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Venezuela – "The limiting of access to water is what could transform this situation into a health-related catastrophe". Message of Bishops: "I am thirsty"

3 weeks ago

(ANS - Caracas) - The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is becoming increasingly critical. A news item, reported by CNN, describes the humanitarian catastrophe produced by a government that perpetuates itself without meaning: "The woman of my life died because there was no assistance in the hospital, because they had no medicine." The Presidency of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference has launched a new message entitled: "I am thirsty", articulated in three points: "Reaffirming the dignity of the human person and their inalienable rights; crimes against humanity; the necessary conversion."

This message from the Presidency of the Venezuelan Episcopal Council (CEV), to which the Salesian Mgr. Raúl Biord, bishop of La Guaira, belongs, reiterates what was said a few weeks ago:

"It hurts to see the terrible image of a mother carrying her daughter's body to the morgue, a child who died during the blackouts. It hurts to see dozens of children buried because there was no medicine or electricity to save them. It hurts to see the scene of thousands of Venezuelans who have to travel thousands of miles in search of a future."

"More than the lack of electricity, it is the limitation of access to water which could turn this situation into a health catastrophe in the near future," said Susana Raffalli, a consultant with the Caritas Foundation.

The concern of the Church at this time is fundamentally that of "reaffirming the dignity and centrality of the human person." They also denounce and deplore the crimes against humanity that have taken place in the country "under the complacent gaze of the authorities" and of the National Armed Forces, who ignore the teachings of the Constitution.

Among the crimes, the bishops cite "the forced deportation of Colombians and Venezuelans, without following the procedures of the law", "incarceration or other serious deprivations of physical freedom", "torture against political prisoners", "deprivation of access to food and medicine", and "the people vanishing by force."

In their message  the bishops also expressed their "deep concern" for the "recurring blackouts at the national level which, among other things, further aggravate the crisis of the administration and conservation of food and medicines."

The CEV affirms to be united to the "clamor of the people" and before "the existing ungovernability that has its root in the illegitimacy of the regime. It is necessary to recognize the legal and moral legitimacy of the National Assembly to undertake paths of understanding and solutions."

  • Venezuela
  • VEN
  • Vescovi
    Gian Francesco Romano

    RMG – Don Bosco Green Alliance has 100 Members in one year

    3 weeks ago
    RMG – Don Bosco Green Alliance has 100 Members in one year

    (ANS – Rome) - With four new members from Paraguay, Argentina and the Philippines joining the Don Bosco Green Alliance on 3 April 2019, this global Salesian platform now has over 100 members! This is significant, because the alliance was launched in April 2018 and in the span of just one year it has 103 registered members from 35 different countries.  Membership to the alliance is open to all Salesian institutions and organizations worldwide.  Don Bosco Green Alliance is working to create an environment that is safe and caring for all life on the planet, while building up a new generation of environmentally committed citizens and leaders.

    Speaking about DBGA, Fr Savio Silveira, the convener of the alliance, said, “Don Bosco Green Alliance is an important part of our Salesian Youth Ministry today. Young people feel very strongly about the environmental crisis, since they understand well the impact it has on their lives and their future.  Accompanying young people as they seek solutions to environmental issues has to be an aspect of our youth ministry.  Care for God’s creation is very definitely an integral element of our Salesian Youth Spirituality.” 

    The first year of DBGA has been very eventful, with members of the green alliance being involved in various programmes collectively. World Clean-up Day, celebrated on 15 September, saw several Salesian institutions that are part of the alliance, involving young people in clean-up activities, both, in their own campuses as well as in their neighbourhoods.

    ‘Salesian Youth for Climate Action’ was another global campaign by DBGA, from 15 November till 14 December, to raise awareness about COP24 and also to give young people the opportunity to express their views on the climate crisis. As part of this campaign, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were used to carry video messages from young people in Salesian institutions to world leaders meeting in Katowice, Poland.

    A key moment of the past year was the presence of DBGA representatives at the conference ‘Saving Our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth’, organized by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, to celebrate the third anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’.  This conference, held over two days on 5-6 July at the Vatican, opened with a panel of five young people presenting their views on the environmental crisis and their personal reflections on the impact of Laudato Si’.  Macson Almedia from DBGA was one of the five young persons on this opening panel. 

    Another important event was the launching of the Laudato Si’ Generation on 25 January during the celebration of the World Youth Day in Panama. DBGA was one of the founding members of Laudato Si’ Generation.  Laudato Si’ Generation, which is the youth branch of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, aims at becoming a global youth movement that works for environmental issues, especially climate justice.

    {gallery}DBGA - Anniversario 2019{/gallery}  

    • RMG
    • Don Bosco Green Alliance
    • Ambiente
    • Creato
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Italy - Minors: Fr D’Andrea writes to Interior Minister Salvini: “come to our family homes”

      3 weeks ago
      Italy - Minors: Fr D’Andrea writes to Interior Minister Salvini: “come to our family homes”

      (ANS - Rome) - "Dear Mr. Minister Matteo Salvini, every year our family-type communities welcome and accompany towards adult life dozens of adolescent boys who cannot live in their families of origin for serious reasons and as established by the Minors Courts." Thus began the message that Fr Giovanni D’Andrea, president of “Salesians for Social - SCS / CNOS Federation”, addresses to the Italian Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini. The minister, speaking at the International Congress of Families in Verona, spoke of "the business of hundreds of millions of euros" of the family homes.

      "With them," continues Fr Giovanni D’Andrea, "we do personalized educational paths that prevent further situations of psychological distress, deviance, premature school leaving and frailty, and we foster global growth and inclusion as active citizens in our society. Every day educators, volunteers, and families collaborate with a much greater use of forces than what the so-called 'fee or cost' (sometimes provided by some local authorities with great delay) provides to accompany these children and to offer them an opportunity for the future that all the other children with a family behind them have. Article 3 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child states that any action in favor of this category of people must be made in the best interests of the child. In light of this, they should first be listened to and how they do in the communities verified via their own live voices."

      "For this reason, Minister, we ask you to come to see for yourself and get to know the boys and those who look after them. Our children need people who are close to them as significant adults, and in this our educational commitment is fulfilled in the wake Don Bosco started over 150 years ago. An educational commitment that sees them as protagonists. We wait for you to see for yourself, become aware in person, and thus be able to communicate to all the careful educational work that is being done with them and for them."

      Salesians for Social - SCS / CNOS Federation supports and follows children in 46 residential communities throughout the country, accompanying them become significant adults.


      For more information, visit the "Salesians for Social" website: https://www.salesianiperilsociale.it/progetti/case-famiglia/ 

      • Italia
      • Salesiani per il Sociale
      • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
      • Politica
        Gian Francesco Romano

        India – Salesian missionaries with BREADS continue rehabilitation work after devastating Kerala flooding

        3 weeks 1 day ago
        India – Salesian missionaries with BREADS continue rehabilitation work after devastating Kerala flooding

        (ANS – Bangalore) – The Office of Development of the Province of Bangalore (BREADS – Bangalore Rural Education and Development Society) has made significant progress in the rehabilitation of homes and livelihoods in the wake of flooding that devastated the Indian state of Kerala in August 2018. The flooding from the heaviest rains the region has seen since 1924 left more than 400 dead in Kerala alone and close to 1,000 total.

        “In the aftermath, Salesian missionaries in India mobilized and coordinated efforts to provide aid and support to some of the more than 1,500 people that were in relief camps in various districts of Kerala in addition to others who were in need,” says Father Mark Hyde, director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “Salesian missionaries live in the communities in which they work so they are perfectly positioned to respond swiftly and effectively in times of crisis even when they are often affected by the same natural disasters and humanitarian crises as those they serve.”

        After initial support was provided in the immediate aftermath, Salesian missionaries with BREADS began making a long-term plan for rebuilding in the region. They launched a #RebuildKerala campaign to mobilize human resources and support from Don Bosco institutions for the huge task of cleaning up houses, public institutions and neighborhood areas to help people return to their homes. Don Bosco formation houses (seminarians), colleges and high schools were engaged in the clean up campaign. Volunteer groups of youth, students and staff of Don Bosco institutions and youth centers reached out to 38 villages, cleaning 408 houses, three government offices/PRI institutions, one church and one retreat center.

        BREADS was also successful in reaching out to graduates of Don Bosco institutions in Bombay and Bangalore who banded together to support the people of Kerala. A “Student to Student” campaign was launched in which children donated notebooks and education materials. The Don Bosco School in Matunga and the Dominic Savio School in Andheri also donated educational supplies for children affected by the flood.

        BREADS, along with its partners, also engaged the ITI students at Don Bosco Sultan Bathery and Don Bosco Kottiyam in restoring electricity and plumbing to people’s homes. This was a tremendous boost to the effort to bring a sense of normalcy back to people’s lives, especially when skilled resources were very scarce and expensive. The students reached out to temporary shelters and homes, bringing light to 200 houses in Wayanad, Aranmula and Ranni and 76 houses in the Pathanamthitta district.

        Within a month of the disaster, BREADS was ready to provide rehabilitative support to help people move on with their lives. With BREADS support, local Don Bosco institutions identified 90 families and purchased supplies and other necessities that helped local family farms and other small businesses sustain their livelihoods.

        • India
        • INK
        • BREADS
        • Disastri
        • Procure Missionarie
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Italy – Half a Century of Vocational Training: CIOFS-FP commemorates with gratitude and relaunches

          3 weeks 1 day ago
          Italy – Half a Century of Vocational Training: CIOFS-FP commemorates with gratitude and relaunches

          (ANS - Rome) - Thinking about the work of young people is part of the Salesian DNA. But the challenge is to understand what work actually is today. For this reason, the women-focussed Centro Italiano Opere Femminili Salesiane – Vocational Training (CIOFS-FP), now celebrating its 50th anniversary, has organized a two-day event of celebration and reflection: this morning, 3 April, a delegation from the institution participates in the audience of Pope Francis, and in the afternoon a meeting session is scheduled on the pedagogical and historical-charismatic meaning of CIOFS-FP; tomorrow, the institutional assembly itself.

          The history of the Vocational Training of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) is as old as the Institute itself: in the first houses founded, next to the oratory, there was always the "Family Workshop" for young people and girls wherein the art of sewing at various levels was taught. In 1950, there were as many as 600 of these laboratories!

          At the same time, "Evening Schools" emerged for young women prematurely employed in factories. This was followed by the schools for rural housewives and then real and proper "agricultural schools". At the end of the 1960s, as "Artisan Schools", "Business Schools" and "Professional Start-up Schools" already existed, Sister Anita della Ricca gave life to the "CIOFS", of which she was the first National President, to give a civic or institutional aspect to all these works. Thus, the CIOFS Vocational Training Centers were born.

          Even today, the CIOFS-FP has the objective of curating the vocational training of young people actively seeking opportunities in the world of work or supporting those inclined towards entrepreneurship.

          Today, however, there is a large gap between studies and the trades needed in the real world: the “blue collar” worker is now technological, the farmer greentech, the hairdresser must study trichology, and to produce machinery, besides engineers, many specialized technicians are required. For this reason, the courses for professions, if consciously thought of for the specific needs of the local productive districts, prove to be very useful.

          The centers of CIOFS-FP are scattered throughout Italy and after years of planning and development are growing, ensuring employability rates that often reach circa 90%.

          As regards concrete actions for this important anniversary, in the afternoon of today, April 3, starting at 3 pm, a commemorative session is scheduled to be broadcast on live streaming on www.ciofs-fp.org; the Superior General of the FMA, Mother Yvonne Reungoat, will also be speaking.

          Tomorrow, April 4th, the CIOFS-FP assembly is scheduled.

          For more information, please visit: http://www.ciofs-fp.org 

          • Italia
          • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
          • Formazione Professionale
          • Anniversari
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Chile - New Lo Cañas campus infrastructure serving youth of Silva Henríquez Catholic University

            3 weeks 1 day ago
            Chile - New Lo Cañas campus infrastructure serving youth of Silva Henríquez Catholic University

            (ANS - Santiago) - In March, to improve the quality of services and spaces for the students of the Silva Henríquez Catholic University (UCSH), the headquarters of the Salesian university in the "Lo Cañas" district of La Florida, a suburb of Santiago, opened the doors of its new facilities, now available to over 300 new students in the courses of Nursing, Kinesiology and Phonoaudiology, and those of Pedagogy in Physical Education.

            The project encompasses a total area of ​​about three hectares, made available by the Salesian Province to the UCSH. The construction work of this new reality, which began in December last year, includes 11 new classrooms, two Chemistry and Biology laboratories, as well as the extension of the boarding school, theater redesign and new offices for academic staff.

            In this regard, the Rector of the UCSH, Fr Galvarino Jofré, underscored that "among our future projects we are planning to develop a Family Health Center, similar to the one we have in the Central House, which could be connected to the Study and Attention Center of the Community (CEAC) or the Legal Clinic, which answers to the needs of the population that surrounds us and can become a truly significant contribution to this sector, given that this service is currently lacking."

            The Rector also thanked all the people who actively participated in the project. "There's a great team here. And I am also very grateful to the Province for providing these spaces to the University."

            For his part, the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences of UCSH, Prof. Miguel Acevedo, commented: "We are in a privileged environment, which allows us to develop academic activities in a very good way, demonstrating all the commitment and the will of the University to offer the best to our students."

            While the Director of Physical Resources at UCSH, Patricio Hevia, stated that "at our Management Board, we are very happy, because we have seen the work at the beginning, from scratch, and today everything is completely different, improved. There is a lot to do, but from my point of view, we are taking a big step forward that will benefit students."

            It should be noted that the team from the Student Affairs and Ministry Directorate (DAE), which welcomed and guided the new students, also attended the opening day on 11 March.

            {gallery}Cile - Nuove strutture UCSH{/gallery}

            • Cile
            • CIL
            • Silva Henríquez
            • Università
              Gian Francesco Romano

              India – Fr Á.F. Artime to the Salesian Family: "Our mission is to bear witness"

              3 weeks 2 days ago

              (ANS - Panjim) - "Do you have a warm heart? ... Be generous, there are many young people who do not have your structures and opportunities. Go forth to meet them!" These are some of the words that the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, addressed to the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement, Sunday 31 March, at the Salesian Institute "Don Bosco" in Panjim.

              "You must spread Salesian joy to others ... Do not be sad, Christians with a suffering face," added the Successor of Don Bosco before the young. Throughout the meeting, the Rector Major showed great affability, a paternal trait and a willingness to answer questions and requests from the young participants.

              During the morning, Fr Á.F. Artime met the young Salesians in initial formation and the prenovices; in the afternoon, at the Provincial House of Oxdel, he gathered with members of the Salesian Family for a new moment of sharing in the Salesian spirit.

              "We all have only one father, Don Bosco, and his charism is our mission," he said, recalling that the Salesian Family is like a big tree with, so far, 32 branches.

              He then used an example from the Saint of Youth and Pope Francis to remind participants of two fundamental aspects. The first is that the Salesian Family works together with whoever is available: "Don Bosco called everyone to work with poor young people, including his mother, Mamma Margherita, also the mother of Father Rua, also the mother of Giovanni Cagliero ..."

              The second, to put onself at the service of everyone: "What does the Church expect from you? Pope Francis said that the Church does not condemn other religions, the doors of the Church are always open to everyone. We are not here to protect ourselves from anyone. Our mission is to bear witness and the Gospel should accompany everything we do." Furthermore, he recalled the specific mission of groups composed essentially of lay people: "You are apostles in the world, scattered like a forest. You must flourish and bear fruit wherever you are planted!"

              Yesterday morning, April 1st, the Rector Major celebrated the Eucharist on the tomb of St. Francis Xavier, patron of missions, and visited the ancient part of Goa. "I thank God for Saint Francis Xavier. I thank God for the many Salesian missionaries who work in difficult conditions. They bore witness and still bear witness today to the real life of Christians," he declared during Mass.

              As the last act of his visit, as if to seal the days of the Animation Visit to the “San José Vaz” Province of India-Panjim (INP), he met with the young people at risk and in street conditions welcomed at the center of Ucassaim-Paliem. There he was able to admire the simplicity of the work and life of the Salesian community, and he was welcomed with great joy by the beneficiaries of the house, who had just taken the final exams of the year and still had their uniforms on.

              And, as Don Bosco would have said, the Rector Major told them: "In your midst, I am very happy."

              Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

              • India
              • INP
              • Visita di Animazione
              • Rettor Maggiore
              • Ángel Fernández Artime
              • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
              • Famiglia Salesiana
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Argentina - "San Lorenzo de Almagro": a club with Salesian roots

                3 weeks 2 days ago

                (ANS - Buenos Aires) - On 1 April, the Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro celebrated its 111th birthday. Among its fans is none other than Pope Francis, holder of membership card number: 88235N-0.

                The "San Lorenzo", as it's more commonly called, was established in the city of Buenos Aires, and precisely at the "San Antonio" festive oratory directed by the beloved Salesian priest Lorenzo Bartolomé Martín Massa.

                The Salesian priest wanted to offer his boys a new recreational space. According to Fr Massa himself, the colors of the team's shirt were taken from an image of Mary Help of Christians he kept in the oratory.

                It all started with some youngsters from the neighborhood of Almagro who had started to meet in the street to practice that new sport played with feet: football. They would play at the intersection of México and Treinta y Tres Orientales, in the neighborhood of Almagro.

                It was on the soccer field of the "San Antonio" oratory that the San Lorenzo played its first friendly matches, always on condition that its young players would participate in Sunday Mass.

                The club slowly grew and Fr Massa was sent to continue his work of evangelization with other assignments at other destinations. And yet, even so, Fr Massa was always attentive to the club of his boys and those who continued to pass through his oratory.

                Fr Massa died in Buenos Aires on October 31, 1949. A few days later, Fr Raul Entraigas, spiritual assistant of the San Lorenzo de Almagro club, wrote: "His love for the San Lorenzo de Almagro club was his life and his death, his joy and his drama. San Lorenzo was his spiritual son. Fr Massa did not love it as a father, but as a mother. He rejoiced for its triumphs and suffered for its defeats."

                Today the San Lorenzo de Almagro is one of the main Argentine clubs and its activities have expanded, including, in addition to football, other disciplines, such as basketball, volleyball and hockey. And among the many fans, it also boasts the Successor of Peter, Pope Francis.

                Source: Salesianos Cooperadores Argentina

                {gallery}Argentina - Don Lorenzo Massa - 2019{/gallery}

                • Argentina
                • ARS
                • Calcio
                • Sport
                • Papa Francesco
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  India - Rector Major: "Education is a wonderful garment that will give young people a future"

                  3 weeks 3 days ago

                  (ANS - Panjim) - The long-awaited visit of the X Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to the Salesian Provincials of India-Panjim is matching the high expectations of the local Salesian Family. On his journey of knowledge and animation to the various Salesian houses, the Rector Major is bringing enthusiasm and words of orientation to current challenges.

                  On Friday 29 March, Fr Á.F. Artime visited the "Don Bosco" educational institute in Panjim. Welcomed with great joy and affection, he reciprocated by offering important prompts to all: to the students he suggested they make the most of their time at the Salesian Institute and in the future to continue to contribute to the good of the nation and of humanity; to the teachers, he expressed his gratitude for sowing something beautiful in the hearts of their students every day;  he reminded the Salesians and staff that all together it is possible to fulfill the great dream of Don Bosco.

                  And before leaving, he also told the students that he would like to spend the whole day there among the young people, if the program allowed him to do so.

                  Subsequently, the Successor of Don Bosco continued his visit by celebrating the Eucharist with his confreres and then meeting with them for a moment of fraternal dialogue.

                  Lunch time was also significant: during the fraternal agape, in the presence of numerous members of the local Salesian Family, the Rector Major got to know also the Prime Minister of the State of Goa, Pramod Sawant, accompanied by other parliamentarians and Indian authorities.

                  In the afternoon, he then visited the “Auxilium Caranzalem” center of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians: honored with flowers and songs on his arrival, he encouraged the religious in their service for the young, the poor and the marginalized. Before leaving for the provincial center, there was still time for a moment of authentic fraternity around tea, with songs and a frank and sincere dialogue.

                  Saturday, 30 March, began with a visit to Pinguli and continued with the inauguration of the Loutolim prenovitiate. Then the X Successor of Don Bosco animated a large party of young people at the Faculty of Engineering of the Don Bosco Institute in Fatorda; he answered the students' questions, saw them perform, danced with them and was available for all photo and selfie requests.

                  During the afternoon, accompanied by the Provincial of India-Panjim, Fr Felix Fernandes, he met with journalists for a press conference. He explained that he is trying to visit the Salesians throughout the world to make his paternal presence felt, and that so far he has visited 87 countries of the 134 that welcome Don Bosco's spiritual Sons.

                  He also said he was in India for the fourth time, calling it "a very diverse, rich and wonderful country, like a continent with 26 different languages."

                  "The Salesians who have been working here for over 40 years have seen enormous changes," he continued, but stressed that there are still strong contrasts, which is a challenge for India and beyond.

                  "Education is a wonderful suit (or dress) that will give young people a future," he added, also stressing that it develops peace and counteracts terrorism, and that 70% of Salesian pupils in India are non-Christians.

                  Finally, he also addressed the problem of drugs, a problem of global significance, against which the Salesians fight with their traditional weapons: prevention and education.

                  Fr Á.F. Artime finally concluded the day by concelebrating the Eucharist in the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, in Panjim, together with the archbishop of Goa and Daman, Msgr. Filipe Neri Ferrao, and the bishop of Sindhudurg, Msgr. Alwyn Barreto.

                  Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

                  • India
                  • INP
                  • Rettor Maggiore
                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                  • Visita di Animazione
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Italy - Salesian students of Europe at work for a common project: "EntreApp"

                    3 weeks 3 days ago

                    (ANS - Turin) - A red thread links Valdocco to Seville, Versailles and Bilbao: it is the "ENTREAPP" project which brings together students from different Salesian educational institutions in the development of an app for the promotion of tourism in the city of Seville.

                    Each Salesian center has a well-defined role consistent with the peculiarities of the place of origin. The Vocational Training Center (VCT) of Turin-Valdocco deals with the creation of the graphic layout, that is the design of the logo, the printing of the materials and the graphic interface. The task of the "Colegio San Pedro" of Seville is instead to write the computer code for programming the app. The students of the Salesians in Bilbao deal instead with the translation into Spanish, with the creation of audio-video contributions and with QRCodes that will apply to every single point of tourist interest. Finally, the “Professional Technical High School” of Versailles deals with the contents and the drafting of the texts of the project and the related translation into French.

                    The advantage for the tourist, provided by the app in progress, will be to find, in the vicinity of the point of interest, a series of information useful to enhance the experience of their visit as tourists.

                    The students involved, led by formators and teachers, have alternated and will alternate research and development sessions in their respective institutions with international mobility weeks, as if to seal a real twinning between the venues.

                    As is typical of Salesian VTCs, the formation has offered students the chance to experiment according to the procedures proper to the world of work. "We designed the logo and its applications among us teachers and with the students of the 'Multimedia Graphic Operator' course, organizing them as if we were a communication company," said one of the educators involved, prof. Malacasa.

                    "Our laboratories," said prof. Malasca, "are organized according to this modality, which is that of the (customer) order, able to simulate production in the field of communication."

                    But there's more: another feature of the project was its inclusiveness: “In the project all the processes of the sector present in our VTC were involved: from graphic design to printing. The same students with disabilities, led by their trainer, Emanuele Mensa, inside the laboratory where they apply logos on simple clothing or gadgets, contributed with setting up and printing the T-shirts. We have thus achieved the goal of making the project known, making them become protagonists!”, the teacher concludes enthusiastically.

                    • Italia
                    • Formazione Professionale
                    • ICP
                    • Spagna
                    • Francia
                    • App
                    • Tecnologie
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Morocco - Dialogue, brotherhood, service to the needy: Pope Francis animates the Moroccan people

                      3 weeks 3 days ago
                      Morocco - Dialogue, brotherhood, service to the needy: Pope Francis animates the Moroccan people

                      (ANS - Rabat) - "The ways of the mission do not pass through proselytism, which always leads to a blind alley, but through our way of being with Jesus and with others," said Pope Francis during the meeting with the together with the priests, men and women religious,  the lay faithful and the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Cathedral of Rabat, Morocco. Therefore, "the problem is not when we are few in number, but when we are insignificant."

                      The meeting in the cathedral of Rabat was only one of the many significant moments of the Pope's apostolic journey to Morocco: just two days, but full of gestures and speeches.

                      Visiting the Mausoleum dedicated to Moahammed V, the Holy Father wrote: "I invoke Almighty God for the prosperity of the Kingdom of Morocco, asking Him to increase fraternity and solidarity between Christians and Muslims!"

                      In the same spirit, subsequently, Pope Francis re-launched, together with King Mohammed VI, his appeal for the recognition of the specific multi-religious character of Jerusalem.

                      Then, making another unprecedented gesture for a Pontiff, he visited a formation institute for Imams, wanted by the monarch to foster the spread of a tolerant and moderate Islam.

                      Certainly among the most touching meetings of the trip there was one with migrants housed by the Diocesan Caritas of Rabat. Pope Francis explained: "What is at stake is the face we want to give ourselves as a society and the value of every life ... We cannot forget that the progress of our peoples cannot be measured only by technological or economic development. It depends, above all, on the capacity to let oneself be moved by those who knock on the door and with eyes discredit and deprive all the false idols that mortgage and enslave life.”

                      Yesterday, finally, presiding over the most crowded Mass ever celebrated in the country, at the sports complex "Prince Moulay Abdellah", he once again recalled the value of brotherhood, starting from the parable of the Prodigal Son. "Instead of classifying ourselves on the basis of a moral, social, ethnic or religious condition, we can recognize that there is another condition that no one can erase or annihilate, since it is a pure gift: the free and inalienable gift of children being loved, awaited and celebrated by the Father."

                      Commenting on the apostolic journey, the Archbishop of Rabat, the Salesian Msgr. Cristobal Lopez Romero, underlined the depth and quality of the speeches given during the visit: "They are valid messages not only for Morocco, but for the whole world and for the universal Church."

                      • Marocco
                      • Papa Francesco
                      • Islam
                      • Dialogo
                      • Migranti
                      • Cristóbal López
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        RMG - "I experienced the richness of a Congregation that is alive at the service of the poorest": World Consulta on Salesian Social Work and Services

                        3 weeks 6 days ago

                        (ANS - Rome) - On the morning of Thursday 28 March, the activities of the World Consulta of Salesian Social Works and Services began by celebrating Mass in Don Bosco's rooms at the "Sacred Heart" in Rome. "This place is an emblematic place for the Salesians. Here Don Bosco has shown us that his only strength is God, that he is the only one who can work miracles," explained Salesian brother Cosimo Cossu, guide of the Sacred Heart complex. "In this place, God made three miracles through Don Bosco."

                        The work sessions then opened with the presentation of the theme: "The journey of the Congregation and of the Church", which was deepened by Fr Fabio Attard, General Councilor for Youth Ministry. In his speech, Fr Attard recalled the priorities of the 27th General Chapter and referred them to the identity of the Salesians as "servants of the young."

                        Later, Fr ​​Daniel García, of the same Dicastery, presented the process, the objectives and the methodology of the World Council. "This meeting is the fruit of a process that brings together the experiences of our Provinces and Regions. We recognized the challenges, the answers, the opportunities and the processes that we must activate in the Salesian mission, in the works and in the social services in favor of young people at risk."

                        The participants then met in linguistic groups, listened and shared the challenges experienced by each one, the opportunities and processes, then produced a summary of the different realities and shared them in the general assembly.

                        Ms Nele Louauge, from Belgium, emphasized "the richness of Salesian work among young people at risk." While Giovanni d'Andrea pointed out that what struck him most on the first day was "the worldwide sharing of the work of Salesians with the poorest... The hope of being able to serve, as Don Bosco did, the poorest, and the process of achieving this project with greater awareness in all our works."

                        Fr Juan Carlos Quirarte, from Guadalajara, Mexico, said that in all the Provinces "we have challenges, opportunities and processes to activate and among our Salesians we find the strength to achieve these goals ... It is important to recover our charism of being in the midst of the most needy.”

                        Fr Thomas Padinjarayil, from Bangalore, India, underscored the importance of this meeting's reflection on working as a network and on the issue of child protection.

                        "During this day I experienced the richness of a Congregation that is alive in the service of the poorest," Fr García finally concluded, "and I noticed that all over the world there are thousands of Salesians and lay people who dedicate their lives to saving young people."

                        {gallery}RMG - Consulta 29-03-2019{/gallery}

                        Video on ANSChannel

                        • RMG
                        • Pastorale Giovanile
                        • Emarginazione
                        • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                        • Fabio Attard
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          France - "Cap Cœur": an inter-religious choir for the promotion of peace

                          3 weeks 6 days ago

                          (ANS - Argenteuil) - Forty children and young people from Argenteuil have combined their voices to give peace a chance. They are between 5 and 15 years old and have different religious beliefs, but they share the same passion for music in a choir that took the name of "Cap Cœur", and which is animated by a young Salesian.

                          Levana, Batel, Noah, Matisse, Saman, Virgile ... They are the protagonists. In the beginning, there were 12: three Jews, three Christians, three Muslims, and three atheists and they had decided to call themselves "Children of Mercy", on the advice of their mentor, Salesian Fry Benjamin Dewitte, strongly affected by this word.

                          Fr Dewitte was also involved in composing music, but the text of the first song "Miséricorde" is the children's work. They wrote it based on what they were already experiencing: a true peace, a climate of brotherhood, born of sharing the same spaces, needs, aspirations.

                          Along the way, they also realized that their action was an effective response to terrorism and attacks, an act of resistance to death.

                          The video of "Miséricorde", shared on social networks, then began to be replicated and made them known to a wider audience. They were thus invited to the programs "The Voice Kids" and "La France a un  incroyable Talent", France's Got Talent, and their success gradually grew.

                          Today there are about forty of those who meet every Sunday evening to share the same passion, and have become the "Cap Cœur". Some parents also voluntarily provide guidance and service to the group, so that "Cap Cœur" also has its extension: the "Cap Cœur Family".

                          The project is fully in the spirit of Don Bosco's preventive pedagogy: active, creative and responsible young people, accompanied by an animation team made up of adults, who create the conditions to live together in an atmosphere of welcome, respect, friendship, service and joy.

                          The next engagements of the children of "Cap Cœur" are to bring a bit of color to the large flats of Argenteuil, to continue performing at various musical events, and to record an entire album at a professional quality level.

                          A first fruit of this new path is their latest artistic creation: "Couleur Love", created as a duet with their patron - Yoann FreeJay, the winner of the second season of "The Voice" - which answers to the darkness of pessimism and violence via the bright colors of the music of joy and friendship.

                          Source : Don Bosco Aujourd’hui

                          {gallery}FRB - Coro Cap Coeur 2019{/gallery}

                          • Francia
                          • Islam
                          • Ebraismo
                          • FRB
                          • Musica
                          • Misericordia
                          • Dialogo
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            India – Salesians of Panjim Province welcome 10th Successor of Don Bosco in Goa

                            4 weeks ago
                            India – Salesians of Panjim Province welcome 10th Successor of Don Bosco in Goa

                            (ANS – Panaji) – Rector Major Father Ángel Fernández Artime arrived to the Salesian province of Panjim at 10.20 pm on 27 March 2019. He was welcomed by the Provincial, Father Felix Fernandes, Vice Provincial, Father Avil Rodrigues, Salesians and the Salesian Family members at Dabolim airport, Goa. The 10th Successor of Don Bosco is visiting the province of Panjim for the first time. He will return to Rome on April 1, 2019.

                            Fr Á.F. Artime is coming to meet his Salesians, the Salesian Family, the youth, the parents of the Salesians, the benefactors and the beneficiaries of the Salesian works. Father Avin Carvalho, the chief organizer of the Rector Major's visit says that he is happy to have the successor of Don Bosco in the province. He wishes that “his spirit rubs on to each one of us”. Fr Fernandes is also of the same opinion when he said that he is “extremely happy that the representative of Don Bosco has visited the province. It is a moment of grace and the revival of the Salesian Charism in our province,” he said.

                            “For us it is a moment of celebration around the Successor of Don Bosco. He has called each of us to be holy,” said Fr Carvalho. F Ralin de Souza will be Rector Major's official translator.

                            The Rector Major will dedicate many hours of his stay to reflect on the various activities of the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco in the Province. The first activity, scheduled this morning, March 28, is not by chance the meeting with the Provincial Council; in the afternoon, he meets with the Directors and the Officers of the various provincial services.

                            On tomorrow's schedule, Friday 29, a visit to the "Don Bosco" Institute of Panjim and dialogue with students and professors; a moment of prayer at the local shrine; the gathering with all the Salesians of the Province; lunch with guests, parents and benefactors of the Salesians; and, to conclude, a moment of cordiality with the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

                            Saturday 30 will be marked by the blessing of a new Salesian house, the meeting with the Salesian youth, a press conference and a solemn Mass, and finally dinner with the archbishop of Goa and Daman, Msgr. Filipe Neri Ferrao, and the bishop of Sindhudurg, Msgr. Alwyn Barreto.

                            On Sunday, Fr Á.F. Artime will first animate the children of the Salesian Youth Movement, then the Salesians in initial formation, and finally the members of the various groups of the Salesian Family.

                            Before leaving for Rome on the morning of Monday 1 April, the Rector Major will still have the opportunity to celebrate Mass in the sanctuary that houses the relics of the Patron of the Missions, St. Francis Xavier, in the ancient part of Goa, and to learn about the Salesian work with young people at risk, in the house of Paliem.

                            Salesians came to India in 1906 and started their first institution at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The first institution in Goa was opened at Panjim in 1946. Fr Vincent Scuderi and Fr Joseph Carreno were the pioneers of the place. They first started the Oratory of Don Bosco where the youth would play and pray. Soon Carpentry was added, followed by the primary school, the tailoring classes, the English medium school with 36 students and the four classes of the Portuguese school, thus the humble beginnings of the work of Don Bosco in Goa. With their printing press, the Salesians published the monthly magazine, “Salesian Oratory” and the “Aitarachem Vachop”, a weekly in Konkani. Fr McGlinchey aired a religious program named “Hora Catolica” on All India Radio.

                            The Province of Panjim covers the Konkan region from Ratnagiri to Mangalore, that includes four district of Maharashtra, the whole of Goa and eight districts of Karnataka.

                            Today the Salesians have 10 houses in Goa, 3 in Sindhudurg (Maharashtra) and 6 in Karnataka. Educating youth towards a better future and proclaiming the values of Jesus to all, have been their most important goals. Salesians have 9 schools, 3 Higher Secondaries, 3 National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), a Night School, a Vocational Training institute, a Technical School and a Public Library. Recently, they have also entered into the Higher Education with Don Bosco College in Panjim, College of Engineering at Fatorda and a College of Agriculture at Sulcorna.

                            Salesians look after the street boys, the youth at risk at Paliem-Ucassaim, have boarding houses for children and a Hostel for men. They are also engaged in social work. They empower women through Self Help Groups and various developmental works through Konkan Development Office at Odxel.

                            The Salesian Family in the province of Panjim includes four groups started by Don Bosco himself: the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Sisters (FMA), Salesian Cooperators and the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA). Don Bosco Past Pupils, Catechist Sisters of Mary Immaculate Help of Christians (SMI), The Disciples (Don Bosco Secular Institute) were the later addition to the family present in the province of Panjim of the total 30 members.

                            Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

                            • India
                            • INP
                            • Rettor Maggiore
                            • Ángel Fernández Artime
                            • Visita di Animazione
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Hungary - Press Conference on finding of relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor, SDB

                              4 weeks ago
                              Hungary - Press Conference on finding of relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor, SDB

                              (ANS - Budapest) - "This year the whole Salesian Family in the world is developing the theme of holiness. I think the finding of the relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor is a great gift for the Salesian Family and for the Hungarian Church and society." With these words, the Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, commented on the finding of the relics of Salesian Blessed Stephen Sándor, during a press conference held at the Provincial House of the Hungarian Salesians, held yesterday, Wednesday March 27, in Budapest.

                              During a crowded press conference, which was also attended by the Provincial of the Salesians in Hungary, Fr Abrahám Béla, and several scientific and forensic specialists involved in the work of finding and identifying the relics, Fr Cameroni began by recalling that Pope Francis declared Stephen Sándor a martyr exactly six years earlier, on March 27, 2013. "There is therefore this happy correspondence between his martyrdom and the finding of his relics," he noted.

                              He then explained how the recent discovery "is not in itself a novelty in the history of the Church: in ancient times the relics of the martyrs were found, even after decades and centuries. We are inside a story that continues.”

                              After thanking the Hungarian Salesian Province and all the authorities - civil, medical, scientific, "who accompanied this process with great care and professionalism", the Postulator General invited public authorities and the Nation Center for Experts and Research to further support the search for relics.

                              "On this basis, we - as a Congregation and with the Holy See - can proceed from the canonical-juridical-ecclesial point of view," continued Fr Cameroni, who subsequently illustrated the entire procedural process to which the relics will now be subjected.

                              In this sense, he also announced that there are already requests to receive small portions of the relics of Blessed Sándor in different parts of the world, and that soon a special reliquary will have to be made to allow the public veneration of the relics.

                              • Ungheria
                              • UNG
                              • Pier Luigi Cameroni
                              • Stefano Sándor
                              • Santità Salesiana
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Mozambique - A testimony from the "spared" by Cyclone Idai

                                4 weeks ago

                                (ANS - Maputo) - The more days pass, the more clearly we understand that the passage of cyclone Idai on Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi has had the effects of a massacre. The death toll in the three African countries, currently still provisional, is close to 800 dead, of which more than half in Mozambique. Meanwhile, the risk of cholera spreading, of which the first cases have already been recorded, is also a concern.

                                Fr Luiz Gonzaga Piccoli, a Brazilian Salesian and Councilor of the Vice Province of Mozambique, has recently been in the central-northern provinces of the country. On Facebook he wanted to reassure his friends in Brazil about his condition, but he also narrated the tragic reality that he has seen: "My Province was the first to be hit (already a few days before the cyclone, Editor's Note) by breaking the dam barriers, heavy rainfall in a vast region and overflowing rivers.”

                                "Much worse was ten days later, with the cyclone, announced long ago by radio and TV, which shocked the Province of Sofala and its capital, Beira. Nothing has been spared: hospitals, schools, the cathedral, the great churches, the episcopal house, the government center, the universities, public buildings, water, electricity, roads, bridges, houses ... Beira must be completely rebuilt!"

                                And to think that this city of Mozambique, of 500,000 inhabitants, had equipped itself with a system of channels to protect itself from the effects of climate change, a project financed by the World Bank: the system worked against the floods of two months ago, but he could not stand Idai's fury. "This cyclone has wiped out everything we've built in over 100 years," said the mayor-engineer, Daviz Simango, bitterly.

                                The condition of minors, children, is also worrying, because many are left alone due to their parents dying or because they have been separated from their families while they sought refuge. According to UNICEF, more than half of the people affected by the cyclone are minors: one million children affected by Idai out of a total of 1.8 million people involved, but the numbers are still provisional, because there are entire districts still submerged by water.

                                "My community and I," Fr Piccoli concludes, "we did not survive; we were simply spared. May God help us to continue helping the devastated population, as much as we can."

                                {gallery}MOZ - Ciclone Idai 2 - 2019{/gallery}

                                • MOZ
                                • Mozambico
                                • Disastri
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  India – Salesians collaborate to enrich Print Industry

                                  4 weeks ago
                                  India – Salesians collaborate to enrich Print Industry

                                  (ANS - Chennai) – Both the Insitutions of “Salesian Institute of Graphic Arts” (SIGA), Chennai, and the “Madras Print Lithographers Associations” (MPLA), the first association of printers in South India, began in the year 1952. This year, 75 Diploma students of Printing Technology were awarded the merit certificates by Father (Dr.) F.Andrew SJ, Principal of Loyola College, Chennai, Mr.G.N.Visvakumar, President of Madras Printers Lithography Association (MPLA), and Father Charles Gaspar, Former Principal of SIGA. Among several accolades, the Gold Medal adorned Mr.A.Gino of Government 3-year diploma course and Mr. Paul Jefferson of SIGA Private 3-year diploma course.

                                  The college graduation ceremony was organized by SIGA Polytechnic College at Don Bosco Kilpauk campus, on 2nd March 2019 at 10 AM.

                                  After the formal colourful ceremony, the office bearers of MPLA welcomed the graduates to the Printing and Packaging Industry and assured them the joy of growing together with the Print Media industry in the country. The event was sponsored by “MPLA”, “Hatson Agro Product Ltd”, and SIGA.

                                  For an hour, Mr. P. Chander coordinated the floor discussion on new opportunities in Skilling India and trends in the job market. Mr. G.N. VisvaKumar, presided and Father PT Joseph, Principal of SIGA Polytechnic College joined the panel of MPLA officials who responded to the floor questions. “Printing is growing and attracting other disciplines”, said Fr Joseph.

                                  “The electronic printing and 3D Printing are such proofs that will change the dynamics of electronic and manufacturing business in the world”, he reiterated. Mr. Anbazhagan, Honorary Secretary, Mr. S. Krishna Kumar, Joint Secretary, Mr. Jolly Peter, Treasurer, graced the event with their presence and interaction.

                                  SIGA management thanked and honored MPLA for their presence and for their invitation to engage in Electronic-age Print 2019 scheduled from 31 May to 3 June 2019 at Chennai Trade Centre.

                                  Diploma in Printing Technology (Formal)

                                  This is a 3-year course leading to DPT (Diploma in Printing Technology). It is offered to students who qualify for it as per the rules and regulations of the Directorate of Technical Education (DoTE) Tamil Nadu. The curriculum for the DPT is prepared in accordance with the syllabus prescribed by the State Board of Technical Education and Training, Tamil Nadu. Examinations, at the end of each semester, both in theory and practicals, will be conducted by the same Board.

                                  Diploma in Printing Technology (Non-Formal)

                                  This is a 3-year course leading to DPT (Diploma in Printing Technology). It is offered by SIGA Society, a member of Salesians of Don Bosco, worldwide. The curriculum for the DPT is prepared in accordance with the syllabus prescribed by the SIGA Academic Board. The programme embodies 1 year of on-job-training in the industrial environment. Examinations are held at the end of each semester, both in theory and practicals.

                                  Post Graduate Diploma in Printing and Packaging Technology (Non-Formal)

                                  This is a 1-year full-time course leading to PGDPPT (PG Diploma in Printing and Packaging Technology). It is offered by SIGA Society, It is an interdisciplinary programme aimed at the students from Visual Communication, Fine Arts, and any UG programme.  A field study and project submission are prerequisites to complete the course.

                                  Source: Don Bosco India

                                  • India
                                  • INM
                                  • Formazione Professionale
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    India - Rector Major concludes Animation Visit to Mumbai Province

                                    4 weeks 1 day ago
                                    India - Rector Major concludes Animation Visit to Mumbai Province

                                    (ANS - Mumbai) - Embraces, photos, joyful celebrations, large gatherings, messages of encouragement and guidance in the face of the many challenges that await those who want to commit themselves to youth ... All this is flavoring the Rector Major's visit to the India-Mumbai Province (INB) which ends today, March 27th. From this evening, in fact, the X Successor of Don Bosco starts upon a new stage at the India-Panjim Province.

                                    On Monday 25 March, the fifth anniversary of his election as Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime spent his time to meet the novices of the Province at the Nashik center. It was a precious time spent among the young people in formation and towards the guidance of the whole Congregation, time during which the Rector Major encouraged the novices to discern well their Salesian vocation, clarifying that the call is to be primarily Salesians, and not just priests.

                                    Subsequently, Fr Á.F. Artime also wanted to meet the lay personnel who collaborate in the Salesian mission within the provincial offices, having lunch with them.

                                    In the afternoon he met with the members of the Salesian Family, to whom he said that the laity are important because they arrive where the Salesians cannot go and so bring the charism of Don Bosco to the world.

                                    In the evening he then reached the "Saint Joseph" house in Wadala; there he attended the show organized in his honor by the school community and then presided over the Eucharist.

                                    Yesterday morning, Tuesday 26, the Successor of Don Bosco, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, and by the INB Provincial, Fr Godfrey D’Souza, flew to Vadodara in the State of Gujarat. Welcomed at the airport by a large crowd of members of the Salesian Family, he then headed towards the Salesian house where a meeting was scheduled with all the Salesians of the Province. In the afternoon, he attended a gathering with the children of all the INB Salesian centers - a very festive gathering, with young people dressed in traditional clothes.

                                    Of note, before reaching the center, Fr Á.F. Artime wanted to visit a house of Carmelite nuns, asking them for prayers and offering them the blessing of Mary Help of Christians.

                                    On the morning of today, March 27th, before leaving the INB Province, the Successor of Don Bosco found time to reach the Salesian school in Andheri to participate in the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the institute's existence. On this occasion he also met and praised the members of the "Prafulta" psychological counseling service.

                                    Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

                                    • India
                                    • INB
                                    • Rettor Maggiore
                                    • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                    • Visita di Animazione
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Brazil – Fr Filiberto González: "Communication requires coherence and testimony in order to be with young people in the digital environment"

                                      4 weeks 1 day ago

                                      (ANS - Sao Paulo) - On 22 and 23 March, the Salesian Province of "Mary Help of Christians" of Brazil-Sao Paulo received the visit of the General Councilor for Social Communications, Fr Filiberto González Plasencia, who met the young Salesians in formation, the local communications teams and the Salesians who make up the National Commission for Mission Animation.

                                      Fr González arrived in Sao Paulo in the afternoon of Friday 22 March, after taking part in the meetings of the Salesian Communication Network of Brazil and the National Communications Commission (CONAC), which brings together the Provincial Delegates for Communications of the country's six Salesian Provinces.

                                      In the meeting with the Salesians in formation, the General Councilor repeated to them the challenge he had given to the Delegates of Communication, adapting the theme of the next General Chapter: "Which or what kind of Salesians for today's youth in the field of communication?" According to Fr González, the way of doing Pastoral Care implies being present, not only in playgrounds, courtyards, and conventional forms, but also in being current in new languages ​​and new forms of learning: "We cannot do pastoral work as we have always done, because today's youth, adolescents and children have another way of perceiving reality, life, another way of thinking, another way of learning," he explained.

                                      He then spoke of the importance of changing the mentality of the Salesians to be present in the digital environment, using the different possibilities responsibly and in a proactive way, "making oneself present among the young with coherence and life witness."

                                      Finally, he was able to learn about the experience of "A.COR.DAR", a pastoral communication project on social media with a focus on audiovisuals produced by theology students.

                                      On the following day, the General Councilor met the local communication teams of the Province and the representatives of various Salesian centers. He described the importance of the five senses for a good relationship between people, especially one's gaze, listening and touch, along with the importance of body language.

                                      "The Salesians," he said, "in Communication follow a principle that comes from the Preventive System of Don Bosco and whose center is loving kindness. At the center of Salesian communication there is affection and authentic relationship. The person is at the center, the media are means."

                                      Finally, Fr González also spoke at the meeting of the National Commission for Mission Animation, which evaluated the common projects fulfilled in recent months and planned the next initiatives of the commission, including the elaboration of the Inter-Provincial Missionary Animation Project.

                                      • Brasile
                                      • BSP
                                      • Comunicazione Sociale
                                      • Animazione Missionaria
                                      • Filiberto González
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Austria – New “Senior Experts Austria” program welcomed by Salesian partners of “Jugend Eine Welt”

                                        4 weeks 1 day ago
                                        Austria – New “Senior Experts Austria” program welcomed by Salesian partners of “Jugend Eine Welt”

                                        (ANS – Vienna) – Since 2018 “Jugend Eine Welt-Don Bosco Aktion Austria” sends out “Senior Expert” volunteers to Don Bosco projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These experts are cordially welcome in Salesian institutions where they contribute in many different ways, for example as agricultural, technical or medical experts, teachers or psychotherapists. On March 21, the new program “Senior Experts Austria” was presented during an event which took place in the Viennese “Palais Coburg” and was funded by POK Pühringer Privatstiftung.

                                        As guest of honour, Jugend Eine Welt welcomed Br. John Ngigi Njuguna SDB from DBTECH AFRICA, Kenya, which coordinates more than 100 Salesian TVET centers spread over 35 countries in Africa. Fr. Ngigi pointed out that Senior volunteers fill an important gap as many educational institutions cannot afford to hire expert know-how from abroad. He said: “We need these people! It is really important that they share their expertise with us and train our teachers. On the other hand, they benefit themselves from the social connection with the reality in Africa. Instead of always thinking about their past, they start thinking about their future and how they can contribute with the skills they have.”

                                        Fr. Rafael Bejarano Rivera SDB, Director of a Don Bosco Training Center in Armenia, Colombia, confirmed that there is a win-win situation on both sides: The contribution of the “Senior Experts” is much needed in many areas, for example for Train the Trainer workshops in Industrial Automation or Electricity. The volunteers find a new meaning in life and experience much joy. “I would like to contribute to the future strengthening of this culture of solidarity, he affirmed.

                                        Sister Maria Rohrer FMA, who coordinates a girls shelter in Tunisia, stated that Europe should give much more support to young African people who are desperately in need of education and vocational training. Senior Experts could play an important role in this context. She said: “So many young African people have nothing to do because they lack education. It is crucial to support them where they are and give them perspectives in their home countries, so that they do not drown in the Mediterranean Sea on the way to Europe where they would not have a good future anyway.”

                                        Former “Senior Experts” confirmed that they felt very welcome in the Don Bosco institutions. Most of them would like to return there soon. Like Josef Loderbauer, an experienced electrical technician who supported a Salesian Technical Vocational Training Center in Kamuli, Uganda, in 2018, where he helped to install a training course in Solar Technology. He returned there already the day after the event. But there are more than 60 other “Senior experts” on a waiting list who could be deployed any time if the necessary funding is guaranteed.

                                        For this reason, Reinhard Heiserer, Director of the Jugend Eine Welt, appealed to representatives from Austrian Ministries, political institutions, the Austrian Economic Chambers, individual companies and foundations to support the “Senior Experts Austria” program: “Jugend Eine Welt has more than 20 years of experience in arranging volunteer programs. Please invest in the future of young people!”

                                        More information and photographs from the event you can find here:  https://www.jugendeinewelt.at/erfahrung-hilft/ 

                                        General information about Senior Experts Austria: https://www.seniorexpertsaustria.at/ and: www.jugendeinewelt.at/seniorexpertsaustria 

                                        {gallery}AUS - Senior Experts 2019{/gallery}

                                        • Austria
                                        • AUS
                                        • Volontariato
                                        • Anziani
                                        • ONG
                                        • JEW
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          Venezuela – "The limiting of access to water is what could transform this situation into a health-related catastrophe". Message of Bishops: "I am thirsty"

                                          3 weeks ago

                                          (ANS - Caracas) - The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is becoming increasingly critical. A news item, reported by CNN, describes the humanitarian catastrophe produced by a government that perpetuates itself without meaning: "The woman of my life died because there was no assistance in the hospital, because they had no medicine." The Presidency of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference has launched a new message entitled: "I am thirsty", articulated in three points: "Reaffirming the dignity of the human person and their inalienable rights; crimes against humanity; the necessary conversion."

                                          This message from the Presidency of the Venezuelan Episcopal Council (CEV), to which the Salesian Mgr. Raúl Biord, bishop of La Guaira, belongs, reiterates what was said a few weeks ago:

                                          "It hurts to see the terrible image of a mother carrying her daughter's body to the morgue, a child who died during the blackouts. It hurts to see dozens of children buried because there was no medicine or electricity to save them. It hurts to see the scene of thousands of Venezuelans who have to travel thousands of miles in search of a future."

                                          "More than the lack of electricity, it is the limitation of access to water which could turn this situation into a health catastrophe in the near future," said Susana Raffalli, a consultant with the Caritas Foundation.

                                          The concern of the Church at this time is fundamentally that of "reaffirming the dignity and centrality of the human person." They also denounce and deplore the crimes against humanity that have taken place in the country "under the complacent gaze of the authorities" and of the National Armed Forces, who ignore the teachings of the Constitution.

                                          Among the crimes, the bishops cite "the forced deportation of Colombians and Venezuelans, without following the procedures of the law", "incarceration or other serious deprivations of physical freedom", "torture against political prisoners", "deprivation of access to food and medicine", and "the people vanishing by force."

                                          In their message  the bishops also expressed their "deep concern" for the "recurring blackouts at the national level which, among other things, further aggravate the crisis of the administration and conservation of food and medicines."

                                          The CEV affirms to be united to the "clamor of the people" and before "the existing ungovernability that has its root in the illegitimacy of the regime. It is necessary to recognize the legal and moral legitimacy of the National Assembly to undertake paths of understanding and solutions."

                                          • Venezuela
                                          • VEN
                                          • Vescovi
                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                            RMG – Don Bosco Green Alliance has 100 Members in one year

                                            3 weeks ago
                                            RMG – Don Bosco Green Alliance has 100 Members in one year

                                            (ANS – Rome) - With four new members from Paraguay, Argentina and the Philippines joining the Don Bosco Green Alliance on 3 April 2019, this global Salesian platform now has over 100 members! This is significant, because the alliance was launched in April 2018 and in the span of just one year it has 103 registered members from 35 different countries.  Membership to the alliance is open to all Salesian institutions and organizations worldwide.  Don Bosco Green Alliance is working to create an environment that is safe and caring for all life on the planet, while building up a new generation of environmentally committed citizens and leaders.

                                            Speaking about DBGA, Fr Savio Silveira, the convener of the alliance, said, “Don Bosco Green Alliance is an important part of our Salesian Youth Ministry today. Young people feel very strongly about the environmental crisis, since they understand well the impact it has on their lives and their future.  Accompanying young people as they seek solutions to environmental issues has to be an aspect of our youth ministry.  Care for God’s creation is very definitely an integral element of our Salesian Youth Spirituality.” 

                                            The first year of DBGA has been very eventful, with members of the green alliance being involved in various programmes collectively. World Clean-up Day, celebrated on 15 September, saw several Salesian institutions that are part of the alliance, involving young people in clean-up activities, both, in their own campuses as well as in their neighbourhoods.

                                            ‘Salesian Youth for Climate Action’ was another global campaign by DBGA, from 15 November till 14 December, to raise awareness about COP24 and also to give young people the opportunity to express their views on the climate crisis. As part of this campaign, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were used to carry video messages from young people in Salesian institutions to world leaders meeting in Katowice, Poland.

                                            A key moment of the past year was the presence of DBGA representatives at the conference ‘Saving Our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth’, organized by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, to celebrate the third anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’.  This conference, held over two days on 5-6 July at the Vatican, opened with a panel of five young people presenting their views on the environmental crisis and their personal reflections on the impact of Laudato Si’.  Macson Almedia from DBGA was one of the five young persons on this opening panel. 

                                            Another important event was the launching of the Laudato Si’ Generation on 25 January during the celebration of the World Youth Day in Panama. DBGA was one of the founding members of Laudato Si’ Generation.  Laudato Si’ Generation, which is the youth branch of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, aims at becoming a global youth movement that works for environmental issues, especially climate justice.

                                            {gallery}DBGA - Anniversario 2019{/gallery}  

                                            • RMG
                                            • Don Bosco Green Alliance
                                            • Ambiente
                                            • Creato
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              Italy - Minors: Fr D’Andrea writes to Interior Minister Salvini: “come to our family homes”

                                              3 weeks ago
                                              Italy - Minors: Fr D’Andrea writes to Interior Minister Salvini: “come to our family homes”

                                              (ANS - Rome) - "Dear Mr. Minister Matteo Salvini, every year our family-type communities welcome and accompany towards adult life dozens of adolescent boys who cannot live in their families of origin for serious reasons and as established by the Minors Courts." Thus began the message that Fr Giovanni D’Andrea, president of “Salesians for Social - SCS / CNOS Federation”, addresses to the Italian Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini. The minister, speaking at the International Congress of Families in Verona, spoke of "the business of hundreds of millions of euros" of the family homes.

                                              "With them," continues Fr Giovanni D’Andrea, "we do personalized educational paths that prevent further situations of psychological distress, deviance, premature school leaving and frailty, and we foster global growth and inclusion as active citizens in our society. Every day educators, volunteers, and families collaborate with a much greater use of forces than what the so-called 'fee or cost' (sometimes provided by some local authorities with great delay) provides to accompany these children and to offer them an opportunity for the future that all the other children with a family behind them have. Article 3 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child states that any action in favor of this category of people must be made in the best interests of the child. In light of this, they should first be listened to and how they do in the communities verified via their own live voices."

                                              "For this reason, Minister, we ask you to come to see for yourself and get to know the boys and those who look after them. Our children need people who are close to them as significant adults, and in this our educational commitment is fulfilled in the wake Don Bosco started over 150 years ago. An educational commitment that sees them as protagonists. We wait for you to see for yourself, become aware in person, and thus be able to communicate to all the careful educational work that is being done with them and for them."

                                              Salesians for Social - SCS / CNOS Federation supports and follows children in 46 residential communities throughout the country, accompanying them become significant adults.


                                              For more information, visit the "Salesians for Social" website: https://www.salesianiperilsociale.it/progetti/case-famiglia/ 

                                              • Italia
                                              • Salesiani per il Sociale
                                              • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                              • Politica
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                India – Salesian missionaries with BREADS continue rehabilitation work after devastating Kerala flooding

                                                3 weeks 1 day ago
                                                India – Salesian missionaries with BREADS continue rehabilitation work after devastating Kerala flooding

                                                (ANS – Bangalore) – The Office of Development of the Province of Bangalore (BREADS – Bangalore Rural Education and Development Society) has made significant progress in the rehabilitation of homes and livelihoods in the wake of flooding that devastated the Indian state of Kerala in August 2018. The flooding from the heaviest rains the region has seen since 1924 left more than 400 dead in Kerala alone and close to 1,000 total.

                                                “In the aftermath, Salesian missionaries in India mobilized and coordinated efforts to provide aid and support to some of the more than 1,500 people that were in relief camps in various districts of Kerala in addition to others who were in need,” says Father Mark Hyde, director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “Salesian missionaries live in the communities in which they work so they are perfectly positioned to respond swiftly and effectively in times of crisis even when they are often affected by the same natural disasters and humanitarian crises as those they serve.”

                                                After initial support was provided in the immediate aftermath, Salesian missionaries with BREADS began making a long-term plan for rebuilding in the region. They launched a #RebuildKerala campaign to mobilize human resources and support from Don Bosco institutions for the huge task of cleaning up houses, public institutions and neighborhood areas to help people return to their homes. Don Bosco formation houses (seminarians), colleges and high schools were engaged in the clean up campaign. Volunteer groups of youth, students and staff of Don Bosco institutions and youth centers reached out to 38 villages, cleaning 408 houses, three government offices/PRI institutions, one church and one retreat center.

                                                BREADS was also successful in reaching out to graduates of Don Bosco institutions in Bombay and Bangalore who banded together to support the people of Kerala. A “Student to Student” campaign was launched in which children donated notebooks and education materials. The Don Bosco School in Matunga and the Dominic Savio School in Andheri also donated educational supplies for children affected by the flood.

                                                BREADS, along with its partners, also engaged the ITI students at Don Bosco Sultan Bathery and Don Bosco Kottiyam in restoring electricity and plumbing to people’s homes. This was a tremendous boost to the effort to bring a sense of normalcy back to people’s lives, especially when skilled resources were very scarce and expensive. The students reached out to temporary shelters and homes, bringing light to 200 houses in Wayanad, Aranmula and Ranni and 76 houses in the Pathanamthitta district.

                                                Within a month of the disaster, BREADS was ready to provide rehabilitative support to help people move on with their lives. With BREADS support, local Don Bosco institutions identified 90 families and purchased supplies and other necessities that helped local family farms and other small businesses sustain their livelihoods.

                                                • India
                                                • INK
                                                • BREADS
                                                • Disastri
                                                • Procure Missionarie
                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                  Italy – Half a Century of Vocational Training: CIOFS-FP commemorates with gratitude and relaunches

                                                  3 weeks 1 day ago
                                                  Italy – Half a Century of Vocational Training: CIOFS-FP commemorates with gratitude and relaunches

                                                  (ANS - Rome) - Thinking about the work of young people is part of the Salesian DNA. But the challenge is to understand what work actually is today. For this reason, the women-focussed Centro Italiano Opere Femminili Salesiane – Vocational Training (CIOFS-FP), now celebrating its 50th anniversary, has organized a two-day event of celebration and reflection: this morning, 3 April, a delegation from the institution participates in the audience of Pope Francis, and in the afternoon a meeting session is scheduled on the pedagogical and historical-charismatic meaning of CIOFS-FP; tomorrow, the institutional assembly itself.

                                                  The history of the Vocational Training of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) is as old as the Institute itself: in the first houses founded, next to the oratory, there was always the "Family Workshop" for young people and girls wherein the art of sewing at various levels was taught. In 1950, there were as many as 600 of these laboratories!

                                                  At the same time, "Evening Schools" emerged for young women prematurely employed in factories. This was followed by the schools for rural housewives and then real and proper "agricultural schools". At the end of the 1960s, as "Artisan Schools", "Business Schools" and "Professional Start-up Schools" already existed, Sister Anita della Ricca gave life to the "CIOFS", of which she was the first National President, to give a civic or institutional aspect to all these works. Thus, the CIOFS Vocational Training Centers were born.

                                                  Even today, the CIOFS-FP has the objective of curating the vocational training of young people actively seeking opportunities in the world of work or supporting those inclined towards entrepreneurship.

                                                  Today, however, there is a large gap between studies and the trades needed in the real world: the “blue collar” worker is now technological, the farmer greentech, the hairdresser must study trichology, and to produce machinery, besides engineers, many specialized technicians are required. For this reason, the courses for professions, if consciously thought of for the specific needs of the local productive districts, prove to be very useful.

                                                  The centers of CIOFS-FP are scattered throughout Italy and after years of planning and development are growing, ensuring employability rates that often reach circa 90%.

                                                  As regards concrete actions for this important anniversary, in the afternoon of today, April 3, starting at 3 pm, a commemorative session is scheduled to be broadcast on live streaming on www.ciofs-fp.org; the Superior General of the FMA, Mother Yvonne Reungoat, will also be speaking.

                                                  Tomorrow, April 4th, the CIOFS-FP assembly is scheduled.

                                                  For more information, please visit: http://www.ciofs-fp.org 

                                                  • Italia
                                                  • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                  • Formazione Professionale
                                                  • Anniversari
                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                    Chile - New Lo Cañas campus infrastructure serving youth of Silva Henríquez Catholic University

                                                    3 weeks 1 day ago
                                                    Chile - New Lo Cañas campus infrastructure serving youth of Silva Henríquez Catholic University

                                                    (ANS - Santiago) - In March, to improve the quality of services and spaces for the students of the Silva Henríquez Catholic University (UCSH), the headquarters of the Salesian university in the "Lo Cañas" district of La Florida, a suburb of Santiago, opened the doors of its new facilities, now available to over 300 new students in the courses of Nursing, Kinesiology and Phonoaudiology, and those of Pedagogy in Physical Education.

                                                    The project encompasses a total area of ​​about three hectares, made available by the Salesian Province to the UCSH. The construction work of this new reality, which began in December last year, includes 11 new classrooms, two Chemistry and Biology laboratories, as well as the extension of the boarding school, theater redesign and new offices for academic staff.

                                                    In this regard, the Rector of the UCSH, Fr Galvarino Jofré, underscored that "among our future projects we are planning to develop a Family Health Center, similar to the one we have in the Central House, which could be connected to the Study and Attention Center of the Community (CEAC) or the Legal Clinic, which answers to the needs of the population that surrounds us and can become a truly significant contribution to this sector, given that this service is currently lacking."

                                                    The Rector also thanked all the people who actively participated in the project. "There's a great team here. And I am also very grateful to the Province for providing these spaces to the University."

                                                    For his part, the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences of UCSH, Prof. Miguel Acevedo, commented: "We are in a privileged environment, which allows us to develop academic activities in a very good way, demonstrating all the commitment and the will of the University to offer the best to our students."

                                                    While the Director of Physical Resources at UCSH, Patricio Hevia, stated that "at our Management Board, we are very happy, because we have seen the work at the beginning, from scratch, and today everything is completely different, improved. There is a lot to do, but from my point of view, we are taking a big step forward that will benefit students."

                                                    It should be noted that the team from the Student Affairs and Ministry Directorate (DAE), which welcomed and guided the new students, also attended the opening day on 11 March.

                                                    {gallery}Cile - Nuove strutture UCSH{/gallery}

                                                    • Cile
                                                    • CIL
                                                    • Silva Henríquez
                                                    • Università
                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                      India – Fr Á.F. Artime to the Salesian Family: "Our mission is to bear witness"

                                                      3 weeks 2 days ago

                                                      (ANS - Panjim) - "Do you have a warm heart? ... Be generous, there are many young people who do not have your structures and opportunities. Go forth to meet them!" These are some of the words that the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, addressed to the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement, Sunday 31 March, at the Salesian Institute "Don Bosco" in Panjim.

                                                      "You must spread Salesian joy to others ... Do not be sad, Christians with a suffering face," added the Successor of Don Bosco before the young. Throughout the meeting, the Rector Major showed great affability, a paternal trait and a willingness to answer questions and requests from the young participants.

                                                      During the morning, Fr Á.F. Artime met the young Salesians in initial formation and the prenovices; in the afternoon, at the Provincial House of Oxdel, he gathered with members of the Salesian Family for a new moment of sharing in the Salesian spirit.

                                                      "We all have only one father, Don Bosco, and his charism is our mission," he said, recalling that the Salesian Family is like a big tree with, so far, 32 branches.

                                                      He then used an example from the Saint of Youth and Pope Francis to remind participants of two fundamental aspects. The first is that the Salesian Family works together with whoever is available: "Don Bosco called everyone to work with poor young people, including his mother, Mamma Margherita, also the mother of Father Rua, also the mother of Giovanni Cagliero ..."

                                                      The second, to put onself at the service of everyone: "What does the Church expect from you? Pope Francis said that the Church does not condemn other religions, the doors of the Church are always open to everyone. We are not here to protect ourselves from anyone. Our mission is to bear witness and the Gospel should accompany everything we do." Furthermore, he recalled the specific mission of groups composed essentially of lay people: "You are apostles in the world, scattered like a forest. You must flourish and bear fruit wherever you are planted!"

                                                      Yesterday morning, April 1st, the Rector Major celebrated the Eucharist on the tomb of St. Francis Xavier, patron of missions, and visited the ancient part of Goa. "I thank God for Saint Francis Xavier. I thank God for the many Salesian missionaries who work in difficult conditions. They bore witness and still bear witness today to the real life of Christians," he declared during Mass.

                                                      As the last act of his visit, as if to seal the days of the Animation Visit to the “San José Vaz” Province of India-Panjim (INP), he met with the young people at risk and in street conditions welcomed at the center of Ucassaim-Paliem. There he was able to admire the simplicity of the work and life of the Salesian community, and he was welcomed with great joy by the beneficiaries of the house, who had just taken the final exams of the year and still had their uniforms on.

                                                      And, as Don Bosco would have said, the Rector Major told them: "In your midst, I am very happy."

                                                      Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

                                                      • India
                                                      • INP
                                                      • Visita di Animazione
                                                      • Rettor Maggiore
                                                      • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                      • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                                      • Famiglia Salesiana
                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                        Argentina - "San Lorenzo de Almagro": a club with Salesian roots

                                                        3 weeks 2 days ago

                                                        (ANS - Buenos Aires) - On 1 April, the Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro celebrated its 111th birthday. Among its fans is none other than Pope Francis, holder of membership card number: 88235N-0.

                                                        The "San Lorenzo", as it's more commonly called, was established in the city of Buenos Aires, and precisely at the "San Antonio" festive oratory directed by the beloved Salesian priest Lorenzo Bartolomé Martín Massa.

                                                        The Salesian priest wanted to offer his boys a new recreational space. According to Fr Massa himself, the colors of the team's shirt were taken from an image of Mary Help of Christians he kept in the oratory.

                                                        It all started with some youngsters from the neighborhood of Almagro who had started to meet in the street to practice that new sport played with feet: football. They would play at the intersection of México and Treinta y Tres Orientales, in the neighborhood of Almagro.

                                                        It was on the soccer field of the "San Antonio" oratory that the San Lorenzo played its first friendly matches, always on condition that its young players would participate in Sunday Mass.

                                                        The club slowly grew and Fr Massa was sent to continue his work of evangelization with other assignments at other destinations. And yet, even so, Fr Massa was always attentive to the club of his boys and those who continued to pass through his oratory.

                                                        Fr Massa died in Buenos Aires on October 31, 1949. A few days later, Fr Raul Entraigas, spiritual assistant of the San Lorenzo de Almagro club, wrote: "His love for the San Lorenzo de Almagro club was his life and his death, his joy and his drama. San Lorenzo was his spiritual son. Fr Massa did not love it as a father, but as a mother. He rejoiced for its triumphs and suffered for its defeats."

                                                        Today the San Lorenzo de Almagro is one of the main Argentine clubs and its activities have expanded, including, in addition to football, other disciplines, such as basketball, volleyball and hockey. And among the many fans, it also boasts the Successor of Peter, Pope Francis.

                                                        Source: Salesianos Cooperadores Argentina

                                                        {gallery}Argentina - Don Lorenzo Massa - 2019{/gallery}

                                                        • Argentina
                                                        • ARS
                                                        • Calcio
                                                        • Sport
                                                        • Papa Francesco
                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                          India - Rector Major: "Education is a wonderful garment that will give young people a future"

                                                          3 weeks 3 days ago

                                                          (ANS - Panjim) - The long-awaited visit of the X Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to the Salesian Provincials of India-Panjim is matching the high expectations of the local Salesian Family. On his journey of knowledge and animation to the various Salesian houses, the Rector Major is bringing enthusiasm and words of orientation to current challenges.

                                                          On Friday 29 March, Fr Á.F. Artime visited the "Don Bosco" educational institute in Panjim. Welcomed with great joy and affection, he reciprocated by offering important prompts to all: to the students he suggested they make the most of their time at the Salesian Institute and in the future to continue to contribute to the good of the nation and of humanity; to the teachers, he expressed his gratitude for sowing something beautiful in the hearts of their students every day;  he reminded the Salesians and staff that all together it is possible to fulfill the great dream of Don Bosco.

                                                          And before leaving, he also told the students that he would like to spend the whole day there among the young people, if the program allowed him to do so.

                                                          Subsequently, the Successor of Don Bosco continued his visit by celebrating the Eucharist with his confreres and then meeting with them for a moment of fraternal dialogue.

                                                          Lunch time was also significant: during the fraternal agape, in the presence of numerous members of the local Salesian Family, the Rector Major got to know also the Prime Minister of the State of Goa, Pramod Sawant, accompanied by other parliamentarians and Indian authorities.

                                                          In the afternoon, he then visited the “Auxilium Caranzalem” center of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians: honored with flowers and songs on his arrival, he encouraged the religious in their service for the young, the poor and the marginalized. Before leaving for the provincial center, there was still time for a moment of authentic fraternity around tea, with songs and a frank and sincere dialogue.

                                                          Saturday, 30 March, began with a visit to Pinguli and continued with the inauguration of the Loutolim prenovitiate. Then the X Successor of Don Bosco animated a large party of young people at the Faculty of Engineering of the Don Bosco Institute in Fatorda; he answered the students' questions, saw them perform, danced with them and was available for all photo and selfie requests.

                                                          During the afternoon, accompanied by the Provincial of India-Panjim, Fr Felix Fernandes, he met with journalists for a press conference. He explained that he is trying to visit the Salesians throughout the world to make his paternal presence felt, and that so far he has visited 87 countries of the 134 that welcome Don Bosco's spiritual Sons.

                                                          He also said he was in India for the fourth time, calling it "a very diverse, rich and wonderful country, like a continent with 26 different languages."

                                                          "The Salesians who have been working here for over 40 years have seen enormous changes," he continued, but stressed that there are still strong contrasts, which is a challenge for India and beyond.

                                                          "Education is a wonderful suit (or dress) that will give young people a future," he added, also stressing that it develops peace and counteracts terrorism, and that 70% of Salesian pupils in India are non-Christians.

                                                          Finally, he also addressed the problem of drugs, a problem of global significance, against which the Salesians fight with their traditional weapons: prevention and education.

                                                          Fr Á.F. Artime finally concluded the day by concelebrating the Eucharist in the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, in Panjim, together with the archbishop of Goa and Daman, Msgr. Filipe Neri Ferrao, and the bishop of Sindhudurg, Msgr. Alwyn Barreto.

                                                          Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

                                                          • India
                                                          • INP
                                                          • Rettor Maggiore
                                                          • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                          • Visita di Animazione
                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                            Italy - Salesian students of Europe at work for a common project: "EntreApp"

                                                            3 weeks 3 days ago

                                                            (ANS - Turin) - A red thread links Valdocco to Seville, Versailles and Bilbao: it is the "ENTREAPP" project which brings together students from different Salesian educational institutions in the development of an app for the promotion of tourism in the city of Seville.

                                                            Each Salesian center has a well-defined role consistent with the peculiarities of the place of origin. The Vocational Training Center (VCT) of Turin-Valdocco deals with the creation of the graphic layout, that is the design of the logo, the printing of the materials and the graphic interface. The task of the "Colegio San Pedro" of Seville is instead to write the computer code for programming the app. The students of the Salesians in Bilbao deal instead with the translation into Spanish, with the creation of audio-video contributions and with QRCodes that will apply to every single point of tourist interest. Finally, the “Professional Technical High School” of Versailles deals with the contents and the drafting of the texts of the project and the related translation into French.

                                                            The advantage for the tourist, provided by the app in progress, will be to find, in the vicinity of the point of interest, a series of information useful to enhance the experience of their visit as tourists.

                                                            The students involved, led by formators and teachers, have alternated and will alternate research and development sessions in their respective institutions with international mobility weeks, as if to seal a real twinning between the venues.

                                                            As is typical of Salesian VTCs, the formation has offered students the chance to experiment according to the procedures proper to the world of work. "We designed the logo and its applications among us teachers and with the students of the 'Multimedia Graphic Operator' course, organizing them as if we were a communication company," said one of the educators involved, prof. Malacasa.

                                                            "Our laboratories," said prof. Malasca, "are organized according to this modality, which is that of the (customer) order, able to simulate production in the field of communication."

                                                            But there's more: another feature of the project was its inclusiveness: “In the project all the processes of the sector present in our VTC were involved: from graphic design to printing. The same students with disabilities, led by their trainer, Emanuele Mensa, inside the laboratory where they apply logos on simple clothing or gadgets, contributed with setting up and printing the T-shirts. We have thus achieved the goal of making the project known, making them become protagonists!”, the teacher concludes enthusiastically.

                                                            • Italia
                                                            • Formazione Professionale
                                                            • ICP
                                                            • Spagna
                                                            • Francia
                                                            • App
                                                            • Tecnologie
                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                              Morocco - Dialogue, brotherhood, service to the needy: Pope Francis animates the Moroccan people

                                                              3 weeks 3 days ago
                                                              Morocco - Dialogue, brotherhood, service to the needy: Pope Francis animates the Moroccan people

                                                              (ANS - Rabat) - "The ways of the mission do not pass through proselytism, which always leads to a blind alley, but through our way of being with Jesus and with others," said Pope Francis during the meeting with the together with the priests, men and women religious,  the lay faithful and the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Cathedral of Rabat, Morocco. Therefore, "the problem is not when we are few in number, but when we are insignificant."

                                                              The meeting in the cathedral of Rabat was only one of the many significant moments of the Pope's apostolic journey to Morocco: just two days, but full of gestures and speeches.

                                                              Visiting the Mausoleum dedicated to Moahammed V, the Holy Father wrote: "I invoke Almighty God for the prosperity of the Kingdom of Morocco, asking Him to increase fraternity and solidarity between Christians and Muslims!"

                                                              In the same spirit, subsequently, Pope Francis re-launched, together with King Mohammed VI, his appeal for the recognition of the specific multi-religious character of Jerusalem.

                                                              Then, making another unprecedented gesture for a Pontiff, he visited a formation institute for Imams, wanted by the monarch to foster the spread of a tolerant and moderate Islam.

                                                              Certainly among the most touching meetings of the trip there was one with migrants housed by the Diocesan Caritas of Rabat. Pope Francis explained: "What is at stake is the face we want to give ourselves as a society and the value of every life ... We cannot forget that the progress of our peoples cannot be measured only by technological or economic development. It depends, above all, on the capacity to let oneself be moved by those who knock on the door and with eyes discredit and deprive all the false idols that mortgage and enslave life.”

                                                              Yesterday, finally, presiding over the most crowded Mass ever celebrated in the country, at the sports complex "Prince Moulay Abdellah", he once again recalled the value of brotherhood, starting from the parable of the Prodigal Son. "Instead of classifying ourselves on the basis of a moral, social, ethnic or religious condition, we can recognize that there is another condition that no one can erase or annihilate, since it is a pure gift: the free and inalienable gift of children being loved, awaited and celebrated by the Father."

                                                              Commenting on the apostolic journey, the Archbishop of Rabat, the Salesian Msgr. Cristobal Lopez Romero, underlined the depth and quality of the speeches given during the visit: "They are valid messages not only for Morocco, but for the whole world and for the universal Church."

                                                              • Marocco
                                                              • Papa Francesco
                                                              • Islam
                                                              • Dialogo
                                                              • Migranti
                                                              • Cristóbal López
                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                RMG - "I experienced the richness of a Congregation that is alive at the service of the poorest": World Consulta on Salesian Social Work and Services

                                                                3 weeks 6 days ago

                                                                (ANS - Rome) - On the morning of Thursday 28 March, the activities of the World Consulta of Salesian Social Works and Services began by celebrating Mass in Don Bosco's rooms at the "Sacred Heart" in Rome. "This place is an emblematic place for the Salesians. Here Don Bosco has shown us that his only strength is God, that he is the only one who can work miracles," explained Salesian brother Cosimo Cossu, guide of the Sacred Heart complex. "In this place, God made three miracles through Don Bosco."

                                                                The work sessions then opened with the presentation of the theme: "The journey of the Congregation and of the Church", which was deepened by Fr Fabio Attard, General Councilor for Youth Ministry. In his speech, Fr Attard recalled the priorities of the 27th General Chapter and referred them to the identity of the Salesians as "servants of the young."

                                                                Later, Fr ​​Daniel García, of the same Dicastery, presented the process, the objectives and the methodology of the World Council. "This meeting is the fruit of a process that brings together the experiences of our Provinces and Regions. We recognized the challenges, the answers, the opportunities and the processes that we must activate in the Salesian mission, in the works and in the social services in favor of young people at risk."

                                                                The participants then met in linguistic groups, listened and shared the challenges experienced by each one, the opportunities and processes, then produced a summary of the different realities and shared them in the general assembly.

                                                                Ms Nele Louauge, from Belgium, emphasized "the richness of Salesian work among young people at risk." While Giovanni d'Andrea pointed out that what struck him most on the first day was "the worldwide sharing of the work of Salesians with the poorest... The hope of being able to serve, as Don Bosco did, the poorest, and the process of achieving this project with greater awareness in all our works."

                                                                Fr Juan Carlos Quirarte, from Guadalajara, Mexico, said that in all the Provinces "we have challenges, opportunities and processes to activate and among our Salesians we find the strength to achieve these goals ... It is important to recover our charism of being in the midst of the most needy.”

                                                                Fr Thomas Padinjarayil, from Bangalore, India, underscored the importance of this meeting's reflection on working as a network and on the issue of child protection.

                                                                "During this day I experienced the richness of a Congregation that is alive in the service of the poorest," Fr García finally concluded, "and I noticed that all over the world there are thousands of Salesians and lay people who dedicate their lives to saving young people."

                                                                {gallery}RMG - Consulta 29-03-2019{/gallery}

                                                                Video on ANSChannel

                                                                • RMG
                                                                • Pastorale Giovanile
                                                                • Emarginazione
                                                                • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                                                • Fabio Attard
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  France - "Cap Cœur": an inter-religious choir for the promotion of peace

                                                                  3 weeks 6 days ago

                                                                  (ANS - Argenteuil) - Forty children and young people from Argenteuil have combined their voices to give peace a chance. They are between 5 and 15 years old and have different religious beliefs, but they share the same passion for music in a choir that took the name of "Cap Cœur", and which is animated by a young Salesian.

                                                                  Levana, Batel, Noah, Matisse, Saman, Virgile ... They are the protagonists. In the beginning, there were 12: three Jews, three Christians, three Muslims, and three atheists and they had decided to call themselves "Children of Mercy", on the advice of their mentor, Salesian Fry Benjamin Dewitte, strongly affected by this word.

                                                                  Fr Dewitte was also involved in composing music, but the text of the first song "Miséricorde" is the children's work. They wrote it based on what they were already experiencing: a true peace, a climate of brotherhood, born of sharing the same spaces, needs, aspirations.

                                                                  Along the way, they also realized that their action was an effective response to terrorism and attacks, an act of resistance to death.

                                                                  The video of "Miséricorde", shared on social networks, then began to be replicated and made them known to a wider audience. They were thus invited to the programs "The Voice Kids" and "La France a un  incroyable Talent", France's Got Talent, and their success gradually grew.

                                                                  Today there are about forty of those who meet every Sunday evening to share the same passion, and have become the "Cap Cœur". Some parents also voluntarily provide guidance and service to the group, so that "Cap Cœur" also has its extension: the "Cap Cœur Family".

                                                                  The project is fully in the spirit of Don Bosco's preventive pedagogy: active, creative and responsible young people, accompanied by an animation team made up of adults, who create the conditions to live together in an atmosphere of welcome, respect, friendship, service and joy.

                                                                  The next engagements of the children of "Cap Cœur" are to bring a bit of color to the large flats of Argenteuil, to continue performing at various musical events, and to record an entire album at a professional quality level.

                                                                  A first fruit of this new path is their latest artistic creation: "Couleur Love", created as a duet with their patron - Yoann FreeJay, the winner of the second season of "The Voice" - which answers to the darkness of pessimism and violence via the bright colors of the music of joy and friendship.

                                                                  Source : Don Bosco Aujourd’hui

                                                                  {gallery}FRB - Coro Cap Coeur 2019{/gallery}

                                                                  • Francia
                                                                  • Islam
                                                                  • Ebraismo
                                                                  • FRB
                                                                  • Musica
                                                                  • Misericordia
                                                                  • Dialogo
                                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                    India – Salesians of Panjim Province welcome 10th Successor of Don Bosco in Goa

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                                                                    India – Salesians of Panjim Province welcome 10th Successor of Don Bosco in Goa

                                                                    (ANS – Panaji) – Rector Major Father Ángel Fernández Artime arrived to the Salesian province of Panjim at 10.20 pm on 27 March 2019. He was welcomed by the Provincial, Father Felix Fernandes, Vice Provincial, Father Avil Rodrigues, Salesians and the Salesian Family members at Dabolim airport, Goa. The 10th Successor of Don Bosco is visiting the province of Panjim for the first time. He will return to Rome on April 1, 2019.

                                                                    Fr Á.F. Artime is coming to meet his Salesians, the Salesian Family, the youth, the parents of the Salesians, the benefactors and the beneficiaries of the Salesian works. Father Avin Carvalho, the chief organizer of the Rector Major's visit says that he is happy to have the successor of Don Bosco in the province. He wishes that “his spirit rubs on to each one of us”. Fr Fernandes is also of the same opinion when he said that he is “extremely happy that the representative of Don Bosco has visited the province. It is a moment of grace and the revival of the Salesian Charism in our province,” he said.

                                                                    “For us it is a moment of celebration around the Successor of Don Bosco. He has called each of us to be holy,” said Fr Carvalho. F Ralin de Souza will be Rector Major's official translator.

                                                                    The Rector Major will dedicate many hours of his stay to reflect on the various activities of the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco in the Province. The first activity, scheduled this morning, March 28, is not by chance the meeting with the Provincial Council; in the afternoon, he meets with the Directors and the Officers of the various provincial services.

                                                                    On tomorrow's schedule, Friday 29, a visit to the "Don Bosco" Institute of Panjim and dialogue with students and professors; a moment of prayer at the local shrine; the gathering with all the Salesians of the Province; lunch with guests, parents and benefactors of the Salesians; and, to conclude, a moment of cordiality with the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

                                                                    Saturday 30 will be marked by the blessing of a new Salesian house, the meeting with the Salesian youth, a press conference and a solemn Mass, and finally dinner with the archbishop of Goa and Daman, Msgr. Filipe Neri Ferrao, and the bishop of Sindhudurg, Msgr. Alwyn Barreto.

                                                                    On Sunday, Fr Á.F. Artime will first animate the children of the Salesian Youth Movement, then the Salesians in initial formation, and finally the members of the various groups of the Salesian Family.

                                                                    Before leaving for Rome on the morning of Monday 1 April, the Rector Major will still have the opportunity to celebrate Mass in the sanctuary that houses the relics of the Patron of the Missions, St. Francis Xavier, in the ancient part of Goa, and to learn about the Salesian work with young people at risk, in the house of Paliem.

                                                                    Salesians came to India in 1906 and started their first institution at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The first institution in Goa was opened at Panjim in 1946. Fr Vincent Scuderi and Fr Joseph Carreno were the pioneers of the place. They first started the Oratory of Don Bosco where the youth would play and pray. Soon Carpentry was added, followed by the primary school, the tailoring classes, the English medium school with 36 students and the four classes of the Portuguese school, thus the humble beginnings of the work of Don Bosco in Goa. With their printing press, the Salesians published the monthly magazine, “Salesian Oratory” and the “Aitarachem Vachop”, a weekly in Konkani. Fr McGlinchey aired a religious program named “Hora Catolica” on All India Radio.

                                                                    The Province of Panjim covers the Konkan region from Ratnagiri to Mangalore, that includes four district of Maharashtra, the whole of Goa and eight districts of Karnataka.

                                                                    Today the Salesians have 10 houses in Goa, 3 in Sindhudurg (Maharashtra) and 6 in Karnataka. Educating youth towards a better future and proclaiming the values of Jesus to all, have been their most important goals. Salesians have 9 schools, 3 Higher Secondaries, 3 National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), a Night School, a Vocational Training institute, a Technical School and a Public Library. Recently, they have also entered into the Higher Education with Don Bosco College in Panjim, College of Engineering at Fatorda and a College of Agriculture at Sulcorna.

                                                                    Salesians look after the street boys, the youth at risk at Paliem-Ucassaim, have boarding houses for children and a Hostel for men. They are also engaged in social work. They empower women through Self Help Groups and various developmental works through Konkan Development Office at Odxel.

                                                                    The Salesian Family in the province of Panjim includes four groups started by Don Bosco himself: the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Sisters (FMA), Salesian Cooperators and the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA). Don Bosco Past Pupils, Catechist Sisters of Mary Immaculate Help of Christians (SMI), The Disciples (Don Bosco Secular Institute) were the later addition to the family present in the province of Panjim of the total 30 members.

                                                                    Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

                                                                    • India
                                                                    • INP
                                                                    • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                    • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                    • Visita di Animazione
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      Hungary - Press Conference on finding of relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor, SDB

                                                                      4 weeks ago
                                                                      Hungary - Press Conference on finding of relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor, SDB

                                                                      (ANS - Budapest) - "This year the whole Salesian Family in the world is developing the theme of holiness. I think the finding of the relics of Blessed Stephen Sándor is a great gift for the Salesian Family and for the Hungarian Church and society." With these words, the Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, commented on the finding of the relics of Salesian Blessed Stephen Sándor, during a press conference held at the Provincial House of the Hungarian Salesians, held yesterday, Wednesday March 27, in Budapest.

                                                                      During a crowded press conference, which was also attended by the Provincial of the Salesians in Hungary, Fr Abrahám Béla, and several scientific and forensic specialists involved in the work of finding and identifying the relics, Fr Cameroni began by recalling that Pope Francis declared Stephen Sándor a martyr exactly six years earlier, on March 27, 2013. "There is therefore this happy correspondence between his martyrdom and the finding of his relics," he noted.

                                                                      He then explained how the recent discovery "is not in itself a novelty in the history of the Church: in ancient times the relics of the martyrs were found, even after decades and centuries. We are inside a story that continues.”

                                                                      After thanking the Hungarian Salesian Province and all the authorities - civil, medical, scientific, "who accompanied this process with great care and professionalism", the Postulator General invited public authorities and the Nation Center for Experts and Research to further support the search for relics.

                                                                      "On this basis, we - as a Congregation and with the Holy See - can proceed from the canonical-juridical-ecclesial point of view," continued Fr Cameroni, who subsequently illustrated the entire procedural process to which the relics will now be subjected.

                                                                      In this sense, he also announced that there are already requests to receive small portions of the relics of Blessed Sándor in different parts of the world, and that soon a special reliquary will have to be made to allow the public veneration of the relics.

                                                                      • Ungheria
                                                                      • UNG
                                                                      • Pier Luigi Cameroni
                                                                      • Stefano Sándor
                                                                      • Santità Salesiana
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        Mozambique - A testimony from the "spared" by Cyclone Idai

                                                                        4 weeks ago

                                                                        (ANS - Maputo) - The more days pass, the more clearly we understand that the passage of cyclone Idai on Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi has had the effects of a massacre. The death toll in the three African countries, currently still provisional, is close to 800 dead, of which more than half in Mozambique. Meanwhile, the risk of cholera spreading, of which the first cases have already been recorded, is also a concern.

                                                                        Fr Luiz Gonzaga Piccoli, a Brazilian Salesian and Councilor of the Vice Province of Mozambique, has recently been in the central-northern provinces of the country. On Facebook he wanted to reassure his friends in Brazil about his condition, but he also narrated the tragic reality that he has seen: "My Province was the first to be hit (already a few days before the cyclone, Editor's Note) by breaking the dam barriers, heavy rainfall in a vast region and overflowing rivers.”

                                                                        "Much worse was ten days later, with the cyclone, announced long ago by radio and TV, which shocked the Province of Sofala and its capital, Beira. Nothing has been spared: hospitals, schools, the cathedral, the great churches, the episcopal house, the government center, the universities, public buildings, water, electricity, roads, bridges, houses ... Beira must be completely rebuilt!"

                                                                        And to think that this city of Mozambique, of 500,000 inhabitants, had equipped itself with a system of channels to protect itself from the effects of climate change, a project financed by the World Bank: the system worked against the floods of two months ago, but he could not stand Idai's fury. "This cyclone has wiped out everything we've built in over 100 years," said the mayor-engineer, Daviz Simango, bitterly.

                                                                        The condition of minors, children, is also worrying, because many are left alone due to their parents dying or because they have been separated from their families while they sought refuge. According to UNICEF, more than half of the people affected by the cyclone are minors: one million children affected by Idai out of a total of 1.8 million people involved, but the numbers are still provisional, because there are entire districts still submerged by water.

                                                                        "My community and I," Fr Piccoli concludes, "we did not survive; we were simply spared. May God help us to continue helping the devastated population, as much as we can."

                                                                        {gallery}MOZ - Ciclone Idai 2 - 2019{/gallery}

                                                                        • MOZ
                                                                        • Mozambico
                                                                        • Disastri
                                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                          India – Salesians collaborate to enrich Print Industry

                                                                          4 weeks ago
                                                                          India – Salesians collaborate to enrich Print Industry

                                                                          (ANS - Chennai) – Both the Insitutions of “Salesian Institute of Graphic Arts” (SIGA), Chennai, and the “Madras Print Lithographers Associations” (MPLA), the first association of printers in South India, began in the year 1952. This year, 75 Diploma students of Printing Technology were awarded the merit certificates by Father (Dr.) F.Andrew SJ, Principal of Loyola College, Chennai, Mr.G.N.Visvakumar, President of Madras Printers Lithography Association (MPLA), and Father Charles Gaspar, Former Principal of SIGA. Among several accolades, the Gold Medal adorned Mr.A.Gino of Government 3-year diploma course and Mr. Paul Jefferson of SIGA Private 3-year diploma course.

                                                                          The college graduation ceremony was organized by SIGA Polytechnic College at Don Bosco Kilpauk campus, on 2nd March 2019 at 10 AM.

                                                                          After the formal colourful ceremony, the office bearers of MPLA welcomed the graduates to the Printing and Packaging Industry and assured them the joy of growing together with the Print Media industry in the country. The event was sponsored by “MPLA”, “Hatson Agro Product Ltd”, and SIGA.

                                                                          For an hour, Mr. P. Chander coordinated the floor discussion on new opportunities in Skilling India and trends in the job market. Mr. G.N. VisvaKumar, presided and Father PT Joseph, Principal of SIGA Polytechnic College joined the panel of MPLA officials who responded to the floor questions. “Printing is growing and attracting other disciplines”, said Fr Joseph.

                                                                          “The electronic printing and 3D Printing are such proofs that will change the dynamics of electronic and manufacturing business in the world”, he reiterated. Mr. Anbazhagan, Honorary Secretary, Mr. S. Krishna Kumar, Joint Secretary, Mr. Jolly Peter, Treasurer, graced the event with their presence and interaction.

                                                                          SIGA management thanked and honored MPLA for their presence and for their invitation to engage in Electronic-age Print 2019 scheduled from 31 May to 3 June 2019 at Chennai Trade Centre.

                                                                          Diploma in Printing Technology (Formal)

                                                                          This is a 3-year course leading to DPT (Diploma in Printing Technology). It is offered to students who qualify for it as per the rules and regulations of the Directorate of Technical Education (DoTE) Tamil Nadu. The curriculum for the DPT is prepared in accordance with the syllabus prescribed by the State Board of Technical Education and Training, Tamil Nadu. Examinations, at the end of each semester, both in theory and practicals, will be conducted by the same Board.

                                                                          Diploma in Printing Technology (Non-Formal)

                                                                          This is a 3-year course leading to DPT (Diploma in Printing Technology). It is offered by SIGA Society, a member of Salesians of Don Bosco, worldwide. The curriculum for the DPT is prepared in accordance with the syllabus prescribed by the SIGA Academic Board. The programme embodies 1 year of on-job-training in the industrial environment. Examinations are held at the end of each semester, both in theory and practicals.

                                                                          Post Graduate Diploma in Printing and Packaging Technology (Non-Formal)

                                                                          This is a 1-year full-time course leading to PGDPPT (PG Diploma in Printing and Packaging Technology). It is offered by SIGA Society, It is an interdisciplinary programme aimed at the students from Visual Communication, Fine Arts, and any UG programme.  A field study and project submission are prerequisites to complete the course.

                                                                          Source: Don Bosco India

                                                                          • India
                                                                          • INM
                                                                          • Formazione Professionale
                                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                            India - Rector Major concludes Animation Visit to Mumbai Province

                                                                            4 weeks 1 day ago
                                                                            India - Rector Major concludes Animation Visit to Mumbai Province

                                                                            (ANS - Mumbai) - Embraces, photos, joyful celebrations, large gatherings, messages of encouragement and guidance in the face of the many challenges that await those who want to commit themselves to youth ... All this is flavoring the Rector Major's visit to the India-Mumbai Province (INB) which ends today, March 27th. From this evening, in fact, the X Successor of Don Bosco starts upon a new stage at the India-Panjim Province.

                                                                            On Monday 25 March, the fifth anniversary of his election as Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime spent his time to meet the novices of the Province at the Nashik center. It was a precious time spent among the young people in formation and towards the guidance of the whole Congregation, time during which the Rector Major encouraged the novices to discern well their Salesian vocation, clarifying that the call is to be primarily Salesians, and not just priests.

                                                                            Subsequently, Fr Á.F. Artime also wanted to meet the lay personnel who collaborate in the Salesian mission within the provincial offices, having lunch with them.

                                                                            In the afternoon he met with the members of the Salesian Family, to whom he said that the laity are important because they arrive where the Salesians cannot go and so bring the charism of Don Bosco to the world.

                                                                            In the evening he then reached the "Saint Joseph" house in Wadala; there he attended the show organized in his honor by the school community and then presided over the Eucharist.

                                                                            Yesterday morning, Tuesday 26, the Successor of Don Bosco, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, and by the INB Provincial, Fr Godfrey D’Souza, flew to Vadodara in the State of Gujarat. Welcomed at the airport by a large crowd of members of the Salesian Family, he then headed towards the Salesian house where a meeting was scheduled with all the Salesians of the Province. In the afternoon, he attended a gathering with the children of all the INB Salesian centers - a very festive gathering, with young people dressed in traditional clothes.

                                                                            Of note, before reaching the center, Fr Á.F. Artime wanted to visit a house of Carmelite nuns, asking them for prayers and offering them the blessing of Mary Help of Christians.

                                                                            On the morning of today, March 27th, before leaving the INB Province, the Successor of Don Bosco found time to reach the Salesian school in Andheri to participate in the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the institute's existence. On this occasion he also met and praised the members of the "Prafulta" psychological counseling service.

                                                                            Photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr

                                                                            • India
                                                                            • INB
                                                                            • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                            • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                            • Visita di Animazione
                                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                              Brazil – Fr Filiberto González: "Communication requires coherence and testimony in order to be with young people in the digital environment"

                                                                              4 weeks 1 day ago

                                                                              (ANS - Sao Paulo) - On 22 and 23 March, the Salesian Province of "Mary Help of Christians" of Brazil-Sao Paulo received the visit of the General Councilor for Social Communications, Fr Filiberto González Plasencia, who met the young Salesians in formation, the local communications teams and the Salesians who make up the National Commission for Mission Animation.

                                                                              Fr González arrived in Sao Paulo in the afternoon of Friday 22 March, after taking part in the meetings of the Salesian Communication Network of Brazil and the National Communications Commission (CONAC), which brings together the Provincial Delegates for Communications of the country's six Salesian Provinces.

                                                                              In the meeting with the Salesians in formation, the General Councilor repeated to them the challenge he had given to the Delegates of Communication, adapting the theme of the next General Chapter: "Which or what kind of Salesians for today's youth in the field of communication?" According to Fr González, the way of doing Pastoral Care implies being present, not only in playgrounds, courtyards, and conventional forms, but also in being current in new languages ​​and new forms of learning: "We cannot do pastoral work as we have always done, because today's youth, adolescents and children have another way of perceiving reality, life, another way of thinking, another way of learning," he explained.

                                                                              He then spoke of the importance of changing the mentality of the Salesians to be present in the digital environment, using the different possibilities responsibly and in a proactive way, "making oneself present among the young with coherence and life witness."

                                                                              Finally, he was able to learn about the experience of "A.COR.DAR", a pastoral communication project on social media with a focus on audiovisuals produced by theology students.

                                                                              On the following day, the General Councilor met the local communication teams of the Province and the representatives of various Salesian centers. He described the importance of the five senses for a good relationship between people, especially one's gaze, listening and touch, along with the importance of body language.

                                                                              "The Salesians," he said, "in Communication follow a principle that comes from the Preventive System of Don Bosco and whose center is loving kindness. At the center of Salesian communication there is affection and authentic relationship. The person is at the center, the media are means."

                                                                              Finally, Fr González also spoke at the meeting of the National Commission for Mission Animation, which evaluated the common projects fulfilled in recent months and planned the next initiatives of the commission, including the elaboration of the Inter-Provincial Missionary Animation Project.

                                                                              • Brasile
                                                                              • BSP
                                                                              • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                                              • Animazione Missionaria
                                                                              • Filiberto González
                                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                                Austria – New “Senior Experts Austria” program welcomed by Salesian partners of “Jugend Eine Welt”

                                                                                4 weeks 1 day ago
                                                                                Austria – New “Senior Experts Austria” program welcomed by Salesian partners of “Jugend Eine Welt”

                                                                                (ANS – Vienna) – Since 2018 “Jugend Eine Welt-Don Bosco Aktion Austria” sends out “Senior Expert” volunteers to Don Bosco projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These experts are cordially welcome in Salesian institutions where they contribute in many different ways, for example as agricultural, technical or medical experts, teachers or psychotherapists. On March 21, the new program “Senior Experts Austria” was presented during an event which took place in the Viennese “Palais Coburg” and was funded by POK Pühringer Privatstiftung.

                                                                                As guest of honour, Jugend Eine Welt welcomed Br. John Ngigi Njuguna SDB from DBTECH AFRICA, Kenya, which coordinates more than 100 Salesian TVET centers spread over 35 countries in Africa. Fr. Ngigi pointed out that Senior volunteers fill an important gap as many educational institutions cannot afford to hire expert know-how from abroad. He said: “We need these people! It is really important that they share their expertise with us and train our teachers. On the other hand, they benefit themselves from the social connection with the reality in Africa. Instead of always thinking about their past, they start thinking about their future and how they can contribute with the skills they have.”

                                                                                Fr. Rafael Bejarano Rivera SDB, Director of a Don Bosco Training Center in Armenia, Colombia, confirmed that there is a win-win situation on both sides: The contribution of the “Senior Experts” is much needed in many areas, for example for Train the Trainer workshops in Industrial Automation or Electricity. The volunteers find a new meaning in life and experience much joy. “I would like to contribute to the future strengthening of this culture of solidarity, he affirmed.

                                                                                Sister Maria Rohrer FMA, who coordinates a girls shelter in Tunisia, stated that Europe should give much more support to young African people who are desperately in need of education and vocational training. Senior Experts could play an important role in this context. She said: “So many young African people have nothing to do because they lack education. It is crucial to support them where they are and give them perspectives in their home countries, so that they do not drown in the Mediterranean Sea on the way to Europe where they would not have a good future anyway.”

                                                                                Former “Senior Experts” confirmed that they felt very welcome in the Don Bosco institutions. Most of them would like to return there soon. Like Josef Loderbauer, an experienced electrical technician who supported a Salesian Technical Vocational Training Center in Kamuli, Uganda, in 2018, where he helped to install a training course in Solar Technology. He returned there already the day after the event. But there are more than 60 other “Senior experts” on a waiting list who could be deployed any time if the necessary funding is guaranteed.

                                                                                For this reason, Reinhard Heiserer, Director of the Jugend Eine Welt, appealed to representatives from Austrian Ministries, political institutions, the Austrian Economic Chambers, individual companies and foundations to support the “Senior Experts Austria” program: “Jugend Eine Welt has more than 20 years of experience in arranging volunteer programs. Please invest in the future of young people!”

                                                                                More information and photographs from the event you can find here:  https://www.jugendeinewelt.at/erfahrung-hilft/ 

                                                                                General information about Senior Experts Austria: https://www.seniorexpertsaustria.at/ and: www.jugendeinewelt.at/seniorexpertsaustria 

                                                                                {gallery}AUS - Senior Experts 2019{/gallery}

                                                                                • Austria
                                                                                • AUS
                                                                                • Volontariato
                                                                                • Anziani
                                                                                • ONG
                                                                                • JEW
                                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana