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Spain – “Fundación Don Bosco” awarded for efforts in favor of young people

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Spain – “Fundación Don Bosco” awarded for efforts in favor of young people

(ANS - Huelva) - The "Andalucía Joven" Prizes, awarded annually by the Andalusian Institute of Youth (IAJ, in Spanish), have awarded the "Fundación Don Bosco" with a commemorative prize for a life spent in the struggle for helping youth. Founded in Cordoba more than 21 years ago, this non-profit Salesian organization, which carries out its activity in Andalusia, the Canary Islands and Extremadura, has as its main objective the integral development of minors and young people in situations of risk or social exclusion.

Rocío Ruiz, Councilor for Equality, Social Policies and Conciliation of the Andalusian Council, presented the awards on December 18 in a gala event held in the Gran Teatro de Huelva, where a large part of the Andalusian youth associations was represented and which also served to know and measure the current interests of Andalusian youth.

The gala event, presented by the communicator Ángeles Sánchez Cueca, was also enriched by an artistic performance by the young people of the "Carabela" Youth Association of the Salesians of Huelva.

Fr Fernando Miranda, SDB, President of the "Fundación Don Bosco" and vicar of the Salesian Province of "Spain-Mary Help of Christians", thanked all the many people who make the foundation's work possible and all the public and private institutions that support it.

After 21 years of solidarity initiatives, there are currently more than 500 professionals and over 200 volunteers who make the mission of this Salesian organization possible and very much present. “Thanks above all to all the young people who make the foundation's dream come true. A dream that is already many years old: it was born in the head of Don Bosco - of which we bear the name - and he dreamed of giving a better future to many children who were lying on the street at that time ... We continue to encourage and accompany many young people so that they continue to dream and find a place in the midst of reality, in the world, in the place where they live," said Fr Miranda in receiving the award.

The "Andalucía Joven" Awards serve to give recognition to the paths taken by young people, groups, entities or institutions that stand out in their work throughout the year. These awards, which in this edition received more than 150 candidate applications from all over Andalusia, include numerous categories, such as entrepreneurship, art and culture, sport, science and innovation, social commitment, environment and sustainable development, and others. 

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  • Spagna
  • SMX SPAGNA MARIA AUSILIATRICE
  • Premi e Riconoscimenti
  • Fundación Don Bosco
    Gian Francesco Romano

    RMG – Provincial of Angola Vice Province appointed: Fr Martín Lasarte

    4 weeks 2 days ago
    RMG – Provincial of Angola Vice Province appointed: Fr Martín Lasarte

    (ANS - Rome) - Yesterday, 19 December, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the consensus of the General Council, appointed Fr Martín Lasarte Topolanski, as Provincial of the Angola Vice Province for the 6-year term, 2020-2026.

    Fr Martín Lasarte Topolanski was born 25 October 1962 in Montevideo, Uruguay; he entered the Salesian novitiate in Montevideo - Manga-Novitiate on 1 February 1981, made his first religious vows on 31 January 1982 and perpetual vows on 31 January 1986, and was ordained a priest in Montevideo on 17 August 1991.

    Fr Lasarte was a resident in the community of Montevideo - Talleres Don Bosco (1985-1986); Montevideo - Theologate (1986-1988), then moved to São Paulo - Lapa, Brazil, and to Rome-Gerini until 3 August 1990, the day of his transfer to Luena, Angola. He was in Rome-Testaccio (1991-1995), and again in Angola Luanda-Dom Bosco - Palanca (1995-2001), Luena (2001-2008), Luanda - San Paolo (2008-2009), Luanda (2009 -2015).

    Fr Lasarte was Councilor of the Angolan Vice Province (2007-2013), Delegate of the Vice Province for Social Communication (2008-2009 and 2013-2015), for Youth Ministry (2009-2015), Commission for Human Rights (2013- 2014), Vicar of the Vice Province (2013-2015). He has been a member of the Department for Missions at the Salesian General House in Rome, Italy, since August 20, 2015.

    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
    • Angola
    • Nomine
    • ANG ANGOLA
      Virginia Nitto

      Italy - Ministry of Education names room after Don Bosco

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      Italy - Ministry of Education names room after Don Bosco

      (ANS - Rome) – Giving a name to things means feeling it as one's own and sharing their value. For this reason, several halls, rooms and beautiful areas of the “Ministry of Education, Universities and Research” (MIUR), based in Rome, now have a name and surname. Several spaces, in fact, have been named after important figures of Italian history who have contributed to schools, education, pedagogy and research.

      Among these historic figures, who now give their names to the halls of the Ministry, there is also Don Bosco, who is recognized for his tremendous work in the service of Italian society and, especially, of young people. His commitment, his dedication and his love for young people have helped - and still help today - entire generations to become citizens who are honest, aware, upright.

      Don Bosco continues to be alive and present in society. After the murals created in the outskirts of Candelaro, with which the Saint of the Young continues to bring his gaze to the youngsters of the XXI century, he now also arrives inside the Ministry. This is a sign that Don Bosco and his pedagogy continue to live every day in the hearts and minds of many men and women.

      Many, even on MUIR's social channels, have shown appreciation for the room named after Don Bosco, hoping that the Preventive System can continue to be always an excellent aid in formation and a reference point for teachers and students.


