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United States - The commitment of "Salesian Missions" in favor of migrants

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(ANS - New Rochelle) - On the occasion of the World Day of Migrants, celebrated all over the world last December 18, “Salesian Missions”, the Salesian Mission Office of New Rochelle, highlighted its commitment in favor of migrants.

According to the International Migrant Stock 2019, the number of international migrants reached 272 million in 2019, continuing an upward trend in all regions of the world. This is an increase of 51 million migrants since 2010. The UN also reports that in 2019 Europe hosted the largest number of international migrants (82 million), followed by North America (59 million), North Africa and Western Asia (49 million).

Very often it is the younger ones who leave their homeland in search of a better job, education and lifestyle. Many of them choose to leave, but many others are forced to migrate to escape poverty, violence or conflict; others are displaced by the effects of war or climate change. The UN notes that many young people leave their country for humanitarian reasons, as refugees and asylum seekers.

All over the world, Salesian missionaries look after these young people and provide them with educational services. Young migrants, on their journey in search of a new lifestyle, often face rejection, homelessness, exploitation and delinquency. They also risk becoming victims of trafficking in human beings.

"Salesian programs help young migrants to adapt to the new environment through language training and thanks to workforce development programs," said Fr Gus Baek, Head of Salesian Missions. "Lack of work is one of the main causes of emigration. Young people leave their countries of origin in search of a better life. In addition to helping young migrants, Salesian missionaries are working to create new educational and work opportunities in the countries from which young people leave, as an incentive to stay at home," he added.

“Salesian Missions” also recalled that the Covid-19 pandemic has hit migrants hard. Far from home, often without a steady job, many are left homeless and without any source of income. Salesian missionaries - in particular in India, Guatemala, Peru and Spain - have concentrated on giving further support to migrants.

To know more and in detail about the actions in favor of migrants, please consult the “Mission Newswire” website.

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    RMG - Accompanying the first steps like Don Bosco

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    RMG - Accompanying the first steps like Don Bosco

    (ANS - Rome) - The process of disseminating "Young Salesians and accompaniment – Orientations and Guidelines" continues and the seed video for January occupies a special place. It is Don Bosco's month: the video begins in his room in Valdocco, where it all began. Kept there now is a small seed measuring 10 x 5 cm, the tiny notebook on which Michele Rua, aged sixteen, wrote on January 26, 1854: “On the evening of January 26, 1854 we gathered in Don Bosco's room; with Don Bosco himself, Rocchietti, Artiglia, Cagliero and Rua. A practical exercise of charity towards one's neighbour, with the help of the Lord and of St. Francis de Sales, was proposed to us; and later to take a promise, if it seems possible and convenient, to make a vow to the Lord. From that evening the name Salesian was placed on those ready to do the same.

    There could be no more effective testimony of how Don Bosco accompanied his young people and how fruitful his walking alongside them was. He welcomed the "five loaves and two fishes" they had to offer and opened in front of them boundless horizons, of which we are now a part.

    The accompaniment of every child, of the groups, of the environment is at the heart of youth ministry, supporting the openness to life of anyone who enters the houses of Don Bosco. It becomes the mark of quality of those centers dedicated to the accompaniment of those oriented towards Salesian life, such as aspirants, in all the variety of their forms, and pre-novitiates.

    The appeal that Don Bosco makes to us from Valdocco with this 3-minute video message is to recover this treasure. It is a charismatic talent whose modernity was strongly recalled to us by the synod on young people and Christus Vivit. It becomes a responsibility for the Salesian Family that the Church entrusts to us for today. In “Young Salesians and accompaniment” this is the focus from number 109 to 118.

    Giorgio (ITA), Kenneth (ENG), Anselmo (PT), Jean Paul (FRA) and Brandon (ESP), who produced the video, leave us three questions with which to welcome the seed, make it sprout and bear fruit. Among them: What is the standard and the 'health' of my province regarding personal accompaniment within the youth ministry, as it usually takes place in the various communities? The concluding caption: “At Valdocco as in Emmaus: walking side by side lights up the heart”.

    Here, the link to the video.

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      Thailand - Share the joy of Christmas in times of pandemic

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      Thailand - Share the joy of Christmas in times of pandemic

      (ANS - Bangkok) - Since the beginning of December 2020, Thailand has been facing a new increase in Covid-19 cases. This has prompted civilian authorities to impose stricter restrictions to control the spread of the virus. Schools, cinemas and other meeting points were promptly closed. As for liturgical functions, especially in the diocese of Bangkok, the authorities still allow their celebration, provided that the places follow strict measures.

      In light of these new measures, the usual Christmas celebrations, with moments of sharing and joy, did not take place. However, this did not prevent the Salesians of the Parish of Mary Help of Christians from giving life to actions of solidarity. Under the guidance of the parish priest, Fr Aaron Alcoseba, and the parish council, the project “Sharing the joy of Christmas - From us to you” was launched. The latter saw the participation of many faithful, who donated money and other essential materials to help those most in need.

      The donations were directed to four social centers, which take care of the marginalized:

      1. The House of Hope in Nonthaburi, which takes care of 96 poor children and young people;
      2. The “Santa Chiara” House, run by the Franciscans, which welcomes and cares for people affected by HIV;
      3. The House of God the Father, which takes care of the poorest children and in particular of those who do not yet have citizenship documents;
      4. “Bethany House”, run by the Camillian nuns and intended for the care of the elderly.

      All these activities have brought joy to both those who gave and those who received. The solidarity initiatives have sparked hope in the marginalized people of society who, in the midst of this second wave that is afflicting Thailand, are those who suffer the most from its consquences.

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        Vatican – World Day of Peace celebrated on January 1, 2021

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        Foto: © Servizio Fotografico Vatican Media

        (ANS - Vatican City) - On January 1, at the beginning of each new year, the Church celebrates Mary Most Holy Mother of God and it is to her that the prayers and hopes of peace for the world have been entrusted in this 2021 which has just begun. In fact, January 1st is also the day on which World Day of Peace is celebrated.

        On the occasion of this important anniversary, Pope Francis drew attention to the theme of the culture of care as a path to peace.

        The culture of care as “a common, supportive and inclusive commitment to protecting and promoting the dignity and good of all, a willingness to show care and compassion, to work for reconciliation and healing, and to advance mutual respect and acceptance,” and “...a Culture of Care as a Path to Peace... to combat the culture of indifference, waste and confrontation so prevalent in our time.” This is the fulcrum of the Holy Father's Message for the 54th World Day of Peace.

        Pope Francis also reserved a special thought for the year that has just ended, noting that the sufferings suffered by humanity in 2020, above all the Covid-19 pandemic, are evidence of how much it is necessary to take an interest in one another. We cannot think of building peace if “we give in to the temptation of being disinterested in others” and if we don't help those most in need.

        Therefore, peace can be built, the Holy Father emphasizes, only if we find it within ourselves and in those close to us, but above all by taking care of those in need. It is a new culture that must grow to “defeat indifference, defeat the gap and rivalry, which unfortunately prevail.”

        Finally, Pope Francis concluded with the hope that peace reigns everywhere: in hearts, in families, in work, in nations. It is peace, the Pontiff repeats, what we need, today that life is touched “by wars, by enmities, by so many things that destroy… we want peace. And this is a gift.”

        The full text of the Pope's message is available here.

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          RMG - Fr Joan Lluís Playà's message in view of Salesian Family Spirituality Days 2021

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          RMG - Fr Joan Lluís Playà's message in view of Salesian Family Spirituality Days 2021

          (ANS - Rome) - “We must deepen in our hearts this sense of hope of our spirituality, to be a stimulus for it in the environments in which we find ourselves. I therefore invite you to participate with joy, in a family spirit, feeling the unity of all the Groups of the Salesian Family, in these Days.” With these words, the Central Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, Fr Joan Lluís Playà, invites us to take part in the forthcoming Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family.

          The Days will be held from 15 to 17 January 2021 and will have a special feature this year: they will take place online. In recent months, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have become accustomed to relating to each other in a different way but, even at a distance, the Days will be a time of sharing and communion. Fr Playà's complete message is available in Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, on the various language channels of ANS Channel.

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            Brazil - RSB-Social and Salesian Province "St Pius X" launch "Generation 2030" project

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            (ANS - Porto Alegre) - The "Rede Salesiana Brasil de Ação Social" (RSB - Social) and the "St Pius X" Salesian Province of Brazil-Porto Alegre launched the "Generation 2030" project on 8 December last, in the presence of the executive directors of the RSB - Social, Fr Waldomiro Bronakowski and Sr. Silvia Aparecida. The event was also attended by Fr Gilson Marcos da Silva, the Brazil-Porto Alegre Provincial, and Fr Sebastião Bueno, provincial delegate for social works.

            The date chosen for the launch of this project - designed to ensure the financial sustainability of social works - is especially significant. In fact, on 8 December the Salesian Family celebrates both the feast day of the Immaculate Conception and the meeting of Don Bosco with the young Bartolomeo Garelli. Following the example of Don Bosco, "Generation 2030" is a project that emphasizes the charismatic experience of the people assisted in the context of social works and which fosters the role of young people. The latter are seen, in fact, as potential agents of social transformation in their respective territories.

            During the presentation event, the project's basic concept was explained, its origin, its structure and the process that led to its development. “Generation 2030” aims to be a model for the whole of Brazil, especially in the context of social works. Also during the presentation, some essential aspects for the feasibility of the project were highlighted:

            - Active participation of management teams;
            - Prompt and strategic support and action from the Province;
            - Transparency in consultations towards formation, fostering charism and building a culture of social planning and design.

            The video of the project presentation is available on the RSB YouTube channel.

            Source: RSB-Social

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              India - Salesian “Don Bosco High School - Matunga” receives prestigious awards

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              India - Salesian “Don Bosco High School - Matunga” receives prestigious awards

              (ANS - Mumbai) - The Salesian “Don Bosco High School - Matunga” in Mumbai has been constantly acknowledged as one of India's best schools. It is well known for its relentless pursuit of excellence in the demanding field of education. In addition to academia, it is also considered one of the most important institutions in India in the field of sport.

              In November and December 2020, two leading journals conducting education surveys in India - Education Today and Education World - published the list of the best schools in India and their respective states for the academic year 2019-2020.

              The "Don Bosco High School - Matunga" school was ranked first in Mumbai and second in all of India. The schools were rated on ten metrics: academic reputation, individual attention, infrastructure provision, innovative teaching, safety and hygiene, sports education, value for money, holistic development, quality of leadership management and curricular activities.

              Furthermore, on December 30th, Education Today awarded it a first place ranking, in the whole of India, in the "Parents Choice Award" category, the award related to the choice by parents, as regards boys' schools.

              Also, Education World awarded the school a tenth place, nationally, and third in the state of Maharashtra and in the city of Mumbai. This time, the criteria for awarding the prize were: the well-being and development of teachers, the competence of the teaching staff, sports and curricular education, the provision of infrastructure and the like.

              Fr Bernard Fernandes, the principal of “Don Bosco High School”, said he was happy to receive this good news. "There could be no better way to end the year than to be winners of these awards," he said. "We are happy to have received these awards, especially in a difficult year like 2020. Our school has a strong Salesian culture and ethics, and it is this good foundation that has allowed us to reach this level of excellence."  

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                Spain - Solidarity initiatives of "Mary Help of Christians" Province

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                (ANS - Seville) - The Salesian houses of the "Mary Help of Christians" Province were filled with solidarity in this Christmas season. What better way to celebrate the arrival of “Baby Jesus” than to offer some of what we have to those most in need?

                The Kilo Operation is one of the most popular initiatives in Salesian houses, as in the case of El Campello, La Línea, Córdoba, Cadiz, Alicante, Palma del Río, Malaga, Ibi, Villena, Valencia, Elche, Utrera, La Almunia, Úbeda, La Palma del Condado, Malaga, Mérida, Huelva, Utrera, Zaragoza, Mataró, Trinidad, Martí-Codolar, La Mina, Ciutadella and Alcoy, and many others.

                This year, Kilo 2020 was marked by the needs created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Students and teachers gave their contribution and 2,200 kilos of non-perishable food were collected for 70 families. The initiative was disseminated and promoted by many local institutions.

                Also, the 26th Potito Operation took place from 17 to 19 December, which is expected to reach 10,000 units collected. Led by the DOSA Youth Center and the NGO Bosco Global, about 350 volunteers went to the city's pharmacies and supermarkets in small groups of five people to respect the anti-Covid measures, asking for solidarity from the people of Cordoba on behalf of entities such as Cáritas, ADEVIDA, the Food Bank, or the Franciscans of the White Cross.

                "This year we had the support of the students of our Salesian school, of the school of la Salle and of the Trinitarios. And there were also volunteers from the Don Bosco Foundation, Hermandad del Prendimiento, many parents, teachers, Past Pupils, Salesian Cooperators, Association of Mary Help of Christians ... ", the Salesian house in the San Lorenzo district reports.

                The Youth Ministry of the Salesian House of La Línea de la Concepción devised three initiatives to make the personal circumstances of the neediest in the city "different and more joyful", especially during the Christmas period. The first of these was the traditional food collection campaign (the well-known Operation Ton), the second was aimed at the different day centers and the elderly of the Asansull association, and finally, with the third initiative there was the adhesion to the "Tu Casa Azul" project, which consists of finding homes for those families who have to travel to the reference hospitals in Seville.

                "In these times, it is fundamental to show the importance of values such as affection, empathy and kindness. With these initiatives we also try to unite the younger and older generations, showing affection through a greeting card and succeeding, on many occasions, in filling a symbolic void," adds the Salesian community.

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