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Mexico - "Brigade of Joy": perfect excuse for Salesian-style play and fun in Ciudad Juárez

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(ANS - Ciudad Juárez) - A decade ago, Ciudad Juárez experienced such a wave of violence that at night there was a latent but effective curfew. No one walked down the street and the parks had ceased to be meeting places for the neighborhood's youth and had, instead, become market squares and places of criminal organizations and gangs. The extortion of merchants made everyone fear for their lives and everywhere and at any time someone might settle their accounts with a weapon and maybe sow even more fear with useless murders and of innocent people.

The Salesians undertook to restore the joy that was lacking in the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods and also to restore the childhood that the new generations of Ciudad Juárez were losing. They did it with what Don Bosco did best: outdoor games. This is how in 2012, within the Salesian oratories of the city, the "Brigada de la Alegría" (Brigade of Joy) was born, which in the early years also received State aid to move to some twenty areas of the city, as if it were a traveling circus.

A representative van, t-shirts, flags and drums are the calling card of a group of Salesians and volunteers, who arrive in a park at sunset and bring joy with music and songs that attract the attention of children, to attract them and encourage them to participate in fun choreographies and games. Slowly, gradually, about a hundred children come to join this Brigade of Joy that, after two hours of music and games, concludes with a 'thought' applicable to everyday life and a snack for the participants, who are invited to attend the nearest oratory or participate in the next visit to their area.

In recent years, the Brigada de la Alegría has also visited the minors of one of the two juvenile prisons of Ciudad Juárez twice a week, a prison for boys between the ages of 14 and 18 who have committed crimes of blood, violence or kidnapping. As in the time of Don Bosco, the volunteers and Salesians animate games and dynamics so that when the children leave the juvenile prison they can start a new life away from the gangs and even resume their studies.

Brigade members have even spent Christmas with them, sleeping in their modules, and they intend to repeat this experience again this year.

Alberto López Herrero

Source: Misiones Salesianas

  • Messico
  • MEG
  • Missioni
  • Violenze
  • Oratorio
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Argentina – A statue in honor of Brother Randisi, SDB, "Salesian Teacher"

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    (ANS - Puerto Deseado) - Education is made up of many small gestures that, even if they sometimes go unnoticed, leave traces over time, like cast seeds that bloom over the years. This explains the thrilling tribute that the town community of Puerto Deseado, a small Argentine municipality in the province of Santa Cruz, gave to Salesian brother Andrés Randisi, who had been a missionary in Angola for thirty years, but that in the 1970s had committed himself to educating the children of Puerto Deseado, thus marking, positively, a generation.

    Br. Randisi returned to his homeland in the middle of last month, at the invitation of the Mayor of Puerto Deseado, Gustavo González, precisely because of the homage the citizens wanted to give him: a metal statue by the blacksmith and craftsman Aldo Soto.

    On the morning of October 15, therefore, the Municipality of Puerto Deseado nominated Andrés Randisi, SDB, as "Guest of Honor", and then proceeded to the public act of unveiling the statue. "Andres Randisi, Salesian Maestro - Let us sow hope" is written on the plaque at the base of the sculpture, which was placed at the Piazza Ezequiel Ramos Meíja and which, on the following day, was declared "of cultural interest", or a heritage site, by the Municipal Council.

    During the ceremony, various local authorities and artists intervened, including "La Banda de Juan", the musical band founded by the Salesian at the time when he taught in Puerto Deseado. "I accept this tribute as the will of God and I want to thank the citizens of today and those who were boys at the time and who today are men, who greeted me with their children and grandchildren ... I try to live emotions with serenity, but I thank God and you ... I can do nothing but give thanks," said the missionary.

    Other activities also marked the subsequent days of stay of Br. Randisi in Argentina: a large music and dance festival was organized in his honor; he gave several interviews to spread the Salesian charism and to thank the citizens; he visited the students of the Salesian Institutes "Saint Joseph" and "Mary Help of Christians" to offer them a missionary witness; and he brought greetings to a retirement home for the elderly ...

    "There is only one tool that we Salesians use with young people, all over the world: it is to accompany them ... That means talking heart to heart with the boys, to correct them and help them grow." This was the gift that Br. Randisi, a Salesian teacher, finally left in Puerto Deseado.

    • Argentina
    • Salesiani Coadiutori
    • Arte e Cultura
    • Educazione
    • Premi e Riconoscimenti
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Italy – "Casa Valdocco" and "Pizzorotorio": Salesians even more committed to needy youth of Torre Annunziata

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      (ANS - Torre Annunziata) - Accompanying the youngest at risk by giving them attention, time for study and recreation; and then teaching them a trade to save these local youths from the underworld and give them a stable future. This is the meaning of the two new initiatives that are being launched today, Monday 4 November, by the Salesians of Torre Annunziata: the multi-purpose day center "Casa Valdocco", and the vocational training workshop for apprentice pizza-makers in "Pizzoratorio".

      "Casa Valdocco" is a day care center accredited by Area N30 of Torre Annunziata, which can accommodate 30 children between 6 and 18 years of age. Minors will be followed by specialized educators and operators throughout the day until the evening when the children return home. The typical day begins with sharing meals, then time for study organized in a diversified manner according to various levels; workshops and sports, psychological support and family mediation then follow.

      "With the 'Mani in Pasta' pizza-maker workshop, (hands in the dough) we want to teach a trade to all those children welcomed in our family homes or in the oratory who have had less from life," said Fr Antonio Carbone, the Salesian responsible for the project. An opportunity that will be addressed first to the thirty or so young people aged 14 to 21 who are already guests of the two communities 'Mamma Matilde' and 'Peppino Brancati'; over time, the program will expand to those boys who attend the oratory on a daily basis seeking formative opportunities. The students of the course, followed by a professional trainer, will obtain a qualification certificate recognized by the Campania region on graduating.

      The workshop itself consists of 60 square meters set up in the Salesian oratory with a modern oven in the center. “We are in a territory where there are so many difficulties and the prospects for work and commitment are also difficult. Every day our goal is to take the young off the street. We will save them from clans, thanks to a gastronomic workshop that will teach them to cook and bake pizzas. And thanks to this qualification, they will be able to find an honest job."

      Fundamental for the "Pizzoratorio" was the collaboration created in the planning phase with various pizzerias in the area for the job placement of young people, as well as the economic contribution of the "DON BOSCO NEL MONDO Foundation" and of "Salesians for Social APS". And the town's tradition was also a factor: Torre Annunziata was recently in the Guinness Book of World Records for having produced 10,893 thousand pizzas in just 14 hours!

      The Salesians in Torre Annunziata have a past to remember, a present to live and a future to build.

      • Italia
      • IME
      • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
      • Fondazione DON BOSCO NEL MONDO
      • Salesiani per il Sociale APS
      • Oratorio
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Pakistan – Akash Bashir continues to inspire

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        Pakistan – Akash Bashir continues to inspire

        (ANS – Lahore) – Almost five years after the life sacrifice of Akash Bashir (1994 – 15 March 2015) –  the past pupil of the Lahore’s Don Bosco school who gave up his life to prevent a suicide bomber from provoking a massacre in the church of St John in Youhannabad on 15 March 2015 –  the Salesians, together with the local Church in Lahore, have begun to collect testimonials (a 16-question interview) for the possible cause of martyrdom. Until now, more than 20 people from his parish in Lahore, both Christians and Muslims, have contributed with their testimony.

        The shining model of Akash Bashir continues to spread around the world. In just the last few months, Catholic TV crews from Poland, South Korea, Spain and Italy have visited Lahore and interviewed the witnesses - his family. Also for the next Lenten season 2020, the life witness of Akash has been chosen by the “Church In Need” as one of the six globally significant symbols of the persecuted Church.

        The tomb at the small Catholic cemetery at Youhanabbad parish in Lahore was made with marble donated by a Muslim businessman. His figure highlights personal sacrifice, giving one's life for others! His family, his friends and his parishioners keep his memory very much alive.

        Some typical witnesses follow:

        What do you know about Akash Bashir's martyrdom?

        Through his sacrifice so many people started to serve in the Church.

        Akash had the desire to become a martyr, by sacrificing himself. Jesus fulfill this desire.

        I knew Akash was a security man, I didn’t meet him personally, but he saved my family. Through that incident, me and my family relationship with Akash’s family have gained strength. Now our families have a very good relationship.

        What was Akash Bashir's spiritual and prayer life like?

        His spiritual prayer and prayer life were really good; he was always praying.

        His prayer life was improving and improving every day. His spiritual life was strong. He liked to go to Church and listen to the word of God. The day of the blast, 15 March 2015, when we heard the sound of blast we ran towards the church and we saw the people injured. I saw Akash Bashir who was fallen on the ground in front of the church’s gate; I saw many wounds on his face and I came to know he faced the terrorist. “I will die but I will not let you enter into the church” were his last words to the terrorist.

        Any miracle through the intercession of Akash Bashir?

        Through his martyrdom, Akash Bashir saved many people, but the miracle is that he makes us all aware of the importance of life and family, he gave us a new light of wisdom… For me, the miracle performed was that day when the bomb blast came, many lives were saved through his sacrifice. Akash walked ahead of us and showed us the path to eternal life.

         

        Prayer for the cause of martyrdom of Akash Bashir

        Almighty God,

        Your faithful servant and martyr Akash Bashir, Don Bosco Past Pupil

        witnessed wholeheartedly the Gospel

        especially to his family and the parish community of Youhannabad

        You gave him a strong faith, unfailing hope and tireless zeal

        to serve the Catholic community and lead others to Jesus.

        You made him a shining model for other youth and people of other religions

        Inspiration in service to others and selfless help.

        Help us to follow Jesus like him, with tireless zeal,

        undivided heart and loving kindness.

        Let our lives be a continuous praise of You,

        who live and reign forever and ever.

        Amen.

        Source: AustraLasia

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

          Ecuador – Salesian Polytechnic University awarded for its humanitarian efforts during national strike

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          Ecuador – Salesian Polytechnic University awarded for its humanitarian efforts during national strike

          (ANS - Quito) - On Wednesday 30 October, the Salesian Polytechnic University (UPS) received an award from the Permanent Commission for Education, Culture and Science and Technology (CECCYT, in Spanish) of the National Assembly on account of its humanitarian actions and dialogue undertaken during the national strike. Fr Javier Herrán, Rector of the University, and a group of students from the Student Federation of the University's headquarters in Quito received the recognition from the hands of the President of the Commission, the parliamentarian Jimmy Candell Soto.

          In the speech given for the occasion, the Rector recalled that in the circumstances of those days, when he watched the busy students and volunteers, he saw in them the future entrepreneurs and public officials and, above all, a new generation of professionals who showed at all times closeness and solidarity with their indigenous brothers. With his voice interrupted by emotion, he concluded: "I believe I have not dreamed, and that this world is possible."

          Carla Altamirano spoke on behalf of the students, stating that the humanitarian work undertaken is based on Don Bosco's phrase: "Education is a thing of the heart." She stressed that the entire university community - students, teachers and administrative staff - came together to help and that many more people were involved in this work to build a better country.

          In addition to the Salesian Polytechnic University, this award was given to the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, the National Polytechnic School, the Central University of Ecuador, the Andean University "Simón Bolívar" and the Ecuadorian House of Culture, which also served as reception centers and humanitarian aid centers.

          Before delivering the award, Hon. Candell said that the Commission he represented could not fail to underline the great sense of responsibility and attention given by the universities in those contexts, and he emphasized that the activities carried out in those institutions were justified within the framework of solidarity, of humanism. and respect for the right to protest.

          "In times when hatred, division and social divisions reign, the Ecuadorian university must make its voice calm, humanist, responsible and supportive ... We assign this recognition so that thought prevails over brutality, and dialogue over violence," said the President of CECCYT.

          The Salesian Polytechnic University has played a fundamental role in the social and political crisis that the country has recently experienced: faithful to the charisma of its patron, it has been a house of welcome and spiritual accompaniment for the indigenous brothers, putting their well-being first.

          {gallery}ECU - Premio a UPS 2019{/gallery}

          • Ecuador
          • ECU
          • Università
          • Indigeni
          • Premi e Riconoscimenti
            Gian Francesco Romano

            RMG – XXV of Beatification of Mother Maddalena Morano

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            RMG – XXV of Beatification of Mother Maddalena Morano

            (ANS - Rome)  5 November 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Beatification of Mother Maddalena Morano, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, raised to the honors of the altars in Catania by Pope John Paul II, today a saint. In the Beatification Mass, the Polish pontiff recalled how Morano illustrated the path to holiness: “We climb the high mountain of perfection with constant mortification. Even the tall houses are made of small stones superimposed on each other.”

            Born in Chieri, near Turin, on 15 November 1847, from a young age Maddalena Morano began her pedagogical formation to which she dedicated her entire life. Rich in teaching and catechetical experience, around the age of thirty, encouraged by Don Bosco, she crowns a desire for consecration that dates back to her First Communion. In 1879 she is a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians and asks the Lord for the grace "to remain alive until I have completed the measure of holiness."

            Destined for Sicily in 1881, she began fruitful educational work among the young women of the working classes, deploying an intense and fruitful spiritual and educational activity, with her marked pedagogical talent and love for God and neighbor. By constantly turning "a gaze upon the earth and ten at Heaven", she opens schools, oratories, boarding schools, workshops in every part of the island.

            Appointed Provincial Superior, she also assumes the formative role for the many new vocations, attracted by her zeal and the community atmosphere that is created around her. Her multiple apostolate is appreciated and encouraged by the bishops, whom entrust her with the work of catechisms. Animated by profound charity and desire for holiness, she traveled the roads of Sicily for many years, supported by the teachings and examples of Don Bosco and Mother Domenica Mazzarello.

            Afflicted by a tumor, on 26 March 1908, she closes in Catania a life of full coherence, always lived with the intention of "never hindering the action of Grace with yieldings to personal egoism."

            Her exhortations enlighten, comfort, encourage: "Think of how Jesus would have thought. Pray as Jesus would have prayed. Act as Jesus would have acted." Thus Mother Maddalena used to say and so she lived, repeating to herself: "Ask for the grace to bring your cross in peace every day." The urn with her mortal remains is kept in the shrine of Mary Help of Christians of Alì Terme, not far from Messina.

            • RMG
            • Santità Salesiana
            • Maddalena Morano
            • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
            • Anniversari
              Gian Francesco Romano

              India – Rector Major to INS Province: “Continue to be beacon of hope for the youth”

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              India – Rector Major to INS Province: “Continue to be beacon of hope for the youth”

              (ANS – Shillong) – Father Ángel Fernández Artime, the Rector Major of the Congregation, spent the last day of his maiden visit to the Shillong Province (INS) by visiting the Novitiate community, the Salesian Sisters and the tomb of Servant of God Stephan Ferrando, SDB.

              At 7:00 am, the Rector Major celebrated the Holy Mass at Sunnyside - the Novitiate community of the Province. In his homily, he addressed the novices of both the SDB and the VSDB to be courageous in their vocations. “The Salesian congregation came into existence because of the daring answer by the first follower of Don Bosco,” said the Rector Major. He further added that Don Bosco did not intend to start a Congregation; Don Bosco was only trying to help the poor and abandoned youth. But because those first boys who stayed with him wanted to share his mission, the congregation was thus formed. “Be daring to answer to God’s call” the Rector Major asked of the novices. After the Holy Mass and breakfast, the Rector Major left for Auxilium Convent Provincial House.

              At 10:00 am, the Rector Major was welcomed by the Salesian sisters and the students of Auxilium School. A short felicitation program was held to honour the Rector Major by the FMA Provincial, the FMA Sisters, the FMA Novices together with the school students. In his address to them, the Rector Major said; “Sisters and novices, spend your life totally for others and live your mission with hope and confidence.”

              He then spoke on the three points to achieve this goal: firstly to be men and women of profound faith, secondly to spend one’s everyday life desiring to serve and to give, and thirdly to live in fraternity which, he said, is a big challenge for the religious. The Rector Major also encouraged the Sisters to overcome their personal diversity and learn to listen to the voice of the needy. He concluded his message by praying for God’s blessings upon the province and invited everyone to give themselves to the poor and to do good to the sea of young people in their mission.

              He then proceeded to the next community at St. Margaret’s MSMHC Provincial House to visit the tomb of SoG Stephan Ferrando. He was welcomed by the school’s wind instrument band together with the school students, the teachers and the MSMHC sisters. He spent a few moments in prayer.

              The Rector Major departed for the Airport at 3:30 pm. Before he left the Province, he gave the blessings of Mary Help of Christians. The Rector Major acknowledged the hospitality and the good response by the province of St. John Paul II, Shillong. He said he was deeply moved by the love and respect he received while moving from place to place.

              In the visitors’ book of the Province he wrote, “Continue to be beacon of hope for the youth, be Don Bosco to them… I impart you my blessings.” He had tears in his eyes as he was escorted by the convoy and few confreres to the Airport.

              It may be mentioned here that the Rector Major was declared by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya as the ‘State Guest’. 

              Michael Makri

              Photos are available on ANSFlickr

              • India
              • INS
              • Rettor Maggiore
              • Ángel Fernández Artime
              • Famiglia Salesiana
              • Stefano Ferrando
              • Santità Salesiana
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Bolivia – Regional Formations Meeting for PDOs and CFPs in Latin America

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                Bolivia – Regional Formations Meeting for PDOs and CFPs in Latin America

                (ANS - Cochabamba) - The fourth Formation Seminar was held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, from 21 to 25 October, as part of the project to strengthen the competences of planning and development offices (PDO) and Salesian Vocational Training Centers (CFP) in Latin America. The project represents a joint effort, led by the German Salesian NGO "Don Bosco Mondo", in coordination with the PDO of Bolivia "OFPROBOL", and financed by the German Ministry for Development Cooperation (BMZ).

                Eighty representatives took part, including lay people and Salesian leaders from 23 Provinces - 18 from the Salesians and 5 from the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians - and from 17 countries: Dominican Republic, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. In addition to the representatives of "Don Bosco Mondo", there were those of other Salesian NGOs: "VIA Don Bosco" (Belgium), "Salesian Missions" (USA), "VIS - International Voluntary Service for Development" (Italy) and "Jóvenes y Desarrollo”(Spain).

                The project involves strengthening the skills of the staff of the PDOs and the CFP through mutual and collaborative learning to better meet the needs of the beneficiaries of Salesian activities in the region: youth at risk, vulnerable men and women and at risk of social and economic exclusion.

                In the various workshops, the PDO managers developed the contents of the transversal axes in the field of development cooperation, in particular on the Environment, Political Incidence and Human Rights; while those of CFP gave continuity to the curricular development by skills, focusing on the evaluation and on the socio-work support of young people.

                Among the main efforts made at the 4th seminar:

                - consolidate the work and collaboration networks between the PDOs and CFPs of Latin America, in addition to their articulation with other local and regional Salesian networks;

                - strengthening in the field of awareness-raising, social mobilization and socio-political advocacy, a function envisaged in the document "General outline of the model and functions of the Salesian PDO of the Province";

                - strengthen awareness of environmental problems and work in a spirit of shared responsibility with all the actors involved in the Educational-Pastoral Communities. To this end it will be possible to count on the support of "Don Bosco Mondo" to formulate an integral project proposal on the subject, at the regional level;

                - effectively share the results of this meeting with Provincials and their Councils in the awareness of the process that has now begun and which, with the support and contribution of all, will continue to consolidate.

                • Bolivia
                • BOL
                • PDO
                • Formazione Professionale
                • Don Bosco Mondo
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  RMG – CG28: Br Luigi Bacchin narrates history and evolution of Valdocco print press

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                  RMG – CG28: Br Luigi Bacchin narrates history and evolution of Valdocco print press

                  (ANS - Rome) – The Salesian printing press was built by Don Bosco in 1883. He had it opened to have his editions printed, which were generally printed outside Turin, but also to give the boys a job. To tell us about the Salesian typography of Valdocco is its manager, Br Luigi Bacchin, who talks about it under the project "Interviews with the eyes of ...".

                  Exactly 108 days after the beginning of the 28th General Chapter, Br Bacchin tells us the history and evolution of the press, from the early years when books were printed with the use of movable type to the advent of new technologies.

                  The typography was finally closed in 2012, the day after the celebrations for the foundation's 150th anniversary. In 2013, however, the superiors decided to keep the site open and to exhibit the ancient machines, so as to recreate the environment of the typography, as it was in Don Bosco's time.

                  Like every week, the "Interview with the eyes of ..." video is available on the various ANSChannel channels.

                  • RMG
                  • Valdocco
                  • CG28
                  • Torino
                  • ICP
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Japan – Gathered together to enliven the Salesian spirit

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                    Japan – Gathered together to enliven the Salesian spirit

                    (ANS – Tokyo) – The Assembly of the Salesian Family was held at the Salesian Formation house, Chofu, Tokyo on 14 October 2019. This assembly was set for the occasion of the visit of the Mother Superior of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Mother Yvonne Reungoat, FMA in Japan. More than 200 participants of 5 Groups of the Salesian Family — the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), Caritas Sisters of Jesus (SCG), Association of the Salesian Cooperators (ASC), ADMA as well other related groups - Don Bosco Kikin (DBK; Don Bosco Fund Raising Foundation), VIDES Japan (FMA Volunteer movement), and the Hamamatsu Parish faithful who offer educational assistance to the children of migrants—were well represented by the attendance of the members of each group.

                    The assembly started with the celebration of the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Jacob Hamaguchi, SDB, the Salesian Provincial. In his homily, Fr. Hamaguchi emphasized the importance of finding joy through serving young people who are in need of help. This joy is the force that sustains the zeal and commitment to the mission of the entire Salesian Family.

                    “And if anyone gives to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward (cf. Mt.10:42).” This divine command lays out the missionary activities of the Church to take care of the people who are poor and marginalized. As the Church continues journeying, its members are called to be the tangible sign of salvation. By proclaiming the Gospel, Jesus unites people who obey his command in good faith. Each is called to preach salvation and reign of the Kingdom of God through the grace and inspiration that comes from the Holy Spirit. The Salesian missionary activities are manifestations of the graces bestowed to the members of the Salesian Family to carry out the deeds of Christ to the young people in need. This Salesian identity claimed by each of the members becomes deeds of witnessing Christ.

                    After the celebration of the Holy Mass, reports were sharedon the activities of each group, along with an inspirational talk by FMA Mother General. Sister Yvonne, who expressed her feelings of joy at the various activities of the members of the Salesian Family in Japan helping young people in need of help in realization of the Salesian mission. Mother Yvonne herself was a missionary in Africa. Her stories of her own missionary experiences enlightened the people about the Salesian missionary activities around the world.

                    Fellowship followed after the talk of Mother Yvonne. The SF encounter happen during the animation visit of FMA Superior General in Japan (Oct 6-16, 2019).

                    Source: AustraLasia

                    • Giappone
                    • GIA
                    • Famiglia Salesiana
                    • Yvonne Reungoat
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      India – Fr Á.F. Artime: today's young people want to see "the tenderness of God" in Salesians

                      1 month 1 week ago

                      (ANS - Shillong) - The Rector Major's Animation Visit to the Shillong Province (INS), which closes today, 30 October, continued in recent days among festive meetings with the local population and fraternal moments with the Salesians of the Province.

                      After the stages experienced in Agartala, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime arrived in the afternoon of Monday 28 October at the Provincial House of Shillong, where there were about 500 people impatiently waiting to meet him, dressed in the area's typical tribal clothes. He received the official greeting of the Provincial, Fr Paul Olphindro Lyngkot, and followed with close attention the exhibition of the musical bands of the Salesian aspirantate and the choir of the novices of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. The welcome ceremony reached its epitome when the Rector Major reciprocated with songs, himself playing guitar and singing before everyone present.

                      Then, after a time dedicated to photos and spontaneous greetings with the cheering crowd, the Rector Major met with the Provincial Council, to which he explained the general situation of the Congregation and from which he received an overview of the current state of the Salesian INS.

                      Yesterday, Tuesday 29, accompanied by numerous Salesians, Fr Á.F. Artime joined the Salesian Theologate of the Sacred Heart, and celebrated Mass for the community. On the anniversary of the liturgical memorial of Blessed Michael Rua, the Rector Major recalled in his homily that the Congregation still needs Salesians who are as genuine and sincere as the First Successor of Don Bosco. And he also added that today's young people want to see in Salesians "God's tenderness".

                      Later in the morning, the Rector Major also visited Shillong's famous "Don Bosco Center for Indigenous Cultures" (DBCIC) Museum, which collects testimonies of the different cultures of the tribes of north-eastern India. He visited the various sections and admired the cultural testimonies exhibited within the vast museum, which develops over seven floors, and has also inaugurated its website.

                      The Successor of Don Bosco then met with all the Salesians in the Province: he reassured them about the state of vocations on a global level, but he also recalled the need to take care of personal accompaniment not only for young people but also for Salesians themselves. Finally he warned against individualistic tendencies, immaturity and clericalism and from the search for power within religious life.

                      The presentation of a new book by the Salesian Fr Johny Eapen marked the conclusion of the meeting.

                      Photos are available on ANSFlickr

                      • India
                      • INS
                      • Rettor Maggiore
                      • Ángel Fernández Artime
                      • Visita di Animazione
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        India – “Kiran Anjali Programme” gives hope to Plus Two Girls through Education Support

                        1 month 1 week ago
                        India – “Kiran Anjali Programme” gives hope to Plus Two Girls through Education Support

                        (ANS – Hyderabad)The Kiran Anjali Project’s mission is to provide guidance and financial support to institutions providing education to disadvantaged children, especially girls, in India. The Kiran Anjali Project partners with small, grassroots nonprofits, and also with Salesians. At “Bosco Seva Kendra”, Don Bosco Provincial House in Hyderabad, last 20 October, Fr BellamkondaSudhakar, Executive Director of “BSK”, and Mounika, Renuka, Divya, Nita, Sonia and Plus1 & Plus2 Girls and their parents took part in a special day about Bosco Seva Kendra and Kiran Anjali Programme.

                        The day started with the entire team welcoming Nita, Sonia and Divya. Fr Sudhakar had handed over bouquets to them and felicitated each of them with a shawl. There was an informal morning refreshments session for everyone before they started the presentation.

                        Fr Sudhakar made a presentation on “The Four Candles” that explains about Love, Faith and Hope. He explained to the girls the importance of never giving up on Hope. After that, Renuka made a presentation on Effective Communication. Some videos explaining the importance of the same were shown.

                        Renuka also conducted some games - Picture Talk, Draw a picture, and correct the English and IQ tests. Children participated with lot of energy and excitement. Around 1 o clock, a lunch was served and snapped several pictures and videos. Nita and Sonia took interviews of the girls individually asking them about their association with Bosco Seva Kendra - Kiran Anjali Programme.

                        The afternoon session started with Mounika and Sonia giving a Class on Self Defence and its importance. Children were demonstrated some simple techniques of self-defence. Sonia also gave some useful tips to the girls on self-protection. Girls were so motivated to meet Sonia – who is part of Teen-KAP in USA. Sonia is 16 years old and had so much to share with them and encourage them. It was wonderful to see how they connected with her.

                        Later, Divya conducted few games to help the girls become more open and friendly. All the girls exhaustively enjoyed and promised to be more communicative. Nita got gifts for the girls – A Smiley ball and lots of chocolates. The day ended with cake-cutting moment of the girls who celebrate their birthday in the month of October and promising to stay connected and learn from each other.

                        • India
                        • INH
                        • Ragazze
                        • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Italy – Istituto "Pio XI" of Rome: a "House of Life" for many persecuted

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                          (ANS - Rome) - On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Rome from the Nazi-Fascist occupation, and in the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Salesian Institute "Pio XI", on Friday, 18 October, the International "Raoul Wallenberg" Foundation (IRWF) delivered the plaque identifying the Pio XI Institute as "House of Life", having been a place of refuge and salvation for a number of Jewish citizens unjustly persecuted during the Second World War. On this occasion, the docu-fiction "LO SCUDO DELL’ALTRO - La Memoria del Dovere, or the Shield of the Other  the Memory of Duty", produced in collaboration with the Salesian Historical Institute (ISS), Senape Production, "Madriland Art" and "Centro Cooperazione Culturale" was presented. 

                          Rome, autumn 1943. The city is under Nazi siege. In a climate of fear, there is news of Nazi-fascist militia scouring the Jewish ghetto. But a few bulwarks of justice and humanity remain, far from the headlines of the time, and still allow for reflection on what man can really do: choose to act.

                          Fr Armando Alessandrini and Fr Francesco Antonioli were respectively the Economer and the Director of the Salesian Institute "Pio XI" of Rome, a religious school and boarding house in the Appio-Latino district. It is from these two men, before being priests, that the idea of ​​making the institute a "safe haven", a home that welcomes and gives hope to about 70 Jewish children, is born. Hidden and merged amid all the students of the school, these teens, sometimes children, learned Christian songs, prayers and customs and, in return, found brotherhood, acceptance, life.

                          The Salesian Institute remained firm, a sanctuary, in what was an inferno, thanks to its open doors open like welcoming arms. "We did but our duty," they would say after the war, when they were thanked and finally, years later, recognized as "Righteous among the Nations."

                          For this reason, on Friday 18 October, a tribute was paid with the awarding of the "House of Life" plaque to the Pio XI Institute. Doing the honors were the Provincial for Central Italy (ICC), Fr Stefano Aspettati; the Director of the Institute, Fr Gino Berto, and the Dean of the Institute prof. Marco Franchin.

                          The following then spoke: Uriel Perugia, Secretary General of the Union of Jewish Communities of Italy (UCEI); Msgr. Gianpiero Palmieri, auxiliary bishop of Rome, Silvia Costantini, Vice-president of the IRWF, and Elena Colitto Castelli, Responsible for Italy of the "Houses of Life" project.

                          The ceremony then continued with the presentation of the aforementioned docu-fiction, interpreted by the students who today attend "Pius XI", who were asked to literally put themselves in the shoes of the children of that time. Then followed words by Fr Francesco Motto, of the ISS, on whose research the docu-fiction is based; the playwright Roberto Russo, author of the text, and some of the performers.

                          The event ended with the unveiling and blessing of the souvenir plaque posted in the atrium of the Institute.

                           {gallery}ICC - Pio XI Casa di Vita 2019{/gallery}

                          • ICC
                          • Italia
                          • Ebraismo
                          • Violenze
                          • Guerra
                          • Storia
                          • ISS
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Ecuador – Inter-American Provincials meet to develop common projects

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                            Ecuador – Inter-American Provincials meet to develop common projects

                            (ANS - Quito) - In the House of Spirituality "María Auxiliadora" of Cumbayá, in Quito, the meeting of the Provincials of the Interamerica Region was held with the participation of 12 Provinces and the presence of Fr Timothy Ploch, Regional Councilor. The objective of this call was to review the provincial projects and to draw up a plan for the Region.

                            The Provincials present were: Fr Francisco Sánchez, Ecuador (ECU); Fr Manuel Cayo, Peru (PER); Fr Ignacio Ocampo, Mexico-Mexico (MEM); Fr Hugo Orozco, Mexico-Guadalajara (MEG); Fr Javier Ortiz, Bolivia (BOL); Fr Timothy Zak, United States East and Canada (SUE); Fr Ted Montemayor, United States West (SUO); Fr Ángel Prado, Central America (CAM); Fr John Jairo Gómez, Colombia-Bogotá (COB); Fr Luis Fernando Valencia, Colombia-Medellin (COM); and Fr Francisco Batista, Antilles (ANT).

                            At the opening, Fr ​​Ploch reiterated that the meeting's central axis was the formative context and the propitiation of a climate of "brotherhood" among Salesians. At the same time, there was room for reflection on inter-provincial formation houses and for preparation for the XXVIII General Chapter.

                            The Regional Councilor presented the main challenge that the ECU Province has for the future, which is fundamentally about increasing vocations to Salesian consecrated life. "It is a Province with many works, but with few vocations; it is a challenge for Ecuador and for the whole Congregation," he said.

                            The Provincials also had the opportunity to watch the institutional video of the Province of Ecuador, called "Salesian Impacto", created with the aim of communicating and making known the work that the Salesians and lay people carry out in the different sectors, and to show how the people are empowered by the mission and charism of Don Bosco.

                            Fr Cayo, Provincial of Peru, presented the theme: "The role of the Provincial", and then reflected on the inter-provincial formation houses.

                            The activities ended with a visit to the Ongoing Education Center of the Salesian Polytechnic University (UPS), located in the town of San Bartolo. There, active, are the "Scuola San Patrizio" (TESPA), the "San Patrizio Educational Unit" (UESPA) and the "Coworking" project. On this occasion, the project's young beneficiaries and their families shared an artistic-cultural program with the Salesian Provincials.

                            During the meeting, other topics were also discussed, such as: the review of the 2014-2020 Regional Project and the Council proposals on how to elect the next regional in the context of the XXVIII General Chapter. Speakers include Salvador Delgadillo, of the Salesian Center for Ongoing Formation in America (CSFPA) and Fr Horacio Barbieri, of the Regional Center of Salesian Coadjutors (CRESCO).

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                            • Ecuador
                            • ECU
                            • Interamerica
                            • Timothy Ploch
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Angola - 3rd African Conference of Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS)

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                              Angola - 3rd African Conference of Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS)

                              (ANS - Luanda) - It is a truth that every day the need for university education is growing all over the world, and especially in Africa. According to the report "Education for All Global Monitoring Report", "the global literacy rate reached 86% in 2017, although it does not exceed 65% in sub-Saharan Africa. Advances in youth literacy have been positive, causing an absolute drop in the total number of illiterate young people aged 15 to 24." In this context, the Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS) have not lost hope and continue their formation. This is why the 3rd IUS African Conference was held in Luanda from 21 to 23 October.

                              The representatives of the Salesian University Institutes of Lomé (Togo), Maputo (Mozambique) and Luanda (Angola) took part in the event, serving an average of 1,500 students each, to whom not only a professional future is offered, but also quality of life.

                              The event opened with the welcome of Fr Víctor Sequeira, Provincial of Angola, followed by the words of Sister Amelia Gonçalves, Director of the Luanda Institute. Fr Marcelo Farfán, Coordinator General of the IUS, offered his message that enriched the meeting with a general overview; Dr Alberto Kapitango held the inaugural conference on the theme: "The challenges of Higher Education in Africa."

                              Immediately after this presentation, the representatives of the various Institutes illustrated the current state of each university, giving an account of progress, difficulties and challenges. The meeting, in particular, focused on the re-elaboration of the common program for African institutions, which highlighted several priorities. The reflection on the option for the most disadvantaged, the need for formative itineraries for personnel, the elaboration of the University Pastoral Project and the promotion of academic micro-networks were the concrete requests that emerged.

                              During the three-day meeting, the Coordinator of the IUS in Africa was also elected, namely Fr Dieudonné Otekpo, Director of the Don Bosco Institute of Lomé; finally, it was proposed to hold the next meeting in Maputo from 24 to 26 October 2022.

                              "It is essential to invest in higher education, increase research spending, develop strong academic ties with the African diaspora and improve the planning and implementation of higher education programs at institutional, national and continental level," were the conclusions affirmed by the Summit on Higher Education held previously in Dakar, Senegal, in February 2019.

                              {gallery}ANG - Incontro IUS Africa 2019{/gallery}

                              • Angola
                              • ANG
                              • Educazione
                              • IUS
                              • Africa
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                India – Fr Ángel to the Salesians: “The poor have only us. We cannot move away from them”

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                                India – Fr Ángel to the Salesians: “The poor have only us. We cannot move away from them”

                                (ANS – Agartala) – On Sunday, October 27th, the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, SDB, paid homage to the statue of Don Bosco that adorns one of the trijunctions in the capital city of Agartala. The brief function set the tone for what turned out to be a memorable evening that hundreds spent in the company of Don Bosco’s successor and Rector Major of the Salesians.

                                Fr Joseph Palamthattel (Sunny), Rector and Parish priest at Don Bosco Agartala, welcomed the Rector Major and gave a brief history of the statue. The statue of Don Bosco, a replica of the historic statue in Turin and Don Bosco Square Shillong, was erected at Bankumari trijunction in June 2011, a few days before the casket containing Don Bosco’s relics reached Agartala. The monument, inaugurated by Shri Jitendra Choudhury, a Cabinet Minister in the then ruling CPI(M) government of Tripura, was an acknowledgement of the services rendered by Don Bosco to the people of Tripura.

                                Fr Ángel, the Rector Major, paid floral tribute to the statue in front of a large gathering of youth and parishioners who had come to welcome the Rector Major. Fr Horacio López, who accompanied the Rector Major, Fr Paul Olphindro Lyngkot, Provincial of Shillong Province, and Mr Manoj Jamatia, Salesian Cooperator, also paid floral tributes to the statue. The base of the statue bears the inscription, “Don Bosco – Educator and Friend of youth.” There are three major Salesian institutions in the vicinity of the statue – Don Bosco School, Auxilium Girls School and Ferrando Rehabilitation Centre.

                                Then he met all the Salesians working in Tripura and Silchar, and underscored the need to ensure that the “poor are the beneficiaries of the services the Salesians render.” He called his conference to the Salesians “a very important meeting, perhaps, the most important among the many meetings lined up for me these days.” He expressed his happiness at meeting each one and congratulated everyone for the work being done. He had special words of appreciation for the Provincial and his council whose leadership, he said, the confreres too appreciate. He called INS, a “young province that still has the possibility of shaping its identity and destiny.”

                                The Rector Major said also, “Each Salesian contributes to what will become the history of the province. One must ensure that his contribution is something that enriches the history being written.” He then invited the Salesians to be creative in discerning the present day needs of the youth, and in responding to those needs.

                                The Rector Major was especially eloquent when he urged fellow Salesians to keep in mind that “the poor are the true subjects of Don Bosco’s charism.” Decrying the tendency to replace the poor with the middle class that can be sensed in some places, the Rector Major pointed out that “the middle class perhaps has other options, but the poor have only us. We cannot move away from them.”

                                He also underscored the need to pay special attention to youth work, family apostolate, and parish apostolate.

                                On behalf of all Salesians present, Fr Paul Panachikal thanked the Rector Major for the sharing and for clearly articulating the direction our apostolate should take.

                                Finally, in the evening, Fr Ángel addressed the members of the Salesian Family of Tripura at Don Bosco Agartala on of 27th October. He also interacted with them and said he felt totally at home in their company. The gathering had members from Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), Missionary Sisters of Mary help of Christians (MSMHC), the Visitation Sisters of Don Bosco (VSDB), the Cooperators and Past Pupils.

                                {gallery}INS - Visita RM 2 - 2019{/gallery}

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                                • India
                                • INS
                                • Rettor Maggiore
                                • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                • Visita di Animazione
                                • Famiglia Salesiana
                                • Povertà
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  RMG – CG28: Work Tools Drafted

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                                  RMG – CG28: Work Tools Drafted

                                  (ANS - Rome) - The Precapitular Commissions of the 28th General Chapter (GC28) of the Congregation, respectively on the theme of the Chapter and the one on juridical aspects, have completed the drafting phase of the "Work Tool" of the GC28. The document was prepared by the members of the Commissions during the two meetings held at the Salesian Headquarters in Rome last month (from 9 to 20 and from 23 to 30 September). It is currently being circulated to all the Provinces.

                                  As part of the meetings, the pre-capitular Commission on the theme of the Chapter carefully analyzed the contributions received from the various Provinces, from groups or individual confreres as well as the ideas offered by the young.

                                  Similarly, the pre-capitular Commission on the juridical aspects gathered both the observations on which the different Provincial Chapters were called to express themselves, and the contributions from the Rector Major and his Council.

                                  The fruit of the work of these Commissions is the present "Work Tool", drawn up with the specific purpose of being the basis for the discernment that will have as subject the 243 Capitulars who, from February 16th to April 4th 2020, shall meet again at Turin-Valdocco to discuss together the question: "Which Salesians for young people today?"

                                  At this time, the General Chapter, as the supreme authority of the whole Congregation, will bring to completion the discernment through the approval of a final Document, which will be the fruit of the Chapter.

                                  This current work tool has been sub-divided, for practical reasons, into two texts - the document on the theme of the Chapter and the document on juridical aspects.

                                  While the latter presents the different challenges for the life of the Congregation and the juridical solutions that can be adopted to deal with them, at the level of modifications of individual articles of the Constitutions and other fundamental texts of the Congregation, the text on the theme of the Chapter is structured in three parts that recall the articulation of the process of discernment indicated by the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium (recognizing, interpreting, choosing), each applied to the three thematic nuclei that give articulation to the general theme.

                                  - Priority of the Salesian mission among the youth of today;
                                  - Profile of the Salesian for today's youth;
                                  - Together with the laity in mission and formation.

                                  Aware that the process of discernment cannot proceed without the guidance of God, the members of the Commissions, led by Fr Stefano Vanoli, Regulator of the GC28, state in the introduction to the Work Tool: "In this epochal change, the Holy Spirit is moving the Church towards a new youth ... As it has guided the synodal experience, we are certain that the Lord Jesus will also guide the journey of the Congregation towards the new horizons of the mission."

                                  Work Tool on Juridical Aspects

                                  • RMG
                                  • CG28
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    India – “Know Jesus More” Rector Major urges INS Youth, Pre-Novices

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                                    India – “Know Jesus More” Rector Major urges INS Youth, Pre-Novices

                                    (ANS – Shillong) – 27 October 2019: Indigo flight 6E 112 from Guwahati touched down at Agartala airport, almost 20 minutes ‘earlier than scheduled’. On board was the Salesian Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, on a four-day visit to Shillong Province (INS).

                                    The Rector Major, Fr Horacio López, his secretary, Fr Paul Olphindro Lyngkot, the Provincial of Shillong Province, and Fr Manoj Churuliyil, a provincial Councillor, were welcomed inside the airport by some provincial council members from the region - Fr Sunny, Bro Alex, Bro Regy, Fr Davis from Bishramganj and by Sr. Celine D Cunha of Auxilium Girls School Agartala.

                                    On exiting from the terminal, the Rector Major was once again welcomed by a representative group of Salesian Cooperators and Past pupils who'd been waiting outside the airport terminal. Happy faces clad in colourful traditional attire broke in to cheers of welcome on seeing the 10th successor of St. John Bosco exiting the airport greeting and smiling at them. They presented him flowers, and traditional risha as a sign of welcome and joy.

                                    In a car arranged by the Past Pupils, the Rector Major then left for “St. Xavier’s School” in Pathaliaghat, situated 41 kilometers south of Agartala, making the first Salesian house in Tripura also the first to host the Superior General.

                                    The Salesian Rector Major said to the young people that they must “strive to know Jesus more”. Calling it “the secret of success”, he said the extent to which we know Him, love Him and stay close to Him, so will our lives become meaningful and successful.

                                    Fr Ángel addressed the large gathering consisting of youth, religious personnel, and parishioners that had come to welcome and listen to the 10th Successor of Don Bosco at St. Xavier’s Pathaliaghat. He was accorded a rousing welcome by youth and religious personnel from Don Bosco Udaipur, Don Bosco Nabasardar, Herma Prenovitiate and by the boarders of Don Bosco and Auxilium Boardings. A group of parishioners, cooperators and Past Pupils of the institution were also present to welcome the distinguished visitor. They presented him with bouquets and rishas.

                                    In his address, the Rector Major reiterated they ought “to strive to know Jesus more”. He said the more one knows Jesus, the more one will love Him and the more one loves Him, the more one will strive to become like Him. The group listened to the Rector Major's address with eagerness. He spoke in Italian, and Fr Manoj, the provincial councilor, translated into English. The Rector Major exhorted the pre-novices present to “discern their vocation with care”.

                                    The Rector Major also visited the adjoining Auxilium Convent and Hostel where he had lunch and continued to interact and mingle with young people and others. In memory of the historic visit, the school park was named after the Rector Major.

                                    Although it was in the historic Parish of Mariamnagar that the Salesians began in 1991, St. Xavier’s School at Pathaliaghat, which the Salesians took over in the following year, became the first Salesian institution in Tripura.

                                    {gallery}INS - Visita RM 2019{/gallery}

                                    More photos are available on ANSFlickr.

                                    • INS
                                    • Rettor Maggiore
                                    • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                    • Visita di Animazione
                                    • India
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Chile – We dream of a better Chile: letter from Fr Carlo Lira, Provincial, to Salesian Family

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                                      Chile – We dream of a better Chile: letter from Fr Carlo Lira, Provincial, to Salesian Family

                                      (ANS - Santiago) - Chile is experiencing a wave of protests that began last week - after the government announced an increase in the cost of the Santiago metrò ticket - and left at least 19 people dead and hundreds injured. This wave of protests responds to the anger of a nation that for 30 years has lived under a neoliberal model that has progressively exacerbated the profound economic differences between a minority of entrepreneurs who have become richer, and an increasingly poor majority, to which must be added the growing corruption of politicians.

                                      After the large protests in the streets, which led the authorities to declare a state of emergency and a curfew in different parts of the country, President Piñera withdrew the measure introduced a week ago, but this did not help end the massive events throughout Chile.

                                      In this context, the Salesian Provincial in Chile, Fr Carlo Lira, wrote a letter to the Salesian Family:

                                      “Dear Salesian Family,

                                      The moment we are living in our society shows us a live, awakened social conscience, a reality that permits us to adequately discern and respond promptly to the will of God.

                                      The aspirations of the majority that protest peacefully in the streets for a more just and supportive country, where the person is at the center of every policy, are part of the construction of the Kingdom, and therefore we are all committed as disciples of Jesus.

                                      However, I urge you not to fall into the treatment that rightly led to indignation: the indifference to the proposals of the paths that may emerge, the denigration of the other, the annulment of the other as a person. Violence is never a solution. Christ gave Himself for all of us.

                                      I want us to help our Country dream of a better society, a country of brothers, more human. It is time to move forward, respecting and listening to each other with our hearts.

                                      Don Bosco teaches us that love is the force that renews and develops us. We must do our best to contribute in each of the environments in which we live, to recover harmonious coexistence, knowing that the final objective is not immediate, but possible.

                                      May Mary Help of Christians, the Virgin of difficult times, accompany us.”

                                      After seven days of demonstrations, which mobilized millions of people in the main cities of Chile, demonstrating an irrevocable decision to bring about social change, the word 'dialogue' has taken hold in the social debate in Chile, and is seen as the only way to connect the various social actors and reach a national agreement.

                                      • Cile
                                      • CIL
                                      • Sociale
                                      • Povertà
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Peru – Inauguration of two internships for young people in Kuyuntsa: "It is very important to educate a people …"

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                                        (ANS - Kuyuntsa) – Those who remember Fr Luis (Luigi) Bolla cannot but turn their gaze to "a culture that I love, and for which I have identified myself with the Achuar to the point of risking my life." When he left Ecuador and departed for Peru, he chose Kuyuntsa and Sanhiick as his residence, testifying that his only concern was to humanize, evangelize and educate. Today, five years after his departure for Heaven, Yánkuam'Jintia, as he was called, is still alive in the Salesians who continue his work and who today announce: "With joy, we can communicate that in Kuyuntsa we have inaugurated two internships, one for boys and the other for girls."

                                        Fr Raúl Acuña describes the inauguration of the two structures for young Achuar, which took place on Saturday 12 October. "We have created, with the help of a German NGO, two internships for young people who come to Kuyuntsa to study. From a well, we've brought drinking water; we use solar energy and it is a place to train and study."

                                        Education is the prototypical commitment of the Salesians of Don Bosco, as well as of other institutes and congregations of the Salesian Family; such as, for example, "Le Discepole", an institute founded in India by Fr Joseph D’Souza, SDB. "They will take care of this great work in the middle of the Amazon jungle, and for them we have built the community house."

                                        Coming to Kuyuntsa for the inauguration, after not a few hours' journey along the rivers, were: Fr Manolo Cayo, Provincial; Fr Raúl Acuña, Director of the Projects Office; Ms. Roswitha Maus, Project Manager of the Salesian NGO "Don Bosco Mondo", in Bonn, Germany; Fr Diego Clavijo, a local missionary; members of the Provincial Social Communication team, the Department of Education, and many others. "These works would not have been possible without the support of Don Bosco Mondo, the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany and the Salesian Mission Office of Peru," said Fr Acuña.

                                        Arriving in Kuyuntsa is not easy; it is a long, difficult journey that requires sacrifices, "but it is made out of the desire to improve the life situation of the Achuar indigenous communities through education and the development of their skills," added Fr Acuña. "This is why we started cultivating on virgin land, to improve the inhabitants' diet and teach them that one doesn't eat only cassava and bananas." In a short time, the young people learned to grow rice, corn and beans and they are planting new trees.

                                        From education also derives knowledge of their rights, why the Salesians have foreseen a special training project: "Human rights and the identity of peoples."

                                        After more than 50 years among the indigenous peoples, the voice of Father Bolla resonates so current and present to Kuyuntsa: "It is very important to educate a people ... Thinking about the future of their communities."

                                        • Perù
                                        • PER
                                        • Indigeni
                                        • Luis Bolla
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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