      In addition to Don Bosco, MUIR has decided to pay tribute to other figures who, each in their own way, have made the world of school grand. One is the astrophysicist Margherita Hack, the educator and pedagogist Maria Montessori, the politician and jurist Aldo Moro, the Nobel prize-winning neurologist Rita Levi Montalcini, and the TV pedagogist and presenter Alberto Manzi.

      With the dedication of these rooms, the Ministry of Education, Universities & Research wished to commemorate men and women who have put their talent and intelligence at the service of civil society to ensure progress and well-being for the young generations of different eras.

      • Italia
      • Don Bosco
      • Educazione
        Virginia Nitto

        RMG - Provincials of Krakow, Tiruchy and Mozambique appointed

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        RMG - Provincials of Krakow, Tiruchy and Mozambique appointed

        (ANS - Rome) - Yesterday, 18 December, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the consensus of the General Council, appointed the following for the 2020-2026 term: Fr Agilan Sarprasadam, as Provincial of the India-Tiruchy Province; Fr Marcin Kaznowski, Provincial of the Poland-Krakow Province, and Fr Adolfo de Jesus Sarmento, Provincial of the Vice Province of Mozambique.

        Fr Agilan Sarprasadam was born in Venkatagulam, Tamil Nadu (India), 2 March 1970; he entered the Salesian novitiate of Coimbatore-Vellakinar on 24 May 1987, made his first religious vows on 24 May 1988 and perpetual vows on 31 May 1996, and was ordained a priest in Tiruchy on 29 December 1999. For the Tiruchy Province he was Provincial Councilor (2011-2014 and 2014-2017), Provincial Delegate for Social Communication (2011-2017). He is currently Vice Provincial and Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry.


        Fr Marcin Kaznowski was born in Przemysl (Poland) on 2 November 1974; he entered the Kopiec novitiate on 26 August 2000, made his first religious vows on 8 September 2001, and perpetual vows on 16 June 2007, and was ordained a priest in Krakow on 24 May 2008. For the Cracow Province he was Provincial Councilor (2015-2017), and is currently Provincial Vicar, Provincial Delegate for Formation, Salesian Family and Salesian Cooperators.


        Fr Adolfo de Jesus Sarmento was born in Uai Oli-Venilale (East Timor), on 24 July 1969; he entered the Fatumaca novitiate on 13 June 1991, made his first religious vows on 13 June 1992 and perpetual vows on 17 May 1998, and was ordained a priest in Maputo (Mozambique) on 25 August 2002. For the Vice Province of Mozambique, he was State Councilor (2006-2008) and is currently the Novice Master (Namaacha) and Delegate of the Vice Province for Formation.

         

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        • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
        • MOZ MOZAMBICO
        • INT INDIA TIRUCHY
        • PLS POLONIA KRAKÓW
        • Nomine
          Jesus Jurado

          Argentina – Rector Major's intervention and homily at VIII International Congress of Mary Help of Christians

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          Argentina – Rector Major's intervention and homily at VIII International Congress of Mary Help of Christians

          (ANS - Buenos Aires) - During the VIII International Congress of Mary Help of Christians, held in the city of Buenos Aires from 7 to 10 November, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, offered his presentation and homily at the end of the Congress: "I was asked to close these days and I want to offer a summary of what I believe should be taken into consideration in our Marian journey and as a Salesian Family."

          The Congress animated a group of 1,200 participants from the Salesian world, who listened and pondered the profound message of the X Successor of Don Bosco: "In the Salesian Family, if Marian devotion is lacking, we are not the Salesian Family (...). The Marian dimension is essentially charismatic for us and it is so for the whole Salesian Family."

          • Argentina
          • Rettor Maggiore
          • Congresso Internazionale Maria Ausiliatrice
            Alessandro Parrozzani

            Italy - Rome Don Bosco: a special December 8th

            1 month ago
            Italy - Rome Don Bosco: a special December 8th

            (ANS - Rome) – For the Parish of "San Giovanni Bosco al Tuscolano" 2019 represents an important year: 60 years have passed since that 2 May 1959 when the Parish officially began its pastoral life in the Temple dedicated to the Saint of Young People. To commemorate this event, several initiatives were launched on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday 8 December 2019.


            On Sunday 8 December, the Cardinal Prefect for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Apostolic Life Societies, His Eminence Joao Braz De Aviz presided over the Eucharist at 11.00 am administering the Sacrament of Confirmation to the children of the Parish at the end of their formative journey.

            At the end of Mass, the video-photographic exhibition of the history of the Basilica and of the Salesian work from its origins to the present day was inaugurated, and can be seen in the Temple until 2 February 2020. Finally, as per the Salesian tradition, in Piazza San Giovanni Bosco, in front of the Basilica, the traditional "Mariano Circle" was held: with the families, children and young people of the Oratory commemorated the meeting between Don Bosco and Bartolomeo Garelli; an Ave Maria then concluded this much participated moment.

            In the afternoon, the new lighting of the Duomo, the recent restoration object, and classroom of worship, was inaugurated. The Vicar of the Rector Major, Fr Francesco Cereda, presided over the Thanksgiving Eucharist, concelebrated by the confreres who served as Directors and / or Parish Priests. At the end of the celebration, Fr Francesco then blessed four commemorative plaques of the "visits" of 4 Saints to our Basilica: St. John XXIII; St. Paul VI; Saint John Paul II and Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

            At 7.00 pm the Italian Army Band held a concert in the Basilica that was especially appreciated by the many people present. After the National Anthem, the last piece performed by the Maestri della Banda, a fireworks show concluded a day full of events, meetings, prayers and that sense of thanks expressed by the faces of all the people who participated in the events.

            The much-felt participation of people in these events once again gave testimony of the affection that people have for Don Bosco and for the Salesians who have worked and still work in the Parish. The emotion and joy in everyone's eyes gave voice to thanks to God for the gift that these 60 Salesian years represented for the District and its people.

            Click on the link to watch the video.

            • Don Bosco
            • Roma
            • ICC ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE CENTRALE
              Virginia Nitto

              Brazil - A family home for children of the Amazon

              1 month ago
              Brazil - A family home for children of the Amazon

              (ANS - Iauaretê) - Iauaretê is a missionary district of the Municipality of São Gabriel da Cachoeira in Brazil. It is located in the extreme northwest of Amazonia, on the border with Colombia. We are in the midst of the Amazon forest, a natural paradise where 16 different ethnic groups live together, divided into 47 communities spread over hundreds of kilometers. There are no police or other entities dedicated to the care of public peace and justice, except for a small military barracks. It is a very lively reality, with many children, adolescents and young people, who live in situations of poverty and sometimes of severe misery.

              Iauaretè is a place far from everything: the village is located 1,200 km from the capital Manaus and can be reached only by river, facing rapids and rushing waters during the rainy season and risking isolation in the dry months due to the low flow of the river. The socio-economic situation is precarious and for the people of Iauaretè there are not many job opportunities.

              In this context of poverty, the most urgent need is the protection of minors, especially children aged 3 to 13 years. Every day the Salesians welcome children and teens who are alone and abandoned, offering them a meal and a protected place to find shelter and be able to sleep away from dangers. In Iauaretê an oratory is, in fact, active, which welcomes 300 to 500 children every day, who find a place that is healthy and which protects them.

              In this context, the Salesian missionaries have decided to build a welcome house that at the same time will also be the home of the Salesian community and vocational center, open to young people. Fr Roberto Cappelletti, a missionary in Brazil for 14 years, presented a beautiful project to welcome children and young people in a more worthy way. It will be a two-storey building: the first will house two bedrooms with bathrooms that will be available for guest girls and teachers, the meeting and study room, the refectory, the pantry, the kitchen, the laundry room and an external bathroom. The second floor will have 6 bedrooms with bathrooms and the community room. Of these, two large rooms will be for children and one of them can be used for young people in vocational research. Another 4 rooms will host the missionaries.

              In this house, 40 indigenous children aged between 6 and 12 can be accommodated.


              To learn more, visit the website of Missioni Don Bosco.

              • Brasile
              • Amazzonia
              • Indigeni
                Virginia Nitto

                Vatican - Christmas Concert 2019

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                Vatican - Christmas Concert 2019

                (ANS - Vatican City) - An audience of over 5,000 people in the Paul VI Hall and almost 2 million viewers through a national television station is reached by the appeal of the Salesian Fr Roberto Cappelletti, missionary in the Amazon, thanks to his participation in the Christmas Concert in the Vatican.

                 

                Again this year, Missioni Don Bosco is one of the two organizations participating in this event, wanted by the Congregation for Catholic Education, to support humanitarian aid projects in distant and needy regions. The focus of 2019 is the Amazon, further proof that the attention aroused by the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops from that region is not just a moment of generic sharing of problems and proposals but also a precise objective that Pope Francis assigns to the Church at this time.

                This is the Concerto's XVII edition, a number that from the artistic point of view also marks a tenacity in assigning the attractive capacity of stars of international music to the large issues of international justice.

                Prime Time, the organizing company, cuts a new milestone that places it not only as an operational but also as a creative arm with regards to initiatives that satisfy the need to bring different worlds together for the very purpose of solidarity. In fact, "to network" is the slogan that accompanied the waiting and performance of the Christmas Concert and hopefully, too, the continuation of the generosity that is expressed with "charity" but also with a renewed brotherhood with the populations of the seven States that govern its wide extension.

                Also active with the Missioni Don Bosco Onlus was the Scholas Occurrentes Foundation, a body promoting education on a global scale, founded in Argentina by the will of Jorge Bergoglio when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires.

                From the stage, Fr Cappelletti answered questions of the TV presenter, Federica Panicucci; he presented the project of a new reception center for minors that is grafted onto the pastoral action he has conducted with the Salesians and the FMA in that part of the forest that is Iauareté. He explained that the goal is to provide shelter and protection for children who are collateral victims of the vast collective hangover that regularly marks weekends in the villages. To cover hunger and lack of hope, the consumption of alcohol is a extensive and deep social scourge, which causes parents to leave their children to themselves when they do not also become victims of abuse and in many cases of violence.

                On the same wavelength, the testimony of a young indigenous woman who participates in the programs of Scholas Occurrentes. She explained what the original spirit of her people is, a people that suffers from the exploitation and abuse by the new conquerors, protagonists of a violence practiced to Mother Earth and to the people who live there: deforestation, fires, mining exploitation, pollution ... and the spread of drugs and alcohol that break the strength of the natives and - when they fail - force them instead to flee or they decimate them, threatening their leaders.

                Don Bosco Missions, which with its president Giampiero Pettenon visited Iauareté at the beginning of this year, is strongly committed to making known the positive responses to the serious social and economic problems of the Amazon, with a presence over a hundred years old and a deployment of operators that, in proportion, has no equal in other regions of the world.

                The Christmas Concert will be broadcast on the evening of Christmas Eve by Channel 5, with a replica scheduled for the day of the Festival. An SMS number - 45530 - will be used to collect the financial contributions of viewers to the Don Bosco and Scholas Occurrentes projects.

                • Vaticano
                • Concerto
                • Missioni Don Bosco
                • Amazzonia
                  Virginia Nitto

                  RMG – Appointed, new Provincial of Brazil - Belo Horizonte: Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos

                  1 month ago
                  RMG – Appointed, new Provincial of Brazil - Belo Horizonte: Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos

                  (ANS - Rome) - Yesterday, 16 December, as part of the winter plenary session of the General Council, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the agreement of his Council, appointed Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos as the new Provincial of the Salesian Province of Brazil Belo Horizonte (BBH) for the six-year term, starting in 2020.

                  Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos is currently Provincial of the Province of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori of Campo Grande and will conclude his term on February 1, 2020.

                  Born on 18 March 1963 in Conceição do Barra, a Brazilian city belonging to the Diocese of São Mateus, son of Gaetano Mendes and Edite Dantas, Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos entered the São Carlos novitiate on 11 January 1983. In Campo Grande, 11 February 1990, he made his perpetual profession. On 12 December two years later, in Rondonopolis, he received the priestly ordination.

                  For 10 years, from 1993 to 2003, he worked as Vicar in the Dom Bosco community of Campo Grande, while from 2009 to 2014 he was Director of the Corumbá community.

                  In the Campo Grande Province he also held the post of Provincial Delegate for Social Communication from 2004 to 2005 and then again from 2009 to 2015. From July 2013 to May 2014 he was Provincial Councilor before being appointed Provincial of the same Province on 25 May 2014.


                  He speaks 4 languages: Portuguese, his mother tongue, English, Spanish and Italian.

                  Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos will thus succeed Fr Orestes Carlinhos Fistarol in the guidance of the BBH Province.

                  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                  • BBH BRASILE BELO HORIZONTE
                  • Nomine
                    Virginia Nitto

                    RMG - Pope Francis turns 83: "Pray that my old age be calm, religious and fruitful"

                    1 month ago
                    Foto: © Servizio Fotografico - Vatican Media

                    (ANS - Rome) - Historians recall that in 1934 Mario Giuseppe Francesco and Regina María Sívori, daughter of an Argentine and a Piedmontese, met in the Salesian Oratory of San Antonio, in the Argentine neighborhood of Almagro. The two went to Mass and in those environments the love that they professed forever was born. They were married on 12 December 1935; on 17 December 1936 Jorge Mario was born, the first child of four others: Alberto Horacio, Óscar Adrián, Marta Regina and María Elena, the Pope's only surviving sister.

                    Within the walls of the Bergoglio family's apartment, in the Flores district, in the central area, west of Buenos Aires, the Piedmontese dialect was spoken, which little Jorge Mario assimilated together with the Spanish language. In his childhood memories, he himself mentions his grandmother Rosa Margherita as the person most present in his heart.

                    A few days ago we celebrated the golden jubilee of Pope Francis' priesthood; today we celebrate the 83rd birthday of the successor of Peter. In these past 7 years, Pope Francis has planted seeds of service and closeness, which have become visible through dialogue, mercy, communion and respect. He has demonstrated closeness to the poor, the abandoned, the excluded, the discarded of this society. And all this is the wealth of experience that he lived in his family.


                    "When the current successor of Peter reaches the Horizon, he will be eternally remembered for his attention to the excluded of these times, for his Jesuit-Salesian passion to graze his flock and listen to it, for his ability to generate atmospheres of love for others and to ignite young spirits," writes Gabriel Alsó, Salesian Past Pupil.


                    It is an important month for Pope Francis and today, his 83 years of life do not slow down his race for the announcement of the Gospel. The whole world celebrates him with overwhelming affection. Thousands of e-mails were sent by the faithful to the address made available for the occasion. Many letters from children, too. Millions of people, on the other hand, have chosen social networks to send him their thoughts and best wishes.


                    On the occasion of the celebrations of his 80th birthday, Pope Francis had said: "The word old age comes to mind; it is scary ... Pray so that my old age be calm, religious, fruitful and even joyful," Pope Francis had asked a group of cardinals.

                    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                    • Papa Francesco
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                      RMG - "Our birthplace": Fr Luca Barone leads us to rediscovering Colle Don Bosco

                      1 month ago

                      (ANS - Rome) - There are 62 days to the beginning of the 28th General Chapter, which will take place in Turin-Valdocco from 16 February to 4 April 2020. With the approach of this important date, the last of the videos designed for narrating, describing and promoting Salesian historical places is available. This last video focuses on Colle Don Bosco, and is presented to us by Fr Luca Barone.

                      "It's the place where everyone in the Salesian Family recognizes its birthplace," says Fr Luca at the beginning of the video. This, continues Fr. Luca Barone, is a great opportunity to rethink Salesian places as areas and opportunities for personal and community formation.


                      "What is it that keeps a Family that today is present in 134 countries and 5 continents together?" asks Fr Luca. "Basically, its founder and the places of origins. So let us try to enter these spaces that have begun to have a new face, at the service of the Congregation," he adds.


                      The complete video of Colle Don Bosco is available - as always - on ANSChannel, with channels divided according to language.

                      • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                      • Colle Don Bosco
                      • CG28
                        Virginia Nitto

                        Austria - Two youths of SYM accept challenge of Advent Gate

                        1 month ago
                        Austria - Two youths of SYM accept challenge of Advent Gate

                        (ANS - Vienna) - At the height of Advent, two young people from the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) Isabella Rubel and Maximilian Cichra took up the challenge of the “Advent Gate” launched by the Archdiocese of Vienna: to visit twenty-four churches by 6 January 2020. To date, they have visited 14 churches in Vienna for a total of 13,400 steps walked and are confident to complete the #AdventTuerlChallenge

                        It all started at nine in the church of Don Bosco in Neuerdberg. "We announce Advent", two Salesians, Fr Rudi Osanger and Michal Klučka, sang with Isabella and Max to greet them in the chapel of the house. The small Pinardi Chapel is almost hidden in the highest point of the Salesian motherhouse in Austria.


                        Isabella and Max then take the subway to reach the city center. In the Augustinian church, the Prior Father Dominic Sadrawetz prepared himself for the visit of the young people. He leads them to the Chapel of Loreto. Fr Dominic naturally invites them to the Angelus prayer and along the way, he gives Isabella and Max a word: "Advent means: we must go. May your life be shaped by this child!"

                        The next stop is the Capuchin Church. Very different from the noble Augustinian church, its high altar is much more modest, made of wood. There is also a photo of the famous Capuchin Padre Pio (1887-1968).


                        Then they go to Missio, the Central Office of the Missionary Pontifical Works of Austria. "It's great, that the chapel is right here!" says Max. It is the newest church in this journey. Consecrated in 2017, the chapel bears the name "Lumen Gentium - Light of the world!", according to the doctrine of Pope Paul VI. (1897-1978). The drawings of Haitian artists, and their beautiful colors, enliven the ambience. At the center of the altar is the representation of the Risen One. The chapel is a meeting place and has changed the atmosphere of the house. In the end, the two young pilgrims took a souvenir photo with Fr Karl Wallner, the national director of the Missio of Austria.

                        A visit to the Cathedral of St Stephen is a must along the pilgrims' route, in addition to the Christmas market.


                        The road leads to the next Christmas market and to the church of St Carlo Borromeo through the large Karlsplatz underground station. The church is a tourist attraction. Thus they also learn of the Order of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star. As a Bohemian foundation, a copy of the Infant Jesus of Prague in the old church cannot but be present.

                        For the last two open church gates, they take the subway to the 13th district for a brief stop at the church of Unter St. Veit.

                        Don Bosco's house is the last stop – for the moment - for these two pilgrims. The counter now shows 13,400 steps on their mobile phones. Carina Baumgartner and Sarah Kusché wait for them in the SYM office they visit. In the chapel, two candles are lit on the Advent wreath. Isabella and Max will definitely do the last ten churches still to visit, sure to complete the Advent-Türl-Challenge in time.

                        • Austria
                        • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
                        • Avvento
                          Virginia Nitto

                          RMG - Fr Joseph Pauria is new Provincial of India-Calcutta

                          1 month ago
                          RMG - Fr Joseph Pauria is new Provincial of India-Calcutta

                          (ANS - Rome) - As part of the work of the winter plenary session of the General Council, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the agreement of his Council, has appointed Fr Joseph Pauria as the new Provincial of the India-Calcutta Province. Fr Pauria, who until now has been Provincial Vicar, will start in his new role on 31 May, taking over from Fr Nirmol Vincent Gomes.

                          The India-Calcutta Province was erected in 1926, India's first Salesian Province. Now, for the first time, it will have a Provincial of tribal origin. Fr Pauria, in fact, comes from the Santhal tribe.

                          Fr Joseph Pauria was born on January 14, 1965, in Azimganj, in the state of West Bengal. His parents were Thomas and Rita Pauria. His father was the first catechist in the parish of Azimganj.

                          After completing his middle education at the Don Bosco school in Azimganj, Fr Pauria joined the Bandel aspirantate and completed his upper secondary school education. He entered the Siliguri Novitiate in 1984, made his first profession in 1985. After studying Philosophy at the Salesian Institute of Sonada and after his apprenticeship, he then joined the College of the Sacred Heart in Shillong, for his studies in Theology.

                          He received priestly ordination in 1994 and then received a Master's Degree in Catechetics from the "Kristu Jyoti College" in Bangalore. Subsequently sent to Sonada as a trainer, he served there for several years. He then completed his research doctorate in "Salesian Missionary Spirituality" at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome in 2009, to then return to Sonada as a formator and professor.

                          In the meantime, he was appointed member of the Provincial Council and, after a brief period as pastor in Berhampore, he was appointed Provincial Vicar in January 2016.

                          In his new role as Provincial, Fr Joseph Pauria brings all his excellent qualities with him. He has extensive and wide-ranging experience as a formator and teacher and knows the Province very well which, therefore, will surely have much to gain from him over the next six years.

                          • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                          • India
                          • India Calcutta
                          • Rettor Maggiore
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                            South Korea - Jeju Island welcomes the first Salesian community

                            1 month ago
                            South Korea - Jeju Island welcomes the first Salesian community

                            (ANS - Seoul) - Two years after the first invitation to Jeju Island, the largest Korean island, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, recently approved the canonical erection of the first Salesian community in this diocese.

                            Isidore-Sumbisori is a home for young people in difficulty. It was founded by the Salesian Community, which still runs it today, in October 2018. The house was established when Fr Michael Leidon Joseph, president of the Governing Council of the Isidore Development Association (IDA), invited the Salesians to Jeju Island. Two Salesians and five boys currently live in the house of Isidore-Sumbisori, and the patron of this community is St Luigi Versiglia.

                            "Sumbisori" is the Korean word for the bursting sound of breath, breathing, after a long and deep immersion of the haenyeo (the seadiving women of Jeju Island). "Just as fresh air is promised to the divers after the time spent in the depths, in the same way we hope that our boys bravely go through this time of resistance and one day they will leave the depths of the water to breathe a breath of hope together with St. John Bosco," they say from the community of Jeju Island.

                            Thanks to good human relations and to the wise and humble pastoral approach, Fr Gabriel Oh, a Salesian of the Provincial House of Seoul, was able to gain the trust and appreciation of the local clergy, composed of 40 priests for 24 parishes and 62,000 Catholics out of a population of 650,000.

                            In Jeju Island there are also two Sisters of the Charity of Jesus, the FMA and two Salesian Cooperator Centers. The diocesan clergy on the island, however, still lack for numbers and there is much to be done to improve the facilities for young people at risk, and require development.

                            Let us pray that on Jeju Island the charism of Don Bosco shall always be shared for the benefit of young people in difficulty.

                            • Corea del Sud
                            • Salesiani
                            • KOR KOREA
                              Virginia Nitto

                              Chile - Collection for restoration of Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Talca

                              1 month ago
                              Chile - Collection for restoration of Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Talca

                              (ANS - Talca) - On 12 November last, we learned and reacted with shock and anger that a group of vandals had attacked the church of Mary Help of Christians of Talca. They burned images, paintings and benches to make barricades. The only image left without a scratch was the portrait of Mary Help of Christians, the mother who surely, like Our Lady of Guadalupe, will have told the young people who committed this barbarism: "Am I not here, your Mother? Aren't you in my shadow and refuge? Am I not the source of your joy? Aren't you also under my mantle? Is it something else you need?"

                              "We are deeply sorry for these events," said Fr Carlo Lira, Provincial of Chile, "as they not only damage a century-old church of the city, but also the religious sensitivity of many who come here to meet God and the Blessed Virgin."

                              Last Sunday, December 15, in the parishes of the Diocese of Talca, a fundraising event was held to help the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians. This initiative, from the "Helping the Church in Need" Foundation, seeks to remedy the material damage that this church suffered on 11 November.

                              The Mary Help of Christians sanctuary has been a witness and part of the history of Talca since its inauguration in 1915. For more than a hundred years, its doors have been opened to welcome all those who wanted to have a moment of prayer and encounter with God in the city ​​center. Every day, people of all ages and social conditions go to this place, which is not a parish, but where Mass and the Sacraments are still celebrated.


                              After being completely restored after the 2010 earthquake, the shrine of Mary Help of Christians returned to its former glory. Its original architecture has been maintained, the details of its pillars and vaults restored. It was a job that lasted four years and made the local community proud and happy.

                              Today the facade is damaged, the doors are blocked, the windows are broken and the interior is empty. On 11 November, the church was vandalized and desecrated. A group of people entered at night, destroyed all the images that were within their reach, took the benches, the kneelers, the chairs and the confessionals to the street to burn them and, more painfully, took the Blessed Sacrament to profane it.

                              For this reason, the "Helping the Church in Need" Foundation has committed itself to restoring and recovering destroyed furniture and, with the support of Msgr. Galo Fernández, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Talca, held a collection in all the parishes on Sunday 15 December for this purpose.

                              • Cile
                              • Talca
                              • Maria Ausiliatrice
                                Virginia Nitto

                                RMG – The Pope's prayer 50 years ago: "I believe in the loving gaze of God that came forth to invite me to follow Him"

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                                (ANS - Rome) - 50 years have gone by. It was December 13, 1969, just four days before his 33rd birthday, when Jorge Mario Bergoglio was ordained a priest. His vocation dates back to 21 September 1953, the Feast of St. Matthew. In the his memories of this priest, today Pope Francis, the prayer he wrote for that memorable day has remained impressed upon him: "I believe that in the story, which was pierced through by the gaze of God's love, on the day of spring, September 21, He came forth to invite me to follow Him ... And I hope in the surprise of every day, in which love and strength, betrayal and sin manifest themselves, that they will always accompany me until that final encounter with that marvellous face that I do not know how it is, which constantly escapes me, but which I want to know and love."

                                According to the book "The Jesuit: conversations with Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio", Pope Francis discovered his vocation on the morning of September 21, when students' day is traditionally celebrated in Argentina: he had decided to pass by the church, where he met Father Duarte, a priest he had never seen before, but who transmitted a sense of great spirituality to him. He asked to be confessed, and at that moment he felt in his heart the call to become a priest: "It was the amazement of meeting someone who is waiting for you," he narrated later.

                                God's summons to this vocation had no immediate consequences. For some years, he continued to work in a bromatological analysis laboratory. At the age of twenty, he suddenly fell ill with pneumonia. In that difficult moment, among the many words of circumstance, his sister made him understand the meaning of that suffering: "You are imitating Jesus."

                                Soon after, he decided to enter the diocesan seminary of Buenos Aires. And after a few more months, on 11 March 1958, he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus. Jorge Mario's decision was not immediately well-received in the family: his father was happy, his mother much less, and for a long time missed his daily company. The happiest was his grandmother, who said, "Well, if God calls you, may you be blessed."

                                To celebrate this important anniversary, last November the Philatelic and Numismatic Office of the Vatican issued two stamps reproducing two paintings by the Spanish painter Raúl Berzosa: in the first, a portrait of the young Bergoglio before the church "San José" of the Flores district, where he felt his vocation and as Pope; in the second he is represented as Pope before the basilica of St. Peter and with the Christ of Mercy next to him.

                                Bergoglio's life cannot be understood without the call of God. "I am Jorge Bergoglio, priest. And I like being a priest," is the powerful answer he offers today, while he thanks God for these 50 years. 

                                • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                • Papa Francesco
                                • Anniversari
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  RMG – Provincials of Austria, Slovakia and Hungary appointed

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                                  RMG – Provincials of Austria, Slovakia and Hungary appointed

                                  (ANS - Rome) - As part of the work of the winter plenary session of the General Council, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the agreement of his Council, appointed yesterday, 12 December, the Superiors of three Provinces: Fr Siegfried Kettner, for Austria (AUS); Fr Peter Timko, for Slovakia (SLK); and Fr Janoš Andrasfalvy, for Hungary (UNG).

                                  Fr Siegfried Kettner was born in Waidhofen an der Ybbs, Austria, on 15 February 1963; he entered the Salesian novitiate in Oberthalheim in 1985, made his first religious vows on 15 August 1986, perpetual vows on 15 August 1992, and ordained a priest in Benediktbeurn, Germany, on 25 June 1995.

                                  He was Counselor (1998-2003 and 2006-2011) and then Director (2001-2016) of the Provincial House of Vienna, and is currently Director and Parish Priest of the Stadlau house, also in Vienna. For the "Guardian Angels" Province of Austria he was Delegate for Vocation Ministry (2003-2014), the Salesian Bulletin (2004-2009) and Youth Ministry (2006-2011), Formation (2011-2016). He is currently Provincial Vicar.

                                  Fr Peter Timko was born in Presov, Slovakia, on 9 April 1973; he entered the Salesian novitiate in Poprad in 1992, made his first religious vows on 14 August 1993 and perpetual vows on 14 August 1999, and was ordained a priest in Bratislava on 5 May 2001.

                                  From 2012 to the present he has held the role of Novice Master at the Poprad novitiate, and Director of the community (2009-2012, 2015-current). For the “Mary Help of Christians” Province of Slovakia he was a Councilor (2008 to 2015) and Delegate for Formation (2014-2015).

                                  Fr Janoš Andrasfalvy was born in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, on 8 June 1971; he entered the Salesian novitiate in Szombathely in 1991, made his first religious vows on 8 August 1992 and perpetual vows on 28 June 1998, and was ordained a priest in his hometown on 3 July 1999.

                                  He has served in various houses throughout the “St Stephen King” Province of Hungary: Vicar of Péliföldszentkereszt (2005-2007), Director of Szombathely (2008-2010) and Budapest-Óbuda (2010-2011), then Vicar of Kazincbarcika (2014-2019). There were also numerous provincial offices held: Delegate for Youth Ministry (2002-2009), Vicar (2008-2011), Delegate for Formation (2009-2011 and again from 1st September last), for Social Communications (2011 - in progress) and for the Salesian Cooperators (from 2017).

                                  The three newly appointed are called to lead the respective Provinces for the six-year period from 2020 to 2026.

                                  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                  • Nomine
                                  • Ispettori
                                  • AUS AUSTRIA
                                  • SLK SLOVACCHIA
                                  • UNG UNGHERIA
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Democratic Republic of the Congo – Portraits of "Mother Courage"

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                                    (ANS - Bukavu) - Since July 2018, the Don Bosco Center (CDB) of Bukavu has favored the creation of 20 groups of "AVEC" (Association Villageoise d'Epargne et Crédit, the Village Savings and Credit Association) which today count over 500 members, almost all women, mostly mothers.

                                    In the group's safe, the mothers deposit, every week, 1,000 to 5,000 Congolese Francs (CF - corresponding from 0.60 cents to € 3), plus 200 CF in the solidarity fund. Then, after a few weeks, they can apply for a credit, which is two or three times higher than their savings. Mothers who adhere to this fund can benefit from 10,000 CF help to be used in situations of necessity such as the birth of a child, an illness or a death in the family.

                                    In the Don Bosco Center, working alongside these mothers are two social assistants, Gisèle Cibasa and Nicole Mapendo, who, by regularly attending the weekly meetings of each group, collect information on each member. The two assistants listen to each person individually, visit women's homes and discover their stories.

                                    Gisèle and Nicole have drawn a series of portraits of these women, who very often have great ideas and projects, but they need help to start or strengthen their activities. Many of the mothers live in difficult situations and have various problems related to their children's health, food and school.

                                    The two social assistants have thus decided to select a hundred mothers (and a few dads) to whom the Don Bosco Center could pay a small amount - non-refundable - that will allow them to start an income-generating activity. Mothers most in need and living in the most dramatic situations have been chosen.

                                    This is the case of Nyassa Nyakisoka: her home was destroyed, her husband is seriously ill and there is no money in the family even for medicines. Or the case of Bwinja Aline: she is fatherless and after graduation she stopped studying, to help her mother and her eleven brothers.

                                    Then there is Helene Murhula, abandoned by her husband and forced to leave her home. Her children do not go to school and she looks for a way to guarantee them a future. Didienne Mukunda is also struggling to pay her children's school fees and, like her, so many other women that the CDB wants to help, so that they can recover and have an income of their own, to give their children the hope of a better tomorrow.

                                    • AFC AFRICA CENTRALE
                                    • Rep Dem del Congo
                                    • Donne
                                    • Povertà
                                    • Missioni
                                    • Sviluppo Sociale
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Spain - Nearly 20,000 students of Salesianos have seen "Palabek" film documentary, listened to Fr Andrade

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                                      (ANS - Madrid) - Two months after the premiere of the documentary Palabek. Refugio de esperanza, of "Misiones Salesianas" and "Jóvenes y Desarrollo", already about 20,000 students of Spanish high schools, bachelor's degree courses and Salesian Vocational Training centers have participated in the documentary's screening and listened to the testimony of missionary Salesian Fr Ubaldino Andrade. The students have thus come to view and understand the difficulties of the refugees and in many cases they engaged in solidarity initiatives.

                                      The Salesian says: "The camp is like the courtyard of your school, but you can't leave it, and 100, 200, up to 300 thousand people live there. Palabek is a settlement of 20 square km, where each family receives a plot of 30 square meters to build its hut and sow something there."

                                      But the war conditions everything: "Those who reside there are people who have fled war and certain death. They have left their lives: family, work, clothes, home ... They arrive with nothing to start from scratch and then have to survive with difficulty just to have a little water, they are without money and with insufficient quantity of food, which is given to them once a month and is always the same," adds the missionary.

                                      In the village there are mostly women and children, often escaping from war, having to walk at night up to the border. "But despite everything, they are always happy, they smile, they want to talk, they greet you, they share what little they have and the younger ones appreciate the education they receive," he says before the astonishment of so many youngsters. The children of Palabek do not have to take anything to school, he adds, because there are no pens, notebooks or backpacks, in some cases they have to travel many kilometers on foot to attend classes. But the Salesians offer breakfast and food to all the children who attend the settlement schools, around 13,000 in number.


                                      Finally, the Salesian missionary recalls four ways of helping the Salesians and refugees in Palabek: "The first is through prayer, which does miracles; the second is to understand and convey the message that when we talk about refugees, migrants or unaccompanied minors, we're not talking about suspect persons, thieves or terrorists, as some say, but they are people who have fled to save their lives; the third way to help is with money or solidarity initiatives, such as writing letters in English for the children there, or recording a video and sending it through ‘Misiones Salesianas’ or ‘Jóvenes y Desarrollo’; and the fourth way, for those who are a little older, is to go to Palabek as a volunteer! We are waiting for you there and I guarantee you that your life will change," concludes the Salesian.

                                      • Spagna
                                      • Salesiani
                                      • Palabek
                                        Jesus Jurado

                                        RMG - 150th anniversary, birth of Servant of God Ignatius Stuchlý

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                                        RMG - 150th anniversary, birth of Servant of God Ignatius Stuchlý

                                        (ANS - Rome) - Saturday, 14 December, 150 years have passed since the birth of the Servant of God Ignác Stuchlý, which occurred in 1869 in Bolesław, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

                                        His parents had an unshakable faith and little Ignazio imbued himself of this environment. From elementary school he heard his excellent teacher John Kolibaj talking about the priesthood and he felt its charm. This dream began to materialize at the age of 22 when he was addressed to the Salesians and it was Father Rua who welcomed him in Turin. His ardent desire was to leave for the missions, but one day Fr Rua enigmatically said to him: "Your mission will be in the North!"

                                        He was first sent to Gorizia, at the time a city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He taught gymnasium boarders and at the same time studied Theology. In 1901 he was ordained a priest. While maintaining his many commitments, he begins to be talked about as a spiritual director and confessor.

                                        In 1910 he was sent to Ljubljana (Slovenia), and despite difficulties he managed to feed many young people, support the novitiate, and complete the sanctuary.

                                        In 1925 the superiors sent him to Perosa Argentina (Turin) to start a center in favor of aspirants from Bohemia and Moravia. He spent three years in a situation of great poverty and when it became necessary to transfer these young people to their homeland, he was still appointed in charge of them. He left for Frysˇták (Czech Republic).

                                        A fortunate vocational development led the superiors to make Czechoslovakia an autonomous province. Fr Stuchlý was the first Provincial. It was 1935. In a few years he made the nascent Province flourish: after four years, the confreres were about 400. When the Czechoslovak Province split into two (Slovakia and Bohemia-Moravia) Fr Stuchlý continued to be responsible for the latter.

                                        Terrible years came with Nazism and the Second World War: houses seized by the Nazis, Salesians sent to forced labor. The "grandpa" (as Fr Ignatius was now called) was the safe and trustworthy point of reference, strengthening faith and hope in his confreres and working with charity for the weakest.

                                        With the advent of communism the Salesian works were seized, the brothers enrolled or dispersed. Fr Stuchlý suddenly saw the work he had consecrated his life to destroyed. Forty days before the fateful "Night of the Barbarians", in March 1950, he was struck by a stroke: he then spent the last three years of his life, first in the Zlín nursing home, then in Lukov, a de facto prisoner.

                                        The most lively esteem that he had always aroused in his superiors and his great capacity to love and be loved, flourish more than ever in a reputation for holiness. He died peacefully on the evening of 17 January 1953.

                                        The cause of beatification of Fr. Stuchlý continues and the recognition of heroic virtues is imminent.

                                        More information on the website in 4 languages: https://istuchly.cz/ 

                                        • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                        • Ignazio Stuchlý
                                        • Santità Salesiana
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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