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Peru - "Red de Casas Don Bosco": committed to educating by offering proposals for the future

1 week 1 day ago

(ANS - Calca) - Peru is a young country, where the local population, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and IT, is composed by 30% of children and 14% of teenagers. And although the International Labor Organization (ILO) has recently announced that child labor in Latin America and the Caribbean has halved in the last eight years, there is still little to celebrate in Peru. Why? Because, despite a slow decrease, there is still 21.8% of working children and adolescents. The worst thing is that with these figures Peru is at the top of the list of South American countries for the rate of child labor.

Aware of this situation, the Salesians continue to bet on the "Don Bosco Houses", places where to give shelter to hopes and the future.

According to a study by Mariana Benavente for her book Los niños de la calle (Street children), "86% of children living in total or partial abandonment of the street believe they can have a good future." And it is a truth that only the Salesians who work with street children know. "Children and young people need us, to speak, to dialogue, to be heard and accompanied," said Fr José Valdivia, Provincial Delegate for the "Red de Casas Don Bosco".

The "Red de Casas Don Bosco" has become in recent years a proposal and a concrete center for saving young people from the streets. The 12th Meeting of the Network (Calca, 3-11 February) is currently underway, involving 139 people.

Girls and boys, children and teenagers, with their respective teams of educators, arrived in Calca, in the Cusco region, from 11 centers of the Network. The topics dealt with are: "Young people: formative activities to strengthen their personality" and " Educators: facing the challenges of their formative work with the recipients."

Intervening at the meeting, animated by the team of the center of Arequipa, are: James Areiza, Coordinator of the Protection of the center "Ciudad Don Bosco" in Medellín, Colombia; José Jiménez, Director of "Altísima Fortaleza"; Juan Pineda, Coordinator of "Mundo Libre"; and Fr Manuel Cayo, SDB, Provincial.

Being a child or adolescent is a stage in life that deserves special attention; this is why the "Red de Casas Don Bosco" of Peru continues its commitment to educating by offering proposals for the future.

{gallery}Peru - Red de Casas DB{/gallery}

  • Perù
  • PER
  • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
  • Bambini di Strada
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Syria - New ground for new "Don Bosco Center": Salesian work in Damascus is growing

    1 week 2 days ago

    (ANS - Damascus) - After so much suffering and tribulation experienced at the side of the entire Syrian population, the Salesians of Damascus can now rejoice for some good news: thanks to the direct involvement of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, it was possible to buy a new lot of land on the outskirts of the capital, where over time a new "Don Bosco Center" will be built and where it will therefore be possible to welcome, accompany and educate other young people.

    The choice of the place where the new center will rise is itself charged with meaning and is typically "Salesian": it is a land located near Jaramana, a suburb of the Syrian capital, where the local population is for the most part Christian; at the same time, the land is just one kilometer from Imbleha, a small satellite city totally destroyed by the war.

    The announcement of the purchase of this lot was given at the end of the Mass celebrated last Sunday, 3 February, at the church of the Salesian house in Damascus. Fr Munir Hanachi, director of the house, reads the official statement sent by the Provincial of the Middle East, Fr Alejandro León:

    Dear Salesians, lay people and young people of the great family of the Don Bosco Center in Damascus. Near or far I always think of you. Happy Don Bosco Feast to all. The Rector Major greets you and remembers you always. We too are called to remember him, to pray for him and to listen to his voice, that this year with the Strenna reminds us that holiness is also for you.

    Today I am writing to you and I want to give you a special communication. After much dreaming of how to develop the Salesian work in Damascus, with the great effort of the current community, the Rector Maggior decided to buy a piece of land between Imbleha and Jaramana, to slowly build a Don Bosco Center that is larger and closer to many children and young people living in Jaramana.

    We have already bought this land. Now a few years will pass and slowly the new center will be built, but the important thing is to feel from now on that this new structure is home to everyone. And we must all help ourselves so that the realization of this dream takes place in the best possible way.

    I ask everyone to pray and thank God for this beautiful gift for the young people of Damascus. We thank Don Bosco for being so important in our lives. We thank the Rector Major for this courageous decision. We thank Fr Munir, Fr Georges and Fr Mathew for their generous commitment. We thank all those who helped buy the land and those who will help in the construction of the new Don Bosco Center. Let us pray for the generosity of so many people who have contributed financially for this gift."

    The announcement of this important step forward for the development of the Salesian work immediately sparked the enthusiasm of all the friends and supporters of Don Bosco and his Salesians in Syria. In addition to the expressions of joy made by those present at Sunday Mass, in just a few hours many reactions and sharing have arrived on the Facebook page of the Salesians in Damascus: "courageous", "builders of peace", "true Sons of Don Bosco" – these are some of the most used comments, together with an infinity of "Thanks Don Bosco" and "Thanks Father Ángel."

    The commitment of the Salesians to the most needy young people, where violence and war have left their wounds, is never lacking; on the contrary, it grows and it multiplies.

    • Siria
    • MOR
    • Rettor Maggiore
    • Ángel Fernández Artime
      Gian Francesco Romano

      India – Dame Dr.Munni Irone, the founder of Art4Peace awards Don Bosco Institutions for Education and Development

      1 week 2 days ago
      India – Dame Dr.Munni Irone, the founder of Art4Peace awards Don Bosco Institutions for Education and Development

      (ANS – New Delhi) – On 2 February 2019, Father Noel Maddhichetty, Director BOSCONET, along with the Bosconet Team in New Delhi, was honoured with the Art4Peace Award at Teen Murthi Bhawan Auditorium in New Delhi, in appreciation of the tremendous contribution of Don Bosco in the field of education and social development by Dame Dr.Munni Irone, Hollywood Celebrity Coach, Author, Producer, Global Peace leader & Philanthropist and the founder of Art 4 Peace Award.

      Don Bosco's contributions towards the uplifting of the less privileged people was recognized, and Bosconet, being the network of Don Bosco social development institutions in and across India, was chosen to be honoured with the prestigious award.

      Fr Noel Maddhichetty was conferred with the award by the founder of Art4Peace award, Dame Dr.Munni Irone and other chief dignitaries of the ceremony. The award ceremony was graced by dignitaries from India and abroad, including representative of His Excellence, Dalai Lama, the elected president of the Tibetan community Dr Lobsang Sangay, chief representative from Mr Ratan Tata, chief political leaders and eminent personalities from the media, health and law sector, whose achievements were also honoured at the event.

      Don Bosco was doubly recognized at the event through the receipt of a special award by Father VM Thomas SDB, Former Director-Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati, for his 50 years of selfless service for the youth, especially those in the North East. What came forth through the dual awards was the significant impact Don Bosco was making in the lives of numerous underprivileged children, youth and women across the nation, through quality education, market oriented skill training and provision of sustainable livelihoods. In the forthcoming years, Bosconet-Don Bosco India plans to converge its pan-India initiatives through the four flagship programs namely, Empowering Young at Risk, Skilling for Sustainable Living, Empowerment of Women and the Don Bosco Green Alliance.

      The Art4Peace Award is an incredible milestone in the history of Don Bosco India. At this juncture, we take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our valuable partners who have generously contributed resources to realise the vision of Don Bosco in India from 1906.

      “We are honoured to receive this award on behalf of all our donors and the people who are associated with us directly and indirectly, working with us as one family. We appreciate and thank Dame Dr. Munni Irone, the founder and CEO of Art4Peace, for the recognition given to Don Bosco and his mission for youth. We join hands as partners and protagonists of peace mission to unite the world,” the Salesians in India said.

      Source: Don Bosco India

      • India
      • Premi e Riconoscimenti
      • Educazione
      • Sviluppo
      • Salesiani
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Belgium – Fr. Rozmus visit: an opportunity strengthening existing contacts at European Institutions

        1 week 2 days ago
        Belgium – Fr. Rozmus visit: an opportunity strengthening existing contacts at European Institutions

        (ANS – Bruxelles) – On Don Bosco’s feast 2019, Don Bosco International (DBI) arranged an institutional tour for Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, Regional Councillor for Europe Centre-North, as done previously in 2017 and 2018, with Fr Fabio Attard and Fr Stefano Martoglio.

        The institutional journey started very early on Wednesday 30, celebrating Mass at the European Parliament with the presence of 5 Members of European Parliament, from Italy, Croatia and Czech Republic and several public servants working in that institutions as well as embassy representatives from Italy and Poland. The Salesian crew managed as well to have some meaningful conversations on education, youth employment and the fight against poverty. Apart from searching new opportunities with some of them, they were gifted, as thanks for their support, with the book: “Turin, the city of Don Bosco”.

        The second visit of the tour was at the Nunciature, where Mgr Alain Lebeaupin welcomed Fr Rozmus and shared some views and challenges for both the Church and the European Union: a fraternal dialogue thanking the positive contribution of the Don Bosco movement in Europe.

        The third step of the day was once again in the European Parliament to share lunch with a group of Italian young people coming from INE Province (TGS Eurogroup) and Novara (ICP Province); and to get to know their experience visiting the heart of Europe. Following this family meeting, Fr Rozmus took part in the Holocaust remembrance in the plenary of the Parliament, where he met religious leaders from several confessions, among them Mgr Hollerich, President of COMECE.

        The fourth milestone was at the EU Council, fully immersed in Brexit discussions; however the ambassador of Poland, H.E. Andrzej Sados, devoted thirty minutes to get to know the work of Don Bosco International, and open the door for future cooperation, to highlight the work of Salesians in Poland and in Europe.

        The last event of the day was Don Bosco Mass and reception in the Chapel for Europe, where the Salesian crew could thank the partners in Brussels for the cooperation during 2018. Ten Salesians from both communities, Flemish and French-speaking, were present in the event, as well as other representatives of the Salesian Family, as well as a group of Salesian Syrian refugees living in Belgium (one even showed her Cooperator ID signed by Fr Egidio Viganò). A family moment, with a nearly full chapel, followed by a reception in which participants had meaningful conversations with several people.

        On the 31st, the last point of the institutional agenda, was visiting COMECE to meet with Fr Olivier Poquillon op, with sharing on future activities and the thanksgiving for the very valuable cooperation with DBI and the many initiatives carried out together.

        Later, Fr Rozmus reached the Belgium North Province to celebrate Don Bosco with them, and be present in both communities during his visit.

        A very fruitful, intense and well-prepared marathon of meetings that, despite the fatigue of a long meeting day, allowed DBI to increase its impact and Fr Rozmus to get to reinforce his view of the importance of DBI’s work for the provinces of his Region.

        {gallery}Belgio - Tour Rozmus{/gallery}

        • Belgio
        • Don Bosco International
        • Tadeusz Rozmus
        • Europe
        • Unione Europea
          Gian Francesco Romano

          RMG - New group in Salesian Family: "Instituto Religioso das Irmàs Medianeiras da Paz"

          1 week 3 days ago

          (ANS - Rome) - On Monday 4 February the Rector Major, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, officially decreed the entrance of the "Instituto Religioso das Irmàs Medianeiras da Paz" (Religious Institute of the Mediators of Peace - IRIMEP) into the Salesian Family, thus becoming the latter's 32nd recognized group.

          The decree signed by the Rector Major states that this decision was made following the request of Sister Lucia Barbosa de Oliveira, General Coordinator of IRIMEP, and after the positive opinion expressed by his Council, the bishops concerned and the Provincial of Brazil-Recife, as well as considering the history of the Institute, the foundation by a Salesian and the spiritual and apostolic relationship always maintained with the Salesians.

          Entry into the Salesian Family has been a process that has lasted several years. The institute was founded in 1968 by Msgr. Antonio Campelo, Salesian and Archbishop of Petrolina (State of Pernambuco, Brazil); on his death, in 1984, the "Mediatrix Sisters of Peace", religious belonging to the Institutes of Consecrated Life of Diocesan Right, formally asked to become part of the Salesian Family.

          In 1986 Fr Egidio Viganó, then Rector Major, replied to a letter from the same Sisters, and wrote: "I rejoice in your presence in the Church and I congratulate you on the progress you have made (in the meantime) that this experience phase end with the best results."

          As is clearly written in the Salesian Constitutions: "From Don Bosco derives a vast movement of people who, in different ways, work for the salvation of the young." And this institute "shares the mission of Don Bosco to work for the poor, the abandoned, the people in danger and in areas where poverty is extreme," said Fr Joan Lluis Playá, who has visited some of the social works that the "Messengers of Peace" are developing in Brazil.

          Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, expressed his great joy in knowing that "the Salesian Family continues to grow, not only numerically, but above all at the charismatic level, because where there is a member who works as Don Bosco, these work for the salvation of the poorest young people."

          Seventy religious are currently part of the institute, assisted by about 300 collaborators who share with the sisters the pastoral and socio-educational mission. "They were born with the concern to reach the most remote places in the Church, where poverty is really extreme," added Fr Playá. "I have visited, under the direction of the Rector Major, the places where they carry out their apostolate and they are evidently 'Salesians', being missions among disadvantaged young people."

          More information on the 32nd group of the Salesian Family is available on their website: http://www.impaz.org.br/ 

          • RMG
          • Famiglia Salesiana
          • Instituto Religioso das Irmàs Medianeiras da Paz
          • Brasile
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Uganda - Inauguration of Salesian Vocational Training Center in Palabek refugee camp

            1 week 3 days ago
            Uganda - Inauguration of Salesian Vocational Training Center in Palabek refugee camp

            (ANS - Palabek) - On January 31, on the feast day of Don Bosco, the Salesian Province of Africa Great Lakes (AGL) inaugurated a Center for Vocational Training (CFP) in the refugee camp of Palabek, in the north of Uganda, where a Salesian community lives permanently among refugees, assisting them daily. The camp is home to refugees fleeing civil war and violence in South Sudan. There are currently over 34,000, mostly young people.

            by Fr Raphaël Katanga, SDB

            It was a day of great joy for the young refugees, because this CFP will facilitate their autonomy and their social integration.

            The project of the CFP was conceived as a fundamental element so the Salesian intervention in Palabek be really effective. Starting from the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, various people and organizations of the Salesian Congregation have therefore mobilized to carry out this project.

            Thousands of refugees, representatives of non-governmental organizations and a government delegation participated in the opening ceremonies, and several speeches of thanksgiving and encouragement were made by various guests, recipients of the CFP and collaborators.

            The young refugees demonstrated their talent by singing some specially composed songs in honor of Don Bosco, with which they praised and thanked the Saint of Youth and his spiritual Sons.

            Speaking on behalf of the President of the Republic and speaking on behalf of the government, the Hon. Hilary Onek, Minister for Relief, Disaster Prevention and Refugees, promised to finance the construction of two dormitories, one for boys and one for girls. Then he cut the ribbon, while Fr Raymond Bavumiragiye, Vicar of the Superior of AGL, unveiled the plaque with the name and official logo of the center.

            With its 6 training courses, the center will be a flexible structure, able to adapt to the new professions required by the labor market. As also emphasized by Minister Onek, it will provide formation based on skills and will bring young people closer to the working world.

            The students of the CFP will benefit from a free formation course of 3-6 months and/or a formation of one year. Everything will depend on the choice of courses and the skills of the individual student.

            Furthermore, an internal CFP job placement office has already been set up, which will put students in contact with companies, accompany them on site visits and interviews, and help them find traineeship options.

            Through vocational training these young people will be able to give themselves and their families social stability and improve their living conditions.

            "We thank the Lord for the realization of this project, through which we will be able to educate good technicians and honest citizens," the Salesians of the Vice Province AGL say in conclusion.

            {gallery}Uganda - Apertura CFP Palabek{/gallery}

            • Uganda
            • AGL
            • Formazione Professionale
            • Missioni
            • Rifugiati
            • Palabek
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Chile - "Technologies with social impact" rewards "Fundación Don Bosco" for project "Road Circuit Register"

              1 week 3 days ago

              (ANS - Santiago) - There is no longer any doubt that the adoption of digital technologies is a phenomenon in constant growth, which over time covers increasingly more layers and social areas. For this reason, companies, institutions and agencies are investing more and more capital to enhance and optimize their resources through technology. The "Fundación País Digital" of Microsoft Chile and "DonaTec" (an online donation program for the NGO "CDI Chile") have come together to give prominence to those non-profit Chilean organizations which, through the use of technology, are positively influencing their communities. As is the case with the "Fundación Don Bosco".

              "Registro Circuito de Calle" (Register of Streets Circuit), is the digital app developed by the "Fundación Don Bosco" which won the "Social impact technologies" award during a ceremony held at the Hotel Cumbres Lastarria, last January 29th. Forty-four organizations challenged each other and, together with the Salesian foundation, other educational institutions, firefighters, a charitable organization and an organization serving the sick were among the finalists.

              Thanks to the "Registro Circuito de Calle" app, which makes use of the tools of Artificial Intelligence, "Fundación Don Bosco" can, in the field, record, via the information coming from mobile phones and "geo-referencing", the actions carried out by street children, locate their transit circuits and their movements. In this way, the foundation's teams can find them more easily, identifying the territorial dynamics associated with their behaviors and their relationships, and allowing operators to plan intervention actions.

              The project used "Power Apps" to develop the application, "Excel Online" to record and save data, "One Drive" and "Power Bi" for all the analysis and geo-referencing of the subjects and the "Team" software so the operators can use and share all the information in a collaborative way.

              For the "Fundación Don Bosco", this award is a great acknowledgement. "There is not a computer engineer behind this project, but only us, self-taught people who, with pride, can give visibility to those who are 'invisible' for society."

              Source: País Digital 

              • Cile
              • CIL
              • Tecnologie
              • App
              • Comunicazione Sociale
              • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
              • Bambini di Strada
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Venezuela - Church calls for "peaceful and transparent transition, which leads to free and legitimate elections" and calls for the entry of "humanitarian aid"

                1 week 4 days ago

                (ANS - Caracas) - A situation of "injustice and suffering", also marked by "a growing repression", which has generated "the search for political change through a process of peaceful and transparent transition". With these words the Church in Venezuela, through the representation of bishops, religious and laity, defines the recent events that took place in the Latin American country; and while it promises to maintain its own broad commitment to support the needy population, it invites all to pray for peace, reconciliation and freedom.

                These considerations were presented yesterday, February 4, at a press conference in Caracas, during which the representatives of the three signatory bodies intervened: Msgr. José Trinidad Fernández, Auxiliary Bishop of Caracas, for the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference (CEV), Fr Francisco Méndez, Salesian Provincial of Venezuela, for the Conference of Religious (men and women) (CONVER); and María Elena Febres-Cordero Briceño, for the National Council of Laymen of Venezuela (CNL).

                The statement said that "the Venezuelan people have re-awakened; they go into the streets because they strongly desire a change in the political and democratic direction of the country."

                After listing the difficulties of civil life, the document recalls "the search for political change through a peaceful and transparent transition process, leading to free and legitimate elections, to resume the direction of democracy and to restore the rule of law." The transition path, it is explained, must however be conducted "in a peaceful way and through the instruments present in the Constitution, to avoid greater suffering and pains to the people."

                The note then defines "the growing repression unacceptable" and with particular force demands the release of underage prisoners; expresses specific gratitude "to the activists who defend and promote human rights"; and invites all citizens "at this crucial moment in the history of the homeland, to give the best of themselves", to set upon the joint search for the "common good" and "avoid the shedding of blood."

                The document also recalls that "the Catholic Church has been engaged for many years in accompanying and helping the most affected population", and promises to continue this effort.

                Finally, the Venezuelan Church urges "to incentivize prayer and a spirituality incarnated in the situation that the people are suffering", especially through the Eucharist. In this regard, the invitation is to participate in the Mass on Sunday 10 February and to pray for peace, reconciliation and freedom.

                • Venezuela
                • VEN
                • Politica
                • Vescovi
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  RMG - 168 figures of sainthood in Salesian Family: "Dossier of Salesian Postulation"

                  1 week 4 days ago

                  (ANS - Rome) - On the occasion of the Feast of Don Bosco the Dossier of the General Postulation of the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family has been updated, presenting the situation of the Causes of Beatification and Canonization in 2018. "At this moment," explains Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, SDB, Postulator General, "Postulation accompanies 50 Causes concerning 168 between Saints, Blessed, Venerable, Servants of God. There are also 5 other causes entrusted to our Postulation: the Venerable Casimiro Barello, Camille Costa de Beauregard and Jan Tyranowski, the Servants of God Augusto Bertazzoni and Felice Canelli."

                  Every Saint, Blessed, Venerable, Servant of God is the bearer of a wealth of aspects that must be considered and valued. It is a matter of contemplating a diamond with many faces, some more visible and attractive, others less immediate, but no less true and decisive. Knowing and making known these extraordinary figures of believers generates a progressive involvement in their journey, a passionate interest in their affairs, a joyous sharing of projects and hopes that animated their steps.

                  No doubt it will be of great interest for the Salesian Family, and especially for 15 Groups of the great family tree, to see some of their members involved in one of these processes. As Fr Rua wrote in a letter to the Salesian directors in February 1888, a few days after the burial of Don Bosco's body in Valsalice: "Be it our motto from now on: the sanctity of the children be proof of the sanctity of the father."

                  The Strenna of the Rector Major for this year is a strong invitation to know and appreciate this precious heritage and to stimulate renewed resolutions of holiness. The Rector Major wrote: "My dear brothers and sisters, I can safely say that the greatest need and the greatest urgency we have today in our Salesian world is not to do more things, to plan and redesign new realities, to start new presences... but to show what our lives communicate personally and collectively, our way of living the Gospel, which develops and extends over time, as a prolongation of the way of life of Jesus. Ultimately our sanctity is at stake!"

                  This subsidy can also be an instrument to grow in the knowledge, in prayer and in the imitation of these witnesses of the Gospel and of the Salesian charism in the world.

                  On the web are available the dossiers and the updated version of the Poster of Holiness.

                  • Santità Salesiana
                  • RMG
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    United Arab Emirates - Christians and Muslims: "dialogue as a way; common collaboration as a conduit; mutual knowledge as a method"

                    1 week 4 days ago

                    (ANS - Abu Dhabi) - In the eighth centenary of the meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and the sultan al-Malik al-Kāmil, once again a Francis journeyed to meet some of the leading Islamic authorities; and dialogue was indeed the cornerstone of the Argentine Pope's journey. Yesterday, 4 February, at the end of the interreligious meeting in the "Founder's Memorial" of Abu Dhabi, the Holy Father and the Imam of Al-Azhar Ahamad al-Tayyib - the greatest doctrinal authority of Sunni Islam - signed a common document on "Human Brotherhood for World Peace and common coexistence."

                     

                    There are several new elements of this apostolic trip to the United Arab Emirates: for the first time a Pope has set foot in the Arabian Peninsula, for the first time a great public Eucharist was celebrated throughout the peninsula (with over 135,000 faithful present, mostly foreign immigrants), and emerging for the first time a document so articulate and demanding on the dialogue between Christianity and Islam, for the benefit of the whole human brotherhood.

                    In their fifth meeting, in fact, the Imam of Al-Azhar and the Roman Pontiff, "in the name of God, who created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity", in the name of the poor, orphans and widows, in the name of brotherhood, of liberty and of justice, have declared, on behalf of their respective communities of believers, to want "to adopt the culture of dialogue as a way; common collaboration as a conduit; mutual knowledge as a method and criterion."

                    Numerous, strong and demanding are the steps of the document signed by the two religious authorities: from the firm declaration "that religions never incite war and do not solicit feelings of hatred, hostility, extremism", to the appeal to the leaders of nations to protect the family as the "fundamental nucleus of society and humanity"; from the condemnation of extremism and intolerance, which produced "a third world war in pieces, fragments", to the call for an equitable distribution of resources; from the protection of the fundamental rights of women and children and to the protection of the elderly; up to the promotion of the religious sense and to the recognition of the role of religions in the construction of world peace.

                    The document, which wants to be an invitation to reconciliation and brotherhood not only among believers, but among all people of good will, aims to be the object of research and reflection in all schools, universities and institutes of education and Christian and Islamic formation.

                    The project of Pope Francis to "start processes", rather than "occupy spaces", marks another, very important step forward.

                    The full text of the declaration is available here.

                    {gallery}Emirati Arabi - Viaggio Papa{/gallery}

                    • Papa Francesco
                    • Islam
                    • Emirati Arabi Uniti
                    • Dialogo
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Spain - Salesian presence at 33rd edition of Goya Awards

                      1 week 4 days ago
                      Spain - Salesian presence at 33rd edition of Goya Awards

                      (ANS - Seville) - The gala evening of the 33rd edition of the Goya Awards, held in Seville on Saturday 2 February, was full of "Salesian" aspects. We cannot but mention that Campeones and El Reino were the evening's two triumphant films, but names like Raúl de la Fuente and Jesús Vidal are indicative of a significant Salesian presence in this young and modern communicative world.

                      Director Raúl de la Fuente and producer Amaia Remírez won their second Goya Award on Saturday, with Un día más con vida, a feature film inspired by the novel by Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński. Raúl de la Fuente is the director of many productions produced all over the world by "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid. In recent years he has traveled around the world with the operators of "Misiones Salesianas" and thanks to him it has been possible to make Salesian work among the most disadvantaged young people known to many people.

                      In addition to Un día más con vida, a few months ago he directed and presented the documentary Love, which denounces child prostitution in Sierra Leone. Love was then presented in numerous institutional offices, Salesian works and centers all over the world to make people everywhere know and learn about Salesian projects in favor of minors in danger and of abandoned girls.

                      Previously, in recent years, the director worked with the Salesian Missions in productions such as Hijos de Haití (Children of Haiti), No estoy en venta (They are not for sale), Yo no soy bruja (I am not a witch), 30,000 and Diamantes en Lixeira (Diamonds in Lixeira), and Alto el Fuego (Cease Fire).

                      All these documentaries are available with subtitles in Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Polish and German.

                      "Currently," reports Raúl de la Fuente, "we are working on a new project that is already in progress. It is a short documentary entitled El Infierno which will be ready in June." And the fresh winner of the Goya Prize is also working on a joint project with the Salesian Central Office, the Salesian Missionary Offices, and the Dicastery for the Missions, Youth Ministry and Social Communications, for the production of three short films on the theme of vocations in different cultural contexts, with the title "Terra di Missione".

                      In this 33rd edition of the Goya Awards, a Spanish Salesian past pupil, Jesús Vidal, was also awarded. When he received the award, he said "three words came to mind: inclusion, diversity and visibility". He is the first visually impaired to win a Goya Award for an interpretation in a film, in this case as "Actor Revelation" in the film Campeones.

                      • Spagna
                      • Cinema
                      • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                      • Missioni
                      • Procure Missionarie
                      • Comunicazione Sociale
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        India – Brother Mathew Thaiparambil SDB - Non-Formal Vocational Training pioneer passes away

                        1 week 5 days ago
                        India – Brother Mathew Thaiparambil SDB - Non-Formal Vocational Training pioneer passes away

                        (ANS – Kolkata) – A Salesian brother, who was hailed as the “father of drop-outs,” for his pioneering works in non-formal vocation training in eastern India, died on February 1 in Kolkata. The funeral of Brother Mathew, aged 78, will be held at the historical Marian shrine of Bandel on Wednesday 6 February 2019.

                        By Fr C.M. Paul, SDB

                        Brother Mathew has two other brothers in the Salesian Society: elder brother Fr T.V. Anthony in Delhi province and younger brother Br T.V. Johny in Kolkata province.

                        Br Mathew was a well-known innovator and consultant, both among Government and Non-Government circles in India and abroad, for his unique and spectacular approach in training and creating job opportunities through non-formal technical education.

                        “Hailed as the 'father of drop outs' Br Mathew, while he was director of Don Bosco Technical School at Liluah, started a self-employment project to care for school drop-outs, the young people of the area who had a propensity to become anti-socials,” recalls one of his collaborators and Don Bosco Alumnus Subrata Ganguly.

                        “One man's vision and initiative has, over the years, successfully managed to bring hope to the lives of many marginalized young people who would otherwise have been left out of the social mainstream,” Mr Ganguly recalls.

                        Kolkata Salesian Provincial Fr Nirmol Gomes asserts, “I have no hesitation in saying that Br T.V. Mathew is a jewel in the crown of Salesian Brother Vocations in India and lodestar for the typically Salesian initiatives in the non-formal education for the poor and marginalized youth. At the NCERT ceremony that conferred on DBSERI the Best Vocational Training Institution Award 2012 in West Bengal, Brother Mathew was hailed as 'Father of Non-Formal Vocational Training in India.”

                        Fr Gomes adds, “A man of great vision and foresight, Brother Mathew has touched and transformed the lives of thousands of young people over 40 plus years, saving them from vagrancy and despair, and from falling prey to militancy, particularly from joining the Naxals in the Jungalmahal area.”

                        Br T.V. Mathew's connection to Kolkata goes back to 1957, when he came to study at Bandel, and started the then revolutionary concept of providing self-employment opportunity through non-formal vocational training.

                        In a previous interview DBSERI's founder-director Br Mathew recalled his efforts to fight youth unemployment with self-employment saying, “as more than 85 per cent of children drop out from schools, Don Bosco Society took up this noble program to equip school drop-out boys and girls with income generating skills leading to self-employment.”

                        The initiative, which started during the tenure of first Indian provincial of Calcutta province Fr Joseph Kezhakkekara in hired premises with 14 vagrant boys, was later shifted to the present permanent site, at Mirpara, in 1990 with over 17 trades. The first Salesians who joined Br Mathew in the early days were: Fr M.M. Joy, Br Andrew Jojo, Fr K. A. Thomas and others.

                        After running the programme for 12 years in a rented building near Don Bosco School, Liluah, Salesian Calcutta province found a property of 4 acres of land which consisted of two factories that were closed down, while the land was a jungle with dilapidated sheds.

                        The Don Bosco Self Employment Research Institute (DBSERI) shifted to the present location at Mirpara in 1990 to keep up with the growing numbers of students.

                        DBSERI Mirpara is about 1.5 km from Liluah railway station, just 10 minutes of train travel from Howrah, nestled in what are four acres of salvation for hundreds of school dropouts.

                        A long time Consultant to the Government of West Bengal in Vocational Training and Government of India for Self Employment, Br Mathew has also initiated non-traditional income generating trades to train women in setting up small enterprises and be financially independent.

                        • India
                        • INC
                        • Formazione Professionale
                        • Decessi
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          RMG - "At service of most vulnerable and at risk young people": Salesian Consulta on marginalization and young people at risk

                          1 week 5 days ago

                          (ANS - Rome) - The Department for Youth Ministry, following the indications of the Rector Major and his Council contained in the "Plan of animation and government for the six-year period 2014-2020", and according to the guidelines offered by General Chapter 27, called the "World Consultation on marginalization and young people at risk", which will take place from 27 to 31 March 2019 at the Salesian Headquarters of the "Sacro Cuore", in Rome.

                          Participating in the event are 30 Salesians and lay people, sector experts and regional, national or provincial coordinators of the Salesian Social Centers and Services of Africa (ACC, AFE, AFW), America (BSP, COM, MEG, URU), Asia and Oceania ( FIN, KOR, INK, INM, INM, INM) and Europe (BEN, FRB, GER, GER, SLK, together with the "Salesians for Social" team of Italy and the "PESS" of Spain). The Dicastery for the Missions will also be represented, with one member, as will the Youth Ministry Department, through its team, the secretary of the "Don Bosco International" (DBI) and the representative at the United Nations.

                          The goal of the Consulta, the Salesian World Consultive Body or Commitee, is, first of all, to know and share the challenges of the Congregation in relation to the Salesian Works and Social Services and the attention to the most vulnerable and at risk young people, analyze the answers to the challenges (processes, ways, options , structures) in the work with aforesaid youths, their families and the same poor environments, thinking of the processes to be activated to respond prophetically to the Salesian mission of today and tomorrow.

                          Secondly, this World Council has a second specific challenge: that of reflecting and deepening the Salesian Mission in relation to the Salesian Social Works and Services for the most vulnerable young people and their families in the light of the Framework for Salesian Youth Ministry, of the Synod of Bishops on "Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment", and of the next General Chapter 28 (GC28).


                          A third aspect is that of learning, sharing and reflecting together, in a joint fashion, to take on a global perspective of Salesian services and thus offer a message of hope to the Congregation in view of the GC28, which will push the whole Congregation to place, with greater charismatic impulse, the young most in need and at risk at the center of the Salesian mission.

                          As a result of this World Council, preparations for a "World Symposium" to be held in 2021 are foreseen, which will strengthen the commitment, identity, processes and synergies of the Congregation in the Salesian Social Services and Work for young people at risk, as the social dimension of the charism in their different contexts.

                          The "World Consultation on the marginalization of young people at risk" is part of a process of coordination and accompaniment at the world level of the Youth Ministry Department for the teams of the Congregation who are active in the sector of Works and Services for young people at risk.

                          • RMG
                          • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                          • Pastorale Giovanile
                          • Missioni
                          • Emarginazione
                          • Povertà
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            United States – Cardinal Zen celebrates Feast of Don Bosco at “Don Bosco Cristo Rey”

                            1 week 5 days ago
                            United States – Cardinal Zen celebrates Feast of Don Bosco at “Don Bosco Cristo Rey”

                            (ANS – Takoma Park– Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School welcomed Cardinal Joseph Zen, SDB, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, as celebrant and preacher for the solemnity of St. John Bosco on January 31. Mass was celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in the church of Our Lady of Sorrows adjacent to the school in the presence of students, staff, Salesian Cooperators, and friends of the school.

                            by Fr. Mike Mendl, SDB

                            Cardinal Zen had been visiting the U.S. for several days and earlier in the week was honored with the “Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom” by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation on account of his staunch defense of human rights and freedom of religion in China. He was accompanied by Fr. Joseph Ng, superior of the Salesian Province based in Hong Kong. The priests of the local Salesian community also concelebrated the Mass.

                            Basing his homily on the gospel (Matt 18:1-6,10), the cardinal noted how Don Bosco put into practice Jesus’ exhortation to take care of the little ones and the poor. He asked why Jesus blesses the poor and responded that suffering is part of life because all of us are sinners; but Jesus, the Good Shepherd, takes care of his sheep and through his own suffering on the cross leads us to salvation.

                            Cardinal Zen said that believers live by hope in something this is already present, a first installment in salvation, because of God’s love. Life without love is meaningless, he said, and life without suffering is not possible.

                            The cardinal noted that the Mass was taking place in Our Lady of Sorrows Church and linked the Virgin Mary’s suffering, in mystery, to the joy of salvation that followed her sorrows. Turning again to St. John Bosco, the cardinal said that he was always happy in spite of the difficulties of his life because he always knew that he was on his way to Paradise.

                            The cardinal, so well known for his defense of the freedom of the Church, spoke briefly about the current situation in China. He mentioned Pope Benedict XVI’s encouragement to Chinese Catholics to persevere in the Faith even if they have to suffer for it. Christians, the cardinal said, are always winners if they are on God’s side, if they are little ones who put their faith in God.

                            Through the humble servant of God St. John Bosco, he concluded, many little ones got the help they needed in life and grew up to help others also.

                            DBCR’s students and staff very much appreciated Cardinal Zen’s visit. In the evening Cardinal Zen and Fr. Ng visited the Salesians’ new residence in College Park, Md., and took part with the community in Evening Prayer II of St. John Bosco.

                            {gallery}Stati Uniti - Visita Zen{/gallery}

                            • Stati Uniti
                            • SUE
                            • CIN
                            • Cardinali
                            • Joseph Zen
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Panama - "Panama belongs to Don Bosco and Don Bosco is from Panama": thousands of people accompanied Don Bosco in a procession

                              2 weeks 1 day ago

                              (ANS - Panama City) – Taking place yesterday, 31 January, in the "Valdocco of America", in Panama City, was the biggest feast in honor of Don Bosco with the solemn Eucharistic presided over by Msgr. José Domingo Ulloa, archbishop of Panama, and concelebrated by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians. Subsequently, thousands of people accompanied the statue and the relic of Don Bosco in a procession.

                              As Fr Romulo Gallegos, SDB, Director of the center of the Basilica of Don Bosco in Panama City explained: "The patron saint of Panama is Our Lady of Santa Maria la Antigua. But St. John Bosco is so revered that every year on January 31, four hundred thousand people gather, in a sort of WYD."

                              For his part, Fr Carlos Vilanova, parish priest of the Basílica, underscored that "the procession this year accompanies the relic of the Saint", and is a novelty made on the occasion of the presence of the Rector Major for this feast.

                              In front of a basilica full of faithful, mgr. Ulloa expressed his gratitude for the presence of the X Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Á. F. Artime, and of Fr Fabio Attard, General Councilor for Youth Ministry. Mons.Ulloa then emphasized that the procession in honor of St. John Bosco, "Father and Teacher of Youth", would symbolically close the activities of the World Youth Day, which Pope Francis presided last week.

                              In his homily, the archbishop of Panama expressed "that you stop being young when you stop dreaming ... I become old if I stop dreaming. Today we are living the extension of the WYD, celebrating this solemnity of St. John Bosco, patron of young people and of WYD2019, and we can say that 'Panama belongs to Don Bosco and Don Bosco belongs to Panama'."

                              "While we know that the body of Don Bosco is in Turin," the prelate added, "the heart of Don Bosco is in Panama."

                              About 100 young people of the Salesian Youth Movement, who came from Colombia, Mexico, Central America and other countries of the world, participated in these celebrations, who wanted to remain to live Don Bosco's feast in the country of America where Don Bosco is most loved.

                              "Don Bosco continues to be as modern as it was 160 years ago," the Rector Major said. "The profiles of boys and girls will be changed. We know that young people with their cultures are different, but they are very similar in the heart. We offer them a home, a family, a project, we prepare them for life and present them with freedom to God, who loves them so much."

                              • Panama
                              • CAM
                              • Rettor Maggiore
                              • Don Bosco
                              • Ángel Fernández Artime
                              • Festa Don Bosco
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Vatican - Pope Francis points out Don Bosco to priests: "He made others happy and himself rejoiced"

                                2 weeks 1 day ago

                                (ANS - Vatican City) - First in front of about 700,000 young people in Panama City; then in the general audience at the Vatican; finally, yesterday, during the morning Mass celebrated in the "Domus Sanctae Marthae", for the third time in less than a week Pope Francis indicated Don Bosco as a model and example to follow.

                                Yesterday the Pope began by recalling the importance of Mother Margherita, a humble woman, "who had not studied in the faculty of theology", but who was able to pronounce "a mother's prophecy" when she told Don Bosco, on the day of his ordination: "Today you will begin to suffer" - a suffering understood as a sign of commitment to the good.

                                Then, examining Don Bosco's apostolic action, Pope Francis observed: "In that Masonic era ... where the poor were really the poorthe “left behind”, he saw those young people on the streets and said: 'It cannot be! '... He looked with the eyes of man, who is brother and dad as well, and said:' This cannot go this way! These young people may perhaps end up like Father Cafasso, on the gallows ... '. He was moved and as a man he began to think of humane ways to make young people grow. And then, he had the courage to look with the eyes of God and go to God and say: 'You have created these people for a fullness, they are in a real tragedy ...'. And so, looking at reality with the love of a father - Father and Teacher, says today's liturgy - and looking at God with the eyes of a beggar, who asks for something of light - (luminous) - begins to move forward."

                                Thus, after having indicated him as a model to all the young people of the world in the WYD vigil in Panama, yesterday the Pope presented Don Bosco as an example for all priests, as an emblem of the priest who "spent so much time in front of the tabernacle" and a long time in the midst of his people.

                                "He did not go with the Catechism and the Crucifix only, [saying] 'do this'. No, no: he went close to them, with liveliness. He made them play, he put them in groups, like brothers ... He went, he walked with them, he heard with them, he saw them, he cried with them and he brought them along, like that."

                                The Pope then thanked God for Don Bosco and recalled his distinctive trait, which also represents the signal that a priest is going on the right path: "Joy. The joy of Don Bosco is known: he is the master of joy, eh? Because he made others enjoy and rejoiced himself. And he too suffered. We ask the Lord, through the intercession of Don Bosco, today, the grace that our priests are joyful: joyful because they have the true sense of looking at the things of the pastoral, the people of God with eyes of man and with the eyes of God."

                                As a summary of the homily, yesterday morning the Pope also tweeted: "Don Bosco had the courage to look at reality with human eyes and with the eyes of God. May every priest imitate him by seeing reality with human eyes and with the eyes of God."

                                • Vaticano
                                • Papa Francesco
                                • Don Bosco
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Panama - The Rector Major, together with the President of the Republic, visited the new project in Colón

                                  2 weeks 1 day ago
                                  Panama - The Rector Major, together with the President of the Republic, visited the new project in Colón

                                  (ANS - Colón) - On 30 January Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, visited the project under construction of the Los Lagos Integrated Educational Center, located in the province of Colón, which the Government of Panama has entrusted to the Salesian Congregation.

                                  During the visit, Fr Á.F. Artime was accompanied by the President of the Republic of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela; by Msgr. José Domingo Ulloa, archbishop of Panama; and the Minister for Housing, Martín Sucre Champsaur. Together they visited the residential project "Altos de Los Lagos", located in the province of Colón, and were able to see the progress of the work.

                                  The President of Panama sustained that in consideration of the growth this project maintains, and the large number of children living in that area, it was necessary to provide this important educational center.

                                  "The San Juan Bosco Integral Bilingual Formation Center of Los Lagos will be managed by a group of Salesians," explained President Varela, "to strengthen family and Christian values among the hundreds of children in Colón, for whom now begins a new phase of the residential project."

                                  The Center was entrusted to the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco thanks to an agreement signed with the Ministry of Education in December 2018. In this way, the Government of Panama decided to focus on education and on the Preventive System of Don Bosco in favor of a population of about 1,500 children at risk living in that area.

                                  For his part, Minister Sucre Champsaur added: "We are satisfied because there are new days awaiting a generation that is preparing to positively change the country ... The whole center in its entirety will be ready by 2020, but we have verified every possibility to start the new infrastructure, including some premises within the residential project 'Altos de Los Lagos', and thus begin to carry out a socio-educational work," said Sucre Champsaur.

                                  The structure will be able to count on a number of buildings, which will host: administrative offices, kindergartens, primary and middle schools, as well as a gym, a bar, sports fields and an auditorium. In addition, eight halls have already been set up to welcome classrooms for nursery and kindergarten children from next March.

                                  The occasion was also favorable for the delivery, by the State, of two apartments in the residential complex, which will constitute the residence of the religious who will lead the center.

                                  Altos de Los Lagos is a residential complex recently inaugurated by the national government for the benefit of the poor, with decent housing and a healthy environment, far from the violence of the popular neighborhoods of the province of Colón in Panama.

                                  {gallery}Panama - Festa Don Bosco 2019{/gallery}

                                   More photos on Flickr

                                  • Panama
                                  • Rettor Maggiore
                                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                  • Politica
                                  • Scuole
                                  • Nuova Presenza
                                  • CAM
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Italy - Don Bosco Feast in Valdocco: between street art and celebrations

                                    2 weeks 2 days ago
                                    Italy - Don Bosco Feast in Valdocco: between street art and celebrations

                                    (ANS - Turin) - Live performances by young street performers; a playful recollection of Giovanni Bosco's dream as a 9-year old, with "the irruption of wolves and lambs among passersby"; then, at the height of the day, the solemn Eucharist with the Vicar of the Rector Major, Fr Francesco Cereda: this - and more - makes up the rich program of activities to celebrate Don Bosco in the place where it all began: at Valdocco.

                                    Throughout the day at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians there are numerous celebrations to allow the participation of all the faithful and devotees of Don Bosco. At 11:00 a.m. (UTC+1) the Archbishop of Turin, Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, presides over the Eucharist - which can also be seen live on www.missionidonbosco.org 

                                    On the wave of the enthusiasm aroused by the graffiti "Don Bosco Story" created by the street artist "Mr. Wany" for the 150th anniversary of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians last summer, visible on the street at the corner with Via Cigna, a new appointment in Valdocco with street art is proposed.

                                    Starting from 4 pm today, Thursday 31st January, two groups of young people from the Lyceum of the Mary Help of Christians Institute, which overlooks the square of the basilica, alternate, armed with spray cans, in writing various messages on the tarps hanging from the gate, which faithful will read while entering for the various liturgies of the feast of Don Bosco.

                                    The "instructions for use" and artistic coordination are by Fr Gianmarco Pernice, a Salesian, expert in street art, and parish priest of the parish of the "Istituto Agnelli" of Turin.


                                    Following this, twelve youths from the oratory of that same institute, disguised as wolves and lambs, ideally recall the fundamental dream of the Saint of Youth, from which his vocation of service to the young emerged.

                                    This double event will be documented by other young people who will make videos and photos with passersby. Images and sounds will then end up in the Net to be shared with the other young people of the world who will experience in a special way the feast of Don Bosco: in Panama, with the Rector Major, and in all the towns and villages where a Salesian center lives: because, united all together in the Salesian world, we can say: #WeAreDonBosco.

                                    At the end of the afternoon event with the young artists, in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, the solemn Eucharistic Celebration takes place with the Vicar of the Rector Major, Fr Francesco Cereda, (6:30 pm - UTC + 1), which will be visible live streaming on: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                                    • Italia
                                    • ICP
                                    • Festa Don Bosco
                                    • Arte
                                    • Francesco Cereda
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Panama - Rector Major's message to the young: "Be missionary apostles for other young people in the world"

                                      2 weeks 2 days ago

                                      (ANS - Panama City) - The traditional greeting of the Rector Major to the young on the occasion of the feast of Don Bosco arrives this year from Panama, where Fr Ángel Fernández Artime has remained even after World Youth Day, to celebrate the Saint of the Young in a country much devoted to Don Bosco.

                                      The Rector Major speaks surrounded by the boys and girls of the Salesian Youth Movement, in several sites symbolic of the Salesian presence in the City of Panama: the Basilica of Don Bosco which houses the urn and the relic of Don Bosco and the exact replica of "I Becchi ", the birthplace of the Saint of Youth.

                                      The Rector Major recalls the dream of the nine-year old John Bosco, a dream which marked his whole life, so that each young person may be convinced that it is never too early to decide to become a missionary apostle to other young people.

                                      As Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Á.F. Artime then summons a challenge to young people: "I want to invite you to make a beautiful journey of youth, of youthful dreams, of Christian life, fidelity to Jesus and sainthood, ultimately a simple and forthcoming life."

                                      The full video of the Rector Major's message to young people is available in six languages on ANSChannel at youtube.

                                      {gallery}Panama - Video Messaggio RM{/gallery}

                                      • Panama
                                      • CAM
                                      • Festa Don Bosco
                                      • Rettor Maggiore
                                      • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Panama - "Sainthood is contagious". Rector Major on last day of triduum of preparation for feast of Don Bosco

                                        2 weeks 2 days ago

                                        (ANS - Panama City) - During the Eucharistic celebration of Wednesday, January 30, in preparation for the feast of Don Bosco, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, emphasized that "the path of Christian life cannot be traveled alone, but in community."

                                        The Rector Major began the celebration by thanking the faithful, the Salesians, the Salesian Family and above all the presence of diocesan priests and Msgr. Luis Antonio Secco, bishop of Curaçao in the Caribbean.

                                        During the homily, Fr Á.F. Artime expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to be in Panama. "I thank the Lord for being able to celebrate this feast with the heart of Don Bosco, inspired by the Spirit. The theme of this day invites us to present the walk (along the path) of missionary holiness in daily life ... Today I want to place as the starting point of this holiness the Venerable Mother Margherita, the mother of Don Bosco ... Don Bosco said to his mother: 'I need you to come with me to take care of my boys' ... I think about what it meant for this woman to leave everything!," explains the Rector Major, "to go to Valdocco, take care of hundreds of children ... The life of Mamma Margarita is a testimony of anonymous, silent holiness."

                                        To reinforce this community vision of holiness, the Rector Major recalled the "school of sainthood" that Don Bosco was able to form with a group of young people in a rather restricted physical space: a school wherein were formed the figures of holiness of the stature of Domenico Savio, Michele Rua, Luigi Versiglia, Callisto Caravario, Luigi Variara, Andra Beltrami.

                                        What was Don Bosco's secret in stimulating the desire for holiness in these simple boys? First of all, precisely the simple sharing of life with two saints: Don Bosco himself and Mamma Margherita.

                                        What ascetic proposal was offered them to awaken the desire for holiness? Nothing extraordinary. Yes, the channeling of those youthful energies in study, in sport, in joy, in the family atmosphere. And, of course, prayer. A festive and youthful prayer.

                                        Don Bosco looked at those boys with the eyes of God. He believed in their potential. He encouraged them to give their best. He convinced them that God had a dream for each of them and that they should not be afraid of what God would ask each of them, because that would be the way of their happiness.

                                        • Panama
                                        • Rettor Maggiore
                                        • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                        • CAM
                                        • Santità Salesiana
                                        • Mamma Margherita
                                        • Festa Don Bosco
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          Peru - "Red de Casas Don Bosco": committed to educating by offering proposals for the future

                                          1 week 1 day ago

                                          (ANS - Calca) - Peru is a young country, where the local population, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and IT, is composed by 30% of children and 14% of teenagers. And although the International Labor Organization (ILO) has recently announced that child labor in Latin America and the Caribbean has halved in the last eight years, there is still little to celebrate in Peru. Why? Because, despite a slow decrease, there is still 21.8% of working children and adolescents. The worst thing is that with these figures Peru is at the top of the list of South American countries for the rate of child labor.

                                          Aware of this situation, the Salesians continue to bet on the "Don Bosco Houses", places where to give shelter to hopes and the future.

                                          According to a study by Mariana Benavente for her book Los niños de la calle (Street children), "86% of children living in total or partial abandonment of the street believe they can have a good future." And it is a truth that only the Salesians who work with street children know. "Children and young people need us, to speak, to dialogue, to be heard and accompanied," said Fr José Valdivia, Provincial Delegate for the "Red de Casas Don Bosco".

                                          The "Red de Casas Don Bosco" has become in recent years a proposal and a concrete center for saving young people from the streets. The 12th Meeting of the Network (Calca, 3-11 February) is currently underway, involving 139 people.

                                          Girls and boys, children and teenagers, with their respective teams of educators, arrived in Calca, in the Cusco region, from 11 centers of the Network. The topics dealt with are: "Young people: formative activities to strengthen their personality" and " Educators: facing the challenges of their formative work with the recipients."

                                          Intervening at the meeting, animated by the team of the center of Arequipa, are: James Areiza, Coordinator of the Protection of the center "Ciudad Don Bosco" in Medellín, Colombia; José Jiménez, Director of "Altísima Fortaleza"; Juan Pineda, Coordinator of "Mundo Libre"; and Fr Manuel Cayo, SDB, Provincial.

                                          Being a child or adolescent is a stage in life that deserves special attention; this is why the "Red de Casas Don Bosco" of Peru continues its commitment to educating by offering proposals for the future.

                                          {gallery}Peru - Red de Casas DB{/gallery}

                                          • Perù
                                          • PER
                                          • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                          • Bambini di Strada
                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                            Syria - New ground for new "Don Bosco Center": Salesian work in Damascus is growing

                                            1 week 2 days ago

                                            (ANS - Damascus) - After so much suffering and tribulation experienced at the side of the entire Syrian population, the Salesians of Damascus can now rejoice for some good news: thanks to the direct involvement of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, it was possible to buy a new lot of land on the outskirts of the capital, where over time a new "Don Bosco Center" will be built and where it will therefore be possible to welcome, accompany and educate other young people.

                                            The choice of the place where the new center will rise is itself charged with meaning and is typically "Salesian": it is a land located near Jaramana, a suburb of the Syrian capital, where the local population is for the most part Christian; at the same time, the land is just one kilometer from Imbleha, a small satellite city totally destroyed by the war.

                                            The announcement of the purchase of this lot was given at the end of the Mass celebrated last Sunday, 3 February, at the church of the Salesian house in Damascus. Fr Munir Hanachi, director of the house, reads the official statement sent by the Provincial of the Middle East, Fr Alejandro León:

                                            Dear Salesians, lay people and young people of the great family of the Don Bosco Center in Damascus. Near or far I always think of you. Happy Don Bosco Feast to all. The Rector Major greets you and remembers you always. We too are called to remember him, to pray for him and to listen to his voice, that this year with the Strenna reminds us that holiness is also for you.

                                            Today I am writing to you and I want to give you a special communication. After much dreaming of how to develop the Salesian work in Damascus, with the great effort of the current community, the Rector Maggior decided to buy a piece of land between Imbleha and Jaramana, to slowly build a Don Bosco Center that is larger and closer to many children and young people living in Jaramana.

                                            We have already bought this land. Now a few years will pass and slowly the new center will be built, but the important thing is to feel from now on that this new structure is home to everyone. And we must all help ourselves so that the realization of this dream takes place in the best possible way.

                                            I ask everyone to pray and thank God for this beautiful gift for the young people of Damascus. We thank Don Bosco for being so important in our lives. We thank the Rector Major for this courageous decision. We thank Fr Munir, Fr Georges and Fr Mathew for their generous commitment. We thank all those who helped buy the land and those who will help in the construction of the new Don Bosco Center. Let us pray for the generosity of so many people who have contributed financially for this gift."

                                            The announcement of this important step forward for the development of the Salesian work immediately sparked the enthusiasm of all the friends and supporters of Don Bosco and his Salesians in Syria. In addition to the expressions of joy made by those present at Sunday Mass, in just a few hours many reactions and sharing have arrived on the Facebook page of the Salesians in Damascus: "courageous", "builders of peace", "true Sons of Don Bosco" – these are some of the most used comments, together with an infinity of "Thanks Don Bosco" and "Thanks Father Ángel."

                                            The commitment of the Salesians to the most needy young people, where violence and war have left their wounds, is never lacking; on the contrary, it grows and it multiplies.

                                            • Siria
                                            • MOR
                                            • Rettor Maggiore
                                            • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              India – Dame Dr.Munni Irone, the founder of Art4Peace awards Don Bosco Institutions for Education and Development

                                              1 week 2 days ago
                                              India – Dame Dr.Munni Irone, the founder of Art4Peace awards Don Bosco Institutions for Education and Development

                                              (ANS – New Delhi) – On 2 February 2019, Father Noel Maddhichetty, Director BOSCONET, along with the Bosconet Team in New Delhi, was honoured with the Art4Peace Award at Teen Murthi Bhawan Auditorium in New Delhi, in appreciation of the tremendous contribution of Don Bosco in the field of education and social development by Dame Dr.Munni Irone, Hollywood Celebrity Coach, Author, Producer, Global Peace leader & Philanthropist and the founder of Art 4 Peace Award.

                                              Don Bosco's contributions towards the uplifting of the less privileged people was recognized, and Bosconet, being the network of Don Bosco social development institutions in and across India, was chosen to be honoured with the prestigious award.

                                              Fr Noel Maddhichetty was conferred with the award by the founder of Art4Peace award, Dame Dr.Munni Irone and other chief dignitaries of the ceremony. The award ceremony was graced by dignitaries from India and abroad, including representative of His Excellence, Dalai Lama, the elected president of the Tibetan community Dr Lobsang Sangay, chief representative from Mr Ratan Tata, chief political leaders and eminent personalities from the media, health and law sector, whose achievements were also honoured at the event.

                                              Don Bosco was doubly recognized at the event through the receipt of a special award by Father VM Thomas SDB, Former Director-Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati, for his 50 years of selfless service for the youth, especially those in the North East. What came forth through the dual awards was the significant impact Don Bosco was making in the lives of numerous underprivileged children, youth and women across the nation, through quality education, market oriented skill training and provision of sustainable livelihoods. In the forthcoming years, Bosconet-Don Bosco India plans to converge its pan-India initiatives through the four flagship programs namely, Empowering Young at Risk, Skilling for Sustainable Living, Empowerment of Women and the Don Bosco Green Alliance.

                                              The Art4Peace Award is an incredible milestone in the history of Don Bosco India. At this juncture, we take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our valuable partners who have generously contributed resources to realise the vision of Don Bosco in India from 1906.

                                              “We are honoured to receive this award on behalf of all our donors and the people who are associated with us directly and indirectly, working with us as one family. We appreciate and thank Dame Dr. Munni Irone, the founder and CEO of Art4Peace, for the recognition given to Don Bosco and his mission for youth. We join hands as partners and protagonists of peace mission to unite the world,” the Salesians in India said.

                                              Source: Don Bosco India

                                              • India
                                              • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                              • Educazione
                                              • Sviluppo
                                              • Salesiani
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                Belgium – Fr. Rozmus visit: an opportunity strengthening existing contacts at European Institutions

                                                1 week 2 days ago
                                                Belgium – Fr. Rozmus visit: an opportunity strengthening existing contacts at European Institutions

                                                (ANS – Bruxelles) – On Don Bosco’s feast 2019, Don Bosco International (DBI) arranged an institutional tour for Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, Regional Councillor for Europe Centre-North, as done previously in 2017 and 2018, with Fr Fabio Attard and Fr Stefano Martoglio.

                                                The institutional journey started very early on Wednesday 30, celebrating Mass at the European Parliament with the presence of 5 Members of European Parliament, from Italy, Croatia and Czech Republic and several public servants working in that institutions as well as embassy representatives from Italy and Poland. The Salesian crew managed as well to have some meaningful conversations on education, youth employment and the fight against poverty. Apart from searching new opportunities with some of them, they were gifted, as thanks for their support, with the book: “Turin, the city of Don Bosco”.

                                                The second visit of the tour was at the Nunciature, where Mgr Alain Lebeaupin welcomed Fr Rozmus and shared some views and challenges for both the Church and the European Union: a fraternal dialogue thanking the positive contribution of the Don Bosco movement in Europe.

                                                The third step of the day was once again in the European Parliament to share lunch with a group of Italian young people coming from INE Province (TGS Eurogroup) and Novara (ICP Province); and to get to know their experience visiting the heart of Europe. Following this family meeting, Fr Rozmus took part in the Holocaust remembrance in the plenary of the Parliament, where he met religious leaders from several confessions, among them Mgr Hollerich, President of COMECE.

                                                The fourth milestone was at the EU Council, fully immersed in Brexit discussions; however the ambassador of Poland, H.E. Andrzej Sados, devoted thirty minutes to get to know the work of Don Bosco International, and open the door for future cooperation, to highlight the work of Salesians in Poland and in Europe.

                                                The last event of the day was Don Bosco Mass and reception in the Chapel for Europe, where the Salesian crew could thank the partners in Brussels for the cooperation during 2018. Ten Salesians from both communities, Flemish and French-speaking, were present in the event, as well as other representatives of the Salesian Family, as well as a group of Salesian Syrian refugees living in Belgium (one even showed her Cooperator ID signed by Fr Egidio Viganò). A family moment, with a nearly full chapel, followed by a reception in which participants had meaningful conversations with several people.

                                                On the 31st, the last point of the institutional agenda, was visiting COMECE to meet with Fr Olivier Poquillon op, with sharing on future activities and the thanksgiving for the very valuable cooperation with DBI and the many initiatives carried out together.

                                                Later, Fr Rozmus reached the Belgium North Province to celebrate Don Bosco with them, and be present in both communities during his visit.

                                                A very fruitful, intense and well-prepared marathon of meetings that, despite the fatigue of a long meeting day, allowed DBI to increase its impact and Fr Rozmus to get to reinforce his view of the importance of DBI’s work for the provinces of his Region.

                                                {gallery}Belgio - Tour Rozmus{/gallery}

                                                • Belgio
                                                • Don Bosco International
                                                • Tadeusz Rozmus
                                                • Europe
                                                • Unione Europea
                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                  RMG - New group in Salesian Family: "Instituto Religioso das Irmàs Medianeiras da Paz"

                                                  1 week 3 days ago

                                                  (ANS - Rome) - On Monday 4 February the Rector Major, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, officially decreed the entrance of the "Instituto Religioso das Irmàs Medianeiras da Paz" (Religious Institute of the Mediators of Peace - IRIMEP) into the Salesian Family, thus becoming the latter's 32nd recognized group.

                                                  The decree signed by the Rector Major states that this decision was made following the request of Sister Lucia Barbosa de Oliveira, General Coordinator of IRIMEP, and after the positive opinion expressed by his Council, the bishops concerned and the Provincial of Brazil-Recife, as well as considering the history of the Institute, the foundation by a Salesian and the spiritual and apostolic relationship always maintained with the Salesians.

                                                  Entry into the Salesian Family has been a process that has lasted several years. The institute was founded in 1968 by Msgr. Antonio Campelo, Salesian and Archbishop of Petrolina (State of Pernambuco, Brazil); on his death, in 1984, the "Mediatrix Sisters of Peace", religious belonging to the Institutes of Consecrated Life of Diocesan Right, formally asked to become part of the Salesian Family.

                                                  In 1986 Fr Egidio Viganó, then Rector Major, replied to a letter from the same Sisters, and wrote: "I rejoice in your presence in the Church and I congratulate you on the progress you have made (in the meantime) that this experience phase end with the best results."

                                                  As is clearly written in the Salesian Constitutions: "From Don Bosco derives a vast movement of people who, in different ways, work for the salvation of the young." And this institute "shares the mission of Don Bosco to work for the poor, the abandoned, the people in danger and in areas where poverty is extreme," said Fr Joan Lluis Playá, who has visited some of the social works that the "Messengers of Peace" are developing in Brazil.

                                                  Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, expressed his great joy in knowing that "the Salesian Family continues to grow, not only numerically, but above all at the charismatic level, because where there is a member who works as Don Bosco, these work for the salvation of the poorest young people."

                                                  Seventy religious are currently part of the institute, assisted by about 300 collaborators who share with the sisters the pastoral and socio-educational mission. "They were born with the concern to reach the most remote places in the Church, where poverty is really extreme," added Fr Playá. "I have visited, under the direction of the Rector Major, the places where they carry out their apostolate and they are evidently 'Salesians', being missions among disadvantaged young people."

                                                  More information on the 32nd group of the Salesian Family is available on their website: http://www.impaz.org.br/ 

                                                  • RMG
                                                  • Famiglia Salesiana
                                                  • Instituto Religioso das Irmàs Medianeiras da Paz
                                                  • Brasile
                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                    Uganda - Inauguration of Salesian Vocational Training Center in Palabek refugee camp

                                                    1 week 3 days ago
                                                    Uganda - Inauguration of Salesian Vocational Training Center in Palabek refugee camp

                                                    (ANS - Palabek) - On January 31, on the feast day of Don Bosco, the Salesian Province of Africa Great Lakes (AGL) inaugurated a Center for Vocational Training (CFP) in the refugee camp of Palabek, in the north of Uganda, where a Salesian community lives permanently among refugees, assisting them daily. The camp is home to refugees fleeing civil war and violence in South Sudan. There are currently over 34,000, mostly young people.

                                                    by Fr Raphaël Katanga, SDB

                                                    It was a day of great joy for the young refugees, because this CFP will facilitate their autonomy and their social integration.

                                                    The project of the CFP was conceived as a fundamental element so the Salesian intervention in Palabek be really effective. Starting from the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, various people and organizations of the Salesian Congregation have therefore mobilized to carry out this project.

                                                    Thousands of refugees, representatives of non-governmental organizations and a government delegation participated in the opening ceremonies, and several speeches of thanksgiving and encouragement were made by various guests, recipients of the CFP and collaborators.

                                                    The young refugees demonstrated their talent by singing some specially composed songs in honor of Don Bosco, with which they praised and thanked the Saint of Youth and his spiritual Sons.

                                                    Speaking on behalf of the President of the Republic and speaking on behalf of the government, the Hon. Hilary Onek, Minister for Relief, Disaster Prevention and Refugees, promised to finance the construction of two dormitories, one for boys and one for girls. Then he cut the ribbon, while Fr Raymond Bavumiragiye, Vicar of the Superior of AGL, unveiled the plaque with the name and official logo of the center.

                                                    With its 6 training courses, the center will be a flexible structure, able to adapt to the new professions required by the labor market. As also emphasized by Minister Onek, it will provide formation based on skills and will bring young people closer to the working world.

                                                    The students of the CFP will benefit from a free formation course of 3-6 months and/or a formation of one year. Everything will depend on the choice of courses and the skills of the individual student.

                                                    Furthermore, an internal CFP job placement office has already been set up, which will put students in contact with companies, accompany them on site visits and interviews, and help them find traineeship options.

                                                    Through vocational training these young people will be able to give themselves and their families social stability and improve their living conditions.

                                                    "We thank the Lord for the realization of this project, through which we will be able to educate good technicians and honest citizens," the Salesians of the Vice Province AGL say in conclusion.

                                                    {gallery}Uganda - Apertura CFP Palabek{/gallery}

                                                    • Uganda
                                                    • AGL
                                                    • Formazione Professionale
                                                    • Missioni
                                                    • Rifugiati
                                                    • Palabek
                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                      Chile - "Technologies with social impact" rewards "Fundación Don Bosco" for project "Road Circuit Register"

                                                      1 week 3 days ago

                                                      (ANS - Santiago) - There is no longer any doubt that the adoption of digital technologies is a phenomenon in constant growth, which over time covers increasingly more layers and social areas. For this reason, companies, institutions and agencies are investing more and more capital to enhance and optimize their resources through technology. The "Fundación País Digital" of Microsoft Chile and "DonaTec" (an online donation program for the NGO "CDI Chile") have come together to give prominence to those non-profit Chilean organizations which, through the use of technology, are positively influencing their communities. As is the case with the "Fundación Don Bosco".

                                                      "Registro Circuito de Calle" (Register of Streets Circuit), is the digital app developed by the "Fundación Don Bosco" which won the "Social impact technologies" award during a ceremony held at the Hotel Cumbres Lastarria, last January 29th. Forty-four organizations challenged each other and, together with the Salesian foundation, other educational institutions, firefighters, a charitable organization and an organization serving the sick were among the finalists.

                                                      Thanks to the "Registro Circuito de Calle" app, which makes use of the tools of Artificial Intelligence, "Fundación Don Bosco" can, in the field, record, via the information coming from mobile phones and "geo-referencing", the actions carried out by street children, locate their transit circuits and their movements. In this way, the foundation's teams can find them more easily, identifying the territorial dynamics associated with their behaviors and their relationships, and allowing operators to plan intervention actions.

                                                      The project used "Power Apps" to develop the application, "Excel Online" to record and save data, "One Drive" and "Power Bi" for all the analysis and geo-referencing of the subjects and the "Team" software so the operators can use and share all the information in a collaborative way.

                                                      For the "Fundación Don Bosco", this award is a great acknowledgement. "There is not a computer engineer behind this project, but only us, self-taught people who, with pride, can give visibility to those who are 'invisible' for society."

                                                      Source: País Digital 

                                                      • Cile
                                                      • CIL
                                                      • Tecnologie
                                                      • App
                                                      • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                      • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                                      • Bambini di Strada
                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                        Venezuela - Church calls for "peaceful and transparent transition, which leads to free and legitimate elections" and calls for the entry of "humanitarian aid"

                                                        1 week 4 days ago

                                                        (ANS - Caracas) - A situation of "injustice and suffering", also marked by "a growing repression", which has generated "the search for political change through a process of peaceful and transparent transition". With these words the Church in Venezuela, through the representation of bishops, religious and laity, defines the recent events that took place in the Latin American country; and while it promises to maintain its own broad commitment to support the needy population, it invites all to pray for peace, reconciliation and freedom.

                                                        These considerations were presented yesterday, February 4, at a press conference in Caracas, during which the representatives of the three signatory bodies intervened: Msgr. José Trinidad Fernández, Auxiliary Bishop of Caracas, for the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference (CEV), Fr Francisco Méndez, Salesian Provincial of Venezuela, for the Conference of Religious (men and women) (CONVER); and María Elena Febres-Cordero Briceño, for the National Council of Laymen of Venezuela (CNL).

                                                        The statement said that "the Venezuelan people have re-awakened; they go into the streets because they strongly desire a change in the political and democratic direction of the country."

                                                        After listing the difficulties of civil life, the document recalls "the search for political change through a peaceful and transparent transition process, leading to free and legitimate elections, to resume the direction of democracy and to restore the rule of law." The transition path, it is explained, must however be conducted "in a peaceful way and through the instruments present in the Constitution, to avoid greater suffering and pains to the people."

                                                        The note then defines "the growing repression unacceptable" and with particular force demands the release of underage prisoners; expresses specific gratitude "to the activists who defend and promote human rights"; and invites all citizens "at this crucial moment in the history of the homeland, to give the best of themselves", to set upon the joint search for the "common good" and "avoid the shedding of blood."

                                                        The document also recalls that "the Catholic Church has been engaged for many years in accompanying and helping the most affected population", and promises to continue this effort.

                                                        Finally, the Venezuelan Church urges "to incentivize prayer and a spirituality incarnated in the situation that the people are suffering", especially through the Eucharist. In this regard, the invitation is to participate in the Mass on Sunday 10 February and to pray for peace, reconciliation and freedom.

                                                        • Venezuela
                                                        • VEN
                                                        • Politica
                                                        • Vescovi
                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                          RMG - 168 figures of sainthood in Salesian Family: "Dossier of Salesian Postulation"

                                                          1 week 4 days ago

                                                          (ANS - Rome) - On the occasion of the Feast of Don Bosco the Dossier of the General Postulation of the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family has been updated, presenting the situation of the Causes of Beatification and Canonization in 2018. "At this moment," explains Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, SDB, Postulator General, "Postulation accompanies 50 Causes concerning 168 between Saints, Blessed, Venerable, Servants of God. There are also 5 other causes entrusted to our Postulation: the Venerable Casimiro Barello, Camille Costa de Beauregard and Jan Tyranowski, the Servants of God Augusto Bertazzoni and Felice Canelli."

                                                          Every Saint, Blessed, Venerable, Servant of God is the bearer of a wealth of aspects that must be considered and valued. It is a matter of contemplating a diamond with many faces, some more visible and attractive, others less immediate, but no less true and decisive. Knowing and making known these extraordinary figures of believers generates a progressive involvement in their journey, a passionate interest in their affairs, a joyous sharing of projects and hopes that animated their steps.

                                                          No doubt it will be of great interest for the Salesian Family, and especially for 15 Groups of the great family tree, to see some of their members involved in one of these processes. As Fr Rua wrote in a letter to the Salesian directors in February 1888, a few days after the burial of Don Bosco's body in Valsalice: "Be it our motto from now on: the sanctity of the children be proof of the sanctity of the father."

                                                          The Strenna of the Rector Major for this year is a strong invitation to know and appreciate this precious heritage and to stimulate renewed resolutions of holiness. The Rector Major wrote: "My dear brothers and sisters, I can safely say that the greatest need and the greatest urgency we have today in our Salesian world is not to do more things, to plan and redesign new realities, to start new presences... but to show what our lives communicate personally and collectively, our way of living the Gospel, which develops and extends over time, as a prolongation of the way of life of Jesus. Ultimately our sanctity is at stake!"

                                                          This subsidy can also be an instrument to grow in the knowledge, in prayer and in the imitation of these witnesses of the Gospel and of the Salesian charism in the world.

                                                          On the web are available the dossiers and the updated version of the Poster of Holiness.

                                                          • Santità Salesiana
                                                          • RMG
                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                            United Arab Emirates - Christians and Muslims: "dialogue as a way; common collaboration as a conduit; mutual knowledge as a method"

                                                            1 week 4 days ago

                                                            (ANS - Abu Dhabi) - In the eighth centenary of the meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and the sultan al-Malik al-Kāmil, once again a Francis journeyed to meet some of the leading Islamic authorities; and dialogue was indeed the cornerstone of the Argentine Pope's journey. Yesterday, 4 February, at the end of the interreligious meeting in the "Founder's Memorial" of Abu Dhabi, the Holy Father and the Imam of Al-Azhar Ahamad al-Tayyib - the greatest doctrinal authority of Sunni Islam - signed a common document on "Human Brotherhood for World Peace and common coexistence."

                                                             

                                                            There are several new elements of this apostolic trip to the United Arab Emirates: for the first time a Pope has set foot in the Arabian Peninsula, for the first time a great public Eucharist was celebrated throughout the peninsula (with over 135,000 faithful present, mostly foreign immigrants), and emerging for the first time a document so articulate and demanding on the dialogue between Christianity and Islam, for the benefit of the whole human brotherhood.

                                                            In their fifth meeting, in fact, the Imam of Al-Azhar and the Roman Pontiff, "in the name of God, who created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity", in the name of the poor, orphans and widows, in the name of brotherhood, of liberty and of justice, have declared, on behalf of their respective communities of believers, to want "to adopt the culture of dialogue as a way; common collaboration as a conduit; mutual knowledge as a method and criterion."

                                                            Numerous, strong and demanding are the steps of the document signed by the two religious authorities: from the firm declaration "that religions never incite war and do not solicit feelings of hatred, hostility, extremism", to the appeal to the leaders of nations to protect the family as the "fundamental nucleus of society and humanity"; from the condemnation of extremism and intolerance, which produced "a third world war in pieces, fragments", to the call for an equitable distribution of resources; from the protection of the fundamental rights of women and children and to the protection of the elderly; up to the promotion of the religious sense and to the recognition of the role of religions in the construction of world peace.

                                                            The document, which wants to be an invitation to reconciliation and brotherhood not only among believers, but among all people of good will, aims to be the object of research and reflection in all schools, universities and institutes of education and Christian and Islamic formation.

                                                            The project of Pope Francis to "start processes", rather than "occupy spaces", marks another, very important step forward.

                                                            The full text of the declaration is available here.

                                                            {gallery}Emirati Arabi - Viaggio Papa{/gallery}

                                                            • Papa Francesco
                                                            • Islam
                                                            • Emirati Arabi Uniti
                                                            • Dialogo
                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                              Spain - Salesian presence at 33rd edition of Goya Awards

                                                              1 week 4 days ago
                                                              Spain - Salesian presence at 33rd edition of Goya Awards

                                                              (ANS - Seville) - The gala evening of the 33rd edition of the Goya Awards, held in Seville on Saturday 2 February, was full of "Salesian" aspects. We cannot but mention that Campeones and El Reino were the evening's two triumphant films, but names like Raúl de la Fuente and Jesús Vidal are indicative of a significant Salesian presence in this young and modern communicative world.

                                                              Director Raúl de la Fuente and producer Amaia Remírez won their second Goya Award on Saturday, with Un día más con vida, a feature film inspired by the novel by Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński. Raúl de la Fuente is the director of many productions produced all over the world by "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid. In recent years he has traveled around the world with the operators of "Misiones Salesianas" and thanks to him it has been possible to make Salesian work among the most disadvantaged young people known to many people.

                                                              In addition to Un día más con vida, a few months ago he directed and presented the documentary Love, which denounces child prostitution in Sierra Leone. Love was then presented in numerous institutional offices, Salesian works and centers all over the world to make people everywhere know and learn about Salesian projects in favor of minors in danger and of abandoned girls.

                                                              Previously, in recent years, the director worked with the Salesian Missions in productions such as Hijos de Haití (Children of Haiti), No estoy en venta (They are not for sale), Yo no soy bruja (I am not a witch), 30,000 and Diamantes en Lixeira (Diamonds in Lixeira), and Alto el Fuego (Cease Fire).

                                                              All these documentaries are available with subtitles in Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Polish and German.

                                                              "Currently," reports Raúl de la Fuente, "we are working on a new project that is already in progress. It is a short documentary entitled El Infierno which will be ready in June." And the fresh winner of the Goya Prize is also working on a joint project with the Salesian Central Office, the Salesian Missionary Offices, and the Dicastery for the Missions, Youth Ministry and Social Communications, for the production of three short films on the theme of vocations in different cultural contexts, with the title "Terra di Missione".

                                                              In this 33rd edition of the Goya Awards, a Spanish Salesian past pupil, Jesús Vidal, was also awarded. When he received the award, he said "three words came to mind: inclusion, diversity and visibility". He is the first visually impaired to win a Goya Award for an interpretation in a film, in this case as "Actor Revelation" in the film Campeones.

                                                              • Spagna
                                                              • Cinema
                                                              • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                                              • Missioni
                                                              • Procure Missionarie
                                                              • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                India – Brother Mathew Thaiparambil SDB - Non-Formal Vocational Training pioneer passes away

                                                                1 week 5 days ago
                                                                India – Brother Mathew Thaiparambil SDB - Non-Formal Vocational Training pioneer passes away

                                                                (ANS – Kolkata) – A Salesian brother, who was hailed as the “father of drop-outs,” for his pioneering works in non-formal vocation training in eastern India, died on February 1 in Kolkata. The funeral of Brother Mathew, aged 78, will be held at the historical Marian shrine of Bandel on Wednesday 6 February 2019.

                                                                By Fr C.M. Paul, SDB

                                                                Brother Mathew has two other brothers in the Salesian Society: elder brother Fr T.V. Anthony in Delhi province and younger brother Br T.V. Johny in Kolkata province.

                                                                Br Mathew was a well-known innovator and consultant, both among Government and Non-Government circles in India and abroad, for his unique and spectacular approach in training and creating job opportunities through non-formal technical education.

                                                                “Hailed as the 'father of drop outs' Br Mathew, while he was director of Don Bosco Technical School at Liluah, started a self-employment project to care for school drop-outs, the young people of the area who had a propensity to become anti-socials,” recalls one of his collaborators and Don Bosco Alumnus Subrata Ganguly.

                                                                “One man's vision and initiative has, over the years, successfully managed to bring hope to the lives of many marginalized young people who would otherwise have been left out of the social mainstream,” Mr Ganguly recalls.

                                                                Kolkata Salesian Provincial Fr Nirmol Gomes asserts, “I have no hesitation in saying that Br T.V. Mathew is a jewel in the crown of Salesian Brother Vocations in India and lodestar for the typically Salesian initiatives in the non-formal education for the poor and marginalized youth. At the NCERT ceremony that conferred on DBSERI the Best Vocational Training Institution Award 2012 in West Bengal, Brother Mathew was hailed as 'Father of Non-Formal Vocational Training in India.”

                                                                Fr Gomes adds, “A man of great vision and foresight, Brother Mathew has touched and transformed the lives of thousands of young people over 40 plus years, saving them from vagrancy and despair, and from falling prey to militancy, particularly from joining the Naxals in the Jungalmahal area.”

                                                                Br T.V. Mathew's connection to Kolkata goes back to 1957, when he came to study at Bandel, and started the then revolutionary concept of providing self-employment opportunity through non-formal vocational training.

                                                                In a previous interview DBSERI's founder-director Br Mathew recalled his efforts to fight youth unemployment with self-employment saying, “as more than 85 per cent of children drop out from schools, Don Bosco Society took up this noble program to equip school drop-out boys and girls with income generating skills leading to self-employment.”

                                                                The initiative, which started during the tenure of first Indian provincial of Calcutta province Fr Joseph Kezhakkekara in hired premises with 14 vagrant boys, was later shifted to the present permanent site, at Mirpara, in 1990 with over 17 trades. The first Salesians who joined Br Mathew in the early days were: Fr M.M. Joy, Br Andrew Jojo, Fr K. A. Thomas and others.

                                                                After running the programme for 12 years in a rented building near Don Bosco School, Liluah, Salesian Calcutta province found a property of 4 acres of land which consisted of two factories that were closed down, while the land was a jungle with dilapidated sheds.

                                                                The Don Bosco Self Employment Research Institute (DBSERI) shifted to the present location at Mirpara in 1990 to keep up with the growing numbers of students.

                                                                DBSERI Mirpara is about 1.5 km from Liluah railway station, just 10 minutes of train travel from Howrah, nestled in what are four acres of salvation for hundreds of school dropouts.

                                                                A long time Consultant to the Government of West Bengal in Vocational Training and Government of India for Self Employment, Br Mathew has also initiated non-traditional income generating trades to train women in setting up small enterprises and be financially independent.

                                                                • India
                                                                • INC
                                                                • Formazione Professionale
                                                                • Decessi
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  RMG - "At service of most vulnerable and at risk young people": Salesian Consulta on marginalization and young people at risk

                                                                  1 week 5 days ago

                                                                  (ANS - Rome) - The Department for Youth Ministry, following the indications of the Rector Major and his Council contained in the "Plan of animation and government for the six-year period 2014-2020", and according to the guidelines offered by General Chapter 27, called the "World Consultation on marginalization and young people at risk", which will take place from 27 to 31 March 2019 at the Salesian Headquarters of the "Sacro Cuore", in Rome.

                                                                  Participating in the event are 30 Salesians and lay people, sector experts and regional, national or provincial coordinators of the Salesian Social Centers and Services of Africa (ACC, AFE, AFW), America (BSP, COM, MEG, URU), Asia and Oceania ( FIN, KOR, INK, INM, INM, INM) and Europe (BEN, FRB, GER, GER, SLK, together with the "Salesians for Social" team of Italy and the "PESS" of Spain). The Dicastery for the Missions will also be represented, with one member, as will the Youth Ministry Department, through its team, the secretary of the "Don Bosco International" (DBI) and the representative at the United Nations.

                                                                  The goal of the Consulta, the Salesian World Consultive Body or Commitee, is, first of all, to know and share the challenges of the Congregation in relation to the Salesian Works and Social Services and the attention to the most vulnerable and at risk young people, analyze the answers to the challenges (processes, ways, options , structures) in the work with aforesaid youths, their families and the same poor environments, thinking of the processes to be activated to respond prophetically to the Salesian mission of today and tomorrow.

                                                                  Secondly, this World Council has a second specific challenge: that of reflecting and deepening the Salesian Mission in relation to the Salesian Social Works and Services for the most vulnerable young people and their families in the light of the Framework for Salesian Youth Ministry, of the Synod of Bishops on "Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment", and of the next General Chapter 28 (GC28).


                                                                  A third aspect is that of learning, sharing and reflecting together, in a joint fashion, to take on a global perspective of Salesian services and thus offer a message of hope to the Congregation in view of the GC28, which will push the whole Congregation to place, with greater charismatic impulse, the young most in need and at risk at the center of the Salesian mission.

                                                                  As a result of this World Council, preparations for a "World Symposium" to be held in 2021 are foreseen, which will strengthen the commitment, identity, processes and synergies of the Congregation in the Salesian Social Services and Work for young people at risk, as the social dimension of the charism in their different contexts.

                                                                  The "World Consultation on the marginalization of young people at risk" is part of a process of coordination and accompaniment at the world level of the Youth Ministry Department for the teams of the Congregation who are active in the sector of Works and Services for young people at risk.

                                                                  • RMG
                                                                  • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                                                  • Pastorale Giovanile
                                                                  • Missioni
                                                                  • Emarginazione
                                                                  • Povertà
                                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                    United States – Cardinal Zen celebrates Feast of Don Bosco at “Don Bosco Cristo Rey”

                                                                    1 week 5 days ago
                                                                    United States – Cardinal Zen celebrates Feast of Don Bosco at “Don Bosco Cristo Rey”

                                                                    (ANS – Takoma Park– Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School welcomed Cardinal Joseph Zen, SDB, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, as celebrant and preacher for the solemnity of St. John Bosco on January 31. Mass was celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in the church of Our Lady of Sorrows adjacent to the school in the presence of students, staff, Salesian Cooperators, and friends of the school.

                                                                    by Fr. Mike Mendl, SDB

                                                                    Cardinal Zen had been visiting the U.S. for several days and earlier in the week was honored with the “Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom” by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation on account of his staunch defense of human rights and freedom of religion in China. He was accompanied by Fr. Joseph Ng, superior of the Salesian Province based in Hong Kong. The priests of the local Salesian community also concelebrated the Mass.

                                                                    Basing his homily on the gospel (Matt 18:1-6,10), the cardinal noted how Don Bosco put into practice Jesus’ exhortation to take care of the little ones and the poor. He asked why Jesus blesses the poor and responded that suffering is part of life because all of us are sinners; but Jesus, the Good Shepherd, takes care of his sheep and through his own suffering on the cross leads us to salvation.

                                                                    Cardinal Zen said that believers live by hope in something this is already present, a first installment in salvation, because of God’s love. Life without love is meaningless, he said, and life without suffering is not possible.

                                                                    The cardinal noted that the Mass was taking place in Our Lady of Sorrows Church and linked the Virgin Mary’s suffering, in mystery, to the joy of salvation that followed her sorrows. Turning again to St. John Bosco, the cardinal said that he was always happy in spite of the difficulties of his life because he always knew that he was on his way to Paradise.

                                                                    The cardinal, so well known for his defense of the freedom of the Church, spoke briefly about the current situation in China. He mentioned Pope Benedict XVI’s encouragement to Chinese Catholics to persevere in the Faith even if they have to suffer for it. Christians, the cardinal said, are always winners if they are on God’s side, if they are little ones who put their faith in God.

                                                                    Through the humble servant of God St. John Bosco, he concluded, many little ones got the help they needed in life and grew up to help others also.

                                                                    DBCR’s students and staff very much appreciated Cardinal Zen’s visit. In the evening Cardinal Zen and Fr. Ng visited the Salesians’ new residence in College Park, Md., and took part with the community in Evening Prayer II of St. John Bosco.

                                                                    {gallery}Stati Uniti - Visita Zen{/gallery}

                                                                    • Stati Uniti
                                                                    • SUE
                                                                    • CIN
                                                                    • Cardinali
                                                                    • Joseph Zen
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      Panama - "Panama belongs to Don Bosco and Don Bosco is from Panama": thousands of people accompanied Don Bosco in a procession

                                                                      2 weeks 1 day ago

                                                                      (ANS - Panama City) – Taking place yesterday, 31 January, in the "Valdocco of America", in Panama City, was the biggest feast in honor of Don Bosco with the solemn Eucharistic presided over by Msgr. José Domingo Ulloa, archbishop of Panama, and concelebrated by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians. Subsequently, thousands of people accompanied the statue and the relic of Don Bosco in a procession.

                                                                      As Fr Romulo Gallegos, SDB, Director of the center of the Basilica of Don Bosco in Panama City explained: "The patron saint of Panama is Our Lady of Santa Maria la Antigua. But St. John Bosco is so revered that every year on January 31, four hundred thousand people gather, in a sort of WYD."

                                                                      For his part, Fr Carlos Vilanova, parish priest of the Basílica, underscored that "the procession this year accompanies the relic of the Saint", and is a novelty made on the occasion of the presence of the Rector Major for this feast.

                                                                      In front of a basilica full of faithful, mgr. Ulloa expressed his gratitude for the presence of the X Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Á. F. Artime, and of Fr Fabio Attard, General Councilor for Youth Ministry. Mons.Ulloa then emphasized that the procession in honor of St. John Bosco, "Father and Teacher of Youth", would symbolically close the activities of the World Youth Day, which Pope Francis presided last week.

                                                                      In his homily, the archbishop of Panama expressed "that you stop being young when you stop dreaming ... I become old if I stop dreaming. Today we are living the extension of the WYD, celebrating this solemnity of St. John Bosco, patron of young people and of WYD2019, and we can say that 'Panama belongs to Don Bosco and Don Bosco belongs to Panama'."

                                                                      "While we know that the body of Don Bosco is in Turin," the prelate added, "the heart of Don Bosco is in Panama."

                                                                      About 100 young people of the Salesian Youth Movement, who came from Colombia, Mexico, Central America and other countries of the world, participated in these celebrations, who wanted to remain to live Don Bosco's feast in the country of America where Don Bosco is most loved.

                                                                      "Don Bosco continues to be as modern as it was 160 years ago," the Rector Major said. "The profiles of boys and girls will be changed. We know that young people with their cultures are different, but they are very similar in the heart. We offer them a home, a family, a project, we prepare them for life and present them with freedom to God, who loves them so much."

                                                                      • Panama
                                                                      • CAM
                                                                      • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                      • Don Bosco
                                                                      • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                      • Festa Don Bosco
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        Vatican - Pope Francis points out Don Bosco to priests: "He made others happy and himself rejoiced"

                                                                        2 weeks 1 day ago

                                                                        (ANS - Vatican City) - First in front of about 700,000 young people in Panama City; then in the general audience at the Vatican; finally, yesterday, during the morning Mass celebrated in the "Domus Sanctae Marthae", for the third time in less than a week Pope Francis indicated Don Bosco as a model and example to follow.

                                                                        Yesterday the Pope began by recalling the importance of Mother Margherita, a humble woman, "who had not studied in the faculty of theology", but who was able to pronounce "a mother's prophecy" when she told Don Bosco, on the day of his ordination: "Today you will begin to suffer" - a suffering understood as a sign of commitment to the good.

                                                                        Then, examining Don Bosco's apostolic action, Pope Francis observed: "In that Masonic era ... where the poor were really the poorthe “left behind”, he saw those young people on the streets and said: 'It cannot be! '... He looked with the eyes of man, who is brother and dad as well, and said:' This cannot go this way! These young people may perhaps end up like Father Cafasso, on the gallows ... '. He was moved and as a man he began to think of humane ways to make young people grow. And then, he had the courage to look with the eyes of God and go to God and say: 'You have created these people for a fullness, they are in a real tragedy ...'. And so, looking at reality with the love of a father - Father and Teacher, says today's liturgy - and looking at God with the eyes of a beggar, who asks for something of light - (luminous) - begins to move forward."

                                                                        Thus, after having indicated him as a model to all the young people of the world in the WYD vigil in Panama, yesterday the Pope presented Don Bosco as an example for all priests, as an emblem of the priest who "spent so much time in front of the tabernacle" and a long time in the midst of his people.

                                                                        "He did not go with the Catechism and the Crucifix only, [saying] 'do this'. No, no: he went close to them, with liveliness. He made them play, he put them in groups, like brothers ... He went, he walked with them, he heard with them, he saw them, he cried with them and he brought them along, like that."

                                                                        The Pope then thanked God for Don Bosco and recalled his distinctive trait, which also represents the signal that a priest is going on the right path: "Joy. The joy of Don Bosco is known: he is the master of joy, eh? Because he made others enjoy and rejoiced himself. And he too suffered. We ask the Lord, through the intercession of Don Bosco, today, the grace that our priests are joyful: joyful because they have the true sense of looking at the things of the pastoral, the people of God with eyes of man and with the eyes of God."

                                                                        As a summary of the homily, yesterday morning the Pope also tweeted: "Don Bosco had the courage to look at reality with human eyes and with the eyes of God. May every priest imitate him by seeing reality with human eyes and with the eyes of God."

                                                                        • Vaticano
                                                                        • Papa Francesco
                                                                        • Don Bosco
                                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                          Panama - The Rector Major, together with the President of the Republic, visited the new project in Colón

                                                                          2 weeks 1 day ago
                                                                          Panama - The Rector Major, together with the President of the Republic, visited the new project in Colón

                                                                          (ANS - Colón) - On 30 January Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, visited the project under construction of the Los Lagos Integrated Educational Center, located in the province of Colón, which the Government of Panama has entrusted to the Salesian Congregation.

                                                                          During the visit, Fr Á.F. Artime was accompanied by the President of the Republic of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela; by Msgr. José Domingo Ulloa, archbishop of Panama; and the Minister for Housing, Martín Sucre Champsaur. Together they visited the residential project "Altos de Los Lagos", located in the province of Colón, and were able to see the progress of the work.

                                                                          The President of Panama sustained that in consideration of the growth this project maintains, and the large number of children living in that area, it was necessary to provide this important educational center.

                                                                          "The San Juan Bosco Integral Bilingual Formation Center of Los Lagos will be managed by a group of Salesians," explained President Varela, "to strengthen family and Christian values among the hundreds of children in Colón, for whom now begins a new phase of the residential project."

                                                                          The Center was entrusted to the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco thanks to an agreement signed with the Ministry of Education in December 2018. In this way, the Government of Panama decided to focus on education and on the Preventive System of Don Bosco in favor of a population of about 1,500 children at risk living in that area.

                                                                          For his part, Minister Sucre Champsaur added: "We are satisfied because there are new days awaiting a generation that is preparing to positively change the country ... The whole center in its entirety will be ready by 2020, but we have verified every possibility to start the new infrastructure, including some premises within the residential project 'Altos de Los Lagos', and thus begin to carry out a socio-educational work," said Sucre Champsaur.

                                                                          The structure will be able to count on a number of buildings, which will host: administrative offices, kindergartens, primary and middle schools, as well as a gym, a bar, sports fields and an auditorium. In addition, eight halls have already been set up to welcome classrooms for nursery and kindergarten children from next March.

                                                                          The occasion was also favorable for the delivery, by the State, of two apartments in the residential complex, which will constitute the residence of the religious who will lead the center.

                                                                          Altos de Los Lagos is a residential complex recently inaugurated by the national government for the benefit of the poor, with decent housing and a healthy environment, far from the violence of the popular neighborhoods of the province of Colón in Panama.

                                                                          {gallery}Panama - Festa Don Bosco 2019{/gallery}

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                                                                          • Panama
                                                                          • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                          • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                          • Politica
                                                                          • Scuole
                                                                          • Nuova Presenza
                                                                          • CAM
                                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                            Italy - Don Bosco Feast in Valdocco: between street art and celebrations

                                                                            2 weeks 2 days ago
                                                                            Italy - Don Bosco Feast in Valdocco: between street art and celebrations

                                                                            (ANS - Turin) - Live performances by young street performers; a playful recollection of Giovanni Bosco's dream as a 9-year old, with "the irruption of wolves and lambs among passersby"; then, at the height of the day, the solemn Eucharist with the Vicar of the Rector Major, Fr Francesco Cereda: this - and more - makes up the rich program of activities to celebrate Don Bosco in the place where it all began: at Valdocco.

                                                                            Throughout the day at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians there are numerous celebrations to allow the participation of all the faithful and devotees of Don Bosco. At 11:00 a.m. (UTC+1) the Archbishop of Turin, Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, presides over the Eucharist - which can also be seen live on www.missionidonbosco.org 

                                                                            On the wave of the enthusiasm aroused by the graffiti "Don Bosco Story" created by the street artist "Mr. Wany" for the 150th anniversary of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians last summer, visible on the street at the corner with Via Cigna, a new appointment in Valdocco with street art is proposed.

                                                                            Starting from 4 pm today, Thursday 31st January, two groups of young people from the Lyceum of the Mary Help of Christians Institute, which overlooks the square of the basilica, alternate, armed with spray cans, in writing various messages on the tarps hanging from the gate, which faithful will read while entering for the various liturgies of the feast of Don Bosco.

                                                                            The "instructions for use" and artistic coordination are by Fr Gianmarco Pernice, a Salesian, expert in street art, and parish priest of the parish of the "Istituto Agnelli" of Turin.


                                                                            Following this, twelve youths from the oratory of that same institute, disguised as wolves and lambs, ideally recall the fundamental dream of the Saint of Youth, from which his vocation of service to the young emerged.

                                                                            This double event will be documented by other young people who will make videos and photos with passersby. Images and sounds will then end up in the Net to be shared with the other young people of the world who will experience in a special way the feast of Don Bosco: in Panama, with the Rector Major, and in all the towns and villages where a Salesian center lives: because, united all together in the Salesian world, we can say: #WeAreDonBosco.

                                                                            At the end of the afternoon event with the young artists, in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, the solemn Eucharistic Celebration takes place with the Vicar of the Rector Major, Fr Francesco Cereda, (6:30 pm - UTC + 1), which will be visible live streaming on: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                                                                            • Italia
                                                                            • ICP
                                                                            • Festa Don Bosco
                                                                            • Arte
                                                                            • Francesco Cereda
                                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                              Panama - Rector Major's message to the young: "Be missionary apostles for other young people in the world"

                                                                              2 weeks 2 days ago

                                                                              (ANS - Panama City) - The traditional greeting of the Rector Major to the young on the occasion of the feast of Don Bosco arrives this year from Panama, where Fr Ángel Fernández Artime has remained even after World Youth Day, to celebrate the Saint of the Young in a country much devoted to Don Bosco.

                                                                              The Rector Major speaks surrounded by the boys and girls of the Salesian Youth Movement, in several sites symbolic of the Salesian presence in the City of Panama: the Basilica of Don Bosco which houses the urn and the relic of Don Bosco and the exact replica of "I Becchi ", the birthplace of the Saint of Youth.

                                                                              The Rector Major recalls the dream of the nine-year old John Bosco, a dream which marked his whole life, so that each young person may be convinced that it is never too early to decide to become a missionary apostle to other young people.

                                                                              As Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Á.F. Artime then summons a challenge to young people: "I want to invite you to make a beautiful journey of youth, of youthful dreams, of Christian life, fidelity to Jesus and sainthood, ultimately a simple and forthcoming life."

                                                                              The full video of the Rector Major's message to young people is available in six languages on ANSChannel at youtube.

                                                                              {gallery}Panama - Video Messaggio RM{/gallery}

                                                                              • Panama
                                                                              • CAM
                                                                              • Festa Don Bosco
                                                                              • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                              • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                                Panama - "Sainthood is contagious". Rector Major on last day of triduum of preparation for feast of Don Bosco

                                                                                2 weeks 2 days ago

                                                                                (ANS - Panama City) - During the Eucharistic celebration of Wednesday, January 30, in preparation for the feast of Don Bosco, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, emphasized that "the path of Christian life cannot be traveled alone, but in community."

                                                                                The Rector Major began the celebration by thanking the faithful, the Salesians, the Salesian Family and above all the presence of diocesan priests and Msgr. Luis Antonio Secco, bishop of Curaçao in the Caribbean.

                                                                                During the homily, Fr Á.F. Artime expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to be in Panama. "I thank the Lord for being able to celebrate this feast with the heart of Don Bosco, inspired by the Spirit. The theme of this day invites us to present the walk (along the path) of missionary holiness in daily life ... Today I want to place as the starting point of this holiness the Venerable Mother Margherita, the mother of Don Bosco ... Don Bosco said to his mother: 'I need you to come with me to take care of my boys' ... I think about what it meant for this woman to leave everything!," explains the Rector Major, "to go to Valdocco, take care of hundreds of children ... The life of Mamma Margarita is a testimony of anonymous, silent holiness."

                                                                                To reinforce this community vision of holiness, the Rector Major recalled the "school of sainthood" that Don Bosco was able to form with a group of young people in a rather restricted physical space: a school wherein were formed the figures of holiness of the stature of Domenico Savio, Michele Rua, Luigi Versiglia, Callisto Caravario, Luigi Variara, Andra Beltrami.

                                                                                What was Don Bosco's secret in stimulating the desire for holiness in these simple boys? First of all, precisely the simple sharing of life with two saints: Don Bosco himself and Mamma Margherita.

                                                                                What ascetic proposal was offered them to awaken the desire for holiness? Nothing extraordinary. Yes, the channeling of those youthful energies in study, in sport, in joy, in the family atmosphere. And, of course, prayer. A festive and youthful prayer.

                                                                                Don Bosco looked at those boys with the eyes of God. He believed in their potential. He encouraged them to give their best. He convinced them that God had a dream for each of them and that they should not be afraid of what God would ask each of them, because that would be the way of their happiness.

                                                                                • Panama
                                                                                • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                                • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                                • CAM
                                                                                • Santità Salesiana
                                                                                • Mamma Margherita
                                                                                • Festa Don Bosco
                                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana