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Malta - Salesians in Malta supporting NGO migrant rescue ships

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Malta - Salesians in Malta supporting NGO migrant rescue ships

(ANS - Sliema) - "For several days now, 49 people saved in the Mediterranean Sea have been on board two NGO ships, looking for a safe haven to land. I address a heartfelt appeal to the European leaders to demonstrate their solidarity with these people." With these words Pope Francis in the Angelus on Sunday 6 January underscored the need to be welcoming towards migrants. The Salesians of Malta, as much as they can, are playing their part.

Since the week before Christmas, 49 migrants have been stranded on two rescue ships owned by NGOs operating in the central Mediterranean. The ships are unable to berth in any port because of the different interpretation that EU governments give to the Law of the Sea on helping migrants in distress and for the political diffidences within the EU.

Last Friday, January 4, two boats sailed from Malta to replenish supplies to the two ships carrying migrants and to ferry several German MPs, members of the European Parliament, a church representative and a fresh crew.

Unable to help the migrants directly, the Salesians in Malta, however, offered to host the 16 exhausted mostly German crew members, sailors who had spent almost four weeks on sea rescue missions.

"Our prayers accompany those still on board as we ask for humanitarian action in favor of those who risked all to save their lives and families by escaping from their home countries and Libya," said the Salesians of Malta.

  • MLT
  • Malta
  • ONG
  • Migranti
  • Rifugiati
    Gian Francesco Romano

    RMG - 8 January 2019: 50th anniversary of martyrdom of Blessed Fr Titus Zeman, SDB

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    RMG - 8 January 2019: 50th anniversary of martyrdom of Blessed Fr Titus Zeman, SDB

    (ANS - Rome) - The liturgical memorial of the Salesian blessed Fr Titus Zeman coincides this year with the 50th anniversary of his ascent to Heaven, which took place in his town of birth, Vajnory, Slovakia, on 8 January 1969. On that day a long Calvary ended, one that began in April 1951, when he was arrested, then tried, transferred from one prison to another until March 1964; then followed 5 years of life in conditional freedom, with relentless harassment, persistent and harsh persecution and health issues due to imprisonment.

    Fr Zeman had fought against death for 18 long years: and in the end he surrendered only to his Lord. The nurse who assisted would say she: "had never seen a man fight so much against death."

    The funeral on the following 11 January was a triumph of faith and affection. Several dozen priests concelebrated, challenging the regime's prohibitions. Some of the boys whom he had helped become priests rushed to participate in the event. Even the regime's spies, present in the crowd, reported in their confidential reports that he had been defined "martyr".

    Fr Andrej Dermek, then Provincial of the Salesians in Slovakia, could henceforth pronounce these words with good reason: "We meet in the cemetery ... like the first Christians in the catacombs. Perhaps it is thus for us religious. Life has dispersed us, but death brings us together [...] In this place today begins to rest the fighter who fought to the end, the priest who finished celebrating the Mass of his life. This is a departure [...]. His life was always and everywhere a priestly life."

    Fr Zeman would accompany young Salesians in Turin to complete their studies in Theology and to be ordained as priests: he did not make them fugitives, but responsible people, able to form themselves at best for the service of the people of God. The most true and fullest judgment on life and the sacrifice of Fr Zeman comes from those who knew him; of him, they said: "He was a saint and he died a martyr." On 30 September 2017, in fact, he was beatified as a martyr in Bratislava.

    Special celebrations will be held at the Provincial House in Bratislava and in the birthplace of Vajnory, where the mortal remains are kept in an urn. A solemn concelebration will be held in Rome, presided by the Rector Major, at the Basilica del Sacro Cuore.

    • RMG
    • Titus Zeman
    • Slovacchia
    • SLK
    • Santità Salesiana
      Gian Francesco Romano

      India – 8th Congress of Salesian Brothers of South Asia: Identity, Visibility, and Credibility

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      India – 8th Congress of Salesian Brothers of South Asia: Identity, Visibility, and Credibility

      (ANS – Bangalore) – The 8th Congress of the Salesian Brothers of South Asia held at Don Bosco Skill Mission, Bangalore, from 30 December 2018 to 3 January 2019 elected Br Jose Puthenpurackel of Calcutta province as the new national delegate for Salesian Brothers in South Asia region comprising of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.

      Br Puthenpurackel succeeds Br Biju Joseph Poonamkavil of Dimapur province as delegate.

      The theme of the 5-day Congress was: “Salesian, be a Faithful Witness”. A total of 130 Salesians participated in the congress, including 98 Brothers and 32 priests. 

      After serving as Vice-Principal and Principal of prestigious educational institutions of Calcutta province at Park Circus and Liluah, Br Puthenpurackel is currently on an education mission as Principal of the first co-education Secondary School in Calcutta province among the Santal tribals of Murshidabad district at Azimganj. 

      Br Puthenpurackel, 47, who holds three Masters Degrees in Sociology & Social Anthropology; Psychology, and Management - besides two post-graduate diplomas in Human Resource Management, and School Leadership and Management - believes in providing quality education opportunities for tribal children.

      In the past two and half years, Br Puthenpurackel, with the help of Don Bosco Alumni of earlier institutions where he served, and with the help of friends and well-wishers, was able to set up a library with a large collection of academic books in English and Bengali, a computer lab with 30 computers, a 8,500 sq. ft. assembly hall area, and bring about a total transformation in the school infrastructure and academic progress. 

      Br Puthenpurackal does not hesitate to say, “The school that used to have failures every year in the Board Examinations has for the past two years not only had 100% of the students passing the boards, even produced a state topper from the ST category - Miss Roshni Hasda from this school. To impart skill training to senior girls along with academics, a tailoring unit with 30 machines too has been set up.”

      Former Dean of Studies at Don Bosco Vidyaniketan Kalyani and Salesian College Sonada, Br Puthenpurackel believes that, “given the facilities and training, Santal tribal children can compete with their peers in any other prestigious English medium schools.”

      Speaking about his plans for the Salesians Brothers of the region for the next five years, Br Puthenpurackel says that a concerted effort would be made, “to promote the vocation of the Salesian brother and make it known among priests and the faithful besides helping brothers to deepen their Identity, Visibility, and Credibility.”

      Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore, Salesian Bishop George Rajendran of Thukalay, General Councillor for Formation Fr Ivo Coelho, Economer General from Rome Br Jean Paul Muller, and Regional Councillor for South Asia Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga, along with all 12 Salesian provincials of the region, graced the 8th Brothers Congress with their presence at various moments.

      The regional superior Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga delivered the Presidential Address while Economer General Br Jean Paul Muller gave the key note address stressing “the identity of the Salesian Brother as an apostle of Christ capable of proposing relevant solutions to the various challenges faced by the youth of South Asia.” 

      The reflections during the Congress were facilitated by the inputs of four resource persons,  including Salesian Scripture Scholar Br Abraham M. Antony who dwelt on the theme of Salesian Brothers as personal witnesses of the Lord from a biblical perspective. 

      Formation Councillor Fr Ivo Coelho considered the Post-novitiate Formation of the Salesian Brother, while Psychologist Fr Edison Fernandez reflected on how to be a witness, drawing inspiration from the New Testament, the life of Don Bosco, and the Salesian tradition. 

      Administrator of Bosco Boys Home Borivli Fr Adolf Furtado elaborated on how to be a witness to the youth of our times and challenged each participant to come up with three innovative responses to the concerns of the young. 

      The zonal meetings, the province-wide interactions, the religious-profession-knowledge sharing, and the various group discussions offered all the participants ample opportunities for airing their views and contributing their share to enrich the Congress.

      The participants had the chance of listening to a panel of four speakers: the parents of a Salesian Brother, a Salesian Cooperator and two married men who were formerly Salesian Brothers. 

      There was also an open question-and-answer session with Fr Ivo Coelho, Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga, Br Jean Paul Muller and Fr Silvio Roggia, a member of the Formation Department in Rome.

      Brother Puthenpurackel says, “The entire Congress proceedings were characterized by a very serene, joyful and fraternal atmosphere. A good mix of both senior and junior confreres contributed to the richness of the Congress.”

      The Brothers Congress concluded with a statement which listed action plans for three areas concerning Identity, Visibility, and Credibility of vocation to the Brotherhood.

      Some of the plans include deepening Salesian Brother’s spiritual testimony; promotion of Brother’s vocation; and providing life sketches of famous Brothers in local languages in the coming four years.

      • India
      • Salesiani Coadiutori
      • Asia Sud
      • INK
      • Ivo Coelho
      • Jean Paul Muller
      • Maria Arokiam Kanaga
      • Formazione
      • Economia
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Ghana - Preventive System as answer to "child trafficking"

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        (ANS - Accra) - Don Bosco's preventive system aims to eliminate risks at its root through a series of targeted actions. But, when needed, Salesian missionaries also intervene later, if there is someone that requires help.

        This is what can be clearly seen in Ghana where the "Child Protection Centre" was born, a centre dedicated to minors police saved from the slave trade. It is a project created to offer spaces for welcoming youngsters from the outskirts of the capital Accra, a place that also welcomes victims of trafficking.

        Fr Silvio Roggia, 20 years of mission in Ghana, is among the promoters of this project and explains: "The Child Protection Centre is a home for those who find themselves - overnight - without chains, but with terrible internal wounds to heal and a life to be revived after months and years of hell."


        The phenomenon of child slavery is unfortunately widespread in that African region. "Already twenty years ago, when I traveled by land between Nigeria and Ghana, passing through Benin and Togo," recalls Don Silvio Roggia, "at the borders you could see the posters of organizations that warned against the trafficking of children, sold for years and used in cocoa plantations as labor at zero cost from unscrupulous bosses."

        Child trafficking later spread to the fishing and herding sectors and then opened up to foreign criminal circuits.


        Thus was born the Child Protection Centre, which now stands on a land donated by Inna Marian Patt, the winner of Miss Ghana 2004. The young woman wanted a structure to be created, one that was dedicated to the most disadvantaged young people and, on meeting the Salesians of Don Bosco, her dream came true.

        A center like this is essential for the recovery of young people. When the police are able to save these children, it is very important to insert them as soon as possible in a path of psychological and social recovery.


        At the Child Protection Centre, children learn to read and write, then receive a proper school education and, finally, they are helped in entering the world of work.

        "You see the miracles," adds Fr Silvio. "Children who had lost their use of the word due to the trauma subjected to immediately resume to communicate and those who were sentenced to years of total isolation resume socializing."

        • Ghana
        • Sistema Preventivo
        • Tratta
          Jesus Jurado

          Spain - Salesian Martí-Codolar residence: two years welcoming refugees and migrants

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          Spain - Salesian Martí-Codolar residence: two years welcoming refugees and migrants

          (ANS - Barcelona) - About one million acknowledged refugees live in the European Union. They represent 7% of the global total and represent 0.2% of the population of the 28 member countries of the EU. According to data from the Immigrant, Emigrants and Refugees Service of the Barcelona Municipal Council (SAIER), in 2017, the Catalan capital welcomed 4,405 refugees. Many of them have lived or still live in spaces granted by the Church. The "Martí-Codolar" Salesian Residence is one of those sites where refugees and migrants have been welcomed as places of first arrival for the last two years.

          The great migration crisis of 2016 summoned the Church to provide buildings and spaces of religious communities, even though these places were not entirely adequate to host actions and programs.


          The Salesian Congregation considered it appropriate to offer the "Martí-Codolar" residence to welcome the refugees who arrived in the city. Specifically, two floors of the residence were ceded, where young and whole families live and are welcomed.

          "At first, the agreement was signed with the travel agency Snow Travel and, subsequently, with the Red Cross," explained Joan Codina, SDB, superior of the Martí-Codolar community.

          In addition to ceding the spaces mentioned, the Salesian Congregation also made some improvements, necessary for well hosting these people, such as the installation of a laundrette.

          In addition to the spaces, the Salesians - together with volunteers - make their time available. Fr Codina states that these works are done without any act of heroism, but are simply part of being Salesians. "As Salesians," he said,  "we are called to work with young people and children. We could not refuse; on the contrary, we consider it absolutely necessary."

          Most of the people who arrive at the Martí-Codolar residence are children with their families. Then, of course, there are also young people who arrive alone. The people who live there change continuously because, in fact, it is an emergency center. It can be called "center of first arrival", in the sense that the refugees, from here, are then moved to other places, depending on the different needs of people.

          • Spagna
          • Rifugiati
          • Migranti
            Jesus Jurado

            Papua New Guinea - Christmas with Manus refugees: "The People who walk in darkness shall see a great Light"

            1 month 1 week ago

            (ANS - Port Moresby) - In the Urbi et Orbi message of this Christmas, Pope Francis invited us to stay by the side of refugees. A message that was received by the Salesians in Papua New Guinea, who spent Christmas with the Manus refugees.

            For these refugees, it is the sixth Christmas spent far from home, in truly precarious social and health conditions.

            In April 2016, the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea declared the detention center for asylum seekers that the Australian government had established on the island of Manus as illegal and unconstitutional, following an agreement with the government of Papua New Guinea. Now, still, circa 400 refugees are waiting to be resettled. A truly dramatic situation, which seems very far from being resolved and which is leading to various social and moral problems and a series of human rights violations.


            To take stock of the condition of Manus is Fr Ambrose Pereira, SDB, Secretary of the Communication and Youth Commission of the Episcopal Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.


            "On 15 December 2017 I met the first two refugees who had been taken away from the Isle of Manus and sent to the Bomana penitentiary," explained Fr Ambros Pereira. "Last year was characterized by constant interaction with refugee homes. Sri Lanka, Iran, Iraq, Syria and many other countries. Fortunately, some have been resettled, but most of them are still in Papua New Guinea," he added.


            The round table, entitled "Manus Refuges" and dedicated precisely to the refugees of Manus, gathered the government, the Church, students, refugees and Papuan citizens in an open discussion in November 2018. Monsignor Bernard Unaballi, bishop of Bougainville, strongly committed himself and suggested the Christmas period as the deadline for finding a definitive solution. But despite this, no agreement was reached and the refugees had to spend their sixth Christmas in these terrible conditions.

            "I have waited with hope, but the promised meetings with the Prime Minister and the Australian High Commissioner have never materialized,"  explained Fr Ambrose Pereira again. "The offices are now closed and everyone has returned home for the holidays, while beyond 400 refugees struggle to gain access to essential health and services."

            Finally, Fr Ambrose adds: "We take strength from the words of the Scriptures: The people who walk in darkness shall see a great light."

            • Papua Nuova Guinea
            • Rifugiati
              Jesus Jurado

              Italy - Sending materials to Palabek to build small workshops

              1 month 1 week ago
              Italy - Sending materials to Palabek to build small workshops

              (ANS - Fossano) - Sometimes, in the mission places, a technical repair can be stalled for a long time due to the lack of a specific tool or a spare part. Or, the intervention that an expert could carry out without difficulty becomes an enigma for those who do not have even the most basic knowledge. For this reason, it is undoubtedly very important to have adequate equipment, but what really makes the difference is professional training.

              This premise is used to describe what is happening in recent weeks in a Piedmontese town, Fossano, where a missionary, Giacomo Comino, is setting up a container that will arrive in Palabek in Uganda in February.

              This container will arrive at the heart of what is one of the largest refugee camps on the planet. This container won't be carrying "ordinary" relief products, such as food or medicine, but rather useful materials towards setting up a technical school.

              Being sent to Palabek are boxes of metal, computers, mixers, shovels, spades and even a forklift that will be used to lift loads. To help Giacomo Comino in this expedition is Flavio Filippi, a former businessman in the field of tools and hardware sales, who after leaving his business to his children, is now dedicated to this initiative to help the missionaries. Flavio Filippi has decided to make available as much material as possible, to be sent to the Palabek camp.

              What will all this be for? The idea of Giacomo Comino, or Jim as many call him, is to set up small workshops in South Sudan, so that refugees can learn manual work and a trade.


              Someone, at this point, might ask: with all the urgencies that a refugee camp has, is it really necessary to worry about installing a small workshop?

              The answer is complex, but Jim makes it simple, remembering the well-known principle that inspires cooperation: "better to teach to fish than to give a fish."

              In the camp of Palabek there are, in fact, many young people and it is necessary that they receive instruction and that they learn vocational skills, even basic ones, to build a possible future.

              It is an important step towards rebuilding "normality", a normality that must go beyond the simple delivery of sacks of rice or powdered milk. It is an idea born with the aim of promoting the dignity of living and doing community.


              Source: Don Bosco Missions.

              • Italia
              • Palabek
                Jesus Jurado

                Italy - IME Communication: a wholly Salesian startup

                1 month 1 week ago
                Italy - IME Communication: a wholly Salesian startup

                (ANS - Naples) - IME Comunicazione is the new startup sponsored by the Salesian General Administration and strongly desired by the Rector Major. The startup will provide eleven young people the chance to enter the world of work through the business of Video Productions.

                The first test bench of this new startup was the production of the 2019 Strenna video presentation, whose theme is: "Holiness for you too." A very current theme that contains within itself a profound desire for happiness and that calls on everyone to live their lives to the full.

                The IME Communication Team thus chose to narrate the holiness of everyday life, that holiness hidden in the everyday lives of many people. The story tells of people who live the Gospel simply through their daily gestures or in their family dynamics.

                IME Comunicazione is the face of the Social Communications of the Southern Italy Province and is composed of a group of young experts in the field of communications, videomaker, live streaming and graphics. There are sound engineers, editors, graphic designers, cameramen, engineers and directors.

                Fr Pierluigi Lanotte, delegate of the IME Social Communications, wanted to bet on this group of young people and that's how IME Comunicazione was born. It now has 11 members and aims to grow. During the course of the year, this startup, which offers its services to the entire Salesian Congregation, will also collaborate with ANS.

                IME Comunicazione, in sum, provides its capabilities and original solutions to the Congregation, a now added value, especially if enhanced in their interconnection and network, services such as:


                ● The production of content intended for Social Networks, for the young people on the network, with serious experimentation and a gradual implementation of new languages and codes of communication at the service of the evangelization of young people.

                ● The rethinking of the communicative model, which from a unidirectional module of information and content flow requires an evolution into a circular sense or direction, to foster, through social platforms, the active, equal and democratic interchange of the people involved.


                ● The serious experimentation and the gradual implementation of new languages and new communication codes of the network at the service of youth evangelization.

                "This was the extra quid that struck the Rector Major and the Salesian General Administration, and that made IME Comunicazione a coherent choice for betting on young people and their professional skills," IME Communication wrote in a note.

                • Italia
                • IME
                • Comunicazione Sociale
                • Lavoro
                • Giovani
                  Jesus Jurado

                  India - Young Salesians participate in Christmas Carol Contest

                  1 month 2 weeks ago
                  India - Young Salesians participate in Christmas Carol Contest

                  (ANS - Darjeeling) - Several Salesian youth groups from the Darjeeling Hills took part in the popular "Jingle Bells" Christmas Carol Competition, now in its third year.

                  In addition to the group of the Salesian College Sonada, three groups of the "Salesian College Brother", diocesan and brothers of the Calcutta Province and the regions of North-East India also participated.

                  "This year, in addition to the certificates and the cash prizes obtained thanks to the generous sponsorship of the 'Glenary Restaurant Darjeeling' and the 'Church Art Kolkata', we also offer trophies to the winners," said the director of Radio Salesian 90.8, Fr CM Paul.

                  The radio program coordinator, RJ Samir Chhetri, explained: "The competition consists of the creation of an original Christmas song, in Nepali or English, by a team of ten or less members, including musicians."

                  This year, however, there was also an important novelty compared to the past editions: the musical groups, as well as recording the songs for Radio Salesian, also performed for "Salesian Television."

                  The recording was later delivered to other TV channels, such as Darjeeling TV, Hamro TV Kurseong and Mirik Television.

                  The votes to decree the winners of this song contest began on the Facebook page of Radio Salesian last Saturday, December 22nd, and today, January 2nd, the name of the winners are to be announced.

                  The outcome will be published on the aforesaid Facebook page and through the Radio Salesian App "Listern2MyRadio".

                  To win will be the first three songs that have obtained the highest number of likes.

                  Thus, we have but to tune in to the above channels and, while waiting to know the winner, listen to the songs these talented youngsters have made!

                  • India
                  • Natale
                  • Musica
                    Jesus Jurado

                    Panama - President of Panama Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, announces agreement with Salesians guaranteeing educational formation for young

                    1 month 2 weeks ago
                    Panama - President of Panama Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, announces agreement with Salesians guaranteeing educational formation for young

                    (ANS - Colón) - The community of Alto de Los Lagos, in Colón, shall soon have a new bilingual educational center. The educational formation given to children and young people attending this school will go hand in hand with the work of Salesians. This was announced by the President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, who signed an agreement between the Salesians and the Ministry of Education (Meduca).

                    President Varela said that this new center shall indeed represent social change and progress in bilingual education for the children of Colón, who will be properly followed by the Salesians.

                    "We have always had in mind that this center become something more, that it become a community where everyone could share, spend their leisure time and, of course, study. This is the origin of the idea of ​​building this educational center, dedicated to all those children of Colón who aspire to education of quality, close by and accessible," said President Varela at the signing ceremony of the agreement.

                    "Knowing the methodology of the Salesian brothers, we know that there is no better choice for this mission. The children and youth of Alto de Los Lagos now have a safe place to sleep, recreational areas for play and physical exercise, and we also want to leave them an educational center that allows them to have a good future," underscored President Varela.

                    The President then concluded his message by ensuring that the St Giovanni Bosco Bilingual Technical and Vocational Training Center in Los Lagos, in the hands of the Salesians, will have an incredible development and from there great professionals will emerge, men and women who will make Colón and Panama a better place.

                    Fr Edward de La O, representing the Salesian congregation, signed this agreement with Ricardo Pinzón, Minister of Education, and thanked the Panamanian nation for maintaining its trust in the quality of the teaching of the Salesians. He added that this agreement will undoubtedly contribute to the development of local youth.

                    "It is an investment in education and a sign of openness, which will give the opportunity to many children and young people in the province of Colón, to have Salesian quality in technical-vocational education, in the style of Don Bosco," he said.

                    • Panama
                    • Accordo Educativo
                    • Giovani
                      Jesus Jurado

                      RMG - Spirituality Days of Salesian Family fast approaching

                      1 month 2 weeks ago
                      RMG - Spirituality Days of Salesian Family fast approaching

                      (ANS - Rome) - The Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family 2019 will be held in Turin-Valdocco from 10 to 13 January 2019 and will be centered, as always, on the theme of the Rector Major's Strenna. The guideline for this 37th edition will therefore be the motto: "So that my joy may be in you" (Jn 15,11) - Holiness for you too."

                      The Salesian Family, with a vast representation of the 31 groups that comprise it, will meet at Valdocco, the mother house of the Salesian charism, the setting for these four days of reflection, prayer, sharing and encounter in the joyful style of Don Bosco.

                      The 300 participants of the Spirituality Days come from all five continents. They will be welcomed, as per schedule, on Thursday 10 January, by Fr Enrico Stasi, Provincial of Piedmont and Valle D'Aosta. After the initial welcome greeting, Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, will conduct the presentation of the Days.


                      The beginning of the Spirituality Days, with the welcome of Fr Enrico Stasi, can be followed LIVE on ANS's Facebook page, which will broadcast the event.

                      During the four Days, ANS will also transmit other events on its Facebook page; these include: the presentation of the Strenna by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, on January 10, at 5.45 pm; the roundtable discussion entitled "Holiness in the contexts where our life takes place," on 12 January, 3.30 pm; and, of course, Sunday Mass presided by the Rector Major and the final meeting, scheduled for Sunday, January 13, starting at 11 am.

                      In this way, even those who will not be physically present, shall be able to follow closely the development of the Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family.

                      Registration, take note, are closed, but for any additional requests and clarifications please visit www.salesianfamilydays.com  or write to the email address: joanlluis.playa@salesians.cat

                       

                      {gallery}GFS 2019{/gallery}

                      • RMG
                      • Famiglia Salesiana
                      • Giornate di Spiritualità della FS
                        Jesus Jurado

                        Italy - Fr Ángel Fernández Artime at Salesian Oblate Sisters of Sacred Heart to pray at tomb of Msgr. Giuseppe Cognata, SDB, martyr of silence

                        1 month 2 weeks ago
                        Italy - Fr Ángel Fernández Artime at Salesian Oblate Sisters of Sacred Heart to pray at tomb of Msgr. Giuseppe Cognata, SDB, martyr of silence

                        (ANS - Tivoli) – On 23rd December, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, visited the Generalate of the Salesians Oblates of the Sacred Heart (SOSC) in Tivoli for the first time. He was welcomed by songs of joy and a fraternal embrace of the Mother General Sr. Graziella Maria Benghini, of the Vicar, Sr. Maria Antonietta Sicari, of the General Council, of the numerous sisters from the various missions of Lazio and of the laity belonging to the Oblate family.

                        "Only God can do great things from small ones," said the Rector Major in the homily, "as it was with Jesus in Mary's womb and with John in Elizabeth's: two newborns and two women, yesterday as today, very little considered compared to the powerful of the earth."

                        "And this has so much to do with your history," he continued, "that of a religious Congregation belonging to the Salesian Family, founded by our dear and much tried confrere Mons. Giuseppe Cognata, born to go there where there are the most needy and the poorest, called to have little success in the history of humanity, but to have, instead, a lot more in the lives of those people who come to you."

                        Within the Eucharist the renewal of their promise was also made by some lay Salesians Oblates, and Fr Á.F. Artime expressed a paternal word and particular attention to each of those present, favoring a climate of true family.

                        At the end of the Mass, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco paused in prayer at the tomb of Msgr. Cognata, to then visit the room with the furnishings that the Salesian bishop used during his exile in Castello di Godego.

                        Mother Benghini illustrated to the Rector Major the heroic and humble life of Msgr. Cognata, whose mortal remains lie in the Chapel of the Generalate. Fr Á.F. Artime was then entertained by a representation with the children of the "San Giorgio" school and by the ancient songs of the first missionary sisters.

                        "We are grateful to the Rector Major for having shared a day of fraternity with the Salesian Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart, strengthening the bond that unites everyone in the great tree of the Salesian Family. The SOSC will always bear in mind the memory of this unforgettable day, assuring Fr Ángel their prayer," Mother Benghini said. 

                         {gallery}Tivoli - Visita a SOSC{/gallery}

                        • Italia
                        • Famiglia Salesiana
                        • SOSC Suore Oblate del Sacro Cuore
                        • Rettor Maggiore
                        • Giuseppe Cognata
                        • Vescovi
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Indonesia – Cardinal Bo Appeals for Aid to Tsunami Victims

                          1 month 2 weeks ago
                          Indonesia – Cardinal Bo Appeals for Aid to Tsunami Victims

                          (ANS – Jakarta) – Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, SDB, new President of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), appealed to bishops and the international community on 28 December 2018 to help victims of the recent Indonesian tsunami. The 22 December tsunami was the result of a volcanic eruption at the infamous Krakatoa Volcano in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, leaving at least 430 people dead, 1500 injured and 22,000 displaced, in villages along the Java and Sumatra coasts.

                          “This huge tragedy makes me recall the pain and suffering when Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar in 2008 and left some 140,000 victims and 800,000 displaced. On the eve of the new year, my thoughts go out to the populations of Indonesia, affected by recent violent natural disasters, which have caused serious losses in human lives, numerous people missing and homeless, and extensive material damage. We mourn the many deaths and untold suffering the tsunami has left behind at the dawn of the new year 2019.”

                          Cardinal Charles Bo appealed for a three-fold action: (1) to be close in prayer to the victims and their families; (2) to promote extensive ‘solidarity and the support of the International Community’ for our brothers and sisters in Indonesia; (3) to look for tangible ways of alleviating the suffering of the victims; “I know that Catholic Relief Services, Caritas Indonesia, and other local partners have teams on the ground responding and they will be providing relief and assistance.”

                          A few days earlier, Cardinal Charles Bo released his Christmas message containing five principles - mandates or "milestones to reach in our socio-pastoral adventure in Asia":

                          1. Mandate of St John Paul II in the Exhortation ‘Ecclesia in Asia’ (1999) that ‘just as in the first millennium the Cross was planted on the soil of Europe, and in the second on that of the Americas and Africa, we can pray that in the Third Christian Millennium a great harvest of faith will be reaped in this vast and vital continent.”
                          2. Focus - mandate to “respond to Pope Francis call for Economic and Environmental justice of which people in Asia are victims.”
                          3. The urgent need of recognizing the presence of indigenous people starting from the shores of the South China Sea to central parts of India, where the market economy has created turbulence by denying their right to resources and traditional way of life.
                          4. The concern to pursue peace through a continuous three-fold dialogue with the poor people, cultures and religions of Asia: “Our work with the poor and their dignity needs to be the turf where we meet other religions.”
                          5. Propose mainstream reconciliation as the new evangelization in Asia where “the Church should not repay hatred with hatred, but be a healer of known and hidden wounds.

                          The FABC is a voluntary association of 16 episcopal conferences in South, Southeast, East and Central Asia, and was established in 1972 with approval of the Holy See; its purpose is to foster among its members solidarity and co-responsibility for the welfare of the Church and society in Asia, and to promote and defend whatever is for the greater good. Cardinal Bo will take over officially as head of the FABC on January 1, 2019, a day after Cardinal Gracias of Mumbai retires after two consecutive terms.

                          Source: AustraLasia

                          • Indonesia
                          • Charles Maung Bo
                          • Disastri
                          • Vescovi
                          • Cardinali
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            India – 8th Salesian Brothers Congress of South Asia

                            1 month 2 weeks ago
                            India – 8th Salesian Brothers Congress of South Asia

                            (ANS – Bangalore) – The 8th Salesian Brothers Confreres of South Asia, began in the evening of Sunday, 30th December, with the Inaugural session in DBSM Bangalore. Bishop George Rajendra sdb was the Chief Guest & Presided over the Eucharistic Celebration. The meeting is scheduled till next Thursday, 3 January.

                            During the first morning, today, 31 December, the keynote address was given by Bro. Jean-Paul Muller the Economer General. The second session was by Bro. Abraham M. Antony, on “Salesian be a faithful witness”. The third session of the day was by Fr Ivo Coelho, the Councillor in charge of Formation. He touched on “Post novitiate formation & on Holy Salesian Brothers”.

                            Moreover, “Don Bosco Publications” released its new book “Gospel Stories as you never heard before” volume 2 authored by Fr. Maria Arockiam Kanaga sdb, at DBSM - Bangalore during the 8th National Brothers Congress. The book was released by Fr. Ivo Coelho the General Councillor for Formation, and the first copy was received by Bro. Jean Paul Muller, the Economer General. 

                            {gallery}India - Presentazione libro Kanaga{/gallery}

                            • India
                            • Salesiani Coadiutori
                            • Economia
                            • Asia Sud
                            • Formazione
                            • Ivo Coelho
                            • Maria Arokiam Kanaga
                            • Jean Paul Muller
                            • INK
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              RMG - Strenna 2019 video available on the net in multiple languages

                              1 month 2 weeks ago
                              RMG - Strenna 2019 video available on the net in multiple languages

                              (ANS - Rome) - The video of the Rector Major's 2019 Strenna, entitled "HOLINESS FOR YOU TOO", and which deepens the biblical text "So that my joy be in you" (Jn 15:11), was published online on Thursday 27 December, the day of the presentation at the Generalate of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

                              Currently the video is available on YouTube in the following languages:

                              From the beginning of January, moreover, the video will be available on the same platform, also in French. 

                              • RMG
                              • Comunicazione Sociale
                              • Strenna 2019
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Romania - Beds and benches for children of "Centrul Don Bosco"

                                1 month 2 weeks ago

                                (ANS - Constanta) - In 2016, in Romania, it was estimated that almost 1000 children were abandoned due to poverty. In their favor, the "Centrul Salezian Don Bosco", directed by Fr Sergio Bergamin, SDB, is committed to creating social services for children and to give them all the possible help they can. In fact, in the center, assistance is provided to children through numerous educational and recreational activities. Support activities are also carried out for parents, legal representatives and for all the other people who take care of these children.

                                Fr Sergio has now created a new project, simple and concrete: he wants to buy beds and mattresses for the two Family Houses and for the boarding school and, moreover, desks and chairs for the after-school activities of the Day Center. The beneficiaries of this project would be 98 minors: 18 boys, who enjoy social assistance services in the Family Homes and in the social boarding school, all aged between 13 and 18 years. To these are added 80 primary and middle school children who are followed at the Day Center, with after-school activities (40 in the morning and 40 in the afternoon).


                                A simple project, but for many young people attending the Center, one that can truly make a difference.

                                It has been several years since the "Centrul Salezian Don Bosco" started a number of initiatives in support of the minors of Costanta who live in the most peripheral and problematic neighborhoods.

                                In its Center, there is an oratory, which welcomes 70 young people every day; a youth center that involves several groups of future animators, for a total of 70 people; after-school activities attended by 80 elementary and middle school children; a small boarding house in which children from distant areas who attend school currently sleep; a vocational training center and 2 family houses which each host 10 abandoned children.

                                The Salesian presence in Constance was started in 1996, encouraged by the Archbishop of Bucharest, Msgr. Ioan Robu, and since then Salesian action has always been projected towards the integration and growth of local youth.


                                Source: Missioni Don Bosco www.missionidonbosco.org/

                                • Romania
                                • INE
                                • Povertà
                                • Missioni Don Bosco
                                  Jesus Jurado

                                  RMG - Official Presentation of Rector Major's Strenna 2019 to Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

                                  1 month 2 weeks ago
                                  RMG - Official Presentation of Rector Major's Strenna 2019 to Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

                                  (ANS - Rome) - The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, officially presented yesterday, December 27, at the General House of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), the 2019 Strenna, whose title is: "Holiness for you, too", and which deepens the biblical text "So that my joy may be in you" (Jn 15,11).

                                  Present at the event were Mother Yvonne Reungoat, FMA Mother General, and her Council, Fr Filiberto González, General Councilor for Social Communication, Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, and other members of the Salesian Family.

                                  During the presentation, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, illustrated what the goal of the Strenna 2019 shall be. "I want to comment on a very familiar subject, with a title taken directly from the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the call to holiness in the world of today: Gaudete et Exsultate -," explained the Successor of Don Bosco. "In choosing this topic and this title, I want to translate into our language the strong appeal to holiness that Pope Francis has addressed to the whole Church," added the Rector Major.

                                  The Mother General, Sr. Yvonne Reungoat, then recalled that the choice of the theme of Holiness of this year's Strenna was taken unanimously among all the members of the Consulta of the Salesian Family.

                                  The Strenna 2019 will be presented to the entire Salesian Family as part of the Salesian Family Spirituality Days, scheduled in Valdocco from 10 to 13 January, and focus on the theme of the Strenna 2019 "Holiness for you too" in the presence of 400 delegates belonging to the 31 groups of the Salesian Family of all the continents.

                                  On Flickr there are photos of the presentation of Strenna 2019.

                                  On the sdb.org and ANSChannel, the video of the Strenna 2019 is available in various languages. (From the beginning of January, the video presentation will also be available in French).

                                  • RMG
                                  • Strenna 2019
                                  • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                    Jesus Jurado

                                    Vatican - Marquis Tancredi Falletti di Barolo is Venerable

                                    1 month 2 weeks ago
                                    Vatican - Marquis Tancredi Falletti di Barolo is Venerable

                                    (ANS - Vatican City) - On 21 December 2018 Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the Decree of Venerability of the Marquis Tancredi Falletti di Barolo (1782-1838). The Salesian Postulation also contributed to the preparation of the Positio super virtutibus.

                                    Carlo Tancredi Falletti and Giulia Colbert were a happy couple of the early nineteenth century. He was born in Turin on 26 October 1782 and from a young age was distinguished for intelligence, disposition to justice, attention to the needs of the times and strong tendency to promote and operate every good. She was born in the castle of Maulévrier, in the Vendee, on 26 June 1786, a woman endowed with exquisite femininity and genuine spirituality. Both inherited from their families not only the name, heritage and wealth, but above all a profound religiosity.

                                    They met at the court of Napoleon and although different in temperament and character, they immediately found themselves in harmony with the profound values and ideals of life. They married in Paris on 18 August 1806. The affection between them became over time ever purer and stronger, because they were founded on faith and charity.

                                    Not having had the gift of children, the two spouses read this painful event within the providential design of God's wisdom. And in admirable agreement they competed in becoming apostles of Christian charity, "adopting" the poor of Turin and carrying out innumerable socio-charitable works: hospitals, schools, artisan workshops, reception centers, kindergartens, all instruments for authentic human promotion and Christian growth.

                                    Carlo Tancredi devoted himself especially to preventive education, to the schooling and formation of children and young people. For 22 years he held political positions revealing, as a decurion and mayor of Turin, a great capacity for government and an extraordinary balance in dealing with the most difficult and most distressing situations.

                                    For the poor sons of the workers, in 1834 Carlo Tancredi and Giulia founded the Institute of the "Sisters of Sant'Anna", so that they continue in the Church this mission at the service of the new generations. During the cholera, which struck the city of Turin in 1835, the Marquis of Barolo dedicated themselves to rescuing the victims, later having repercussions on their health.


                                    Carlo Tancredi died on 4 September 1838 in Chiari, in the arms of his bride. It is now hoped, therefore, that Carlo Tancredi and Giulia "together" should be proclaimed blessed and shine "paired" as a model of holiness for Christian spouses.

                                    • Vaticano
                                    • Venerabilitá
                                      Jesus Jurado

                                      Guatemala - A Christmas among the poorest: "This is the famous sanctity of the house next door"

                                      1 month 2 weeks ago

                                      (ANS - San Benito Petén) - For many families, Christmas is undoubtedly the most loved and heartfelt feast, an opportunity to get together, eat together, play and exchange wishes and gifts.
                                      This year, Fr Giampiero De Nardi, an Italian Salesian missionary active in San Benito Petén, Guatemala, wanted to share the experience of a different Christmas.

                                      Fr Giampiero narrated the story of Roberto Ceriotti, a Brazilian dentist who spent the Christmas holidays in Petèn's mission. Here he carried out a professional voluntary service, helping and caring for many people who cannot pay for dental care. With him, his mother and sister also went to help him during this period.

                                      It is the second year that Dr. Ceriotti has decided to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ among the poor of Petèn, taking care of many people who do not even know what a dentist is.

                                      "This is the famous sanctity of the (house) next door. The holiness that makes one happy. The sanctity that changes the world. The holiness we all need in order not to close ourselves up in (our) small daily problems," said Fr Giampiero De Nardi.

                                      Thinking of this generous dentist, who offers care to those who cannot afford it, a sentence come to Fr Giampiero's mind, pronounced by his friend Yan De Lucena, the one who introduced him to Roberto Ceriotti. "Of these madmen, in the world, we have so much need," Yan said during a Harambee.

                                      "Roberto Ceriotti, in fact," says Fr Giampiero, "is part of these crazy people who know how to put oneself aside and worry about those who need it most. If only there were more of these people in the world! I feel really small in the presence of this very good person, so busy for the good of the people of San Benito," he continued.

                                      The difficulties in San Benito are not lacking, but Fr Giampiero does not give up and continues, tirelessly, to work. "Perhaps because," he adds, "Petén makes us understand the profound meaning of life, the profound sense of things that Christmas should remind us of."

                                      • Guatemala
                                      • Santità
                                        Jesus Jurado

                                        Austria - "So this is Christmas: and what have you done?" Reflections of a young missionary

                                        1 month 3 weeks ago

                                        (ANS - Vienna) - The song "So this is Christmas" always touches me when I listen to it, especially the "What have you done?" I thought about it and I think that Christmas should move us to do something. I call this movement: exodus. Our relationship with God is full of exodus and therefore also of Christmas.

                                        by Bonaventure Ifeanyi Ughonu, SDB

                                        Nigerian missionary in Austria


                                        Let's look at the Old Testament where we read how God sent Abraham far away and later led the Israelites out of slavery through Moses. In Gen 12,1-2 it is written: "The Lord said to Abraham: Go from your country, from your town and from your father's house towards the land I will show you. I will make of you into a great people and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing."

                                        A similar passage is found in Exodus 3: 7-8: "The Lord said, I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt, and I have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their suffering. I came down to free them from the hand of Egypt and to bring them out of that land to a beautiful and spacious country, to a country where milk and honey flow."

                                        Abraham was sent to a new land to found the people of God. Moses, too, listened to the voice of God and thus reached the Promised Land. So many prophets have had to go abroad. For this reason I think the Christmas story is an experience of exodus.

                                        The incarnation of Christ is a miracle and a secret. It is also an exodus from Heaven to Earth, as God wants to save us. He is merciful and full of love, so He came to save us, as He saved the Israelites of yore.

                                        Christmas also invites us to exodus from our “comfort zone” in favor of the poor and foreigners. This requires much compassion, as God had with the poorest. Of course, we must celebrate with our families and friends; but this Jesus, whom we celebrate, also awaits us in those who have nothing and no one to celebrate.

                                        Are you ready this year, ready to embark on an exodus - like Jesus - and to go towards others, our neighbors, the homeless and to the young people on the streets?

                                        Merry Christmas!

                                        • AUS
                                        • Austria
                                        • Nigeria
                                        • AFW
                                        • Missioni
                                        • Natale
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          Malta - Salesians in Malta supporting NGO migrant rescue ships

                                          1 month 1 week ago
                                          Malta - Salesians in Malta supporting NGO migrant rescue ships

                                          (ANS - Sliema) - "For several days now, 49 people saved in the Mediterranean Sea have been on board two NGO ships, looking for a safe haven to land. I address a heartfelt appeal to the European leaders to demonstrate their solidarity with these people." With these words Pope Francis in the Angelus on Sunday 6 January underscored the need to be welcoming towards migrants. The Salesians of Malta, as much as they can, are playing their part.

                                          Since the week before Christmas, 49 migrants have been stranded on two rescue ships owned by NGOs operating in the central Mediterranean. The ships are unable to berth in any port because of the different interpretation that EU governments give to the Law of the Sea on helping migrants in distress and for the political diffidences within the EU.

                                          Last Friday, January 4, two boats sailed from Malta to replenish supplies to the two ships carrying migrants and to ferry several German MPs, members of the European Parliament, a church representative and a fresh crew.

                                          Unable to help the migrants directly, the Salesians in Malta, however, offered to host the 16 exhausted mostly German crew members, sailors who had spent almost four weeks on sea rescue missions.

                                          "Our prayers accompany those still on board as we ask for humanitarian action in favor of those who risked all to save their lives and families by escaping from their home countries and Libya," said the Salesians of Malta.

                                          • MLT
                                          • Malta
                                          • ONG
                                          • Migranti
                                          • Rifugiati
                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                            RMG - 8 January 2019: 50th anniversary of martyrdom of Blessed Fr Titus Zeman, SDB

                                            1 month 1 week ago
                                            RMG - 8 January 2019: 50th anniversary of martyrdom of Blessed Fr Titus Zeman, SDB

                                            (ANS - Rome) - The liturgical memorial of the Salesian blessed Fr Titus Zeman coincides this year with the 50th anniversary of his ascent to Heaven, which took place in his town of birth, Vajnory, Slovakia, on 8 January 1969. On that day a long Calvary ended, one that began in April 1951, when he was arrested, then tried, transferred from one prison to another until March 1964; then followed 5 years of life in conditional freedom, with relentless harassment, persistent and harsh persecution and health issues due to imprisonment.

                                            Fr Zeman had fought against death for 18 long years: and in the end he surrendered only to his Lord. The nurse who assisted would say she: "had never seen a man fight so much against death."

                                            The funeral on the following 11 January was a triumph of faith and affection. Several dozen priests concelebrated, challenging the regime's prohibitions. Some of the boys whom he had helped become priests rushed to participate in the event. Even the regime's spies, present in the crowd, reported in their confidential reports that he had been defined "martyr".

                                            Fr Andrej Dermek, then Provincial of the Salesians in Slovakia, could henceforth pronounce these words with good reason: "We meet in the cemetery ... like the first Christians in the catacombs. Perhaps it is thus for us religious. Life has dispersed us, but death brings us together [...] In this place today begins to rest the fighter who fought to the end, the priest who finished celebrating the Mass of his life. This is a departure [...]. His life was always and everywhere a priestly life."

                                            Fr Zeman would accompany young Salesians in Turin to complete their studies in Theology and to be ordained as priests: he did not make them fugitives, but responsible people, able to form themselves at best for the service of the people of God. The most true and fullest judgment on life and the sacrifice of Fr Zeman comes from those who knew him; of him, they said: "He was a saint and he died a martyr." On 30 September 2017, in fact, he was beatified as a martyr in Bratislava.

                                            Special celebrations will be held at the Provincial House in Bratislava and in the birthplace of Vajnory, where the mortal remains are kept in an urn. A solemn concelebration will be held in Rome, presided by the Rector Major, at the Basilica del Sacro Cuore.

                                            • RMG
                                            • Titus Zeman
                                            • Slovacchia
                                            • SLK
                                            • Santità Salesiana
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              India – 8th Congress of Salesian Brothers of South Asia: Identity, Visibility, and Credibility

                                              1 month 1 week ago
                                              India – 8th Congress of Salesian Brothers of South Asia: Identity, Visibility, and Credibility

                                              (ANS – Bangalore) – The 8th Congress of the Salesian Brothers of South Asia held at Don Bosco Skill Mission, Bangalore, from 30 December 2018 to 3 January 2019 elected Br Jose Puthenpurackel of Calcutta province as the new national delegate for Salesian Brothers in South Asia region comprising of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.

                                              Br Puthenpurackel succeeds Br Biju Joseph Poonamkavil of Dimapur province as delegate.

                                              The theme of the 5-day Congress was: “Salesian, be a Faithful Witness”. A total of 130 Salesians participated in the congress, including 98 Brothers and 32 priests. 

                                              After serving as Vice-Principal and Principal of prestigious educational institutions of Calcutta province at Park Circus and Liluah, Br Puthenpurackel is currently on an education mission as Principal of the first co-education Secondary School in Calcutta province among the Santal tribals of Murshidabad district at Azimganj. 

                                              Br Puthenpurackel, 47, who holds three Masters Degrees in Sociology & Social Anthropology; Psychology, and Management - besides two post-graduate diplomas in Human Resource Management, and School Leadership and Management - believes in providing quality education opportunities for tribal children.

                                              In the past two and half years, Br Puthenpurackel, with the help of Don Bosco Alumni of earlier institutions where he served, and with the help of friends and well-wishers, was able to set up a library with a large collection of academic books in English and Bengali, a computer lab with 30 computers, a 8,500 sq. ft. assembly hall area, and bring about a total transformation in the school infrastructure and academic progress. 

                                              Br Puthenpurackal does not hesitate to say, “The school that used to have failures every year in the Board Examinations has for the past two years not only had 100% of the students passing the boards, even produced a state topper from the ST category - Miss Roshni Hasda from this school. To impart skill training to senior girls along with academics, a tailoring unit with 30 machines too has been set up.”

                                              Former Dean of Studies at Don Bosco Vidyaniketan Kalyani and Salesian College Sonada, Br Puthenpurackel believes that, “given the facilities and training, Santal tribal children can compete with their peers in any other prestigious English medium schools.”

                                              Speaking about his plans for the Salesians Brothers of the region for the next five years, Br Puthenpurackel says that a concerted effort would be made, “to promote the vocation of the Salesian brother and make it known among priests and the faithful besides helping brothers to deepen their Identity, Visibility, and Credibility.”

                                              Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore, Salesian Bishop George Rajendran of Thukalay, General Councillor for Formation Fr Ivo Coelho, Economer General from Rome Br Jean Paul Muller, and Regional Councillor for South Asia Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga, along with all 12 Salesian provincials of the region, graced the 8th Brothers Congress with their presence at various moments.

                                              The regional superior Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga delivered the Presidential Address while Economer General Br Jean Paul Muller gave the key note address stressing “the identity of the Salesian Brother as an apostle of Christ capable of proposing relevant solutions to the various challenges faced by the youth of South Asia.” 

                                              The reflections during the Congress were facilitated by the inputs of four resource persons,  including Salesian Scripture Scholar Br Abraham M. Antony who dwelt on the theme of Salesian Brothers as personal witnesses of the Lord from a biblical perspective. 

                                              Formation Councillor Fr Ivo Coelho considered the Post-novitiate Formation of the Salesian Brother, while Psychologist Fr Edison Fernandez reflected on how to be a witness, drawing inspiration from the New Testament, the life of Don Bosco, and the Salesian tradition. 

                                              Administrator of Bosco Boys Home Borivli Fr Adolf Furtado elaborated on how to be a witness to the youth of our times and challenged each participant to come up with three innovative responses to the concerns of the young. 

                                              The zonal meetings, the province-wide interactions, the religious-profession-knowledge sharing, and the various group discussions offered all the participants ample opportunities for airing their views and contributing their share to enrich the Congress.

                                              The participants had the chance of listening to a panel of four speakers: the parents of a Salesian Brother, a Salesian Cooperator and two married men who were formerly Salesian Brothers. 

                                              There was also an open question-and-answer session with Fr Ivo Coelho, Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga, Br Jean Paul Muller and Fr Silvio Roggia, a member of the Formation Department in Rome.

                                              Brother Puthenpurackel says, “The entire Congress proceedings were characterized by a very serene, joyful and fraternal atmosphere. A good mix of both senior and junior confreres contributed to the richness of the Congress.”

                                              The Brothers Congress concluded with a statement which listed action plans for three areas concerning Identity, Visibility, and Credibility of vocation to the Brotherhood.

                                              Some of the plans include deepening Salesian Brother’s spiritual testimony; promotion of Brother’s vocation; and providing life sketches of famous Brothers in local languages in the coming four years.

                                              • India
                                              • Salesiani Coadiutori
                                              • Asia Sud
                                              • INK
                                              • Ivo Coelho
                                              • Jean Paul Muller
                                              • Maria Arokiam Kanaga
                                              • Formazione
                                              • Economia
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                Ghana - Preventive System as answer to "child trafficking"

                                                1 month 1 week ago

                                                (ANS - Accra) - Don Bosco's preventive system aims to eliminate risks at its root through a series of targeted actions. But, when needed, Salesian missionaries also intervene later, if there is someone that requires help.

                                                This is what can be clearly seen in Ghana where the "Child Protection Centre" was born, a centre dedicated to minors police saved from the slave trade. It is a project created to offer spaces for welcoming youngsters from the outskirts of the capital Accra, a place that also welcomes victims of trafficking.

                                                Fr Silvio Roggia, 20 years of mission in Ghana, is among the promoters of this project and explains: "The Child Protection Centre is a home for those who find themselves - overnight - without chains, but with terrible internal wounds to heal and a life to be revived after months and years of hell."


                                                The phenomenon of child slavery is unfortunately widespread in that African region. "Already twenty years ago, when I traveled by land between Nigeria and Ghana, passing through Benin and Togo," recalls Don Silvio Roggia, "at the borders you could see the posters of organizations that warned against the trafficking of children, sold for years and used in cocoa plantations as labor at zero cost from unscrupulous bosses."

                                                Child trafficking later spread to the fishing and herding sectors and then opened up to foreign criminal circuits.


                                                Thus was born the Child Protection Centre, which now stands on a land donated by Inna Marian Patt, the winner of Miss Ghana 2004. The young woman wanted a structure to be created, one that was dedicated to the most disadvantaged young people and, on meeting the Salesians of Don Bosco, her dream came true.

                                                A center like this is essential for the recovery of young people. When the police are able to save these children, it is very important to insert them as soon as possible in a path of psychological and social recovery.


                                                At the Child Protection Centre, children learn to read and write, then receive a proper school education and, finally, they are helped in entering the world of work.

                                                "You see the miracles," adds Fr Silvio. "Children who had lost their use of the word due to the trauma subjected to immediately resume to communicate and those who were sentenced to years of total isolation resume socializing."

                                                • Ghana
                                                • Sistema Preventivo
                                                • Tratta
                                                  Jesus Jurado

                                                  Spain - Salesian Martí-Codolar residence: two years welcoming refugees and migrants

                                                  1 month 1 week ago
                                                  Spain - Salesian Martí-Codolar residence: two years welcoming refugees and migrants

                                                  (ANS - Barcelona) - About one million acknowledged refugees live in the European Union. They represent 7% of the global total and represent 0.2% of the population of the 28 member countries of the EU. According to data from the Immigrant, Emigrants and Refugees Service of the Barcelona Municipal Council (SAIER), in 2017, the Catalan capital welcomed 4,405 refugees. Many of them have lived or still live in spaces granted by the Church. The "Martí-Codolar" Salesian Residence is one of those sites where refugees and migrants have been welcomed as places of first arrival for the last two years.

                                                  The great migration crisis of 2016 summoned the Church to provide buildings and spaces of religious communities, even though these places were not entirely adequate to host actions and programs.


                                                  The Salesian Congregation considered it appropriate to offer the "Martí-Codolar" residence to welcome the refugees who arrived in the city. Specifically, two floors of the residence were ceded, where young and whole families live and are welcomed.

                                                  "At first, the agreement was signed with the travel agency Snow Travel and, subsequently, with the Red Cross," explained Joan Codina, SDB, superior of the Martí-Codolar community.

                                                  In addition to ceding the spaces mentioned, the Salesian Congregation also made some improvements, necessary for well hosting these people, such as the installation of a laundrette.

                                                  In addition to the spaces, the Salesians - together with volunteers - make their time available. Fr Codina states that these works are done without any act of heroism, but are simply part of being Salesians. "As Salesians," he said,  "we are called to work with young people and children. We could not refuse; on the contrary, we consider it absolutely necessary."

                                                  Most of the people who arrive at the Martí-Codolar residence are children with their families. Then, of course, there are also young people who arrive alone. The people who live there change continuously because, in fact, it is an emergency center. It can be called "center of first arrival", in the sense that the refugees, from here, are then moved to other places, depending on the different needs of people.

                                                  • Spagna
                                                  • Rifugiati
                                                  • Migranti
                                                    Jesus Jurado

                                                    Papua New Guinea - Christmas with Manus refugees: "The People who walk in darkness shall see a great Light"

                                                    1 month 1 week ago

                                                    (ANS - Port Moresby) - In the Urbi et Orbi message of this Christmas, Pope Francis invited us to stay by the side of refugees. A message that was received by the Salesians in Papua New Guinea, who spent Christmas with the Manus refugees.

                                                    For these refugees, it is the sixth Christmas spent far from home, in truly precarious social and health conditions.

                                                    In April 2016, the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea declared the detention center for asylum seekers that the Australian government had established on the island of Manus as illegal and unconstitutional, following an agreement with the government of Papua New Guinea. Now, still, circa 400 refugees are waiting to be resettled. A truly dramatic situation, which seems very far from being resolved and which is leading to various social and moral problems and a series of human rights violations.


                                                    To take stock of the condition of Manus is Fr Ambrose Pereira, SDB, Secretary of the Communication and Youth Commission of the Episcopal Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.


                                                    "On 15 December 2017 I met the first two refugees who had been taken away from the Isle of Manus and sent to the Bomana penitentiary," explained Fr Ambros Pereira. "Last year was characterized by constant interaction with refugee homes. Sri Lanka, Iran, Iraq, Syria and many other countries. Fortunately, some have been resettled, but most of them are still in Papua New Guinea," he added.


                                                    The round table, entitled "Manus Refuges" and dedicated precisely to the refugees of Manus, gathered the government, the Church, students, refugees and Papuan citizens in an open discussion in November 2018. Monsignor Bernard Unaballi, bishop of Bougainville, strongly committed himself and suggested the Christmas period as the deadline for finding a definitive solution. But despite this, no agreement was reached and the refugees had to spend their sixth Christmas in these terrible conditions.

                                                    "I have waited with hope, but the promised meetings with the Prime Minister and the Australian High Commissioner have never materialized,"  explained Fr Ambrose Pereira again. "The offices are now closed and everyone has returned home for the holidays, while beyond 400 refugees struggle to gain access to essential health and services."

                                                    Finally, Fr Ambrose adds: "We take strength from the words of the Scriptures: The people who walk in darkness shall see a great light."

                                                    • Papua Nuova Guinea
                                                    • Rifugiati
                                                      Jesus Jurado

                                                      Italy - Sending materials to Palabek to build small workshops

                                                      1 month 1 week ago
                                                      Italy - Sending materials to Palabek to build small workshops

                                                      (ANS - Fossano) - Sometimes, in the mission places, a technical repair can be stalled for a long time due to the lack of a specific tool or a spare part. Or, the intervention that an expert could carry out without difficulty becomes an enigma for those who do not have even the most basic knowledge. For this reason, it is undoubtedly very important to have adequate equipment, but what really makes the difference is professional training.

                                                      This premise is used to describe what is happening in recent weeks in a Piedmontese town, Fossano, where a missionary, Giacomo Comino, is setting up a container that will arrive in Palabek in Uganda in February.

                                                      This container will arrive at the heart of what is one of the largest refugee camps on the planet. This container won't be carrying "ordinary" relief products, such as food or medicine, but rather useful materials towards setting up a technical school.

                                                      Being sent to Palabek are boxes of metal, computers, mixers, shovels, spades and even a forklift that will be used to lift loads. To help Giacomo Comino in this expedition is Flavio Filippi, a former businessman in the field of tools and hardware sales, who after leaving his business to his children, is now dedicated to this initiative to help the missionaries. Flavio Filippi has decided to make available as much material as possible, to be sent to the Palabek camp.

                                                      What will all this be for? The idea of Giacomo Comino, or Jim as many call him, is to set up small workshops in South Sudan, so that refugees can learn manual work and a trade.


                                                      Someone, at this point, might ask: with all the urgencies that a refugee camp has, is it really necessary to worry about installing a small workshop?

                                                      The answer is complex, but Jim makes it simple, remembering the well-known principle that inspires cooperation: "better to teach to fish than to give a fish."

                                                      In the camp of Palabek there are, in fact, many young people and it is necessary that they receive instruction and that they learn vocational skills, even basic ones, to build a possible future.

                                                      It is an important step towards rebuilding "normality", a normality that must go beyond the simple delivery of sacks of rice or powdered milk. It is an idea born with the aim of promoting the dignity of living and doing community.


                                                      Source: Don Bosco Missions.

                                                      • Italia
                                                      • Palabek
                                                        Jesus Jurado

                                                        Italy - IME Communication: a wholly Salesian startup

                                                        1 month 1 week ago
                                                        Italy - IME Communication: a wholly Salesian startup

                                                        (ANS - Naples) - IME Comunicazione is the new startup sponsored by the Salesian General Administration and strongly desired by the Rector Major. The startup will provide eleven young people the chance to enter the world of work through the business of Video Productions.

                                                        The first test bench of this new startup was the production of the 2019 Strenna video presentation, whose theme is: "Holiness for you too." A very current theme that contains within itself a profound desire for happiness and that calls on everyone to live their lives to the full.

                                                        The IME Communication Team thus chose to narrate the holiness of everyday life, that holiness hidden in the everyday lives of many people. The story tells of people who live the Gospel simply through their daily gestures or in their family dynamics.

                                                        IME Comunicazione is the face of the Social Communications of the Southern Italy Province and is composed of a group of young experts in the field of communications, videomaker, live streaming and graphics. There are sound engineers, editors, graphic designers, cameramen, engineers and directors.

                                                        Fr Pierluigi Lanotte, delegate of the IME Social Communications, wanted to bet on this group of young people and that's how IME Comunicazione was born. It now has 11 members and aims to grow. During the course of the year, this startup, which offers its services to the entire Salesian Congregation, will also collaborate with ANS.

                                                        IME Comunicazione, in sum, provides its capabilities and original solutions to the Congregation, a now added value, especially if enhanced in their interconnection and network, services such as:


                                                        ● The production of content intended for Social Networks, for the young people on the network, with serious experimentation and a gradual implementation of new languages and codes of communication at the service of the evangelization of young people.

                                                        ● The rethinking of the communicative model, which from a unidirectional module of information and content flow requires an evolution into a circular sense or direction, to foster, through social platforms, the active, equal and democratic interchange of the people involved.


                                                        ● The serious experimentation and the gradual implementation of new languages and new communication codes of the network at the service of youth evangelization.

                                                        "This was the extra quid that struck the Rector Major and the Salesian General Administration, and that made IME Comunicazione a coherent choice for betting on young people and their professional skills," IME Communication wrote in a note.

                                                        • Italia
                                                        • IME
                                                        • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                        • Lavoro
                                                        • Giovani
                                                          Jesus Jurado

                                                          India - Young Salesians participate in Christmas Carol Contest

                                                          1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                          India - Young Salesians participate in Christmas Carol Contest

                                                          (ANS - Darjeeling) - Several Salesian youth groups from the Darjeeling Hills took part in the popular "Jingle Bells" Christmas Carol Competition, now in its third year.

                                                          In addition to the group of the Salesian College Sonada, three groups of the "Salesian College Brother", diocesan and brothers of the Calcutta Province and the regions of North-East India also participated.

                                                          "This year, in addition to the certificates and the cash prizes obtained thanks to the generous sponsorship of the 'Glenary Restaurant Darjeeling' and the 'Church Art Kolkata', we also offer trophies to the winners," said the director of Radio Salesian 90.8, Fr CM Paul.

                                                          The radio program coordinator, RJ Samir Chhetri, explained: "The competition consists of the creation of an original Christmas song, in Nepali or English, by a team of ten or less members, including musicians."

                                                          This year, however, there was also an important novelty compared to the past editions: the musical groups, as well as recording the songs for Radio Salesian, also performed for "Salesian Television."

                                                          The recording was later delivered to other TV channels, such as Darjeeling TV, Hamro TV Kurseong and Mirik Television.

                                                          The votes to decree the winners of this song contest began on the Facebook page of Radio Salesian last Saturday, December 22nd, and today, January 2nd, the name of the winners are to be announced.

                                                          The outcome will be published on the aforesaid Facebook page and through the Radio Salesian App "Listern2MyRadio".

                                                          To win will be the first three songs that have obtained the highest number of likes.

                                                          Thus, we have but to tune in to the above channels and, while waiting to know the winner, listen to the songs these talented youngsters have made!

                                                          • India
                                                          • Natale
                                                          • Musica
                                                            Jesus Jurado

                                                            Panama - President of Panama Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, announces agreement with Salesians guaranteeing educational formation for young

                                                            1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                            Panama - President of Panama Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, announces agreement with Salesians guaranteeing educational formation for young

                                                            (ANS - Colón) - The community of Alto de Los Lagos, in Colón, shall soon have a new bilingual educational center. The educational formation given to children and young people attending this school will go hand in hand with the work of Salesians. This was announced by the President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, who signed an agreement between the Salesians and the Ministry of Education (Meduca).

                                                            President Varela said that this new center shall indeed represent social change and progress in bilingual education for the children of Colón, who will be properly followed by the Salesians.

                                                            "We have always had in mind that this center become something more, that it become a community where everyone could share, spend their leisure time and, of course, study. This is the origin of the idea of ​​building this educational center, dedicated to all those children of Colón who aspire to education of quality, close by and accessible," said President Varela at the signing ceremony of the agreement.

                                                            "Knowing the methodology of the Salesian brothers, we know that there is no better choice for this mission. The children and youth of Alto de Los Lagos now have a safe place to sleep, recreational areas for play and physical exercise, and we also want to leave them an educational center that allows them to have a good future," underscored President Varela.

                                                            The President then concluded his message by ensuring that the St Giovanni Bosco Bilingual Technical and Vocational Training Center in Los Lagos, in the hands of the Salesians, will have an incredible development and from there great professionals will emerge, men and women who will make Colón and Panama a better place.

                                                            Fr Edward de La O, representing the Salesian congregation, signed this agreement with Ricardo Pinzón, Minister of Education, and thanked the Panamanian nation for maintaining its trust in the quality of the teaching of the Salesians. He added that this agreement will undoubtedly contribute to the development of local youth.

                                                            "It is an investment in education and a sign of openness, which will give the opportunity to many children and young people in the province of Colón, to have Salesian quality in technical-vocational education, in the style of Don Bosco," he said.

                                                            • Panama
                                                            • Accordo Educativo
                                                            • Giovani
                                                              Jesus Jurado

                                                              RMG - Spirituality Days of Salesian Family fast approaching

                                                              1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                              RMG - Spirituality Days of Salesian Family fast approaching

                                                              (ANS - Rome) - The Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family 2019 will be held in Turin-Valdocco from 10 to 13 January 2019 and will be centered, as always, on the theme of the Rector Major's Strenna. The guideline for this 37th edition will therefore be the motto: "So that my joy may be in you" (Jn 15,11) - Holiness for you too."

                                                              The Salesian Family, with a vast representation of the 31 groups that comprise it, will meet at Valdocco, the mother house of the Salesian charism, the setting for these four days of reflection, prayer, sharing and encounter in the joyful style of Don Bosco.

                                                              The 300 participants of the Spirituality Days come from all five continents. They will be welcomed, as per schedule, on Thursday 10 January, by Fr Enrico Stasi, Provincial of Piedmont and Valle D'Aosta. After the initial welcome greeting, Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, will conduct the presentation of the Days.


                                                              The beginning of the Spirituality Days, with the welcome of Fr Enrico Stasi, can be followed LIVE on ANS's Facebook page, which will broadcast the event.

                                                              During the four Days, ANS will also transmit other events on its Facebook page; these include: the presentation of the Strenna by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, on January 10, at 5.45 pm; the roundtable discussion entitled "Holiness in the contexts where our life takes place," on 12 January, 3.30 pm; and, of course, Sunday Mass presided by the Rector Major and the final meeting, scheduled for Sunday, January 13, starting at 11 am.

                                                              In this way, even those who will not be physically present, shall be able to follow closely the development of the Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family.

                                                              Registration, take note, are closed, but for any additional requests and clarifications please visit www.salesianfamilydays.com  or write to the email address: joanlluis.playa@salesians.cat

                                                               

                                                              {gallery}GFS 2019{/gallery}

                                                              • RMG
                                                              • Famiglia Salesiana
                                                              • Giornate di Spiritualità della FS
                                                                Jesus Jurado

                                                                Italy - Fr Ángel Fernández Artime at Salesian Oblate Sisters of Sacred Heart to pray at tomb of Msgr. Giuseppe Cognata, SDB, martyr of silence

                                                                1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                                Italy - Fr Ángel Fernández Artime at Salesian Oblate Sisters of Sacred Heart to pray at tomb of Msgr. Giuseppe Cognata, SDB, martyr of silence

                                                                (ANS - Tivoli) – On 23rd December, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, visited the Generalate of the Salesians Oblates of the Sacred Heart (SOSC) in Tivoli for the first time. He was welcomed by songs of joy and a fraternal embrace of the Mother General Sr. Graziella Maria Benghini, of the Vicar, Sr. Maria Antonietta Sicari, of the General Council, of the numerous sisters from the various missions of Lazio and of the laity belonging to the Oblate family.

                                                                "Only God can do great things from small ones," said the Rector Major in the homily, "as it was with Jesus in Mary's womb and with John in Elizabeth's: two newborns and two women, yesterday as today, very little considered compared to the powerful of the earth."

                                                                "And this has so much to do with your history," he continued, "that of a religious Congregation belonging to the Salesian Family, founded by our dear and much tried confrere Mons. Giuseppe Cognata, born to go there where there are the most needy and the poorest, called to have little success in the history of humanity, but to have, instead, a lot more in the lives of those people who come to you."

                                                                Within the Eucharist the renewal of their promise was also made by some lay Salesians Oblates, and Fr Á.F. Artime expressed a paternal word and particular attention to each of those present, favoring a climate of true family.

                                                                At the end of the Mass, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco paused in prayer at the tomb of Msgr. Cognata, to then visit the room with the furnishings that the Salesian bishop used during his exile in Castello di Godego.

                                                                Mother Benghini illustrated to the Rector Major the heroic and humble life of Msgr. Cognata, whose mortal remains lie in the Chapel of the Generalate. Fr Á.F. Artime was then entertained by a representation with the children of the "San Giorgio" school and by the ancient songs of the first missionary sisters.

                                                                "We are grateful to the Rector Major for having shared a day of fraternity with the Salesian Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart, strengthening the bond that unites everyone in the great tree of the Salesian Family. The SOSC will always bear in mind the memory of this unforgettable day, assuring Fr Ángel their prayer," Mother Benghini said. 

                                                                 {gallery}Tivoli - Visita a SOSC{/gallery}

                                                                • Italia
                                                                • Famiglia Salesiana
                                                                • SOSC Suore Oblate del Sacro Cuore
                                                                • Rettor Maggiore
                                                                • Giuseppe Cognata
                                                                • Vescovi
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  Indonesia – Cardinal Bo Appeals for Aid to Tsunami Victims

                                                                  1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                                  Indonesia – Cardinal Bo Appeals for Aid to Tsunami Victims

                                                                  (ANS – Jakarta) – Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, SDB, new President of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), appealed to bishops and the international community on 28 December 2018 to help victims of the recent Indonesian tsunami. The 22 December tsunami was the result of a volcanic eruption at the infamous Krakatoa Volcano in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, leaving at least 430 people dead, 1500 injured and 22,000 displaced, in villages along the Java and Sumatra coasts.

                                                                  “This huge tragedy makes me recall the pain and suffering when Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar in 2008 and left some 140,000 victims and 800,000 displaced. On the eve of the new year, my thoughts go out to the populations of Indonesia, affected by recent violent natural disasters, which have caused serious losses in human lives, numerous people missing and homeless, and extensive material damage. We mourn the many deaths and untold suffering the tsunami has left behind at the dawn of the new year 2019.”

                                                                  Cardinal Charles Bo appealed for a three-fold action: (1) to be close in prayer to the victims and their families; (2) to promote extensive ‘solidarity and the support of the International Community’ for our brothers and sisters in Indonesia; (3) to look for tangible ways of alleviating the suffering of the victims; “I know that Catholic Relief Services, Caritas Indonesia, and other local partners have teams on the ground responding and they will be providing relief and assistance.”

                                                                  A few days earlier, Cardinal Charles Bo released his Christmas message containing five principles - mandates or "milestones to reach in our socio-pastoral adventure in Asia":

                                                                  1. Mandate of St John Paul II in the Exhortation ‘Ecclesia in Asia’ (1999) that ‘just as in the first millennium the Cross was planted on the soil of Europe, and in the second on that of the Americas and Africa, we can pray that in the Third Christian Millennium a great harvest of faith will be reaped in this vast and vital continent.”
                                                                  2. Focus - mandate to “respond to Pope Francis call for Economic and Environmental justice of which people in Asia are victims.”
                                                                  3. The urgent need of recognizing the presence of indigenous people starting from the shores of the South China Sea to central parts of India, where the market economy has created turbulence by denying their right to resources and traditional way of life.
                                                                  4. The concern to pursue peace through a continuous three-fold dialogue with the poor people, cultures and religions of Asia: “Our work with the poor and their dignity needs to be the turf where we meet other religions.”
                                                                  5. Propose mainstream reconciliation as the new evangelization in Asia where “the Church should not repay hatred with hatred, but be a healer of known and hidden wounds.

                                                                  The FABC is a voluntary association of 16 episcopal conferences in South, Southeast, East and Central Asia, and was established in 1972 with approval of the Holy See; its purpose is to foster among its members solidarity and co-responsibility for the welfare of the Church and society in Asia, and to promote and defend whatever is for the greater good. Cardinal Bo will take over officially as head of the FABC on January 1, 2019, a day after Cardinal Gracias of Mumbai retires after two consecutive terms.

                                                                  Source: AustraLasia

                                                                  • Indonesia
                                                                  • Charles Maung Bo
                                                                  • Disastri
                                                                  • Vescovi
                                                                  • Cardinali
                                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                    India – 8th Salesian Brothers Congress of South Asia

                                                                    1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                                    India – 8th Salesian Brothers Congress of South Asia

                                                                    (ANS – Bangalore) – The 8th Salesian Brothers Confreres of South Asia, began in the evening of Sunday, 30th December, with the Inaugural session in DBSM Bangalore. Bishop George Rajendra sdb was the Chief Guest & Presided over the Eucharistic Celebration. The meeting is scheduled till next Thursday, 3 January.

                                                                    During the first morning, today, 31 December, the keynote address was given by Bro. Jean-Paul Muller the Economer General. The second session was by Bro. Abraham M. Antony, on “Salesian be a faithful witness”. The third session of the day was by Fr Ivo Coelho, the Councillor in charge of Formation. He touched on “Post novitiate formation & on Holy Salesian Brothers”.

                                                                    Moreover, “Don Bosco Publications” released its new book “Gospel Stories as you never heard before” volume 2 authored by Fr. Maria Arockiam Kanaga sdb, at DBSM - Bangalore during the 8th National Brothers Congress. The book was released by Fr. Ivo Coelho the General Councillor for Formation, and the first copy was received by Bro. Jean Paul Muller, the Economer General. 

                                                                    {gallery}India - Presentazione libro Kanaga{/gallery}

                                                                    • India
                                                                    • Salesiani Coadiutori
                                                                    • Economia
                                                                    • Asia Sud
                                                                    • Formazione
                                                                    • Ivo Coelho
                                                                    • Maria Arokiam Kanaga
                                                                    • Jean Paul Muller
                                                                    • INK
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      RMG - Strenna 2019 video available on the net in multiple languages

                                                                      1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                                      RMG - Strenna 2019 video available on the net in multiple languages

                                                                      (ANS - Rome) - The video of the Rector Major's 2019 Strenna, entitled "HOLINESS FOR YOU TOO", and which deepens the biblical text "So that my joy be in you" (Jn 15:11), was published online on Thursday 27 December, the day of the presentation at the Generalate of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

                                                                      Currently the video is available on YouTube in the following languages:

                                                                      From the beginning of January, moreover, the video will be available on the same platform, also in French. 

                                                                      • RMG
                                                                      • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                                      • Strenna 2019
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        Romania - Beds and benches for children of "Centrul Don Bosco"

                                                                        1 month 2 weeks ago

                                                                        (ANS - Constanta) - In 2016, in Romania, it was estimated that almost 1000 children were abandoned due to poverty. In their favor, the "Centrul Salezian Don Bosco", directed by Fr Sergio Bergamin, SDB, is committed to creating social services for children and to give them all the possible help they can. In fact, in the center, assistance is provided to children through numerous educational and recreational activities. Support activities are also carried out for parents, legal representatives and for all the other people who take care of these children.

                                                                        Fr Sergio has now created a new project, simple and concrete: he wants to buy beds and mattresses for the two Family Houses and for the boarding school and, moreover, desks and chairs for the after-school activities of the Day Center. The beneficiaries of this project would be 98 minors: 18 boys, who enjoy social assistance services in the Family Homes and in the social boarding school, all aged between 13 and 18 years. To these are added 80 primary and middle school children who are followed at the Day Center, with after-school activities (40 in the morning and 40 in the afternoon).


                                                                        A simple project, but for many young people attending the Center, one that can truly make a difference.

                                                                        It has been several years since the "Centrul Salezian Don Bosco" started a number of initiatives in support of the minors of Costanta who live in the most peripheral and problematic neighborhoods.

                                                                        In its Center, there is an oratory, which welcomes 70 young people every day; a youth center that involves several groups of future animators, for a total of 70 people; after-school activities attended by 80 elementary and middle school children; a small boarding house in which children from distant areas who attend school currently sleep; a vocational training center and 2 family houses which each host 10 abandoned children.

                                                                        The Salesian presence in Constance was started in 1996, encouraged by the Archbishop of Bucharest, Msgr. Ioan Robu, and since then Salesian action has always been projected towards the integration and growth of local youth.


                                                                        Source: Missioni Don Bosco www.missionidonbosco.org/

                                                                        • Romania
                                                                        • INE
                                                                        • Povertà
                                                                        • Missioni Don Bosco
                                                                          Jesus Jurado

                                                                          RMG - Official Presentation of Rector Major's Strenna 2019 to Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

                                                                          1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                                          RMG - Official Presentation of Rector Major's Strenna 2019 to Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

                                                                          (ANS - Rome) - The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, officially presented yesterday, December 27, at the General House of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), the 2019 Strenna, whose title is: "Holiness for you, too", and which deepens the biblical text "So that my joy may be in you" (Jn 15,11).

                                                                          Present at the event were Mother Yvonne Reungoat, FMA Mother General, and her Council, Fr Filiberto González, General Councilor for Social Communication, Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, and other members of the Salesian Family.

                                                                          During the presentation, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, illustrated what the goal of the Strenna 2019 shall be. "I want to comment on a very familiar subject, with a title taken directly from the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the call to holiness in the world of today: Gaudete et Exsultate -," explained the Successor of Don Bosco. "In choosing this topic and this title, I want to translate into our language the strong appeal to holiness that Pope Francis has addressed to the whole Church," added the Rector Major.

                                                                          The Mother General, Sr. Yvonne Reungoat, then recalled that the choice of the theme of Holiness of this year's Strenna was taken unanimously among all the members of the Consulta of the Salesian Family.

                                                                          The Strenna 2019 will be presented to the entire Salesian Family as part of the Salesian Family Spirituality Days, scheduled in Valdocco from 10 to 13 January, and focus on the theme of the Strenna 2019 "Holiness for you too" in the presence of 400 delegates belonging to the 31 groups of the Salesian Family of all the continents.

                                                                          On Flickr there are photos of the presentation of Strenna 2019.

                                                                          On the sdb.org and ANSChannel, the video of the Strenna 2019 is available in various languages. (From the beginning of January, the video presentation will also be available in French).

                                                                          • RMG
                                                                          • Strenna 2019
                                                                          • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                                            Jesus Jurado

                                                                            Vatican - Marquis Tancredi Falletti di Barolo is Venerable

                                                                            1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                                            Vatican - Marquis Tancredi Falletti di Barolo is Venerable

                                                                            (ANS - Vatican City) - On 21 December 2018 Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the Decree of Venerability of the Marquis Tancredi Falletti di Barolo (1782-1838). The Salesian Postulation also contributed to the preparation of the Positio super virtutibus.

                                                                            Carlo Tancredi Falletti and Giulia Colbert were a happy couple of the early nineteenth century. He was born in Turin on 26 October 1782 and from a young age was distinguished for intelligence, disposition to justice, attention to the needs of the times and strong tendency to promote and operate every good. She was born in the castle of Maulévrier, in the Vendee, on 26 June 1786, a woman endowed with exquisite femininity and genuine spirituality. Both inherited from their families not only the name, heritage and wealth, but above all a profound religiosity.

                                                                            They met at the court of Napoleon and although different in temperament and character, they immediately found themselves in harmony with the profound values and ideals of life. They married in Paris on 18 August 1806. The affection between them became over time ever purer and stronger, because they were founded on faith and charity.

                                                                            Not having had the gift of children, the two spouses read this painful event within the providential design of God's wisdom. And in admirable agreement they competed in becoming apostles of Christian charity, "adopting" the poor of Turin and carrying out innumerable socio-charitable works: hospitals, schools, artisan workshops, reception centers, kindergartens, all instruments for authentic human promotion and Christian growth.

                                                                            Carlo Tancredi devoted himself especially to preventive education, to the schooling and formation of children and young people. For 22 years he held political positions revealing, as a decurion and mayor of Turin, a great capacity for government and an extraordinary balance in dealing with the most difficult and most distressing situations.

                                                                            For the poor sons of the workers, in 1834 Carlo Tancredi and Giulia founded the Institute of the "Sisters of Sant'Anna", so that they continue in the Church this mission at the service of the new generations. During the cholera, which struck the city of Turin in 1835, the Marquis of Barolo dedicated themselves to rescuing the victims, later having repercussions on their health.


                                                                            Carlo Tancredi died on 4 September 1838 in Chiari, in the arms of his bride. It is now hoped, therefore, that Carlo Tancredi and Giulia "together" should be proclaimed blessed and shine "paired" as a model of holiness for Christian spouses.

                                                                            • Vaticano
                                                                            • Venerabilitá
                                                                              Jesus Jurado

                                                                              Guatemala - A Christmas among the poorest: "This is the famous sanctity of the house next door"

                                                                              1 month 2 weeks ago

                                                                              (ANS - San Benito Petén) - For many families, Christmas is undoubtedly the most loved and heartfelt feast, an opportunity to get together, eat together, play and exchange wishes and gifts.
                                                                              This year, Fr Giampiero De Nardi, an Italian Salesian missionary active in San Benito Petén, Guatemala, wanted to share the experience of a different Christmas.

                                                                              Fr Giampiero narrated the story of Roberto Ceriotti, a Brazilian dentist who spent the Christmas holidays in Petèn's mission. Here he carried out a professional voluntary service, helping and caring for many people who cannot pay for dental care. With him, his mother and sister also went to help him during this period.

                                                                              It is the second year that Dr. Ceriotti has decided to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ among the poor of Petèn, taking care of many people who do not even know what a dentist is.

                                                                              "This is the famous sanctity of the (house) next door. The holiness that makes one happy. The sanctity that changes the world. The holiness we all need in order not to close ourselves up in (our) small daily problems," said Fr Giampiero De Nardi.

                                                                              Thinking of this generous dentist, who offers care to those who cannot afford it, a sentence come to Fr Giampiero's mind, pronounced by his friend Yan De Lucena, the one who introduced him to Roberto Ceriotti. "Of these madmen, in the world, we have so much need," Yan said during a Harambee.

                                                                              "Roberto Ceriotti, in fact," says Fr Giampiero, "is part of these crazy people who know how to put oneself aside and worry about those who need it most. If only there were more of these people in the world! I feel really small in the presence of this very good person, so busy for the good of the people of San Benito," he continued.

                                                                              The difficulties in San Benito are not lacking, but Fr Giampiero does not give up and continues, tirelessly, to work. "Perhaps because," he adds, "Petén makes us understand the profound meaning of life, the profound sense of things that Christmas should remind us of."

                                                                              • Guatemala
                                                                              • Santità
                                                                                Jesus Jurado

                                                                                Austria - "So this is Christmas: and what have you done?" Reflections of a young missionary

                                                                                1 month 3 weeks ago

                                                                                (ANS - Vienna) - The song "So this is Christmas" always touches me when I listen to it, especially the "What have you done?" I thought about it and I think that Christmas should move us to do something. I call this movement: exodus. Our relationship with God is full of exodus and therefore also of Christmas.

                                                                                by Bonaventure Ifeanyi Ughonu, SDB

                                                                                Nigerian missionary in Austria


                                                                                Let's look at the Old Testament where we read how God sent Abraham far away and later led the Israelites out of slavery through Moses. In Gen 12,1-2 it is written: "The Lord said to Abraham: Go from your country, from your town and from your father's house towards the land I will show you. I will make of you into a great people and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing."

                                                                                A similar passage is found in Exodus 3: 7-8: "The Lord said, I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt, and I have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their suffering. I came down to free them from the hand of Egypt and to bring them out of that land to a beautiful and spacious country, to a country where milk and honey flow."

                                                                                Abraham was sent to a new land to found the people of God. Moses, too, listened to the voice of God and thus reached the Promised Land. So many prophets have had to go abroad. For this reason I think the Christmas story is an experience of exodus.

                                                                                The incarnation of Christ is a miracle and a secret. It is also an exodus from Heaven to Earth, as God wants to save us. He is merciful and full of love, so He came to save us, as He saved the Israelites of yore.

                                                                                Christmas also invites us to exodus from our “comfort zone” in favor of the poor and foreigners. This requires much compassion, as God had with the poorest. Of course, we must celebrate with our families and friends; but this Jesus, whom we celebrate, also awaits us in those who have nothing and no one to celebrate.

                                                                                Are you ready this year, ready to embark on an exodus - like Jesus - and to go towards others, our neighbors, the homeless and to the young people on the streets?

                                                                                Merry Christmas!

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