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RMG – Planning a School of Salesian Spiritual Accompaniment

22 hours 42 minutes ago
RMG – Planning a School of Salesian Spiritual Accompaniment

(ANS – Rome) – A group of 17 Salesians from all over the world met 11-12 October 2019 at Sacro Cuore, Rome, to plan a “School of Spiritual Accompaniment” to be offered to the Congregation and perhaps also to the Salesian Family.

The consultation was convoked by the Formation Department and involved Salesians from all over the world, who brought the wealth of their qualification and experience to bear on the topic in question. 

The School is meant primarily to prepare Salesians formators for Salesian spiritual accompaniment. Fr Fabio Attard, the general councilor for the Department of Youth Ministry and Br Raymond Callo, a member of the Formation Department, facilitated the meeting.

The training program to form Salesians in spiritual accompaniment is one of the directives of the document YOUNG SALESIANS AND ACCOMPANIMENT: Orientations and Guidelines recently approved by the Rector Major and his council. The document emerged from the research on Salesian personal accompaniment involving 4,000 confreres, including also 538 spiritual guides, in our Congregation (see Marco Bay, Young Salesians and Accompaniment: Results of an International Survey, soon to be published in English by Kristu Jyoti Publications, Bangalore).

There were three important areas the participants discerned as a priority in the training in Salesian personal spiritual accompaniment:

  • to create a culture of accompaniment – specifically Salesian, personal, and spiritual – for our confreres starting from those in initial formation;
  • to address the formation of the person of the formator and the lack of formators who are trained to spiritually accompany our confreres;
  • the methodology to be used and the processes to be initiated.

The next step for the Department of Formation is to design the training program based on this consultation and implement it as early as possible - hopefully even by the summer of 2020.

{gallery}RMG - Accompagnamento Spirtuale Salesiano - Incontro 2019{/gallery}

  • RMG
  • Accompagnamento
  • Formazione
  • Pastorale Giovanile
  • Fabio Attard
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Ecuador – A Salesian house as venue for Peace Talks between National Government and indigenous organizations

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    Ecuador – A Salesian house as venue for Peace Talks between National Government and indigenous organizations

    (ANS - Quito) - The Salesian House of Spirituality "San Patricio", located in Cumbayá, Quito, was the venue for peace talks between the National Government and indigenous organizations. The trust and security offered by the Salesians and their works was the reason the UN, through a representative, opted for the center of Don Bosco's spiritual children.

    For reasons of national security, the process of logistics and organization of the talks were kept confidential until the end of the event.

    Going back over what happened recently, of note the demonstrations beginning on Tuesday 8 October, followed by several days of mass protests against the latest economic measures adopted by the government. Salesian centers were sites of peace and humanitarian that welcomed over 4,500 indigenous people from the Sierra area and from the eastern areas of Ecuador.

    From Tuesday 8 to Monday 14 October, the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians has become a focus of attention for people and the distribution of goods that the Church and the population of Quito, together with many people from other provinces and nations, wanted to donate.

    As many as 93 volunteers, along with 35 doctors and paramedics, took care of different sectors: cooking, clothes, personal hygiene items, dispensary and medical care, cleaning, child care and health. The volunteers self-summoned themselves and, with competence and Salesian spirit, catered to the needy population. The Shrine of Mary Help of Christians was thus a "sanctuary" in the radical sense, that is, a place of "protection", of Salesian humanitarian aid.

    Furthermore, the Salesian Polytechnic University, through the Federation of Students, teachers and administrative staff, was the protagonist of humanitarian aid and solidarity given in all these days.

    Salesians like Fr Javier Herrán, Rector, along with Rómulo Sanmartín, Jaime Chela, Robert García, just to name a few, accompanied the population through diverse fields, as "pastors committed to our people", as expressed by Msgr. Alfredo Espinoza, SDB, archbishop of Quito.
    Fr Francisco Sánchez, Superior of the Salesians in Ecuador, made an official statement before civil society, issuing a statement in which he reaffirmed his commitment to accompany indigenous peoples as a priority option for the Salesian mission, and asked the national government to look for different options regarding economic measures.

    The "Sacred Heart of Jesus" Salesian Province is missionary and its option for the poorest is the raison d'être of its charism. Don Bosco worked for the poorest, and the poorest are the natives. 

    {gallery}ECU - Accoglienza indigeni 2019{/gallery}

    • Ecuador
    • ECU
    • Indigeni
    • Pace
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Spain – Salesian Social Platforms Call for Measures to Eradicate Poverty

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      Spain – Salesian Social Platforms Call for Measures to Eradicate Poverty

      (ANS - Madrid) - In Spain, the number of people in conditions of social exclusion is equal to 8.5 million: 18.4% of the population. The risk of poverty and exclusion rate affects 28.3% of children in Spain, or 2.2 million small citizens. Social exclusion in Spain is a structural phenomenon, influenced by factors such as job insecurity, which has led to an increase in the percentage of poor and excluded workers (12% of the active population is today in a situation of social exclusion), or difficulty in accessing housing (rents have increased by 30% in the last two years). Today, two million people live in fear of becoming homeless.

      Poverty and social exclusion especially affect young people, families with minors and single parents, leading to a "youth" of poverty and exclusion, with a clear deterioration of young emancipated people. 21% of families with children are in a condition of social exclusion. All this is aggravated by the "chronicity" of poverty: young people belonging to a condition of social exclusion are more likely to create families in conditions of social exclusion.

      The organizations of the State Coordination of Salesian Social Platforms (Asociación Valponasca, Federación Pinardi, Fundación Ángel Tomás-FISAT, Fundación Boscos, Fundación Don Bosco, Fundación JuanSoñador, Fundación María Auxiliadora, Fundación Mornese, Fundación Valsé and Salesians Sant Jordi), work daily to address these inequalities, accompanying groups in conditions or at risk of social exclusion.

      On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Salesian social entities have drawn up a manifesto to ask that people be placed at the center of political agendas, promoting the achievement of the first Sustainable Development Goal: to end poverty in all its forms in the world and the inequalities that prevail in our society.

      Currently, the Salesian Social Platforms in Spain have 371 active social projects and help over 50,000 people, thanks to the commitment of 1,284 educators and 1,421 volunteers.

      Responding to the situation of poverty experienced by so many people, the Salesian Social Platforms have developed specific services for young people, minors, women and migrants at risk of social exclusion. Through various intervention programs and their resources, they seek to provide equal opportunities to the most disadvantaged groups, through an integral process, which includes education, skills training, socio-work placement and awareness-raising of society.

      The Salesian Social Platforms invite citizens "to actively participate in the denunciation of social injustices and to ask our political representatives to undertake to deal coherently and responsibly with all the proposals of this manifesto, and to work for a more just and more inclusive society."

      • Spagna
      • Sociale
      • Povertà
        Gian Francesco Romano

        RMG – GC28: Salesian Coadjutor Luigi Zonta illustrates façade of Basilica "born of Don Bosco's dream"

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        (ANS - Rome) - 122 days from the beginning of the 28th General Chapter, the third video of the series "Interviews with the eyes of ..." is presented, the project carried out by ANS in collaboration with IMEComunicazione through which members of the Community of Valdocco guide us to discover Salesian places and history.

        This week the protagonist of the interview is Salesian Coadjutor Luigi Zonta, who illustrates the facade of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. "The Basilica was born first of all from a dream of Don Bosco," begins Br Zonta who then, with great enthusiasm, focuses on the facade's architectural features, especially on the columns that "give a sense of support to the whole facade."

        The full video is available on ANSChannel.

        • Valdocco
        • CG28
        • Torino
        • Basilica
        • Salesiani Coadiutori
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Vatican – Mons. Divassón Cilveti, SDB: "Christianity preserves the good that exists in every culture by helping peoples to grow"

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          (ANS - Vatican City) - In these days of the Synod for the Pan-Amazon region, what is deepened in the halls and classrooms often emerges also in the press briefings. Monday, October 14, Msgr. José Ángel Divassón Cilveti, former apostolic vicar of Puerto Ayacucho, Venezuela, spoke to the media about Salesian work among the Yanomans and how much evangelization can accomplish in different cultures.

          "As Salesians, we have been present among the Yanomami, along the border between Brazil and Venezuela, since 1957. At first, our missionary action was still affected by a certain paternalistic and sacramentalist character," said the Salesian prelate.

          However, the initiative of the Salesians changed over time. "The Council," he continued, "opened a new season. We decided to share the life of the communities with profound respect, knowing that it was the Yanomami who had to take the reins of their own future. We have limited ourselves to helping them do so, promoting education, projects that make them economically independent, the defense of their rights."

          The Salesian prelate also spoke about how the process of evangelization was carried out: "We understood that in order to evangelize we had to know the Yanomami, their feelings, their dreams. With the first group, the preparation path went on for nine years. Some have left. Others arrived at Baptism and have been the seed of a Yanomami Church."

          The proclamation of the Gospel, he added, only brought good to the natives: "The Gospel takes nothing away from their identity. Christianity preserves the good that exists in every culture while helping people to grow ... In the past, if you had killed someone, you were killed. And so began the continuous battles ... In that culture forgiveness was difficult, yet these people realized that having the ability to forgive solved so many problems!"

          Finally, regarding the dangers that threaten the natives in the Amazon, Msgr. Divassón Cilveti denounced their poor condition and "Not to mention those that were massacred for land exploitation or mining activities. In the Amazon there are 35 multinationals that work without control and without authorization."

          It should also be noted that yesterday, 15 October, Pope Francis completed the drafting committee for the final document of the Synod, appointing 4 to the 9 members already identified. Among them are two Salesians: Fr Rossano Sala, Professor of Youth Ministry in the UPS and Director of the Note di Pastorale Giovanile magazine, and Msgr. Edmundo Valenzuela, archbishop of Asunción, Paraguay.

          • Vaticano
          • José Ángel Divassón Cilveti
          • Sinodo per la regione Panamazzonica
          • Indigeni
          • Yanomami
          • Vangelo
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Italy – Youth agriculture, between present and future

            1 day 22 hours ago
            Italy – Youth agriculture, between present and future

            (ANS - Lombriasco) - The first international meeting of Salesian Agricultural Schools took place in the land of Don Bosco in recent days. The event, entitled "Expo Lombriasco 2019 - AgriCultura International Exhibition" has fostered sharing, formation, Salesian spirituality and the development of common projects.

            Eight Salesian schools attended: the local host of Lombriasco, three from Argentina (Venado Tuerto, San Ambrosio, Rodeo del Medio), and one each from Ireland (Limerick), Albania (Cerrik), France (Ressins) and Ghana (Sunyani). In total there were 22 students from abroad, accompanied by 7 professors, in addition to the teachers and students of the last three years of the Lombriasco Institute and representatives of the cooperating NGO Salesian for Development (VIS) who cooperate in agricultural projects in Albania and Ghana.

            On Thursday 3 October, schools experienced a powerful moment of spirituality on visiting Valdocco and Colle Don Bosco. In the following two days, the delegations of the different schools, in addition to presenting their own activities, each illustrated an already active project dedicated to the Agricultural, Agro-Industrial and Agribusiness sector on the theme of innovation, sustainability and social agriculture.

            During the event, there were many forums, conferences and in-depth workshops: from the cultivation of bamboo to fish, from insects as feed to the new frontiers of agriculture ... One of the most important moments was the sharing among the students of the Salesian Agricultural Schools and Agricultural Institutes in the area concerning the theme "giving the land back to young people."

            During the event, various projects of collaboration between companies and productive realities of the territory and Salesian schools arose - in particular with the institutes of Cerrik (Albania) and Sunyani (Ghana).

            On Sunday, October 6, diplomas and scholarships were awarded to the best three projects presented. The first classified was for the cultivation of vegetables under innovative greenhouses, of the Salesian Agricultural School of Sunyani (Ghana).

            The morning ended with the presentation of the “Net4Grow” project: a network between the Salesian School of Lombriasco, the Salesian Agricultural Schools in the world, the past pupils, companies and professionals of the sector that aims to preserve and develop agricultural vocational training and to generate shared local development projects.

            Given this first meeting's success, the next appointment has already been set for October 2020, with other novelties and new Salesian schools participating to share together one single project: the integration and formation of young people in the style of Don Bosco.

            • Italia
            • Agricoltura
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Belgium – CNOS-FAP Board visits European Institutions

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              Belgium – CNOS-FAP Board visits European Institutions

              (ANS – Bruxelles) – On Friday, 4 October, the board of “CNOS-FAP”, the provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Italy, visited several European Institutions in Brussels, guided by Don Bosco International. This visit provided CNOS-FAP with further ideas for their strategy of internationalization and with new perspectives on the future of VET in the European Union.

              The visit started with a meeting in the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission, where the board of CNOS-FAP was received by Joao Santos, Deputy Head of Unit for Vocational training, Apprenticeships and Adult learning. Mr Santos explained the perspective of the European Commission on VET and the initiative to promote VET centers of excellence all over the EU.

              The second meeting of the day took place in the Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Union, chaired by Germana Viglietta, Attaché for Social Affairs. European, national and regional perspectives were also shared in the meeting, highlighting VET's multidimensional structure in the European Union.

              After lunch, the group visited the headquarters of COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops Conferences of the European Union, where Alessandro Di Maio, Communication Officer, explained the purpose of COMECE's work in Brussels. The group had then the time to celebrate Mass in the Chapel of COMECE on the day of the Patron of Italy, St. Francis of Assisi.

              The visited concluded with a threefold meeting with representatives of companies and civil society. Indeed, this last meeting started with Mr Tommi Raivio, project manager of CSR Europe, offering many insights on the future of work from the perspective of a federation of some large companies working on social responsibility within the EU. Then, Ms Giulia Meschino animated a debate on the new challenges of VET in Europe, from her perspective of executive and development manager of EVTA, a European network of VET providers. Finally, Mr Andrea Lapegna, communication officer of the Lifelong Learning Platform, discussed the future opportunities concerning the Erasmus+ programme for young people in the EU.

              CNOS-FAP is present in 16 out of 20 regions in Italy and features 55 VET centers reaching around 26,000 young people. Furthermore, CNOS-FAP is not alone within the European network of Salesian VET providers. Meetings such as this one, which took place recently in Brussels with the support of Don Bosco International, are therefore very helpful in strengthening this network, opening new perspectives for its members and new opportunities for young people in Europe.

              {gallery}CNOS Fap a Bruxelles 2019{/gallery}

              • Belgio
              • CNOSFAP
              • Formazione
              • Don Bosco International
              • Unione Europea
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Mongolia – Entrepreneurship and dynamism foster Don Bosco Past Pupils' growth

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                Mongolia – Entrepreneurship and dynamism foster Don Bosco Past Pupils' growth

                (ANS - Ulanbaatar) - Since their arrival in Mongolia in 2001, Salesians have always been helped by many lay people. In view of the 20th anniversary of their presence in the country, those who have benefited from Salesian education are working to promote the creation of links between Salesian institutions and society.

                In the last two years, the past pupils of the Don Bosco Industrial Skills Training Center in Ulanbaatar (DBISTC) have committed themselves to strengthening the sense of internal belonging between the past pupils and the Salesian Family. In recent times they have also produced a brief institutional video in which they present several testimonies on the goodness of the formation received.

                "We are pleased to share this simple presentation that wants above all to express a concept: WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE STUDIED AT THE DBISTC! In the future we intend to work together as a family and for our school," explained MB Boloroo, the secretary of the local Past Pupil Center.

                From 2001 onwards over 800 students have graduated from the DBISTC in Ulanbaatar; many other young people have received a Salesian education at the Salesian center in Darkhan, the assistance center in Ulanbaatar and the center of Shuwuuu. A first gathering of Don Bosco's past pupils in May 2017, which saw about 400 participants, was the starting point of a movement that does not intend to stop.

                "Now we are also followed and accompanied by Andrew Phuong, SDB, and we want to focus on specific goals," adds Mr Bayartsengel, another past pupil. "We want to contact as many Don Bosco Past Pupils as possible through the various channels available (Facebook, phone numbers, email ...); raise funds for scholarships for needy students; volunteer with families in difficulty; to offer the Salesian good morning to the DBISTC; accompany the center's students in the world of work, or find the best internships for their needs; and also prepare psychological counseling meetings to help young people with separated or divorced parents, a growing phenomenon now in Mongolia."

                These objectives are carried out with great pragmatism: currently data from around 80 of the past students for the DBISTC have already been collected; a young scholarship recipient was identified; and sporting competitions were held to make the reality of Salesian education ever more visible and known.

                Source: AustraLasia

                • Mongolia
                • VIE
                • Exallievi
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Spain – "Palabek. Refugio de esperanza", documentary about refugees' life and dreams

                  2 days 22 hours ago

                  (ANS - Madrid) - Palabek is the name of the most recent Salesian settlement opened in Northern Uganda, very close to the border with South Sudan. Its meaning in the Acholi language is very explicit: "Stop the sword. Don't fight." More than 40,000 people from the world's youngest country, namely South Sudan, live in that camp: for the most part they are women, children and young people who have escaped a war that has lasted almost 6 years and has left more than 320,000 dead, two million internally displaced persons and 2.5 million refugees. But Palabek is also the title of the last documentary made by "Misiones Salesianas" - the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid - and of the "Jóvenes y Desarrollo" Foundation, which will be presented Thursday, October 17, in Madrid and subsequently in numerous other locations.

                  The Palabek documentary is just one example of the moving stories of refugees arriving from all over the world. It shows the dreams that keep these people alive, along with the work that the Salesians do with them, offering education, accompaniment and hope.

                  "Palabek. Refugio de esperanza" brings us close to the reality of those who have had to leave everything to save their own lives and now live a present full of difficulties, separated from their family and waiting for a definitive peace to be able to return home.

                  Alice and Gladys, two young refugees and mothers, have started a new life in the settlement of Palabek thanks to the study opportunities offered to them by the Salesians. Thanks to a scholarship, Alice is finishing high school thanks in a village near Palabek, while Gladys is the only girl who attends the Motorcycle Repair course of the Don Bosco Technical School.

                  Salesian missionary Fr Ubaldino Andrade, along with other Salesians, agreed to live in refugee huts to be with them 24 hours a day. Ordinary life in the camp is the main theme of the documentary directed by Raúl de la Fuente, who manages to represent the daily difficulties and uncertainty of the future of these people.

                  Palabek opened its doors in April 2017, covers an area of 400 km2 and is capable of accommodating up to 150,000 people. Inside, the Salesians have built more than 11 chapels, four kindergartens and a technical school. They have also started activities for the development of women, the leisure time of young people and the spiritual care of all residents.

                  Next Thursday, October 17th, at 19.30, Palabek. Refugio de esperanza will be previewed at the "Palacio de la Prensa" in Madrid; the film's presentation will continue in many other Spanish and European cities in forthcoming weeks.

                  • Spagna
                  • Misiones Salesianas
                  • Uganda
                  • Palabek
                  • Rifugiati
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Vatican – Youth Ministry in the Amazon at center of Pan-Amazon Synod reflections

                    2 days 22 hours ago
                    Vatican – Youth Ministry in the Amazon at center of Pan-Amazon Synod reflections

                    (ANS - Vatican City) - During the Synod for the Pan-Amazon region, taking place in the Vatican from 6 to 27 October, cardinals, bishops, priests, religious, experts and listeners enrich the work of the assembly with their pastoral, cultural and professional experience and knowledge. Msgr. Antonio de Assis Ribeiro, SDB, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Belém, a participant in the Synod, spoke about the experience of Youth Ministry in the Amazon and its challenging context. He also spoke about the desire of young people to find "spiritual paternity" in priests and that "young people expect the Church to be a decisive preferential option".

                    Dear Holy Father, dear brothers and sisters,

                    The population of the Amazon is young, it is the region of Hope. However, we are called to contemplate the reality of its children and young people. The situation is very delicate and this must resound in the heart of the missionary Church.

                    It is a sad reality, that of the hundreds of thousands of young people living in the Amazon. A reality marked by poverty, violence, diseases, child and youth prostitution, addictions, drug trafficking, early pregnancies, unemployment ... We also still have phenomena such as a sense of existential emptiness, self-mutilation, suicide, inadequate professional training, the disaffection of young people for traditional values, loss of cultural roots ... Young people are part of our flock and deserve our love and our creative care.

                    Behind this reality, there are a series of causes: the fragmentation of the family, the ineffectiveness of preventive public policies, the fragility of education, the insufficient attention of the State to education, the seducing pressure of ideologies (a secularized culture, technicist, presumptuous, short-sighted, merely economic and hedonistic).

                    It is important to recognize that most of the young people of Amazonia are healthy, they are young people with ideals, committed, critical in the face of corruption and violence, they give testimony of Christian life, of love for the Church ... But there is an urgent need for a dynamic and renewed pastoral approach that follows the horizons of Christus Vivit.

                    The pastoral response of the Church to the problems of young people has so far been very timid; this pastoral timidity manifests itself visibly in many facts and situations. There is  the need for a specific project for the evangelization of the young people of the Amazon dioceses. The evangelization of the young is still very closely linked to religious and liturgical activities ... The vision of a pastoral "of the processes", which goes beyond the pastoral "of events" and activities, is lacking.

                    Many young people complain of a "lack of spiritual paternity" in priests because they perceive them with little pedagogical wisdom and lacking empathy. The young people of the Amazon expect a decisive preferential option from the Church and a strong revival of Youth Ministry in all the dioceses, one leading to the formation of young leaders, fostering youth leadership, strengthening catechesis, proposing missionary volunteering ...

                    • Vaticano
                    • Sinodo per la regione Panamazzonica
                    • Brasile
                    • Antônio de Assis Ribeiro
                    • Pastorale Giovanile
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Italy – Remembrance of Fr Elia Comini and Fr Martino Capelli

                      3 days 22 hours ago
                      Italy – Remembrance of Fr Elia Comini and Fr Martino Capelli

                      (ANS - Bologna) - Among the various commemorations scheduled for the occasion of the Monte Sole massacres on the Apennines near Bologna, which took place between September and October 1944 by the Nazi SS, there was also one in memory of the Servants of God Fr Elia Comini, Salesian, and Fr Martino Capelli, Dehonian, held on 12 October at the "Botte di Pioppe di Salvaro" (Bologna). Presided by Fr Carlos Luis Suárez, Superior General of the Dehonians, it saw the presence of over 60 concelebrants, of the Christian and civil communities, and relatives of the victims.

                      After the greetings of the Vicar General of the archdiocese of Bologna, Msgr. Stefano Ottani, Fr Francesco Cereda, Vicar of the Rector Major, in his homily recalled the testimony of Fr Elia and Fr Martino: "an encouragement in walking the path of holiness that finds a fruitful expression in heroic charity and generous service unto the very last: they were shepherds who did not abandon the flock when the wolf came to steal the sheep."

                      The offertory procession was the chance to remember how the morning of September 29, 1944, Fr Comini and Fr Capelli rushed to rescue the victims of Creda and faced the Nazi fury dressed in nothing but "priestly weapons": the stole, the oil of the sick, the breviary, bread and wine.

                      After the Eucharist, during the procession to the "Botte", place of the massacre, the litanies of the Madonna were sung, recalling what Fr Comini did together with the victims of the massacre on the evening of October 1, 1944, when he realized the purpose of his first Mass: "All those who approach me must have met not the scholar, not the man, but the priest, the minister, the servant of Jesus."

                      On October 8, at the request of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General, presented the Postio suppletiva super martyrio of Fr Elia Comini, curated by Dr Lodovica Maria Zanet, having Mgr. Maurizio Tagliaferri as thesis supervisor.

                      The Cause of the Servant of God Fr Elia Comini, in fact, began in the Nineties as a super virtutibus, with however already a reputation for martyrdom. In 2018, following a Dossier in favor of the alleged martyrdom of the Servant of God, and in the light of elements considered new and probative, the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, formally asked the Prefect of the Congregation of the Cause of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, that the Cause of the Servant of God be studied as Causa super martyrio.

                      In his reply Cardinal Becciu replied that the passage of the Cause of Fr Elia Comini from super virtutibus to super martyrio "is not only possible, but is timely appropriate for the respect due to historical truth."

                      {gallery}Italia - Ricordo Comini e Capelli{/gallery}

                      • Italia
                      • Martiri
                      • Servo di Dio
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        USA - Mons. Dominic Jala, SDB, dies in car accident

                        3 days 22 hours ago
                        USA - Mons. Dominic Jala, SDB, dies in car accident

                        (ANS - Oakland) - Salesian Msgr. Dominic Jala, archbishop of Shillong, Meghalaya State, India, died in a car accident on Thursday 10 October near Wilbur Springs, in Colusa County, California, United States. A priest from the diocese of Oakland, Fr Mathew Vellankal, also died in the accident, while another priest from the diocese, Fr Joseph Parekkatt, was seriously injured and hospitalized in stable conditions.

                        According to reports from the California Highway Police, the three priests were on board a Toyota Prius when, at around 2:20 pm local time, they pulled in front of an oncoming tractor-trailer on Highway 20 while making a turn from Highway 16 and were broadsided. Bishop Jala and Father Vellankal died instantly.

                        Mgr. Jala was born on 12 July 1951 in Mawlai-Shillong. He did his novitiate in Shillong between 1963 and 1964 and was ordained a priest on 19 November 1977. His motto was: "Growing in the unity of the Holy Spirit".

                        In his service to the Congregation he was Director of the “St. Antony" of Shillong (1989-92), Director of the Provincial House of Guwahati (1992-93) and of the "Don Bosco" Institute of Shillong (1993-96). For the "Mary Help of Christians" Province of Guwahati, he was Vicar (1990-93), Councilor (199-96) and Provincial (1996-2000).

                        Just 48 years old, on 22 December 1999, he received the nomination as archbishop of Shillong and was ordained on 4 April 2000 by Msgr. Thomas Menamparampil, SDB, archbishop of Guwahati at the time. From 2016, he was also Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Nongstoin, also in the State of Meghalaya.

                        As prelate, he was President of the Commission for the Liturgy of the Conference of Indian Bishops from 2003 to 2007 and again from 2015 onwards. He was a member of the International Commission for the Liturgy in English Language (ICEL). He was a Salesian for 50 years, a priest for 42 and an archbishop for 19.

                        Fr Vellankal was born in Ayavana, State of Kerala, India, on May 14, 1958. He did his novitiate in Shillong in 1977-78 and made perpetual vows as a Salesian in 1984. After being ordained a priest, 5 January 1987, in Randar, India, he worked in several Indian Salesian parishes and schools before being incardinated in the Diocese of Oakland in 2001. In the diocese he was also known for his skills as a magician, which he used to raise funds for charity initiatives.

                        Commenting the death of Msgr. Jala on Twitter, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, said he was "anguished", and noted that the Salesian archbishop "will be remembered for his impeccable service to society and passion towards Meghalaya’s progress."

                        • Stati Uniti
                        • India
                        • ING
                        • INS
                        • Decessi
                        • Vescovi
                        • Dominic Jala
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Italy – Rector Major's video greeting for 150th Salesian Missionary Expedition

                          6 days 22 hours ago
                          Italy – Rector Major's video greeting for 150th Salesian Missionary Expedition

                          (ANS - Turin) - The Salesians have welcomed Pope Francis' missionary summons and, as every year, have renewed their commitment to spreading the Gospel with the Missionary Expedition from the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin-Valdocco. On ANSChannel, in the different language channels, a video-greeting is now available that the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has sent to the whole Salesian world just before the sending off Mass: a video that simply serves to transmit “the testimony of these confreres, who come from many parts of the world and will go to 17 nations!"

                          Rector Major's video

                          • Italia
                          • Torino
                          • Rettor Maggiore
                          • Spedizione Missionaria Salesiana
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            RMG – Agreement for development of new web portal of Salesian Institutions of Higher Education

                            6 days 22 hours ago
                            RMG – Agreement for development of new web portal of Salesian Institutions of Higher Education

                            (ANS - Rome) - Why is it important to create a website? In the digital age, it would seem to have been an inappropriate question. "The Internet," wrote one of the directors of Google, E. Schmidt, "has become a ubiquitous and multi-faceted element of energy and human expression ... Hundreds of millions of people create and consume an incalculable amount of digital content every minute."  In a meeting on September 30, with this premise, the "Salesian Institutions of Higher Education" (IUS) signed an agreement for the creation of a web portal, a big job that will benefit thousands of young university students.

                            In a meeting of the Directors of the Salesian Polytechnic University of Ecuador, held on 30 September in Quito, the Inter-institutional Cooperation Agreement was signed between the Youth Ministry Department, the IUS General Coordination team and the Salesian Polytechnic University of Ecuador for the creation of a web portal.

                            The purpose of the agreement is the elaboration, designing and management of the IUS web portal in the world, which will strengthen the institutional and academic synergy among the IUS, generating at the same time the communicative diffusion of the IUS network in the context of the Salesian Congregation, of the Church and Society on an international level.

                            The agreement will last five years, during which the web portal is planned, managed and administered as a strategic tool for a synergistic and communication relationship of the IUS network. The portal will allow the creation of pages, the insertion of communicative contents, the visibility on the net, the sharing on social networks, the creation of databases, the animation of academic initiatives, and related.

                            The agreement is the conclusion of a process that involved the technical evaluation and recommendations on the previous website, the tender addressed to several IUS to receive offers for this service and, finally, the selection by the most convincing proposal by the Department for Youth Ministry.

                            It is necessary to keep in mind that the geographical, cultural, social and regulatory differences of the countries in which the IUS operate globally bring great diversity and complexity. These are universities, faculties, institutes of higher studies, polytechnics. The IUS network today consists of more than 90 Higher Education Institutes that serve 150,000 students in 22 countries on five continents. Therefore, it is essential to have a communication tool that articles and energizes this network.

                            {gallery}RMG - Sito IUS 2019{/gallery}

                            • RMG
                            • IUS
                            • Comunicazione Sociale
                            • Sito
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Ecuador - Faced with an unprecedented crisis, Salesians open their University doors to welcome 3,000 indigenous people

                              6 days 22 hours ago
                              Ecuador - Faced with an unprecedented crisis, Salesians open their University doors to welcome 3,000 indigenous people

                              (ANS - Quito) - The economic and social crisis that has intensified in Ecuador in recent weeks has triggered a wave of protests and repression by government forces. In this context, solidarity initiatives are taking place to assist the thousands of indigenous people who have come to the country's capital, Quito, to defend the rights of those most in need. The Salesians have opened the doors of the Salesian Polytechnic to welcome and assist over 3,000 people from all over the country.

                              The money of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to alleviate the severe economic crisis in exchange for harsh economic measures by the government have turned the country into a powder keg and the population has taken to the streets to demonstrate in front of these measures that damage the most vulnerable.

                              The transport strike, which paralyzed the country, and the mobilization of more than 40,000 people from the various indigenous communities of Ecuador, have put the government on the rails, which has moved the country's capital to Guayaquil and decreed curfew in various areas to try to curb citizens' mobilizations.

                              The Salesians who, since their arrival in Ecuador in 1888, have long distinguished themselves by the care and accompaniment of indigenous communities, fostering efforts to preserve their culture and their traditions, have in this context recently opened the doors of the Salesian Polytechnic University to accommodate more than 3,000 people in its gardens and gym so they can have a place to rest.

                              "Solidarity initiatives have been organized to obtain mattresses and blankets, take turns in the makeshift infirmary for the occasion, and to cook food for them," said one of the members of the educational community.

                              These people arrive at the Salesian center already tired from their long marches, and many of them are also injured by tear gas with which the police respond to their protests. Initially the gymnasium of the Salesian university was made available to the indigenous, but the massive arrival of people in recent days has made it necessary to furnish even the courtyards, the gardens and any place available to offer rest and shelter to those who want to peacefully claim their own rights and defend their country.

                              "The Salesians have opened their doors from the heart, as they have also done on previous occasions of conflict, in favor of the indigenous communities of the Amazon, the Sierra and the Afro-Ecuadorians, as one big family. We do not want there to be bloodshed, let alone deaths, but that peace and social justice are imposed as arguments against purely economic interests," said one of the young people helping the natives as a volunteer.

                              {gallery}ECU - Aiuto agli indigeni 2019{/gallery}

                              • ECU
                              • Ecuador
                              • Violenze
                              • Indigeni
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Italy – Rector Major's video greeting for 150th Salesian Missionary Expedition

                                6 days 22 hours ago
                                Italy – Rector Major's video greeting for 150th Salesian Missionary Expedition

                                (ANS - Turin) - The Salesians have welcomed Pope Francis' missionary summons and, as every year, have renewed their commitment to spreading the Gospel with the Missionary Expedition from the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin-Valdocco. On ANSChannel, in the different language channels, a video-greeting is now available that the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has sent to the whole Salesian world just before the sending off Mass: a video that simply serves to transmit “the testimony of these confreres, who come from many parts of the world and will go to 17 nations!"

                                Rector Major's video

                                • Italia
                                • Torino
                                • Rettor Maggiore
                                • Spedizione Missionaria Salesiana
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  RMG – Agreement for development of new web portal of Salesian Institutions of Higher Education

                                  6 days 22 hours ago
                                  RMG – Agreement for development of new web portal of Salesian Institutions of Higher Education

                                  (ANS - Rome) - Why is it important to create a website? In the digital age, it would seem to have been an inappropriate question. "The Internet," wrote one of the directors of Google, E. Schmidt, "has become a ubiquitous and multi-faceted element of energy and human expression ... Hundreds of millions of people create and consume an incalculable amount of digital content every minute."  In a meeting on September 30, with this premise, the "Salesian Institutions of Higher Education" (IUS) signed an agreement for the creation of a web portal, a big job that will benefit thousands of young university students.

                                  In a meeting of the Directors of the Salesian Polytechnic University of Ecuador, held on 30 September in Quito, the Inter-institutional Cooperation Agreement was signed between the Youth Ministry Department, the IUS General Coordination team and the Salesian Polytechnic University of Ecuador for the creation of a web portal.

                                  The purpose of the agreement is the elaboration, designing and management of the IUS web portal in the world, which will strengthen the institutional and academic synergy among the IUS, generating at the same time the communicative diffusion of the IUS network in the context of the Salesian Congregation, of the Church and Society on an international level.

                                  The agreement will last five years, during which the web portal is planned, managed and administered as a strategic tool for a synergistic and communication relationship of the IUS network. The portal will allow the creation of pages, the insertion of communicative contents, the visibility on the net, the sharing on social networks, the creation of databases, the animation of academic initiatives, and related.

                                  The agreement is the conclusion of a process that involved the technical evaluation and recommendations on the previous website, the tender addressed to several IUS to receive offers for this service and, finally, the selection by the most convincing proposal by the Department for Youth Ministry.

                                  It is necessary to keep in mind that the geographical, cultural, social and regulatory differences of the countries in which the IUS operate globally bring great diversity and complexity. These are universities, faculties, institutes of higher studies, polytechnics. The IUS network today consists of more than 90 Higher Education Institutes that serve 150,000 students in 22 countries on five continents. Therefore, it is essential to have a communication tool that articles and energizes this network.

                                  {gallery}RMG - Sito IUS 2019{/gallery}

                                  • RMG
                                  • IUS
                                  • Comunicazione Sociale
                                  • Sito
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Ecuador - Faced with an unprecedented crisis, Salesians open their University doors to welcome 3,000 indigenous people

                                    6 days 22 hours ago
                                    Ecuador - Faced with an unprecedented crisis, Salesians open their University doors to welcome 3,000 indigenous people

                                    (ANS - Quito) - The economic and social crisis that has intensified in Ecuador in recent weeks has triggered a wave of protests and repression by government forces. In this context, solidarity initiatives are taking place to assist the thousands of indigenous people who have come to the country's capital, Quito, to defend the rights of those most in need. The Salesians have opened the doors of the Salesian Polytechnic to welcome and assist over 3,000 people from all over the country.

                                    The money of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to alleviate the severe economic crisis in exchange for harsh economic measures by the government have turned the country into a powder keg and the population has taken to the streets to demonstrate in front of these measures that damage the most vulnerable.

                                    The transport strike, which paralyzed the country, and the mobilization of more than 40,000 people from the various indigenous communities of Ecuador, have put the government on the rails, which has moved the country's capital to Guayaquil and decreed curfew in various areas to try to curb citizens' mobilizations.

                                    The Salesians who, since their arrival in Ecuador in 1888, have long distinguished themselves by the care and accompaniment of indigenous communities, fostering efforts to preserve their culture and their traditions, have in this context recently opened the doors of the Salesian Polytechnic University to accommodate more than 3,000 people in its gardens and gym so they can have a place to rest.

                                    "Solidarity initiatives have been organized to obtain mattresses and blankets, take turns in the makeshift infirmary for the occasion, and to cook food for them," said one of the members of the educational community.

                                    These people arrive at the Salesian center already tired from their long marches, and many of them are also injured by tear gas with which the police respond to their protests. Initially the gymnasium of the Salesian university was made available to the indigenous, but the massive arrival of people in recent days has made it necessary to furnish even the courtyards, the gardens and any place available to offer rest and shelter to those who want to peacefully claim their own rights and defend their country.

                                    "The Salesians have opened their doors from the heart, as they have also done on previous occasions of conflict, in favor of the indigenous communities of the Amazon, the Sierra and the Afro-Ecuadorians, as one big family. We do not want there to be bloodshed, let alone deaths, but that peace and social justice are imposed as arguments against purely economic interests," said one of the young people helping the natives as a volunteer.

                                    {gallery}ECU - Aiuto agli indigeni 2019{/gallery}

                                    • ECU
                                    • Ecuador
                                    • Violenze
                                    • Indigeni
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      RMG – CG28: Don Bosco statue in front of Basilica of Mary Help of Christians explained by Fr Bruno Ferrero

                                      1 week ago
                                      RMG – CG28: Don Bosco statue in front of Basilica of Mary Help of Christians explained by Fr Bruno Ferrero

                                      (ANS - Rome) - 129 days from the beginning of the 28th General Chapter, the interviews with members of the Valdocco Community continue, all leading us to discover the most significant places. This week, the “Interviews with the eyes of ...” features Fr Bruno Ferrero, SDB, Director of the Italian Salesian Bulletin.

                                      Fr Bruno Ferrero tells us about the statue of Don Bosco in front of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. “As soon as the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians was finished, here there was this clearing that was of beaten earth, very ugly,” Fr Ferrero explains in the video. “Already Don Bosco, looking at the facade, had said one day: 'Here a monument with Moses who strikes the rock and water gushing would be good.' In fact, the idea of the monument went forward,” he adds.

                                      The idea of building a monument dedicated to Don Bosco was put forward by a group of Past Pupils in 1911 at the First International Past Pupil Congress. A commission of architects was created for the project with the idea of inaugurating the statue within a couple of years. But, with the outbreak of the First World War, it was possible to inaugurate the work only in May 1920.

                                      The statue, by the sculptor Gaetano Cellini, shows Don Bosco together with a group of boys. The Saint jokes with them, looks at them with a loving expression and lifts one of them up. This last gesture is the representation of education, which raises children. At the foot of Don Bosco there is another sculptural group, which is always by Gaetano Cellini. This group represents the Faith that comforts man. On the sides of the statue, other scenes are depicted, which refer to Don Bosco's love for Mary Help of Christians, to missions and much more.

                                      “What Don Bosco wanted,” continues Fr Ferrero, “was to form good Christians and upright citizens and, after all, this monument expresses it very well.”

                                      Fr Ferrero's video, as well as Fr Lupano's published last week on ANS, wants to narrate the places of Valdocco, rediscovering our roots and our Salesian identity. At Valdocco the dream of Don Bosco began and, also through these videos, we want to continue to make this dream known throughout the world.

                                      Please note that all the videos of "Interviews with the eyes of ..." were produced by ANS in collaboration with the IMEComunicazione team and will be uploaded, once a week, to ANSChannel.

                                      • RMG
                                      • CG28
                                      • Don Bosco
                                      • Valdocco
                                      • Torino
                                      • Arte e Cultura
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Vatican – The exhibition “Mater Amazonia - The deep breath of the world” to open

                                        1 week ago
                                        Vatican – The exhibition “Mater Amazonia - The deep breath of the world” to open

                                        (ANS - Vatican City) - On the occasion of the Special Synod for the Amazon called by Pope Francis, the exhibition "Mater Amazonia - The deep breath of the world" has been set up at the Vatican's Ethnological Museum "Anima Mundi" (Vatican Museums). The inauguration is scheduled for October 18th and it will be possible to visit the exhibition until 11 January 2020.

                                        This is an important collaboration between the Consolata Missionary Institute and the Salesians of Don Bosco. The two Congregations participated through the loan of objects from the collections of the two respective museums: the "Missioni Consolata" Ethnographic and Natural Sciences Museum of Turin and the Ethnological Missionary Museum of Colle Don Bosco.

                                        According to the scientific project outlined by Elisabetta Gatto, anthropologist, three themes were chosen to best narrate the environment and the populations of the Amazon: the river, the forest and the "maloca", or the community house.

                                        Objects from the two museum collections that best represented these themes were selected. They are objects that speak of daily life, of ritual, but which also bear witness to the meeting with missionaries: a showcase, in fact, was dedicated to the theme of inculturation.

                                        Within the framework of the exhibition are the portraits and names of some of the missionaries who lived with the Amazonian peoples. For the Salesian Congregation: Sister Maria Troncatti, FMA, missionary among the Shuar in Ecuador from 1922 to 1969; Fr Luigi Bolla, SDB, missionary since 1953 for 30 years with the Achuar in Ecuador and 30 years in Peru; Fr Luigi Cocco, SDB, a Salesian missionary who lived from 1951 to 1974 in the Sierra Parima, Venezuela.

                                        The Indios Cappuccini Missionary Museum in Amazonia (MUMA) of Assisi and the Museum of Chinese and Ethnographic Art of Parma also collaborated with the loan, without forgetting the objects of the collection of the Vatican Ethnological Museum "Anima Mundi" which hosts this temporary exhibition.

                                        {gallery}Mostra Mater Amazonia 2019{/gallery}

                                        • Vaticano
                                        • Arte e Cultura
                                        • Sinodo per la regione Panamazzonica
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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