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Ghana – Don Bosco empowering trafficked young women

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Ghana – Don Bosco empowering trafficked young women

(ANS – Ashaiman) – “Don Bosco Child Protection Center Ashaiman”, Ghana, has started a new program, its theme: “Empower Women of Ghana”; it targets young women between the ages of 18 and 23.

The program, launched last February, with assistance from Turin's “Missioni Don Bosco”, is designed to assist young women who face many adversities and challenges during their journey towards creating better lives for themselves and are, alas, susceptible to human trafficking and migration.

They are from poverty-driven backgrounds, and have been deprived of basic education, with little or no support in learning to become respectable young women in society. By means of curbing this trend, in collaboration with responsible agencies, these young women were rescued from various vulnerable situations from all over Ghana for the program.

One of the first things done during this period is to empower them from within by helping them re-ignite that reason to live as well as offering them group and individual therapy, behavioural management. It also addresses various topics such as personal hygiene, self-love, the importance of relationships, and etiquette in a professional setting.

After the inward empowerment comes the outward empowerment. Thus the program provides skills-training in hairdressing, catering, beads-making, and fashion design.

The mission of this project is to ensure these young women and many more who come in the future, leave the program with the skills-training needed to progress in the specific fields in which they desire to pursue self–employment.

  • Ghana
  • AFW
  • Tratta
  • Donne
  • Ragazze
  • Formazione Professionale
    Gian Francesco Romano

    India – Indian Salesian to head Asian Bishops’ Office of Social Communication

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    India – Indian Salesian to head Asian Bishops’ Office of Social Communication

    (ANS – New Delhi– A Salesian who headed national media offices in New Delhi will now be in charge of the media office of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference (FABC) in Manila, from 22nd March 2019. Media trainer Fr. (Dr.) George Plathottam has been appointed Executive Secretary of the FABC Office of Social Communications (OSC) in Manila, the Philippines. The FABC-OSC is responsible for the Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), the only continental Catholic Radio service broadcasting in 22 languages of Asia for the last 50 years.

    By Fr C.M. Paul

    The RVA Golden Jubilee celebrations are scheduled for 11-12 April 2019.

    The FABC Central Committee meeting in Rome on 25 February 2019 appointed 62 year old Dr Plathottam as Executive Secretary of the FABC OSC for a period of 4 years.

    “We extend to you a warm welcome into the FABC family and thank you for your acceptance of this important FABC position,” wrote FABC President Salesian Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar.

    Dr. Plathottam, was Rector and Principal of Don Bosco Tura in Meghalaya and Director of Don Bosco Academy Tura - a centre for Civil Service preparatory training and career guidance prior to his recent appointment.

    A member of the Salesians of Don Bosco of  Guwahati province, Dr Plathottam has three masters degrees in Theology, Sociology, and Journalism & Mass Communications and doctoral degree on Mass Communication from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.

    Earlier, he was the director of the Mass Media Department in St Anthony’s College, Shillong, and president of Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA) and South Asian Catholic Press Association, and editor of South Asia Religious News.

    Dr. Plathottam who has spent some four decades in Northeast India, especially in Guwahati, Shillong and Tura has worked as national secretary for communications at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India from 2008 to 2015 and Director of national media training and research institute, NISCORT from 2012 to 2015.  

    Dr Plathottam is on several academic and consultative boards related to media. One of the founding members of 25 year old BOSCOM India (Don Bosco Communications) Dr Plathottam is founder of the Salesian news agency which is now the official news agency of the Salesians in South Asia under the name Bosco Information Service (BIS).

    In 1992, he won The North -South Friendship Prize from Union of Catholic International Press and the Government of Germany.

    • India
    • Vescovi
    • Comunicazione Sociale
    • Chiesa
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Spain - Remembering Fr Antonio César: "If in his life he was a great apostle, in his death he was even more so"

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      (ANS - Seville) - The Salesian Province "Spain-Mary Help of Christians" has created a special e-mail address - recordandoacesar@salesianos.edu - in order to gather and convey news, testimonies and experiences related to Salesian missionary Fr Antonio César Fernández, killed last February 15 in Burkina Faso.

      "The establishment of this address is motivated by the fact that many people are sending a large number of letters, messages on WhatsApp or comments because of what has happened, and we want to collect all this news. Furthermore, we were also motivated by the request of the Apostolic Nuncio to prepare a dossier with written, graphic and audiovisual testimonials about our brother Antonio César," explains Fr Alejandro Guevara, Delegate for the Salesian Family of the SMX Province, who also accompanied the family of the Salesian during the funeral celebrated in Togo and Pozoblanco, the birthplace of Fr Fernández.

      The funeral in Spain, celebrated last February 24, was presided over by the bishop of Cordoba, Msgr. Demetrio Fernández González, who shared words of consolation for the citizenship and recalled a person who from a very early age had a clear vocation to serve those most in need, why he went to Togo to found the first Salesian presence in that country. "His death made us think. He did a great deal of good for the Salesian Family and for all those who received his testimony. If in his life he was a great apostle, in his death he was even more so. It was a final gift, after a commitment sustained throughout his life. For this he became a Salesian and that is why he asked to go to Africa where he was able to accompany young people at risk. He would not have been there if he had not chosen to live his daily life as a missionary," the prelate said during the event.

      Mons. Miguel Ángel Olaverri, Salesian bishop of the diocese of Pointe-Noire, in the Republic of the Congo, shared some of the experiences lived with Fr Antonio César during the period of the foundation of the Salesian presence in Togo. "It was a moment of communion, as is also reflected in this celebration in which four Salesian Provincials are present and over 1,300 Salesians are represented in Africa." He then referred to the clamor caused by the death of Fr Fernández in Lomé, in Togo, where the figure of Caesar is highlighted as that of a martyr who will reach the altars. "After Pope Francis' invitation to holiness, I was pleased to hear the expression 'a saint is buried today.' We must identify the saints who live with us today and who accompany us," he added.

      For his part, in a letter addressed to the Salesian Family, the Rector Major defined the Salesian killed as "a good man and a man of God", who spent his life doing good, especially in Africa.

      • Spagna
      • SMX
      • Antonio César Fernández
      • Martiri
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Pakistan - The memory of Akash Bashir, Salesian Past Pupil, 4 years after his death

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        Pakistan - The memory of Akash Bashir, Salesian Past Pupil, 4 years after his death

        (ANS - Lahore) - Four years have passed since that 15 March 2015, the day when the young Akash Bashir, Salesian Past Pupil, sacrificed himself to prevent a suicide bomber from provoking a massacre in the church of St John in Youhannabad, the Christian neighourhood of Lahore, Pakistan.

        Akash Bashir was 18 years old, had studied at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Lahore and had become a security volunteer. That tragic March 15, like every Sunday, he was on duty. He was specifically charged with overseeing security at the entrance to the church of St John.

        While on duty, he received news that the Church of Christ, an Anglican church located 500 meters away, had been attacked by several armed men. Akash tried to secure the area in front of the church of St John, when he saw a man running towards the building - a terrorist, intent on more carnage.

        Akash faced him, trying to block him. The man threatened Akash, declaring he had a bomb with him, but the young man did not let himself be intimidated. He hugged the terrorist to keep him from entering the church. The bomber blew himself up, causing about twenty deaths, including Akash himself. The victims would have been many more, had the Salesian Past Pupil not sacrificed his life.

        "The history of the Church is strongly marked by many women and by many men who with their faith, with their charity and with their lives have been like lighthouses that have illuminated and continue to illuminate many generations over time," writes the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, in the Strenna 2019.

        For the Christians of Youhannabad, Akash, with his great faith, is exactly this: a lighthouse, an example to follow.

        On his tomb, as Fr Francis Gulzar, pastor of the church of St John, has said, many go to pray and ask for intercession. His courageous act still inspires Pakistan's Catholics today in their daily journey and motivates them not to be discouraged by the many challenges they still face.

        For this reason, Fr Francis Gulzar, who is also Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Lahore, in January 2017, sent a letter to the archbishop, Msgr. Francis Shaw, "to formally request to start the official procedure to declare Akash Bashir Martyr, to honor his sacrifice for his community in the parish of Yauhanabad."

        "The Christian community of Youhanabad is proud of its young hero, Akash Bashir, reads the letter, "and asks His Excellency to transmit our request to the Holy Father and to the relevant Congregation for the cause of martyrdom."

        • Pakistan
        • FIS
        • Akash Bashir
        • Martiri
          Gian Francesco Romano

          RMG – Rector Major's Visit to Province of North-East Italy

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          RMG – Rector Major's Visit to Province of North-East Italy

          (ANS - Rome) - "Father Ángel, we are waiting for you!": thus the joyful cry of the Salesian Youth Movement of the Triveneto, which awaits Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime next Sunday, March 17, for the traditional "Festa Ragazzi" in Jesolo. The X Successor of Don Bosco will participate in the large festival, which annually gathers thousands of participants from all the centers of the area's Salesian Family. He will also visit other Salesian houses and realities of the Salesian Province of North-East Italy.

          Accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, the Rector Major leaves for Venice-Mestre on the evening of today, Friday 15.

          On Saturday morning he will preside over the assembly with all his confreres from the Province, while in the afternoon he will travel to Schio, where he will visit the Salesian house and meet the young people who attend it. In the evening, returning to Mestre, he will offer the Salesian "Good night" to the animators of the Festa Ragazzi.

          On Sunday morning, the Rector Major will attend the Festa's central performance on the theme "Choose where to look", and then preside over the Eucharist for all those present. Later in the day he will move to Padua to meet the members of the Salesian Family and visit the local community of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

          Finally, on the last day of the visit, Fr Á.F. Artime shall meet with the Provincial Council and then, in Mogliano Veneto, with the laity who have roles of responsibility in the houses of the Province and with young people in vocational research being hosted in the so-called "Comunità Proposta - Proposal Community."

          • RMG
          • Visita di Animazione
          • Rettor Maggiore
          • INE
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Spain - Don Bosco National Award reaches 1000 innovative projects presented during its history

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            Spain - Don Bosco National Award reaches 1000 innovative projects presented during its history

            (ANS - Zaragoza) - Yesterday, March 13, the jury of the 32nd Don Bosco National Award was established, a competition that acknowledges innovative projects developed in the field of secondary education, vocational training and educational activities of Spanish educational centers in general. The 45 new projects presented this year are added to the others presented in the history of this prestigious award, thus reaching the impressive figure of 1030 innovation projects presented from the outset.

            Technological companies, polytechnic universities, professional associations and public administrations will form the four juries that shall evaluate the projects, each from a different perspective. Yesterday, at the sports center of the Salesians of Zaragoza, the exhibition was inaugurated and the evaluation of the works presented began. Scheduled for today, Thursday 14, in the Auditorium of the Salesian institute, are the awarding of the prize and a presentation by Javier Sirvent, specialist in Digital Transformation.

            A total of 45 projects were presented at the 32nd edition, of which 35 qualified, coming from schools and vocational training centers throughout Spain. A total of 61 students and 31 teachers as tutors participate, for a total of 22 educational centers.

            As regards areas of research, the Technological Innovation section was established, with a total of 26 projects: 16 in the Information and Communication Technology segment (Telecommunications, Audiovisual Technologies ...) and 10 in Industrial Technologies (Electronics, Robotics, Mechatronics ...).

            The Mario Rubio Award, a tribute to the figure of the Salesian creator and promoter of the "Don Bosco Prize", which is awarded each year to a person with a renowned professional career, will be presented to Amado Franco, President of the "IberCaja" Foundation.

            The Don Bosco Award is an acknowledgment of entrepreneurship, teamwork and innovation. Since its creation in 1984, the competition has managed to make important contributions in the field of education and in the relations between the academic and business worlds, given that the Don Bosco Awards are also a showcase for entrepreneurial initiatives applicable to future company projects.

            "The Don Bosco National Award wants to be more than a prize," said the director of the initiative, Fr Juan Bosco Sancho. "It wants to be a stimulus and a transformation for those who participate. For students and tutors, participating in this competition is an incentive for innovative skills, to become aware of the importance of research and the possibilities they have of contributing to the improvement of society."

            • Spagna
            • SMX
            • Scuole
            • Formazione Professionale
            • Tecnologie
            • Premi e Riconoscimenti
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Colombia - Salesian Family present at "Expocatólica 2019"

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              (ANS - Bogotà) - From 7 to 10 March, at the "Ágora" Congress Center in Bogotá, the Salesian Family of Colombia took part in "Expocatólica 2019", an event thas been promoted for already several years now by the Episcopal Conference of Colombia, to make known the evangelizing force of the Church. The motto of this edition, on the wake of Pope Francis' visit to the country in 2017, was: "Let us continue to walk together."

              The event represented a favorable opportunity for people, organizations and institutions to share creative and innovative experiences of their activities, as well as a space of prayer and culture in which the initiatives of integral human promotion developed in the various regions of the country were made visible.

              One of its objectives was to promote the culture of encounter or meeting which, according to the teaching of Pope Francis, "is a lifestyle and an attitude that favors dialogue as a method, the shared search for consensus, agreements, of that which unites rather than divides, and it is a path that we must all travel. For this we must give priority to time over space, the whole to the part, reality to the abstract idea, and unity to conflict.”

              It is the first time that the whole Salesian Family participates in this event with a single concept and in a single location. In past editions some centers or groups had participated separately but, in the desire to live fraternity and unity, it was decided to organize an extended team representing all the groups of the Salesian Family in Expocatólica 2019, with the same name and in the same spirit. For this reason, the group of exhibitors was composed of various members of the Salesian Family groups.

              For the representation of the site, the house of Don Bosco ai Becchi was chosen, because it was from the experiences lived in that house that the desire of little Giovannino Bosco to become a priest and help others was born. What he lived in his early years marked his life in a decisive way and helped to consolidate the educational and evangelizing model that he would propose to his young people in the years to come.

              Each part of this replica of Don Bosco's house at the Becchi was used to convey a message. The four dimensions of Salesian youth ministry (home, church, school, playground) were presented in different parts of the house, and there was also a silhouette of Don Bosco with which everyone wanted to take a picture.

              "These were four days of encounters wherein we showed the Salesian charism through the groups of the Salesian Family," said the participants in "Expocatólica 2019" in conclusion. 

              {gallery}Expocatolica 2019{/gallery}

              • Colombia
              • COB
              • Famiglia Salesiana
              • Fiera
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Italy - "Vedendo / Facendo – seeing / doing" is online. A new project of listening and sharing

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                (ANS - Catania) - "Vedendo / Facendo" is a new web initiative designed and implemented by the Salesian Social Communication Office of Sicily. It is a series of videos about very broad themes (catechetical, ethical, social, philosophical and theological) in a journey that starts from seeing so as to arrive at doing, via understanding.

                The issues dealt with will see the Salesians as protagonists, as well as young people, who have made themselves available for listening.

                The first video, launched on 4 March 2019, is available on the Salesian channel of Sicily. It is a video presentation of what they wish to achieve through the Seeing/Doing feature.

                The video, which has already achieved almost a thousand views and many shares, was first introduced by a social campaign, through storytelling on the main themes of the feature – to see and to do. Currently, other videos are already being written and planned, and even these will be introduced by graphics always related to the theme, and will be shared, as always, on the various channels of the Province in its social networks.

                The "Vedendo / Facendo" project involves collaboration between a number of Salesians and young people occupying various roles in the Sicilian Province, and it is a project that will grow with time, committed as they are to improving day by day.

                Fr Enrico Frusteri, Delegate for Social Communications of the Sicilian Province (ISI), underlines how the project is "a further web space where it is possible to deepen multiple themes, which are particularly important to young people; but the recipients of these videos are not only young people, but also those who dedicate themselves to their education."

                Fr Giuseppe Cassaro, Dean of the "San Tommaso" Theological Institute of Messina and protagonist of the first video, for years engaged in the academic life, says they shall always tries to see issues that interest young people. In the video he says that this web space "does not want to be a strictly religious corner, but an opportunity to listen to the questions that arise from everyday life and affect our days."

                "Vedendo/Facendo" is a journey of young people and for young people, but also a stimulus for those interested in the world of youth. As for the frequency of the offered contributions, at least one video is expected every 15 days.

                "There is no time to lose - #staytuned - watch the first video, subscribe to the channel and participate!," concluded the promoters of the initiative.

                Source: ISI Newsletter

                • Italia
                • ISI
                • Comunicazione Sociale
                • Giovani
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  India – DBYA South Asia Releases Youth Ministry Training Manual

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                  India – DBYA South Asia Releases Youth Ministry Training Manual

                  (ANS – Dimapur) – The Salesians of Don Bosco in South Asia have prepared a Youth Ministry Training Manual for those in Formation, based on the “Salesian Youth Ministry: Frame of Reference.” The manual was launched by Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga, Regional Superior for Don Bosco South Asia, at the solemn conclusion of the SPCSA [Salesian Provincial Conference of South Asia] on 28 February 2019 in Dimapur.

                  The precious task undertaken by the members of DBYA-SA [Don Bosco Youth Animation-South Asia] Regional Team, with the help of Salesians from different provinces of the South Asian Region, was spearheaded by Fr Maria Charles Antonysamy, SDB.

                  The Training Manual comprises four books with well-planned modules for the different stages of formation, i.e. Pre-Novitiate, Novitiate, Post-Novitiate and Practical Training. Through this manual, various tenets of Salesian Youth Ministry will be effectively learnt, understood and put into practice by the young Salesians in initial formation.

                  Fr Maria Charles said, ''The first manual sets the stage, the second helps the young Salesian formulate his personal plan of life, the third helps the formee to gain an in-depth knowledge of the essential skills, while the fourth helps in practical application of the concepts within the lived socio-cultural context.''

                  The Pre-Novitiate manual provides the basic concepts of Salesian Youth Ministry in its different settings; various models of youth ministry; the qualities of a Salesian Youth Minister and the basic skills required to discern his own vocation. The Novitiate manual helps in formulation of the personal plan of life, to understand the contexts in which young people live; Salesian identity and youth ministry as the specific charism of the Salesians; to develop an Oratorian heart; the fundamentals of the preventive system and the skills of a youth minister.

                  The Post-Novitiate manual introduces the young Salesian to an in-depth knowledge of the challenges of youth today; the apostolic identity of Salesian Youth Minister; the history and spirituality of Salesian Youth Ministry with its fundamental dimensions, choices and its various sectors and activities. It also deals with the basics of a scientific approach towards Salesian Youth Ministry and the Preventive System as a Salesian philosophy of Education; the locus of Salesian Youth Ministry- the Educative Pastoral Community and the operational tools for Salesian Youth Ministry - the Salesian Educative Pastoral Plan. The Don Bosco Child Protection Policy; the art of accompanying the young people and the Salesian Youth Movement are also dealt with in detail.

                  The Practical Training module helps the young Salesian to understand the wherewithal of his field of apostolate and his own apostolic identity within a particular culture and in various socio-political contexts. Practical aspects of the preventive system and the Salesian Youth Spirituality as part of a holistic youth ministry will help the young formee to organize and animate the Salesian Youth Movement.

                  Source: Don Bosco India

                  • India
                  • Formazione
                  • Pastorale Giovanile
                  • Maria Arokiam Kanaga
                  • Asia Sud
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    India – “Tani Cool” photo journal released

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                    India – “Tani Cool” photo journal released

                    (ANS – Jorhat) – The latest book by K. A. Thomas, sdb, called “Tani Cool”, was released on 4th March 2019, by Rev. Jose Kuruvachira, the Provincial Superior of Don Bosco organizations in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur. The book was released at Don Bosco, Baghchung, in the presence of a large number of educationists and social workers from Golaghat, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia Districts of Assam. 

                    “Tani Cool” is a random collection of photographs taken by the author, dating from 2000 to 2015. The colourful photographs depict their entire life and culture of the Mising people spread out in the rural situations of 11 districts of Assam and 3 districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The book describes pictorially 46 topics about the tribe.

                    The word Tani in the title refers to the nomenclature of the tribe that once lived in the present day Arunachal Pradesh, and belonged to the Tani group of tribes. Misings are a cool people, who never had an army or a king. They were called upon by the British rulers to intermediate between the warring tribes living in the hills and plains of the region.

                    Fr K.A. Thomas, SDB, a member of “Don Bosco International”, is the founder director of Institution for Culture And Rural Development (I-CARD), based at Jorhat, and is an Ashoka Fellow since 2002. Although hailing from Kerala, he has mastered the Assamese language, having obtained a bachelor’s degree in Assamese from Guwahati University way back in 1987.

                    • India
                    • IND
                    • Indigeni
                    • Libri
                    • Mising
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Italy – Don Bosco and Salesian missionaries in Patagonia at "European Academy of Religion"

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                      (ANS - Bologna) - During the annual meeting, 4 - 7 March, the Salesian Historical Institute (ISS), a member of the "European Academy of Religion", based in Bologna, screened the documentary film "A sud del sud - South of South" by Salvatore Metastasio. Financed by Don Bosco Missions and the Dicastery for Salesian Missions, in collaboration with ISS, the film aims to commemorate the centenary of the Salesian missionaries raising the cross at Cape Froward (Strait of Magellan) in 1913, on the occasion of the 1600th anniversary of the edict of Constantine. The Bologna screening was received with great interest by the public.

                      The Salesians, who had already presented the results of their historical research to the European Academy of Religion two years ago, through a conference on Salesian work in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century, were thus able to talk about the epic Salesian missionary journey in Patagonia through the film by Salvatore Metastasio.

                      The film narrates the journey of two Italians who meet in Punta Arenas, Chile, and then continue together to Cape Froward. The youngest, Diego, wants to know the world of the Yagan, because he plans to make a film about Darwin and his friendship with Jemmy Botton, the native aboard the brig "Beagle" on his famous journey of 1832. Instead, the elderly man, Alessandro, narrates having set out towards Patagonia to follow the traces of Don Bosco's dream about that land, which a Salesian had told him about when he was a child. The journey together will give birth to a friendship between the two that is, however, filled with misunderstandings.

                      It is the clash between science and faith, where a positive view of life is affirmed by the young, while a vision emerges on the part of the older man that cannot overlook the most fruitful part of life: the one that makes man feel part of a whole, a creature among creatures and awaiting a "revelation", which leads to reflect on the meaning of the Cross, seen not only as a religious symbol (for believers) but, above all, as a universal symbol of contact between sky and earth.

                      The film ends with the director who entrusts a particular message to everyone: "You do not see the infinite if you do not have it in your heart."

                      • Italia
                      • ISS
                      • Cile
                      • Missioni
                      • Missioni Don Bosco
                      • Cinema
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Vatican - Positive opinion of theological Consultors to Cause of Servant of God Augusto Bertazzoni

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                        Vatican - Positive opinion of theological Consultors to Cause of Servant of God Augusto Bertazzoni

                        (ANS - Vatican City) - On 12 March 2019, during the Congress of Theological Consultors held at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, a full positive opinion was given regarding the heroic exercise of virtues, the reputation of holiness and signs of the Servant of God Augusto Bertazzoni, archbishop of Potenza, born in Pegognana (Mantua) on 10 January 1876 and died in Potenza on 30 August 1972. The Servant of God attended the Salesian oratory in Turin and met Don Bosco, who had a great influence on his formation.

                        The Positio was presented on 27 September 2013 by Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, SDB, Postulator in Rome; among the speakers: Fr Daniel Ols, OP., followed by Fr P. Zdzisław Kijas, OFM Conv., and as a collaborator Msgr. Gerardo Messina, former vice-postulator, assisted by Dr. Lodovica Maria Zanet, collaborator of the Salesian Postulation.

                        It is nice to remember that this fundamental passage of the Cause took place on March 12, the day of the death of Saint Luigi Orione who, with the young Augusto Bertazzoni, was a pupil of the oratory of Valdocco in Turin. Both were among the boys who in 1887 offered their lives for the salvation of Don Bosco; while for his part the Saint of the Young had prophesied that the young Augustus would become bishop.

                        Mons. Bertazzoni was a good Pastor and father of the poor, a true man of God, a man of faith and prayer, a tireless preacher of the Word of God, attentive to the spiritual needs of the faithful and even non-believers, for whom he spent his life to the very end, offering to God, for the good of the Churches that he had led as a bishop, the sufferings that led to his death.

                        He was a father to the victims of war and to the Jews confined to Basilicata, a farsighted educator of the young, and he spent his time so that the priests of his diocese, together with men and women religious,  dedicated themselves to the formation of young people, both in schools as in “Catholic Action”; he would recommend to all of them to have a "spirit of paternity" for the new generations.

                        After this step, the next takes place in the Ordinary Session of Cardinals and Bishops, after which the Supreme Pontiff authorizes the promulgation of the decree of Venerability.

                        • Vaticano
                        • Santità Salesiana
                        • Augusto Bertazzoni
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Venezuela - Msgr Raúl Biord: "We look forward to this historic moment with hope, despite the hunger and the difficult situation that people are experiencing"

                          1 month 1 week ago

                          (ANS - Caracas) - "We look forward to this historic moment that Venezuela is experiencing," said Msgr. Raúl Biord, Salesian, bishop of La Guaira, Venezuela. His is a peripheral diocese of the city of Caracas, located about twenty kilometers from the capital, and has about 500,000 inhabitants.

                          No one can deny that the situation in Venezuela is dramatic, even on a global scale. The images of disease, hunger and pain suffered by many people hurt the eyes. It hurts to see "the terrible scene of a mother carrying the corpse of her daughter to the morgue, who died during the blackout" or "to see dozens of children buried who had no medicine or electricity to save themselves." It hurts to see thousands of Venezuelans having to travel thousands of miles in search of a future, fleeing to other countries.

                          In the midst of this desolate landscape, Msgr. Biord said: "We are experiencing profound political changes. Twenty years ago what was called the Bolivarian revolution, which proposed 21st century socialism, was established; but unfortunately that revolution has failed.

                          This project has caused great poverty, having followed an economic and social model of great state control over people, businesses and free economic initiative. This whole situation has led to a general collapse of services and the failure and closure of almost all companies.

                          One of the biggest catastrophes this regime has produced is that nearly 4 million Venezuelans have left the country in the last 10 years. Very poor and simple people have had to leave the country by bus or on foot.

                          In Venezuela there is a situation of great poverty, of great need, and as we bishops have stated on various occasions, through the documents of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference, we are faced with a situation of illegitimacy of the President, of illegitimacy in the performance of functions and of illegitimacy in the origin.

                          We need a transition, with free elections and a renewal of powers, to renew the country's institutions ... Let's look at this historic moment with hope, despite the hunger and the difficult situation that people are experiencing, despite the collapse of many services, the economic collapse and hunger of many people.

                          There is a people that resists bending. It is a people that wants to provide humanitarian assistance through various civil organizations. The Church has placed "Caritas" at the parish and diocesan level as an aid center for receiving aid and distributing support to the most vulnerable population, which are malnourished children, pregnant and child-nurturing mothers, and adults with terminal illnesses.

                          The Venezuelan people have the right to live with a quality of life and to be able to give a future to their young people.

                          There is a lot of hope, but also a lot of suffering.

                          We thank the countries and religious groups that help us with prayer and with their presence, to keep us on our feet and to seek respect for human rights and the dignity of the people. Let's look at this situation with hope. We pray to God that the transition be peaceful."

                          • Venezuela
                          • Vescovi
                          • Fame
                          • Povertà
                          • Politica
                          • Raúl Biord Castillo
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Philippines - "Don Bosco Press, Inc.": 40 years of communicative passion for young people

                            1 month 1 week ago

                            (ANS - Makati City) – For the past 40 years the DB Press has been growing, despite the many challenges. In 1979, the Salesian Province of St. John Bosco in the Northern Philippines (FIN) salvaged the printing equipment of the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati and founded a company - the "Don Bosco Press, Inc." (DBPI ) - to serve the printing needs of its own educational and evangelizing apostolate. In this way the Salesians did nothing but follow up on the indications expressed by Don Bosco himself: "How many souls were saved by good books, how many preserved from horror, how many encouraged in good!" (Letter on the spread of good books, 19 March 1885).

                            by Carmelo Martinez, SDB

                            Located in Makati City, on the second floor of the Provincial House, DBPI has evolved over time, through internal growth and acquisitions from outside, from a small “courtyard” printer to the well-known and established publishing house that it is today.

                            Currently, Don Bosco Press is divided into three main sectors: the core business consisting of the publishing house proper called "SalesianaBooks"; its Printing Services; and the Printing School at the Vocational Training Center.

                            SALESIANABOOKS - DBPI publishes textbooks for basic education needs through the "SalesianaBooks" brand. Firmly convinced that Quality Education also passes through quality textbooks, Salesiana Books ensures that all its products are morally upright, up-to-date and enhanced by the most effective pedagogical, teaching and learning tools.

                            PRINTING SERVICES - By putting into practice its own guiding philosophy, "Excellence within Reach!", DBPI is committed to providing customers with customized and personalized assistance to meet their printing needs.

                            SCHOOL OF PRINTING – It represents the company's contribution to the development of the Philippine printing and publishing industries. The school is the only training institute for the printing and publishing industries that offers its students hands-on experience, a factor that allows them to be among the most sought-after skilled workers at graduation.

                            Counting workers and employees of the central office and those of the peripheral centers in Baguio, Visayas and Mindanao, the "Don Bosco Press, Inc" is today a large family of about 200 people. For the company's 40th anniversary, yesterday, March 11, about 60 lay collaborators in the mission were able to hear the Salesian "good morning", during which the guiding values ​​of the company were remembered, including its care for the environment.

                            For more information, visit: http://www.donboscopress.ph/

                            {gallery}Filippine - DBPI 2019{/gallery}

                            • Filippine
                            • FIN
                            • Comunicazione Sociale
                            • Editrici
                            • Anniversari
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Tanzania – Training youth in renewable energy. Salesian formation benefits everyone

                              1 month 1 week ago
                              Tanzania – Training youth in renewable energy. Salesian formation benefits everyone

                              (ANS - Dar es Salaam) - "In the world there is a low level of access to clean and renewable energy. There is still a need to develop adequate accumulation technologies." (Pope Francis in Laudato Si’, n° 26). In order to improve the formation and employment opportunities of the most needy young people, to promote the spread of a culture of respect and protection of Creation, and to meet the needs of the local population, the Salesians in Tanzania are promoting training courses for renewable energy management.

                              Thanks to collaborations with NGOs and charitable foreign foundations such as the German "Misereor" or the US "Charles Stewart Mott Foundation", for the past two years the Salesian center "Don Bosco Oysterbay" in Dar es Salaam has developed training programs in the field of renewable energy. Launched in 2017, these courses have enabled the quality technical training of 120 young people each year, selected from children who are the most needy and at risk of social exclusion.

                              Among the top 35 young graduates of the solar energy training course, there is also Imani Mwasonga, one of the graduates who comments: "The training has been a great platform for me to learn and acquire new skills, enabling me to explore the use of solar energy. I hope to maximize my skills, empower the community to take advantage of solar power and, in the process, make the world a better place to live in."

                              Given the success of this pilot project carried out at the "Don Bosco Oysterbay", the "Charles Stewart Mott Foundation" granted a further grant to the Salesian Mission Office of New Rochelle, USA, to finance the same educational initiative at the centers of Salesian formation in Dodoma and Iringa.

                              In total, the 3 training centers - in Dar es Salaam, Dodoma and Iringa - will annually train 300 students in the installation, operation and maintenance of solar photovoltaic systems. The centers will also collaborate with companies active in the solar energy sector and with the government to offer apprenticeship opportunities to teachers and students.

                              In Tanzania, only 15% of the 41.5 million inhabitants has access to electricity, with only 12% of urban areas and 2% of rural areas having access.

                              Since electricity is slow to arrive in many areas, Tanzanians are opting for renewable energy and especially solar panels. Rural areas, in particular, are adopting photovoltaic (PV) technology more rapidly, largely due to the absence of an electricity grid. However, with the increase in the adoption of solar energy by rural and sub-rural communities, the lack of qualified technicians remains a challenge for the sector.

                              The new renewable energy training programs started at the Salesian centers can thus meet the needs of the population and provide employment opportunities for young people in need. All with respect for Creation.

                              Source: Salesian Missions 

                              {gallery}Tanzania - Energie solari 2019{/gallery}

                              • Tanzania
                              • Tecnologie
                              • Formazione Professionale
                              • Missioni
                              • AFE
                              • Ambiente
                              • Creato
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Peru - Growing up with music: the goal of the Salesians in Calca

                                1 month 2 weeks ago
                                Peru - Growing up with music: the goal of the Salesians in Calca

                                (ANS - Calca) - Today in Peru there is much enthusiastic talk about economic growth, which unfortunately is not reflected in the living conditions of the peasants of remote villages in the country's interior. In the area of Calca, a peasant community in the Andean Sierra, progress and well-being have never arrived. It is for these people that the Salesians have begun to set things in motion.

                                In the area of Calca the poverty rate is very high; high, too,  the rate of child malnutrition and family violence. Access to education for children and young people in the valleys is very limited: many of them have to walk four hours a day during their home-school trips, exposing themselves to dangers such as sexual abuse, abduction for the purpose of human trafficking and induction to child prostitution.

                                The Salesian mission in Calca takes care of 40 rural communities spread over a route of 3000 km, for a total of over 27,000 beneficiaries.

                                The "Don Bosco" house welcomes about 40 children and youngsters coming from far away areas and from social-family contexts that are not able to guarantee them a serene growth. At the Salesian house these minors receive hospitality, but also the opportunity to grow up in a familiar and cheerful environment, attending workshops, after-school courses and sports-related courses.

                                To offer children and adolescents an integral education, providing them with the necessary means - human and material - for an optimal use of their studies and for the global development of their personality, reaching an adequate integration in society and becoming Christian promoters, leaders, animators in their own communities: this is the goal of the Salesians of Calca.

                                Currently, the Salesians who animate the missionary youth center have developed a new idea: they want to start a music workshop that would involve 41 children. The value of the project is twofold, both cultural and psychological: on the one hand, to help young people to keep their roots through the study and the realization of folk songs; on the other, to favor the psycho-physical well-being that musical activities transmit. The students will attend the course twice a week for 2 hours of lessons each time, so as to maximize all the benefits that this activity generates.

                                Traditional Pan flutes, but also triangles, wooden bass drums and modern musical keyboards ... Of these instruments, there is now an urgent need in the mission. The children of Calca are only waiting for someone to give them the chance to dream through music.

                                For more information, visit: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                                • Perù
                                • PER
                                • Musica
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  South Africa - Rector Major to the young: "How many of you believe that you will need sacrifice to achieve your dream?"

                                  1 month 2 weeks ago

                                  (ANS - Johannesburg) - Last Friday, March 8, landing in Cape Town, South Africa, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime reached the 86th country he has visited as Rector Major. "My wish is that the Salesians will help you to be good boys," he said shortly after his arrival, meeting the young students of the "Learn to Live School" path.

                                  On that same day, the X Successor of Don Bosco had two other significant meetings, both at the "Mary Help of Christians" parish: the one with the local Salesian Family and the one with the youngsters of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM).

                                  In the first of the two meetings, Fr Á.F. Artime recalled how in the whole world religious and laity of the Salesian Family really succeed in changing the lives of young people, and he also emphasized the value of unity: "In order to develop Salesian works, Don Bosco needed the help of many other people. It is very important that we remain united."

                                  Then, with the youth of SYM, the Rector Major acted as a true youth animator, provoking them with several questions: "Are you happy?"; "How many of you have a dream?"; "How many of you think it is possible to realize it, your dream?"; "How many are willing to make sacrifices to achieve it?" ... In the end, to the young he indicated the example of Don Bosco, a saint who dreamed great things for the young and sacrificed himself to pursue his dream. And he reminded them not to leave Jesus out of their lives.

                                  On Saturday morning, March 9, the Rector Major met his confreres in Cape Town where he said how Pope Francis once said to him: "Others work with the young, but the Salesians exist for young people."

                                  Later, Fr Á.F. Artime dialogued with Msgr. Stephen Brislin, archbishop of Cape Town. He later reached Johannesburg where, first of all, he visited the provincial community of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

                                  The Rector Major spent yesterday, Sunday 10 March, meeting young people and members of the Salesian Family who are active in the presences of Johannesburg. He reminded the youths that each person can be a gift to others and that holiness does not consist in performing miracles, but in performing "the miracle of service."

                                  To the various groups of the Salesian Family, he emphasized the importance of witnessing communion and of being significantly present among young people.

                                  • AFM
                                  • Rettor Maggiore
                                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                  • Visita di Animazione
                                  • Famiglia Salesiana
                                  • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
                                  • Giovani
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Angola - Salesians honored with "Manuel António da Mota" award

                                    1 month 2 weeks ago

                                    (ANS - Luanda) - The Salesians of Don Bosco in Angola received an honorable mention of the "Manuel António da Mota - A Life for Angola" award, officially launched last Friday, March 8, in Luanda, in the presence of the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and of the President of the Republic of Angola, João Lourenço.

                                    The "Manuel António da Mota" Foundation is an emanation of the Mota-Engil Group, a large Portuguese company active in the construction, energy and transport sectors and operating in 22 countries on 3 continents (Europe, Africa and America). The Foundation, founded in Portugal, aims to promote, develop and support social and cultural initiatives and thus represents an important tool of the Corporate Social Responsibility policy of the Mota-Engil Group.

                                    In order to pay tribute to those institutions that distinguish themselves in health and education, last Friday an event took place at the Epic Sana hotel in Luanda during which the first edition of the "Manuel António da Mota - A life in Angola " prize was launched, which will take place in 2020. On this occasion, a special mention of the award has already been assigned, which the First Lady of Angola, Ms Ana Dias Lourenço, has consigned to Fr Manuel Ordoñez Roman, Vicar of the Salesian Vice Province of Angola.

                                    In the motivation of the award, the representatives of the "Manuel António da Mota Foundation" recalled that the Salesians of Don Bosco began their activities in Angola in 1981 and explained that the prize was awarded because of their dedication to the cause of the most disadvantaged groups and the well-being of the Angolans.

                                    The president of the Board of Directors of the Foundation then indicated that the recognition "Manuel António da Mota - A Life for Angola" will aim to honor the non-governmental philanthropic organizations of Angola, similar to what has been done for 10 years in Portugal; and explained that it was decided to establish the award in Angola, because that is the country where Mr. Manuel António da Mota started his business 73 years ago.

                                    The ceremony was also attended by the Vice-President of the Republic of Angola, Bornito de Sous, several Angolan and Portuguese parliamentarians, ministers, prominent figures and businessmen, together with several members of the Manuel António da Mota Foundation and the Mota-Engil company.

                                    • Angola
                                    • ANG
                                    • Personaggi illustri
                                    • Politica
                                    • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Italy - "Mamma Margherita's Recipes" for the rebirth of women victims of violence

                                      1 month 2 weeks ago

                                      (ANS - Messina) - On the occasion of the International Women's Day, "Salesiani per il Sociale", together with the "House of Women" of Messina, presents "The Recipes of Mamma Margherita", a recipe book created by four women victims of violence, reborn thanks to their passion for cooking. It is a book full of culinary proposals, recipes, which also presents the stories of its four authors.

                                      The recipe book - free download at https://www.salesianiperilsociale.it/menu - is inspired by Margherita Occhiena, mother of Don Bosco and cook for many young people from Turin-Valdocco. "It is a tribute to her and to all mothers who take care of their children even by cooking a 'good meal'," says Fr Giovanni d'Andrea, President of 'Salesians for Social Affairs'. "And it is also a way to be in solidarity with the girls welcomed in the 'House of Women' of Messina, which we support in its activities aimed at (helping) victims of violence or with serious family difficulties."

                                      It was, in fact, some of the very guests of the structure - Paola, Sabrina, Sara and Miriam - to write the recipes, expressing in its pages their desire to live and rise again, and also to share their painful experiences, whichunfortunately are much too common still today.

                                      The "House of Women", the center that hosts them, was established in 2004 on the initiative of the "Italian Social Reinsertion Committee" (CIRS Onlus), member of "Salesians for Social Affairs". In a reality that is among Italy's poorest, with high levels of unemployment and a serious lack of services, the structure is a safe house where these young people can be helped and assisted through psychological, legal and medical support and, above all, where they can raise their children in peace - many are single mothers.

                                      The center not only offers hospitality, but also vocational training and job placement: thanks to the donation of an industrial kitchen, in recent years the women guests have also started a catering service, which allows them to be more economically autonomous.

                                      Since - in 2017 - the region of Sicily has cut its funds for anti-violence centers and asked to sell the building run by CIRS, the managers of the "House of Women" have launched the #1CASAPERILCIRS campaign with the aim of buying the building so as to continue to provide its services. Solidarity and support is not lacking, but the path is still long and tiring, and the "Salesians for Social" want to be by their side, of the "House of Women" of Messina.

                                      Further information on: http://www.cirsme.it/ and https://www.salesianiperilsociale.it

                                      • Italia
                                      • Salesiani per il Sociale
                                      • ISI
                                      • Donne
                                      • Violenza di Genere
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Spain - Salesian Social Platforms celebrate International Women's Day with the #OrgullosaDeSerMujer campaign

                                        1 month 2 weeks ago
                                        Spain - Salesian Social Platforms celebrate International Women's Day with the #OrgullosaDeSerMujer campaign

                                        (ANS - Madrid) - On the occasion of International Women's Day, today March 8, the Salesian Social Platforms have joined together to claim the rights of girls and women who struggle every day to create a world in which being a woman is not a obstacle, and to denounce the inequalities, abuses and injustices that they suffer every day, especially those who are most at risk or vulnerability.

                                        Since their creation, the Salesian Social Platforms have developed, among other initiatives, specific services for the integral development of girls, young women and women and in favor of equality: through literacy projects, formation and accompaniment, specific social and work integration for women, and reception programs for single-parent families and women victims of gender-based violence.

                                        An example can be seen in the "La Mina" center of the Salesians in Barcelona-Sant Jordi, where programs are offered for mothers with young children, whose purpose is to support women in taking up their parental role adequately, through concrete resources that allow them to carry out work compatible with the growth and maturation of their children.

                                        Other programs currently underway are:

                                        #GritandoAlMundo, from the "Fundación Juan Soñador", an intervention project with teenagers and young people to promote gender equality.

                                        #Aurrera, of the "Fundación Boscos", which aims to eliminate sexist stereotypes, prejudices and discriminatory behavior.

                                        #XarxaLaFinestra, organized by the "Fundación Maria Auxiliadora", a network learning project that promotes gender equality and the social and work inclusion of women at risk and socially excluded.

                                        In the Pinardi Federation, various activities are carried out to work with girls, young people and women.

                                        And the "Fundación Don Bosco" of Cordoba, wishing to give visibility to groups of women at risk of exclusion, will celebrate a special event entitled "Educating to equality."

                                        Through the social networks, the Salesian Social Platforms have launched a message for the emancipation of all women: #OrgullosaDeSerMujer (Proud to be a woman).

                                        With this campaign they want to promote a change of mentality and collaborate in the transformation of social and political reality, promoting a culture of acceptance, respect, generosity and justice, maintaining the commitment to be a reference organization in the field of gender equality.

                                        • Spagna
                                        • Donne
                                        • Violenza di Genere
                                        • Federazione Pinardi
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          Ghana – Don Bosco empowering trafficked young women

                                          1 month 1 week ago
                                          Ghana – Don Bosco empowering trafficked young women

                                          (ANS – Ashaiman) – “Don Bosco Child Protection Center Ashaiman”, Ghana, has started a new program, its theme: “Empower Women of Ghana”; it targets young women between the ages of 18 and 23.

                                          The program, launched last February, with assistance from Turin's “Missioni Don Bosco”, is designed to assist young women who face many adversities and challenges during their journey towards creating better lives for themselves and are, alas, susceptible to human trafficking and migration.

                                          They are from poverty-driven backgrounds, and have been deprived of basic education, with little or no support in learning to become respectable young women in society. By means of curbing this trend, in collaboration with responsible agencies, these young women were rescued from various vulnerable situations from all over Ghana for the program.

                                          One of the first things done during this period is to empower them from within by helping them re-ignite that reason to live as well as offering them group and individual therapy, behavioural management. It also addresses various topics such as personal hygiene, self-love, the importance of relationships, and etiquette in a professional setting.

                                          After the inward empowerment comes the outward empowerment. Thus the program provides skills-training in hairdressing, catering, beads-making, and fashion design.

                                          The mission of this project is to ensure these young women and many more who come in the future, leave the program with the skills-training needed to progress in the specific fields in which they desire to pursue self–employment.

                                          • Ghana
                                          • AFW
                                          • Tratta
                                          • Donne
                                          • Ragazze
                                          • Formazione Professionale
                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                            India – Indian Salesian to head Asian Bishops’ Office of Social Communication

                                            1 month 1 week ago
                                            India – Indian Salesian to head Asian Bishops’ Office of Social Communication

                                            (ANS – New Delhi– A Salesian who headed national media offices in New Delhi will now be in charge of the media office of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference (FABC) in Manila, from 22nd March 2019. Media trainer Fr. (Dr.) George Plathottam has been appointed Executive Secretary of the FABC Office of Social Communications (OSC) in Manila, the Philippines. The FABC-OSC is responsible for the Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), the only continental Catholic Radio service broadcasting in 22 languages of Asia for the last 50 years.

                                            By Fr C.M. Paul

                                            The RVA Golden Jubilee celebrations are scheduled for 11-12 April 2019.

                                            The FABC Central Committee meeting in Rome on 25 February 2019 appointed 62 year old Dr Plathottam as Executive Secretary of the FABC OSC for a period of 4 years.

                                            “We extend to you a warm welcome into the FABC family and thank you for your acceptance of this important FABC position,” wrote FABC President Salesian Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar.

                                            Dr. Plathottam, was Rector and Principal of Don Bosco Tura in Meghalaya and Director of Don Bosco Academy Tura - a centre for Civil Service preparatory training and career guidance prior to his recent appointment.

                                            A member of the Salesians of Don Bosco of  Guwahati province, Dr Plathottam has three masters degrees in Theology, Sociology, and Journalism & Mass Communications and doctoral degree on Mass Communication from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.

                                            Earlier, he was the director of the Mass Media Department in St Anthony’s College, Shillong, and president of Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA) and South Asian Catholic Press Association, and editor of South Asia Religious News.

                                            Dr. Plathottam who has spent some four decades in Northeast India, especially in Guwahati, Shillong and Tura has worked as national secretary for communications at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India from 2008 to 2015 and Director of national media training and research institute, NISCORT from 2012 to 2015.  

                                            Dr Plathottam is on several academic and consultative boards related to media. One of the founding members of 25 year old BOSCOM India (Don Bosco Communications) Dr Plathottam is founder of the Salesian news agency which is now the official news agency of the Salesians in South Asia under the name Bosco Information Service (BIS).

                                            In 1992, he won The North -South Friendship Prize from Union of Catholic International Press and the Government of Germany.

                                            • India
                                            • Vescovi
                                            • Comunicazione Sociale
                                            • Chiesa
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              Spain - Remembering Fr Antonio César: "If in his life he was a great apostle, in his death he was even more so"

                                              1 month 1 week ago

                                              (ANS - Seville) - The Salesian Province "Spain-Mary Help of Christians" has created a special e-mail address - recordandoacesar@salesianos.edu - in order to gather and convey news, testimonies and experiences related to Salesian missionary Fr Antonio César Fernández, killed last February 15 in Burkina Faso.

                                              "The establishment of this address is motivated by the fact that many people are sending a large number of letters, messages on WhatsApp or comments because of what has happened, and we want to collect all this news. Furthermore, we were also motivated by the request of the Apostolic Nuncio to prepare a dossier with written, graphic and audiovisual testimonials about our brother Antonio César," explains Fr Alejandro Guevara, Delegate for the Salesian Family of the SMX Province, who also accompanied the family of the Salesian during the funeral celebrated in Togo and Pozoblanco, the birthplace of Fr Fernández.

                                              The funeral in Spain, celebrated last February 24, was presided over by the bishop of Cordoba, Msgr. Demetrio Fernández González, who shared words of consolation for the citizenship and recalled a person who from a very early age had a clear vocation to serve those most in need, why he went to Togo to found the first Salesian presence in that country. "His death made us think. He did a great deal of good for the Salesian Family and for all those who received his testimony. If in his life he was a great apostle, in his death he was even more so. It was a final gift, after a commitment sustained throughout his life. For this he became a Salesian and that is why he asked to go to Africa where he was able to accompany young people at risk. He would not have been there if he had not chosen to live his daily life as a missionary," the prelate said during the event.

                                              Mons. Miguel Ángel Olaverri, Salesian bishop of the diocese of Pointe-Noire, in the Republic of the Congo, shared some of the experiences lived with Fr Antonio César during the period of the foundation of the Salesian presence in Togo. "It was a moment of communion, as is also reflected in this celebration in which four Salesian Provincials are present and over 1,300 Salesians are represented in Africa." He then referred to the clamor caused by the death of Fr Fernández in Lomé, in Togo, where the figure of Caesar is highlighted as that of a martyr who will reach the altars. "After Pope Francis' invitation to holiness, I was pleased to hear the expression 'a saint is buried today.' We must identify the saints who live with us today and who accompany us," he added.

                                              For his part, in a letter addressed to the Salesian Family, the Rector Major defined the Salesian killed as "a good man and a man of God", who spent his life doing good, especially in Africa.

                                              • Spagna
                                              • SMX
                                              • Antonio César Fernández
                                              • Martiri
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                Pakistan - The memory of Akash Bashir, Salesian Past Pupil, 4 years after his death

                                                1 month 1 week ago
                                                Pakistan - The memory of Akash Bashir, Salesian Past Pupil, 4 years after his death

                                                (ANS - Lahore) - Four years have passed since that 15 March 2015, the day when the young Akash Bashir, Salesian Past Pupil, sacrificed himself to prevent a suicide bomber from provoking a massacre in the church of St John in Youhannabad, the Christian neighourhood of Lahore, Pakistan.

                                                Akash Bashir was 18 years old, had studied at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Lahore and had become a security volunteer. That tragic March 15, like every Sunday, he was on duty. He was specifically charged with overseeing security at the entrance to the church of St John.

                                                While on duty, he received news that the Church of Christ, an Anglican church located 500 meters away, had been attacked by several armed men. Akash tried to secure the area in front of the church of St John, when he saw a man running towards the building - a terrorist, intent on more carnage.

                                                Akash faced him, trying to block him. The man threatened Akash, declaring he had a bomb with him, but the young man did not let himself be intimidated. He hugged the terrorist to keep him from entering the church. The bomber blew himself up, causing about twenty deaths, including Akash himself. The victims would have been many more, had the Salesian Past Pupil not sacrificed his life.

                                                "The history of the Church is strongly marked by many women and by many men who with their faith, with their charity and with their lives have been like lighthouses that have illuminated and continue to illuminate many generations over time," writes the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, in the Strenna 2019.

                                                For the Christians of Youhannabad, Akash, with his great faith, is exactly this: a lighthouse, an example to follow.

                                                On his tomb, as Fr Francis Gulzar, pastor of the church of St John, has said, many go to pray and ask for intercession. His courageous act still inspires Pakistan's Catholics today in their daily journey and motivates them not to be discouraged by the many challenges they still face.

                                                For this reason, Fr Francis Gulzar, who is also Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Lahore, in January 2017, sent a letter to the archbishop, Msgr. Francis Shaw, "to formally request to start the official procedure to declare Akash Bashir Martyr, to honor his sacrifice for his community in the parish of Yauhanabad."

                                                "The Christian community of Youhanabad is proud of its young hero, Akash Bashir, reads the letter, "and asks His Excellency to transmit our request to the Holy Father and to the relevant Congregation for the cause of martyrdom."

                                                • Pakistan
                                                • FIS
                                                • Akash Bashir
                                                • Martiri
                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                  RMG – Rector Major's Visit to Province of North-East Italy

                                                  1 month 1 week ago
                                                  RMG – Rector Major's Visit to Province of North-East Italy

                                                  (ANS - Rome) - "Father Ángel, we are waiting for you!": thus the joyful cry of the Salesian Youth Movement of the Triveneto, which awaits Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime next Sunday, March 17, for the traditional "Festa Ragazzi" in Jesolo. The X Successor of Don Bosco will participate in the large festival, which annually gathers thousands of participants from all the centers of the area's Salesian Family. He will also visit other Salesian houses and realities of the Salesian Province of North-East Italy.

                                                  Accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, the Rector Major leaves for Venice-Mestre on the evening of today, Friday 15.

                                                  On Saturday morning he will preside over the assembly with all his confreres from the Province, while in the afternoon he will travel to Schio, where he will visit the Salesian house and meet the young people who attend it. In the evening, returning to Mestre, he will offer the Salesian "Good night" to the animators of the Festa Ragazzi.

                                                  On Sunday morning, the Rector Major will attend the Festa's central performance on the theme "Choose where to look", and then preside over the Eucharist for all those present. Later in the day he will move to Padua to meet the members of the Salesian Family and visit the local community of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

                                                  Finally, on the last day of the visit, Fr Á.F. Artime shall meet with the Provincial Council and then, in Mogliano Veneto, with the laity who have roles of responsibility in the houses of the Province and with young people in vocational research being hosted in the so-called "Comunità Proposta - Proposal Community."

                                                  • RMG
                                                  • Visita di Animazione
                                                  • Rettor Maggiore
                                                  • INE
                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                    Spain - Don Bosco National Award reaches 1000 innovative projects presented during its history

                                                    1 month 1 week ago
                                                    Spain - Don Bosco National Award reaches 1000 innovative projects presented during its history

                                                    (ANS - Zaragoza) - Yesterday, March 13, the jury of the 32nd Don Bosco National Award was established, a competition that acknowledges innovative projects developed in the field of secondary education, vocational training and educational activities of Spanish educational centers in general. The 45 new projects presented this year are added to the others presented in the history of this prestigious award, thus reaching the impressive figure of 1030 innovation projects presented from the outset.

                                                    Technological companies, polytechnic universities, professional associations and public administrations will form the four juries that shall evaluate the projects, each from a different perspective. Yesterday, at the sports center of the Salesians of Zaragoza, the exhibition was inaugurated and the evaluation of the works presented began. Scheduled for today, Thursday 14, in the Auditorium of the Salesian institute, are the awarding of the prize and a presentation by Javier Sirvent, specialist in Digital Transformation.

                                                    A total of 45 projects were presented at the 32nd edition, of which 35 qualified, coming from schools and vocational training centers throughout Spain. A total of 61 students and 31 teachers as tutors participate, for a total of 22 educational centers.

                                                    As regards areas of research, the Technological Innovation section was established, with a total of 26 projects: 16 in the Information and Communication Technology segment (Telecommunications, Audiovisual Technologies ...) and 10 in Industrial Technologies (Electronics, Robotics, Mechatronics ...).

                                                    The Mario Rubio Award, a tribute to the figure of the Salesian creator and promoter of the "Don Bosco Prize", which is awarded each year to a person with a renowned professional career, will be presented to Amado Franco, President of the "IberCaja" Foundation.

                                                    The Don Bosco Award is an acknowledgment of entrepreneurship, teamwork and innovation. Since its creation in 1984, the competition has managed to make important contributions in the field of education and in the relations between the academic and business worlds, given that the Don Bosco Awards are also a showcase for entrepreneurial initiatives applicable to future company projects.

                                                    "The Don Bosco National Award wants to be more than a prize," said the director of the initiative, Fr Juan Bosco Sancho. "It wants to be a stimulus and a transformation for those who participate. For students and tutors, participating in this competition is an incentive for innovative skills, to become aware of the importance of research and the possibilities they have of contributing to the improvement of society."

                                                    • Spagna
                                                    • SMX
                                                    • Scuole
                                                    • Formazione Professionale
                                                    • Tecnologie
                                                    • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                      Colombia - Salesian Family present at "Expocatólica 2019"

                                                      1 month 1 week ago

                                                      (ANS - Bogotà) - From 7 to 10 March, at the "Ágora" Congress Center in Bogotá, the Salesian Family of Colombia took part in "Expocatólica 2019", an event thas been promoted for already several years now by the Episcopal Conference of Colombia, to make known the evangelizing force of the Church. The motto of this edition, on the wake of Pope Francis' visit to the country in 2017, was: "Let us continue to walk together."

                                                      The event represented a favorable opportunity for people, organizations and institutions to share creative and innovative experiences of their activities, as well as a space of prayer and culture in which the initiatives of integral human promotion developed in the various regions of the country were made visible.

                                                      One of its objectives was to promote the culture of encounter or meeting which, according to the teaching of Pope Francis, "is a lifestyle and an attitude that favors dialogue as a method, the shared search for consensus, agreements, of that which unites rather than divides, and it is a path that we must all travel. For this we must give priority to time over space, the whole to the part, reality to the abstract idea, and unity to conflict.”

                                                      It is the first time that the whole Salesian Family participates in this event with a single concept and in a single location. In past editions some centers or groups had participated separately but, in the desire to live fraternity and unity, it was decided to organize an extended team representing all the groups of the Salesian Family in Expocatólica 2019, with the same name and in the same spirit. For this reason, the group of exhibitors was composed of various members of the Salesian Family groups.

                                                      For the representation of the site, the house of Don Bosco ai Becchi was chosen, because it was from the experiences lived in that house that the desire of little Giovannino Bosco to become a priest and help others was born. What he lived in his early years marked his life in a decisive way and helped to consolidate the educational and evangelizing model that he would propose to his young people in the years to come.

                                                      Each part of this replica of Don Bosco's house at the Becchi was used to convey a message. The four dimensions of Salesian youth ministry (home, church, school, playground) were presented in different parts of the house, and there was also a silhouette of Don Bosco with which everyone wanted to take a picture.

                                                      "These were four days of encounters wherein we showed the Salesian charism through the groups of the Salesian Family," said the participants in "Expocatólica 2019" in conclusion. 

                                                      {gallery}Expocatolica 2019{/gallery}

                                                      • Colombia
                                                      • COB
                                                      • Famiglia Salesiana
                                                      • Fiera
                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                        Italy - "Vedendo / Facendo – seeing / doing" is online. A new project of listening and sharing

                                                        1 month 1 week ago

                                                        (ANS - Catania) - "Vedendo / Facendo" is a new web initiative designed and implemented by the Salesian Social Communication Office of Sicily. It is a series of videos about very broad themes (catechetical, ethical, social, philosophical and theological) in a journey that starts from seeing so as to arrive at doing, via understanding.

                                                        The issues dealt with will see the Salesians as protagonists, as well as young people, who have made themselves available for listening.

                                                        The first video, launched on 4 March 2019, is available on the Salesian channel of Sicily. It is a video presentation of what they wish to achieve through the Seeing/Doing feature.

                                                        The video, which has already achieved almost a thousand views and many shares, was first introduced by a social campaign, through storytelling on the main themes of the feature – to see and to do. Currently, other videos are already being written and planned, and even these will be introduced by graphics always related to the theme, and will be shared, as always, on the various channels of the Province in its social networks.

                                                        The "Vedendo / Facendo" project involves collaboration between a number of Salesians and young people occupying various roles in the Sicilian Province, and it is a project that will grow with time, committed as they are to improving day by day.

                                                        Fr Enrico Frusteri, Delegate for Social Communications of the Sicilian Province (ISI), underlines how the project is "a further web space where it is possible to deepen multiple themes, which are particularly important to young people; but the recipients of these videos are not only young people, but also those who dedicate themselves to their education."

                                                        Fr Giuseppe Cassaro, Dean of the "San Tommaso" Theological Institute of Messina and protagonist of the first video, for years engaged in the academic life, says they shall always tries to see issues that interest young people. In the video he says that this web space "does not want to be a strictly religious corner, but an opportunity to listen to the questions that arise from everyday life and affect our days."

                                                        "Vedendo/Facendo" is a journey of young people and for young people, but also a stimulus for those interested in the world of youth. As for the frequency of the offered contributions, at least one video is expected every 15 days.

                                                        "There is no time to lose - #staytuned - watch the first video, subscribe to the channel and participate!," concluded the promoters of the initiative.

                                                        Source: ISI Newsletter

                                                        • Italia
                                                        • ISI
                                                        • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                        • Giovani
                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                          India – DBYA South Asia Releases Youth Ministry Training Manual

                                                          1 month 1 week ago
                                                          India – DBYA South Asia Releases Youth Ministry Training Manual

                                                          (ANS – Dimapur) – The Salesians of Don Bosco in South Asia have prepared a Youth Ministry Training Manual for those in Formation, based on the “Salesian Youth Ministry: Frame of Reference.” The manual was launched by Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga, Regional Superior for Don Bosco South Asia, at the solemn conclusion of the SPCSA [Salesian Provincial Conference of South Asia] on 28 February 2019 in Dimapur.

                                                          The precious task undertaken by the members of DBYA-SA [Don Bosco Youth Animation-South Asia] Regional Team, with the help of Salesians from different provinces of the South Asian Region, was spearheaded by Fr Maria Charles Antonysamy, SDB.

                                                          The Training Manual comprises four books with well-planned modules for the different stages of formation, i.e. Pre-Novitiate, Novitiate, Post-Novitiate and Practical Training. Through this manual, various tenets of Salesian Youth Ministry will be effectively learnt, understood and put into practice by the young Salesians in initial formation.

                                                          Fr Maria Charles said, ''The first manual sets the stage, the second helps the young Salesian formulate his personal plan of life, the third helps the formee to gain an in-depth knowledge of the essential skills, while the fourth helps in practical application of the concepts within the lived socio-cultural context.''

                                                          The Pre-Novitiate manual provides the basic concepts of Salesian Youth Ministry in its different settings; various models of youth ministry; the qualities of a Salesian Youth Minister and the basic skills required to discern his own vocation. The Novitiate manual helps in formulation of the personal plan of life, to understand the contexts in which young people live; Salesian identity and youth ministry as the specific charism of the Salesians; to develop an Oratorian heart; the fundamentals of the preventive system and the skills of a youth minister.

                                                          The Post-Novitiate manual introduces the young Salesian to an in-depth knowledge of the challenges of youth today; the apostolic identity of Salesian Youth Minister; the history and spirituality of Salesian Youth Ministry with its fundamental dimensions, choices and its various sectors and activities. It also deals with the basics of a scientific approach towards Salesian Youth Ministry and the Preventive System as a Salesian philosophy of Education; the locus of Salesian Youth Ministry- the Educative Pastoral Community and the operational tools for Salesian Youth Ministry - the Salesian Educative Pastoral Plan. The Don Bosco Child Protection Policy; the art of accompanying the young people and the Salesian Youth Movement are also dealt with in detail.

                                                          The Practical Training module helps the young Salesian to understand the wherewithal of his field of apostolate and his own apostolic identity within a particular culture and in various socio-political contexts. Practical aspects of the preventive system and the Salesian Youth Spirituality as part of a holistic youth ministry will help the young formee to organize and animate the Salesian Youth Movement.

                                                          Source: Don Bosco India

                                                          • India
                                                          • Formazione
                                                          • Pastorale Giovanile
                                                          • Maria Arokiam Kanaga
                                                          • Asia Sud
                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                            India – “Tani Cool” photo journal released

                                                            1 month 1 week ago
                                                            India – “Tani Cool” photo journal released

                                                            (ANS – Jorhat) – The latest book by K. A. Thomas, sdb, called “Tani Cool”, was released on 4th March 2019, by Rev. Jose Kuruvachira, the Provincial Superior of Don Bosco organizations in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur. The book was released at Don Bosco, Baghchung, in the presence of a large number of educationists and social workers from Golaghat, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia Districts of Assam. 

                                                            “Tani Cool” is a random collection of photographs taken by the author, dating from 2000 to 2015. The colourful photographs depict their entire life and culture of the Mising people spread out in the rural situations of 11 districts of Assam and 3 districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The book describes pictorially 46 topics about the tribe.

                                                            The word Tani in the title refers to the nomenclature of the tribe that once lived in the present day Arunachal Pradesh, and belonged to the Tani group of tribes. Misings are a cool people, who never had an army or a king. They were called upon by the British rulers to intermediate between the warring tribes living in the hills and plains of the region.

                                                            Fr K.A. Thomas, SDB, a member of “Don Bosco International”, is the founder director of Institution for Culture And Rural Development (I-CARD), based at Jorhat, and is an Ashoka Fellow since 2002. Although hailing from Kerala, he has mastered the Assamese language, having obtained a bachelor’s degree in Assamese from Guwahati University way back in 1987.

                                                            • India
                                                            • IND
                                                            • Indigeni
                                                            • Libri
                                                            • Mising
                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                              Italy – Don Bosco and Salesian missionaries in Patagonia at "European Academy of Religion"

                                                              1 month 1 week ago

                                                              (ANS - Bologna) - During the annual meeting, 4 - 7 March, the Salesian Historical Institute (ISS), a member of the "European Academy of Religion", based in Bologna, screened the documentary film "A sud del sud - South of South" by Salvatore Metastasio. Financed by Don Bosco Missions and the Dicastery for Salesian Missions, in collaboration with ISS, the film aims to commemorate the centenary of the Salesian missionaries raising the cross at Cape Froward (Strait of Magellan) in 1913, on the occasion of the 1600th anniversary of the edict of Constantine. The Bologna screening was received with great interest by the public.

                                                              The Salesians, who had already presented the results of their historical research to the European Academy of Religion two years ago, through a conference on Salesian work in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century, were thus able to talk about the epic Salesian missionary journey in Patagonia through the film by Salvatore Metastasio.

                                                              The film narrates the journey of two Italians who meet in Punta Arenas, Chile, and then continue together to Cape Froward. The youngest, Diego, wants to know the world of the Yagan, because he plans to make a film about Darwin and his friendship with Jemmy Botton, the native aboard the brig "Beagle" on his famous journey of 1832. Instead, the elderly man, Alessandro, narrates having set out towards Patagonia to follow the traces of Don Bosco's dream about that land, which a Salesian had told him about when he was a child. The journey together will give birth to a friendship between the two that is, however, filled with misunderstandings.

                                                              It is the clash between science and faith, where a positive view of life is affirmed by the young, while a vision emerges on the part of the older man that cannot overlook the most fruitful part of life: the one that makes man feel part of a whole, a creature among creatures and awaiting a "revelation", which leads to reflect on the meaning of the Cross, seen not only as a religious symbol (for believers) but, above all, as a universal symbol of contact between sky and earth.

                                                              The film ends with the director who entrusts a particular message to everyone: "You do not see the infinite if you do not have it in your heart."

                                                              • Italia
                                                              • ISS
                                                              • Cile
                                                              • Missioni
                                                              • Missioni Don Bosco
                                                              • Cinema
                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                Vatican - Positive opinion of theological Consultors to Cause of Servant of God Augusto Bertazzoni

                                                                1 month 1 week ago
                                                                Vatican - Positive opinion of theological Consultors to Cause of Servant of God Augusto Bertazzoni

                                                                (ANS - Vatican City) - On 12 March 2019, during the Congress of Theological Consultors held at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, a full positive opinion was given regarding the heroic exercise of virtues, the reputation of holiness and signs of the Servant of God Augusto Bertazzoni, archbishop of Potenza, born in Pegognana (Mantua) on 10 January 1876 and died in Potenza on 30 August 1972. The Servant of God attended the Salesian oratory in Turin and met Don Bosco, who had a great influence on his formation.

                                                                The Positio was presented on 27 September 2013 by Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, SDB, Postulator in Rome; among the speakers: Fr Daniel Ols, OP., followed by Fr P. Zdzisław Kijas, OFM Conv., and as a collaborator Msgr. Gerardo Messina, former vice-postulator, assisted by Dr. Lodovica Maria Zanet, collaborator of the Salesian Postulation.

                                                                It is nice to remember that this fundamental passage of the Cause took place on March 12, the day of the death of Saint Luigi Orione who, with the young Augusto Bertazzoni, was a pupil of the oratory of Valdocco in Turin. Both were among the boys who in 1887 offered their lives for the salvation of Don Bosco; while for his part the Saint of the Young had prophesied that the young Augustus would become bishop.

                                                                Mons. Bertazzoni was a good Pastor and father of the poor, a true man of God, a man of faith and prayer, a tireless preacher of the Word of God, attentive to the spiritual needs of the faithful and even non-believers, for whom he spent his life to the very end, offering to God, for the good of the Churches that he had led as a bishop, the sufferings that led to his death.

                                                                He was a father to the victims of war and to the Jews confined to Basilicata, a farsighted educator of the young, and he spent his time so that the priests of his diocese, together with men and women religious,  dedicated themselves to the formation of young people, both in schools as in “Catholic Action”; he would recommend to all of them to have a "spirit of paternity" for the new generations.

                                                                After this step, the next takes place in the Ordinary Session of Cardinals and Bishops, after which the Supreme Pontiff authorizes the promulgation of the decree of Venerability.

                                                                • Vaticano
                                                                • Santità Salesiana
                                                                • Augusto Bertazzoni
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  Venezuela - Msgr Raúl Biord: "We look forward to this historic moment with hope, despite the hunger and the difficult situation that people are experiencing"

                                                                  1 month 1 week ago

                                                                  (ANS - Caracas) - "We look forward to this historic moment that Venezuela is experiencing," said Msgr. Raúl Biord, Salesian, bishop of La Guaira, Venezuela. His is a peripheral diocese of the city of Caracas, located about twenty kilometers from the capital, and has about 500,000 inhabitants.

                                                                  No one can deny that the situation in Venezuela is dramatic, even on a global scale. The images of disease, hunger and pain suffered by many people hurt the eyes. It hurts to see "the terrible scene of a mother carrying the corpse of her daughter to the morgue, who died during the blackout" or "to see dozens of children buried who had no medicine or electricity to save themselves." It hurts to see thousands of Venezuelans having to travel thousands of miles in search of a future, fleeing to other countries.

                                                                  In the midst of this desolate landscape, Msgr. Biord said: "We are experiencing profound political changes. Twenty years ago what was called the Bolivarian revolution, which proposed 21st century socialism, was established; but unfortunately that revolution has failed.

                                                                  This project has caused great poverty, having followed an economic and social model of great state control over people, businesses and free economic initiative. This whole situation has led to a general collapse of services and the failure and closure of almost all companies.

                                                                  One of the biggest catastrophes this regime has produced is that nearly 4 million Venezuelans have left the country in the last 10 years. Very poor and simple people have had to leave the country by bus or on foot.

                                                                  In Venezuela there is a situation of great poverty, of great need, and as we bishops have stated on various occasions, through the documents of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference, we are faced with a situation of illegitimacy of the President, of illegitimacy in the performance of functions and of illegitimacy in the origin.

                                                                  We need a transition, with free elections and a renewal of powers, to renew the country's institutions ... Let's look at this historic moment with hope, despite the hunger and the difficult situation that people are experiencing, despite the collapse of many services, the economic collapse and hunger of many people.

                                                                  There is a people that resists bending. It is a people that wants to provide humanitarian assistance through various civil organizations. The Church has placed "Caritas" at the parish and diocesan level as an aid center for receiving aid and distributing support to the most vulnerable population, which are malnourished children, pregnant and child-nurturing mothers, and adults with terminal illnesses.

                                                                  The Venezuelan people have the right to live with a quality of life and to be able to give a future to their young people.

                                                                  There is a lot of hope, but also a lot of suffering.

                                                                  We thank the countries and religious groups that help us with prayer and with their presence, to keep us on our feet and to seek respect for human rights and the dignity of the people. Let's look at this situation with hope. We pray to God that the transition be peaceful."

                                                                  • Venezuela
                                                                  • Vescovi
                                                                  • Fame
                                                                  • Povertà
                                                                  • Politica
                                                                  • Raúl Biord Castillo
                                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                    Philippines - "Don Bosco Press, Inc.": 40 years of communicative passion for young people

                                                                    1 month 1 week ago

                                                                    (ANS - Makati City) – For the past 40 years the DB Press has been growing, despite the many challenges. In 1979, the Salesian Province of St. John Bosco in the Northern Philippines (FIN) salvaged the printing equipment of the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati and founded a company - the "Don Bosco Press, Inc." (DBPI ) - to serve the printing needs of its own educational and evangelizing apostolate. In this way the Salesians did nothing but follow up on the indications expressed by Don Bosco himself: "How many souls were saved by good books, how many preserved from horror, how many encouraged in good!" (Letter on the spread of good books, 19 March 1885).

                                                                    by Carmelo Martinez, SDB

                                                                    Located in Makati City, on the second floor of the Provincial House, DBPI has evolved over time, through internal growth and acquisitions from outside, from a small “courtyard” printer to the well-known and established publishing house that it is today.

                                                                    Currently, Don Bosco Press is divided into three main sectors: the core business consisting of the publishing house proper called "SalesianaBooks"; its Printing Services; and the Printing School at the Vocational Training Center.

                                                                    SALESIANABOOKS - DBPI publishes textbooks for basic education needs through the "SalesianaBooks" brand. Firmly convinced that Quality Education also passes through quality textbooks, Salesiana Books ensures that all its products are morally upright, up-to-date and enhanced by the most effective pedagogical, teaching and learning tools.

                                                                    PRINTING SERVICES - By putting into practice its own guiding philosophy, "Excellence within Reach!", DBPI is committed to providing customers with customized and personalized assistance to meet their printing needs.

                                                                    SCHOOL OF PRINTING – It represents the company's contribution to the development of the Philippine printing and publishing industries. The school is the only training institute for the printing and publishing industries that offers its students hands-on experience, a factor that allows them to be among the most sought-after skilled workers at graduation.

                                                                    Counting workers and employees of the central office and those of the peripheral centers in Baguio, Visayas and Mindanao, the "Don Bosco Press, Inc" is today a large family of about 200 people. For the company's 40th anniversary, yesterday, March 11, about 60 lay collaborators in the mission were able to hear the Salesian "good morning", during which the guiding values ​​of the company were remembered, including its care for the environment.

                                                                    For more information, visit: http://www.donboscopress.ph/

                                                                    {gallery}Filippine - DBPI 2019{/gallery}

                                                                    • Filippine
                                                                    • FIN
                                                                    • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                                    • Editrici
                                                                    • Anniversari
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      Tanzania – Training youth in renewable energy. Salesian formation benefits everyone

                                                                      1 month 1 week ago
                                                                      Tanzania – Training youth in renewable energy. Salesian formation benefits everyone

                                                                      (ANS - Dar es Salaam) - "In the world there is a low level of access to clean and renewable energy. There is still a need to develop adequate accumulation technologies." (Pope Francis in Laudato Si’, n° 26). In order to improve the formation and employment opportunities of the most needy young people, to promote the spread of a culture of respect and protection of Creation, and to meet the needs of the local population, the Salesians in Tanzania are promoting training courses for renewable energy management.

                                                                      Thanks to collaborations with NGOs and charitable foreign foundations such as the German "Misereor" or the US "Charles Stewart Mott Foundation", for the past two years the Salesian center "Don Bosco Oysterbay" in Dar es Salaam has developed training programs in the field of renewable energy. Launched in 2017, these courses have enabled the quality technical training of 120 young people each year, selected from children who are the most needy and at risk of social exclusion.

                                                                      Among the top 35 young graduates of the solar energy training course, there is also Imani Mwasonga, one of the graduates who comments: "The training has been a great platform for me to learn and acquire new skills, enabling me to explore the use of solar energy. I hope to maximize my skills, empower the community to take advantage of solar power and, in the process, make the world a better place to live in."

                                                                      Given the success of this pilot project carried out at the "Don Bosco Oysterbay", the "Charles Stewart Mott Foundation" granted a further grant to the Salesian Mission Office of New Rochelle, USA, to finance the same educational initiative at the centers of Salesian formation in Dodoma and Iringa.

                                                                      In total, the 3 training centers - in Dar es Salaam, Dodoma and Iringa - will annually train 300 students in the installation, operation and maintenance of solar photovoltaic systems. The centers will also collaborate with companies active in the solar energy sector and with the government to offer apprenticeship opportunities to teachers and students.

                                                                      In Tanzania, only 15% of the 41.5 million inhabitants has access to electricity, with only 12% of urban areas and 2% of rural areas having access.

                                                                      Since electricity is slow to arrive in many areas, Tanzanians are opting for renewable energy and especially solar panels. Rural areas, in particular, are adopting photovoltaic (PV) technology more rapidly, largely due to the absence of an electricity grid. However, with the increase in the adoption of solar energy by rural and sub-rural communities, the lack of qualified technicians remains a challenge for the sector.

                                                                      The new renewable energy training programs started at the Salesian centers can thus meet the needs of the population and provide employment opportunities for young people in need. All with respect for Creation.

                                                                      Source: Salesian Missions 

                                                                      {gallery}Tanzania - Energie solari 2019{/gallery}

                                                                      • Tanzania
                                                                      • Tecnologie
                                                                      • Formazione Professionale
                                                                      • Missioni
                                                                      • AFE
                                                                      • Ambiente
                                                                      • Creato
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        Peru - Growing up with music: the goal of the Salesians in Calca

                                                                        1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                                        Peru - Growing up with music: the goal of the Salesians in Calca

                                                                        (ANS - Calca) - Today in Peru there is much enthusiastic talk about economic growth, which unfortunately is not reflected in the living conditions of the peasants of remote villages in the country's interior. In the area of Calca, a peasant community in the Andean Sierra, progress and well-being have never arrived. It is for these people that the Salesians have begun to set things in motion.

                                                                        In the area of Calca the poverty rate is very high; high, too,  the rate of child malnutrition and family violence. Access to education for children and young people in the valleys is very limited: many of them have to walk four hours a day during their home-school trips, exposing themselves to dangers such as sexual abuse, abduction for the purpose of human trafficking and induction to child prostitution.

                                                                        The Salesian mission in Calca takes care of 40 rural communities spread over a route of 3000 km, for a total of over 27,000 beneficiaries.

                                                                        The "Don Bosco" house welcomes about 40 children and youngsters coming from far away areas and from social-family contexts that are not able to guarantee them a serene growth. At the Salesian house these minors receive hospitality, but also the opportunity to grow up in a familiar and cheerful environment, attending workshops, after-school courses and sports-related courses.

                                                                        To offer children and adolescents an integral education, providing them with the necessary means - human and material - for an optimal use of their studies and for the global development of their personality, reaching an adequate integration in society and becoming Christian promoters, leaders, animators in their own communities: this is the goal of the Salesians of Calca.

                                                                        Currently, the Salesians who animate the missionary youth center have developed a new idea: they want to start a music workshop that would involve 41 children. The value of the project is twofold, both cultural and psychological: on the one hand, to help young people to keep their roots through the study and the realization of folk songs; on the other, to favor the psycho-physical well-being that musical activities transmit. The students will attend the course twice a week for 2 hours of lessons each time, so as to maximize all the benefits that this activity generates.

                                                                        Traditional Pan flutes, but also triangles, wooden bass drums and modern musical keyboards ... Of these instruments, there is now an urgent need in the mission. The children of Calca are only waiting for someone to give them the chance to dream through music.

                                                                        For more information, visit: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                                                                        • Perù
                                                                        • PER
                                                                        • Musica
                                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                          South Africa - Rector Major to the young: "How many of you believe that you will need sacrifice to achieve your dream?"

                                                                          1 month 2 weeks ago

                                                                          (ANS - Johannesburg) - Last Friday, March 8, landing in Cape Town, South Africa, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime reached the 86th country he has visited as Rector Major. "My wish is that the Salesians will help you to be good boys," he said shortly after his arrival, meeting the young students of the "Learn to Live School" path.

                                                                          On that same day, the X Successor of Don Bosco had two other significant meetings, both at the "Mary Help of Christians" parish: the one with the local Salesian Family and the one with the youngsters of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM).

                                                                          In the first of the two meetings, Fr Á.F. Artime recalled how in the whole world religious and laity of the Salesian Family really succeed in changing the lives of young people, and he also emphasized the value of unity: "In order to develop Salesian works, Don Bosco needed the help of many other people. It is very important that we remain united."

                                                                          Then, with the youth of SYM, the Rector Major acted as a true youth animator, provoking them with several questions: "Are you happy?"; "How many of you have a dream?"; "How many of you think it is possible to realize it, your dream?"; "How many are willing to make sacrifices to achieve it?" ... In the end, to the young he indicated the example of Don Bosco, a saint who dreamed great things for the young and sacrificed himself to pursue his dream. And he reminded them not to leave Jesus out of their lives.

                                                                          On Saturday morning, March 9, the Rector Major met his confreres in Cape Town where he said how Pope Francis once said to him: "Others work with the young, but the Salesians exist for young people."

                                                                          Later, Fr Á.F. Artime dialogued with Msgr. Stephen Brislin, archbishop of Cape Town. He later reached Johannesburg where, first of all, he visited the provincial community of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

                                                                          The Rector Major spent yesterday, Sunday 10 March, meeting young people and members of the Salesian Family who are active in the presences of Johannesburg. He reminded the youths that each person can be a gift to others and that holiness does not consist in performing miracles, but in performing "the miracle of service."

                                                                          To the various groups of the Salesian Family, he emphasized the importance of witnessing communion and of being significantly present among young people.

                                                                          • AFM
                                                                          • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                          • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                          • Visita di Animazione
                                                                          • Famiglia Salesiana
                                                                          • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
                                                                          • Giovani
                                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                            Angola - Salesians honored with "Manuel António da Mota" award

                                                                            1 month 2 weeks ago

                                                                            (ANS - Luanda) - The Salesians of Don Bosco in Angola received an honorable mention of the "Manuel António da Mota - A Life for Angola" award, officially launched last Friday, March 8, in Luanda, in the presence of the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and of the President of the Republic of Angola, João Lourenço.

                                                                            The "Manuel António da Mota" Foundation is an emanation of the Mota-Engil Group, a large Portuguese company active in the construction, energy and transport sectors and operating in 22 countries on 3 continents (Europe, Africa and America). The Foundation, founded in Portugal, aims to promote, develop and support social and cultural initiatives and thus represents an important tool of the Corporate Social Responsibility policy of the Mota-Engil Group.

                                                                            In order to pay tribute to those institutions that distinguish themselves in health and education, last Friday an event took place at the Epic Sana hotel in Luanda during which the first edition of the "Manuel António da Mota - A life in Angola " prize was launched, which will take place in 2020. On this occasion, a special mention of the award has already been assigned, which the First Lady of Angola, Ms Ana Dias Lourenço, has consigned to Fr Manuel Ordoñez Roman, Vicar of the Salesian Vice Province of Angola.

                                                                            In the motivation of the award, the representatives of the "Manuel António da Mota Foundation" recalled that the Salesians of Don Bosco began their activities in Angola in 1981 and explained that the prize was awarded because of their dedication to the cause of the most disadvantaged groups and the well-being of the Angolans.

                                                                            The president of the Board of Directors of the Foundation then indicated that the recognition "Manuel António da Mota - A Life for Angola" will aim to honor the non-governmental philanthropic organizations of Angola, similar to what has been done for 10 years in Portugal; and explained that it was decided to establish the award in Angola, because that is the country where Mr. Manuel António da Mota started his business 73 years ago.

                                                                            The ceremony was also attended by the Vice-President of the Republic of Angola, Bornito de Sous, several Angolan and Portuguese parliamentarians, ministers, prominent figures and businessmen, together with several members of the Manuel António da Mota Foundation and the Mota-Engil company.

                                                                            • Angola
                                                                            • ANG
                                                                            • Personaggi illustri
                                                                            • Politica
                                                                            • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                              Italy - "Mamma Margherita's Recipes" for the rebirth of women victims of violence

                                                                              1 month 2 weeks ago

                                                                              (ANS - Messina) - On the occasion of the International Women's Day, "Salesiani per il Sociale", together with the "House of Women" of Messina, presents "The Recipes of Mamma Margherita", a recipe book created by four women victims of violence, reborn thanks to their passion for cooking. It is a book full of culinary proposals, recipes, which also presents the stories of its four authors.

                                                                              The recipe book - free download at https://www.salesianiperilsociale.it/menu - is inspired by Margherita Occhiena, mother of Don Bosco and cook for many young people from Turin-Valdocco. "It is a tribute to her and to all mothers who take care of their children even by cooking a 'good meal'," says Fr Giovanni d'Andrea, President of 'Salesians for Social Affairs'. "And it is also a way to be in solidarity with the girls welcomed in the 'House of Women' of Messina, which we support in its activities aimed at (helping) victims of violence or with serious family difficulties."

                                                                              It was, in fact, some of the very guests of the structure - Paola, Sabrina, Sara and Miriam - to write the recipes, expressing in its pages their desire to live and rise again, and also to share their painful experiences, whichunfortunately are much too common still today.

                                                                              The "House of Women", the center that hosts them, was established in 2004 on the initiative of the "Italian Social Reinsertion Committee" (CIRS Onlus), member of "Salesians for Social Affairs". In a reality that is among Italy's poorest, with high levels of unemployment and a serious lack of services, the structure is a safe house where these young people can be helped and assisted through psychological, legal and medical support and, above all, where they can raise their children in peace - many are single mothers.

                                                                              The center not only offers hospitality, but also vocational training and job placement: thanks to the donation of an industrial kitchen, in recent years the women guests have also started a catering service, which allows them to be more economically autonomous.

                                                                              Since - in 2017 - the region of Sicily has cut its funds for anti-violence centers and asked to sell the building run by CIRS, the managers of the "House of Women" have launched the #1CASAPERILCIRS campaign with the aim of buying the building so as to continue to provide its services. Solidarity and support is not lacking, but the path is still long and tiring, and the "Salesians for Social" want to be by their side, of the "House of Women" of Messina.

                                                                              Further information on: http://www.cirsme.it/ and https://www.salesianiperilsociale.it

                                                                              • Italia
                                                                              • Salesiani per il Sociale
                                                                              • ISI
                                                                              • Donne
                                                                              • Violenza di Genere
                                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                                Spain - Salesian Social Platforms celebrate International Women's Day with the #OrgullosaDeSerMujer campaign

                                                                                1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                                                Spain - Salesian Social Platforms celebrate International Women's Day with the #OrgullosaDeSerMujer campaign

                                                                                (ANS - Madrid) - On the occasion of International Women's Day, today March 8, the Salesian Social Platforms have joined together to claim the rights of girls and women who struggle every day to create a world in which being a woman is not a obstacle, and to denounce the inequalities, abuses and injustices that they suffer every day, especially those who are most at risk or vulnerability.

                                                                                Since their creation, the Salesian Social Platforms have developed, among other initiatives, specific services for the integral development of girls, young women and women and in favor of equality: through literacy projects, formation and accompaniment, specific social and work integration for women, and reception programs for single-parent families and women victims of gender-based violence.

                                                                                An example can be seen in the "La Mina" center of the Salesians in Barcelona-Sant Jordi, where programs are offered for mothers with young children, whose purpose is to support women in taking up their parental role adequately, through concrete resources that allow them to carry out work compatible with the growth and maturation of their children.

                                                                                Other programs currently underway are:

                                                                                #GritandoAlMundo, from the "Fundación Juan Soñador", an intervention project with teenagers and young people to promote gender equality.

                                                                                #Aurrera, of the "Fundación Boscos", which aims to eliminate sexist stereotypes, prejudices and discriminatory behavior.

                                                                                #XarxaLaFinestra, organized by the "Fundación Maria Auxiliadora", a network learning project that promotes gender equality and the social and work inclusion of women at risk and socially excluded.

                                                                                In the Pinardi Federation, various activities are carried out to work with girls, young people and women.

                                                                                And the "Fundación Don Bosco" of Cordoba, wishing to give visibility to groups of women at risk of exclusion, will celebrate a special event entitled "Educating to equality."

                                                                                Through the social networks, the Salesian Social Platforms have launched a message for the emancipation of all women: #OrgullosaDeSerMujer (Proud to be a woman).

                                                                                With this campaign they want to promote a change of mentality and collaborate in the transformation of social and political reality, promoting a culture of acceptance, respect, generosity and justice, maintaining the commitment to be a reference organization in the field of gender equality.

                                                                                • Spagna
                                                                                • Donne
                                                                                • Violenza di Genere
                                                                                • Federazione Pinardi
                                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana