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India – "We delivered food to more than one million people in India during the pandemic"

3 weeks ago

(ANS - New Delhi) - The news from India is shocking: since the first coronavirus infection was confirmed on January 30, the cases have not stopped increasing. To date, India has recorded 440,000 cases of contagion, and 14,011 victims, and as these figures continue to grow, containment measures are beginning to be lifted.

The harsh quarantine imposed initially on 1.3 billion people, and subsequently extended, particularly affected the poor and migrants. A gradual return to relative normality began on 9 June, but the country is still the fourth in the world in terms of the number of infected people.

Coronavirus is becoming for many people, living on what they earn day by day, a matter of survival. The only concerns are being able to go home to enjoy at least a sense of emotional security and have something to eat at the end of the day.

Together with the "Don Bosco Network" active in India and the other Salesian NGOs operating in all the states of the country, the Salesians offer food to over 1.2 million people with prepared meals and the delivery of 170,822 essential food kits.

The members and volunteers of the Salesian organizations have created and distributed over half a million masks to the most needy population. From the beginning, the Salesians in India, as in the rest of the world, have concentrated their beneficial work on people in conditions of extreme poverty and greater vulnerability.

The "Don Bosco Network" has been at the side of the poor and displaced people since the very beginning.

For its part, the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid, "Misiones Salesianas", has contributed by delivering a weekly kit of food and hygiene products to hundreds of families from tribal communities in the state of Tamil Nadu. Thousands of people benefited from this action aimed at alleviating the effects of Covid-19 lockdown and preventing contagion.

Taxi drivers, street vendors, migrants, refugees and people living on the streets were identified. The action was also aimed at people who were alone, vulnerable elderly people and children. Everyone is helped according to their specific needs.

In addition to food, the Salesians have provided accommodation, transportation and medical assistance. The Salesian NGOs, for their part, worked with many local administrations to coordinate the relief work and obtain the maximum benefit.

  • India
  • Procure Missionarie
  • Misiones Salesianas
  • Solidarietà
  • Coronavirus
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Argentina – Home vegetable gardens: to continue taking care of the "common home"

    3 weeks ago

    (ANS - Santiago el Estero) - The oratory of Santiago del Estero continues to advance its project "Jóvenes campesinos, hacia una participación responsable y sustentable" (Young farmers, towards responsible and sustainable participation). The project has been carried out since 2018 at the Salesian house with a basic training in environmental matters that includes workshops, separate waste collection and the creation of agro-ecological gardens - an element of success that is now intended to be extended to every home.

    Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Sì, on the "Common Home" recalls that the Earth is "like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us"; but also underlines the importance of education and training capable of shaping a lifestyle and fostering environmental responsibility, says the Pope (LS 1 and 211).

    To truly make the Earth a common home, it is necessary to lay the foundations for the education of future generations.

    Encouraging the environmental commitment of young people was the first objective set to start this proposal for an integral, comprehensive impact. Thus, thanks to the contribution of the “JuWe Vereinigung Don Bosco Werk” (Switzerland), multiple initiatives have been developed over the course of almost two years to help achieve the set objectives.

    Among the actions actually carried out - in addition to those currently suspended due to the current health crisis - training workshops on environmental issues have been developed within the "Pro-huerta" program: autochthonous forest and forest nursery, management of native forests and forests, agro-ecological gardens, education and environmental management.

    Other concrete actions were the installation of the agro-ecological vegetable garden in the Don Bosco oratory in operation since 2019, the installation of a separate collection and recycling system for waste in the Salesian house itself, and the generation of institutional bonds promoted by the young people themselves with other realities to achieve a real impact on society.

    Furthermore, today, in light of the growing sensitivity towards the environment, the community of the oratory begins to rethink this project to extend it to all families.

    At the Salesian Oratory Bárbara Villalba and Nancy Campos, environmental assistants are working on the maintenance of the garden and the differentiated collection of solid waste.

    The new proposal is to bring families a "virtual environmental program" with the aim that children can create their own gardens at home. This proposal will have a positive impact from the point of view of food assistance, responsible and healthy consumption of the family group.

    Bárbara and Nancy are working on the seeds and collecting the permits necessary to bring or send them, according to the official regulation and the local climatic conditions of the places where each young person lives, so that their horticultural activity can be carried out with success.

    • Argentina
    • Ambiente
    • Creato
    • Laudato Si
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Syria – "We hoped that the worst had passed ... But we realize that we are about to starve"

      3 weeks 1 day ago

      (ANS - Damascus) - A cry of desperation and a cry for help comes ever louder from Syria. Below is a summary of the testimony of a collaborator from the Middle East Province (MOR), residing in Syria.

      I am 25 years old and live in Jaramana, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Damascus that during the war welcomed many refugees (...) it received thousands of mortar rounds and witnessed several car explosions that caused hundreds of deaths.

      After a relative stabilization between 2016 and early 2020, the current economic situation has started to change. The first reason is the economic crisis in Lebanon, (with the freezing by banks of all savings, including Syrian citizens). Lebanon is the main channel of relations and trade between Syria and the world, as well as the source of all imports.

      Then there was the pandemic and the restrictions imposed on the population, which caused a large part of the population to lose their source of income for three months, and another part to totally lose their jobs.

      In 2011 the exchange rate between the US dollar and the Syrian lira was 1 to 45; in recent weeks, the currency has been swaying between 2,000 and 3,000 Syrian pounds per dollar and the fear is that it may reach 5,000.

      Average monthly wages are between 39 and 62 dollars, but the cost of living is around $ 465. It is estimated that a family of 4 consumes around $ 180 just for food.

      People today live in conditions of extreme poverty. I personally saw some people eating from the rubbish bins, and they were not homeless: they were just hungry people!

      The current situation is erasing any hope left and everyone reproaches himself for not having left the country ... It was better to die by trying than to live like this.

      Everyone is concerned (...) especially after the introduction of the new sanctions imposed by the US Caesar Authority (which will strengthen existing sanctions, ie preventing anyone from doing business with Syrian institutions or from participating in the reconstruction of the Country).

      Educational institutions have had to increase their prices by 100% and the chances of access to quality education are minimal. We hope that the construction of the new Salesian work can be carried out in Jaramana, which also includes a Vocational Training Center, first aid, medical wards and the oratory.

      This is the worst situation Syria has ever witnessed since the beginning of the war, worse than the bombing, kidnappings and killings, because now most people are fighting hunger.

      “In the face of so much agony," Fr Pietro Bianchi concludes, SDB, “there are no adequate words. Let's not turn off the spotlight on this situation! We, Salesians and lay people, renew our commitment not to abandon our brothers - tried and in despair. Pray for us!"

      • Siria
      • MOR MEDIO ORIENTE
      • Guerra
      • Povertà
      • Fame
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Brazil – Salesian missionaries produce video in Xavante language to warn Indigenous of pandemic

        3 weeks 1 day ago
        Brazil – Salesian missionaries produce video in Xavante language to warn Indigenous of pandemic

        (ANS - Nova Xavantina) - As in the entire Amazon region, the Indigenous people of Brazil are among - or segments of - the population most at risk for coronavirus. The Indigenous people of this area live far from hospitals and often have very few basic infrastructures, no specialist assistance, few medicines. The only thing left for the Salesian missionaries to do is "prevent" contagion and the risk of death. To achieve this, they have produced a video in the Salesian spirit.

        The 15-minute video was produced and directed by the Salesian Fr Aquilino Tseré'ub'õTsirui'á, of Xavante ethnicity, and Fr Bartolomeo Giaccaria. The audiovisual tells the story of the origin of the virus, speaks of the general guidelines of transmission and prevention, and quotes the messages of Pope Francis, the Rector Major of the Salesians, and the Superior of the Province of Brazil-Campo Grande (BCG), Fr Ricardo Carlos. The editing was handled by the indigenous director of the Sangradouro mission, Divino Tserewahú, with the intention that the material be shared by the locals through apps and social networks.

        That Covid-19 is aggressive and dangerous to the health of the Xavante is beyond doubt: in Brazil, in three months of the pandemic, official data published by the Special Secretariat for Indigenous Health reported, as of 14 June, 281 victims and 5,361 infected people.

        From the news of the arrival of Covid-19 in Brazil, the Salesian missionaries immediately realized that the materials that spoke of prevention measures and behavior guidelines were all in Portuguese, and the Xavante did not understand them. A part of the indigenous population even refused to take preventive measures. Thus was born the idea of ​​producing the video in the Xavante language, whose focus would not have been simply prevention, but the demonstration of the existence of the disease, its origins and the fact that it is a pandemic.

        One of the Xavante's mistakes was thinking that this disease would only affect non-indigenous people of the cities. "The video explains that coronavirus attacks everyone and that it is not enough to have Christian faith or culture to be immunized," clarifies Fr Eloir de Oliveira Gonçalves, SDB.

        Due to the community's resources and technological access, the distribution of the video initially took place via DVD. Hundreds of disks were distributed, along with messages on WhatsApp.

        Some Xavante have already realized the serious risks of this pandemic and are convinced of the need to follow the general rules of prevention: to reduce contacts with the non-indigenous people of cities as much as possible; avoid gatherings; use masks and other personal hygiene measures.

        Although many continue to insist on wanting to protect themselves only by performing healing rituals and invoking the good spirits, the broadcast of this video will help to stop indigenous people from being infected and dying.

        • Brasile
        • BCG BRASILE CAMPO GRANDE
        • Coronavirus
        • Indigeni
        • Comunicazione Sociale
          Gian Francesco Romano

          United States – “Helping Hands”. When a Salesian pupil uses his skills to give back

          3 weeks 1 day ago
          United States – “Helping Hands”. When a Salesian pupil uses his skills to give back

          (ANS – Ramsey) – Salesian Institute “Don Bosco Prep”, located in Ramsey, NJ, United States, has announced with proud and joy that junior Aidan Lloyd of Lodi, NJ, has received his “Eagle Scout Ranking”, and that his project is being considered for the National Eagle Scout Project of the Year. Aidan, 17, took his love of Engineering and Robotics, fostered through his involvement in Robotics classes as well as the Engineering Club at Don Bosco Prep, to create his project, “Helping Hands.” It was inspired by a troop mate from Scouts who doesn’t have a hand. Aidan is a member of Church of the Ascension Troop 291 in New Milford.

          Aidan first got involved with Robotics as an eighth grader at “St. Joseph School” in Oradell, as part of a grammar school summer program created by DBP and run by Fr. Lou Konopelski, SDB. Aidan became part of the Engineering/Robotics Pathway and, while working on the 3-D printer in class, fostered an interest in modelling and prosthetics.

          “I always had an interest in the sciences, but I really enjoyed learning about different forces in Physics class. This helped me understand and appreciate the inner workings of the hand and my project as a whole.”

          As part of completing an Eagle Scout project, Aidan researched and planned each step of the process. He was required to enlist, mentor, and oversee volunteers, as well as seek product donations from local businesses.

          Aidan bought his own 3-D printer and filament, and used STL files from a website to fabricate and print out the models for each hand, each taking about 10 hours to print. With Aidan’s guidance, two teams of eight volunteers, including fellow DBP students, assembled fifteen hands, “piece by piece, screw by screw, finger by finger, applying both physics and engineering.” Each assembly session took approximately four hours. The hand works based on tension, with little strings that go from the gripper box through the hand and up to the fingers and thumb. The fingers move and the hand can actually close.

          Fourteen prosthetic hands were shipped to SUNY Polytechnic University in Utica, NY for distribution. The final hand will be given, post pandemic, to his scout troop mate who inspired his project.

          “I am really proud of the hand and really proud of who we are helping,” Aidan said. “We really did well. It gives you the ability to be there for people without really being there.”

          But Aidan didn’t stop there. During this stay-at-home order, he has continued to put his 3-D printer to great use. He has made over 600 mask extenders, which is a plastic piece that hooks around the elastic of a face mask and reduces the pressure and discomfort behind the ears. Aidan’s father, a retired Sheriff’s Sergeant, has delivered them to local pharmacies and police forces, healthcare workers and first responders, and a portion has been mailed to an Air Force base in New Mexico. Last week he gave 36 extenders to Don Bosco Prep’s school nurse for distribution at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, NJ and Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ.

          “First responders are working hard to help those who are sick every day,” Aidan said. “This is my way of helping them out.”

          Aidan is also a member of DBP’s Ski and Crew teams. His future plan is to major in Astrophysics and pursue a doctoral degree.

          “Aidan has great abilities and has accomplished an extraordinary achievement,” said President Bob Fazio. “As a student, Aidan has modelled how to maximize your great potential.”

          Source: Don Bosco Prep

          • Stati Uniti
          • SUE STATI UNITI EST E CANADA
          • Scienze
          • Tecnologie
          • Solidarietà
          • Coronavirus
            Gian Francesco Romano

            RMG – 150th anniversary of birth of Venerable Andrea Beltrami, SDB

            3 weeks 1 day ago
            RMG – 150th anniversary of birth of Venerable Andrea Beltrami, SDB

            (ANS - Rome) - The 150th anniversary of Venerable Andrea Beltrami's birth, SDB, born in Omegna on June 24, 1870, will take place on June 24th. After receiving a deeply Christian education within his family, it developed in the Salesian boarding school of Lanzo where he enters in October 1883; in 1886, he received the religious habit from Don Bosco. In the two years spent in Turin-Valsalice he entered into a spiritual friendship with the Polish prince Augusto Czartoryski, now blessed. The young Beltrami is called to assist Fr Augusto, suffering from tuberculosis. Fr Beltrami also falls ill with the same disease. On February 20, 1891, the first symptoms of an illness that would later undermine his health and lead him to the grave.

            The illness brings the young Beltrami a progressive consumption and forced isolation. Only the grace of faith allows him to accept that condition that day after day assimilates him more and more to the crucified Christ and that a statue of the Ecce homo, which he wanted in his room, constantly reminds him of it. "To know how to suffer": for one's sanctification, atonement and apostolate. He celebrates the anniversary of his illness as a time of grace: "February 20 is the anniversary of my illness: and I celebrate it, as a day blessed by God; auspicious day, full of joy, among the most beautiful of my life."

            Ordained priest in private form in Don Bosco's bedrooms by Msgr. Cagliero, with a passionate desire for holiness, he consumes his young existence in pain and incessant work: "The mission that God entrusts to me is to pray and suffer," he says. "Neither heal, nor die, but live to suffer," is his motto. To his companion who commiserates him, he replies: 'Leave,' he said, 'God knows what He is doing; for each to accept his place and in that to be truly Salesian. You other healthy people work; I ill - suffer and pray,' thus was he convinced to be a true imitator of Don Bosco.

            Exact in observance of the Rule, he has a filial openness with his superiors and a truly ardent love for Don Bosco and the Congregation. In the four years of his priestly life, he wrote ascetic books and devoted himself to hagiography, writing biographies of saints and volumes of pleasant and educational readings. He died on December 30, 1897, three months after Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus, of the same disease and with the same spirit of offering: he was 27 years old. His body rests in the church of Omegna.

            Fr Beltrami's testimony confirms Don Bosco's statement: "There is only one Beltrami", as if to indicate the originality of the sanctity of this son of his in having embodied the secret core of Salesian apostolic holiness: the fruitfulness of pain lived and offered for love.

            • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
            • Andrea Beltrami
            • Santità Salesiana
              Gian Francesco Romano

              RMG – Fr Giuseppe Costa in Rector Major's secretariat and co-spokesman of Salesian Congregation

              3 weeks 3 days ago
              RMG – Fr Giuseppe Costa in Rector Major's secretariat and co-spokesman of Salesian Congregation

              (ANS – Rome) – The Rector Major of the Salesians Fr Ángel Fernández Artime called the Salesian Fr Giuseppe Costa to collaborate in his Secretariat also with the task of being co-spokesman for the Congregation.

              Fr Giuseppe Costa is already well-known in the field of Communication for his many and much-appreciated work in the Church and in the Congregation.

              He was a Professor at the Salesian Pontifical University. He also taught at Luiss and Lumsa. In the United States, he completed a two-year Master's degree in Journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

              For ten years he was Director of the LEV - Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

              From 1983 to 1991 he was Director of the Salesian Bulletin, and always within the Congregation, he was Director of SEI - Società Editrice Internazionale, a publishing company.

              He is the author of publications with specific attention to religious publishing and the world of youth.

              He recently participated in the 28th General Chapter of the Congregation.

              • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
              • Giuseppe Costa
              • Rettor Maggiore
              • Nomine
                Jesus Jurado

                Brazil – Covid-19 arrives in the Amazon, but the Indios defend themselves

                3 weeks 4 days ago
                Brazil – Covid-19 arrives in the Amazon, but the Indios defend themselves

                (ANS - Manaus) - There are areas of the world that are objectively marginal compared to the great economic and demographic flux, but which equally enter the whirlwind of global events. It occurred for the Amazon in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic: thus emerge the subtle, but decisive interconnection channels, those highlighted in the encyclical "Laudato Sì" of 2015 and in the Pan-Amazonian Synod of 2019.

                If there was a terror that was common to observers since the beginning of the contagion, it was for the arrival of the virus in the planet's least protected areas from a health point of view. A particularly worried glance was aimed at ethnic minorities, already subject to the pressures deriving from interests for the exploitation of natural resources of their territories, and inhabitants in contexts without places of health care, availability of complex therapies, and sufficient capacity to resist contagion due to lack of production and transportation of food.

                In Brazil, it was also feared that the dominant financial and political forces would take the pandemic as an opportunity for a "final solution" to the issue of the Indigenous peoples.

                While Covid-19 and the wrong way to counter it have transformed the pandemic into catastrophe in cities such as Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro or Manaus, on the contrary, the cities and villages overlooking the forest are managing to contain the phenomenon. Witness to this is Fr Roberto Cappelletti, a Salesian missionary in Iauareté, Amazonas State, Brazil.

                The first comforting fact is that the Indigenous have managed to slow down the spread of the virus through two measures: the distance from the hot spots present in the cities and the use of treatments of their own medical tradition. But it is necessary to understand how the virus got to that piece of the world, a place which takes days of navigation along the rivers to reach. A first vehicle was the traffickers and adventurers, who arrived there on business and to explore the possibilities of exploring the riches of the subsoil. The other vehicle was the rescue teams sent by the central government, not subjected to the necessary health checks. Someone thinks that this "superficial act" was somehow favored by the political attitude towards those populations resistant to colonization.

                If at a superficial reading the Pan-Amazon Synod of October 2019 in the Vatican did not trigger strong mechanisms of defense of such peoples and the biodiversity heritage contained in the forest, however the desire to resist the pandemic was appropriately cultivated by the celebration in the Vatican. Even the encyclical "Laudato Sì" has done its part: beyond supporting the Amazonian question, it has shown the way of appreciating and holding dear cultural diversity and the preciousness of the peoples that constitute an essential part of a single humanity.

                The announced "lesson" of Covid-19 will soon have to be put into practice to avoid new and more lethal catastrophes.

                • Brasile
                • BMA BRASILE MANAUS
                • Coronavirus
                • Indigeni
                • Missioni
                • Missioni Don Bosco
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Portugal – Salesians launch "Missão Dom Bosco - Fundo Solidário Salesiano"

                  3 weeks 4 days ago

                  (ANS - Lisbon) - The Salesians of Portugal, through their "Fundação Salesianos", have launched the "Missão Dom Bosco - Fundo Solidário Salesiano" fundraising platform which will collect and channel funds from benefactors in favor of social action projects aimed at the most vulnerable children and young people in Portugal and worldwide. The projects will focus mainly on supporting quality education, but also on protection, promotion, health, basic hygiene, access to drinking water.

                  The Salesians, as a Congregation, are present in over 130 countries and already carry out various projects in these areas, both in Portugal - through the "SolSal" social service - and in developing countries. In this sense, this new body, "Missão Dom Bosco - Fundo Solidário Salesiano Salesiana", supports the actions and programs – short-, medium-, and long-term - that will be launched or are already underway to contribute towards sustainability and the achievement of objectives outlined, both in Portugal and abroad.

                  The platform, integrated into the website of the Salesians in Portugal (www.salesianos.pt), presents the news of Salesian social actions in Portugal and programs around the world, and also makes available different forms of contributing for donors - old and new: to become Salesian Benefactors, with recurring contributions that transversally support the work of the Salesians in the field, or to become Salesian Donors, with specific contributions to Projects and/or Thematic Campaigns which will be presented and detailed on the platform.

                  "Missão Dom Bosco" also guarantees that the donations received are used in their entirety for the purpose for which they are intended, with the "Fundação Salesianos" taking on the costs inherent in the operations of management, communication and remuneration of human resources. At the end of the year, a detailed report will be sent to donors, so that they are aware of the total and the use of the donations received.

                  “We want to pass on the example of Don Bosco and be able to be a social response to the children and young people who need it most, giving them the tools to have a future with more opportunities, in Portugal and in the world,” explains Fr José Aníbal Mendonça, Provincial of the Salesians in Portugal. “'SolSal' has done a remarkable job in Portugal, as do the Salesian missions, in countries with very disadvantaged social backgrounds. They have had very positive and encouraging results for children, young people and their families. All this encourages us to want to make a difference in these young lives and motivates us, with the support of our donors, to continue to help more and better, especially in these times of great uncertainty and social insecurity that we are experiencing.”

                  "Missão Dom Bosco" was launched on 13 June, the day of Saint Anthony of Padua (born in Lisbon), patron of the Salesian Province of Portugal. Its first campaign will be launched shortly and will focus on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in Portugal.

                  • Portogallo
                  • POR PORTOGALLO
                  • Procure Missionarie
                  • Solidarietà
                  • Economia
                  • Missioni
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Macau – Instituto Salesiano starts rebuilding (2020-2024)

                    3 weeks 5 days ago
                    Macau – Instituto Salesiano starts rebuilding (2020-2024)

                    (ANS – Macau) – Founded in 1906, the first Salesian work in South China, the “Instituto Salesiano” in Macau, a primary and secondary school, is undergoing an extension construction project, aiming to provide up-to-date quality Salesian education for the youth of Macau.

                    The Instituto Salesiano is actually the “Mother House” of the China province, the first Salesian house (school-orphanage) entrusted to the Salesians in 1906 (first rector was Saint Louis Versiglia, leader of the first missionary expedition to East Asia - Macau, China).

                    On 24 May 2020, though under the dark shadow of COVID-19, principal Fr Joseph Chow Pak-Fai managed to hold the commencement ceremony of the extension construction project, successfully marking a new endeavour in Don Bosco’s work for the second century.

                    Looking back with gratitude, Fr Joseph expressed his deepest thanks to the former supervisor, Fr Pedro Ho Kuong-Ling, who envisioned urgent needs for a transformative and innovative development of school education, while the school was celebrating the centennial in 2006. Without Fr Ho’s vision, this project possibly might not have happened. Fr Joseph also extended his special thanks to the present supervisor Fr Francis Hung Chi-Kong, for his continual support and prayers for this project.

                    Though the day before was a day of thunderstorms, the ceremony took place in favourable conditions, cloudy yet windy. “Thanks to Mary, Help of Christian,” Fr Joseph added. “It is truly a special blessing from our heavenly mother indeed.”

                    The ceremony comprised three sessions. In the first session, a brief school history was presented with a photo slide show, focusing on the changes in school building and structures. In the second session, a review on the project’s planning, implementation and overall program was presented. Lastly, the ground-breaking ceremony brought the event to a memorable ending, and yet another new beginning of Don Bosco’s work in the new century.

                    The entire project will be implemented in two phases: the first phase includes the demolition of the old structure built in the 1920s, and it will be rebuilt with new facilities to improve the primary education. Furthermore, a new 7-floor facility will be built for the secondary section to provide a more comprehensive education. The second phase includes the demolition of the old structure of the present secondary section building, and a new 4-floor facility will be built. The whole construction project is expected to be completed in the year of 2024.

                    The Alumni of ISM are deeply involved in the present education and pastoral work of their Alma Mater and were well represented in this special ceremony of rebuilding their old school buildings, hundred years old. Among the 4 novices of the China province (2019-2020) is also one Past Pupil of this school. We wish that the renovation of physical structures will also enhance the growth of the Educative-Pastoral Community of Instituto Salesiano in Macau. There are other two Don Bosco schools - Yuet Wah College (Primary section - Dom Bosco College and Secondary section) and St. Louis Versiglia school (Macau-Coloane).

                    {gallery}Macao - Instituto salesiano avvia restauro 2020{/gallery}

                    Source: AustraLasia

                    • Macao
                    • CIN CINA
                    • Scuole
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Brazil – Farewell to Msgr. Valerio Breda, SDB, bishop of Penedo

                      3 weeks 6 days ago
                      Brazil – Farewell to Msgr. Valerio Breda, SDB, bishop of Penedo

                      (ANS - Penedo) - Msgr. Valerio Breda, SDB, Bishop of the Diocese of Penedo, State of Alagoas, Brazil, passed away yesterday, June 16. The religious was 75 years old, of which 58 in the Salesian profession, 47 in the priesthood and 23 in the episcopate.

                      Bishop Breda was born on 24 January 1945 in San Fior di Sotto, in the province of Treviso, Italy. He made his religious profession in the Salesian Congregation on August 16, 1962, his perpetual profession in Albarè on August 16, 1968, and was ordained a priest on 29 June 1973 in his hometown.

                      As a Salesian, in Italy he served the Congregation at the Salesian Classical Lyceum of Manfredini di Este and as head of the Youth Center of the Salesian parish of Padua.

                      A missionary in Brazil, he worked in the parish of Matriz of Camaragibe (1983-1993), and became a member of the Brazilian Society of Canons (SBC), later being appointed Provincial of the Brazil-Recife Province (BRE) in 1993. He did not complete his six-year term because on 30 July 1997 Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of Penedo.

                      Ordained bishop on October 19 1997 in Recife, he chose as his episcopal motto Caritas Christi Urget (The Love of Christ drives us). In addition to carrying out his mandate as pastor in the diocese, in recent years he also held the position of President of the Biblical-Catechetical Pastoral Commission of the North-East Region 2 within the Brazilian Episcopal Conference.

                      Archbishop Breda had been admitted to the Arthur Ramos Memorial Hospital in Maceió on April 15 after suffering a stroke. After an apparent partial recovery, following several complications yesterday he died. During his hospital stay, he was also twice tested for coronavirus infection, but both times tested negative.

                      The funeral was celebrated yesterday afternoon in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Penedo. Due to the restrictions imposed by Covid-19, only priests from the diocese of Penedo were able to participate in the celebration inside the temple. However, to allow the faithful of the whole diocese to bid farewell to their pastor, the funerals were broadcast live on the social networks of local parishes and communities.

                      After Mass, the body of Msgr. Breda was buried in the cathedral.

                      "He spent the last 37 years of his life serving the poorest," say his family members.

                      Source: Brazilian Episcopal Conference

                      • Brasile
                      • BRE BRASILE RECIFE
                      • Vescovi
                      • Decessi
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Peru – "My father, people die: oxygen is lacking, food is lacking ...". Salesians in landfills help the forgotten

                        3 weeks 6 days ago

                        (ANS - Piura) - You see the worst face of poverty in those who live amid landfills. Many families live there, in the waste, or rather survive, collecting plastic and cardboard in the garbage. In these times of quarantine and Covid-19, they were the most forgotten, but not by the Salesians of Piura. In fact, Fr Angel Carbajal and Fr Pedro Da Silva went to them to take care of them.

                        Piura is a coastal city located in northern Peru. The Salesians have been working since 1906 in two large presences and in a large parish that encourages devotion to Mary Help of Christians.

                        During this pandemic period, schools have been closed, but the Salesians have continued to think about the poorest and made their choice to serve non-stop, even in a time of fear and uncertainty.

                        Piura is the second city, after the capital Lima, for the number of infected and victims of Covid-19. The fact is that, in addition to the forgetfulness of the State in almost all the provinces far from Lima, the same local culture has its rules of coexistence and putting them in quarantine was almost a lost battle. Hospitals in this city already collapsed a month ago, with fatal consequences and the lack of care for those who need it.

                        "My father, people die: oxygen is lacking, food is lacking ...". This is the phrase that the Salesians who visited and brought help to people living in landfills remember. Many people approach the doors of the "Don Bosco" Salesian School in Piura to ask for something to eat, to ask for help. The response of the Salesians was not long in coming. Led by Fr Carbajal, Director, and with Fr Da Silva, Pastoral Animator, they activated the emergency button and invited workers, parents, past pupils, friends and suppliers: "We must do something for the poor."

                        The aid operation began in the oratories with the families of the hundreds of children who endured, in addition to the city heat, the lockdown and quarantine. And there was a place where nobody went, out of fear, out of precaution, out of their refusal, but the Salesians did; they iwent to help the poorest and most forgotten there too, in the Castile landfill, on the outskirts of the city.

                        When Fr Carbajal was asked why he took this risk, why go there himself, why not send others, his answer touched their hearts: “I did the same thing that Don Bosco would have done. It is pastoral charity in all its splendor, it's the apostolic impulse that moves us to go towards those who need us. Thus replied the Saint of Youth, in 1869, to those who asked him: 'What is the spirit that must animate our body?' 'My beloved, it is charity!'"

                        {gallery}PER - SDB nelle discariche - 2020{/gallery}

                        • Perù
                        • PER PERÙ
                        • Solidarietà
                        • Coronavirus
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          East Timor – Living and Working with Cagliero Volunteers in Dili

                          3 weeks 6 days ago
                          East Timor – Living and Working with Cagliero Volunteers in Dili

                          (ANS – Dili) – Keith was a volunteer with the Cagliero Project, who spent six months volunteering at the Don Bosco Comoro Technical Community Centre in East Timor. This was an excellent experience for the community hosting, which have had a proud and fruitful tradition of hosting volunteers since its inception in 1991. This is the evaluation that the community makes of its experience with a "senior" volunteer.

                          Keith was born in Singapore but soon moved to Perth, Australia, where he grew up. It was there that he became a mechanical engineer (now retired) and there where he converted to Catholicism.

                          All members of the community were extremely happy and excited for his arrival in January of 2019 and by the time of his departure in June that year, they had become most grateful for all his presence had brought to the community.

                          It is both humbling and fulfilling to know that people of very different cultures, mentalities and lifestyles can come to live together in the one community. This partnership brought a great experience of joy and enthusiasm to us all, as we live amongst and work for the poor and abandoned young people from all parts of East Timor.

                          The greatest experience of hosting Keith as a volunteer in our community was being able to see him in his natural element, working alongside our young boys and girls in the technical center, passing on his skills as a mechanical engineer and an English speaker.

                          It was most beneficial for our students to have the opportunity to practice their English skills with him, as he spoke with them patiently and kindly. It was fantastic to see them gain confidence in their skills in the classroom; this will be a great aid for them in finding work after their time with us!

                          Of course, the very nature of new cultures, mentalities and lifestyles encountering each other also creates challenges that must be overcome. With perseverance and patience, we were able to see through our prejudices, overcoming any misunderstandings or judgments that occurring within the community and within our young people.

                          By the way he carried himself during his time with us, Keith taught us a lot about his dedication and commitment to sharing his skills with the students and staff of our Technical Centre, despite his elder years and unstable health.

                          Keith’s perseverance was always on display as it was not always easy for him to be with the young people, however, he made it through! He was an exemplary lay missionary, proclaiming God’s word as a volunteer, through his words and more importantly, his deeds.

                          Another great benefit to having Keith join us is that he is an amazing cook! His skills in the kitchen left a great impact on our community and its members, as we were able to experience new foods and flavors.

                          Keith was also incredibly generous, getting into the habit of buying and cooking the community meals for the weekends. Indeed, this has not ceased even though he has returned to Australia – as he now sponsors some of our students who are in most desperate need, ensuring that they do not go hungry and have the energy they need to complete their studies!

                          The presence of such an incredible lay missionary helped our community to grow deeper into our own Salesian identities. Keith’s volunteer period was dedicated to the improvement of young people and a profound testimony of the value of a spiritual Christian life, making God’s love visible for all who witnessed it. After all – this is the great dream of Don Bosco; the whole Salesian family working together for the betterment of young people!

                          Once again, we must give a special thank-you to Keith for his presence and all the good things that he has shared with our community and young people. With such a positive experiences as this, it is no surprise that our community is always open and welcoming to anyone who wants to help our center in any way!

                          Source: AustraLasia

                          • Timor Est
                          • TLS TIMOR EST
                          • Volontariato
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Syria – What if Don Bosco had lived in Covid-19 times? The mask industry at Aleppo's "Don Bosco" oratory

                            4 weeks ago

                            (ANS - Aleppo) - When you have the vocation to serve young people, the context around you can change countless times, but the result will always be the same. The new initiative of the Salesian oratory in Aleppo, which after accompanying young people in the war's darkest moments, now, at the time of Covid-19, has started an initiative for the production of a wide range of masks.

                            The initiative of the "Don Bosco" oratory in Aleppo had already started at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. The idea immediately seemed a concrete and useful initiative to preserve the health of children and young people in times of pandemic, which has also reached Syria like all the countries in the world.

                            The objectives of the project, in order of priority, were:

                            - provide masks for the children and young people who attend the "Don Bosco" oratory in Aleppo;
                            - supply the other Salesian oratories in the country with masks (Damascus and Kafroun);
                            - deliver the masks to the other catechetical centers, always in favor of the children and young people of Aleppo.

                            A total of 20,000 masks were produced by a group of about 15 volunteers from the oratory, young and old, who worked daily, divided into groups, always respecting all the safety measures relating to environmental hygiene and social distancing.

                            Far from paying attention only to the masks' usefulness, and keeping in mind the recipients of these health safety devices, the manufacturing team created masks, washable for a limited number of times, in a youthful style, of different colors, in different sizes for children and adults.

                            Finally, they were distributed free to Syrian children and young people, as a gift from Don Bosco to his children in this difficult moment.

                            As the promoters of the initiative explained in conclusion: “Don Bosco himself experienced an epidemic similar to the one we are experiencing today, when cholera broke out in Turin in the nineteenth century: together with his spiritual sons and Mamma Margarita he lived that period in an authentic spirit of service to the most needy, and he and his boys were the first to experience the accompaniment of Providence. Today, in our time, our response was a current and pragmatic idea that could meet the needs of families, young people and children.”

                            {gallery}Siria - Produzione mascherine 2020{/gallery}

                            • Siria
                            • MOR MEDIO ORIENTE
                            • Coronavirus
                            • Solidarietà
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Spain – Salesian social platforms focus on situation of refugees in context of social deterioration

                              4 weeks ago
                              Spain – Salesian social platforms focus on situation of refugees in context of social deterioration

                              (ANS - Madrid) - According to data from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the number of internally displaced people is currently 70.8 million. People forced to flee their homes due to war, persecution because of their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or political opinion, or because of the consequences of climate change. In Spain, requests for international protection continued to increase exponentially in 2019. In 2019, 118,264 asylum applications were received, according to data from the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid (CEAR). However, only 3,156 were granted, equal to 5%, one in 20 applications.

                              In Spain, 133,015 applications are currently pending. More than 133,000 people, that is, live in uncertainty. The global COVID-19 pandemic has also worsened the situation of these people, whose procedures have been slowed down or stopped.

                              The entities that are part of the State Coordination of the Salesian Social Platforms have continued to work during the lockdown period to accompany the reception and integration processes of applicants for international protection.

                              The Salesian Social Platforms primarily accompany children, adolescents and young people, many of whom are unaccompanied. In fact, in 2019, of the 118,264 asylum applications submitted, 22,373 came from minors under 18, whose situation is especially vulnerable.

                              The Salesian Social Platforms have a program for the integral reception of young people between 18 and 26 years, applicants for international protection and refugees, funded by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, by the European Social Fund and by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Their refugee and youth status is believed to make them doubly vulnerable: they are alone, without a family support network and without the ability to access housing and work in decent conditions.

                              During 2019 and in this first part of 2020, 76 young people were assisted in their search for international protection. The Salesian Social Platforms highlight the efforts made by these young people since their first arrival at the reception center to learn or improve their knowledge of the language, to receive training and to be able to have a qualified job, thus fulfilling one of their dreams in the migratory process. "We are concerned that the personal, educational and work process of young people is not taken into account in the resolution of international protection," say the "Fundación Don Bosco."

                              In this context of pandemic, the Salesian Social Platforms deem it necessary to adopt urgent measures and in view of the International Refugee Day, next Saturday, June 20, they will relaunch the campaign: "Tu voz también es refugio" (Your voice is also a refuge). It is important to animate the whole society to take a step forward for these people, giving them a voice to fight false news and lies. "Together we can build a better society, in which the dignity of all people is recognized."

                              {gallery}Spagna - Giornata Rifugiato 2020{/gallery}

                              • Spagna
                              • Rifugiati
                              • Piattaforme Sociali Salesiane
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Uganda – Breaking point: the life of refugees in the time of Covid-19

                                4 weeks 1 day ago
                                Uganda – Breaking point: the life of refugees in the time of Covid-19

                                (ANS - Palabek) - In Uganda no Covid-19-related deaths have been recorded so far, although there are currently 696 confirmed cases of infection. "It's difficult to raise awareness among a population that has not yet personally witnessed the impact of a pandemic of this type," explain the Salesians active in the refugee camp of Palabek, which currently houses 56,000 people and is obviously a place at great risk.

                                "Movements are found among refugees from South Sudan sneaking through the unofficial borders and from other refugee camps....  About 50 of the transiting truck drivers who went to South Sudan are found positive.... Our Refugees in Palabek Settlement Camp are not following rules and regulations that could control the spread of Covid 19," explains Fr Jeffrey Albert, one of the Salesians active in Palabek.

                                The reduction of food rations is another evident problem in the settlement: the food available has fallen by 30% and for an adult it is almost impossible to maintain themselves for a month. "This can also generate frustration, anger and other social unrest," observes Fr Lazar Arasu, head of the Salesian mission.

                                Health is also a prime concern. The medical services provided to refugees have always been poor: there are only three health units, with minimal facilities, for over 56,000 refugees, and these facilities are also shared by several thousand Ugandan natives in the surrounding area. Now, due to lockdown, providing medical services is even more difficult, and there is an increase in diseases such as stomach ulcers and other problems related to poor nutrition.

                                The closure of schools decreed at the national level also affects the 11 primary schools, the one secondary school and the technical school, all of which serve at least 25,000 school-age children present in the settlement. By staying at home, with less food than before, without lessons, without distractions of any kind (facilities for sports and other youth activities have also been closed), children and young people are stuck between anguish and nervousness. Several teenagers and young adults have taken on antisocial attitudes and an unruly sex life.

                                As in almost everywhere across the world, the chapels inside the settlement have also been closed: but in the context of a refugee camp not being able to live the liturgy, the community, this has meant losing even the minimum of spiritual and psychosocial support that the religious were able and could offer.

                                In this context, which affects the Sons of Don Bosco, as well as all the inhabitants of the settlement, the Salesians do what they can. As long as they were allowed to, they distributed some food to hungry people asking for food help across the border; and they printed teaching materials and circulated it among their students, but they hope to receive donations to be able to purchase actual textbooks.

                                Fr Arasu concludes: "Like the refugees we too look forward to the end of epidemic and return to normal life, to serve our beloved refugees better."

                                {gallery}AGL - Palabek - Covid-19 - 2020{/gallery}

                                • Uganda
                                • Palabek
                                • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
                                • Rifugiati
                                • Coronavirus
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  RMG – Salesian activities with minors at risk also appreciated by "Fundamental Rights Agency"

                                  4 weeks 1 day ago

                                  (ANS - Rome) - The "Fundamental Rights Agency" (FRA), the European Union agency for fundamental rights, shared a Tweet and a Facebook post on Friday, 12 June, in which it defines the activities for young people and minors in residential services carried out by the Salesian Social Platforms of Spain (CEPSS) and "Salesians for Social APS", in Italy, as "stories of hope." "What did isolation mean for Covid-19 for vulnerable youth?" is the question that FRA asked itself. The response, thanks to the participation of "Don Bosco International" - which facilitated interaction with the FRA - led the European agency to highlight the good Salesian practices carried out in two of the countries most affected by coronavirus infections.

                                  All families had to learn to live together in isolation. But what about family foster homes and reception centers for minors?

                                  The Salesian Social Platforms in Spain count 83 residential resources of this type: around 700 people live in all these centers. During the period of isolation their work changed considerably.

                                  “The extension of the hours of intervention brought more time to foster conversation. We have seen how some gave their best and we were forced to leave our comfort zones, to seek new resources ... They made us change,” reflects José Carlos Rodríguez, Coordinator of the residential project "Casa Garelli Protección", in Madrid.

                                  “The efforts and creativity of the educational teams were fundamental. Today more than ever it has been seen that 'Don Bosco' is the home of boys and girls who do not have another home,” adds Ignacio Vázquez, General Manager of the "Fundación Don Bosco", active in Andalusia, Extremadura and the Canary Islands.

                                  Even in Italy, many of the minors hosted in residential care services had no other place to go, while others risked returning to a family that did not guarantee their support. The directors, educators and youth workers of "Salesiani per il Sociale" kept these residential services open and have taken all precautions to avoid contagion.

                                  In Santa Severa, Palermo, Torre Annunziata ... In many different realities "Salesians for Social APS" has helped according to local needs: buying sanitizer kits, masks and gloves to make the rooms safe; supplying tablets to the houses to foster distance learning; and even by purchasing tools to allow young workers to continue their training and to produce masks to prevent infections.

                                  In this phase of health and social recovery underway in Spain and Italy, the Salesians reiterate that for children and young people, especially the most vulnerable, they are - and shall always be - present.

                                  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                  • Coronavirus
                                  • Salesiani per il Sociale APS
                                  • Don Bosco International
                                  • Piattaforme Sociali Salesiane
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Angola – A cardboard cradle and a mother's love

                                    1 month ago
                                    Angola – A cardboard cradle and a mother's love

                                    (ANS - Luanda) - The Salesian NGO "Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo" (VIS) is engaged in Luanda, the capital of Angola, in an open center to protect street children from the Coronavirus emergency. Sergio Pitocco, VIS representative, shared the story of baby Sofia and her mother Dana, a teenager who, due to difficult family situations, had found refuge in the streets. Below, the story.

                                    We first met Sofia recently, one evening, under a bridge in Luanda, the capital of Angola, near a large shopping center. Hers is a small story, a short story. Her life is also short, small, as it has only recently begun in the streets under the bridge that welcomed the very first few hours of her life, the same where we met her in her mom's arms. Sofia's story is also the story of her mother, Dana, a 15-year-old teenager who, from a broken family, already knew the streets where she had found refuge in a group of children, adolescents, and young people who then became her extended family. Here she found protection, but also a lot of violence and degradation, which with the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic worsened.

                                    When one day Dana discovered that a life was being born inside her, she may have looked around and decided that, yes, despite the degradation surrounding her, it was worth giving birth to the child. Sofia was thus born in a small medical clinic on the outskirts, then reached her first home under the bridge where she also found her first cradle, a cardboard box.

                                    We met her when she was just a few weeks old; for some of us, thinking about her instilled tenderness but also much concern: something had to be done.

                                    VIS, together with the Salesians of Don Bosco, has taken the situation of Luanda's street children to heart for about 10 years, why a path of social and family re-integration was created via Reception Centers for the many children who populate the city ​​streets.

                                    More recently, our attention has focused especially on the girls who live on the street because they are becoming more and more numerous; a reception house was opened for them too, a place where they can find an alternative to the street, live in a dignified way, and be supported by educators and volunteers.

                                    When we made this proposal to Dana as the best solution for her and little Sofia, even if she was initially reluctant, in the end, she accepted. Now we are all a little more at peace knowing that Sofia, the youngest in this new family, and Dana, a young and courageous mother, have found a home, but it is above all the story of Sofia that gives us all the certainty that the love of a mother is able to overcome even the most difficult situations.

                                    • Angola
                                    • ANG ANGOLA
                                    • VIS
                                    • Donne
                                    • Bambini di Strada
                                    • Opzione Preferenziale
                                    • Giovani a Rischio
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      RMG – Fr Chaban Mychaylo appointed as Provincial of Ukraine Vice Province

                                      1 month ago
                                      RMG – Fr Chaban Mychaylo appointed as Provincial of Ukraine Vice Province

                                      (ANS - Rome) - During the General Council's summer session, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consensus of his council, appointed Fr Chaban Mychaylo as Provincial of the Ukrainian Vice-Province of the Greek Catholic rite "Mary Help of Christians" (UKR ) based in Lviv, for the 2020-2026 term.

                                      Fr Chaban was born on 20 December 1976 in Lviv, Ukraine, did his novitiate in Kopiec, Poland, between 1995 and 1996, where he made his first profession on August 22, 1996. He made his perpetual profession on 14 September 2002 in Lviv, where he was ordained a priest on June 27, 2004.

                                      Fr Chaban was first the Economer of the Vice-Province Seat (2004-2006), then Director (2006-2015), then Vicar (2015-2018) and finally again Director (2018 - in progress) of the "Blessed Filippo Rinaldi" work in Lviv.

                                      He was Economer of the Delegation of the Eastern Circumscription (2005-2012); Vicar of the UKR Vice Province (2012-2015); Delegate for the Salesian Family of the UKR Vice Province (2014-2015). He is currently Economer of the UKR Vice Province (since 2015) and Delegate of the Vice Province for Social Communications - Publishing (since 2018).

                                      • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                      • UKR UCRAINA
                                      • Nomine
                                      • Ispettori
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Italy – UPS 2020 Formators Course

                                        1 month ago
                                        Italy – UPS 2020 Formators Course

                                        (ANS - Rome) - From Monday 17 February to Friday 29 May 2020 the annual Permanent Formation Course for vocational formators of consecrated life of the diocesan clergy and for animators of religious communities took place at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS ) in Rome. It was promoted by the Department of Formation of the Salesian Congregation in collaboration with the Institute of Vocational Pedagogy of the Faculty of Educational Sciences.

                                        The course, now in its 35th edition, was established to respond to the need for ongoing redevelopment in consecrated life and in the diocesan clergy so as to offer an integral, spiritual and pedagogical formation to those who are committed and work in this area.

                                        Plenty of multicultural and charismatic resources available: 65 participants enrolled in this edition, of 31 different male and female congregations, and 2 diocesan (one of which was of Greek Catholic rite), coming from 34 nationalities of all five continents. 16 of them were Salesian confreres from different regions of the Congregation.

                                        From the very first days, the group was characterized by joviality and mutual trust, the desire to really get involved, be challenged; with trust and effort, they accepted the proposals of the teachers (also from all over the world) of the various courses: a multidisciplinary refresher course that addressed and fully explored all the essential dimensions to form consecrated persons and priests at the cutting edge of present and future times: spiritual, biblical/theological, anthropological (psycho-sociological-cultural), ecclesial/charismatic and pedagogical/experiential dimensions.

                                        A young tightrope walker trying to walk on a rope suspended in midair was the image that accompanied the formators along the way: "The image of balance helps us understand that the formative path is a path towards stability, but understood as a constant search for it, through the care of our emotions and sensibility," said course director Fr Carlo Maria Zanotti. In fact, among the objectives announced from the beginning was of retraining the formators by having them work on themselves with the aim of an authentic spiritual renewal and pedagogical updating. A permanent and ongoing formation course to revive the gift of the call to consecrated and priestly life.

                                        A peculiar edition, in these times of the pandemic. Despite the inconvenience caused by the lockdown rules to contain Covid-19 imposed by the Italian health authorities, the course was however carried out almost regularly. After initially being at a loss on how to proceed due to the lockdown, they soon got organized, continuing the courses online. Unfortunately, some had to return early to their home countries, but most formators followed the courses until the end.

                                        This, too, is formative: resilience is knowing how to cope with the unexpected and in any case achieving the objectives set, despite everything, even learning from the difficulties that reality poses. However, the experiential aspects that most characterize this formation course (the week of fraternity, the pilgrimage to Assisi and visits to formative and monastic communities), experiences much-waited for by formators and organizers had to be reluctantly renounced.

                                        The formators "have as their main mission to transmit to the people entrusted to them the beauty of following the Lord" (For new wine in new wineskins, 16); those who have participated in this course can joyfully testify that this is indeed the case, and that this is achieved above all through many brothers and sisters, in the richness of the charisms of the Church.

                                        Fr Lorenzo Piola, SDB

                                        • Italia
                                        • UPS UNIVERSITÀ PONTIFICIA SALESIANA
                                        • Formazione
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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