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Nepal – Don Bosco Institute Launches First Centre of Excellence in Nepal

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Nepal – Don Bosco Institute Launches First Centre of Excellence in Nepal

(ANS – Kathmandu) – Schneider Electric Foundation, the social commitment arm of Schneider Electric, and Don Bosco Institute, Nepal, committed to the poor young people in the Kathmandu valley, has launched a Centre of Excellence at Lalitpur, Nepal. Honourable Minister of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Nepal, Pampha Bhusal, inaugurated the centre with French Ambassador-designate Gilles Bourbao present. With State-of-the-art equipment and facilities, the centre will provide vocational training and skill development to around 1000 youth over the next five years in home and building installation, basic automation, home automation, safe and secure building operations, industrial installations controls and drives.

Speaking on this occasion, Anil Chaudhry, CEO- Schneider Electric India Pvt. Ltd. and Zone President, Greater India, said, “At Schneider Electric, we believe that access to energy is a basic human right. With this vision, we are proud to launch the Centre of Excellence in partnership with Don Bosco Institute, Nepal. Job creation and skill development must accompany universal energy access for maximum benefit. Through the launch of this centre, we aim to contribute towards skill development in the industry and create a pool of highly skilled youth in Nepal.”

Gilles Vermont SVP, Corporate Citizenship, Schneider Electric said at the launch, “Under the umbrella of the Foundation de France, we at Schneider Electric Foundation focuses on global change and promote a fair society to ensure a better future for the younger generations. We aim to provide a fantastic opportunity to the youth of the country by helping them to acquire adequate skills and give them access to better job opportunities.”

The Centre of Excellence assures an advanced vocational skilling in energy which is beneficial and relevant to the young people. “Our institution is doing a significant service to the society by skilling young people in various technical fields. The Schneider Electric Foundation France sponsored lab is an added boon to the training imparted at this centre,” said Father Pulickal Augusty, Rector, Don Bosco Institute Tech.

The Nepal Don Bosco Society, under the jurisdiction of the Salesian Province of Kolkata, India, promotes the education of poor young people in the Kathmandu valley. Nepal Don Bosco Society began its work in 1999 with a high school at Siddhipur, a village within Lalitpur District. Schneider Electric Foundation has philanthropic initiatives focusing on training youth to improve their life and job prospects. The organization has already supported more than 150 ambitious professional training programs in the electricity sector, providing access to energy in emerging countries. The foundation further aims to train a million young people and 10,000 trainers by 2025 globally.

By Father Pulickal Augusty

Source: Don Bosco India

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    Poland – WYD 2023 preparations continue: young Salesian animators gather in Szczyrk

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    Poland – WYD 2023 preparations continue: young Salesian animators gather in Szczyrk

    (ANS - Szczyrk) - During the vigil with young people at World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow in 2016, Pope Francis urged young people not to confuse "happiness with a sofa ... that helps us to be comfortable, calm, very safe"; and he invited them, rather, to put on "a pair of shoes that will help you to walk on roads never dreamed of or even thought of". The young Polish Salesian animators have begun to implement these words of the Pope and are preparing for WYD 2023 in Lisbon.

    The first phase of the preparation for this WYD was initiated by the young people through monthly formation meetings. Subsequently, towards the end of last month, they gathered at the Salesian house in Szczyrk from all over the country for a four-day retreat.

    As soon as they arrived, each participant received a themed t-shirt and a songbook, the most important object of which was the Polish version of the WYD 2023’s anthem.

    The retreat time for the animators was above all a moment of reflection and prayer; but this did not rule out recreational and community moments, mountain walks, and friendly interaction with board games in the evening.

    Each day began with a morning prayer, which made it possible to experience the presence of God from the very beginning of the activities. Furthermore, the program, intense in its contents, shared a huge quantity of information that may be or become the subject of further reflections in the continuation of their formative journey.

    The talks and reflections touched on many different themes. Starting from the most difficult ones - concerning the kerygma, morals, the experience of the sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation, practical advice on how to pray listen and meditate on the Word of God, how to give testimony, and conduct meetings or animate a group.

    The daily moment dedicated to meditating on the Bible was very fruitful as were times of silence and isolation. Then there were the meetings in small groups to share their thoughts, to talk about what touched the participants most, to share a certain biblical passage and what God was able to transmit to each one through it.

    An interesting point of the program was the creation of several promotional videos of the initiative and interviews with some animators.

    The day ended as it began: with God. The participants had the opportunity to adore the Blessed Sacrament, dialogue with the Lord and approach the sacrament of Reconciliation.

    The young people left Szczyrk joyful, full of new experiences and acquaintances, and made new friendships that will develop along with the subsequent stages of preparation for WYD in Lisbon.

    Anna Koczy

    {gallery}Polonia - Ritiro per GMG2023{/gallery}

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      Gian Francesco Romano

      Italy – Ethnographic Museum of Don Bosco Missions: a special day on 2 October

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      Italy – Ethnographic Museum of Don Bosco Missions: a special day on 2 October

      (ANS - Turin) - The Don Bosco Missions Ethnographic Museum, located in the Salesian Mother House in Valdocco is the custodian of countless historical and cultural artifacts from all over the world, has organized a special day entirely dedicated to grandparents and grandchildren for Saturday, 2 October, 2021.

      On 2 October, at 11 am and again at 4 pm, children and the elderly, grandchildren and grandparents, shall be able to take part in a free and guided tour of the museum spaces and participate in a "playful visit" in the space dedicated to the objects collected by the Salesian missionaries over the 150 years of activity around the world. The visit will be with a particular variation: a focus on the toys used by children and musical instruments around the world.

      “We intend to show how the little ones played and play in other parts of the world, discover the originalities but also the similarities with our toys,” explained Elisabetta Gatto, anthropologist, curator of the Museum. “There are, for example, the terracotta dolls of the Caraja of Brazil and the toy canoes of Tierra del Fuego. We will make the objects talk; we will tell the story of some toys, some still present today though with the evolution of newer materials.”

      The choice of the date was not accidental: "Grandparents' Day" is celebrated in Italy on October 2, and was established with a specific law - No. 159 of July 31, 2005 - and was set on that date because in the Catholic tradition, October 2 commemorates the Guardian Angels.

      With the Day established in 2005 in Italy, the decisive role of grandparents in the formation of the new generations was emphasized. And this is exactly what is observed every day in Italy: grandparents who take up for many tasks that parents were unable to support in ordinary living conditions.

      “But they should not be considered only substitutes,” explains Fr Daniel Antúnez, SDB, the new President of "Missioni Don Bosco". “They are also bearers of a unique relationship with their grandchildren that we find important here as in the cultural contexts of any other country in which we operate.”

      The role of the elderly is also attested by the symbolic recognition of their authority. “In the Museum, there are the objects of the village leaders,” Gatto said, “which recall the importance of their experience, which also assigns the role of guide to the communities: the stool reserved for meetings, the staff of command to sanction and decisions.”

      All this in a free 30-minute visit reserved for groups led by the same curator of the Museum.

      The anti-Covid-19 rules will apply to the visits.

      Far from wanting to be exhaustive about the widespread presence of Salesian missions in the world, the Ethnographic Museum of Don Bosco Missions, is set up according to geographical area, showcasing the most significant of Salesian presences alongside indigenous peoples and to protect the different cultural traditions.

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      • Missioni Don Bosco
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Italy – Mid-term Review meeting of Provincials

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        Italy – Mid-term Review meeting of Provincials

        (ANS - Turin) - For the first time since the conclusion of the 28th General Chapter of the Salesian Congregation, a review meeting of the Provincials in the middle of their six-year term took place in Turin from 12 to 21 September. Chaired by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and coordinated by his Vicar, Fr Stefano Martoglio, with his secretary, Fr Saimy Ezhanikatt, the event represented a reason for hope and a sign of a gradual return to normalcy in the life of the Congregation after the hard times of the pandemic.

        Eight Provincials took part in the meeting, mostly from Europe:

        - Fr José Aníbal Mendonça, Provincial of Portugal (POR);

        - Fr Wilfried Wambeke, Provincial of North Belgium and Holland (BEN);

        - Fr Eunan Mcdonnell, Provincial of Ireland (IRL);

        - Fr Reinhard Gesing, Provincial of Germany (GER);

        - Fr Angelo Santorsola, Provincial of Southern Italy (IME);

        - Fr Miguel Ángel Asurmendi, Provincial of “Spain-Mary Help of Christians” (SMX);

        - Fr Natale Vitali, Provincial of Brazil-Belo Horizonte (BBH);

        - Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga, Superior of the Vice Province of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS).

        The reason and central axis was the conversation of each Provincial with the Rector Major after three years of provincial service; an occasion to evaluate together the path taken by the Province in the light of the indications the Rector Major himself had given at the beginning of their mandate with the "road map", as well as other recommendations in the Letters drawn up at the end of the respective Extraordinary Visits.

        At the same time, these conversations also constitute an expression of closeness and accompaniment on the part of the Rector Major with each of the Provincials. Care for the person of the Provincial, attentive listening to his needs in his tasks of guidance and animation, evaluation of the reality of the province, analysis of strengths, opportunities, challenges and areas for improvement etc., were the themes that were faced with typically Salesian parresia, friendliness and fraternity.

        The daily schedule also included a formative program: thanks in the first place to the collaboration of the Salesians of the Special Circumscription of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta (ICP), the participants were able to deepen the roots of the Salesian charism, the spirituality of Don Bosco, discernment, following Jesus, the centrality of Mary in Salesian spirituality, the consecrated Salesian identity in its two forms and testimony of docility to the Holy Spirit of Saint Maria Domenica Mazzarello.

        Taking advantage of being in Turin, and adapting to Covid regulations, the participants were also able to visit significant places related to Don Bosco -an element that undoubtedly added an additional value to their experience.

        • Rettor Maggiore
        • Vicario del Rettor Maggiore
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          Italy - Unaccompanied foreign minors: "Salesians for Social APS" launches digital platform for formation and updating of operators

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          (ANS - Rome) - In its non-stop work for the neediest minors, "Salesiani per il Sociale APS" officially launches the digital notebook: "The accompaniment of unaccompanied minors in Europe: the experiences of social professionals". This tool constitutes a digital platform for the formation and updating of frontline operators working with Unaccompanied Minors in Europe.

          Already on October 16, 2020, the English and French platform was launched as part of the international webinar, "Caring for unaccompanied minors in Europe"; now, thanks to the work of “Salesiani per il Sociale APS”, the platform is also made available in Italian, while other partners have created the Greek and German versions.

          The platform is the result of the work carried out within the project "Building knowledge from local practices: a solution for better care and support of unaccompanied minors in Europe", which involved seven European partners: “Apprentis d'Auteuil” in France; “Salesiani per il Sociale APS” in Italy; “Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands” in Germany; “The Smile of a Child” in Greece; and partners in the research field, the University of Ghent in Belgium; the University of Bedfordshire, England; and the Observatory on Child Migration of the University of Poitiers, France.

          This tool will offer operators the opportunity for ongoing training and interaction with a digital community of experts in the field and with other partners operating in different countries.

          During the online course, these three phases of the accompaniment process in the reception facilities will be the focus: the reception upon arrival; care of the minors during their stay; providing them with the right support when they depart.

          The course can be attended with flexibility, choosing the the full course or the module according to individual needs. The examples presented (in the form of interactive videos, audio, testimonials) are taken from real experiences lived in the field by professionals who work with young people. During the training course, there is also the chance to self-evaluate the activities and knowledge learned. On completion of the course, participants receive a certificate.

          An operator of "Salesiani per il Sociale APS", Elma Placido, who participated in creating the pedagogical tool, underlined how the preparation of this platform has provided a wonderful opportunity of discussion and debate between various educators of different countries but working in the same sector.

          The tool is also useful for the formation of those dealing with migrants for the first time or for those in need of updated knowledge in the field.

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            Italy - Fr Antúnez, New President of "Mission Don Bosco", introduces himself: "I live this new experience as a gift, am happy to be a Salesian"

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            (ANS - Turin) - It was last May 18 when the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, appointed Fr Daniel Antúnez, an Argentine Salesian, as the Procurator of “Missioni Don Bosco”, the Salesian Mission Office at Turin. On September 1, Fr Antúnez officially began his assignment and introduced himself today.

            So far his first commitment has been to get to know Italian culture and context, having been catapulted from Argentina – has become almost a "homecoming" as he moves from the first Salesian mission land to the cradle of the charism and missions of Don Bosco.

            Fr Antúnez, now 61 years old, learned about the Salesians at the age of 13 and was struck by their example. He met young theology students full of desire to be with young people and he found exactly the same enthusiasm wtihin himself too, which transformed into his real vocation. His answer and expression took place on January 31, 1983, at the age of 24, in the form of his first vows.

            Another 12 years passed before his participation in the Salesian charism materialized into his priestly ordination. He was a happy Salesian who taught school subjects to children along with pastoral service. He was assigned to Puerto Desiado, Province of Santa Cruz, for four years; later, he was sent further south, down to Rio Grande and Ushuaia where, on a mandate from the then Rector Major, Fr Pascual Chávez, he was given the task of relaunching the Salesian presence in that city.

            In all, he has spent 18 years in Patagonia, mainly addressing the issue of massive youth migration. He witnessed that migration of youth meant interruption of educative cycle, and a trauma due to broken familial relationships. Later recalled to Buenos Aires, he collaborated with the then ARS Provincial, by becoming his Vicar and then later as the Provincial Economer.

            “I have always followed what God asked of me through the Congregation,” he commented today. “Now I am here to bring my experience to the service of 'Don Bosco Missions', of course. But probably also to re-read my own spiritual journey.”

            “Patagonia formed my heart,” he continues, “because I lived the charism of the Congregation with great Salesians and in direct contact with young people. Today, I have the opportunity to 'pass by' and to visit Don Bosco every day. When they offered me the new job, I immediately thought: 'Now I'm going to live with him!'"
            Animated by this thought, Fr Daniel reasons on his charism: “What must identify us is the theme of paternity: this is Salesianity. It is fulfilled in a permanent readiness to accompany, to be with others, to listen, to be a friend, a companion, a father, and a shepherd.”

            With trust and confidence of those who believe in Providence, and with typical Salesian joy, he concludes: “I live this new experience as a gift, and am happy to be a Salesian. I look at my story and I tell myself that it is not possible that it was I who wrote it: God wrote it!”

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              Guatemala - "Casa Betania": an oasis for migrants

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              (ANS - San Benito) - "You found me tired and imprisoned in the desert, between the thistle and the hawthorn; you gave me a piece of bread, a glass of water, and a roof to restore my sleep as a pilgrim". This text can express the sentiments of those who arrive at "Casa Betania", a Salesian house that welcomes thousands of people every year.

              Children, young people, adults, pregnant women, families, even the elderly find a real oasis here, seven days a week. They are welcomed with the dignity that every human being deserves by a group of anonymous heroes who do not judge and do not exclude, but who have a merciful heart, attentive to the words of Jesus: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, sick and you took care of me, imprisoned and you visited me” (Matthew 25:34-36).

              Volunteer Rosa Forlán says that in the three weeks she served at “Casa Betania” she witnessed the tragedy experienced by thousands of people and how they are treated here. “On one of those days, Esteban arrived with his feet seriously injured by the long walk,” explains Mrs. Rosa. “Matias was picked up at the door, dehydrated, almost dying and it was necessary to call for medical assistance. Hours later, Maribel arrived, a single mother with two children under eight, and Julia, with her three daughters: the eldest, aged eleven, had a hand injured from a fall on the way across the border. I also met Luis, who appeared alongside Oscar, Lucas and William, who said they were unemployed, but with a desire to work and improve despite their poor education,” she added.

              To these stories are added those of Miguel, Jacinta, Margarita, Juan, and many others. Every day, at any given time, from Monday to Sunday, the volunteers of “Casa Betania” listen to stories of not only suffering and fear, but also of hope. The migrants who arrive here, in fact, arrive exhausted and tried, due to the high temperatures, hunger and thirst. When they leave, they say their farewells with a grateful smile. At “Casa Betania” they receive accommodation, food, rest, psychological assistance, and other services.

              “Collaborating in the restaurant, laundry, reception and cleaning service allowed me to get to know a reality that is sometimes little told. Migrants are not looking for a dream, they are going through an ordeal, asking for justice and understanding,” continues Rosa. “But understanding is only possible 'walking with them' in a silent and supportive accompaniment, making oneself available to listen without judgment because each person brings a heavy burden that only he or she knows.”

              {gallery}Guatemala - Casa Betania{/gallery}

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                Italy – A plaque in memory of the Polish Salesian Blessed August Czartoryski

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                Italy – A plaque in memory of the Polish Salesian Blessed August Czartoryski

                (ANS - Turin) - A plaque will be unveiled at Valsalice (Turin) on 26 September, 2021, in memory of the Polish Salesian Blessed August Czartoryski (Paris, 2 August 1858 - Alassio, 8 April 1893). He was a novice at the same institute in 1886.

                The history of his vocation is remarkable: he was the heir of a family of nobles, the grandson of Prince Adam, called the "Polish king without a crown" who, after the revolt of November 1830, was exiled. Growing up in the residence of the Czartoryski family, the now "Hotel Lambert" in Paris, August was orphaned by his mother, who eventually died of tuberculosis. Unfortunately, the disease also passed on to him. August's godparents were the king and queen of Spain, as August was the son of their daughter Maria Amparo Munoz of Vista Alegre.

                For several years his teacher was Jozef Kalinowski, head of the Lithuanian War Department of the National Government during the January 1831 Uprising. The influence of this extraordinary man, the future Carmelite Father Raphael, (later declared a saint), not only strengthened the patriotism of August Czartoryski, but also aroused a religious sensitivity aided his spiritual formation.

                For years, August's desire to become a priest was strongly opposed by his father. But August, although physically weak, was adamant and finally obtained permission to enter a new religious congregation: the Salesians of Don Bosco, as he had met the Saint of Youth several times in Paris and was deeply impressed by him.

                He arrived in Turin in 1886, but Don Bosco initially refused him entry into the Salesian Society, given his very poor health. Shortly thereafter, however, on the advice of Pope Leo XIII, he accepted him and from that moment the relations between the two were very cordial.

                He entered as a novice in Valsalice and received the cassock from Don Bosco on 24 November 1887. Two months later Don Bosco died, and August, right at his tomb, took his religious vows. For health reasons he was transferred to Liguria and later to Sanremo; on 2 April 1892 he was ordained a priest. On 8 April 1893 he died in Alassio at just 34 years of age. His body rests in the Salesian Institute of Przemyśl, Poland.

                He was beatified by John Paul II on April 25, 2004.

                Thanks to his exemplary life, many polish young men joined the Salesians, and among them was Cardinal August Hlond, who became Primate of Poland.

                The ceremony next Sunday, which will be preceded by a Mass at the chapel of the institute will be followed by the unveiling of the plaque in the courtyard: Wojciech Bakun, Mayor of Przemyśl; Fr Bogdan Nowak, Rector dof the Salesian Institute in Przemyśl; Adrianna Siennicka, Consul General of Poland in Milan; Elzbieta Grzyb, President of the Polish Community of Turi and Eng. Fabrizio Cellino, the financier of the tombstone. Some members of the Czartoryski family are also expected to grace the event.

                The bronze medallion in the center of the tombstone, with the image of the blessed, is the work of the Turin sculptor Daniele Accossato.

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                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Italy – Primary ADMA restarts from Colle Don Bosco: the year’s Formative journey presented

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                  Italy – Primary ADMA restarts from Colle Don Bosco: the year’s Formative journey presented

                  (ANS - Castelnuovo Don Bosco) - On Sunday 19 September, 2021, Colle Don Bosco hosted over 200 members of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA). Representatives of the groups of the Primary ADMA of Turin, Families and elders from the ADMA of Asti and ADMA of Milan were all present. After more than a year of meeting online or in small groups, it was possible for them to gather – in person - in the large open square of Don Bosco's house to start anew with greater enthusiasm. During the day, the Pastoral Plan for the year entitled, "Familial love, Vocation and path towards holiness".

                  The activities included moments of typical Salesian prayer, adoration, formation and sharing.

                  Leaving the many children and young people to their recreational area, the day of the ADMA opened with praying the Rosary in the courtyard outside the Rooms of Don Bosco, and was followed by Mass in the Lower Basilica, celebrated by Fr Alejandro Guevara, ADMA’s World Spiritual Animator, and by Fr Roberto Carelli, professor of Theology at the International Institute of Turin-Crocetta. The attentive participation and devotional composure of the children at the Eucharist was remarkable. It was followed by a moment of Eucharistic Adoration, a practice very dear to all the ADMA groups world-wide.

                  Finally, they proceeded with the presentation of the formative theme: at the center of the reflection for the whole new associative year is the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis Amoris Laetitia with in-depth analysis on specific aspects and on the new attitudes proposed to each member.

                  “The family, as a continuous vocation that is always renewed, is a path of holiness that must widen the vision with equal commitment: towards one's own family, towards the Salesian Family, towards the Church, which is the family of Jesus," commented Fr Guevara.

                  The sources that will nourish the formative journey will be:

                  Amoris Laetitia according to the insights that Pope Francis is offering to the Church through specific catechesis in view of the World Meeting of Families in 2022 the Strenna of the Rector Major for 2021 and the Charismatic Charter of Identity of the Salesian Family.

                  “Listening, personal adherence and participation, are fundamental for personal growth and will form the main foundation for one’s spiritual formation. In fact, formation must mean personal conversion, and this would imply: a true listening, a sincere and passionate acceptance of the Word of God that comes to us and a personal willingness to actively participate in formation of others, each according to one’s capcity,” added Fr Guevara.

                  Finally, at the end of the day, the outgoing Primary ADMA Council was thanked for braving the three-year period marked by difficulties, but also by the many initiatives that the pandemic had stimulated. On the occasion, Renato Valera, the outgoing President, presented the candidates for the forthcoming elections (set for the Marian Day of 24 October 2021) which will renew the Council for the next four years.

                  {gallery}ADMA - Ripartenza settembre 2021{/gallery}

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                  • Alejandro Guevara
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Russia – 30 years of Salesian presence in the country celebrated

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                    Russia – 30 years of Salesian presence in the country celebrated

                    (ANS - Moscow) - The Salesians in Russia celebrated the 30th anniversary of their presence in the country on Sunday 12 September, 2021. The anniversary was celebrated with a Eucharist, well attended by the faithful and the friends of the Salesian house, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Moscow.

                    The Salesians began their service in the Russian capital in 1991, after being invited by Msgr. Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, apostolic administrator for all of European Russia at the time. He "knew their experience, fidelity and their ability to fight all odds," Msgr. Paolo Pezzi, the Archbishop of the "Mother of God" archdiocese of Moscow, emphasized in his homily on Sunday 12 September.

                    “We thank the Salesian Congregation for having accepted this -not only difficult, but hard service,” continued the prelate. In fact, at that time, after 70 years of persecution of the Catholic Church by the Soviet regime, there was a lack of clergy to renew ecclesial structures and restore religious life, and hence, the task entrusted to the Salesians was truly pioneering.

                    For the first 26 years, from 1991 to 2017, the parish priest of the cathedral was Fr Jozef Zaniewski, who was then succeeded by Fr Vladimir Kabak, who currently holds the office. In addition to the pastoral care of the Cathedral and parish of the Immaculate Conception, the Salesians in Moscow also run a care home where they accommodate about thirty children in need, and a hospitality center that they make available for retreats, recollections, and various formative meetings.

                    After setting foot in Moscow, the Salesian presence on Russian soil has expanded over the years: today, the Sons of Don Bosco have other presences in Gatchina, near Saint-Petersburg; in Rostov-on-Don; and in Sochi - all works belonging to the Poland-Pila Province (PLN); while in the Republic of Yakutia, in the Siberian area of ​​the country, there are the two missionary outposts of Yakutsk and Aldan, which belong to the Slovak Province (SLK).

                    During the Mass, in addition to expressing gratitude to the Salesians who continue to carry out their apostolic work in this land, a moment of thanksgiving was also made to commemorate some deceased Salesians who served the Russian: Fr Thomas Donaghy (1933-2010) and Fr Henryk Boguszewski (1946-2019).

                    At the end of the celebration, hundreds of people waited outside the Cathedral to greet the Salesians and to thank God for their thirty years of service as true witnesses of Christ and the faithful children of Don Bosco.

                    {gallery}30 anni presenza in Russia{/gallery}

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                    • PLN POLONIA PIŁA
                    • Anniversari
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Ecuador –An innovation and sustainability project is underway in Manabí which will benefit over 2,000 fishermen

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                      Ecuador –An innovation and sustainability project is underway in Manabí which will benefit over 2,000 fishermen

                      (ANS - Cojimíes) - The Salesian Polytechnic University of Quito has launched a project of innovation and sustainability of traditional fishing methods that will benefit more than 8,000 families related to this activity in the districts of San Vicente (Canoa) and Pedernales (Cojimíes), thanks to the contribution of over two million dollars from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation. The location of the project is in the Province of Manabí, which is a ecologically sensitive natural environment.

                      The event which took place in the Cojimíes fish ponds and was attended by numerous prominent figures and others in person and via video-conference.

                      In his speech, Fr Juan Cárdenas, Rector of the Salesian Polytechnic University, underlined the collaborative and innovative nature of the project developed on a cooperative model with those of land. "Our task, as a university, is not only to provide professional technical training, but also to truly educate and to help people build their life’s mission, so that we will have individuals who are capable of fulfilling their societal responsibility," he said.

                      Caterina Bertoloni, the Italian ambassador to Ecuador, referred to the social and environmental impact of the project, which will contribute to reducing the effects of climate change and promote employment of women and young people in the fishing sector utilizing traditional methods in Manabí.

                      Sergio Trevisani, public administration official of the municipality of San Benedetto del Tronto, who was accompanied by the strategic allies of the project, expressed his joy at the start of the project; while Agustin Zimmerman, FAO official, referred to its importance, as it is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and Objectives of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

                      Jéssica Quiñonez, representative of the beneficiary communities pointed out that “one of the qualities of us fisherfolk is patience since no one could fish in anger. We are strong and courageous. This project opens up a horizon of hope and motivates us to continue in the struggle with hope. We are fisherfolk since birth. We go out to sea in good and bad weather for the love of our family. I know this project will be a success and will cross borders.”

                      Finally, the Prefect of Manabí, Leonardo Orlando, thanked the Salesian Polytechnic University for carrying out this project and for making available the necessary resources and institutional support.

                      In this first phase, the project plans to activate an innovative model of participatory governance that will involve the fishing communities located along the estuary of the Cojimíes river, La Chorrera and Canoa in the fishing sector utlizing traditional fishing methods. At the same time, through the participation of the University of Ferrara and the Salesian Polytechnic University, plans will be developed and implemented to reduce the environmental impact of the fishing and aquaculture sector. They will focus on the areas of intervention, introducing technological innovation and promoting of the aggregation of scientific and business knowledge in order to create a reference system for the fishing sector.

                      The strategic allies of this proposal are: the Salesian Polytechnic University, the municipal authorities of Manabí, the Municipality of Pedernales, the Municipality of San Benedetto del Tronto, the "Terra Di Siena Lab" agency, the "Blu Marine Service" Cooperative and the University of Ferrara and the NGO “COSPE”.

                      {gallery}ECU - Pescatori 2020{/gallery}

                      • Ecuador
                      • ECU ECUADOR
                      • Università
                      • Rurali
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Italy – Covid-19: Salesians have reached over 24 thousand families in need in Italy thanks to funding from the US government

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                        Italy – Covid-19: Salesians have reached over 24 thousand families in need in Italy thanks to funding from the US government

                        (ANS - Rome) - The project "Salesian Solidarity with Italy: the Emergency Response to COVID-19" funded by the American government agency for international development "USAID" is about to end. For 15 months it has supported projects of upliftment of groups of vulnerable people affected by the pandemic in Italy. The Salesian network that implemented the project include: "VIS - Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo", "Salesiani per il Social Aps", "CNOS-FAP", and "Salesian Missions USA" (Salesian Mission Office based in New Rochelle, USA). The projects operated in 16 Italian regions and reached 24,480 people including teachers, girls, boys, young people, needy families, and migrants.

                        A final review of the 15-month project was outlined during the event held on Friday 17 September on the terrace of the "Hotel Etico", a hotel in the center of Rome which also has formation and job placement of people with different types of disabilities as part of their mission.

                        It provided an opportunity for meeting and exchange of views. Among those present were Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos, Councilor for Social Communication of the Salesian Congregation, and Fr George Menamparampil, the Coordinator of the "Don Bosco Solidarity - Covid-19" network for the global coordination of Salesians in the face of the pandemic emergency. The project, in fact, is part of the broader action the Salesians are carrying out all over the world to respond to the Covid-19 emergency through global synergistic action.

                        Inaugurating the evening, Daniel Ross, Advisor for Economic Affairs of the US Embassy in Rome, explained that the US government committed $ 50 million to support Italian health security, civil society, and the private sector. A support that aims to help the population in Italy and to help reduce the risk of spreading of the pandemic.

                        Representatives of partner organizations present at the evening, included Fr Francesco Preite, president of “Salesiani per il Sociale Aps”; Fr Fabrizio Bonalume, Director General of “CNOS FAP”, and Nico Lotta, President of “VIS”, the lead agency of the project. Finally, Patricia Salgado-Hernandez, from the International Programs Office of "Salesian Missions USA", also spoke from New York.

                        Each one illustrated the interventions carried out, which reached 776 teachers and young people who took part in the formation corses offered. 450 students received PCs and tablets, 249 classes that joined the educational support activities. 30 reception centers for minors also had received hygienic and personal protective equipment along with 1,317 people who took advantage of shopping vouchers that were distributed. In addition, kiosks for psychological support were activated in Sicily through which the young migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa were comforted.

                        “Covid-19 has upset our lives and our daily routines,” said VIS President, Nico Lotta. “Thanks to projects such as the one financed by 'USAID' we have been able to redesign our interventions by placing a particular focus on Italy, one of the most affected countries. This project demonstrates that international cooperation will increasingly go towards global solidarity and that all countries, even those considered richer, may one day need the help from others because, as Pope Francis reminds us, 'No one is saved alone'.”

                        {gallery}Italia - Evento VIS hotel Etico 2021{/gallery}

                        • Italia
                        • Salesiani per il Sociale APS
                        • Procure Missionarie
                        • CNOSFAP
                        • VIS
                        • Solidarietà
                        • Coronavirus
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          RMG – "Responsibility": the theme of the new "CaglieroLIFE" video

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                          (ANS - Rome) - "Responsibility" is the main theme of the new video of "CaglieroLIFE". Its part of the series of videos promoted by the Missions Department and linked to the Salesian intention of the month.

                          For this month of September, the focus is on responsibility, emphasizing that "the way I live counts". In the video, lasting one minute, the reality of our world suffering from the consequences of wrong behavior is underlined. Unfortunately, many people think they can do nothing to change things. As Christians, however, we must respond: "Yes, we can".

                          The video of this month therefore asks us a fundamental question: what can I do to live more responsibly?

                          The September "CaglieroLIFE" is created by the "DBIEM" team from Paris and is available in Italian, English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese on the Mission Sector's YouTube channel.

                          • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                          • Missioni
                          • Video
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Italy – FMA’s 24th GC begins. Salesian Family and the young accompany Institute with prayer and gratitude

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                            Italy – FMA’s 24th GC begins. Salesian Family and the young accompany Institute with prayer and gratitude

                            (ANS - Rome) - The 24th General Chapter of the Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians was officially inaugurated last Friday, 17 September 2021, at the Generalate in Rome. At 7 am Fr Pascual Chávez Villanueva, Rector Major emeritus, presided over the Eucharistic celebration; then in a colourful opening ceremony Mother General, Mother Yvonne Reungoat, officially opened the GC XXIV of the FMA, on the theme: "’Do whatever He tells you’"(Jn 2:5): Communities that generate life in the heart of the contemporary world".

                            In his homily during the Mass, Fr Chávez encouraged the assembly to live this time of grace in docility to the Holy Spirit: “He is the witness of Jesus and it is He who makes us witnesses of Christ. May He be the main protagonist of this event of grace so that the Chapter may be a true charismatic Pentecost.”

                            The colour-filled opening ceremony began with the entry of the flags of the 97 countries in which the FMA Institute is currently present. Then Mother Reungoat, in her welcome address, retraced the journey and the processes carried out for the GC’s preparation, and enthused the capitulars with these words: "Generativity is the mission of Mary. We need to live a true experience of a fruitful meeting with new seeds of life to start afresh from here, regenerated, with passion and enthusiasm to generate new life in our communities and in the educational mission.”

                            Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, who presided the inauguration of the chapter, praised the preparation of the Institute for the GC. He, in his address, indicated the following ingredients for carrying out the synodal journey: fraternal life in community, listening and dialogue, sisterhood, openness to other charisms, service of authority, obedience to Jesus and ecclesial life.

                            Then the message of Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, was read. He encouraged everyone to live the chapter experience by listening to the Word and in discernment, to respond as consecrated daughters of Don Bosco and of Mother Mazzarello, to revitalize the Salesian charism.

                            Sr. Chiara Cazzuola, the Moderator of GC XXIV, then initiated the reading of messages of various groups of the Salesian Family (Past Pupils, Salesian Cooperators, Association of Mary Help of Christians, Volunteers of Don Bosco, Volunteers with Don Bosco), as well as those from 'VIDES', the Salesian NGO, and of the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) in Europe and the Middle East.

                            Representing the SYM and reflecting on his experience with the FMA, Paolo Osorio observed: “Perhaps many young people at the beginning react by saying that they do not need religion or God. But when they encounter an authentic community like yours, which lives the reality of bearing witness  through a gift of oneself as both a journey and accompaniment, then, their attitude changes. On behalf of the young people of the world, I have only words of thanks. Thanks for everything. May you feel the accompaniment of our prayers during this chapter experience.”

                            Finally, Mother Reungoat officially declared the 24th GC of the FMA officially open.

                            Videos and photos of the opening day can be seen on its institutional channels via YouTube, Facebook and Flickr.

                            {gallery}Italia - Apertura CG24 2021{/gallery}

                            • Italia
                            • CG24 FMA
                            • Pascual Chávez
                            • Yvonne Reungoat
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Haiti – A Month After, a Sombre Picture Still

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                              Haiti – A Month After, a Sombre Picture Still

                              (ANS – Port-au-Prince) – On August 14, 2021, a new earthquake, measuring 7.2° on the Richter scale, devastated the southern Haiti. More than a month later, the situation remains alarming. Many people have lost hope and the response of the authorities has been insufficient with respect to their needs. The Salesian Family, for its part, does what it can.

                              To date, the partial death toll is over 2,200, with 330 people missing and more than 12,700 injured, according to civil protection officials. In addition to the loss of life, some 53,000 houses have been destroyed completely and over 77,000 damaged.

                              This toll is far from reflecting the reality in the eyes of many people, because until now, some remote areas are still inaccessible to investigators and some cases have not been reported, according to some local authorities, including the mayor of Camp-Perrin, Fénicile Massius.

                              In addition, thousands of disaster victims are living in camps. Hospitals are still working and government coordination of humanitarian aid is still pending. Private organisations, religious congregations and volunteers are providing humanitarian assistance to the victims in the absence of support from the state, even though there are not enough of these agencies.

                              In terms of post-earthquake response, the first stage of rescue was completed only in the second week of September. Since then, demolition operations have been started. Agents from the Ministry of the Interior and Territorial Collectives (MICT) are identifying houses to be demolished with a red mark, those that deserve to be repaired with a yellow mark and those that, according to the inspectors, are intact with a green mark. Thus, the Armed Forces of Haiti (FADH) and agents of the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications (MTPTC) have already demolished several buildings in the South, including schools, churches and private homes. The demolitions still continue. The southern metropolis is disfigured while reconstruction sites are still non-existent. It should be noted that according to a note communicated by the municipal authorities of Les Cayes, no repair or reconstruction activities have been authorised till14 September, even one month after the earthquake.

                              Since the earthquake, religious congregations, private organisations and voluntary households have been the only ones to provide assistance to the victims. This is the case of the Salesian community of Don Bosco in the South, which has already made three rounds of distribution. The Rector of the community, Fr Cazy Guilteau, says that they has already assisted around 2,500 victims. The last distribution was carried out on 11 September in partnership with the Tzu Chi Foundation.

                              The community of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, for its part, has already assisted nearly 2,000 victims in three cycles of distributions, according to the director of the work, Sr Aline Nicolas FMA. Despite the fact that her school was completely destroyed, she is very concerned about the situation of the victims and is calling on benefactors to continue to assist the victims. "We don't want to keep them in continued dependence, but at the moment they are really in need," says Sr Aline. At the same time, the Tzu Chi Foundation has been one of the most active international organisations in the southern metropolis this past week. In partnership with local institutions, it has distributed bags of rice and other food kits to thousands of victims.

                              The situation is not too different in the other communes. The mayor of Camp-Perrin, Fénicile Massius, says that state representatives have only contacted her as part of an investigation. "If nothing is done in the next few weeks, some people will starve," she said.

                              Faced with the overwhelming situation in the southern region of the country, the start of the school year announced for 4 October is still at a standstill. School headmasters whose schools are totally destroyed or heavily damaged are concerned about this date.

                              Many people are asking themselves: “in how many years will the southern region, particularly the town of Les Cayes, be able to emerge from this slump?”

                              Edver Serisier

                              Source: Le National

                              • Haiti
                              • HAI HAITI
                              • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
                              • Famiglia Salesiana
                              • Solidarietà
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                RMG – A booklet to share "The news of the Kingdom of God that emerged in the groups of the Salesian Family" during the pandemic

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                                (ANS - Rome) - On the threshold of the year 2021, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, invited the entire Salesian Family to revive the virtue of hope, and he did so through the traditional message of the Strenna, entitled: “Moved by hope. Behold, I am making all things new” (Rev 21,5). The expression reflects Don Bosco's profound spirit of faith based on the ever faithful, creator and provident God, involved in the salvation of humanity. But it was also a response to the difficult world situation deriving from the Covid-19 pandemic, which has affected, and still affects, millions of people and has highlighted many other emergencies in the world, which which directly affect the poorer young people.

                                How has the Salesian Family lived and continues to live this time?

                                what “News of the Kingdom of God” is currently emerging in the various groups of our large family?

                                This was the reflection proposed to the world leaders of the Groups gathered for the Advisory Board or Consulta of the Salesian Family, which took place online on 21, 22 and 23 May 2021.

                                Undoubtedly it was worthwhile to deepen the meaning of Christian hope in such dramatic times as the present, to discover the face of God in them, opening up another way of looking at reality, helping each other to experience the Lord’s presence and creative action up close, and to follow - with Him - the new paths that Providence is showing us.

                                For this reason, the Secretariat for the Family, led by the Central Delegate of the Rector Major, Fr Joan Lluís Playá, has seen it fit to collect and publish a book that wants to make known the fruit of what has been shared with the World Advisory Board.

                                This publication aims to be an exercise in communication, not only of what has been done, but also of what has been experienced and learned. In the simplicity of these pages one can discover many traits of the Great News of the Kingdom, which the Lord is causing to sprout and bear fruit in the various Groups of the Salesian Family and in the environments where they carry out their mission, each with characteristics of its own charism.

                                These pages include the contributions that a good number of Groups have sent to the Secretariat of the Salesian Family. The booklet concludes with the essay "Hope and care for the present", which Fr Gustavo Cavagnari, Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome, addressed to the assembly of the World Advisory Board, whose reading will stimulate everyone to live "hope, taking care of the present" with true passion.

                                The booklet, produced in five languages ​​- Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese - is conceived as a tool for the animation of the various groups of the Salesian Family, and for this reason, it will soon reach the Delegates for the Salesian Family all over the world.

                                • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                • Famiglia Salesiana
                                • Consulta Mondiale FS
                                • Coronavirus
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  RMG – “Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival”, skyrocketed participation and enthusiasm: deadline extended

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                                  RMG – “Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival”, skyrocketed participation and enthusiasm: deadline extended

                                  (ANS - Rome) - Hundreds of videos from all over the world have been submitted in less than two months, with extra requests for participation from pre-adolescents to adults. There is a growing and contagious enthusiasm surrounding the “Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival” (DBGYFF), which is already achieving fully its first objective, of igniting that positive spark of hope in the young peoplewhich in turn can set ablaze the whole world on fire.  This being the reason, the organizers of the first global Salesian film festival have decided to extend the deadline for submission of entries.

                                  At this festival, promoted by the Salesians of Don Bosco through the foundation DON BOSCO NEL MONDO, all videos that are uploaded on the site by 15 October will be accepted- an extension of two more weeks has been made, with respect to the date that was announced before.

                                  This is not the only change. With less than two months to go for realization of the festival on 18-19 November 2021, scheduled to take place simultaneously in various locations around the world, there is a lot of work being done in the background, at a very progressive pace.

                                  The DBGYFF Technical head Fr. Maria Lawrence affirms: “The Film Festival portal, has initiated a new chapter for our services towards the Youth. The front end of the portal website facilitates user access, while the custom built back-end web application uses cloud technology from multiple resources to automatically receive user profiles, films of various categories submitted by young people from across the globe, and assists the Jury spread across the world to evaluate them”.

                                  He moreover added, “A robust system is built to ensure plurality of languages, cultures and countries for both participants and Jury, through the deployment of technology, to enhance smoother participation”.

                                  In addition, based on the recommendation of the Social Communication Delegates from around the world, the nomination and appointment of the members of the Preliminary Jury, is being finalized. These jurors, divided into groups, have the task of viewing different sets of videos assigned to them and make the initial selection of movies for the Grand Jury, who will later decide on the rankings and award the prizes.

                                  The name of the jurors will also be published on the website. The work of the jurors entails a challenging task, as there is the participation of the whole Salesian world, not only in terms of numbers, but also of involvement, and they need to make the selection after several rounds of considerations.

                                  So far, the festival platform - - has received videos in all categories (live shorts, animation, music videos) from Italy, Spain, India, Peru, France, South Korea, Ireland, Guatemala, Belgium, Uganda, Pakistan and Armenia. The interest that the festival has aroused is truly vast and interesting, as it can be confirmed by other details: for example, various submissions have been received from children and young people under 15 and adults over 30. Even though, according to the regulations, these works cannot be accepted, this is an indication for the organizers to envisage new competition categories for the future editions.

                                  Speaking about the response of the young people, the festival director Fr. Harris Pakkam stated: “We have been getting feedback from more than 100 countries, and there has been a very enthusiastic response from our young people. It is very motivating to see them actively involved in creating something for the festival and express their desire to be ambassadors of hope. This festival platform has been precisely conceived to make their voices heard and unite them for a noble cause.”

                                  Even within the Salesian Congregation itself, the DBGYFF initiative has aroused the desire to participate, and numerous videos have been produced. Thanks to the support of Salesians, Salesian institutions and Provinces, which have supported and accompanied their young people in this process, and above all though this form of presence and closeness to the young.

                                  Another interesting aspect, is that of the short films made by young Salesians, Sons of Don Bosco, who meet the age requirements for sending in their multimedia creations. There are already a dozen videos submitted by young Salesians in formation, and in fact the festival organizers are thinking of establishing a few  honorary prizes, for the best short films in this new "category" of young Salesians.

                                  Fr. Ricardo Campoli, the Head of DBGYFF Promotions affirmed, “The young people from America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania have united positively to give life and vigor to this festival. Around 20 of our Salesian youth from various geographical locations are promoting the festival on social media in 4 languages, namely Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese. I feel this will truly be a great celebration for our youth”.

                                  {gallery}RMG - DBGYFF Rilancio - 2021{/gallery}

                                  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                  • DBGYFF
                                  • Comunicazione Sociale
                                  • Cinema
                                  • Speranza
                                  • Giovani
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Spain – The premiere of "Libertad" reaches the whole world to give visibility to minors jailed in prisons with adults

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                                    (ANS - Madrid) - Yesterday, Thursday 16 September, 2021, the Auditorium of the "Espacio Fundación Telefónica" in Madrid hosted the presentation of the "Inocencia entre rejas" (Innocence behind bars) campaign by the Salesian Mission Office "Misiones Salesianas" accompanied by the presentation of the documentary film “Libertad”, which denounces, through the example of the Pademba prison in Freetown, Sierra Leone, the situation of minors serving sentences in prisons with adults. The harsh images and testimonies of the Salesian Fr Jorge Crisafulli and of Chennor, a young man who was imprisoned in that prison as a minor, were at first shocking for the story they told, but then turned into applause for the hope they gave. Given the limitations due to the pandemic, only 100 people attended the event, but the live streaming has brought the documentary and the testimonies of the protagonists to thousands of people around the globe.

                                    The event was hosted by television presenter Javi Nieves, who began by clarifying that "with the documentaries of 'Misiones Salesianas' you never leave the same as when you arrived. They are a plunge into reality on situations closer to us than we think."

                                    After the screening of "Libertad", the director of the documentary, Raúl de la Fuente, intervened and thanked Misiones Salesianas "for allowing him to tell this story, which makes it his most special documentary." He encouraged everyone to continue to work to ensure that there are no more minors in prison.

                                    In the following interview, the young Chennor described how his hell began: “I lost my father when I was 8 and I was sent to my aunt, who mistreated me. So, I decided to survive on the street. But was jailed as a minor for vagrancy. When I got out, I fell into fights, thefts and drugs and went back to prison until I ended up in Pademba, where I was abused in every way when I was still a minor.”

                                    Yet, after so many traumatic experiences, Chennor said he was “happy, for having changed my life, by the grace of God and Don Bosco; and happy to be able to help other minors like me to get out of prison. This is my dream.”

                                    Fr Crisafulli added that when he watches the documentary “I feel happy: because if it is true that what we see is hell, it is also true that we are dealing with stories of redemption, and we are able to transform hell into a small corner of paradise."

                                    For this, he urged to support "Misiones Salesianas" and to do so, "not only with money, but also by offering time, talents and by sharing this reality with our families and friends and by committing ourselves to transform it."

                                    From 20 September “Libertad” will begin a one-month tour in schools, universities, and various large institutional locations in Spanish and European cities.

                                    • Spagna
                                    • Misiones Salesianas
                                    • Procure Missionarie
                                    • Carceri
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Italy – 1st Module of Salesian Spiritual Accompaniment School ends

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                                      Italy – 1st Module of Salesian Spiritual Accompaniment School ends

                                      (ANS - Castelnuovo Don Bosco) - The first module of the Salesian Spiritual Accompaniment School, which began in Valdocco on 16 August, has ended at Colle Don Bosco. During an intense month, 18 Salesians from 11 different countries - Peru, Ecuador, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola - experienced and learned the richness of spiritual accompaniment, lived according to the spirit of the Salesian tradition.

                                      The gift of Spiritual Acoompaniment was bequeathed to the Congregation by Don Bosco, who himself was a great companion of young people and of many people who entrusted themselves to his guidance. And this very fruitful form of pastoral charity does not emerge from nothing, but, is the fruit of a long gestation. From an early age, and above all in the fundamental phases of his vocational discernment, and throughout his priestly life, John Bosco always let himself be guided by wise and knowledgeable people, who supported him in becoming more and more in tune with the heart of God.

                                      During the days of the School, the participants were able to experience a round of personally guided spiritual exercises, which formed the basis that constituted the foundation for the entire school. Then they tackled various themes, both as reflection and as practical learning exercises:

                                      Don Bosco accompanies because he was accompanied spiritual accompaniment in the origins and throughout history the virtues and skills of a spiritual guide guiding and conversation techniques in accompaniment listening and contemplative supervision.

                                      “We all leave with a grateful heart for what we have received, and we thank the effort and the investment of energy of the Congregation in this very fundamental area of our mission as apostles and pastors of the young,” said one of the participants. “And we also thank the team that accompanied us during these days, for their generous commitment and their fraternal presence in the animation of this school.”

                                      Furthermore, the organizers expressed their sincere thanks to the communities of Valdocco and Colle Don Bosco for the welcome and family spirit with which they made the whole group feel at home from the very first day to the last.

                                      • Italia
                                      • Accompagnamento
                                      • Formazione
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Ecuador – A commitment: formation in Salesianity

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                                        Ecuador – A commitment: formation in Salesianity

                                        (ANS - Quito) – Based in Quito, the Salesian Center for Ongoing Formation in America (CSFPA) completed the first edition of the online course "With the eyes of Don Bosco", a joint formation program that lasted 5 months, for the Salesians, members of the Salesian Family and lay collaborators.

                                        The objective was to bring participants closer to Don Bosco’s life and charism by reading, embodying and transforming their own reality drawing illumination from him. To this end, participants were asked to learn about and exercise Salesian discernment, applying the method of seeing, judging, acting, encompassing or embodying it as a way of updating their own Salesian identity and the elements of the educational-pastoral activities in which they are involved in.

                                        Towards this, the methodology used was to apply Salesian discernment on the current reality of the pandemic and post-pandemic (SEE) situation, recognizing in it the criteria with which Don Bosco read the reality of his time (JUDGE) in order to arrive at actiion proposals that were typically Salesian (ACT).

                                        Five resource persons (4 Salesians and a lay person) animated the the process, supporting this journey of the participants: 41 lay collaborators of the mission in Salesian works, 27 Salesians, 13 Past Pupils, 6 Salesian Cooperators, 5 Volunteers of Don Bosco and 4 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians were divided into groups of five people each. The role of the 16 tutors, past pupils of the 4 levels of the courses of Initiation to Salesianity, was fundamental: their accompaniment was a guarantee of the continuity in the methodological, experiential and community style of the CSFPA.

                                        At the end of the course some significant comments were shared. Here are some of them:

                                        - “We must never lose sight of the fact that every Salesian house is a home, a school, a courtyard and a parish”;

                                        - "Take on the methodology of seeing, judging and acting as a style of work in the animative process";

                                        - "It was an incredible experience, there was a lot of dedication from the organizers, we shared experiences and helped each other for months. Though divided by languages, but united with the same love for Don Bosco and his charism”;

                                        - "How nice to see that the 'shared mission' is a beautiful reality full of nuances, capable of producing interesting changes and new ways of going through life!";

                                        - "We must continue to reflect and work on the use of social networks with Salesian criteria".

                                        The participants, who met all the established requirements, received a special certification from the Salesian Polytechnic University of Ecuador.

                                        The second edition of this course began on Monday 30 August, again at the service of ongoing formation in Salesianity for America.

                                        • Ecuador
                                        • ECU ECUADOR
                                        • Formazione
                                        • Laici
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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