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Italy - Sea Watch: "Salesians for Social" ready to house minors from ship

1 month 3 weeks ago

(ANS - Rome) - The Salesian Network for Social (SCS-CNOS Federation) is open to welcoming the minors aboard the Sea Watch ship, anchored off Siracusa, in its structures. There are 13 minors, of which eight are unaccompanied.

The Salesian Network for Social (SCS-CNOS Federation), making Don Bosco's words their own: "Charity knows no diversity of races, nor distance of place,"; in response to the Pope's appeal during the Angelus of January 6: "For many days now, 49 people rescued in the Mediterranean Sea are on board two NGO ships, looking for a safe haven to land. I address a heartfelt appeal to European leaders to demonstrate their solidarity with these people"; sharing the pronouncement of Msgr Stefano Russo, CEI General Secretary: "we can no longer remove our gaze from these victims"; considering the presence on board of 13 minors, eight unaccompanied; respecting the skills and functions of the administrative bodies, together with many associations with which it collaborates; thus renders open and available to welcome in their structures the minors present on board in the offices of: Arese (Salesian Center San Domenico Savio); Udine, Albarè and Gorizia (Salesian North East Province); Naples (Salesian Institute "Menichini"); Catania (Metacometa Association and Don Bosco 2000); Foggia (Community Association “On the road to Emmaus”).

"We consider this to be the most true and concrete gesture to celebrate the forthcoming anniversary of Don Bosco, founder of the Salesians, who welcomed without distinction the young poor of 19th century Turin," say Fr Giovanni D'Andrea, Salesian president for the Social, and Fr Carmine Ciavarella, National Delegate for Marginalization and Distress Aid.

  • Italia
  • Salesiani per il Sociale
  • Migranti
  • Rifugiati
  • ONG
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Panama - Message of Salesian Youth Movement from Panama

    1 month 3 weeks ago
    Panama - Message of Salesian Youth Movement from Panama

    (ANS - Rome) - Youth is a gift to be shared; young people are not only the future, but also the present of the Church and of society; and being part of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) means leaving one's comfort zones to go serve the most needy: these are just some of the precious concepts contained in the Message that the SYM has prepared in the WYD of Panama2019, which are now offered as an encouragement to all the young people of the Movement.

    Wednesday, January 23, in the Basilica of St John Bosco in Panama City, more than 200 young people and leaders of the Youth Ministry of Salesians and of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, representing 30 countries of all 5 continents, gave life to the SYM Forum.

    In that broad open debate, sub-divided by language, the participants gathered together on the meaning and role of youth in today's world; on how to integrate the vocational perspective and the discernment in the paths proper to the SYM; on how to build, starting from youth commitment, a more humane and just society; and they also shared the good practices carried out by the SYM in so many parts of the world.

    All these contributions, together with those received in the subsequent debate with the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), Mother Yvonne Reungoat, were then elaborated upon on the following day at the Don Bosco Technical Institute of Panama.

    Five young people of the SYM, coming from different regions of the world - Dino Martinello (Australia); Victoria Weekley (USA); Julia Kershofer (Austria); Gerson Santos (Angola); and Andrea Ordoñez (Colombia) - accompanied by the heads of the SDB Dicastery and the FMA Youth Ministry Sector, summarized what had emerged the day before, and helped to focus how the SYM helps to make life choices.

    In a sort of continuation of the work of the recent Synod of Bishops on "Youth, faith and vocational discernment", and in light of the theme of the WYD of Panama, which indicates to young people the example of Mary as a model of availability to the plans of God ("Here I am, I am the servant of the Lord, let what you have said happen to me" - Lk 1:38), the young people of SYM in Panama have elaborated a message addressed to all the youth of the world's SYM.

    The full text of the message is available here.

    {gallery}MGS - Messaggio Panama{/gallery}

    • Panama
    • Panama2019
    • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
    • GMG2019
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Panama - Rector Major during Triduum to Don Bosco: "Do not be afraid of what God asks of you ... Holiness gives a profound joy"

      1 month 3 weeks ago

      (ANS - Panama City) - Yesterday, 28 January, was the first day of the triduum of preparation for the feast of Don Bosco. At 6:30 pm the Basilica of San Giovanni Bosco was crowded with faithful, attracted not only by Don Bosco but also, exceptionally, by the presence of his Successor: the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, who preached the homily.

      It is well known that Don Bosco is much loved in Panama. The devotion to the Saint of Youth has entered the genes of the Panamanians: every city in the country celebrates his feast, in various ways, with specific artistic and folkloric features.

      On the first day of the Triduum, the Rector Major referred to the theme of the Strenna: "Holiness for you too". With his warm and stimulating style, he encouraged the faithful and young participants to take seriously the path of holiness as an accessible vocation for every Christian, and stressed that it is not about doing extraordinary things.

      He encouraged the participants to make God's dream for each one of them come true. "What does God want from each of us?", he asked emphatically. "This is the fundamental prospect on our lives."

      "Do not be afraid of what God is asking of you," he insisted. "Do not demand an immediate sanctity. Walk on this road little by little. Give priority to young people, give your life for them. Don Bosco knew how to see the young with the eyes of God."

      "You must be saints," the Rector Major repeated. "Holiness gives a profound joy. It is accomplished in the responsible fulfillment of its tasks."

      After Mass, the faithful approached the Rector Major, who did not skimp on hugs, photos and smiles for everyone.

      {gallery}Panama - Triduo a DB - Primo giorno{/gallery}

      • Panama
      • Don Bosco
      • Rettor Maggiore
      • Ángel Fernández Artime
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Italy - When Synod comes to life: young people from Salesian circles visiting sites of youth in distress

        1 month 3 weeks ago
        Italy - When Synod comes to life: young people from Salesian circles visiting sites of youth in distress

        (ANS - Turin) - A group of about 40 university students from the Salesian University Institute of Venice (IUSVE), and the Salesian missionary animation groups in the Triveneto region, spent a few days of commitment and solidarity in the city of Don Bosco. The young people, accompanied by some teachers and educators, starting from a reflection on the Synod, retraced the footsteps of the Social Saints of the 19th century, and visited a number of emblematic sites of alienated youngsters at risk and their daily battle to combat difficulties and sense of alienation and distress.

        The young protagonists of this initiative put themselves at the service of various Turin-based bodies active in the fight against marginalization: the Cottolengo Institute, the soup kitchens for the poor, the Turin center of the "Sermig" - Arsenal of Peace; the "Gruppo Abele", an NGO for 50 years alongside the last of Turin; the "Community of Sant'Egidio", the center of the Missionaries of Charity of Sant'Egidio ...

        Among the different stages of their journey, made in the early days of the month, young people from Veneto also visited the city's juvenile prison, called "Ferrante Aporti". The meeting was preceded by an exchange of information on the reality of detention, and consisted of spending an afternoon of talks and friendship with the detainees.

        "The Synod on the young," says Fr Domenico Ricca, Salesian, chaplain of the 'Ferrante Aporti', "in the intentions of Pope Francis had to involve all the juvenile realities, especially the most fragile: this is why it is very significant that a group of teenagers of our Christian communities have proposed to their animators their wish to know their peers who live the reality of detention."

        "The Synod has offered the opportunity to make young people reflect on their vocational choices," adds Barbara Celia, the educator who guided the approach path to the prison, "and in our meetings we reflected on how the prison and the world of distress of these young people can be, in perspective, a choice of professional commitment or a field in which to engage as volunteers."

        "Service and provocations. Service and reflection. Life with our voids and our fullness, fabrics and saints, poverty and drama": this was, in the words of Arianna Pigani, a young former student of IUSVE, the experience of solidarity lived in Turin.

        • Italia
        • Carceri
        • Sinodo sui Giovani
        • ICP
        • INE
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Panama - In front of 700,000 at final Mass of Panama2019, Pope: "You young are God's now!"

          1 month 3 weeks ago

          (ANS - Panama City) - The World Youth Day in Panama ended with the last greeting the Holy Father addressed to the approximately 700,000 young people present in the Campo St John Paul II - Metro Park. Each of his words becomes, from this moment on, a program of life for the young, for priests, for bishops, for the laity, for families.

          "These were five days of great happiness," the Panamanian media wrote, "The event was named as one of the most memorable in the nation's history."

          Thousands of pilgrims greeted the Holy Father at the international airport of Tocumen, on the afternoon of Sunday, January 27th, in addition to the President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, and his wife, Lorena Castillo de Varela.

          The Pope has thus embarked on his journey back to Rome, but his words and messages remain.

          The day most awaited by young people was Saturday, January 26, when a true feast of the universal Church took place. "The appointment was at six in the afternoon, but as early as the morning hours the streets of Panama City were full of pilgrims eager to hear the message of Francis," wrote Zaida Navarrete, of the Salesian Bulletin of Central America. "The Salesians organized themselves in groups for the vigil. It was a sea of ​​flags, colorful t-shirts, vibrant drawings with the WYD logo and their favorite saints or the names of the groups they belonged to."

          During the Vigil there were beautiful testimonies of life and then the expected message of Pope Francis. In his speech he spoke about Don Bosco. When they heard the words 'Don Bosco', "an explosion of emotions was born among the young. All the young people who attend Salesian works stood up, applauded and felt protagonists in the Pope's and the Church's speech in the name of their Holy Founder. In all this immense crowd there were no young people who were more proud than those of Salesian circles," continues Zaida Navarrete.

          On Sunday 27 the Pope returned again. At 8 o'clock the Eucharist began. "You young are the now of God", was the strong message addressed to all the young people gathered, a breath of encouragement and hope that was percieved on everyone's face. There is no doubt that "no young person would remain the same on his or her return home."

          The Pope concluded his stay in Panama by attending a meeting with the volunteers. He thanked them for their service, and then visited the "House of the Good Samaritan" reception center, which hosts young people with HIV. "The good Samaritan, like all your houses, shows us that our neighbor is first of all a person, someone with a concrete face," said the Pope to all those present.

          His prayer did not forget the suffering peoples. "I wish to express my sorrow for the tragedies that have struck the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil and the State of Hidalgo in Mexico ... Here in Panama, I thought a lot about the Venezuelan people, the Philippines …," concluded the Holy Father.

          At the end of the WYD in Panama, Portugal was announced as the next location of WYD 2022.

          {gallery}28 Panama finale{/gallery} 

          • Panama2019
          • GMG2019
          • Panama
          • Papa Francesco
          • Giovani
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Panama – Laudato Si’ Generation launched at World Youth Day in Panama2019

            1 month 3 weeks ago
            Panama – Laudato Si’ Generation launched at World Youth Day in Panama2019

            (ANS – Panama City) – Laudato Si’ Generation was officially launched on 25 January during the celebration of the World Youth Day in Panama. Laudato Si’ Generation, which is the youth branch of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, aims at becoming a global youth movement that works for environmental issues, especially climate justice.  Don Bosco Green Alliance and the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) are founding members of Laudato Si’ Generation. 

            Carina Baumgartner and Julia Marion Kerschhofer from SYM Austria were the Salesian representatives on the main stage of the World Youth Day at the lunch of Laudato Si’ Generation. “It was really inspiring being part of this special moment, especially since I was representing the SYM. Seeing all these people joining us in singing and hugging is something I will never forget. I am proud to be part of the Laudato Si’ Generation!” said Julia Marion Kerschhofer.

            “It was an unforgettable moment to be on the main stage of the WYD and to represent Salesian youth worldwide during the launching action. We had the possibility to spread the Laudato Si’ message to young people from all over the world and to invite them to join the Laudato Si’ Generation. The highlight of this moment was the big hug, where we invited all people to the world’s biggest hug. This was an amazing sign because it brought all people together, people that come from many different and far places, but united in one Mission: to take care of our earth, our common home,” said Carina Baumgartner

            Sending a message to the SYM globally, Julia said, “Laudato Si’ is something that everyone should be thinking of. Our planet needs a change NOW. Everyone can contribute, small or big, to make our planet the home we want to live in.” 

            “I want to invite all of us not to wait for others to take care of our earth. It's us - young people - who have the strength, courage and creativity to change something. Let the SYM not wait for others, but be an example for Laudato Si’,” was the message from Carina.

            “Don Bosco Green Alliance is thrilled to be a founding member of Laudato Si’ Generation” said Fr Savio Silveira sdb, Convener of the Don Bosco Green Alliance. “Young people feel strongly the urgency of responding to the ecological crisis, and we Salesians must support their efforts for a safe and sustainable world,” added Fr Silveira.

            Fr Joshtrom Kureethadam sdb, Coordinator of the Sector ‘Ecology and Creation’ at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, applauded this new initiative. “Laudato Si’ Generation is a grassroot movement of young people to care for our ‘common home’. They are telling us that we need to come together and act urgently and radically,” said Fr. Kureethadam.

            “Young people are passionate about the planet.  It is marvellous to note the enthusiasm as young people engage in searching for ways to protect our Home.  It is not only the statements made, but the lived experience of keeping the area clean, collecting plastic for recycling and reminding participants that we are a Laudatory Si’ Generation,” said Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb from Papua New Guinea, present at the WYD in Panama.

            {gallery}Laudato Si{/gallery}

            • Panama2019
            • Panama
            • GMG2019
            • Ambiente
            • Creato
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Ethiopia - The Salesians' work in Dilla: nourishing the body, nourishing the mind

              1 month 3 weeks ago
              Ethiopia - The Salesians' work in Dilla: nourishing the body, nourishing the mind

              (ANS - Dilla) - Dilla is a town of about 90,000 inhabitants, located in the south of Ethiopia, whose economy is mainly based on the cultivation of coffee. The population growth has led to the problem of the subdivision of the land: many families have had to give up their plots and have been forced to move, often moving to the outskirts of the city and losing the food autonomy that was guaranteed by the small land that they used to cultivate.

              Thus today on the outskirts of Dilla live hundreds of families who are forced to live in conditions of extreme poverty and unable to have their children attend elementary school.

              The spiritual Sons of Don Bosco have been present in the city since 1982, with various activities, many of which are aimed at school-aged children. The elementary school, however, was inaugurated just one year ago, in January 2018, and with its 554 students, aged 5 to 12, it is already now one of the projects that has had the greatest positive impact on families.

              The intention, however, is to do even better: given the large number of needy children and given the surrounding context the Salesians have proposed to act on two complementary fronts: "We want to set up two new classes for 78 boys and girls aged between 7 and 9 years; and we want to guarantee to every child the possibility of receiving at least one hot meal every day," they say in no uncertain terms.

              Defeating the scourge of illiteracy is the first step in building a fairer society. But it has also been shown that malnutrition and denutrition play a major role in child growth, impairing physical development and learning abilities.

              For this reason the Salesians have decided to launch this dual project, food and education: because a child cannot really learn on a perpetually empty stomach, and because food alone is not enough to turn children into responsible men and women.

              For more information, visit: www.missionidonbosco.org 

              {gallery}Etiopia - Dilla 2019{/gallery}

              • Etiopia
              • AET
              • Missioni
              • Missioni Don Bosco
              • Fame
              • Educazione
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Austria – 31. January: “Day of Street Children” in Austria focuses on Salesian help for railway kids in India

                1 month 3 weeks ago
                Austria – 31. January: “Day of Street Children” in Austria focuses on Salesian help for railway kids in India

                (ANS – Vienna) – Who will reach them first – Don Bosco or the traffickers? Every 5 minutes a child arrives alone in one of India's biggest railway stations, most of them fleeing poverty or abuse at home. If they escape from traffickers, they may live for months or even years in the chaotic stations, collecting rags, begging and facing exploitation every day. But there is help – for example through the Street children program “BOSCO” in Bangalore run by the Salesians, which has rescued more than 120,000 children in the past 35 years and therefore received the prestigious National Child Welfare Award from the President of India in 2015.

                Every year, the Austrian NGO “Jugend Eine Welt” organizes the campaign “Day of Street Children” around Don Bosco Day, January 31, and invites in particular young people and school classes to participate. This year, the campaign focuses on the plight of India's railway kids and how the Salesians are helping them. As special guest of honour, Father Jiji Kalavanal SDB from “Don Bosco Image” in Bangalore spoke at several events organized by Jugend Eine Welt in Vienna, Linz and Innsbruck and met high ranking Church officials and politicians like Bishop Dr. Manfred Scheuer and Governor Thomas Stelzer from Upper Austria.

                Fr Jiji Kalavanal SDB was accompanied by the young Indian actor Lokesh Kumar who himself had lived on the streets and in the railway station of Bangalore since the age of 7. He described how BOSCO changed the course of his life, offering him a new home, health care, education and vocational training. He is proud to be a former “BOSCO boy” and now returns the help he received from the Salesians: he regularly visits the street children program, offers training and encourages street children to follow his example.

                For Reinhard Heiserer, director from Jugend Eine Welt, Lokesh Kumar´s biography is a wonderful testimony for the efficiency of the pedagogical system of Don Bosco: “Even a child that has spent so many years on the streets like Lokesh can return to a normal life and be an inspiration for other children, as Father Jiji has shown in his impressive video ´This is ME!´using the music and lyrics of a popular song.”

                Video “This is ME!” from Don Bosco Image: https://youtu.be/sN3eM7HpPmw 

                Further information about the campaign “Day of Street Children” can be found at: www.tagderstrassenkinder.at 

                • Austria
                • AUS
                • Bambini di Strada
                • India
                • INK
                  Gian Francesco Romano
                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                  Italy - Sea Watch: "Salesians for Social" ready to house minors from ship

                  1 month 3 weeks ago

                  (ANS - Rome) - The Salesian Network for Social (SCS-CNOS Federation) is open to welcoming the minors aboard the Sea Watch ship, anchored off Siracusa, in its structures. There are 13 minors, of which eight are unaccompanied.

                  The Salesian Network for Social (SCS-CNOS Federation), making Don Bosco's words their own: "Charity knows no diversity of races, nor distance of place,"; in response to the Pope's appeal during the Angelus of January 6: "For many days now, 49 people rescued in the Mediterranean Sea are on board two NGO ships, looking for a safe haven to land. I address a heartfelt appeal to European leaders to demonstrate their solidarity with these people"; sharing the pronouncement of Msgr Stefano Russo, CEI General Secretary: "we can no longer remove our gaze from these victims"; considering the presence on board of 13 minors, eight unaccompanied; respecting the skills and functions of the administrative bodies, together with many associations with which it collaborates; thus renders open and available to welcome in their structures the minors present on board in the offices of: Arese (Salesian Center San Domenico Savio); Udine, Albarè and Gorizia (Salesian North East Province); Naples (Salesian Institute "Menichini"); Catania (Metacometa Association and Don Bosco 2000); Foggia (Community Association “On the road to Emmaus”).

                  "We consider this to be the most true and concrete gesture to celebrate the forthcoming anniversary of Don Bosco, founder of the Salesians, who welcomed without distinction the young poor of 19th century Turin," say Fr Giovanni D'Andrea, Salesian president for the Social, and Fr Carmine Ciavarella, National Delegate for Marginalization and Distress Aid.

                  • Italia
                  • Salesiani per il Sociale
                  • Migranti
                  • Rifugiati
                  • ONG
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Panama - Message of Salesian Youth Movement from Panama

                    1 month 3 weeks ago
                    Panama - Message of Salesian Youth Movement from Panama

                    (ANS - Rome) - Youth is a gift to be shared; young people are not only the future, but also the present of the Church and of society; and being part of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) means leaving one's comfort zones to go serve the most needy: these are just some of the precious concepts contained in the Message that the SYM has prepared in the WYD of Panama2019, which are now offered as an encouragement to all the young people of the Movement.

                    Wednesday, January 23, in the Basilica of St John Bosco in Panama City, more than 200 young people and leaders of the Youth Ministry of Salesians and of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, representing 30 countries of all 5 continents, gave life to the SYM Forum.

                    In that broad open debate, sub-divided by language, the participants gathered together on the meaning and role of youth in today's world; on how to integrate the vocational perspective and the discernment in the paths proper to the SYM; on how to build, starting from youth commitment, a more humane and just society; and they also shared the good practices carried out by the SYM in so many parts of the world.

                    All these contributions, together with those received in the subsequent debate with the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), Mother Yvonne Reungoat, were then elaborated upon on the following day at the Don Bosco Technical Institute of Panama.

                    Five young people of the SYM, coming from different regions of the world - Dino Martinello (Australia); Victoria Weekley (USA); Julia Kershofer (Austria); Gerson Santos (Angola); and Andrea Ordoñez (Colombia) - accompanied by the heads of the SDB Dicastery and the FMA Youth Ministry Sector, summarized what had emerged the day before, and helped to focus how the SYM helps to make life choices.

                    In a sort of continuation of the work of the recent Synod of Bishops on "Youth, faith and vocational discernment", and in light of the theme of the WYD of Panama, which indicates to young people the example of Mary as a model of availability to the plans of God ("Here I am, I am the servant of the Lord, let what you have said happen to me" - Lk 1:38), the young people of SYM in Panama have elaborated a message addressed to all the youth of the world's SYM.

                    The full text of the message is available here.

                    {gallery}MGS - Messaggio Panama{/gallery}

                    • Panama
                    • Panama2019
                    • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
                    • GMG2019
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Panama - Rector Major during Triduum to Don Bosco: "Do not be afraid of what God asks of you ... Holiness gives a profound joy"

                      1 month 3 weeks ago

                      (ANS - Panama City) - Yesterday, 28 January, was the first day of the triduum of preparation for the feast of Don Bosco. At 6:30 pm the Basilica of San Giovanni Bosco was crowded with faithful, attracted not only by Don Bosco but also, exceptionally, by the presence of his Successor: the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, who preached the homily.

                      It is well known that Don Bosco is much loved in Panama. The devotion to the Saint of Youth has entered the genes of the Panamanians: every city in the country celebrates his feast, in various ways, with specific artistic and folkloric features.

                      On the first day of the Triduum, the Rector Major referred to the theme of the Strenna: "Holiness for you too". With his warm and stimulating style, he encouraged the faithful and young participants to take seriously the path of holiness as an accessible vocation for every Christian, and stressed that it is not about doing extraordinary things.

                      He encouraged the participants to make God's dream for each one of them come true. "What does God want from each of us?", he asked emphatically. "This is the fundamental prospect on our lives."

                      "Do not be afraid of what God is asking of you," he insisted. "Do not demand an immediate sanctity. Walk on this road little by little. Give priority to young people, give your life for them. Don Bosco knew how to see the young with the eyes of God."

                      "You must be saints," the Rector Major repeated. "Holiness gives a profound joy. It is accomplished in the responsible fulfillment of its tasks."

                      After Mass, the faithful approached the Rector Major, who did not skimp on hugs, photos and smiles for everyone.

                      {gallery}Panama - Triduo a DB - Primo giorno{/gallery}

                      • Panama
                      • Don Bosco
                      • Rettor Maggiore
                      • Ángel Fernández Artime
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Italy - When Synod comes to life: young people from Salesian circles visiting sites of youth in distress

                        1 month 3 weeks ago
                        Italy - When Synod comes to life: young people from Salesian circles visiting sites of youth in distress

                        (ANS - Turin) - A group of about 40 university students from the Salesian University Institute of Venice (IUSVE), and the Salesian missionary animation groups in the Triveneto region, spent a few days of commitment and solidarity in the city of Don Bosco. The young people, accompanied by some teachers and educators, starting from a reflection on the Synod, retraced the footsteps of the Social Saints of the 19th century, and visited a number of emblematic sites of alienated youngsters at risk and their daily battle to combat difficulties and sense of alienation and distress.

                        The young protagonists of this initiative put themselves at the service of various Turin-based bodies active in the fight against marginalization: the Cottolengo Institute, the soup kitchens for the poor, the Turin center of the "Sermig" - Arsenal of Peace; the "Gruppo Abele", an NGO for 50 years alongside the last of Turin; the "Community of Sant'Egidio", the center of the Missionaries of Charity of Sant'Egidio ...

                        Among the different stages of their journey, made in the early days of the month, young people from Veneto also visited the city's juvenile prison, called "Ferrante Aporti". The meeting was preceded by an exchange of information on the reality of detention, and consisted of spending an afternoon of talks and friendship with the detainees.

                        "The Synod on the young," says Fr Domenico Ricca, Salesian, chaplain of the 'Ferrante Aporti', "in the intentions of Pope Francis had to involve all the juvenile realities, especially the most fragile: this is why it is very significant that a group of teenagers of our Christian communities have proposed to their animators their wish to know their peers who live the reality of detention."

                        "The Synod has offered the opportunity to make young people reflect on their vocational choices," adds Barbara Celia, the educator who guided the approach path to the prison, "and in our meetings we reflected on how the prison and the world of distress of these young people can be, in perspective, a choice of professional commitment or a field in which to engage as volunteers."

                        "Service and provocations. Service and reflection. Life with our voids and our fullness, fabrics and saints, poverty and drama": this was, in the words of Arianna Pigani, a young former student of IUSVE, the experience of solidarity lived in Turin.

                        • Italia
                        • Carceri
                        • Sinodo sui Giovani
                        • ICP
                        • INE
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Panama - In front of 700,000 at final Mass of Panama2019, Pope: "You young are God's now!"

                          1 month 3 weeks ago

                          (ANS - Panama City) - The World Youth Day in Panama ended with the last greeting the Holy Father addressed to the approximately 700,000 young people present in the Campo St John Paul II - Metro Park. Each of his words becomes, from this moment on, a program of life for the young, for priests, for bishops, for the laity, for families.

                          "These were five days of great happiness," the Panamanian media wrote, "The event was named as one of the most memorable in the nation's history."

                          Thousands of pilgrims greeted the Holy Father at the international airport of Tocumen, on the afternoon of Sunday, January 27th, in addition to the President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, and his wife, Lorena Castillo de Varela.

                          The Pope has thus embarked on his journey back to Rome, but his words and messages remain.

                          The day most awaited by young people was Saturday, January 26, when a true feast of the universal Church took place. "The appointment was at six in the afternoon, but as early as the morning hours the streets of Panama City were full of pilgrims eager to hear the message of Francis," wrote Zaida Navarrete, of the Salesian Bulletin of Central America. "The Salesians organized themselves in groups for the vigil. It was a sea of ​​flags, colorful t-shirts, vibrant drawings with the WYD logo and their favorite saints or the names of the groups they belonged to."

                          During the Vigil there were beautiful testimonies of life and then the expected message of Pope Francis. In his speech he spoke about Don Bosco. When they heard the words 'Don Bosco', "an explosion of emotions was born among the young. All the young people who attend Salesian works stood up, applauded and felt protagonists in the Pope's and the Church's speech in the name of their Holy Founder. In all this immense crowd there were no young people who were more proud than those of Salesian circles," continues Zaida Navarrete.

                          On Sunday 27 the Pope returned again. At 8 o'clock the Eucharist began. "You young are the now of God", was the strong message addressed to all the young people gathered, a breath of encouragement and hope that was percieved on everyone's face. There is no doubt that "no young person would remain the same on his or her return home."

                          The Pope concluded his stay in Panama by attending a meeting with the volunteers. He thanked them for their service, and then visited the "House of the Good Samaritan" reception center, which hosts young people with HIV. "The good Samaritan, like all your houses, shows us that our neighbor is first of all a person, someone with a concrete face," said the Pope to all those present.

                          His prayer did not forget the suffering peoples. "I wish to express my sorrow for the tragedies that have struck the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil and the State of Hidalgo in Mexico ... Here in Panama, I thought a lot about the Venezuelan people, the Philippines …," concluded the Holy Father.

                          At the end of the WYD in Panama, Portugal was announced as the next location of WYD 2022.

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                            Panama – Laudato Si’ Generation launched at World Youth Day in Panama2019

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                            Panama – Laudato Si’ Generation launched at World Youth Day in Panama2019

                            (ANS – Panama City) – Laudato Si’ Generation was officially launched on 25 January during the celebration of the World Youth Day in Panama. Laudato Si’ Generation, which is the youth branch of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, aims at becoming a global youth movement that works for environmental issues, especially climate justice.  Don Bosco Green Alliance and the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) are founding members of Laudato Si’ Generation. 

                            Carina Baumgartner and Julia Marion Kerschhofer from SYM Austria were the Salesian representatives on the main stage of the World Youth Day at the lunch of Laudato Si’ Generation. “It was really inspiring being part of this special moment, especially since I was representing the SYM. Seeing all these people joining us in singing and hugging is something I will never forget. I am proud to be part of the Laudato Si’ Generation!” said Julia Marion Kerschhofer.

                            “It was an unforgettable moment to be on the main stage of the WYD and to represent Salesian youth worldwide during the launching action. We had the possibility to spread the Laudato Si’ message to young people from all over the world and to invite them to join the Laudato Si’ Generation. The highlight of this moment was the big hug, where we invited all people to the world’s biggest hug. This was an amazing sign because it brought all people together, people that come from many different and far places, but united in one Mission: to take care of our earth, our common home,” said Carina Baumgartner

                            Sending a message to the SYM globally, Julia said, “Laudato Si’ is something that everyone should be thinking of. Our planet needs a change NOW. Everyone can contribute, small or big, to make our planet the home we want to live in.” 

                            “I want to invite all of us not to wait for others to take care of our earth. It's us - young people - who have the strength, courage and creativity to change something. Let the SYM not wait for others, but be an example for Laudato Si’,” was the message from Carina.

                            “Don Bosco Green Alliance is thrilled to be a founding member of Laudato Si’ Generation” said Fr Savio Silveira sdb, Convener of the Don Bosco Green Alliance. “Young people feel strongly the urgency of responding to the ecological crisis, and we Salesians must support their efforts for a safe and sustainable world,” added Fr Silveira.

                            Fr Joshtrom Kureethadam sdb, Coordinator of the Sector ‘Ecology and Creation’ at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, applauded this new initiative. “Laudato Si’ Generation is a grassroot movement of young people to care for our ‘common home’. They are telling us that we need to come together and act urgently and radically,” said Fr. Kureethadam.

                            “Young people are passionate about the planet.  It is marvellous to note the enthusiasm as young people engage in searching for ways to protect our Home.  It is not only the statements made, but the lived experience of keeping the area clean, collecting plastic for recycling and reminding participants that we are a Laudatory Si’ Generation,” said Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb from Papua New Guinea, present at the WYD in Panama.

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                              Ethiopia - The Salesians' work in Dilla: nourishing the body, nourishing the mind

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                              Ethiopia - The Salesians' work in Dilla: nourishing the body, nourishing the mind

                              (ANS - Dilla) - Dilla is a town of about 90,000 inhabitants, located in the south of Ethiopia, whose economy is mainly based on the cultivation of coffee. The population growth has led to the problem of the subdivision of the land: many families have had to give up their plots and have been forced to move, often moving to the outskirts of the city and losing the food autonomy that was guaranteed by the small land that they used to cultivate.

                              Thus today on the outskirts of Dilla live hundreds of families who are forced to live in conditions of extreme poverty and unable to have their children attend elementary school.

                              The spiritual Sons of Don Bosco have been present in the city since 1982, with various activities, many of which are aimed at school-aged children. The elementary school, however, was inaugurated just one year ago, in January 2018, and with its 554 students, aged 5 to 12, it is already now one of the projects that has had the greatest positive impact on families.

                              The intention, however, is to do even better: given the large number of needy children and given the surrounding context the Salesians have proposed to act on two complementary fronts: "We want to set up two new classes for 78 boys and girls aged between 7 and 9 years; and we want to guarantee to every child the possibility of receiving at least one hot meal every day," they say in no uncertain terms.

                              Defeating the scourge of illiteracy is the first step in building a fairer society. But it has also been shown that malnutrition and denutrition play a major role in child growth, impairing physical development and learning abilities.

                              For this reason the Salesians have decided to launch this dual project, food and education: because a child cannot really learn on a perpetually empty stomach, and because food alone is not enough to turn children into responsible men and women.

                              For more information, visit: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                              {gallery}Etiopia - Dilla 2019{/gallery}

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                                Austria – 31. January: “Day of Street Children” in Austria focuses on Salesian help for railway kids in India

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                                Austria – 31. January: “Day of Street Children” in Austria focuses on Salesian help for railway kids in India

                                (ANS – Vienna) – Who will reach them first – Don Bosco or the traffickers? Every 5 minutes a child arrives alone in one of India's biggest railway stations, most of them fleeing poverty or abuse at home. If they escape from traffickers, they may live for months or even years in the chaotic stations, collecting rags, begging and facing exploitation every day. But there is help – for example through the Street children program “BOSCO” in Bangalore run by the Salesians, which has rescued more than 120,000 children in the past 35 years and therefore received the prestigious National Child Welfare Award from the President of India in 2015.

                                Every year, the Austrian NGO “Jugend Eine Welt” organizes the campaign “Day of Street Children” around Don Bosco Day, January 31, and invites in particular young people and school classes to participate. This year, the campaign focuses on the plight of India's railway kids and how the Salesians are helping them. As special guest of honour, Father Jiji Kalavanal SDB from “Don Bosco Image” in Bangalore spoke at several events organized by Jugend Eine Welt in Vienna, Linz and Innsbruck and met high ranking Church officials and politicians like Bishop Dr. Manfred Scheuer and Governor Thomas Stelzer from Upper Austria.

                                Fr Jiji Kalavanal SDB was accompanied by the young Indian actor Lokesh Kumar who himself had lived on the streets and in the railway station of Bangalore since the age of 7. He described how BOSCO changed the course of his life, offering him a new home, health care, education and vocational training. He is proud to be a former “BOSCO boy” and now returns the help he received from the Salesians: he regularly visits the street children program, offers training and encourages street children to follow his example.

                                For Reinhard Heiserer, director from Jugend Eine Welt, Lokesh Kumar´s biography is a wonderful testimony for the efficiency of the pedagogical system of Don Bosco: “Even a child that has spent so many years on the streets like Lokesh can return to a normal life and be an inspiration for other children, as Father Jiji has shown in his impressive video ´This is ME!´using the music and lyrics of a popular song.”

                                Video “This is ME!” from Don Bosco Image: https://youtu.be/sN3eM7HpPmw 

                                Further information about the campaign “Day of Street Children” can be found at: www.tagderstrassenkinder.at 

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