 15 years old. She adds, “Some of these meetings were formed to train other young people.”

                                                                                The strongest moments of the meeting, according to the young people, were the Eucharistic celebrations, the Lectio Divina, the recitation of the Enlightened Rosary and the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

                                                                                The Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry - Educational-Cultural Dimension (Schools), as well as Director of the Salesian Institute “St Antonio”, Fr Hermgilenedo Conceição da Silva, considers the results of this meeting to be positive. “I think it was a very special moment for young people, educators and Salesians.”

                                                                                The experience of the “Exchange between Animators” is an ancient tradition of the Brazilian Campo Grande  Province – a Province that in this 2019 celebrates 125 years of history. According to Fr Wagner Galvão, Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry, “the school is the place where education and evangelization take place, the place where Salesians have the opportunity to lead many young people to God.” And the Exchange between Animators is a special moment to bring together young animators in order to evangelize other young people.

                                                                                {gallery}Brasile - Scambio per animatori 2019{/gallery}

                                                                                • Brasile
                                                                                • BCG
                                                                                • Animatori
                                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana