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Cameroon – A safety place to study, play and grow up

4 weeks 2 days ago
Cameroon – A safety place to study, play and grow up

(ANS – Yaoundé) – There are more than 1,000 students and 100 teachers between the Don Bosco College and the Vocational Training Center in Mimboman, Yaoundé, Cameroon. Spaces within the college and centre are also used on weekends for Mary Help of Christians parish and youth centre. Close to 4,000 people use these spaces on a regular basis. So having the supplies for ongoing cleaning and disinfecting was necessary to fight against COVID-19. And now, thanks to funding from Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Salesians in Cameroon were able to buy enough COVID-19 pandemic precautions for several months.

Some of the funding went toward buying cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer for staff and students; the local Salesian church was also regularly disinfected by a young man who works for a cleaning service at Yaoundé City Hall. He taught Salesian staff how to disinfect properly and helped purchase cleaning supplies at an affordable price.

Salesian missionaries were able to provide hand sanitizing gel for staff, students and visitors. Small containers of gel were kept in offices and classrooms. Further, Salesians were able to provide hand-washing stations with soap and water at Don Bosco College, Vocational Training Center, and Mary Help of Christians parish and youth center.

Funding from Salesian Missions also helped ensure youth could finish their education. Youth whose parents could no longer pay their school fees received financial support. The funding helped youth finish the school year and either graduate and find employment or advance to their next year of schooling.

Finally, the funding also helped support four individuals who were in dire need of medical attention. The medical issues were not COVID-19 related but without the funding the individuals would not have survived. One woman was rushed into surgery with an appendicitis, another needed life-saving medical care for kidney issues and two others were dealing with complications from hepatitis.

The pandemic created an economic crisis in Cameroon. The country has had large losses as a result of the closure of exports. Service providers, such as taxi drivers, craftsmen and traders, have been out of work. Cameroon is also challenged by the presence of terrorist groups in the North, a group of secessionist armies from the northwest and Central African refugees from the east. All this affects youth who are trying to study and gain an education.

“Salesian missionaries from around the globe have sprung to action and have been working tirelessly for those in need,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions. “In addition to direct support to families in need, Salesian centers and institutions have also supported their communities. We appreciate our donors who have helped Salesians in Cameroon with their efforts to mitigate the challenges brought on by the pandemic.”

More than 30 percent of Cameroon’s population lives below the poverty line and human development indicators remain low, according to the World Food Programme. Poverty is the highest in the Far North, North, Adamaoua and East regions. In northern regions, people are often affected by natural disasters and below-average harvests which contribute to a continuing cycle of poverty and hunger.

Salesian missionaries in Cameroon provide education and social development services to poor youth so they are able to gain the training needed to find and retain long-term employment. They in turn are able to give back to their families and communities.

Source: Salesian Missions

  • Camerun
  • ATE AFRICA TROPICALE EQUATORIALE
  • Missioni
  • Coronavirus
  • Procure Missionarie
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Ecuador – Tatiana Pesántez, the teacher who gave birth to "Pipo"

    4 weeks 2 days ago

    (ANS - Cuenca) - The Covid-19 pandemic has motivated many educators in Salesian circles to seek alternative or innovative teaching methods in the field of virtual teaching. The traditional method of teaching, in fact, was,  not enough to capture the interest of students, especially the boys and girls behind a computer, tablet or mobile phone.

    It is in this scenario that initiatives such as that of Tatiana Pesántez, a teacher of the Salesian Technical Educational Unit-Carlos Crespi campus, in Cuenca, are born; an educational therapeutic psychologist, she gave life to a character called "Pipo, the teacher monkey".

    For Children's Day 2020 the institution had prepared an online event and Tatiana was part of the group of animators. It was then that she remembered that she had a monkey, a doll, in her closet and that it was the ideal character for the date. And from that moment "Pipo" became her teaching companion in the Religion and Human Dignity course.

    The doll was a childhood gift that an aunt gave her, and already her father, Homero Pesántez, animated it through games and the modulation of different voices. This is why "Pipo" has a strong emotional value for her and now she puts him at the service of her third and fifth grade students.

    Given the great reception, Tatiana decided to make videos where “Pipo”, in an interactive way, presented each lesson. Then she came up with a more ambitious idea: to create a theater in which she could represent the puppet's stories, and for this she had the support of Luis Curay, the school Director.

    This is how Tatiana, together with Jessica Suqui and María José Flores, created the first show; its theme was Don Bosco and its goal was to teach “Pipo” and the children who attended it how to acquire a Salesian heart.

    “Pipo is my daily life, I can't teach without Pipo,” says Tatiana, as her students now ask about him at every lesson. In fact, it is now part of her teaching methodology, given that through a constructivist style she makes her pupils learn through the dialogues she plans, with questions and answers on topics such as love of God and respect for diversity and inclusion.

    Similarly, the presence of the puppet has awakened the desire of children to learn also in distance learning, because the lessons are moments of joy, fun and fraternity.

    Thinking about the future, Tatiana does not want "Pipo" to go back to the closet when they resume lessons in person; Pipo will continue to be her “right-hand man” to carry out a fun and effective education.

    This young teacher offers a great lesson: the obstacles of this moment should not be an impediment, but should be interpreted as an opportunity to develop creativity and improve teaching.

    “Being a teacher,” concludes Tatiana, “for me means fulfilling a mission to build a better world, hand in hand with Don Bosco; a different education, which generates fraternity and joy.”

    • Ecuador
    • Docenti
    • ECU ECUADOR
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Italy – Rector Major visits formation community of "Don Bosco" International Institute of Turin-Crocetta

      1 month ago

      (ANS - Turin) - On Tuesday afternoon, March 16, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, visited the Don Bosco International Institute of Turin-Crocetta's formation community. The invitation addressed by the Director of the Community, Fr Marek Chrzan, to the Rector Major to visit the community of specific formation for the priesthood was aimed at offering him a better knowledge of this formation house in view of the rethink as regards Formation of the Congregation in Europe.

      Fr Á.F. Artime, accompanied by Fr Francisco Santos Montero, member of the Formation Sector and in charge of formation houses in Europe, first met with the Director of the community, Fr Chrzan, with his Vicar, Fr Andrea Bozzolo, and with the Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Fr Cristian Besso; then he participated in the meeting of the formation team and the House Council; later, he met with the whole community.

      After a fraternal greeting and the prayer of Vespers, the Rector Major shared the programmatic guidelines of the six-year term, and finally, he spoke with the community, answering questions and giving clarifications on this stage of formation.

      The last point of the day was a moment of fraternal agape.

      If on the one hand the visit achieved its purpose of allowing Fr Á.F. Artime to get to know the formation community in depth, on the other hand, it also served the young students of the center to feel the paternal closeness of the Successor of Don Bosco to their lives and to the formative concern of the young Salesians.

      • Italia
      • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
      • Rettor Maggiore
      • Ángel Fernández Artime
      • Formazione
        Gian Francesco Romano

        France – In this time of Lent, "Fondation Don Bosco" launches appeal to support two projects, one at home, the other in Ethiopia

        1 month ago

        (ANS - Paris) - The "Fondation Don Bosco - France", faithful to the legacy of the founder of the Salesian Congregation, St. John Bosco, tries with every activity to support the educational mission carried out by hundreds, thousands of men and women, in France and abroad, every day: that which is achieved by benefiting young people, especially the poorest. For this reason, in this time of Lent, which the Church invites to live with an attitude of renewed charity, the foundation has launched two appeals. One of the two, international in character, wants to mobilize emergency humanitarian aid for the population accompanied by the Salesians in the tormented region of Tigray, in northern Ethiopia.

        Since November, this region has been plunged into a conflict between the Ethiopian federal government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). The area, located 700 kilometers north of the capital, Addis Ababa, and which has 6 million inhabitants, hosts four Salesian works (Macallè, Adigrat, Shire and Adua), with a total of 25 Salesians committed to training young people and accompanying families immersed in war.

        Shortages of fuel, food and resources in general are, after all this time, becoming extremely critical, even for humanitarian organizations in the region. The “Don Bosco Foundation - France” hopes to raise enough money to provide basic necessities (food and clothing) for two months to 300 families in contact with Salesian educational centers.

        The second appeal concerns the Sainte-Marie elementary school, located in Saint-Geniez-Olt, a town of 2,000 inhabitants in Aveyron, in the Lot and Aubrac valleys. Like many schools in rural areas, the situation of this work, faithful to Salesian pedagogy, is fragile. But it could recover through renovation: the school building, in fact, is equipped with a structure that once served as a boarding school, but which is now closed because it needs to be refurbished and updated to current standards.

        Through restructuring, the Foundation would like not only to support educational activities, but also to transform the former boarding school into a structure for hosting tourists, so as to develop an income-generating activity in favor of the institute and to promote a model of enhancement of rural realities and sustainable tourism.

        • Francia
        • FRB FRANCIA BELGIO SUD
        • Etiopia
        • AET AFRICA ETIOPIA
        • Solidarietà
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Myanmar – Cardinal Bo, SDB, to country's authorities: "Seek peace!"

          1 month ago

          (ANS - Yangon) - “As the leaders of the Myanmar Catholic Church... we urge all parties in Myanmar to seek peace…. In recent weeks we have faced great challenges as a nation. This crisis will not be resolved by bloodshed. Seek peace!” Thus opens the letter sent to all the dioceses of the nation and to political, religious and civil society leaders by Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Salesian, archbishop of Yangon and President of the Bishops' Conference of Myanmar, on behalf of all the bishops of the country.

          The message of the Salesian cardinal, who is also President of the Federation of Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Asia (FABC), continues heartfelt: “The killings must stop immediately. There are so many deaths. The blood spilled is not the blood of an enemy. It is the blood of our own sisters and brothers, our own citizens. We are a nation that has cherished a dream. Our young people lived in hope. Let's not become a nation of senseless disappointment. Stop killing. Stop the violence. Leave the path of atrocities. Let all the innocent be released. They are our people.”

          The text then makes known the message that the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, wrote to reiterate the messages of closeness, prayers and solidarity of Pope Francis to Myanmar. In particular, the message from the Holy See "encourages the Church to commit itself to the peace process", "reaffirms the Pope's fraternal solidarity with all the people of Myanmar", and expresses "in its name his sentiments of solidarity with the people of Myanmar".

          "The Cardinal asked that the Church of Myanmar transmit the Pope's concern and love for this nation." And keeping in mind the sentiments of the Pope, Cardinal Parolin, Cardinal Bo states, “he encourages the leaders of the Church of Myanmar to meet with the Superior General Min Aung Hlaing, the leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, other leaders of civil and religious society, and those involved in civil protests” to seek a way of peace.

          “Peace is possible; peace is the only way. The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, asks the entire Catholic community in Myanmar not to spare their efforts in this direction,” concludes the Salesian Cardinal.

          The letter from the archbishop of Yangon, released on Sunday 14 March, was followed the following day by a video message the cardinal himself released on the occasion of the Day of Prayer for Myanmar launched by the NGO "Christian Solidarity Worldwide". On this other occasion, the prelate described "with deep sorrow" the situation of the country which "suddenly returned to the nightmare of military repression, brutality, violence and dictatorship".

          And conversely, he praised "the incredible courage, commitment and creativity of our people", which he manifested peacefully, giving "a sign of maturity": "Young people and all citizens ... do not accept that hope is stolen from them. Their strength of mind is a great inspiration for all of us."

          • MYM MYANMAR
          • Pace
          • Myanmar
          • Charles Maung Bo
          • Violenze
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Italy – Young people of "PC4U.tech" awarded by President Mattarella

            1 month ago

            (ANS - Rome) - Since the first lockdown they have collected over 500 unused PCs and put them back together to give them to children and young people in difficulty, because "digital education must be everyone's right". The project is called "PC4U.tech" and was conceived by four 18-year-olds from Milan, including two students from Salesian schools: Pietro Cappellini, who is attending the fifth year of Graphics at the Technical Institute of the Salesians, a secondary school; Matteo Mainetti, Jacopo Rangone and Emanuele Sacco, in the last year of the scientific lyceum of the Salesians. For their commendable service they were awarded by the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella with one of the three plaques awarded on Thursday (not yet physically delivered) "for having reduced the digital divide".

            The idea was born last May: "We created a web platform," explains Pietro, who has completed his secondary school education at the Salesian Institute and would like to enroll in Communication Design at the Politecnico. “Both students who need a PC or tablet and families or companies that have second-hand devices to donate can write to the platform. We do everything ourselves: we collect the computers, refurbish them with the help of the 'IT Without Borders' network and then deliver them to those in need."

            These youngsters not only showed their generosity and technical skills, but also their entrepreneurial spirit: thanks to crowdfunding, they have raised more than 18 thousand euros to invest in the project.

            The first to believe in the initiative were the Salesians: the Director of the "Sant’Ambrogio" Salesian Institute, Fr Renato Previtali, and the Dean of the High School, Fr Damiano Galbusera. “This plaque is a great satisfaction, but even greater is the happiness in seeing people who are moved when they receive a PC as a gift. I am reminded of Peter, an elementary school child who had just arrived from Egypt: with the PC he was able to follow the lessons and meet his new classmates," says Emanuele, in the last year of the course in Applied Sciences at the scientific high school of the Salesians. “After school I will do Physical Engineering at the Politecnico. My dream? Becoming an entrepreneur,” he adds.

            Jacopo, who attended the "Hockerill Anglo-European College" in England for the last two years and now would like to go to the United States to attend a Business School ("But with the aim of returning to Milan in the future," he specifies), he describes his reaction after learning about the award: “I was on the train with Matteo; by chance we were going to Rome to talk about our initiative on a talk show. My mother sent me a congratulatory message, then many others arrived… We found out like that. I was moved and immediately made a video call with mum and dad.”

            Also excited Matteo, of the fifth year of the Leo XIII Liceo Scientifico (who would like to study in Barcelona next year, at the Transformational Business and Social Impact course): "We hugged, then I called my grandmother: she was extremely proud."

            • Italia
            • Giovani
            • Personaggi illustri
            • Solidarietà
            • Coronavirus
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Uganda – Refugees receive critical supplies

              1 month ago
              Uganda – Refugees receive critical supplies

              (ANS – Palabek) – Palabek Refugee Resettlement Camp is currently home to more than 56,000 refugees and asylum seekers. It was officially set up in April 2016 to reduce congestion in larger refugee camps in the northwestern corner of Uganda. Several agencies are involved in providing food and education within Palabek. While some have left because of the pandemic, Salesians have remained. And they provided food aid, supplies and 300 blankets to people with disabilities thanks to funding sent in November 2020 from Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

              Even before COVID-19, living conditions in Palabek were not easy. Food distribution was scarce and there were difficulties in accessing drinking water. With the arrival of the pandemic, everything has become even more complicated. The amount of food delivered to refugees once a month has been reduced by 30 percent, classes and activities were suspended, and episodes of violence, alcoholism, and teenage pregnancies began. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warns that unless urgent action is taken to address the situation, levels of acute malnutrition, stunting and anemia are expected to rise, especially among children.

              With Salesian Missions funding, Salesians have been able to provide food, 300 blankets for those with disabilities, cookware and other items for people in need. The funding also paid for transportation costs from Kampala to Palabek, gas for transport vehicles around the camp and motorbike repairs. Other funding provided incentives to social workers who are working in the camp under difficult circumstances.

              “With Salesian Missions support we have been able to provide food and other necessities for people in need, particularly those with disabilities,” said Father Ubaldino Andrade, a Salesian Venezuelan missionary working at Palabek. “This donation is greatly appreciated because there is hunger and malnutrition and other nutritional deficiencies among the refugees. This creates much frustration, anger and other social disturbances. With this donation and others, Salesians have distributed many tons of food and clothing, especially to the poorest.”

              In addition, students at Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Palabek were happy to receive a bus thanks to donors from Salesian Missions of Madrid, Spain. These youth are now able to explore initiatives and new opportunities away from the settlement.

              Salesian missionaries at the settlement are offering much needed psychosocial support and pastoral care for thousands of Christian residents. They also operate four nursery schools that educate more than 1,000 children. In addition, there are over 700 children attending Salesian primary and secondary schools, and more than 700 families are supported by other initiatives. Salesian missionaries also launched a vocational training centre to offer life skills and other training to help young refugees prepare for employment.

              Source: Mission Newswire

              • Uganda
              • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
              • Palabek
              • Missioni
              • Procure Missionarie
                Gian Francesco Romano

                RMG – Three new Provinces at the service of Africa

                1 month ago
                Photo (Archive): Kenya, 12 February 2018 - Team Visit to the Africa-Madagascar Region

                (ANS – Rome) – In a continent in continuous growth and social ferment, the Salesian presence too is changing and growing.

                On 19 January 2021, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the favourable opinion of the General Council, in accordance with article 132, paragraph 1.1 and 156 of the Constitutions, erected the “Blessed Artemides Zatti Province of Africa Nigeria and Niger with its headquarters in Lagos-Iju (Nigeria). 9 Houses make up this Province.

                On the same date the new Province of “Our Lady of Peace” in North West Africa was erected with its headquarters in Cotonou-Zogbo in Benin. 18 Houses make up this Province, to be found in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea Conakry, Gambia, as well as in Senegal. These last three nations will form a Delegation based in Dakar (Senegal). The new “Our Lady of Peace” Province will eventually develop its mission also in Guinea Bissau.

                And again, on 19 January the “St Joseph” Province of South West Africa was erected with its headquarters in Ashaiman (Ghana). It will include the works of Togo, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Liberia and Sierra Leone, 20 Houses.

                • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                • Africa
                • ANN Africa Nigeria e Niger
                • AON Africa Occidentale Nord
                • AOS Africa Occidentale Sud
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Kenya – Salesian Tvet Centres in Sub-Saharan Africa mark the Africa Environment Day 2021

                  1 month ago
                  Kenya – Salesian Tvet Centres in Sub-Saharan Africa mark the Africa Environment Day 2021

                  (ANS – Nairobi) – “Africa Environment Day” was established by the Organization of African Unity in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of the pressing environmental challenges facing the continent. Since 2012, the Africa Environment Day has been celebrated in conjunction with Wangari Maathai Day on 3rd March, as a tribute to the late Nobel Laureate's green legacy. The theme for this year’s commemoration was " Reimagining the Future: Clean and Green Cities for All. Build Back Better!"

                  On Wednesday 3rd March 2021, members of Don Bosco TVET Green Clubs from various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa joined the rest of the continent in commemorating this year’s event under the domesticated theme “Planting for the Future.” The major focus during this year’s event was tree planting. In total, 2992 indigenous and fruit trees were planted in 14 Don Bosco TVET Centres in five countries; Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Madagascar and Nigeria. Moreover, 1582 participants took part in the event. Over 2.43 tons of wastes was also collected in the centres that took part in the clean-up drive.

                  In Kenya, the main event was held at Don Bosco Boy’s Town Technical Institute (DBBT Karen), led by the centre Principal, Br. Francis Mulu, and the Green TVET Facilitator, Mr. David Ogony, and attended by students and staff members from various trades.

                  Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA) Executive Director Fr. George Tharaniyil graced the event, underscoring the importance of protecting our common home for generations to come. While addressing participants, Fr. George TJ expressed his gratitude to the young people who have already embraced the idea of championing for environmental conservation through the Don Bosco Green Clubs.

                  Inspired by the words of Prof. Wangari Maathai, "When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope”, members of the Green Clubs engaged in a series of activities including tree planting and replanting, weeding of trees, drainage and garbage collection.

                  The team also visited Karen Police Station where they planted trees, followed by a cleanup drive in the Karen shopping centre.

                  Concurrent clean-up and tree planting activities were also held at Don Bosco Technical Institute - Embu and Don Bosco Technical Institute - Kakuma, where members of the Green Clubs from the two centres recommitted to protect, restore and stand up for nature. A total of 1760 indigenous and fruit trees were planted and 2.01 tons of wastes were collected in the three centres in Kenya.

                  In Burundi, members of the Green Club at Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Buterere led by the Green facilitator, Mr. Guillaume Gahungu, also held environmental awareness talks and tree planting drive. The club planted 350 indigenous and fruit trees which were obtained from the already established tree nursery. Mr. Gahungu pointed out the significance of the tree nursery which will sustain future tree planting initiatives.

                  Members of the Green Club at John Bosco Institute of Technology Obosi in Nigeria were led by the Green facilitator, Mr. Sylvester Ibekwe, in marking the day by planting 14 trees due to space limitation, and held environmental talks to sensitize participants on the importance of preserving the environment.

                  In Angola, the Green specialist, Ms. Ana Karina, coordinated the event with the help of Green facilitators from the five Don Bosco TVET centres: Centro de Formação Profissional Dom Bosco de Lwena, Centro de Formação Profissional Dom Bosco de N'Dalatando, Centro de Formação Profissional Dom Bosco do Dondo - Kwanza Norte, Centro de Formação Profissional Dom Bosco Mabubas and Centro de Formação Profissional Dom Bosco Mota. Members of the Green Clubs planted a total of 233 indigenous and fruit trees in the five centres.

                  In Madagascar, the celebration was coordinated by the Green specialist, Ms. Razafimizanilala Andréa, and four Green facilitators in the four Don Bosco TVET centres: Centre de Formation au Travail de Don Bosco - Fianarantsoa, Centre de Formation Professionnelle Don Bosco Antanimasaja - Mahajanga, Centre de Formation Professionnelle Don Bosco Tuléar and Centre de Notre Dame de Claivaux - Antananarivo. Members of the Green Club at Centre de Notre Dame de Claivaux in Antananarivo, Madagascar carried out a reforestation of indigenous plants and fruit trees at the centre. This was followed by a review and maintenance of the species that were planted last year, and cleaning of all the green spaces at the centre. The other three Don Bosco TVET centres celebrated the day by planting indigenous as well as fruit trees.  A total of 635 indigenous and fruit trees were planted and 0.42 tons of wastes were collected in the four centres in Madagascar.

                  {gallery}AFE - Giornata Ambiente Africa 2021{/gallery}

                  • Ambiente
                  • Creato
                  • Kenya
                  • AFE AFRICA EST
                  • Madagascar
                  • Nigeria
                  • Burundi
                  • Angola
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Argentina – Commitment of "St Antonio da Padova" House : educate for better future

                    1 month ago

                    (ANS - Córdoba) - In the city of Córdoba, in northern Argentina, more than 1,200 people know they have a place where they can always feel at home at their disposal. Most of these people are children, adolescents and young people, many of whom come from vulnerable families. And this space that welcomes them and hosts them is the Salesian St Antonio da Padova house, where education has a solid foundation: it is Salesian, preventive, quality, with an eco-friendly outlook.

                    Even at first glance as you enter this house one recognizes its Salesian character: young people are everywhere, in the courtyard, in the classrooms, in the corridors, in the parish, always in the company of educators, in a climate of mutual respect and appreciation, which makes them feel themselves immersed in a family environment.

                    Formal education is one of the pillars of this house. In its classrooms children, adolescents, young and adults are formed through quality pedagogical proposals adapted to each group: initial, primary, secondary, secondary school for adults, vocational training.

                    The educational work at "St Antonio" is completed by spaces for youth and non-formal education, including a social circus, school reinforcement activities, and an oratory.

                    This Salesian house holds its doors always open to the community, fully making its Salesian option available to the most vulnerable. Many of the young people who animate the work come from middle-class or impoverished families, survive via informal, short-term jobs or are exposed to unemployment, without access to quality education, without adequate housing, at risk of violence and dependence on substances.

                    But this Salesian house works with a preventive approach and focuses much on the care of young people and the place where they live. For this reason, one of the goals of the house is to consolidate an ecological and attentive perspective towards the environment, which remains transversal to all proposals.

                    The path in this sense includes interventions, workshops and curricular contents on the theme, as well as putting into practice the knowledge with the creation of "green islands" in different parts of the establishment, where small plants have been planted. The house aims to consolidate itself as a Community reference model for the entire area. Among other things, the electrical wiring has been remodeled to make it safer and more efficient, and solar panels have also been installed in some classrooms.

                    At the Salesian house St Antonio da Padova the horizon is a better future, healthier, safer. For young people and the world in which they live and grow.

                    • Argentina
                    • ARN ARGENTINA NORD
                    • Educazione
                    • Scuole
                    • Giovani a Rischio
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      India – “Don Bosco College of Engineering” at Fatorda helps 75 startups in 2 years

                      1 month ago
                      India – “Don Bosco College of Engineering” at Fatorda helps 75 startups in 2 years

                      (ANS – Panjim) – Supported by the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India, the Business Incubation Centre at Don Bosco College of Engineering at Fatorda has assisted 75 startups over a period of two years. Of this, 45 were identified to be incubated, including 15 which have been incubated virtually, said CEO of the Forum for Innovation Incubation Research & Entrepreneurship (FiiRE) at the college, DS Prashant.

                      Of the incubated business ideas, an apparatus and method for regulating temperature of animals and a heavy-duty paper bag manufacturing method are among five incubated at FiiRE, which have applied for a patent, Prashant said.

                      “FiiRE works as per the guidelines of the Startup India policy, which is to build a strong ecosystem that is conducive for the growth of startup businesses, to drive sustainable economic growth and generate large-scale employment opportunities. This is achieved with an additional focus on the innovation, product design and the core team that is driving the idea towards implementation,” said Prashant.

                      He said FiiRE also provides co-working spaces for the incubatees with various facilities such as meeting rooms, conference rooms, open work areas and an auditorium.

                      While Barve Technologies driven by Tejas Barve developed his idea of a life-saving temperature regulating machine with assistance from FiiRE, LaFabrica Craft under Sachin Gangadharan designed a paper bag that can carry upto 10 kilos. Letcetra Agritech by Harish Usgaonker is an online platform for all things related to urban farming and Decimi Technologies by Navin Prajapati and Saurav Lahoti developed Sabka Mandi under FiiRE, which aims to provide an easy-to-use online ordering platform that allows retailers to submit all of their purchase orders to their authorized distributors from one portal without waiting for the distributor salesmen.

                      “FiiRE offers structured incubation process based on the 12 critical success elements for start-ups. During pre-incubation counselling and idea validation is done before accepting the idea into the incubation program based on the inputs from the selection committee. One month free assistance is provided till idea validation based on the inputs received by the mentors. Incubation involves training, mentoring sessions. This helps startups build prototype, connect to early adopters and investors, over a period of 12 months,” said Prashant.

                      Source: Times of India

                      • India
                      • INP INDIA PANJIM
                      • Tecnologie
                      • Scienze
                      • Ricerca
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Vatican – Delivery of "Positio super virtutibus" of Servant of God Fr Carlo Crespi, SDB

                        1 month ago

                        (ANS - Vatican City) - On 12 March 2021 the volume of the Positio super Vita, Virtutibus et Fama Sanctitatis of the Servant of God Carlo Crespi Croci, Professed Priest of the Society of St. Francis de Sales, was delivered to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in the Vatican.

                        The Positio had as speaker Msgr. José Jaime Brosel Gavilá, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni as Postulator, and Dr. Mariafrancesca Oggianu as Collaborator. Structural elements of the "Positio" - which presents in an articulated and in-depth manner the entire documentary and testifying apparatus of evidence regarding the virtuous life of the Servant of God - are: a brief presentation by the Speaker; the Informatio super virtutibus, that is, the theological part in which the virtuous life of the Servant of God is demonstrated; the two Summarium with textual and documentary proofs; the Biographia ex Documentis; the latest Sessions and the iconographic apparatus.

                        After delivery, the Positio will be examined by the Theological Consultors of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Then it will be studied by the Cardinals and Bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints: these articulated stages of study and evaluation will allow the Supreme Pontiff, in the event of a positive outcome, to declare Fr Carlo Crespi "Venerable Servant of God". A miracle attributed to his intercession will then be needed to pave the way for beatification.

                        This news has aroused great joy, both in Ecuador, in particular in Cuenca, where it is welcomed as a sign of hope in this time of trial that touches the whole world; and in Legnano (Milan), the birthplace of the Servant of God, where for some years a group of people has dedicated itself to promoting the Cause of the Servant of God, highlighting the brilliant, highly original figure of Fr Crespi who stands out for his intelligent sympathy and his absolute non-uniformity to the usual “norms”.

                        Fr Crespi welcomed the Salesian call and, as a true imitator of Don Bosco, became a witness to a Church that urges people to “go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the peripheries in need of the light of the Gospel” (Pope Francis, Evangelii gaudium, 2013). Fr Crespi's life tells Christians of yesterday and today how prayer can and must be inserted into the concrete actions in everyday life, encouraging and inspiring it. He is a credible witness of an "evangelizing style capable of affecting life" (Pope Francis, Address to Italian Catholic Action, May 3, 2014). To this day his tomb and his monument continue to be perennially embellished with fresh flowers and thank-you plaques. While the reputation for holiness of this illustrious son of Cuenca shows no signs of diminishing, the drafting of the Positio super virtutibus marks an important step as far as the Cause of Beatification is concerned.

                        All that remains is to wait with confidence for the wise judgment of the Church.

                        {gallery}Vaticano - Positio Crespi Croci 2021{/gallery}

                        • Vaticano
                        • Santità Salesiana
                        • Carlo Crespi
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Ethiopia – Situation in Tigray: “Rich and poor are at our gate every day, begging for food in order to survive”

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                          Ethiopia – Situation in Tigray: “Rich and poor are at our gate every day, begging for food in order to survive”

                          (ANS – Adwa) – It is more than 4 months since the war broke out in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.  Even though there was a total silence in the beginning regarding the whole issue, after many weeks and months, many front-line medias and agencies have started reporting about the terrible situations of the people in this part of the Country.

                          Fighting has in fact ravaged northern Ethiopia since early November when the government opened a military attack against the ruling faction in the region of Tigray, stating that the regional force had made an attack on the northern division of the national army, starting a conflict that has caused thousands of deaths and widespread destruction, displacing over 2 million people, and sending tens of thousands of refugees into neighbouring Sudan.

                          Adding to this, the war has deepened ethnic tensions and created an immense humanitarian crisis, with 4.5 million people — most of Tigray’s population — in urgent need of assistance, United Nations and local officials say. The turmoil is spilling over Ethiopia’s borders into Eritrea and Sudan in a manner that could destabilize the entire Horn of Africa region.

                          The Salesians of Don Bosco, having four centres in the region (Makelle, Adigrat, Adwa, Shire) are still serving the people with great dedication and commitment. Even though the internet network has not been established still, we have had some telephone conversations with some Salesians in the region and their stories are really heart-breaking. 

                          As we spoke to some of our Salesians in the north, these were their words:

                          We are grateful to God for all the graces, blessings, courage and strength that He is bestowing upon us to make our journey in this challenging and difficult times that we are facing in Adwa.  Since the war broke out from 4th November 2020 and still is going on, many people have lost their lives, lost properties, many are homeless and thousands of people has been fleeing and escaping the bombing and shooting and become refugees or internally displaced people within their own country. Rich and poor are at our gate every day, begging for food in order to survive.

                          That evening of 20th November 2020 (The day on which conflicts began in Adwa) many dead bodies were lying on the streets and many wounded people tried to escape the war.  These months were dark moments as for more than 2 months the people did not have electricity, water, networks, food etc…. we thank God that we have the bore well in our compound that is able to receive thousands of people, coming and taking water every day since early morning by running the generator.

                          Just last week on 3rd March 2021, we visited several internally displaced people who have escaped from faraway places called Setit Humera, Kafta Humera, Mereb, Segede woreda, etc… to Adwa town. Together with MC sisters, FMA sisters we have managed to visit 5 centres that are hosting the displaced people and we have given immediate response to help those in need.

                          - The MC sisters, FMA and SDBs are working together and baking bread to provide for the displaced people, from 2,200 to 2,600 loaves of bread every day.

                          - The SDBs are also giving food items to the needy, blind, elderly people around us.

                          - We are also providing to the centre for displaced people, food items, non-food items so that they may have enough access to the basic needs of a human being for a decent living.

                          - The number of displaced people is still increasing every day.

                          Thanks to the great contribution of the PDO led by Brother Cesare Bullo in Addis Ababa that is assisting our houses in the north so that we can reach out to so many poor and displaced people and assist them in their direst need at this time”. 

                          Currently, there are 35,675 Internally Displaced People in Adwa: 19,240 females and 16,435 males; 8,076 under 5-years-old; 12,565 from 5 to 17; 13,538 from 18 to 59; 1,496 are 60 and above.

                          {gallery}AET - Tigray 2021{/gallery}

                          • Etiopia
                          • AET AFRICA ETIOPIA
                          • Guerra
                          • Povertà
                          • Rifugiati
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Ecuador – “Editorial Don Bosco”: 100 years to celebrate and to open doors to the future

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                            Ecuador – “Editorial Don Bosco”: 100 years to celebrate and to open doors to the future

                            (ANS - Quito) - On March 19, 1920, a work at the service of Ecuadorian youth was born in Ecuador, a pioneer in placing the indispensable tool for education and learning, such as a book, in the hands of children, adolescents and young people. Over time, this work has transformed itself into what is now known as "Editorial Don Bosco", at the service of schools and institutes throughout the country.

                            One hundred years have passed by continually renewing and updating the educational proposal of the Salesian charism, with difficult moments, but also of great success. All this responds to the great educational, pedagogical and dreamer heart of Father Luigi Natale Strazzieri, SDB, a distinguished educator. A century has passed since his initiative, during which the Salesians and many lay collaborators have made possible the formation of Ecuadorian youth with professionalism and with a Salesian heart, because "education is a thing of the heart".

                            “As a provincial community we join Editorial Don Bosco which, despite the pandemic, continues to work, dream and remember these hundred years of active and creative presence as a Salesian work at the service of society,” wrote Fr Francisco Sánchez Carrión, Provincial of the Salesians in Ecuador, in a letter. “Our thanks go to his staff, to his Directors and to those who with an enterprising spirit have taken on the vocation of educator-pastors in the context of the 'good press' and pastoral publications that give reasons for our being, following the example of our founder, who sensed the value of this school for the masses where culture is created, models of life shared, the faith of the people is defended and supported, undertaking original apostolic initiatives that are offered and respond to educational and evangelizing needs, especially of young people and of their families.”

                            On the publisher's anniversary, 19 March, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the Provincial continues his reflection by recalling the apostolic letter of Pope Francis on the figure of St. Joseph, entitled Patris corde, (With the heart of a father). For this reason Fr Sánchez Carrión invites his confreres not to lose "the ability to dream", the one that Saint Joseph had, the one that allows us to open up to tomorrow "with confidence", despite the difficulties that may arise.

                            The Provincial continues: "Let us dream together, we are children of a dreamer, it is a wealth inherited from our father Don Bosco that was also proposed by the Holy Father at the 28th General Chapter.  “Dream of open, fruitful and evangelising houses capable of allowing the Lord to show so many young people his unconditional love and also allowing you to enjoy the beauty to which you have been called. Dream... not only for yourself and for the good of the Congregation, but for all young people deprived of the strength, light and comfort of friendship with Jesus Christ, deprived of a community of faith to sustain them, of a horizon of meaning and of life. (cf. Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 49). Dream… And get others to dream!(Message from Pope Francis to the participants in the General Chapter of the Salesians, 4 March 2020).

                            Finally, the Provincial concludes: “Together with Don Bosco Editorial, which rejoices for its 100 years of existence, let us open our minds and hearts to continue dreaming of the future of our Ecuadorian society, where everyone has the same opportunity to be formed in human and evangelical values, guarantee of a dignified life and education for all, inclusive and avant-garde. Saint Joseph, model of a father, pray for us.”

                            • Ecuador
                            • ECU ECUADOR
                            • Editrici
                            • Anniversari
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Philippines – “Don Bosco Pasil” for a Greener Campus

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                              Philippines – “Don Bosco Pasil” for a Greener Campus

                              (ANS – Cebu City) – Since the beginning of the pandemic, last year, the Salesian community in Don Bosco Pasil, Cebu City, Philippines, has recreated these unprecedented times into sustainable opportunities. Pasil is one of the barangay - or village - in Cebu City wherein a large part of it is highly populated and the houses are densely packed, hence the availability of land for planting is very limited. Yet, with the active enthusiasm of the young Salesians assigned in the community – Bro. Julius Ysulan, SDB and Bro. Raffy Besonia, SDB – the limited space turned into an urban garden: it has been called “Mamma Margaret’s Garden”.

                              After a year of planting and growing with the use of recycled plastic bottles, they are now able to harvest their produce: various vegetables and fruits, and put food on the table without spending any cash.

                              Furthermore, the youth center in Don Bosco Pasil resumes their youth activities in a pared-down schedule. Each youth group is assigned to come in a particular day or time for their formation.

                              During their goodnight talks, the Salesians introduce eco-awareness to the young people. Mc Dowell C. Colarte II, a youth in Pasil, discloses his learning: “Bro. Julius shared his seedlings experience during lockdown in Cebu City last year. He also introduced some Don Bosco environmental initiatives and the Holy Father’s encyclical of the care for our common home, Laudato Si’. He talked about how beneficial planting plants can be to the society, how a single trash can affect us, and how fun planting is; just like having a pet, you take care of it.”

                              James Delima, KOA member and youth leader, also shares: “I’ve learned that we can use those unused things around us and turn it to something that we can benefit from, such as empty plastic bottles, rubber tires and many more. It’s not too late to help our nature by throwing our trash properly, plant some trees, fruits and vegetables so that we can harvest some if we don’t have anything to eat. It is true that planting is not that easy, but he who plants trees, love others beside himself.”

                              The said eco-awareness-raising sessions will go on every week with different environmental topics and stories.

                              {gallery}FIS - DB Pasil 2021{/gallery}

                              • FIS FILIPPINE SUD
                              • Filippine
                              • Ambiente
                              • Creato
                              • Laudato Si
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Brazil – “The Dream Factory”: first Salesian presence in State of Acre

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                                Brazil – “The Dream Factory”: first Salesian presence in State of Acre

                                (ANS - Cruzeiro do Sul) - The Salesian Congregation has been present in Brazil for more than 120 years; it has works and missions in 23 of the 27 Brazilian states. The Salesian Mission Province of Brazil-Manaus (BMA), after proper discernment and despite the lack of confreres, accepted the invitation of the Salesian bishop of Cruzeiro do Sul, in the State of Acre, Msgr. Flavio Giovenale, to open the first Salesian presence in that State. The new mission was entrusted to Fr Roberto Cappelletti, an Italian Salesian missionary who has been present in the country for almost 10 years.

                                Cruzeiro do Sul has about 80,000 inhabitants, who live mainly from agriculture, with the presence of small farmers and large estates. The city is located in the northern tip of the State of Acre, which is part of the Amazon area, and is a few kilometers from Peru, the mountains and the Amazon rainforest.

                                “Cruzeiro is an isolated city,” says Fr Cappelletti. “To get to the state capital, Rio Branco, it takes 10 hours by bus, and there are no direct flights from other cities in Brazil. It is a city full of children, adolescents and young people. But youth unemployment is enormous and this favors the action of the drug cartels. Three years ago the violence exceeded all limits, with bloody deaths of young people in every corner of the city.”

                                “I was in Cruzeiro at the end of February,” continues the Salesian missionary. “I tackled 1,200 km of roads full of holes, unpaved for long stretches. The situation that stands out is the huge number of children and young people present in the poorest bairros. In those days there was also a great flood throughout the state, which gave me even more an impression of abandonment and poverty.”

                                “The dream factory” is the name of this new missionary reality, which Fr Cappelletti chose together with Msgr. Juvenal. “We want to give new perspectives of peaceful coexistence, of insertion into the professional world and of active participation in the life of the Church,” adds the Salesian.

                                The community will have its own home within a part of the former minor seminary, which is already being renovated. Next to the house there will be a beautiful oratory with a football field, meeting rooms, an indoor gym and lots of surrounding green spaces.

                                The Salesians shall be responsible for the city's youth animation through the oratory and also the weekend animation in the bairros, involving children, teenagers and young people, so that they become positive protagonists of the city and of their own lives.

                                In a more central position in the city is the headquarters of Caritas, which will make available to the Salesians two large rooms currently in disuse, where cooking courses and workshops to become bakers will be organized for the benefit of the most needy young people.

                                “We want the presence to have a simple and light structure, without large buildings and constructions. Asking your prayers and your affection, I greet you with a warm brasileiro hug,” concludes Fr Cappelletti.

                                {gallery}BMA - Presenza Acre 2021{/gallery}

                                • Brasile
                                • BMA BRASILE MANAUS
                                • Nuova Presenza
                                • Missioni
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  India – To provide children a chance at a brighter future: “Ekalavya Children’s Home”

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                                  India – To provide children a chance at a brighter future: “Ekalavya Children’s Home”

                                  (ANS – Rajahmundry) – “Ekalavya Children’s Home” is a centre created by the Salesian-run People’s Action for Rural Awakening for disadvantaged children in Konaseema, Rajahmundry, located in the East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, India. The home was started to support school dropouts, rescue child laborers, and provide a home for at-risk children, those living on the street or those who have run away from dysfunctional families. Ekalavya Children’s Home recently was supported by funding from Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

                                  The Salesian centre is a childcare institution licensed under the Juvenile Justice Act. Every home for children at risk needs to be licensed by the Women Development and Child Welfare Department of the State Government. It is located behind a railway station in Rajahmundry. Children who have run away use the railway station for travel and to beg for money to survive. Salesian staff has a good relationship with the railway police department to rescue children from the station and bring them to the courts and then onto the Ekalavya Children’s Home.

                                  The home also works in collaboration with Child Line 1098 and is available to children in need day and night. Some children live in the home, are provided skill development programs and are sent to a nearby school for regular education. Other children are part of the shelter program. They stay at the home until they are able to go back to their family homes or are rehabilitated at another place.

                                  In 2020, 41 children joined the home. Twenty of those children came from a background of living in poverty. Other children were orphans or from struggling single-parent households. Two of the children had hearing impairments and were sent to a specialized home and school.

                                  While providing for basic needs and connecting children into educational programs, Ekalavya Children’s Home also helped children understand their emotions and connect better with their peers and adults. The home provides a weekly meeting where children can talk about issues that are bothering them, whether it's with other children, school or adults. This helps children work through interpersonal issues and helps them resolve conflict in a productive way.

                                  In addition to this support, a care mother is available for children at all times. Children have regular night prayer and time to share the events of the day. They are able to discuss any issue they have come across during the day. The children’s meeting and time with the care mother also provides an opportunity for children to express their views and ideas for the better functioning of the home.

                                  “We are pleased to support the activities of the Ekalavya Children’s Home,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions. “These children come from disadvantaged backgrounds and need the support of caring adults to ensure they are cared for and receive an education. This home environment provides children a chance at a brighter future.”

                                  Source: Salesian Missions

                                  • India
                                  • INH INDIA HYDERABAD
                                  • Giovani a Rischio
                                  • Procure Missionarie
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    RMG – Meeting Online with Superiors in EAO

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                                    RMG – Meeting Online with Superiors in EAO

                                    (ANS – Rome) – From March 1-3, 2021, the East Asia-Oceania Regional Councillor had an online meeting with the Provincials/Superiors of the EAO Region. This was the first meeting for the Regional and the annual one for the others. The presence of the former and new superiors, as well as the two new provincials-elect made the meeting a “moment of continuity and novelty” for leadership in the Congregation. Also, with online meetings, the Congregation is adjusting itself to something “new” but this “new” becomes normal as one can see in various animation meetings that are happening in the Congregation today.

                                    The Regional spent the first day of the meeting presenting a part of the Directory of the General Council which is related to his role as Regional, a ministry of assistance to the superiors of each province. Also, the superiors in EAO each had time for sharing their recent achievements after the General Chapter and in dealing with the challenges they are facing.

                                    On the second and third days of the meeting they had the opportunity to meet with some of the Sector Councillors: Fr. Miguel Angel Garcia, [Councillor for Youth Ministry], Fr. Alfred Maravilla [Councillor for Missions], and Fr. Ivo Coelho [Councillor for Formation]. All of the Councillors presented some key resources, directions and works they are offering to provinces and their superiors. They invited them to study these materials to animate their provincial councillors, delegates and confreres and members of the Salesian Family.

                                    The Youth Ministry Councillor committed to offering the services of his Sector to any province which needs the assistance from the Sector, concretely with the coming sessions the Sector will offer to train Provincial Youth Ministry Delegates. The Formation Sector will also offer a Training Program on Personal Accompaniment, one ministry that the General Chapters have insisted on.

                                    The Good Afternoon Talks given by the Rector Major, the Vicar and the General Economer helped participants experience profound communion with the Congregation at large. They are encouraged to assume their services, very special and precious for the whole congregation.

                                    The participants had time to share feedback and reflections. Some proposals for the next meetings have been raised, related to the Retreat with the Rector Major, the Team Visits and the meetings with the Sectors and their Delegates. The Regional hoped that the meetings would be useful for himself and the others as all of them had one mind and heart to serve the confreres and the young, in relation to their roles.

                                    Source: AustraLasia

                                    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                    • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                    • Asia EstOceania
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Slovakia – Salesians in prayer 24 hours for 24 days against Covid-19

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                                      Slovakia – Salesians in prayer 24 hours for 24 days against Covid-19

                                      (ANS - Bratislava) - To act in unity for the Slovak people to counter the current situation: with this intention, on Monday 8 March, the Salesians of the Slovak Province (SLK) began a period of continued ongoing prayer called: "Adoration of the Salesians 24/24".

                                      “We have recently received a lot of phone calls, messages and information from people suffering from Covid-19, along with requests for prayer for those who'd had victims or for those who had loved ones in serious conditions. We know that in Slovakia we are really ill with this disease,” the Vicar of the SLK Province, Fr Peter Jacko, wrote to his Salesian confreres; he then invited them to “do something for these people, united, together as Salesians in Slovakia.”

                                      Currently, various Salesians work directly on the front line as volunteers in hospitals, and many centers organize various forms of prayer and help. However, now the Salesians, by virtue of their being consecrated, are led to unity in an initiative of community Eucharistic adoration. “We want to show and truly live unity, at the level of the houses of our Province, throughout Slovakia, and also abroad. And not just to show it to others, but to be truly united,” added Fr Jacko.

                                      The "Adoration of the Salesians 24/24", which began at midnight on Monday 8 March, will end at midnight on Wednesday 31 March. During these 24 days, for 24 hours, the Salesians, in their 24 communities, want to “stand before the Lord in persistent adoration and pray for all the sick, the dying and for those who have already lost a loved one,” explains the provincial Vicar.

                                      Since it is a 24-hour adoration, the Salesians also undergo the effort of night prayer. The recurrences of the numbers are significant: 24 for the Salesian Family is a strong reference to Mary Help of Christians, who is commemorated every 24th of the month. At the same time, on the last day of the month, the Salesians commemorate their founder, Don Bosco. And the last day of adoration, Wednesday 31 March, will also be the end of the Lent period, since the next day will be Holy Thursday.

                                      Fr Jacko continues: “I'm convinced that in these times we really need to ask the good Lord, with one voice, to put an end to this pandemic, but we must also take the place of all the people who cannot come to church now. (in Slovakia, according to the anti-Covid-19 measures, it is not possible to attend Mass in person, Ed.), as well as for all the sick, the dying and for families who have lost their loved ones.”

                                      Individual communities in Slovakia will share a total of 576 hours of prayer; they are joined by the confreres in the Slovak community of Aldan and Yakutsk, in Russia; in Baku in Azerbaijan; and also the Slovak Salesian students in Turin and Rome.

                                      The Salesians also invite the other religious communities in Slovakia, the members of the Salesian Family and all the faithful to join spiritually in this marathon of Eucharistic Adoration.

                                      • Slovacchia
                                      • SLK SLOVACCHIA
                                      • Coronavirus
                                      • Preghiera
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Colombia – Opening of a youth center - Salesian oratory in Armenia

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                                        Colombia – Opening of a youth center - Salesian oratory in Armenia

                                        (ANS - Armenia) - To respond to the various challenges posed by the territory  through the resources of the Salesian charism, the Salesian community located in the so-called "Coffee Axis" (Eje ​​Cafetero) in the Colombia-Medellin Province (COM) has opened a daily oratory-youth center in the “La Cecilia” district of the city of Armenia. This new educational and pastoral proposal, created in response to the appeals of the Church and the Salesian Congregation to go towards the new frontiers and peripheries, has benefited more than 100 children and young people as of now.

                                        On 2 March 2021, at the Salesian Formation Center in Armenia (Colombia), the community that animates the Salesian works of the Eje Cafetero, together with a team of lay collaborators, started the experience of a Salesian youth center-oratory for the children and young people who live in the area where the Salesian presence is located.

                                        This initiative was born following a discernment made by the Salesians in 2020, to respond to the call to go towards new frontiers with flexible activities and works that respond to the needs of young people in different contexts. For this reason, the local community has decided to expand the educational and pastoral action that takes place in the Formation Center, where young people and adults are trained through various courses: Welding, Cooking, Tailoring, Hairdressing.

                                        This new proposal broadens the range of action of the Salesian proposal in Armenia, and completes the formative proposal through new opportunities: recreational, sports, cultural, school reinforcement, psychosocial and family support ... Together, obviously, with a proposal for youth evangelization that helps to save young people from the problems of addiction, delinquency and the lack of options for the population of the La Cecilia district.

                                        Currently, the new pastoral educational service is supported by the "Don Bosco" Salesian Institute in Dosquebradas, which also animates the work in Armenia; over time, however, it is hoped that more people and organizations will join this formative proposal to guarantee its growth and to be able to reach more recipients with the educational charism of St. John Bosco.

                                        {gallery}COM - Oratorio Armenia 2021{/gallery}

                                        • Colombia
                                        • COM COLOMBIA MEDELLIN
                                        • Oratorio
                                        • Pastorale Giovanile
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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