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Italy - "Our concern is the common home where the young person is at the center of our attention": the Pan-Amazon Seminar

1 month 2 weeks ago

(ANS - Rome) - "I heard a story of a nun who had gone to evangelize an area of ​​the Amazon, and the natives told her: 'if you come to build a church, know that we have our convictions. If you come to build a school, know that we can educate our children for themselves ... But if you come to stay with us and fight for our rights, you are welcome." This is what Fr José Zanardini narrated in the first report of the Pan-Amazon Seminar entitled "New paths for a Church with an Amazonian Face",  underway (March 7-8) at the Salesian Pontifical University.

The event is being attended by a large group of people and speakers from various parts of the world: Paraguay, Venezuela, Brazil and Ecuador. Fr Paolo Carlotta and Fr Martin Lasarte of the Missions Dicastery offered their welcome.

In a brief presentation, Fr Lasarte said that the mission of the Salesians at the Pan-Amazon Synod is not simply to take a position on nature. "Our concern is the common home where the young person is at the center of our attention. In these 125 years of Salesian presence in the Amazon, we have accompanied thousands of young people; we have 38 religious communities with the presence of 198 Salesians of Don Bosco."

Cardinal Claudio Hummes, archbishop emeritus of Sao Paulo, Brazil, presented the history of the Pan-Amazon Synod. Mgr. Fabio Fabene, Undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops, then spoke: "Church and ecology are one reality. It is faith in God that stimulates the Church to be present in the territory, enhancing (the value of) culture and identity ... In this sense it is a matter of seeing the Amazonian face of the Church."

The morning ended with a presentation by Prof. Gabriela Bernal on the current state of the youth in the Amazon: "Latin America continues to be the continent of inequality. Indigenous women and young people are truly poor …," she said.

In the afternoon, mgr. Raúl Biord, bishop of La Guaira, from Venezuela, presented the report: "Theological, ecclesial and missionary perspectives for the Amazon region", and Fr Reginaldo Cordeiro, SDB, presented a paper: "The spaces of young people in the Amazon Church."

In conclusion, Mauricio López Oropeza, Executive Secretary of the "Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network", explained that "the purpose of this Synod is to help us change our heart, recognize God in the other and be part of a process of transformation."

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    Gian Francesco Romano

    Italy - "Our concern is the common home where the young person is at the center of our attention": the Pan-Amazon Seminar

    1 month 2 weeks ago

    (ANS - Rome) - "I heard a story of a nun who had gone to evangelize an area of ​​the Amazon, and the natives told her: 'if you come to build a church, know that we have our convictions. If you come to build a school, know that we can educate our children for themselves ... But if you come to stay with us and fight for our rights, you are welcome." This is what Fr José Zanardini narrated in the first report of the Pan-Amazon Seminar entitled "New paths for a Church with an Amazonian Face",  underway (March 7-8) at the Salesian Pontifical University.

    The event is being attended by a large group of people and speakers from various parts of the world: Paraguay, Venezuela, Brazil and Ecuador. Fr Paolo Carlotta and Fr Martin Lasarte of the Missions Dicastery offered their welcome.

    In a brief presentation, Fr Lasarte said that the mission of the Salesians at the Pan-Amazon Synod is not simply to take a position on nature. "Our concern is the common home where the young person is at the center of our attention. In these 125 years of Salesian presence in the Amazon, we have accompanied thousands of young people; we have 38 religious communities with the presence of 198 Salesians of Don Bosco."

    Cardinal Claudio Hummes, archbishop emeritus of Sao Paulo, Brazil, presented the history of the Pan-Amazon Synod. Mgr. Fabio Fabene, Undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops, then spoke: "Church and ecology are one reality. It is faith in God that stimulates the Church to be present in the territory, enhancing (the value of) culture and identity ... In this sense it is a matter of seeing the Amazonian face of the Church."

    The morning ended with a presentation by Prof. Gabriela Bernal on the current state of the youth in the Amazon: "Latin America continues to be the continent of inequality. Indigenous women and young people are truly poor …," she said.

    In the afternoon, mgr. Raúl Biord, bishop of La Guaira, from Venezuela, presented the report: "Theological, ecclesial and missionary perspectives for the Amazon region", and Fr Reginaldo Cordeiro, SDB, presented a paper: "The spaces of young people in the Amazon Church."

    In conclusion, Mauricio López Oropeza, Executive Secretary of the "Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network", explained that "the purpose of this Synod is to help us change our heart, recognize God in the other and be part of a process of transformation."

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    • Italia
    • UPS
    • Sinodo per la regione Panamazzonica
    • Cardinali
    • Vescovi
      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
      • Federazione Pinardi
      • Donne
        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 - 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
        • Donne
        • Violenza di Genere
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Bolivia - Project started to improve production in rural communities

          1 month 2 weeks ago
          Bolivia - Project started to improve production in rural communities

          (ANS - Cochabamba) – In recent weeks, the Spanish Salesian NGO "Solidaridad Don Bosco" has launched the project "Development of agricultural production in the rural communities of Cochabamba." Its goal is to increase the capacity for families to support themselves in the area so as to improve their living conditions.

          The project takes place in Kami, Cochabamba, and aims to improve the living conditions of more than 200 people, including young people and the rural and Andean population in the area, and to integrate  families and rural communities that until now have lived according to an economic model of mere subsistence into a more developed productive system.

          "Solidaridad Don Bosco" develops the project with the Salesian Planning and Development Office (OFPROBOL) and together with the "San José Obrero" center of Kami, which since 1980 has dealt with secondary education, vocational training and health care.

          The project will contribute to improving farming, raising animals and fish production through the introduction of new potatoes and freshwater fish, especially trout, and to improve the quality of pig meat, both for the community's own consumption, as well as for retail sale. In addition, a producer association will be created to support the development of sales strategies and the development of a marketing plan to improve their competitiveness.

          At the same time, the technical training of the workers of the Kami Salesian center in the field of agricultural machinery repair will be improved, so that families do not have to go to the city every time the machinery breaks down.

          The 2-year project is supported by the Agency for International Development Cooperation of Extremadura.

          "Solidaridad Don Bosco" is confident that the project will reduce poverty in the area and promote gender equality and women's emancipation through joint training.

          • BOL
          • Bolivia
          • ONG
          • Sviluppo
          • Rurali
          • Solidarietà
          • Spagna
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Spain - "Fr Antonio César's blood shall make the seed of the Gospel fruitful in African land"

            1 month 2 weeks ago

            (ANS - Madrid) - The Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Madrid was filled with faithful last Monday, March 4, to celebrate a Mass in suffrage of the Salesian missionary Fr Antonio César Fernández, assassinated during a terrorist attack in Burkina Faso last February 15th.

            Hundreds of people, including a large number of religious from different congregations, joined the Eucharistic celebration. It was a sign of the affection that the whole Church has shown in the last weeks towards the Salesian Family. The Eucharist was presided over by the Provincial of the "Spain-Saint James Major" Province (SSM), Fr Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy, and concelebrated by the Episcopal Vicar for Consecrated Life, Father Elías Royón, SJ, and by the Episcopal Vicar of V Vicariate, Fr Juan Pedro Gutiérrez, as well as by several Salesian priests.

            "César seems to me to have been a saint, not only for the way he died, but for his whole life," said Fr Pérez Godoy, confessing at the same time, at the beginning of the homily, that he had cried as soon as he learned of the news. The SSM Provincial recalled the circumstances in which Fr Antonio César Fernández was assassinated, and several similarities with Christ's death on the Cross: "It was a Friday, at 3:00 pm ... He was pierced three times, by three shots." He also emphasized the fact that the missionary had traveled by car, when he could have travelled by plane.

            The life of Fr Antonio César Fernández was intimately bound to the African continent. The Salesian missionary was one of the founders of the Salesian presence in Togo, a country to which he was sent as part of the "Project Africa" ​​of the then Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Egidio Viganò. "Father Antonio César's blood will make the seed of the Gospel fruitful on African soil, for the good of the Church, and especially for the most needy young people in Africa," assured Fr Pérez Godoy.

            The Salesian Provincial also expressed "feelings of thanksgiving to the Lord for people like Antonio Cesar" who "encourage us to continue to live our vocation faithfully."

            He concluded with an invocation: "May the Lord give us His light to accept these moments and His strength to live with the same ideals of Antonio César."

            {gallery}Spagna - Messa per don AC Fernandez 2019{/gallery}

            • Spagna
            • SSM
            • Antonio César Fernández
            • Eucaristia
            • AFO
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Philippines - Bringing young people to the 7th Art: the Fifth Don Bosco Film Festival

              1 month 2 weeks ago
              Philippines - Bringing young people to the 7th Art: the Fifth Don Bosco Film Festival

              (ANS - Makati City) – Last February 23, dozens of young people and film enthusiasts participated in the awards ceremony of the fifth edition of the Don Bosco Film Festival (DBFF) promoted by the Salesian Province "St John Bosco" of the North Philippines. The event took place at the Joy Center of the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati City.

              Emceed by Fr Juvelan Samia, SDB, and Deacon Jerome Quinto, SDB, both members of the FIN Province Commission for Social Communications, this year's edition saw the number of Salesian films increase even further with the first-time participation of the houses of Batulao, of the Salesian parish in Santa Rosa, Laguna, and of the "Don Bosco Academy" in Bacolor, Pampanga.

              After the national anthem, there was the welcome of CS Delegate Fr Bernard Nolasco, and a musical-based prayer performed by the "Coro di Don Bosco" – an all-male choir of St. John Bosco Parish, Makati City, during the intermission. The Filipino director Kip Oebanda, a past pupil of Don Bosco and member of the DBFF Board of Judges, was the keynote speaker.

              Mr. Oebanda urged the young Salesian students present to use their God-given talent and their passion for cinema to produce useful stories that can truly serve the good interest of society. "As a filmmaker," he said, "you have a great responsibility to use this tool to serve the genuine values of life."

              After the screening of a short video that retraced the previous editions of the DBFF, the awards ceremony began in the respective categories, which included both technical and artistic prizes in the sections: short advertisement, documentaries and short films.

              In addition, two special prizes were awarded for the work most voted by the public and for the film chosen by the local Salesian publisher.

              Started in 2015, on the occasion of the Bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco, the DBFF continues to grow year after year in consideration of the local society and sponsors. Currently, students from any institute (school, oratory, educational centre, vocational training centre...) of the Salesians, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and the Sisters of the Charity of Jesus from all over the country can participate.

              This last edition, launched during the year that the Church of the Philippines dedicated in particular to clergy and consecrated persons, had as its theme the Gospel passage: "Come and See" (Jn 1:46) and challenged young people to tell true stories of religious who lived the Salesian charism and transmitted God's love to the neediest young people.

              So the DBFF gets also to motivate young people to become observers and narrators of the reality that surrounds them.

              The complete list of winners in the various categories is available on the Australasia website.

              {gallery}Filippine - DBFF 2019{/gallery}

              • Filippine
              • FIN
              • Comunicazione Sociale
              • Cinema
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Italy - New paths for a Church with an Amazonic face: Pan-Amazonic Seminar at Salesian Pontifical University

                1 month 2 weeks ago
                Italy - New paths for a Church with an Amazonic face: Pan-Amazonic Seminar at Salesian Pontifical University

                (ANS - Rome) - It is said that "the Amazon is the lung of humanity". In fact, the preparatory document of the Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazonic region also states that the Amazon basin is one of the largest reserves of biodiversity (30-50% of the world's flora and fauna), of fresh water (20% of non-frozen fresh water from the planet), and over a third of the planet's primary forests. Nine countries share this great biome: Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela, including French Guiana as overseas territory. And the Salesians are there too, working with young indigenous people.

                The Faculty of Theology of the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, together with the Missions Sector of the Salesian Congregation, have organized the Seminar on the Pan-Amazonic Synod for 7-8 March: "New ways for a Church with an Amazonic face."

                The seminar's objective is to continue the reflection of Salesians; in fact, a few months ago, a first meeting was held in Brazil, in Manaus, attended by Salesian missionaries from Latin America to discuss the challenges and future prospects of the Salesian presence in the Amazon region.

                At the same time, "the seminar is not just a workshop of reflection on the Pan-Amazonic Synod, but is part of a journey within the Provinces for the reflection and qualification of our mission in the Amazon," explains Fr Martín Lasarte of the Mission Sector. "Our mission, given the importance for integral ecology, is attentive and gives - fundamentally - priority to the cry of young people, above all indigenous, but also to Afro-descendants, mestizos, whites, mulattos, of the forest, the countryside, the shores, the small and big cities."

                It is important to underline that for Pope Francis the Pan-Amazonic Synod aims to "identify new ways of evangelizing that part of God's people, especially the indigenous, often forgotten and without a serene future." This is why, for the Salesians, it is a matter of carrying out "a work of raising awareness" before this great challenge.

                To complete this task, the seminar organizers invited numerous speakers of import: mgr. Fabio Fabene, Undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops; Msgr. Raúl Biord, bishop of La Guaira, Venezuela; Msgr. Antonio de Assis Ribeiro, SDB, bishop of Belém, Brazil; Dr Guzmán Carriquiri, Vice-President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America; professor José Zanardini, SDB, from Paraguay; Dr. Gabriela Bernal from Ecuador; Fr Juan Botasso, SDB, from Ecuador; and Fr Reginaldo Cordeiro, SDB, of the Brazil-Manaus Province.

                Other speakers will participate via pre-recorded interviews: card. Claudio Hummes, President of the "Pan-Amazzonic Ecclesial Network" (REPAM);  card. Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno, Vice President of REPAM, Peru; and Mauricio Lopez Oropeza, Executive Secretary of REPAM.

                The Salesians, with the whole Church, are "called to be," as Pope Francis says, "the instruments of God the Father for our planet to be what He dreamed when He created it, and to respond to His plan of peace, beauty and fullness."

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                • UPS
                • Sinodo per la regione Panamazzonica
                  Jesus Jurado

                  RMG – Rector Major's Visit to Southern Africa

                  1 month 2 weeks ago
                  RMG – Rector Major's Visit to Southern Africa

                  (ANS - Rome) - From 8 to 12 March, Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime shall be on African soil. Accompanied by the Councilor for the Africa-Madagascar region, Fr Américo Chaquisse, and by Fr Horacio López, Secretary of the Rector Major, he will animate Salesians and the Salesian Family present in the "Blessed Michael Rua" Vice Province of Southern Africa - which includes South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho.

                  Fr Á.F. Artime will reach South Africa on the morning of Friday 8 March, landing at the Cape Town airport. The first official appointment is in Landsdowne with the mission's Salesian Family and its lay collaborators.

                  On Saturday 9, there will be a meeting with the Salesians and, after the transfer to Johannesburg, he meets with the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA).

                  On 10 March, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco meets the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM), presides over the Sunday Eucharist. In the afternoon he shall preside over the gathering of the Salesian Family in the Johannesburg and Swaziland areas.

                  The Salesian Family and youth will also be at the center of the next day, Monday, March 11, which the Rector Major will spend in Lesotho.

                  Before returning to Rome, on the morning of Wednesday 13, Fr Á.F. Artime shall still dedicate the entire day of Tuesday 12 to his "dear confreres": first in the gathering with all the Salesians of the Vice Province, then in talks with the Provincial of AFM and his Council in an exchange that will serve to highlight challenges and priorities for the future path.

                  Although the Vice Province of AFM was canonically erected only in 1988, in the year of the centenary of the death of Don Bosco, the Salesian presence at the southern tip of the African continent is much older: the Salesian house of Cape Town, in fact, was started as early as 1896, while Salesians first set foot in Swaziland in 1953, and in Lesotho in 1980.

                  Today the Vice-Province has 9 canonically erected centers: five in South Africa, two in Swaziland and two in Lesotho, animated by 42 Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco.

                  • RMG
                  • Visita di Animazione
                  • Rettor Maggiore
                  • AFM
                    Jesus Jurado

                    India – Salesians meet to "build the nation"

                    1 month 2 weeks ago

                    (ANS - Dimapur) - Between the end of February and the beginning of March, the Salesian Provincials of the South Asia Region experienced three days of talks, planning and study: first in the context of the XX Conference of Salesian Provincials of the region ( SPCSA), and then through a formative day on some specific topics of Canon Law.

                    Under the guidance of the Regional Councilor, Fr Maria Arockiam Kanaga, and of the General Councilor for the Salesian Missions, Fr Guillermo Basañes, the Superiors, the Provincial Delegates of the various Provinces and those responsible for the various regional organizations of South Asia gathered at the Dimapur Institute for Development and Leadership on February 27-28.

                    Organized on the theme "Salesians towards Nation Building", the theme also served to launch the three-year preparation for the centenary of the Salesian presence in the north-east of the country, now flourishing in three Provinces - Dimapur, Guwahati and Shillong. During each year, it was announced, a specific theme shall be developed: Imparting Gospel Values and Catechetics, 2019; Youth Ministry, 2020; Salesian Spirituality, 2021.

                    On Wednesday 27 February, in addition to verifying what has been achieved since the previous assembly, a research paper was presented on the theme - "Nation Building in the Constitutional way: What type of Salesians do we need today?" Starting from the current challenges of nationalism, it was reiterated that the Indian Salesian today, as an educator of the young, must be a prophet of the secular state, democracy and fundamental rights; he must educate young people not to politicize their faith and not soil it with violence; he must combat widespread illiteracy, children dropping out of school, and discrimination.

                    Subsequently the Framework for Salesian Youth Ministry was also examined and the day ended with the community Eucharist.

                    On the second and last day of the SPCSA each Province shared strategies put in place to "build the nation in accordance with the Constitution", through the education and dissemination of evangelical values. Synergies were proposed to improve operations in this sector.

                    Other themes dealt with included the presentation of a series of booklets on Youth Ministry, edited by Fr Maria Charles Antonysamy; the new communication strategies of the regional web platform - www.donboscoindia.org; there was even talk of the proposal to develop a lay association among those who, after having been part of the Congregation, discovered their true vocation elsewhere, but who still feel the desire to serve the poorest and most needy young people.

                    Finally, Fr Kanaga awarded the SPCSA Innovative Award to Fr K M Jose, the Provincial of India-Chennai, on behalf of the "Surabi Trust", for their work towards the empowerment of women.

                    On 1 March, instead, Fr Pier Fausto Frisoli, Procurator General of the Salesian Congregation, animated the entire day for all SPCSA participants on the application of Canon Law in those particular situations that require greater attention. Through the clear illustration of the concepts and numerous concrete examples, which decision-making processes to follow and how to comply with the foreseen procedures were clarified for all.

                    In the end, it emerged that those with authority must be able to courageously carry out their duties, without fear and without prejudice. And it clearly echoed and resounded throughout that to live the Salesian vocation is a blessing that requires living the radical Gospel Values and following the charism of Don Bosco to be a real Salesian.

                    {gallery}India - Incontro con Frisoli 2019{/gallery} 

                    • India
                    • Salesiani
                    • Asia Sud
                      Jesus Jurado

                      South Korea - Meeting of Salesian Provincials of East Asia-Oceania region begins in climate of great spirituality

                      1 month 2 weeks ago
                      South Korea - Meeting of Salesian Provincials of East Asia-Oceania region begins in climate of great spirituality

                      (ANS - Seoul) - The meeting of Salesian Provincials of the East Asia-Oceania Region takes place in Seoul, South Korea, from Monday March 4 to Thursday 7. The event sees the participation of 12 Provincials and Superiors of the Vice Province of the region; five Superiors of Provincial Delegations; in addition to the presence of the Regional Councilor, Fr Václav Klement, and of the General Councilors for Youth Ministry, Fr Fabio Attard, and Formation, Fr Ivo Coelho.

                      The first day of work was characterized by the spirit of personal sharing among the participants and by the time dedicated to spiritual recollection, just a few hours before Lent 2019.

                      In the homily of the morning Eucharist, Fr Klement highlighted the need to abandon one's comfort zones. He indicated the powerful source of inspiration offered by the Salesian Mission Day 2019 (among the Refugees in Africa), and recalled the warning of Don Bosco on the temptation of a comfortable life.

                      The morning continued with a session dedicated to personal sharing: it was a very fraternal moment, in which each of those participants intervened, bringing their own experience and the acknowledgement of their difficulties.

                      The afternoon, instead, was dedicated to the deepening of the Rector Major's 2019 Strenna by watching the video and reading the text. Many were the comments raised by this authentic "gift" of the Rector Major. Some asked: "do we know how to recognize the young saints surrounding us?"; others praised the immediacy of the motto "Holiness for you too", easy to share; still others appreciated the link with the previous Strenna, proposing to listen to and to accompany the young people on the path of holiness; and those who recalled that holiness is expressed also through joy, which is why Salesians cannot and must not have a sad and disconsolate face!

                      Also, there were other moments of shared spirituality, such as Eucharistic adoration, a time for confessions, the recitation of the rosary and the visit to the exhibition on the 60 years of Salesian presence in Korea, always produced within the large provincial center of Seoul.

                      Finally, as was the case last year, in Dili, East Timor, at a similar gathering, this year too there were several novices (three from South Korea and one from Japan) taking part in moments of prayer with the Superiors.

                      Source: AustraLasia

                      • Corea del Sud
                      • KOR
                      • Asia EstOceania
                      • Spiritualità
                        Jesus Jurado

                        Liberia - Living the faith in the peripheries ... of the forest!

                        1 month 2 weeks ago
                        Liberia - Living the faith in the peripheries ... of the forest!

                        (ANS - Tappita) - The Salesian mission at Tappita, restarted at the beginning of 2018, after years of forced absence, is "at the far edge of the world", within the Liberian forest. Yet there are even more peripheral realities: like the villages of Sahnpa and Zeah, which Salesian missionaries managed to visit for the first time just a few weeks ago, after more than a year after their arrival to the area. "Last year, the rains started early and so they took us by surprise," explained the director of the mission, Fr Riccardo Castellino.

                        Currently Sahnpa has no real church as the one they had was crushed by a tree in 2016, felled during a bad storm. To avoid the complete dispersion of the community, one of the members of the village has made available a room of his house for Sunday meetings.

                        After having recalled the faithful with the bell - "or rather, beating on that wheel rim of truck that serves as a bell," continues Fr Castellino - in that room a dozen people gather, surprised to see the priest, but extremely pleased to see that they have not been forgotten.

                        After the Mass, the Salesian is accompanied to see the place where the church stood, and where the community intends to rebuild it: it is an expanse of brushwood, where there are already many reconstruction materials: the blocks of mud, the timber cut and stacked, the metal sheets, "even if still more are needed, but the money is gone" ...

                        In order to get the work starting again, the first step is to clean up that site, but for the construction there is still a lack of cement and tools and material required by manpower. For this reason, Fr Castellino asks the community members to make a donation and send it to him. "We will try to do something to make sure that with the arrival of the rains, this community has a roof under which to gather to pray and grow in faith," he concludes.

                        In Zeah, on the other hand, there had been another Salesian the previous week, who said that not only did the inhabitants not have a church, but they had never even had one: the Mass was celebrated under the palava hut of the village, the kiosk used for village meetings.

                        "With the church or without the church, faith survives! But we commit ourselves to doing something for them too ... and to visit them a little more often," concludes Fr Castellino.

                        Source: Don Bosco Liberia

                        • Liberia
                        • Missioni
                        • AFW
                        • Chiesa
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Austria - The advice of Fr Á.F. Artime: "To look at every person as God would look at them"

                          1 month 3 weeks ago

                          (ANS - Vienna) – On Friday, March 1 2019, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime began his visit to the Austrian Province. During the various appointments, the Rector Major made several appeals to welcome and live, like Don Bosco, in the search for daily sanctity.

                          The first step was the Salesian grammar school in Unterwaltersdorf. Always among children and young people, the Rector Major invited teachers to educate the younger generations to a critical mentality free from manipulation, and concluded: "I am happy that the values of Don Bosco are lived in your homes."

                          In the afternoon, having reached Vienna and met with the Provincial Council of Salesians and the lay leaders in the Salesian houses of Austria, Fr Á.F. Artime met with the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement for "Giovanni's Party Night" - an evening that combined reflection, prayer, dancing, singing and entertainment. During the party, a prayer for peace in 11 languages resounded throughout and the Rector Major recalled some episodes he had lived in Syria and stressed that in the 134 countries where Salesians work, no one is ever a foreigner.

                          On the morning of Saturday, 2 March, the large gathering of the Salesian Family took place with the Rector Major. With about 250 present, Fr Á.F. Artime spoke about the Strenna for 2019, indicating paths to live the daily sanctity: "Everyone should ask himself: 'How can I give every day the best of myself as a Christian? My life is there because I share it with others."

                          The morning then continued with several artistic workshops that represented the creativity and areas of service of the Salesian Family in Austria - such as Salesian volunteer programs or the "Feel Like a Refugee" project, with which one can experience the situation in asylum procedures with the Salesian association for juvenile refugees.

                          In the afternoon, in the Eucharist, the Rector Major thanked everyone for the talents shared during the day and concluded by inviting, as Pope Francis does, to "look at every person as God would look at them."

                          Yesterday, Sunday 3 March, the Rector Major went to the Salesian parish of Stadlau, in Vienna, where the Salesians have been working for 100 years. In the Sunday Eucharist, concelebrated also by the Councilor for the Central and Northern Europe Region, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, and by the Salesian Provincial of Austria, Fr Petrus Obermüller, Fr Artime reiterated once again the wealth that different cultures bring with them, and reminded everyone that if at times the world seems cold, in truth there is much widespread humanity and goodness all around. Don Bosco is also a model in this, because "he has always believed that in every young man there is a point accessible to goodness."

                          All photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr.

                          • Austria
                          • AUS
                          • Rettor Maggiore
                          • Ángel Fernández Artime
                          • Visita di Animazione
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Vatican - "Apostolic Letter" of beatification of Fr Titus Zeman, SDB

                            1 month 3 weeks ago

                            (ANS - Vatican City) - On February 26, through the Vatican Secretary of State, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, the Apostolic Letter was delivered to the Postulator General of the Causes of the Saints of the Salesian Family, that is the official document signed by Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, and with the seal of the Supreme Pontiff Francesco (anulus piscatoris), confirming the successful beatification of Blessed Fr Titus Zeman, Salesian martyr, held in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 30 September 2017, with Cardinal Angelo the papal Legate.

                            The letter contains brief biographical notes of the new blessed, his martyrdom, a brief summary of the canonical course of the Cause, including the date of the memorial liturgy, the place and the date of the beatification.

                            As an official and permanent memorial of the event in ecclesial life, which also involves juridical-canonical consequences, the Apostolic Letter is published in Acta Apostolicae Sedis, official commentary of the Apostolic See.

                            This document will be kept in the Archive of the General Postulation in Rome.

                            {gallery}Vaticano - Breve apostolico 2019{/gallery} 

                            • Vaticano
                            • Titus Zeman
                            • Santità Salesiana
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Papua New Guinea – No matter the quantity, but the quality: the hint by Br Muller, SDB

                              1 month 3 weeks ago
                              Papua New Guinea – No matter the quantity, but the quality: the hint by Br Muller, SDB

                              (ANS – Port Moresby) – Br Jean Paul Muller, SDB, Economer General of the Salesian Congregation, is on a visit to the Salesian Vice-Province of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. “Be definite about your choice of vocation,” Br Muller said as he spoke to the aspirants and the Salesians at the Good Night at Savio Haus, Bomana, on 1 March, 2019.

                              The Economer General highlighted the need for committed and dedicated confreres. “As a Congregation we are concerned not about numbers, but about the quality of each aspirant,” he continued as he invited all to reflect on their call to a Salesian vocation.

                              He was received warmly at Savio House and was joined by Archbishop Francisco Panfilo SDB, Archbishop of Rabaul (Solomon Islands) and Bishop Pedro Baquero SDB, Bishop of Kerema (Papua New Guinea). At the family circle held during supper, the aspirants sang and danced for the visitors. The confreres sang for Fr Dominic Kachira SDB, Rector of Savio Haus as he celebrated his birthday.

                              Earlier in the day, Br Muller had visited the “Don Bosco Technical School”, Gabutu, where he addressed the staff. He appreciated the openness of the educators. He then visited the “Mary Help of Christians” Parish at Sabama, located in a very difficult and dangerous settlement. He spoke to the parishioners and the young people who gathered to meet him.

                              Br Muller is accompanied in his tour by Br Alberto Rodríguez SDB, Dr Fabio Buconi, Dr Janko Jochimsen and Fr MC George SDB; he and the other visitors are in Papua New Guinea for the EAO Provincial Economers’ Meeting, to be held at Boroko East (March, 3-7). While in the country, they will also visit a few Salesian houses.

                              • Papua Nuova Guinea
                              • PGS
                              • Jean Paul Muller
                              • Economia
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                RMG – Novelties of ANS news on Social Networks

                                1 month 3 weeks ago
                                RMG – Novelties of ANS news on Social Networks

                                (ANS - Rome) – Being present on Social Networks is a fundamental element for anyone involved in communications. Even in the recent World Consultation (aka Consulta) on Social Communication, the role social networks play in today's society and how useful they can be towards reaching young people was widely discussed.

                                For this reason ANS, which has always proposed to be a window on the Salesian Congregation in and across the globe, has decided to renew itself on Facebook, which today still remains the "leader" of all social networks, as regards exchanges and interaction among users.

                                From this moment on, the Facebook page of ANS - which published posts in Italian, English and Spanish - will now publish in the six languages already used on the website (Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Polish), so all users can read the contents in the language they prefer.

                                To do so, ANS will use the "multilingual post" option, a function recently activated by Facebook that allows followers of a page to view posts directly in their default language. In this way, readers with their profile set in Italian will read the contents in Italian, those in Spanish will see them in Spanish, and so on.

                                The publication with the "multilingual" method arises from the need to reach as many users as possible. From a study of the page "insights", in fact, it emerges that the languages most spoken by our followers are, in order: Spanish, French, Italian, English, Portuguese and Polish. Moreover, continuing to publish only in Italian, English and Spanish would have been an obstacle for the rest of our virtual audience, one we've decided to overcome.

                                This is a choice that, we are sure, will be appreciated by all users who follow ANS on a daily basis. To them, now approaching 22,000 readers, goes our most heartfelt thanks!

                                Thanks to the trust of our followers, the ANS Facebook has reached, over time, peak coverage of our posts that were very high. To cite an example, on the occasion of the 203rd birthday of Don Bosco, August 16, 2018, our Facebook page reached a total of 149,072 views.

                                In addition, ANS continues to be present and to inform on other social channels as well.

                                The six Twitter profiles - one for each language - count 7,549 followers; on Flickr, from 2015 to today, almost 29,000 photographs were published and the agency has a professional profile; on YouTube the videos present on our ANSChannel have achieved a total of 937,003 views.

                                Then there's the news of this last year, Instagram. Opened in February 2018, today the agency's official Instagram profile has 2,145 authentic followers, with an engagement rate of between 7 and 8%.

                                ANS aims to grow and develop further again, always with the aim of providing accurate and timely information. Not only that. What ANS, as a means of Salesian communication, aims to do today and in the future, is to reach as many young people as possible, to know their interests and their points of view, to open with them a space for dialogue, not just make them feel like passive readers, but rather an integral part of this reality.

                                • RMG
                                • Comunicazione Sociale
                                • Social
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Togo - Lomé childcare project successfully completed

                                  1 month 3 weeks ago
                                  Togo - Lomé childcare project successfully completed

                                  (ANS - Lomé) - According to the latest report published by the United Nations Development Program, Togo is in 166th place out of 188 countries, as regards the Human Development Index. Located in the Gulf of Guinea, on the west coast of Africa, Togo is one of the poorest countries in the world: over 30% of the population lives below the poverty line. The living conditions of children and women are degrading and worrying, and there are still cases of arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and other ill-treatment, as well as impunity for human rights violations, as stated by Amnesty International. To cope with all this, the Spanish Salesian NGO "Solidaridad Don Bosco" continues to support projects in Togo.

                                  The project of assistance to children at risk of social exclusion ended in February, which "Solidaridad Don Bosco" developed in the "Mother Margherita House" of Lomé, capital of Togo, together with the local center of the Salesian Cooperators. It had begun, thanks to the support of the Province of Huelva (Spain), in January 2018.

                                  Some of the protagonists of this project have been asked to comment on the progress of the project and how it has had a positive impact on the "Mother Margherita House." Blaise Kpeni, Economer of the Salesian Cooperators of Lomé, commented that the project benefited the entire community, because it facilitated water access, through the construction of a well and a water tank, two fundamental elements.

                                  The same was done with the "fencing of the horticultural area", which will help nurture and support the house. "The project has also helped to support the shelter for children in difficult circumstances and provide educational support for 12 interns and 30 girls."

                                  Blaise publicly praised the formation of the families of these boys and girls as very positive, as well as that for the members of the Association of Salesian Cooperators and for all those who help in the accompaniment of minors.

                                  For Joseph Olipoh, an active educator at home, "there are many experiences", and formation for educators was very useful, as was "learning about the psycho-social development of children and learning how to educate them according to their age."

                                  Finally, the educator Akouvi believes that children have many emotional needs and that, as Don Bosco said, "it is not enough to love; we must make them feel that they are loved", because "when they feel loved, they open their hearts to tell you everything that happened to them and what leads them to do inappropriate things."

                                  • Togo
                                  • AFO
                                  • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                  • Solidarietà
                                  • ONG
                                  • Spagna
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Peru - "We are called to be educators of the faith": train the animators and the catechists

                                    1 month 3 weeks ago

                                    (ANS - Piura) - In the late 1960s Fr Alberto Álvarez moved from Castilla, the area where the Salesian school was located, to the western sector of the city of Piura, in an uninhabited area. With a lot of work and sacrifice he created a new Salesian oratory he called "Coscomba", with an area of about 12 hectares. With the passing of time this great work in the desert, thanks to the efforts of Fr López, has become a center at the service of young people and has been called "Bosconia". Today it is a presence with a number of different structures and a community that works among the local population, even if everything "began with a simple catechesis."

                                    The Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) who work in Bosconia continue to work with the same enthusiasm that Don Bosco had. "Evangelization and catechesis are the fundamental dimension of our mission," they explain. In this area of ​​Bosconia and in some areas of Piura, the oratories have been founded over the course of many years now, but still continue to animate, train and accompany.

                                    Recently, the animators of the oratories, the catechists of the First Communion and Confirmation, gathered in the educational community of the "Maria Mazzarello" Center to participate in a training workshop on the Christian life. This workshop, made possible thanks to the coordination of Fr Stefan Gorécki and the FMA community, was led by Sr Eliana Salas, FMA, in the company of Ana Tenorio, in charge of pastoral care with the Salesians of Peru. The speakers, coming from the city of Lima, shared enriching testimonies with all the young people and educators present.

                                    María Morales, Coordinator of the Oratory "Mary Help of Christians", noted that the week of formation allowed her to understand that being a catechist involves several commitments, among which stand out: the preparation of the themes and the knowledge of Catholic doctrine: "Catechesis is not based only on the knowledge of the doctrine or on participating in the sacraments, but also on the interiorization, living and sharing with others what we profess. The idea is that the doctrine must be practiced in daily life," she said.

                                    María Jiménez Sernaqué, Coordinator of the oratory "Ceferino Namuncurá", said she understood that the path of Christian initiation involves a series of steps to get to know the Church and follow the teachings of Jesus: "We have been nourished by the teachings. We have learned that we must always accompany children and adolescents, and that their spiritual growth does not end with the celebration of the sacraments."

                                    In a context in which it is not easy to announce and bring Jesus, the Salesian Family is called to "educate to the faith in all circumstances."

                                    • Perù
                                    • PER
                                    • Catechesi
                                      Gian Francesco Romano
                                      ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                      Italy - "Our concern is the common home where the young person is at the center of our attention": the Pan-Amazon Seminar

                                      1 month 2 weeks ago

                                      (ANS - Rome) - "I heard a story of a nun who had gone to evangelize an area of ​​the Amazon, and the natives told her: 'if you come to build a church, know that we have our convictions. If you come to build a school, know that we can educate our children for themselves ... But if you come to stay with us and fight for our rights, you are welcome." This is what Fr José Zanardini narrated in the first report of the Pan-Amazon Seminar entitled "New paths for a Church with an Amazonian Face",  underway (March 7-8) at the Salesian Pontifical University.

                                      The event is being attended by a large group of people and speakers from various parts of the world: Paraguay, Venezuela, Brazil and Ecuador. Fr Paolo Carlotta and Fr Martin Lasarte of the Missions Dicastery offered their welcome.

                                      In a brief presentation, Fr Lasarte said that the mission of the Salesians at the Pan-Amazon Synod is not simply to take a position on nature. "Our concern is the common home where the young person is at the center of our attention. In these 125 years of Salesian presence in the Amazon, we have accompanied thousands of young people; we have 38 religious communities with the presence of 198 Salesians of Don Bosco."

                                      Cardinal Claudio Hummes, archbishop emeritus of Sao Paulo, Brazil, presented the history of the Pan-Amazon Synod. Mgr. Fabio Fabene, Undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops, then spoke: "Church and ecology are one reality. It is faith in God that stimulates the Church to be present in the territory, enhancing (the value of) culture and identity ... In this sense it is a matter of seeing the Amazonian face of the Church."

                                      The morning ended with a presentation by Prof. Gabriela Bernal on the current state of the youth in the Amazon: "Latin America continues to be the continent of inequality. Indigenous women and young people are truly poor …," she said.

                                      In the afternoon, mgr. Raúl Biord, bishop of La Guaira, from Venezuela, presented the report: "Theological, ecclesial and missionary perspectives for the Amazon region", and Fr Reginaldo Cordeiro, SDB, presented a paper: "The spaces of young people in the Amazon Church."

                                      In conclusion, Mauricio López Oropeza, Executive Secretary of the "Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network", explained that "the purpose of this Synod is to help us change our heart, recognize God in the other and be part of a process of transformation."

                                      • Italia
                                      • UPS
                                      • Sinodo per la regione Panamazzonica
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Italy - "Our concern is the common home where the young person is at the center of our attention": the Pan-Amazon Seminar

                                        1 month 2 weeks ago

                                        (ANS - Rome) - "I heard a story of a nun who had gone to evangelize an area of ​​the Amazon, and the natives told her: 'if you come to build a church, know that we have our convictions. If you come to build a school, know that we can educate our children for themselves ... But if you come to stay with us and fight for our rights, you are welcome." This is what Fr José Zanardini narrated in the first report of the Pan-Amazon Seminar entitled "New paths for a Church with an Amazonian Face",  underway (March 7-8) at the Salesian Pontifical University.

                                        The event is being attended by a large group of people and speakers from various parts of the world: Paraguay, Venezuela, Brazil and Ecuador. Fr Paolo Carlotta and Fr Martin Lasarte of the Missions Dicastery offered their welcome.

                                        In a brief presentation, Fr Lasarte said that the mission of the Salesians at the Pan-Amazon Synod is not simply to take a position on nature. "Our concern is the common home where the young person is at the center of our attention. In these 125 years of Salesian presence in the Amazon, we have accompanied thousands of young people; we have 38 religious communities with the presence of 198 Salesians of Don Bosco."

                                        Cardinal Claudio Hummes, archbishop emeritus of Sao Paulo, Brazil, presented the history of the Pan-Amazon Synod. Mgr. Fabio Fabene, Undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops, then spoke: "Church and ecology are one reality. It is faith in God that stimulates the Church to be present in the territory, enhancing (the value of) culture and identity ... In this sense it is a matter of seeing the Amazonian face of the Church."

                                        The morning ended with a presentation by Prof. Gabriela Bernal on the current state of the youth in the Amazon: "Latin America continues to be the continent of inequality. Indigenous women and young people are truly poor …," she said.

                                        In the afternoon, mgr. Raúl Biord, bishop of La Guaira, from Venezuela, presented the report: "Theological, ecclesial and missionary perspectives for the Amazon region", and Fr Reginaldo Cordeiro, SDB, presented a paper: "The spaces of young people in the Amazon Church."

                                        In conclusion, Mauricio López Oropeza, Executive Secretary of the "Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network", explained that "the purpose of this Synod is to help us change our heart, recognize God in the other and be part of a process of transformation."

                                        Video

                                        • Italia
                                        • UPS
                                        • Sinodo per la regione Panamazzonica
                                        • Cardinali
                                        • Vescovi
                                          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
                                          • Federazione Pinardi
                                          • Donne
                                            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 - 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
                                            • Donne
                                            • Violenza di Genere
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              Bolivia - Project started to improve production in rural communities

                                              1 month 2 weeks ago
                                              Bolivia - Project started to improve production in rural communities

                                              (ANS - Cochabamba) – In recent weeks, the Spanish Salesian NGO "Solidaridad Don Bosco" has launched the project "Development of agricultural production in the rural communities of Cochabamba." Its goal is to increase the capacity for families to support themselves in the area so as to improve their living conditions.

                                              The project takes place in Kami, Cochabamba, and aims to improve the living conditions of more than 200 people, including young people and the rural and Andean population in the area, and to integrate  families and rural communities that until now have lived according to an economic model of mere subsistence into a more developed productive system.

                                              "Solidaridad Don Bosco" develops the project with the Salesian Planning and Development Office (OFPROBOL) and together with the "San José Obrero" center of Kami, which since 1980 has dealt with secondary education, vocational training and health care.

                                              The project will contribute to improving farming, raising animals and fish production through the introduction of new potatoes and freshwater fish, especially trout, and to improve the quality of pig meat, both for the community's own consumption, as well as for retail sale. In addition, a producer association will be created to support the development of sales strategies and the development of a marketing plan to improve their competitiveness.

                                              At the same time, the technical training of the workers of the Kami Salesian center in the field of agricultural machinery repair will be improved, so that families do not have to go to the city every time the machinery breaks down.

                                              The 2-year project is supported by the Agency for International Development Cooperation of Extremadura.

                                              "Solidaridad Don Bosco" is confident that the project will reduce poverty in the area and promote gender equality and women's emancipation through joint training.

                                              • BOL
                                              • Bolivia
                                              • ONG
                                              • Sviluppo
                                              • Rurali
                                              • Solidarietà
                                              • Spagna
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                Spain - "Fr Antonio César's blood shall make the seed of the Gospel fruitful in African land"

                                                1 month 2 weeks ago

                                                (ANS - Madrid) - The Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Madrid was filled with faithful last Monday, March 4, to celebrate a Mass in suffrage of the Salesian missionary Fr Antonio César Fernández, assassinated during a terrorist attack in Burkina Faso last February 15th.

                                                Hundreds of people, including a large number of religious from different congregations, joined the Eucharistic celebration. It was a sign of the affection that the whole Church has shown in the last weeks towards the Salesian Family. The Eucharist was presided over by the Provincial of the "Spain-Saint James Major" Province (SSM), Fr Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy, and concelebrated by the Episcopal Vicar for Consecrated Life, Father Elías Royón, SJ, and by the Episcopal Vicar of V Vicariate, Fr Juan Pedro Gutiérrez, as well as by several Salesian priests.

                                                "César seems to me to have been a saint, not only for the way he died, but for his whole life," said Fr Pérez Godoy, confessing at the same time, at the beginning of the homily, that he had cried as soon as he learned of the news. The SSM Provincial recalled the circumstances in which Fr Antonio César Fernández was assassinated, and several similarities with Christ's death on the Cross: "It was a Friday, at 3:00 pm ... He was pierced three times, by three shots." He also emphasized the fact that the missionary had traveled by car, when he could have travelled by plane.

                                                The life of Fr Antonio César Fernández was intimately bound to the African continent. The Salesian missionary was one of the founders of the Salesian presence in Togo, a country to which he was sent as part of the "Project Africa" ​​of the then Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Egidio Viganò. "Father Antonio César's blood will make the seed of the Gospel fruitful on African soil, for the good of the Church, and especially for the most needy young people in Africa," assured Fr Pérez Godoy.

                                                The Salesian Provincial also expressed "feelings of thanksgiving to the Lord for people like Antonio Cesar" who "encourage us to continue to live our vocation faithfully."

                                                He concluded with an invocation: "May the Lord give us His light to accept these moments and His strength to live with the same ideals of Antonio César."

                                                {gallery}Spagna - Messa per don AC Fernandez 2019{/gallery}

                                                • Spagna
                                                • SSM
                                                • Antonio César Fernández
                                                • Eucaristia
                                                • AFO
                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                  Philippines - Bringing young people to the 7th Art: the Fifth Don Bosco Film Festival

                                                  1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                  Philippines - Bringing young people to the 7th Art: the Fifth Don Bosco Film Festival

                                                  (ANS - Makati City) – Last February 23, dozens of young people and film enthusiasts participated in the awards ceremony of the fifth edition of the Don Bosco Film Festival (DBFF) promoted by the Salesian Province "St John Bosco" of the North Philippines. The event took place at the Joy Center of the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati City.

                                                  Emceed by Fr Juvelan Samia, SDB, and Deacon Jerome Quinto, SDB, both members of the FIN Province Commission for Social Communications, this year's edition saw the number of Salesian films increase even further with the first-time participation of the houses of Batulao, of the Salesian parish in Santa Rosa, Laguna, and of the "Don Bosco Academy" in Bacolor, Pampanga.

                                                  After the national anthem, there was the welcome of CS Delegate Fr Bernard Nolasco, and a musical-based prayer performed by the "Coro di Don Bosco" – an all-male choir of St. John Bosco Parish, Makati City, during the intermission. The Filipino director Kip Oebanda, a past pupil of Don Bosco and member of the DBFF Board of Judges, was the keynote speaker.

                                                  Mr. Oebanda urged the young Salesian students present to use their God-given talent and their passion for cinema to produce useful stories that can truly serve the good interest of society. "As a filmmaker," he said, "you have a great responsibility to use this tool to serve the genuine values of life."

                                                  After the screening of a short video that retraced the previous editions of the DBFF, the awards ceremony began in the respective categories, which included both technical and artistic prizes in the sections: short advertisement, documentaries and short films.

                                                  In addition, two special prizes were awarded for the work most voted by the public and for the film chosen by the local Salesian publisher.

                                                  Started in 2015, on the occasion of the Bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco, the DBFF continues to grow year after year in consideration of the local society and sponsors. Currently, students from any institute (school, oratory, educational centre, vocational training centre...) of the Salesians, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and the Sisters of the Charity of Jesus from all over the country can participate.

                                                  This last edition, launched during the year that the Church of the Philippines dedicated in particular to clergy and consecrated persons, had as its theme the Gospel passage: "Come and See" (Jn 1:46) and challenged young people to tell true stories of religious who lived the Salesian charism and transmitted God's love to the neediest young people.

                                                  So the DBFF gets also to motivate young people to become observers and narrators of the reality that surrounds them.

                                                  The complete list of winners in the various categories is available on the Australasia website.

                                                  {gallery}Filippine - DBFF 2019{/gallery}

                                                  • Filippine
                                                  • FIN
                                                  • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                  • Cinema
                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                    Italy - New paths for a Church with an Amazonic face: Pan-Amazonic Seminar at Salesian Pontifical University

                                                    1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                    Italy - New paths for a Church with an Amazonic face: Pan-Amazonic Seminar at Salesian Pontifical University

                                                    (ANS - Rome) - It is said that "the Amazon is the lung of humanity". In fact, the preparatory document of the Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazonic region also states that the Amazon basin is one of the largest reserves of biodiversity (30-50% of the world's flora and fauna), of fresh water (20% of non-frozen fresh water from the planet), and over a third of the planet's primary forests. Nine countries share this great biome: Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela, including French Guiana as overseas territory. And the Salesians are there too, working with young indigenous people.

                                                    The Faculty of Theology of the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, together with the Missions Sector of the Salesian Congregation, have organized the Seminar on the Pan-Amazonic Synod for 7-8 March: "New ways for a Church with an Amazonic face."

                                                    The seminar's objective is to continue the reflection of Salesians; in fact, a few months ago, a first meeting was held in Brazil, in Manaus, attended by Salesian missionaries from Latin America to discuss the challenges and future prospects of the Salesian presence in the Amazon region.

                                                    At the same time, "the seminar is not just a workshop of reflection on the Pan-Amazonic Synod, but is part of a journey within the Provinces for the reflection and qualification of our mission in the Amazon," explains Fr Martín Lasarte of the Mission Sector. "Our mission, given the importance for integral ecology, is attentive and gives - fundamentally - priority to the cry of young people, above all indigenous, but also to Afro-descendants, mestizos, whites, mulattos, of the forest, the countryside, the shores, the small and big cities."

                                                    It is important to underline that for Pope Francis the Pan-Amazonic Synod aims to "identify new ways of evangelizing that part of God's people, especially the indigenous, often forgotten and without a serene future." This is why, for the Salesians, it is a matter of carrying out "a work of raising awareness" before this great challenge.

                                                    To complete this task, the seminar organizers invited numerous speakers of import: mgr. Fabio Fabene, Undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops; Msgr. Raúl Biord, bishop of La Guaira, Venezuela; Msgr. Antonio de Assis Ribeiro, SDB, bishop of Belém, Brazil; Dr Guzmán Carriquiri, Vice-President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America; professor José Zanardini, SDB, from Paraguay; Dr. Gabriela Bernal from Ecuador; Fr Juan Botasso, SDB, from Ecuador; and Fr Reginaldo Cordeiro, SDB, of the Brazil-Manaus Province.

                                                    Other speakers will participate via pre-recorded interviews: card. Claudio Hummes, President of the "Pan-Amazzonic Ecclesial Network" (REPAM);  card. Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno, Vice President of REPAM, Peru; and Mauricio Lopez Oropeza, Executive Secretary of REPAM.

                                                    The Salesians, with the whole Church, are "called to be," as Pope Francis says, "the instruments of God the Father for our planet to be what He dreamed when He created it, and to respond to His plan of peace, beauty and fullness."

                                                    • Italia
                                                    • UPS
                                                    • Sinodo per la regione Panamazzonica
                                                      Jesus Jurado

                                                      RMG – Rector Major's Visit to Southern Africa

                                                      1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                      RMG – Rector Major's Visit to Southern Africa

                                                      (ANS - Rome) - From 8 to 12 March, Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime shall be on African soil. Accompanied by the Councilor for the Africa-Madagascar region, Fr Américo Chaquisse, and by Fr Horacio López, Secretary of the Rector Major, he will animate Salesians and the Salesian Family present in the "Blessed Michael Rua" Vice Province of Southern Africa - which includes South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho.

                                                      Fr Á.F. Artime will reach South Africa on the morning of Friday 8 March, landing at the Cape Town airport. The first official appointment is in Landsdowne with the mission's Salesian Family and its lay collaborators.

                                                      On Saturday 9, there will be a meeting with the Salesians and, after the transfer to Johannesburg, he meets with the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA).

                                                      On 10 March, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco meets the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM), presides over the Sunday Eucharist. In the afternoon he shall preside over the gathering of the Salesian Family in the Johannesburg and Swaziland areas.

                                                      The Salesian Family and youth will also be at the center of the next day, Monday, March 11, which the Rector Major will spend in Lesotho.

                                                      Before returning to Rome, on the morning of Wednesday 13, Fr Á.F. Artime shall still dedicate the entire day of Tuesday 12 to his "dear confreres": first in the gathering with all the Salesians of the Vice Province, then in talks with the Provincial of AFM and his Council in an exchange that will serve to highlight challenges and priorities for the future path.

                                                      Although the Vice Province of AFM was canonically erected only in 1988, in the year of the centenary of the death of Don Bosco, the Salesian presence at the southern tip of the African continent is much older: the Salesian house of Cape Town, in fact, was started as early as 1896, while Salesians first set foot in Swaziland in 1953, and in Lesotho in 1980.

                                                      Today the Vice-Province has 9 canonically erected centers: five in South Africa, two in Swaziland and two in Lesotho, animated by 42 Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco.

                                                      • RMG
                                                      • Visita di Animazione
                                                      • Rettor Maggiore
                                                      • AFM
                                                        Jesus Jurado

                                                        India – Salesians meet to "build the nation"

                                                        1 month 2 weeks ago

                                                        (ANS - Dimapur) - Between the end of February and the beginning of March, the Salesian Provincials of the South Asia Region experienced three days of talks, planning and study: first in the context of the XX Conference of Salesian Provincials of the region ( SPCSA), and then through a formative day on some specific topics of Canon Law.

                                                        Under the guidance of the Regional Councilor, Fr Maria Arockiam Kanaga, and of the General Councilor for the Salesian Missions, Fr Guillermo Basañes, the Superiors, the Provincial Delegates of the various Provinces and those responsible for the various regional organizations of South Asia gathered at the Dimapur Institute for Development and Leadership on February 27-28.

                                                        Organized on the theme "Salesians towards Nation Building", the theme also served to launch the three-year preparation for the centenary of the Salesian presence in the north-east of the country, now flourishing in three Provinces - Dimapur, Guwahati and Shillong. During each year, it was announced, a specific theme shall be developed: Imparting Gospel Values and Catechetics, 2019; Youth Ministry, 2020; Salesian Spirituality, 2021.

                                                        On Wednesday 27 February, in addition to verifying what has been achieved since the previous assembly, a research paper was presented on the theme - "Nation Building in the Constitutional way: What type of Salesians do we need today?" Starting from the current challenges of nationalism, it was reiterated that the Indian Salesian today, as an educator of the young, must be a prophet of the secular state, democracy and fundamental rights; he must educate young people not to politicize their faith and not soil it with violence; he must combat widespread illiteracy, children dropping out of school, and discrimination.

                                                        Subsequently the Framework for Salesian Youth Ministry was also examined and the day ended with the community Eucharist.

                                                        On the second and last day of the SPCSA each Province shared strategies put in place to "build the nation in accordance with the Constitution", through the education and dissemination of evangelical values. Synergies were proposed to improve operations in this sector.

                                                        Other themes dealt with included the presentation of a series of booklets on Youth Ministry, edited by Fr Maria Charles Antonysamy; the new communication strategies of the regional web platform - www.donboscoindia.org; there was even talk of the proposal to develop a lay association among those who, after having been part of the Congregation, discovered their true vocation elsewhere, but who still feel the desire to serve the poorest and most needy young people.

                                                        Finally, Fr Kanaga awarded the SPCSA Innovative Award to Fr K M Jose, the Provincial of India-Chennai, on behalf of the "Surabi Trust", for their work towards the empowerment of women.

                                                        On 1 March, instead, Fr Pier Fausto Frisoli, Procurator General of the Salesian Congregation, animated the entire day for all SPCSA participants on the application of Canon Law in those particular situations that require greater attention. Through the clear illustration of the concepts and numerous concrete examples, which decision-making processes to follow and how to comply with the foreseen procedures were clarified for all.

                                                        In the end, it emerged that those with authority must be able to courageously carry out their duties, without fear and without prejudice. And it clearly echoed and resounded throughout that to live the Salesian vocation is a blessing that requires living the radical Gospel Values and following the charism of Don Bosco to be a real Salesian.

                                                        {gallery}India - Incontro con Frisoli 2019{/gallery} 

                                                        • India
                                                        • Salesiani
                                                        • Asia Sud
                                                          Jesus Jurado

                                                          South Korea - Meeting of Salesian Provincials of East Asia-Oceania region begins in climate of great spirituality

                                                          1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                          South Korea - Meeting of Salesian Provincials of East Asia-Oceania region begins in climate of great spirituality

                                                          (ANS - Seoul) - The meeting of Salesian Provincials of the East Asia-Oceania Region takes place in Seoul, South Korea, from Monday March 4 to Thursday 7. The event sees the participation of 12 Provincials and Superiors of the Vice Province of the region; five Superiors of Provincial Delegations; in addition to the presence of the Regional Councilor, Fr Václav Klement, and of the General Councilors for Youth Ministry, Fr Fabio Attard, and Formation, Fr Ivo Coelho.

                                                          The first day of work was characterized by the spirit of personal sharing among the participants and by the time dedicated to spiritual recollection, just a few hours before Lent 2019.

                                                          In the homily of the morning Eucharist, Fr Klement highlighted the need to abandon one's comfort zones. He indicated the powerful source of inspiration offered by the Salesian Mission Day 2019 (among the Refugees in Africa), and recalled the warning of Don Bosco on the temptation of a comfortable life.

                                                          The morning continued with a session dedicated to personal sharing: it was a very fraternal moment, in which each of those participants intervened, bringing their own experience and the acknowledgement of their difficulties.

                                                          The afternoon, instead, was dedicated to the deepening of the Rector Major's 2019 Strenna by watching the video and reading the text. Many were the comments raised by this authentic "gift" of the Rector Major. Some asked: "do we know how to recognize the young saints surrounding us?"; others praised the immediacy of the motto "Holiness for you too", easy to share; still others appreciated the link with the previous Strenna, proposing to listen to and to accompany the young people on the path of holiness; and those who recalled that holiness is expressed also through joy, which is why Salesians cannot and must not have a sad and disconsolate face!

                                                          Also, there were other moments of shared spirituality, such as Eucharistic adoration, a time for confessions, the recitation of the rosary and the visit to the exhibition on the 60 years of Salesian presence in Korea, always produced within the large provincial center of Seoul.

                                                          Finally, as was the case last year, in Dili, East Timor, at a similar gathering, this year too there were several novices (three from South Korea and one from Japan) taking part in moments of prayer with the Superiors.

                                                          Source: AustraLasia

                                                          • Corea del Sud
                                                          • KOR
                                                          • Asia EstOceania
                                                          • Spiritualità
                                                            Jesus Jurado

                                                            Liberia - Living the faith in the peripheries ... of the forest!

                                                            1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                            Liberia - Living the faith in the peripheries ... of the forest!

                                                            (ANS - Tappita) - The Salesian mission at Tappita, restarted at the beginning of 2018, after years of forced absence, is "at the far edge of the world", within the Liberian forest. Yet there are even more peripheral realities: like the villages of Sahnpa and Zeah, which Salesian missionaries managed to visit for the first time just a few weeks ago, after more than a year after their arrival to the area. "Last year, the rains started early and so they took us by surprise," explained the director of the mission, Fr Riccardo Castellino.

                                                            Currently Sahnpa has no real church as the one they had was crushed by a tree in 2016, felled during a bad storm. To avoid the complete dispersion of the community, one of the members of the village has made available a room of his house for Sunday meetings.

                                                            After having recalled the faithful with the bell - "or rather, beating on that wheel rim of truck that serves as a bell," continues Fr Castellino - in that room a dozen people gather, surprised to see the priest, but extremely pleased to see that they have not been forgotten.

                                                            After the Mass, the Salesian is accompanied to see the place where the church stood, and where the community intends to rebuild it: it is an expanse of brushwood, where there are already many reconstruction materials: the blocks of mud, the timber cut and stacked, the metal sheets, "even if still more are needed, but the money is gone" ...

                                                            In order to get the work starting again, the first step is to clean up that site, but for the construction there is still a lack of cement and tools and material required by manpower. For this reason, Fr Castellino asks the community members to make a donation and send it to him. "We will try to do something to make sure that with the arrival of the rains, this community has a roof under which to gather to pray and grow in faith," he concludes.

                                                            In Zeah, on the other hand, there had been another Salesian the previous week, who said that not only did the inhabitants not have a church, but they had never even had one: the Mass was celebrated under the palava hut of the village, the kiosk used for village meetings.

                                                            "With the church or without the church, faith survives! But we commit ourselves to doing something for them too ... and to visit them a little more often," concludes Fr Castellino.

                                                            Source: Don Bosco Liberia

                                                            • Liberia
                                                            • Missioni
                                                            • AFW
                                                            • Chiesa
                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                              Austria - The advice of Fr Á.F. Artime: "To look at every person as God would look at them"

                                                              1 month 3 weeks ago

                                                              (ANS - Vienna) – On Friday, March 1 2019, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime began his visit to the Austrian Province. During the various appointments, the Rector Major made several appeals to welcome and live, like Don Bosco, in the search for daily sanctity.

                                                              The first step was the Salesian grammar school in Unterwaltersdorf. Always among children and young people, the Rector Major invited teachers to educate the younger generations to a critical mentality free from manipulation, and concluded: "I am happy that the values of Don Bosco are lived in your homes."

                                                              In the afternoon, having reached Vienna and met with the Provincial Council of Salesians and the lay leaders in the Salesian houses of Austria, Fr Á.F. Artime met with the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement for "Giovanni's Party Night" - an evening that combined reflection, prayer, dancing, singing and entertainment. During the party, a prayer for peace in 11 languages resounded throughout and the Rector Major recalled some episodes he had lived in Syria and stressed that in the 134 countries where Salesians work, no one is ever a foreigner.

                                                              On the morning of Saturday, 2 March, the large gathering of the Salesian Family took place with the Rector Major. With about 250 present, Fr Á.F. Artime spoke about the Strenna for 2019, indicating paths to live the daily sanctity: "Everyone should ask himself: 'How can I give every day the best of myself as a Christian? My life is there because I share it with others."

                                                              The morning then continued with several artistic workshops that represented the creativity and areas of service of the Salesian Family in Austria - such as Salesian volunteer programs or the "Feel Like a Refugee" project, with which one can experience the situation in asylum procedures with the Salesian association for juvenile refugees.

                                                              In the afternoon, in the Eucharist, the Rector Major thanked everyone for the talents shared during the day and concluded by inviting, as Pope Francis does, to "look at every person as God would look at them."

                                                              Yesterday, Sunday 3 March, the Rector Major went to the Salesian parish of Stadlau, in Vienna, where the Salesians have been working for 100 years. In the Sunday Eucharist, concelebrated also by the Councilor for the Central and Northern Europe Region, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, and by the Salesian Provincial of Austria, Fr Petrus Obermüller, Fr Artime reiterated once again the wealth that different cultures bring with them, and reminded everyone that if at times the world seems cold, in truth there is much widespread humanity and goodness all around. Don Bosco is also a model in this, because "he has always believed that in every young man there is a point accessible to goodness."

                                                              All photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr.

                                                              • Austria
                                                              • AUS
                                                              • Rettor Maggiore
                                                              • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                              • Visita di Animazione
                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                Vatican - "Apostolic Letter" of beatification of Fr Titus Zeman, SDB

                                                                1 month 3 weeks ago

                                                                (ANS - Vatican City) - On February 26, through the Vatican Secretary of State, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, the Apostolic Letter was delivered to the Postulator General of the Causes of the Saints of the Salesian Family, that is the official document signed by Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, and with the seal of the Supreme Pontiff Francesco (anulus piscatoris), confirming the successful beatification of Blessed Fr Titus Zeman, Salesian martyr, held in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 30 September 2017, with Cardinal Angelo the papal Legate.

                                                                The letter contains brief biographical notes of the new blessed, his martyrdom, a brief summary of the canonical course of the Cause, including the date of the memorial liturgy, the place and the date of the beatification.

                                                                As an official and permanent memorial of the event in ecclesial life, which also involves juridical-canonical consequences, the Apostolic Letter is published in Acta Apostolicae Sedis, official commentary of the Apostolic See.

                                                                This document will be kept in the Archive of the General Postulation in Rome.

                                                                {gallery}Vaticano - Breve apostolico 2019{/gallery} 

                                                                • Vaticano
                                                                • Titus Zeman
                                                                • Santità Salesiana
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  Papua New Guinea – No matter the quantity, but the quality: the hint by Br Muller, SDB

                                                                  1 month 3 weeks ago
                                                                  Papua New Guinea – No matter the quantity, but the quality: the hint by Br Muller, SDB

                                                                  (ANS – Port Moresby) – Br Jean Paul Muller, SDB, Economer General of the Salesian Congregation, is on a visit to the Salesian Vice-Province of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. “Be definite about your choice of vocation,” Br Muller said as he spoke to the aspirants and the Salesians at the Good Night at Savio Haus, Bomana, on 1 March, 2019.

                                                                  The Economer General highlighted the need for committed and dedicated confreres. “As a Congregation we are concerned not about numbers, but about the quality of each aspirant,” he continued as he invited all to reflect on their call to a Salesian vocation.

                                                                  He was received warmly at Savio House and was joined by Archbishop Francisco Panfilo SDB, Archbishop of Rabaul (Solomon Islands) and Bishop Pedro Baquero SDB, Bishop of Kerema (Papua New Guinea). At the family circle held during supper, the aspirants sang and danced for the visitors. The confreres sang for Fr Dominic Kachira SDB, Rector of Savio Haus as he celebrated his birthday.

                                                                  Earlier in the day, Br Muller had visited the “Don Bosco Technical School”, Gabutu, where he addressed the staff. He appreciated the openness of the educators. He then visited the “Mary Help of Christians” Parish at Sabama, located in a very difficult and dangerous settlement. He spoke to the parishioners and the young people who gathered to meet him.

                                                                  Br Muller is accompanied in his tour by Br Alberto Rodríguez SDB, Dr Fabio Buconi, Dr Janko Jochimsen and Fr MC George SDB; he and the other visitors are in Papua New Guinea for the EAO Provincial Economers’ Meeting, to be held at Boroko East (March, 3-7). While in the country, they will also visit a few Salesian houses.

                                                                  • Papua Nuova Guinea
                                                                  • PGS
                                                                  • Jean Paul Muller
                                                                  • Economia
                                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                    RMG – Novelties of ANS news on Social Networks

                                                                    1 month 3 weeks ago
                                                                    RMG – Novelties of ANS news on Social Networks

                                                                    (ANS - Rome) – Being present on Social Networks is a fundamental element for anyone involved in communications. Even in the recent World Consultation (aka Consulta) on Social Communication, the role social networks play in today's society and how useful they can be towards reaching young people was widely discussed.

                                                                    For this reason ANS, which has always proposed to be a window on the Salesian Congregation in and across the globe, has decided to renew itself on Facebook, which today still remains the "leader" of all social networks, as regards exchanges and interaction among users.

                                                                    From this moment on, the Facebook page of ANS - which published posts in Italian, English and Spanish - will now publish in the six languages already used on the website (Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Polish), so all users can read the contents in the language they prefer.

                                                                    To do so, ANS will use the "multilingual post" option, a function recently activated by Facebook that allows followers of a page to view posts directly in their default language. In this way, readers with their profile set in Italian will read the contents in Italian, those in Spanish will see them in Spanish, and so on.

                                                                    The publication with the "multilingual" method arises from the need to reach as many users as possible. From a study of the page "insights", in fact, it emerges that the languages most spoken by our followers are, in order: Spanish, French, Italian, English, Portuguese and Polish. Moreover, continuing to publish only in Italian, English and Spanish would have been an obstacle for the rest of our virtual audience, one we've decided to overcome.

                                                                    This is a choice that, we are sure, will be appreciated by all users who follow ANS on a daily basis. To them, now approaching 22,000 readers, goes our most heartfelt thanks!

                                                                    Thanks to the trust of our followers, the ANS Facebook has reached, over time, peak coverage of our posts that were very high. To cite an example, on the occasion of the 203rd birthday of Don Bosco, August 16, 2018, our Facebook page reached a total of 149,072 views.

                                                                    In addition, ANS continues to be present and to inform on other social channels as well.

                                                                    The six Twitter profiles - one for each language - count 7,549 followers; on Flickr, from 2015 to today, almost 29,000 photographs were published and the agency has a professional profile; on YouTube the videos present on our ANSChannel have achieved a total of 937,003 views.

                                                                    Then there's the news of this last year, Instagram. Opened in February 2018, today the agency's official Instagram profile has 2,145 authentic followers, with an engagement rate of between 7 and 8%.

                                                                    ANS aims to grow and develop further again, always with the aim of providing accurate and timely information. Not only that. What ANS, as a means of Salesian communication, aims to do today and in the future, is to reach as many young people as possible, to know their interests and their points of view, to open with them a space for dialogue, not just make them feel like passive readers, but rather an integral part of this reality.

                                                                    • RMG
                                                                    • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                                    • Social
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      Togo - Lomé childcare project successfully completed

                                                                      1 month 3 weeks ago
                                                                      Togo - Lomé childcare project successfully completed

                                                                      (ANS - Lomé) - According to the latest report published by the United Nations Development Program, Togo is in 166th place out of 188 countries, as regards the Human Development Index. Located in the Gulf of Guinea, on the west coast of Africa, Togo is one of the poorest countries in the world: over 30% of the population lives below the poverty line. The living conditions of children and women are degrading and worrying, and there are still cases of arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and other ill-treatment, as well as impunity for human rights violations, as stated by Amnesty International. To cope with all this, the Spanish Salesian NGO "Solidaridad Don Bosco" continues to support projects in Togo.

                                                                      The project of assistance to children at risk of social exclusion ended in February, which "Solidaridad Don Bosco" developed in the "Mother Margherita House" of Lomé, capital of Togo, together with the local center of the Salesian Cooperators. It had begun, thanks to the support of the Province of Huelva (Spain), in January 2018.

                                                                      Some of the protagonists of this project have been asked to comment on the progress of the project and how it has had a positive impact on the "Mother Margherita House." Blaise Kpeni, Economer of the Salesian Cooperators of Lomé, commented that the project benefited the entire community, because it facilitated water access, through the construction of a well and a water tank, two fundamental elements.

                                                                      The same was done with the "fencing of the horticultural area", which will help nurture and support the house. "The project has also helped to support the shelter for children in difficult circumstances and provide educational support for 12 interns and 30 girls."

                                                                      Blaise publicly praised the formation of the families of these boys and girls as very positive, as well as that for the members of the Association of Salesian Cooperators and for all those who help in the accompaniment of minors.

                                                                      For Joseph Olipoh, an active educator at home, "there are many experiences", and formation for educators was very useful, as was "learning about the psycho-social development of children and learning how to educate them according to their age."

                                                                      Finally, the educator Akouvi believes that children have many emotional needs and that, as Don Bosco said, "it is not enough to love; we must make them feel that they are loved", because "when they feel loved, they open their hearts to tell you everything that happened to them and what leads them to do inappropriate things."

                                                                      • Togo
                                                                      • AFO
                                                                      • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                                                      • Solidarietà
                                                                      • ONG
                                                                      • Spagna
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        Peru - "We are called to be educators of the faith": train the animators and the catechists

                                                                        1 month 3 weeks ago

                                                                        (ANS - Piura) - In the late 1960s Fr Alberto Álvarez moved from Castilla, the area where the Salesian school was located, to the western sector of the city of Piura, in an uninhabited area. With a lot of work and sacrifice he created a new Salesian oratory he called "Coscomba", with an area of about 12 hectares. With the passing of time this great work in the desert, thanks to the efforts of Fr López, has become a center at the service of young people and has been called "Bosconia". Today it is a presence with a number of different structures and a community that works among the local population, even if everything "began with a simple catechesis."

                                                                        The Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) who work in Bosconia continue to work with the same enthusiasm that Don Bosco had. "Evangelization and catechesis are the fundamental dimension of our mission," they explain. In this area of ​​Bosconia and in some areas of Piura, the oratories have been founded over the course of many years now, but still continue to animate, train and accompany.

                                                                        Recently, the animators of the oratories, the catechists of the First Communion and Confirmation, gathered in the educational community of the "Maria Mazzarello" Center to participate in a training workshop on the Christian life. This workshop, made possible thanks to the coordination of Fr Stefan Gorécki and the FMA community, was led by Sr Eliana Salas, FMA, in the company of Ana Tenorio, in charge of pastoral care with the Salesians of Peru. The speakers, coming from the city of Lima, shared enriching testimonies with all the young people and educators present.

                                                                        María Morales, Coordinator of the Oratory "Mary Help of Christians", noted that the week of formation allowed her to understand that being a catechist involves several commitments, among which stand out: the preparation of the themes and the knowledge of Catholic doctrine: "Catechesis is not based only on the knowledge of the doctrine or on participating in the sacraments, but also on the interiorization, living and sharing with others what we profess. The idea is that the doctrine must be practiced in daily life," she said.

                                                                        María Jiménez Sernaqué, Coordinator of the oratory "Ceferino Namuncurá", said she understood that the path of Christian initiation involves a series of steps to get to know the Church and follow the teachings of Jesus: "We have been nourished by the teachings. We have learned that we must always accompany children and adolescents, and that their spiritual growth does not end with the celebration of the sacraments."

                                                                        In a context in which it is not easy to announce and bring Jesus, the Salesian Family is called to "educate to the faith in all circumstances."

                                                                        • Perù
                                                                        • PER
                                                                        • Catechesi
                                                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana