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RMG – “Youth ministry 2. Around the living fire of the Synod. Educate again to the good life of the Gospel”

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RMG – “Youth ministry 2. Around the living fire of the Synod. Educate again to the good life of the Gospel”

(ANS - Rome) – Elledici has just released the book “Pastorale giovanile 2. Intorno al fuoco vivo del Sinodo. Educare ancora alla vita buona del Vangelo - Youth Ministry 2. Around the living fire of the Synod. Educating again to the good life of the Gospel”, by Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, former Special Secretary at the Synod on Youth. The text ideally places the reader around the fire generated by the synodal process in the universal Church and boasts the invitation to read none other than Pope Francis.

"I really liked the image of this process as a fire that slowly broke out. It recalls the great desire of the Lord: 'I came to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already set ablaze!' (Lk 12:49), writes the Pontiff in the invitation to read the book."

He then continues: “The text you have in your hands is truly interesting and appropriate for this time… To light a fire that lasts over time, straw is not enough, but well-seasoned wood is needed. Snacks full of preservatives are not enough to grow, but you need, instead, healthy and nutritious food. So, too, thought needs solidity, especially in this very liquid time, where everything passes with extreme ease and superficiality. I think that Don Bosco will be happy with this work, which will certainly help many to enter the spirit of the Synod on young people and to orient themselves in a rapidly changing world.”

As the title suggests, the text does not start from scratch, but rests on solid foundations. On the one hand, it is a continuation of the previous book by the same author “Pastorale giovanile 1. Evangelizzazione ed educazione dei giovani. Un percorso teorico-pratico - Youth ministry 1. Evangelization and education of young people. A theoretical-practical path” (LAS, Rome 2017), which has already had three reprints and which laid the foundations to ponder upon the practice of Youth Ministry in a serious way, rooted as it is in solid theoretical foundations.

On the other hand, it also presents a clear novelty, namely the long and complex synodal process. “Certainly the synodal path undertaken in October 2016 by the theme 'Young people, faith and vocational discernment' - and relaunched by the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Christus vivit, on 25 March 2019 - was the most interesting thing that happened in recent years in the world of youth ministry. The universal Church has experienced an exciting journey, which we hope will flourish more and more and bear abundant fruit in the coming years,” says Fr Sala.

The book - also accompanied with an intervention by Fr Giacomo Costa, SJ, who was Secretary of the Synod of Youth together with Fr Sala - is made up of 32 contributions divided into five significant "constellations":

- Anthropology, theology and pastoral care;

- Accompaniment, proclamation and vocational animation;

- Youth, Church and Synod;

- Education, school and university;

- Don Bosco, family and oratory.

At the end of the decade that the Italian Episcopal Conference has dedicated to the theme "Educating to the good life of the Gospel" (2010-2020), this text aims to keep alive the educational and pastoral commitment of the Church in favor of all young people, no one excluded.

  • Libri e Pubblicazioni
  • Vaticano
  • Papa Francesco
  • Pastorale Giovanile
  • Sinodo sui Giovani
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Bolivia – Salesian University of Bolivia signs solidarity agreement with mobile phone company

    1 month 3 weeks ago
    Bolivia – Salesian University of Bolivia signs solidarity agreement with mobile phone company

    (ANS - La Paz) - In a moment of great difficulty for the world of education, the academic community of the Salesian University of Bolivia (USB) has analyzed the challenges and planned the opportunities lying ahead, with special reference to the different options offered by the digital world and always with a view to dealing with what is most important to its mission: their university students. In this process, the decision to sign an agreement with the Bolivian mobile phone company "TELECEL S.A." to provide mobile access to the Internet through the PaqueTigo, TeleEducación and PaqueTigo Teletrabajo products for the exclusive use of students, teachers and staff of the university, to enable cooperating in the work of digital education.

    The telephone company shall offer a 20% discount on its Telework and Teleeducation tariff plans, depending on the number of lines contracted. For those belonging to the Salesian educational institution it will be possible to take advantage of free MegaBytes for the use of platforms such as ZOOM, WEBEX, MEET and TEAMS, and with different options and durations for use.

    The discount will be applied only to the user registered on the platforms and for browsing within it, and the mega not used on the platforms within a month will remain available for the next two months. For its part, the university will check the correspondence of users/students twice a month.

    And if for its part, the telephone company reaffirms its commitment to the education of Bolivians, through this alliance to optimize online training, for the Grand Chancellor of the USB and Provincial of Salesian Bolivia, Fr Juan Pablo Zabala Tórrez, SDB, the crisis produced by the pandemic has changed everyone's life, but the Salesians cannot, of course, abandon their goals: rather, it is time to reach and achieve them in ways never imagined before.

    Inserted into that dynamic, Fr Zabala Tórrez said, “the challenge of staying connected to maintain educational communication stimulates us to continue to see alternatives, which on the one hand encourage teachers to continue to reinvent themselves, and on the other push us, above all, to to continue in the work of forming competent professionals and good Christians.”

    Patricia Bravo

    • Bolivia
    • Università
    • IUS
    • Educazione
    • Coronavirus
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Argentina – Archbishop Agustín Radrizzani, SDB, rest in peace

      1 month 3 weeks ago
      Argentina – Archbishop Agustín Radrizzani, SDB, rest in peace

      (ANS - Junín) - With deep sorrow, the Salesians of Argentina share the sad news of the death of Msgr. Agustín Roberto Radrizzani, SDB, which took place in the early hours of yesterday, September 2, at 1:25 am. He had been hospitalized on the morning of 1 September due to a feverish condition. The cause of his death was respiratory failure due to bilateral pneumonia, while he was awaiting the results of the Covid-19 swab.

      Mons. Radrizzani was born in Avellaneda on 22 September 1944. He entered the Salesian novitiate of San Justo; on 31 January 1962, he made his first religious profession. He continued his Salesian formation in Bernal until, in 1969, he was sent to Turin for theological studies. He remained in Turin until his priestly ordination on 25 March 1972, which took place by the laying on of hands and consecratory prayer of Cardinal Michele Pellegrino, archbishop of the city at the time.

      On his return to Argentina, he carried out his activity in the formative and pastoral field in the “San Miguel” house in La Plata and in Avellaneda.

      In 1982 he was appointed Provincial of the "Our Lady of Luján" Province based in La Plata and, after his mandate ended, in 1988 he took on the position of Novice Master.

      On 14 May 1991, he was appointed bishop of Neuquén by Pope John Paul II, succeeding bishop Jaime De Nevares. Later, on 20 July of the same year, he received episcopal ordination from the hands of Msgr. Argimiro Moure, bishop of Comodoro Rivadavia at the time. As an episcopal motto, he chose: "We believed in love". On the following 17 August, he assumed the direction of the diocese of Neuquén.

      On 24 April 2001, John Paul II appointed him bishop of the diocese of Lomas de Zamora, which he took over on 23 June of the same year, succeeding Msgr. Desiderio Collino. At the time he was the second vice president of the Argentine Episcopal Conference.

      He was then appointed archbishop of Mercedes-Luján on December 27, 2007, and began his pastoral ministry on March 29, 2008. In 2019, at the age of 75, he left the direction of the archdiocese and went to live with his mother at the “Hogar San José” in the city of Junín, served by the Little Sisters of the Abandoned Elders of Saint Teresa of Jesus Jornet.

      Bishop Radrizzani left this land with 75 years of age, 58 of Salesian religious life, 48 of priesthood and 29 of the episcopate.

      • Argentina
      • Decessi
      • Vescovi
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Rwanda – Salesians project growing number of emergency cases as COVID-19 persists in the region

        1 month 3 weeks ago
        Photos: Palabek (Uganda)

        (ANS - Kigali) – The Salesians of Don Bosco in AGL are projecting increased emergency cases as COVID-19 persists and sees an upsurge in the number of people testing positive these days.

        For instance, in Rwanda, the new guidelines emphasize the need to allow only the smallest number of people at the workplace (30%) while others are advised to stay at home and work from there where it is possible.

        The administration also prohibits persons’ movement with the curfew hours starting from 7 pm until 5 am every day.

        Inter-provincial movements for those using public transport have been banned. Many businesses continue to suffer since the clientele has decreased, young people are still obliged to stay at home while waiting for the reopening of schools on the date which is not yet known and parents are struggling to provide for their families during these challenging times.

        After realizing the possibly continuous COVID-19 threats, the Salesian provincial economer, Brother Hubert TWAGIRAYEZU who is also the Director of Planning and Development Office in AGL, is calling for a helping hand in order to be able to cater to the large number of needy persons likely to starve if the situation continues to worsen due to the pandemic.

        The same situation is also happening in the Palabek Refugee Camp in northern Uganda. The camp hosts thousands of South Sudan Refugees. Fr Lazar Arasu, a Salesian living with refugees in Palabek, has written about the very serious problems among refugee teenagers, severely aggravated by the pandemic: unwanted pregnancies, abortions, abuse and other issues. The Salesians are doing their best through sensitization programmes in groups, peer-group discussions and individual counselling (see photographs-Palabek).

        Brother Hubert TWAGIRAYEZU voiced the concern about the situation:

        “Dear all, in this crucial moment of COVID-19 many people lost their jobs, people do not have resources to buy the necessary needs like food, health insurance. I am kindly requesting your intervention.”

        Since the outbreak, the Salesians of Don Bosco-AGL Province have been able to support suffering communities, thanks to the donors from all over the world.

        Support can be immediately channeled by bank transfer, direct support or by contacting the Provincial economer via his e-mail: or by Phone Number: +250787683426

        Ange Dusabemungu

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        • Rwanda
        • Coronavirus
        • Solidarietà
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Panama – A green revolution by no means negligible

          1 month 3 weeks ago
          Panama – A green revolution by no means negligible

          (ANS - Panama City) - Santiago Corrales Rodríguez is a young past pupil of Don Bosco from Colombia and former President of the EcoClub of the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Panama City. Here he offers his testimony on the current challenge of the environment and its relationship with the Salesian charism.

          The theme of the environment attracted me from an early age. During my adolescence, I had the opportunity to participate more consciously in these processes. I reconsidered my position in relation to the surrounding environment and I began to develop an ecological way of thinking, which led me to engage in my own little world.

          In 2016 I was studying at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Panama. The director of the time, Fr Ángel Prado, started a waste recycling plan in the school in collaboration with the 'Eco Creando' Foundation. Thus was born the committee for the recycling of our school, which two years later would become the 'EcoClub ITDB'.

          Being part of this group meant for me to support my mother, who worked in the Foundation, and to share our concerns. It was my opportunity to share things with her, but also to generate real change in society.

          I did not imagine what we would achieve as a group, as a school and as a neighborhood. Nor did I imagine what I would learn and how my environmental awareness and my personal training would be consolidated.

          We have installed recycling points throughout the institution. We organized the ecological fashion show. We held a week for internal recycling which collected more than 3,500 kg of material. We enjoyed the ecological walks. And we managed to get the people of the neighborhood to use our school's collection center.

          We have made alliances with companies dedicated to separate waste collection and with the 'Don Bosco Green Alliance'. Being able to act at home, at WYD 2019 our EcoClub took care of coordinating all recycling management for the pilgrims who stayed in the ITDB.

          All this has stimulated my personal growth and awakened in others that something that motivates them to be good. Recycling I also learned that great skills are not needed, but that we can all assimilate this ideal and learn with humility to work as a team.

          Through the Don Bosco Green Alliance I was selected as a speaker during last year's United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, together with three young women from Germany, Papua New Guinea and Ghana. We presented our efforts for the environment from our different perspectives and situations, and it was an opportunity to understand that there is more future than we believe and that we can do more than we think.

          Through schools such as the Don Bosco Technical Institute and its EcoClub, and foundations such as Eco Creando, young people can learn to take care of the environment and improve their behaviour. Organizations such as Don Bosco Green Alliance give young people a voice to be heard and to get their message across.

          • Panama
          • Ambiente
          • Creato
          • Don Bosco Green Alliance
          • Exallievi
            Gian Francesco Romano

            India – Young people from "Don Bosco Snehalaya" supported by "Salesian Missions"

            1 month 3 weeks ago

            (ANS - Guwahati) - The young people of "Don Bosco Snehalaya", a shelter for children at risk, located in Guwahati, are being supported by "Salesian Missions", the Salesian Mission Office of New Rochelle, NY, in these difficult months marked by the pandemic. In Guwahati, the Salesians run five homes for the region's poor and orphaned youths, as well as offering educational programs, summer activities and more.

            Thanks to the support provided by the benefactors of "Salesian Missions", the Salesians were able to provide nutritional support, clothing, footwear, personal hygiene products and medical care. Furthermore, as long as the school was still open, the young people were also provided with school materials to be able to participate in the lessons. Donors are also helping Don Bosco Snehalaya to deal with basic management costs, such as the cost of electricity.

            Don Bosco Snehalaya offers much help to many young people and children who, in addition to school activities, also have the opportunity to socialize with their peers and integrate into society at the Salesian center. They can also receive appropriate individual or group medical care and counseling and are offered courses on child labor and abuse to create greater awareness of their rights. The students then participate in drawing, song and dance competitions, in such a way that they are always busy, committed and inspired to give and do their best.

            Kids who don't obtain good results in school can take extra-curricular evening classes so they can improve and keep up with other students. “The situation with the pandemic is difficult because the children have not been able to participate in their normal activities and have been missing from school for some time,” explained Fr Thadeus Kujur, Director of Don Bosco Snehalaya. “All the staff, however, supported the students and their families as much as possible,” he added.

            Throughout India, Salesian programs are mainly focused on education. Salesian primary and secondary education in the country helps young people prepare for subsequent technical, vocational or university studies. Other programs help support poor young people and their families by responding to basic needs for housing, proper nutrition and medical care.

            For Indian youth, access to vocational training is very important. In fact, 30% of the Indian youth population has no work, education or training and 22% lives in poverty. Therefore, the support and help of the Salesians and their benefactors are especially appreciated.

            • India
            • ING INDIA GUWAHATI
            • Procure Missionarie
            • Coronavirus
            • Giovani a Rischio
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Mexico – Beginning of activities of Mexico-Guadalajara Mission's Provincial Team

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              Mexico – Beginning of activities of Mexico-Guadalajara Mission's Provincial Team

              (ANS - Guadalajara) - In the "Christ the King and Mary Help of Christians" Salesian Province of Mexico-Guadalajara (MEG) the promotion of greater synergy between the various delegations and provincial services is experienced and fostered by a particular body: the Provincial Team of the Mission (EIM), a model of pastoral team that started almost a decade ago.

              On Tuesday, August 26, the EIM met for the first time for the 2020-2021 pastoral year. It was the first of the six meetings planned throughout the new annual cycle, and it served to ensure that this team of reflection and pastoral animation - made up of Salesians and lay people - could meet with Fr Filiberto González, who assumed the post of MEG Provincial last May, and with his proposal of animation and government. For his part, Fr González invited the team to continue the processes already started and to collaborate closely in defining the next Salesian Educational-Pastoral Project for the Province (PEPSI).

              The EIM is made up of the Delegations of Youth Ministry and Vocation Animation, Mission Animation, the Salesian Family, Social Communication, the Provincial Economer and the Planning and Development Office of the Province, as well as the team that coordinates and accompanies the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM).

              The meeting of this past 26 August, held at the Provincial Office, also saw a first approach by EIM to the document on the protection of minors and vulnerable adults; a moment of study on pastoral planning; presentation of the activities of each delegation; and the planning of future team meetings.

              According to the 2015 Provincial Directory, the tasks of EIM are: to create synergies in the elaboration, application and evaluation of the PEPSI, in a co-responsible and complementary way; reflect on the youth and pastoral reality in the works; as well as to accompany and encourage the protagonism and leadership of young people in the works.

              • Messico
              • Filiberto González
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Spain – "St James the Greater" Province presents its Provincial Animation Program

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                (ANS - Madrid) - The Salesian Province of "Spain-St James the Greater", based in Madrid, has chosen the guiding motto for its pastoral campaign for the year 2020-2021: "Something new is dawning". As a novelty this year, the Province illustrated its Provincial Animation Program (PAI) via a television presentation broadcast on YouTube. It was directed by the Provincial Delegate for Communication, Fr Javier Valiente, and featured the interventions of the Provincial, Fr Fernando García, his Vicar, Fr Samuel Segura, and the Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry, Fr Xabier Camino.

                In previous years, this presentation was held in person in various areas of the Province, and always saw the participation of Salesians, principals and heads of the different areas of the houses, members of the Salesian Family, educators ... This year, given the circumstances, this new online format has been chosen.

                A common framework for all

                The PAI is the common framework for all the houses and activities of the Province, as it establishes the fundamental guidelines for the year 2020-21. Each school, youth center, parish, social platform or Salesian community has its own program, its objectives and its dynamics of operation, but the PAI points out those aspects on which, as a Province and in harmony with the Congregation, the Salesians intend to work.

                For this reason, an objective has been set that crosses the objectives and lines of action of the various provincial delegations: "Let us take care of our Salesian identity while remaining faithful to our educational-pastoral mission among the young."

                This objective is then implemented in several lines of concrete action for each Salesian, for each community and for each educative-pastoral community and group of the Salesian Family.

                A tal fine sono state preparate risorse e materiali per l’intero anno di attività e per i diversi ambienti, disponibili sul sito web dell’Ispettoria.

                "Something new is dawning"

                Along with the general objective of the whole Province, the pastoral campaign for the new year of activity was also presented. It is a campaign that emphasizes four axes: giving priority to caring for people, discovering the value of life and the relationships that humanize; living in an "outgoing attitude", at the service of others, especially those who need it most; educate the gaze and the heart in this time of change, committing oneself to building a new world in which the person is always at the center; and strengthen the daily experience of faith, rediscovering the presence of God in daily life through personal and community prayer.

                To this end, resources and materials were prepared for the entire year of activity and for the various environments, available on the Province website.

                • Spagna
                • Pastorale Giovanile
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Burkina Faso – “Don Bosco Center” in Bobo-Dioulasso has new solar water pump thanks to funding from Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative’

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                  Burkina Faso – “Don Bosco Center” in Bobo-Dioulasso has new solar water pump thanks to funding from Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative’

                  (ANS – Bobo-Dioulasso) – The “Don Bosco Center” in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, has clean drinking water powered by solar electricity thanks to funding from Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative.” Salesian Missions is the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

                  The “Sun Helps Us Succeed” project is providing drinking water using a solar pump. There had been a borehole dug and water tower ready, but the pump was required to complete the project. Photovoltaic installations are very appropriate in the area because it is sunny the whole year.

                  Opened in October 1993, the Don Bosco Center includes a technical school with 306 students and a home, which has 25 young people between aged 15 and 24. The youth center is frequented by close to 600 youth each week. The Don Bosco Center is open in the evening as a place for youth to gather and study. The center uses 30 solar energy lamps because there are so many local power outages and electric bills are very high. Using solar energy is a huge cost-savings for the center.

                  To help support the new water access long-term, Salesian missionaries are charging a small fee to those from outside of the center grounds who come for large amounts of water, exceeding 50 liters each day. This will ensure the maintenance of the water tower equipment.

                  Ballé Diane, a professor of electricity at the Don Bosco Center’s technical school, said, “The installation of the solar pump system has been of great benefit. The objective of this project was to achieve self-sufficiency in water and energy consumption. I can say that this goal has been achieved. Better still, our students took advantage of the installation of the system to practice and increase their knowledge because the company that was hired to do the work allowed them to participate in the work. This project has impacted 540 students from the Don Bosco Center and many families benefit from this installation for water and energy. Many thanks to Salesians Missions and benefactors.”

                  Salesian missionaries have been working in Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in West Africa, since March 1993. Missionaries first began their work in Bobo-Dioulasso, the second-largest city in the country. They settled in a neighborhood known as Ouezzin, an expanding area of the city. Salesian missionaries provide education and social development services designed to create a sense of family among the most vulnerable children and those most at risk of social exclusion.

                  Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in Africa, ranking 185 out of 188 countries on the Human Development Index 2015. According to the World Bank, more than 46 percent of the country’s population lives in poverty on less than $1.25 per day. Burkina Faso has suffered from several serious droughts that have driven up food prices, affecting the country’s food supply and causing malnutrition among the poorest residents and children. Up until the 1980s, the country also dealt with devastating military coups.

                  Source: Salesian Missions

                  • Burkina Faso
                  • Procure Missionarie
                  • Acqua
                    Gian Francesco Romano
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