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Nicaragua - The people of Nicaragua shout for peace

2 weeks 3 days ago
Nicaragua - The people of Nicaragua shout for peace

(ANS - Masaya) – It has been 45 days since peace in Nicaragua has been deteriorating. The end of violence was one of the people's clearest demands, but the number of deaths has increased to over 90, the number of injured by hundreds. About two weeks ago, at a table for talks with President Daniel Ortega, the young Lester Aleman firmly addressed the President: "We ask you to order the end of these attacks, end the repression and assassination by the forces paramilitaries of your troops ... ". A voice that has remained unheard.

by José Carlos Martínez

The process that the Catholic Church had started with a "national dialogue" has reached a deadlock, as representatives of several sectors, especially the government, have refused to face the issue of the country's democratization.

Today the streets have become a battlefield between paramilitaries and police against civilians who continue to demonstrate peacefully.

Tension has increased and this influences the development and running of normal social activities. Blocks on the streets - called "tranques" - continue to be the only way out of the current situation, while the marches continue to show the voice of a people that will not stop until justice and peace have returned to the country.

Photos and videos on social networks describe the reality in which Nicaragua currently lives. The whole world and the international community have a view of how the tense and difficult situation of the Nicaraguan population proceeds.

In Masaya the locals experience one of the most difficult situations. On Sunday, 3 June, in the center of the city, a new clash between law enforcement and government forces against demonstrators resulted in the deaths of five people, as confirmed by the Nicaraguan Human Rights Association (ANPDH).

The hospitals have been ordered not to treat people injured in the demonstrations, why the Don Bosco Institute has opened its doors and, with the help of doctors, volunteers and good-hearted people, provides the needs of those in need of care. The educational activities of the school remain suspended, while the Salesians continue to offer faith and hope to a people invoking peace.

For their part, the Don Bosco Center of Managua and the Don Bosco Institute of Granada continue their usual work, with a number of “routine” security measures in place, on alert towards the evolution of the current situation.

  • Nicaragua
  • Violenze
  • CAM
    Gian Francesco Romano

    RMG - Rector Major visits Montenegro

    2 weeks 6 days ago
    RMG - Rector Major visits Montenegro

    (ANS - Rome) – Fr Ángel Fernández Artime tirelessly continues his animation visits to the Salesian houses around the world. This next weekend he will be in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro.

    Not grandiose events, but a joyful and familiar meeting: with this spirit, the Salesian community is preparing the reception for the Rector Major. Fr Á.F. Artime arrives in Podgorica on Saturday morning, 2 June; in the afternoon, he will meet with the children and young and bless a new statue of Don Bosco, while in the evening he will live a convivial moment with his confreres and the animators and youths of the local youth center.

    Sunday, June 3, the X Successor of Don Bosco will participate in the Salesian parish feast, meet the bishops and the country's Apostolic Nuncio and concelebrate the solemn Eucharist that will follow.

    The first Salesians arrived in the smallest country of the former Yugoslavia in 1966 from Slovenia; in mind, the ancient council of Blessed Fr Michael Rua, I Successor of Don Bosco: "Your missions are in the Balkans."

    Today in Podgorica there are three spiritual Sons of Don Bosco, also of the Slovenian Province, who animate the parish "Sacred Heart of Jesus" - the city's only Catholic parish - a youth center and a small school offering language and computer science courses proposed by the community. The visit of the Rector Major will be for them, and especially for the young animators, an encouragement to continue living the charism of Don Bosco in the small Balkan country; small, but rich in the meeting and coming together of ethnic groups, cultures and religions.

    • RMG
    • Montenegro
    • SLO
    • Ángel Fernández Artime
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Vietnam - Fr Václav Klement 's Animation tour of Asian Provinces

      2 weeks 6 days ago
      Vietnam

      (ANS - Ho Chi Minh City) - South Korea, Myanmar and Vietnam: in recent weeks the Regional Councilor for East Asia-Oceania, Fr Václav Klement, visited these three countries to animate the Salesian communities and empower their sense of belonging to the Salesian Congregation.

      The first stop on this tour was Seoul, South Korea, where Fr Klement arrived on May 13. At the center of the visit was the meeting with the Provincial Council, which focused on the reconfiguration of Salesian presences. During his four days in the country, the Regional Councilor also animated several Salesians in formation as well as local missionaries.


      The visit to Myanmar took place from 17 to 20 May. Fr Klement was first in Mandalay where he presented to his confreres the theme of the next General Chapter, "Which kind of Salesians for the Youth of Today?"; he then reached Myitkyina to learn about the development of the Salesian works; finally, he met with the community of the provincial center of Anisakan.

      In Vietnam, from May 20 to 24, the Councilor first looked into the preparations of the Regional Congress for Salesian Brothers, by going to K'Long; then, in Ho Chi Minh City and Dalat, he animated the formation communities; in Dalat, he also attended the ceremony for the awarding of diplomas to the pupils of the primary school for immigrant children.

      Finally, in Xuan Hiep, Fr Klement was able to participate in the festive celebrations organized for the vigil of Mary Help of Christians.

      {gallery}Visite Klement AEO{/gallery}

      • VIE
      • Vietnam
      • KOR
      • Corea del Sud
      • MYM
      • Myanmar
      • Václav Klement
      • Asia EstOceania
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Peru – "Gift us your story": a short film competition

        2 weeks 6 days ago

        (ANS - Lima) - Young people today express themselves with images: a few years ago it was unthinkable that a child or an adolescent could produce a short film, let alone a feature film, but today young people, the so-called digital natives, are able to produce videos or films of profound and moving content, and be constructive in their critique.

        "Regálanos tu historia" (Give or gift us with your story) is the first short film competition organized by the Salesian Province of Peru through the Salesian production house "TVP". A national level competition, the aim is to stimulate creativity, critical skills and commitment to ideals on the part of young people, but above all, it wants to motivate them to be the protagonists of their own stories.

        The competition is aimed at young creatives from all the Salesian centers in Peru. The participants were called to express, in an original way and with inspirational messages, the theme of the Rector Major's Strenna 2018 entitled: "Lord, give me this water (Jn 4:15). We cultivate the art of listening and accompanying."

        The words "Cultivating", "Listening" and "Accompanying" constitute the central axis of the Strenna 2018, its starting point the accompaniment and the ability to exercise the art of listening. "For this reason," explains Salesian Brother Cristian Becerra, Provincial Delegate for Social Communication, "we want young people to make the Strenna theirs, that they understand and share it, the Salesian proposals and even the shorts, through their own experience."

        The phase of collecting and evaluating the short films ended on May 13 and five finalists were presented.

        "El gesto", a short film by Ebert Efrain Gamarra Huaycochea, from the Salesian school in Cusco, presents in a captivating manner, via fictional characters, the need for small gestures in family life. "A single gesture can make a big change" is the final message of the video.

        A second short film was presented, "Fuente de esperanza", by Fernando Marcelo Vera Cabrera, also from Cusco; the third film is by Renzo Moreno Quino, from the "Rosenthal de la Puente" school in Magdalena del Mar. A fourth proposal is titled "Nuovo Don Bosco", the work of Ricardo Campana Moscoso, of the Salesian institute in Cusco. The fifth short film is presented by Adrián Unda Vivanco, from the Salesian school "San Francisco de Sales" in Lima, entitled: "Sharing among friends."

        Teenagers and young people today think more with images, than with words, and what they know how to do best is to tell stories.

        • Perù
        • PER
        • Cortometraggi
        • Cinema
        • Festival
        • Comunicazione Sociale
          Gian Francesco Romano

          RMG - "With Mary, Woman believer": VIII International Congress of Mary Help of Christians

          3 weeks ago

          (ANS - Rome) - During the meeting of the World Consultive Body of the Salesian Family, held in Turin from May 21 to 23, in conjunction with the feast of Mary Help of Christians, the theme of the 8th International Congress of Mary Help of Christians was officially announced. To be celebrated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 7 to 10 November 2019, the theme chosen at the meeting is: "With Mary, Woman Believer."

          The event, with listening to the Word as its center, highlights how faith in Jesus is transmitted from person to person, from generation to generation, narrating the marvels accomplished by God. All this having Mary near, she who welcomed Jesus in her virginal womb and for this she is mother, teacher and guide of faith, especially in the accompaniment of the young generations, on their journey to joy - as the October Preparatory Document for the Synod underlines, with which the Church invites to be generative adults, rooted "in prayer and in the request of the gift of the Spirit who guides and enlightens all and everyone."

          The 8th International Congress of Mary Help of Christians, an event of the Salesian Family, is promoted by the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) in agreement with the Secretariat of the Salesian Family and with the Salesian Family of Argentina.

          The choice of this land and location is to commemorate the first missionary frontier of Don Bosco and together the special value that, for Pope Francis, represents the devotion to Mary Help of Christians and the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in the neighborhood of Almagro, in Buenos Aires, where Jorge Mario Bergoglio was baptized and where he expressed his love for Mary Help of Christians, until he was elevated to the chair of Peter.

          The Congresses of Mary Help of Christians are events of global importance for the Salesian Family, which through the promotion of devotion to Mary Help of Christians wants to increase its spiritual and apostolic identity. Providentially, ADMA celebrates the 150th anniversary of its foundation in 2019.

          From 1988 to today, seven International Congresses have been celebrated:

          1. 1988 - Turin-Valdocco (Italy), on the centenary of the death of Don Bosco;
          2. 1995 - Cochabamba (Bolivia);
          3. 1999 - Seville (Spain);
          4. 2003 - Turin-Valdocco (Italy), on the occasion of the centenary of the coronation of Mary Help of Christians;
          5. 2007 - Mexico City (Mexico);
          6. 2011 - Czestochowa (Poland);
          7. 2015 - Turin-Valdocco / Colle Don Bosco (Italy), on the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco.
          • RMG
          • Consulta Mondiale FS
          • Famiglia Salesiana
          • ADMA
          • Maria Ausiliatrice
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Australia – Appeal for the needs of Salesian houses in Fiji and Samoa

            3 weeks ago
            Australia – Appeal for the needs of Salesian houses in Fiji and Samoa

            (ANS – Melbourne) – Salesian Missions Australia has launched an Appeal to raise awareness for the needs of the Fiji Community Hall/Youth Centre and the support of the two Salesian Samoan schools.

            Fiji is a nation with many challenges. It has a youthful population with 44% under the age of 25. A significant proportion of the young adults, however, are unemployed and many are homeless. The Salesians have been in Fiji since 1999. For these Salesians the “outreach” to date has been focused on local primary schools, an orphanage and nearby villages. 

            Since January 2017 the Salesians have had responsibility for the newly established parish of Nasinu, Suva. Part of the overall development plan is to build a large multi-purpose Community and Youth Centre. This structure will be the first of its type in Fiji.

            The Centre will be used for community meetings, youth gatherings, liturgy, sport, formal and informal education activities which include music, dance, choir, craft, table tennis and other indoor games. Facilities for outdoor sports such as volley ball, rugby and soccer are also on the agenda.

            The two Don Bosco schools in Samoa:  the Technical Centre at Alafua and the High School/Vocational Centre at Salelologa, cater for students whose parents, in the main, struggle financially. The costs involved in technical education and running the two schools requires financial assistance from outside sources.

            Don Bosco Technical Centre Alafua was established in 1988. Current enrolments are 245 young men from Samoa and Tokelau.

            The students have the opportunity to choose either general or specialised trade training. The technical training is complemented by courses in Samoan, English, Mathematics, Technical Drawing, Computer Studies and Religion. In addition, the Centre promotes personal, moral and spiritual growth, skills leadership development and teamwork through cultural and sporting activities.

            Maintaining and improving the facilities such as up-grading workshop tools, a library and computer laboratory with internet access is a major objective.

            The students at Don Bosco learn skills that are in demand in Samoa. Upon graduation, many secure work promptly, which is a significant achievement in a country with high unemployment.

            Don Bosco Co-educational High School and Vocational School, Salelologa, in its eighth year, has more than 300 students. Many come from remote villages on the school bus.

            Salesians have an integrated curriculum with academic and technical subjects designed to provide students with employment and human relations skills as well as self-reliance. Currently they are looking at how they can better incorporate outdoor education, including games and sport into the overall program.

            A number of female students from poor families will also be selected for sponsorship to enable them to complete the last two years of their course. 

            Don Bosco Salelologa continues to be an important centre of education, meetings, conferences, youth gatherings and sport on the island of Savai’i.

            “St John Bosco, our founder, said: ‘Without you I can do nothing’ and his words still ring true today. Together we can break the cycle of poverty and ignorance that destroys so many young lives” has said Bro Michael Lynch, Director of Salesian Missions Australia.

            For further information, please visit: www.salesianmissionsaustralia.org.au  

            • AUL
            • Isole Fiji
            • Samoa
            • Solidarietà
            • Procure Missionarie
            • Missioni
              Gian Francesco Romano

              RMG - Rector Major's Letter at conclusion of Second Seminar on Salesian Holiness

              3 weeks 1 day ago
              RMG - Rector Major's Letter at conclusion of Second Seminar on Salesian Holiness

              (ANS - Rome) - Following the celebration of the Second Seminar to promote the Causes of Beatification and Canonization of the Salesian Family, held in Rome from 10 to 14 April 2018, with the participation of about 90 people, coming from different parts of the world, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, sent a letter to the Superiors and Heads of the Salesian Family, Provincials, and animators and promoters of the Causes.

              In his message, Fr Á.F. Artime emphasizes how, through high-quality relationships, moments of sharing and working in groups, the goal to present the contents and the processes that help in ascertaining and accompanying presumed miracles has been achieved. But above all, he reminds all how this meeting was a further confirmation that the promotion and care of the Causes of Beatification and Canonization of the Salesian Family activate dynamics of grace, arouse evangelical joy and a sense of charismatic belonging, renew one's resolve and commitment of fidelity to the summons received and generate apostolic and vocational fruitfulness.

              The meeting, in fact, highlighted how the journey and the testimonies of holiness in the Salesian Family are, above all, a gift of the Holy Spirit, to be welcomed with humility and gratitude. They confirm that it is not enough to carry out services or do things, but it is necessary to bring Jesus and bring to Jesus, proclaiming the joy of the Gospel.

              He then indicated a number of challenges to take up and address:

              - to continue in the Salesian Family, in communion with the local Churches, the action of promoting the Causes through initiatives to make known, imitate and pray our candidates for sanctity;

              - to ensure that for every Cause, there are people at the local level who take responsibility for accompanying our Causes;

              - increase awareness of the importance of the miracle for the successful outcome of the Cause, as a sign of intercession and proof of the extraordinary intervention of divine mercy;

              - to value and appreciate the wealth of the one Salesian Family, made up of 31 groups - a richness that in its way is unique in the Church.

              Concluding his message, the Rector Major hopes that these initiatives will be a privileged means to promote the common vocation to holiness dear to Salesian tradition and to which the whole Church is urged on with the apostolic exhortation "Gaudete et Exultate" of Pope Francis.

              The full text of the Letter is available on the sdb.org website.

              • RMG
              • Rettor Maggiore
              • Santità Salesiana
              • Ángel Fernández Artime
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Uganda – Salesian children's dormitory in Bombo destroyed by fire

                3 weeks 1 day ago
                Uganda – Salesian children's dormitory in Bombo destroyed by fire

                (ANS - Bombo) - In the early morning hours of yesterday, 29 May, a fire broke out in Bombo, Uganda. The fire destroyed the dormitory of the Salesian secondary school "St. Mary's Namaliga", which housed circa 100 boys. Providentially, there were no victims.

                Fortunately, at the time when the flames first developed, just before seven local time, the building's guests were all gathered for morning prayer inside the center's church, located about a hundred meters from the dormitory itself.

                The intervention of the Fire Brigade was essential in preventing the spread of flames to neighboring buildings, among which there is a Salesian Vocational Training Center. The fire, however, has reduced to ashes all the material possessions of the boys, who now have nothing but their clothes and the few things they had on leaving the boarding school.

                Fr Gaudens Murasandonyi, a Congolese Salesian working at the center, said that the young are now housed in other premises of the Salesian complex, waiting to find an alternative solution for their accommodation.

                On learning of the disaster, yesterday afternoon the local bishop, Msgr. Paul Ssemogerere, of the diocese of Kasana-Luweero, visited the center to bring comfort to the children and to the community.

                The Salesian community, in collaboration with the local Planning and Development Office (PDO), now plans to promote initiatives to launch an extraordinary fundraising campaign and trusts in international Salesian solidarity so as to return the best possible reception to the children affected by this disaster, children who are, moreover, from poor families.

                {gallery}Uganda - Incendio Bombo{/gallery}

                • Uganda
                • AGL
                • Disastri
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Croatia – Rector Major: “Church, Society, Young people needs Salesians”

                  3 weeks 1 day ago
                  Croatia – Rector Major: “Church, Society, Young people needs Salesians”

                  (ANS – Zagreb) – Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime came to Zagreb, Croatian capital city, to provincial house, on Sunday evening and he was greeted by young people, young families and Salesians. He prayed with them rosary and gave them a good night talk. “I was said that I will pray with small group and I see that now here we have a national assembly,” said Rector Major after more then 150 young people came to pray and listen him.

                  In December of 2017 Rector Major named new provincial of “Saint John Bosco” province of Croatia in person of Fr Tihomir Šutalo. On Monday morning Rector Major together with Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, Councillor Regional for Central and North Europe, meet with Provincial council. After the meeting they celebrated the Holy mass in chapel of Saint John Bosco within the church of Mary Help of Christians. During the Holy mass take over of the service of provincial was held.

                  Fr Pejo Orkić, who was serving as the provincial from 2012 to 2018, in his address thanked God and the Rector Major thanked Fr Pejo Orkić on his service. Salesians of Croatia gave to Rector Major a gift, statue of blessed cardinal Alois Stepinac, who was great contributor to Salesians in Zagreb.

                  “None of us has that ability to present himself as the leader of the others, beginning with Rector Major. But there is one very precious thing. Building of our provinces goes with someone starting and someone finishing with their service” said Rector Major in homily.

                  Fr Ángel Fernández Artime Rector Major pointed out: “Everyone of us has responsibility and authority of service. This is the moment when everyone of us can say 'my authority is serving. And I serve by Jesus heart.' We can see that province is going with serenity, with some difficulties also, but with lot of blessings given by God, and with big hope. (…) We have to move on with our walk in faith. Walk where we give ourselves to our provinces and to young people. When heart is fair serving is always good.”

                  Rector Major also mentioned new provincial, Fr Tihomir Šutalo: I wish him that he always have the picture of Good Shepherd on his mind. On his first place must be his confreres, with all the good and bad things they have”.

                  “Wealth of our provinces are not buildings. The true wealth of provinces are we, Salesians, with our good things and our weaknesses. I am convinced that Church in Croatia needs Salesians. Society needs us. Young people of today and tomorrow need us very much. That is the way that this change of service will be good for the serving,” Rector Major said concluding his homily.

                  New provincial of “Saint John Bosco” Province of Croatia, Fr Šutalo said in his address: “My wish for next mandatory is that we refresh our identity. Task of everyone of us is to build our spiritual life. On the level of our life as brothers I wish that we live unity and love following example of the Holy Trinity. Our Salesian mission is to work and live for young people because that is the wish of the Holy Trinity.”

                  “We have to take special care about our older and our younger brothers. And we have to give ourselves more for the young people, especially accompanying them,” Fr Šutalo added.

                  “I thank to Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit for the mission that is given to us. I want to thank to Rector Major for his presence and given trust. I thank to my brothers Salesians who accepted their service in new provincial council i their readiness that we lead and animate our province. Special thanks to don Pejo as he was the witness of unity and love for every brother, and with every brother, during his term. Not only that I call you to pray, but it is our obligation that we pray for each other,” Fr Šutalo finished his address.

                  At the family table after the Holy mass Salesians were joined by Mr. Milan Bandić, Mayor of Zagreb, who came to congratulate to Salesians with big cake.

                  In the afternoon Rector Major spent time with Salesians in the provincial house. Later afternoon he had visit to Salesian community for formation and vocation where he talked with young man who felt in heart that they want to follow Salesian charisma of Saint John Bosco.

                  After the dinner Rector Major went to Holy Mother of Liberty sanctuary that is lead by the Salesians. He was welcomed by more then 300 children, young people, young families and adults who wanted to pray with him hearing how beautiful was during his visit in Rijeka and Split. After the Rosary and Good Night Talk, it took long time before Rector Major could go for a sleep as majority of the gathered people wanted hug and to take photo with him.

                  Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime left Croatia for Rome with his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, on Tuesday morning escorted by Croatian Salesians who thanked him once again for his presence among young people and Salesian Family in Croatia.

                  ANSFlickr

                  • Croazia
                  • CRO
                  • Rettor Maggiore
                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                  • Ispettori
                  • Insediamenti
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Slovakia – Plans and Programs to serve young university students: meeting of IUS - Europe

                    3 weeks 1 day ago
                    Slovakia – Plans and Programs to serve young university students: meeting of IUS - Europe

                    (ANS - Bratislava) - On 10 and 11 May, representatives of the Salesian Institutes of Higher Education (IUS) of Europe met in Bratislava, Slovakia: CES-Madrid, EUS-Barcelona, IUSTO-Turin, IUSVE- Venice, JABOK-Prague and Zylina-Slovakia were present. Also present were representatives of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) and the General Coordinator of the IUS, Fr Marcelo Farfán.

                    The two-day meeting was, in essence, dedicted to evaluating and planning projects and programs. On the one hand, the joint programs developed during the previous year were examined: application of the guidelines on University Pastoral Care in the IUS; the executive training courses; staff training on Salesian identity.

                    New initiatives were also presented: definition of a research model aligned with the Salesian mission; definition of a training program for pastoral animators; further commitment to deepen the formation of personnel in Salesian charismatic identity.

                    The meeting also served to make each IUS known to each other as an encouragement to develop work as a network. More specifically, a visit to learn more about the IUS of Zylina, host of the meeting, was made possible.


                    During the meeting there were, furthermore, also discussions, talks and exchanges on good practices and experiences carried out by the various IUS with open spaces for dialogue, needed to make Salesian work known in the current university environment.

                    • Slovacchia
                    • SLK
                    • IUS
                    • Europe
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Croatia – Rector Major: "May the communion with God be at the center of your lives"

                      3 weeks 2 days ago

                      (ANS – Split) – A new warm welcome to Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime took place in Split, where Salesians are celebrating 50th anniversary since they  came to the city.

                      by Luka Hudinčec

                      Young people and children of the oratory took to the parish street where they stood waiting for the 10th Successor of Don Bosco. With his arrival they started to jump, sing and wave flags. The Rector Major joined them and walked with them to the parish church. Fr Mirko Barbarić, director of the Salesian community in Split, expressed a warm welcome to the Rector Major and the Salesians accompanying him, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, Councillor Regional for Central and North Europe, Fr Horacio Lopez, Secretary of the Rector Major, Fr Pejo Orkić, Provincial of the Croatian Salesian Province, and others.

                      In 1968, Salesians came to Split on the invitation of bishop Frane Franić. It was not the very first time Salesians had come to Split; they had led the Institute “Martinis Marchi” from 1936, but with the arrival of the Communists to power after Second World War, the work of the Salesians was banned in 1947 and they left the city. 19 years later they came back as they accepted the work in a newly founded parish of Mary Help of Christians. They could only do basic pastoral work but they managed to build a church. Since 1990, there have been much better times and the Salesians opened their arms in welcome, free to work with youth. In 1997, they built the “John Paul II” Youth Center next to the church. Today, they have strong groups of Salesian Cooperators and young animators, and their most well-known or popular project is the Summer oratory when they gather hundreds of children from the parish and other parts of Split.

                      The Welcome party proceeded with dance and the Rector Major was very happy when he met Fr Nikola Zubović, the oldest Salesian in Croatia, as he was dancing with young people. The Rector Major took the microphone and said to everyone, indicating Fr Nikola, “This is the Salesian! 91 years old and still with young people on the playground. He understands very well what it means to be Salesian!” An interesting fact is that Fr Nikola was born exactly on the same day as Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI. The gathered youth had a few questions for the Rector Major. They wanted to know how he became Salesian and what his typical day was like. The evening closed with prayer and the traditional good night talk.

                      Sunday morning started with a meeting of Salesian Cooperators. Along with the Cooperators from Split were Cooperators from Zadar, and from the more than 300 km away town of Žepče in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

                      The highlight of the Split visit was Holy Mass that was broadcast on Croatian national television. In his homily, the Rector Major said: “We deeply believe that the Holy Spirit raised Saint John Bosco and chose him as the Father and Teacher of young people of the entire world. We also believe that the Holy Spirit raised him so that Don Bosco can lead us to Jesus. One thing that is very much of the Gospel and Salesian is that love treats and heals. It is very Salesian also to believe that education is a matter of the heart.”

                      At the end of his homily, the Rector Major praised God for the presence of Salesians in Croatia and for the vocations that Salesians in this country have. He added: “I want to thank all of you on your will to walk together with young people and serve them. I want to kindly ask that we let that unity with God be in the hearts of everyone of us. If our heart is in peace and love that means that God is with us.”

                      The community in Split also made nice gestures for the community in Aleppo as people from the Salesian parish in Split collected contributions for them. The Rector Major said: “More than this gift, important is the thing that we think of each other.”

                      Later, at the family table, was the Archbishop of Split, mons. Marin Barišić, who came to greet the Rector Major and the visiting Salesians.

                      Photos available on ANSFlickr

                      • Croazia
                      • CRO
                      • Rettor Maggiore
                      • Ángel Fernández Artime
                      • Salesiani Cooperatori
                      • Anniversari
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Myanmar – New “Bartolomeo Garelli” educated at Vocational Training Center of Myitkyina

                        3 weeks 2 days ago
                        Myanmar – New “Bartolomeo Garelli” educated at Vocational Training Center of Myitkyina

                        (ANS – Myitkyina) – The small and dynamic community of Myitkyina – which animates the Project chosen for the Salesian Mission Day 2018 – is happy to share news of its trainees' progress with the worldwide Salesian Family. Already 500+ young men and women (18-25 years of age) have graduated during the past 11 years from the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center. Fr. Victor Nawki, SDB, and two Salesian Brothers – Ambrose and Dominic – are involved in providing full-time 24/7 joyful assistance to the newcomers. And all three Salesians are happy to soon welcome and be joined by one more priest to make this community more numerous.

                        “Another batch of new students for the 2018-2019 school year, who commence on June 5, is already with us for the orientation, while the second-year trainees are still attending their OJT (On-Job-Training), most of them still from Don Bosco VTC boarding house. The majority of the newly enrolled Bosconians are Kachin people, but there are also some Nagas, Chinh, Kaya, Shan and other ethnic group trainees,” Fr Nawki explains.

                        Like every year, the majority of the students are Catholics, with only a few of other Christian denomination and one Buddhist. But they experience again and again the same feeling of Don Bosco with Bartolomeo Garelli in Turin (1841). Fr Nawki says: “During the first Eucharist we again realized that many of our newcomers don’t even know how to make the sign of the Cross, what their baptismal name is, or if they had ever been accepted for their first Holy Communion. Like every year, a patient journey during this orientation period has started. The first three weeks are dedicated to ‘prayer school’ where by osmosis our new students learn how to pray the Rosary, how to participate in the Eucharist, how to say the daily prayers in Kachin, Burmese or English.”

                        For the rest of the time, there are daily chores on the large farm (preparing for the rainy season), afternoon sports (kickball, football and volleyball) with prayer lesson and orientation sessions.

                        During last school year, 2017-2018, the VTC facilities witnessed a number of improvements: two new open-air workshops were built, 10 laptops were purchased for the new IT section, and due to the large number of students, some corridors were transformed into study halls or bedrooms…

                        Believing in worldwide Salesian solidarity, the Myitkyina Don Bosco community continues to dream about a new community building and a new study hall for the second-year (OJT) students, a much-needed water reservoir, repair of the roofing and new equipment in all six sections of the VTC (carpentry, electricity, automotive, welding, cell phone repair, tailoring and beautician).

                        Fonte: AustraLasia

                        • Myanmar
                        • MYM
                        • Formazione Professionale
                        • Giornata Missionaria Salesiana
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          RMG - "Which kind of Salesians for the Youth of Today?"

                          3 weeks 3 days ago

                          (ANS - Rome) - On the occasion of the feast of Mary Help of Christians, on May 24, the Rector Major issued the letter of convocation of the 28th General Chapter (GC28), which will be held in Turin-Valdocco from 16 February to 4 April, 2020 , on the theme: "Which kind of Salesians for the Youth of Today?"

                          In the ample document, issued in accordance with art. 150 of the Salesian Constitutions, the Rector Major presents the profound reasons for the choice of the theme and indicates the objectives set for this and some open questions on which to reflect on the preparatory path for the celebration of the GC28.

                          The fundamental aim of the theme of the GC28 is that of helping the whole Congregation to closely examine, as far as is possible, what is and what ought to be the profile of the Salesian capable of responding to today’s youth, to all young people especially the poorest and most in need, those excluded and rejected, the weakest and those deprived of their basic rights. And this in  a world  ever more complex and going through rapid changes.

                          The theme of the GC28 is unique, but the Rector Major specifies that it is divided into three groups:

                          - Priority of the Salesian mission among today’s youth

                          - Profile of the Salesian for today’s youth

                          ­- Together with lay people in the mission and in formation

                          I am convinced that in the large majority of the confreres there is a strong desire for greater human authenticity, for great spiritual depth and for a more radical vocational coherence. Let us ask the Holy Spirit that the 28th General Chapter be an opportunity to take this step forward, the Rector Major affirms in the conclusion of the letter, just before proposing, to all members of the Congregation, the recital of the prayer of intercession to Mary Help of Christians to guide the journey of the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco.

                          The letter of convocation of the GC28, corresponding to the Acts of the General Council No. 427, is available in full on the sdb.org website.

                          • RMG
                          • Rettor Maggiore
                          • CG28
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Sierra Leone - Fire destroys house of Don Bosco Fambul program hosting 34 child victims of abuse

                            3 weeks 3 days ago
                            Sierra Leone - Fire destroys house of Don Bosco Fambul program hosting 34 child victims of abuse

                            (ANS - Freetown) - Sierra Leone is a country sadly accustomed to disasters and the NGO and Salesian center "Don Bosco Fambul" has become over the years a sort of umbrella that shields the many victims of the emergencies the country recurrently undergoes. Yesterday, Sunday, May 27, a new disaster struck only a few meters away from the site where the Salesians work in Freetown, namely in the shelter for the victims of abuse of the "Girls Os" program. It was destroyed by a fire caused by a short-circuit at two in the afternoon. Everything has been lost, but the most important thing is the condition of its guests: only one girl, of the 34 in the house, was slightly injured, with burns on her feet.

                            The "Girls Os" program (shelter for girls) is one of the nine programs run by the Salesians of Don Bosco Fambul. Its scope is to welcome, house and provide security and education to minors who have been abused in their families, and to follow legal proceedings against abusers. With the participation and collaboration of the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid and the Spanish Salesian NGO "Jóvenes y Desarrollo", it works to reintegrate these children and young girls into a family-like environment.

                            On the afternoon of a routine Sunday, while the girls in the house were simply enjoying themselves, there was a short-circuit which, starting with the cables above the roof, soon became a fire that destroyed the whole house, located less than 100 meters from the Don Bosco Fambul headquarters.

                            "The girls ran away, but they could not save almost anything: mattresses, clothes, the kitchen, computers, documents, television …," said Fr Jorge Crisafulli. "Everything has been lost, but the important thing is that the girls are safe, and we will go on as always. I think it was a miracle of Mary Help of Christians that this girl was saved ... We will again need the help of everyone to give them back a home."

                            Since yesterday afternoon, meanwhile, the center of Don Bosco Fambul has returned to transforming its courtyards into a large multipurpose hall, while several rooms of the center have been prepared to accommodate the mattresses on which the girls spent the night. "At the beginning it will be difficult, but these girls will not lack anything, thanks to the solidarity of all," assure the Salesians of Don Bosco Fambul.

                            Sierra Leone - Fire destroys house of Don Bosco Fambul program hosting 34 child victims of abuse

                            • AFW
                            • Sierra Leone
                            • Don Bosco Fambul
                            • Ragazze
                            • Disastri
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Croatia - Rector Major: "Whatever your dreams may be, you will achieve them only by living a friendship with God"

                              3 weeks 3 days ago

                              (ANS - Rijeka) - The Animation Visit of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to the "Saint John Bosco" Province of Croatia, on the occasion of the 100 years of the Salesian presence, began with a surprise full of enthusiasm and joy.

                              While Fr Á.F. Artime was on the terrace of the Salesian parish of Rijeka, suddenly 350 young people from the Salesian centers of Rijeka and Zagreb rushed from the back of the oratory and greeted the 10th Successor of Don Bosco with a festive welcome song.

                              After the initial emotional moment, the Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry, Fr. Danijel Vidovic, introduced several theatrical scenes by which the history of the Salesians of Fiume and the growth of the Salesian Family in Croatia was presented to the Rector Major.

                              Salesians came to Rijeka in 1918. Local Church was inviting Salesians for more then 20 years before they came. In short time after the arrival Salesian oratory became one of the most important places in the city. First Salesians in Rijeka were Italians and house belonged to Veneto province until the end of Second World War. During the communist dictature, Slovenian and Croatian Salesians were living hard times. Still, they managed to open the school for boys who aspirated to became priests, but the school was not allowed to have public right. With independence of Croatia in 1990. better times came and Salesians did get public right for gymnasium in 1993. In 25 year old history school is one of the best in the city. The newly built wing of the school will now allow it to have more then 300 students

                              The Rector Major then spoke with the children: of the presence of the Salesians in 134 countries and of the many activities in which they are engaged in with and for the young poor. And, on being asked a motto to leave the young, he quoted St. John Paul II and said: "Do not be afraid!"

                              The day continued with an academy in the new structure of the Salesian institute; present: the city archbishop, mgr. Ivan Devčić, the Mayor, Zlatko Komadina, the Provincial, Fr Pejo Orkić, the Rector of the center, Fr. Dragutin Detić, the Rector of the school, Fr Niko Tunjić, and the past pupils, teachers and founder of the Croatian Catholic Scouts, Marin Miletic.

                              At the end of the day the young people animated a prayer vigil and Fr Á.F. Artime left them with a thought to ponder upon in  ​​the traditional Salesian "Goodnight" wherein he invited them to seek their own vocation: "Whatever your dreams may be, you will be able to achieve them only by living a friendship with God."

                              The second day, Saturday 26 May, began with the meeting with the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and continued with a meeting with the local Salesian Family. Main event of Rector Major's visit to Rijeka was the Holy mass. With SDB's from Croatia there were also Salesians from Slovenian province and Italian North East province as once community in Rijeka belonged to those provinces. Rector Major remembered in homily all of those who contributed in last 100 years of Salesian presence in Rijeka, and recalled also: "We, the Salesian Family, must always keep the door open for others. It is not time to be afraid of others!" After the homily, he also welcomed the vows of 5 new Salesian Cooperators.

                              Finally, there was still time for the Provincial's moving words of thanks, the delivery of several gifts to Fr Á.F. Artime and a Soccer tournament between the oratorians.

                              ANSFlickr

                              • Croazia
                              • CRO
                              • Rettor Maggiore
                              • Ángel Fernández Artime
                              • Giovani
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Italy - 150th anniversary of Basilica of Mary Help of Christians on social networks

                                3 weeks 3 days ago
                                Italy - 150th anniversary of Basilica of Mary Help of Christians on social networks

                                (ANS - Turin) – The feast of Mary Help of Christians recently celebrated in Turin was broadcast live for the first time, with a commentary in Spanish, too. A total of over 140 thousand people were reached through Facebook.

                                The social networks allowed the Turin celebrations of the feast of Mary Help of Christians to reach beyond the borders of Italy and to project themselves onto every continent. Viewers who accessed information regarding the procession of Mary Help of Christians, the Masses and events held between May 23 and 24 in Turin numbered 147,000 circa; the number of people who watched the events live was over 88,200.


                                The feast of Mary Help of Christians has always aroused interest in Turin and throughout the Salesian world. This year it was seen for the first time on all continents: the broadcast was also watched live in Togo, Peru, Syria, Japan ...

                                The novelty this year was to add the Spanish language simultaneously to the Italian-language broadcast via a specific channel on Facebook. The religious of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Sr. Luigina Silvestrin, and the Salesian past pupil Ángel Gudiña curated the Spanish version.


                                The main events broadcast were:

                                -                    The presentation of the book "The city of Don Bosco", promoted by the Rector    Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and edited by Fr Bruno Ferrero and the Dicastery for Social Communication;

                                -                    The Mass presided by the Archbishop of Turin, Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia:

                                -                    The Mass presided by the Rector Major and the procession of Mary Help of           Christians that followed.

                                 

                                The technical support for the broadcast was carried out by a joint team of young people from the Southern Italy Province (IME) and professionals from the Special Circumscription of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta (ICP). The signal was provided by "Missioni Don Bosco."

                                Thanks to the good collaboration achieved in the joint work between the Dicastery for Social Communication and the two Italian Provinces, who made the technical and professional resources for this event available and possible, a live broadcast of the main celebrations of the festival in English is already in the works.

                                • Italia
                                • Maria Ausiliatrice
                                • Comunicazione Sociale
                                • ICP
                                • IME
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Colombia - Fr Julio Humberto Olarte Franco, SDB, dies

                                  3 weeks 3 days ago
                                  Colombia - Fr Julio Humberto Olarte Franco, SDB, dies

                                  (ANS - Bogotà) - The "San Pietro Claver" Province of Colombia-Bogotá, with deep sorrow, reports the death of Fr. Julio Humberto Olarte Franco, SDB, who passed away on May 26, 2018, in the city of Bogotá due to a heart attack.

                                  Fr Olarte was born on 26 July, 1947, in the Cundinamarca, a central region of the country, which surrounds the capital, Bogotá. He made his first religious profession in the Salesian Congregation on January 29, 1965. He was ordained priest on August 15, 1974.

                                  He worked in various Salesian houses, also serving at the Generalate of the Congregation, in Rome, from 2000 to 2008. During these years he was part of the Salesian Family team directly dependent on the Vicar of the Rector Major. He was the Central Assistant for Volunteers of Don Bosco (VDB) and World Delegate for Salesian Cooperators.

                                  Once work for the Salesian Family at the Generalate was completed, he continued to serve the Congregation at the Salesian Center for Continuing Formation of America, based in Quito, Ecuador.

                                  He had recently taken on the role of Director and Pastor of the community "El Niño Jesús of 20 de Julio" of Bogotá, as well as holding the role of Provincial Vicar. In his infinite goodness God called him to be part of the Salesian Paradise.

                                  • Colombia
                                  • COB
                                  • Decessi
                                  • VDB Volontarie di Don Bosco
                                  • Salesiani Cooperatori
                                  • Famiglia Salesiana
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Italy - Basilica of Mary Help of Christians: "the open and welcoming home of an outreaching family"

                                    3 weeks 6 days ago

                                    (ANS - Turin) - A huge crowd marked the celebrations held yesterday, May 24, in Turin, in honor of Mary Help of Christians. "In our hearts today we have a feeling of profound love for the Mother," said the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, in the homily of the Mass presided at Valdocco.

                                    Throughout the day numerous celebrations took place in the Salesian temple. At 11 o'clock Mass was presided by Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, archbishop of Turin, who, speaking of the Synod on Youth, spoke of the difficulties many young people encounter in the world and he invited everyone to "listen to them and take seriously their problems and their observations ... Young people are capable of gestures and commitments of great generosity and vigor, spiritual and social."

                                    With the entrustment to Mary Help of Christians and the invitation to pray to request intercession, the gaze then turned to the weakest of subjects among citizens: families in difficulty, immigrants and refugees, poor people ... Following the example of Don Bosco and the numerous Turin "social saints", Msgr. Nosiglia urged Christians to "inhabit" the existential and geographical peripheries and to strengthen the alliance between "inner values, both civil and spiritual, to give a soul not only to individuals, but to all of society."

                                    In the afternoon, Fr Á.F. Artime presided at the Eucharist inside the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. For those who share the Salesian charism, he explained, "the devotion to Mary Help of Christians is the experience of the active and operative presence of Mary, which occurs in hearts and in works: a personal relationship with 'She who did everything'."

                                    Then, intervening on the value of the basilica of Valdocco for the entire Salesian world, the Rector Major observed: "Mary herself wanted this church to be her home. Not a simple house, where you live ... But a 'mother' house, from which to receive life and the drive to go beyond, beyond borders, seas and mountains, beyond imagination: it is the open and welcoming home of a family that reaches out."

                                    In the evening, the traditional procession of the statue of Mary Help of Christians resounded with the hymns of praise and songs of thanksgiving of the whole city of Turin towards "Our Lady of Don Bosco".

                                    Available on ANSFlickr, the photos of the day; on the ANS Facebook page, live videos.

                                    {gallery}Italia - Chiesa di Maria Ausiliatrice Torino 24 maggio 2018{/gallery}

                                    • Italia
                                    • ICP
                                    • Maria Ausiliatrice
                                    • Torino
                                    • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                    • Rettor Maggiore
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      India – Don Bosco Centre for Learning Hosts Mahakaushalya 2018

                                      3 weeks 6 days ago
                                      India – Don Bosco Centre for Learning Hosts Mahakaushalya 2018

                                      (ANS – Kurla) – Don Bosco Centre of Learning (DBCL) and St. Joseph Industrial Training Institute (SJITI), in its mission to skill the young for life and livelihood, hosted the first-ever Maharashtra State Skills Competition 2018 called the “Mahakaushalya 2018”.

                                      The WorldSkills Competition takes place every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world that truly reflects the global industry. The competitors represent the best among their peers and are selected from skills competitions in WorldSkills member countries and regions. They demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they study or perform at their workplace.

                                      The mega event is preceded by cluster level skill completion, which was the elimination round for the state level competition. It was a tough challenge and the competitors battled it out to win a berth in the regional competition followed by a national skills trial. Only one candidate from each trade will represent India in the WorldSkill competition 2019 in Kazan, Russia.

                                      On May 4, during the cluster level competition held in DBCL, father Mario Vaz, vice rector and executive director of DBCL, welcomed the gathering and gave a brief introduction of Don Bosco and DBCL Kurla. After the inauguration, the competitors reported to the various testing areas to participate in the event. Training was provided by experts to give equal opportunity to the competitors and then the testing was conducted.

                                      Competitors showed their skill in auto body repair, automotive technologies, car painting, architecture stone masonry, electrical installation, electronics, floristry, beauty therapy, brick laying, carpentry, cabinet making, information network cabling, IT software solutions for business, industrial control, hair dressing, mechanical engineering CAD, refrigeration and air conditioning, web design and development, welding, industrial control, bakery, cooking, confectionery and restaurant services.

                                      The second day of Mahakaushalya 2018 saw youth from hair, beauty therapy, floristry, refrigeration, air-conditioning, mechatronics and electronics vying for top honours.

                                      Russel Fernandes from automotive technology, Rohit Kharatmol from car painting, Shivaim Shukla from electronics, Saifali Khan from ref. & air-conditioning and Belim Hanif from plumbing, won gold medals, whereas Akash Pawar from car painting, Nishad Chandan from auto body repair & Shrinavas Boga from cooking bagged silver medals for DBCL Kurla. Winners and runner-ups will represent Maharashtra at the regional level to be held later this month.

                                      The Mahakaushalya 2018 is a unique platform to scout and promote youth skills and the Salesians are glad to be part in it.

                                      • India
                                      • Formazione Professionale
                                      • INB
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        RMG – Rector Major's Animation visit to Croatia

                                        4 weeks ago
                                        RMG – Rector Major's Animation visit to Croatia

                                        (ANS - Rome) - As soon as the celebratory events for the feast of Mary Help of Christians are over, a new journey awaits the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, always intent on meeting all his confreres personally and personally learning about the Salesian works across the globe: on the occasion of the centenary of the Salesian presence in that territory, the Rector Major will be in Croatia from 25 to 29 May.

                                        Fr Á.F. Artime will reach Rijeka on the evening of Friday 25, welcomed and greeted by young people of the local Salesian center, and will attend an artistic-cultural show celebrating the centenary of that house.

                                        The following morning, after the visit to the city's Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, he will meet the local Salesian Families and celebrate the Eucharist. In the afternoon there will be a transfer to Split, where the 10th Successor of Don Bosco shall have a new chance to meet young Croats.

                                        Sunday 27, after a meeting with the Salesian Cooperators and the Salesian Family in Split, a solemn Mass is scheduled for the 50th anniversary of the presence of the Salesians in the "Mary Help of Christians" parish in Split. Subsequently, the Rector Major - who will be accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, and by the Councilor for the Central and Northern Europe Region, Fr. Tadeusz Rozmus - will reach the country's capital, Zagreb.

                                        On Monday the specific appointments for the confreres of Fr Á.F. Artime: in the morning, the meeting with the members of the Provincial Council - outgoing and the newly-appointed - and then with the Mass for the inauguration of the new Provincial, Fr Tihomir Šutalo; in the afternoon, he shall be in a meeting with all the Salesians in the Province.

                                        In the evening the Rector Major visits the prenovitiate of Zagreb-Podsused and in the morning of Tuesday 28 he will return to Rome.

                                        • RMG
                                        • Croazia
                                        • CRO
                                        • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                        • Visita di Animazione
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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