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RMG - Appointment of new Provincial of South Argentina: Fr. Ramón Darío Perera

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RMG - Appointment of new Provincial of South Argentina: Fr. Ramón Darío Perera

(ANS - Rome) - On the day of the commemoration of Blessed Philip Rinaldi, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the General Council's consensus, appointed Fr Ramón Darío Perera as the new Provincial of South Argentina (ARS), for the period 2020-2026.

Fr Perera was born in the city of Victorica on 7 December 1964. He is the son of Jesús María Perera and María Rita Pereira. He studied at the "San Juan Bosco" Institute in Victorica and participated in the parish's association activities, such as the Argentine Catholic Action in Mallín.

Fr Perera made his Religious Profession as Salesian of Don Bosco in the Basilica "Sagrado Corazón" of La Plata on 31 January 1985. He is professor of Philosophy and Educational Sciences with orientation in Youth Ministry (1987), and has a Baccalaureate in Theology.

On 16 April 1994 he was ordained a priest in the parish of "Nuestra Señora de la Merced" in Victorica. From February 1995 until February 1997, he was in charge of pastoral care and director of the Del Valle agricultural engineering school (province of Buenos Aires). During 1997, he worked as a formator in the post-novitiate and later in Del Valle as director in 1998.

In 2000 he was responsible for pastoral work of the "Sagrado Corazón" center of La Plata and from 2001 to 2005 director of the "Domingo Savio" of Santa Rosa, capital of the province of La Pampa.
In the former La Plata province, he was coordinator of the Provincial Team of Schools (1996-1999), formator of theology students (1999), Provincial Councilor (2002-2005) and Provincial Vicar (2006-2009).

In 2010, with the beginning of the Province of “Blessed Ceferino Namuncurá, South Argentina, he was Provincial Vicar (2010-2012), Provincial Councilor and director of the Salesian agrotechnical school of Del Valle (2013-2018). In 2019, he became the director and pastor of the Salesian community "La Piedad" in the city of Bahía Blanca.

The appointment as new Provincial will take place on 4 February 2020 in the Shrine "Nuestra Señora de las Nieves y Laura Vicuña" of Junín de los Andes, in the presence of Fr Natale Vitali, Councilor for the America South Cone Region.

  • RMG
  • Ispettori
  • Argentina
  • ARS
  • Ramon Dario Perera
    Jesus Jurado

    Spain – Ordinary people with extraordinary abilities: International Volunteer Day

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    Spain – Ordinary people with extraordinary abilities: International Volunteer Day

    (ANS - Madrid) - Today, Thursday 5 December, International Volunteer Day is being celebrated. The Salesian Family wants to focus on this day, given that volunteering is one of the driving forces behind the activities it carries out.

    The Salesian Family commemorates the International Day of Volunteering as a large number of volunteers all over the world collaborate with the youth-center oratories, in social platforms and in parishes, in missionary volunteer programs, as in youth and ecclesial movements.

    To celebrate this day, for example, the "RECONOCE" program, promoted by the Confederation of Youth Centers "Don Bosco" of Spain, has proposed to flood the social networks with photographs that bear witness to the importance of volunteering. The idea is that each volunteer uploads a photo of him/herself with the hashtag #PersonasCorrientesConHabilidadesExtraordinarias and thus give "faces" to this day of celebration, December 5 (# 5D).

    In 1985 the UN proclaimed this international day to give recognition to the work and dedication of all those who work as volunteers, as well as to all the organizations that support them. Volunteering allows individuals and communities to participate in their own growth and that of societies.

    "RECONOCE" is a project led by the Confederation of Don Bosco Youth Centers of Spain, in collaboration with the "Didania" Federation and the "ASDE" Scouts of Spain, who decided to work together to highlight the experience of volunteering in the sector of educational leisure time, to make the business world and society in general aware of the skills acquired through volunteering and to improve the employment opportunities of young people. Just these three youth organizations, together, have about 15,000 volunteers throughout Spain ...

    The Confederation of Don Bosco Youth Centers of Spain currently consists of 9 Federations that operate in 14 Autonomous Communities and which, in turn, comprise 126 youth centers. It has around 3,521 volunteers and 127 people who work full-time with contracts, all of whom serve around 66,000 people in various programs and initiatives.

    Updates, with all the news of the project, are available at the website: www.reconoce.org

    Furthermore, every year the volunteer platform of Spain, to which the Salesian organizations belong, publishes a poster around the celebration of this #5D; this time, with the slogan: "Volunteering and Planet" related to the 25th United Nations conference on climate changes (COP25) underway in Madrid.

    Last week, the organizations of the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians presented their proposals for the care of this common house through the Campaign: "Ponte en verde por el futuro de los jóvenes" (Go green for the future of young people.)

    • Spagna
    • Volontariato
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Brazil – Donations of clay filters alleviate suffering of Xavante natives in Campinapolis

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      Brazil – Donations of clay filters alleviate suffering of Xavante natives in Campinapolis

      (ANS - Campinápolis) - About 9,000 people, all of them Xavante, live in the 180 villages served by the Campinapolis Missionary Ministry.  In that region, in the eastern part of the State of Mato Grosso, the rainy season is in progress, which relieves the intense heat and brings other benefits to the vegetation, but also causes health problems to the local population.

      Nurse Géssyca Santiago is the head of indigenous health in the village "Cuerpo de Cristo", where about 100 people live, and she has detected a serious health problem. "We have seen that cases of diarrhea in the community increase during the rainy season, because the river water, which they use for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing clothes, is very dirty and muddy."

      The inhabitants of some villages near Campinápolis already enjoy the water of artisanal wells, some made by teams led by the Salesian Alois Würz, of the AMA Project, and others by the Special Secretariat for Indigenous Health (SESAI). But the families of the village of "Cuerpo de Cristo" continue to survive only with water from the São Felipe river, which runs through the region.

      To deal with the problem - which can only be fully solved by supplying treated water to the population - pastoral agents have produced a series of guidelines on how to proceed in using the water collected from the river. First, information and spoons were distributed so that they could learn how to make whey - used for the treatment of the disease; then clay filters were distributed. These two initiatives managed to contain the cases of diarrhea.

      Salesian deacon José Alves said the material was obtained through donations from benefactors and friends who work for indigenous peoples.

      "It's very sad that when we arrive in the village we see malnourished children and we cannot do anything. We leave with an anguished heart. We fight so that children do not suffer from malnutrition, because once it is diagnosed, it is difficult to resolve," says volunteer Deusmira Moreira.

      At the ecclesial level, the indigenous peoples of Campinapolis are part of the parish of "San Domenico Savio", whose parish priest is the Salesian Fr Bartolomeo Giaccaria. The participation of the Salesian Mission of Mato Grosso is acknowledged and appreciated by the community and the authorities. "It is a joy to be able to count on the support of the Salesians and of the health teams. Without this support, we are nothing," explains Moreira.

      "I really want to thank the Salesians. With this help, we can do more and more. It is a great honor for me to be able to save lives. Not only those of children, but also of pregnant women and the elderly," reiterated Deusmira.

      Euclides Fernandes

      • Brasile
      • BCG
      • Povertà
      • Indigeni
      • Missioni
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Hong Kong – Don Bosco Discovery Centre ever new

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        Hong Kong – Don Bosco Discovery Centre ever new

        (ANS - Hong Kong) – “Don Bosco Discovery Centre” is located in the Catechetical Centre, Tang King Po School - Hong Kong. DB Discovery Centre is one of the China province Centenary Celebrations (1906-2006), following a simple chronological concept from the life and mission of Don Bosco the Founder until the present reality of Salesian Work in the world and especially in the four territories of China province.

        The EAO Social communication and Formation delegates were also happy to visit this meaningful venue during the last day of the 2019 meeting, last November.

        The EAO Delegates, guided by the Viceprovincial, Fr. Domingos Leong, were able in 30 minutes time to get a deeper insight not only into the history, pedagogy and spirituality of our Father and Founder, but especially into the moving history of 113 years of our mother province.

        From the Macau foundation (1906), through the Vicariate of Shiu Chow with the Martyrdom of Bishop Versiglia and Fr. Caravario, following the marvelous development of the 20 schools in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan over the years, the numerous Salesian witnesses, 'confessors of faith', and the richness of Salesian charism expressed in many vibrant groups of the Salesian Family, Salesian Bulletin, Youth ministry and contribution to civil society and local Chruch.

        The “Discovery Centre” in Hong Kong looks like the “Salesian Historic Hall” in Seoul provincial house (Korea), Hua Hin Salesian Hall (Thailand), Manila-Makati Salesian Missionary Exhibition (Philippines) or Cimatti Museum in Tokyo (Japan).

        And there’s hope that other EAO Provinces will also offer insight into the Salesian rich charismatic history to the young, lay mission partners, Salesian Family members.

        • Hong Kong
        • CIN
        • Musei
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Brazil – Unforgettable experience for volunteers of "Operation Mato Grosso"

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          (ANS - Campinápolis) - They spent six months in Brazil, working among the "poorest in the Kingdom". An experience in three states: Goiás, Tocantins and Mato Grosso. They have finished their work and now have to go home with an experience that has completely transformed their lives. A total of 67 young people participated in a joint effort in the villages of São Pedro, São José and São Gabriel. "This is a farewell work camp for young people who came to live in Mato Grosso for six months," explained Vanderley Miranda, president of the Alvorada Social Center, which organized the Mutirão activities.

          They stayed in Campinápolis, MT, between 18 and 22 November. They worked in the village of São Pedro, renovating the school, repairing the homes of missionaries and the roofs of houses and the church. In the village of São Gabriel, they repaired a building that had been destroyed by a fire a few weeks before.

          Clemílson was assigned to accompanying the boarding school's young Xavantes who come from the villages and study in  "Novo São Joaquim". He considers himself a privileged person to have lived this experience which he considers extremely enrichening, humanly and spiritually. "We often talk about poverty and it is only in theory. When we have the grace to come to work in the villages, we can see this reality. We are lucky because we do something good for those who really need it," he said.

          Ursula and Pietro are Italians. They spent six months serving the poor youth of Brazil, the oratories and boarding schools. Both recognize that the experience of helping those in need has been transformative for them. "I did charity, I helped clean the old people's home, I talked to them, I kept them company. I am very grateful for this experience that I will always carry in my heart," says Ursula.

          Another foreign volunteer is Ivan, from Peru, where he met the founder and spiritual guide of "Operation Mato Grosso", Fr Ugo De Censi, who died in December 2018. "For me it was something beautiful, because I never had had the opportunity to see this reality, let alone live it."

          According to the Pastoral Coordinator of the community of Nova Xavantina, Salesian deacon José Alves de Oliveira, the volunteers also helped repair the medical facility in the village of São José.

          During the farewell party of the Campinapolis group of volunteers, Fr de Oliveira recalled that "the important thing is that every activity was a gesture of love. And this love is a small seed that will bear much fruit."

          Source: Salesian Misión de Mato Grosso

          • Brasile
          • Volontariato
          • Ugo de Censi
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Costa Rica – Students of "CEDES Don Bosco" are finalists in educational projects in Latin America

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            (ANS - Alajuelita) - The Don Bosco School is part of the "Don Bosco Salesian Educational Center" (CEDES) and serves a population of 400 students. In accordance with the Salesian charism, the school has the firm intention of offering excellence in all its educational activities. In recent weeks, its young students have participated in two projects: the "First Lego League", a science, technology and robotics competition, and the development of a project called "Quimera".

            On November 16th, the fourth edition of the "First Lego League" was held in Costa Rica, a science, technology and robotics competition that aims to enable children and young people to face the challenges of research and critical thinking development.

            500 students from different schools participated in the activity. "CEDES Don Bosco" was represented by 16 students from the areas of the Infants' Center, of the Technical School and of the Institute. The team of children from the "Pasitos Pequeños" Infants' Center designed two cities that reflect emotions, colors and fun as a solution for a city of the future. The second team composed of students of the School obtained an honorable mention as "Creative Project" for the proposal of an "eco-friendly" residential complex with accessibility and "ecoterraces" to encourage sharing among families.

            The other project prepared by the students was the creation of the application called "Quimera" which aims to contrast school abandonment. Created by five students of the "CEDES Don Bosco", the project was a finalist in the regional competition "Latin Code Week", promoted by "Junior Achievement".

            "Quimera" is a cross-platform application and is currently competing for first place with 10 other apps from various countries. This application was developed by the young Pablo Bermúdez, Melanie Arista, Ángel Ureña, María Rivel and Joel Ávila. Through games and tests, it motivates young people to enjoy study and reinforce learning interactively.

            The objective of "Quimera" is to interactively link academic subjects and schools, allowing students to gain greater knowledge of the subjects, tackling them in a more dynamic way. Moreover, it will allow teachers to appreciate, through the application, the progress of the children, all in order to reduce the early abandonment of school.

            According to data from the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica, in 2018, 10,211 students left secondary school.

            If the "Quimera" project wins its competition, it could become an excellent instrument of contrast at the Latin American level, given that early school leaving is high.

            It is still possible to vote for this project: https://latincodeweek.org/ 

            • Costa Rica
            • CAM
            • App
            • Scienze
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Italy – Don Bosco's face in the peripheries: a mural by Jorit in Foggia

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              Italy – Don Bosco's face in the peripheries: a mural by Jorit in Foggia

              (ANS - Foggia) – In these past few days a blank wall of the "Candelaro" district of Foggia, near the local Salesian center, has acquired a lot of meaning and social value, thanks to the master strokes of the Street Art artist "Jorit". On the initiative of the General Directorate of the Salesian Congregation, a large wall painting of the face of Don Bosco was created, which decorates and embellishes a peripheral area of ​​the city, and which thus continues to bring the magnetic gaze of the Saint of Young to the youngsters of the 21st century. Moreover, the mural will also be the protagonist of a surprise destined to enter Salesian houses around the world ...

              "If you want to make yourself good, practice these three things and everything will be fine: joy, study, pity. This is the great program which, by practicing, will enable you to live happily!" Jorit started from there, from this famous aphorism of Don Bosco for his representation of Don Bosco on the Foggia wall. As usual, before making the mural-portraits that have made him famous, the artist has in fact inaugurated the "cement canvas" by replicating Don Bosco's phrase on the wall, which was later covered by the drawing.

              Begun on Friday, November 29th, the work continued at an ample pace in the following days and already today, December 3rd, it is possible to see the well-defined image of Don Bosco's portrait.

              The mural created in Foggia will be officially inaugurated on the day of the Immaculate Conception, Sunday 8 December, in the presence of the General Councillor for Social Communication of the Congregation, Fr Filiberto González Plasencia, and of the Economer General, Brother Jean Paul Muller. But already before, Saturday 7, it will be the backdrop for shooting the last scenes of the Rector Major's Strenna video for 2020 - and in this way it will then be visible to the whole Salesian Family across the globe, starting from the last days of December.

              Here is how a young woman from Foggia, Gessica Borrelli, wrote on Facebook, referring to Don Bosco and the mural: "Where Candelaro crosses with Via Lucera, I see you ... and that's enough to enflame the heart."

              Born in Naples in 1990, "Jorit" is today one of the world's most established Street Art artists. He has matured and developed a figurative style and specializes in the representation of giant realistic portraits, most often in the peripheries and, of course, accessible for viewing to all for free: San Gennaro and Maradona in Naples, Nelson Mandela in Florence, Yuri Gagarin among the tower blocks of Odintsovo, not far from Moscow, a young Palestinian on the Israeli separation wall, and then street kids, autistic boys, are just some of the artist's grand portraits...

              • Italia
              • Arte e Cultura
              • Musica
              • IME
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Philippines – Legazpi Salesian center heavily damaged by "Kammuri"

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                (ANS - Legazpi) - The “Kammuri” super typhoon is sweeping the Filipino archipelago, causing severe damage and four victims, so far, due to violent storm winds and incessant rains that have continued to fall for hours. The Salesian work located in Legazpi has also suffered heavy damage due to the typhoon.

                "We really need help," the director of the work, Fr Ronilo Javines, wrote on Facebook.

                The Salesian center in Legazpi is a vast and richly structured Agricultural Training Center, designed to offer formation that can be spent in the world of work for the poor of rural areas.

                The damage at the center has been extensive: Chapel Oratory, Sacristy, Pastoral Office, Window glasses of Workshops and classrooms, sports facility, Roof of Staff House, Roof of Boarders’ Dormitory, Agro-mech/Farm House, Goat and Chicken Houses, Compost Area facility, including the plantation of corn, cacao, calamansi, pili, banana, tomato, pepper and high value crops.

                Kammuri is currently transiting south-east of the island of Luzon and will continue to travel towards the northwest, leaving the Philippine archipelago for the Chinese Sea only on Thursday 5 December, when it will be downgraded to a tropical storm.

                "We also appeal help in a special way for Families of our Trainees-students whose houses have been heavily damaged by the typhoon as well" Fr Javines concluded.

                {gallery}FIN - Danni a Legazpi 2019{/gallery}

                • Filippine
                • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
                • FIN
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Uruguay – "Mamma Margherita" association of Salesian parents celebrates 30 years

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                  (ANS - Montevideo) - The "Mamma Margarita" Association, an association of mothers and fathers of consecrated Salesians in Uruguay, celebrated its 30th anniversary on 30 November. For the occasion, the Provincial, Fr Alfonso Bauer, presided over a solemn Eucharist concelebration in the "Our Lady of the Rosary" chapel of the "Saint Francis of Sales" Institute, during which he recalled the origins of the association and of the history of Mamma Margaret.

                  In the homily, Fr Bauer reviewed the genesis of this association, born of an uneasiness of Carmen Topolansky, mother of Fr Martín Lasarte, SDB, the latter for years a missionary in Angola and today active in the Sector for Missions in Rome. The woman proposed to the then Provincial, Victor Reyes, to form this organization and to convene a first meeting.

                  "When she made that proposal it was November 25th - and she didn't know that that was the day of the death of Mother Margherita - and she proposed to have the meeting on December 8th, the day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary - and she didn't even know that this was the day when Don Bosco began the Salesian work in his first meeting with Bartolomeo Garelli," said Fr Bauer.

                  For his part, the then Rector Major, Fr Egidio Viganó, immediately blessed the initiative, stating: "If my mother were alive, she would be the first to enroll." The fundamental objective of the association lies in "gathering, accompanying, forming and helping the parents of those who are called to consecrated life, so that they know how to accompany their children and pray for vocations, fidelity and perseverance."

                  "Sometimes," continued Fr Bauer, "the misunderstanding, confusion and negativity in which some parents may find themselves are shared with others who lived those same experiences 'yesterday' and who 'today', instead, live the vocation of their children as the greatest gift of God to the family." And he also reported that when Lasarte's mother conceived this idea, she had said: "If we mothers could get to know each other, we would not feel alone, helpless, with so many needs, we would have another vision of our children's vocation ...".

                  "Being a father and mother is a vocation and every vocation is a call from God to fulfill a mission," he added, specifying that the mission of these fathers and mothers is "at the service of the full life of their children, to allow them to reach their fulfillment in all the orders of life, such as the choice of state, employment, studies ... ".

                  Today, the Association is also present in other parts of the world such as Argentina, Mexico, Nicaragua, Chile, Italy and South Korea.

                  "Mamma Margarita is the foundation, the heart of the association; she was the mother of the first Salesian, Don Bosco. Imitate her, so that all our daily work becomes prayer and we live the mission of accompanying our children," urged the Superior of the Salesians in Uruguay.

                  {gallery}URU - 30 anni Mamma Margherita 2019{/gallery}

                  • Uruguay
                  • URU
                  • Mamma Margherita
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Croatia – End of Extraordinary Visitation of Fr Rozmus

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                    Croatia – End of Extraordinary Visitation of Fr Rozmus

                    (ANS - Zagreb) - On 30 November last, the General Councilor for the Salesian Region of Central and Northern Europe, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, completed his Extraordinary Visitation of the "St. John Bosco" Province of Croatia with a final meeting at the Provincial House in the Knežija district of the capital, Zagreb. The meeting was attended by 35 Salesians, who came specially from all parts of Croatia as well as from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

                    Conducted by Fr Rozmus on behalf of the Rector Major, the Visit began on 26 October in the same locality. During the five weeks spent in the Province, the Regional Councilor reviewed all the Salesian houses, met with the religious, the members of the Salesian Family and the laity who participate in the same mission, as well as with the many young people present in the schools, in the parishes and oratories.

                    In his concluding speech, Fr Rozmus thanked the Provincial, Fr Tihomir Šutalo, the members of the Provincial Council, the Directors and all the religious, especially those who prepared the Visit at the provincial level, as well as in the local communities, making a transparent presentation of the main characteristics of after-school educational activities.

                    With the question "Quo vadis, Croatian Province?", the Councilor presented an objective and global vision of the current state of the Province. He stressed the importance of initial formation and its strengthening, pointing out that this is a fundamental question, which is reflected in the providential increase in vocations, in the appreciation of Salesian publications, and in a well-directed Youth Ministry that can foster an increasingly decisive option towards poor young people.

                    He also emphasized the need for a reduction in current presences, creating new ones that are typically Salesian. Among his recommendations there were also: a more active international collaboration in the "Project for Europe"; the care of the missionary vocation; transparent management of economic resources; professionalism and solidarity to try to achieve the works' economic self-sufficiency.

                    Speaking of the future of the Province, he recommended strategies and concrete projects, at a personal and community level, and an investment in the quality of fraternal life, in the formative field and in youth ministry.

                    In the second part of the meeting, the Salesians present were divided into small groups and they examined - in depth - various observations and specific aspects of the Extraordinary Visitor's report.

                    {gallery}CRO - Fine visita S Rozmus 2019{/gallery}

                    • Croazia
                    • CRO
                    • Tadeusz Rozmus
                    • Visita Straordinaria
                    • Progetto Europa
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Japan – Final animation visit within the EAO Region in 2019

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                      Japan – Final animation visit within the EAO Region in 2019

                      (ANS – Chofu) – Just a few hours after the memorable apostolic visit of Pope Francis (23-26 November) the Japan Salesian Province (GIA) welcomed the East Asia-Oceania Regional Councillor, Fr Václav Klement, at Narita airport for his last animation visit within the Region in 2019. Four full days of this visit were carefully planned and helped Fr Klement to get in touch with the changing realities of this provincial community.

                      Fr. Klement was based in Chofu Formation community, praying and sharing his Good Night talks with the young Salesians, candidates and vocation prospects. For the Salesians this visit was a good chance to get in touch with the wider worldwide reality of the Salesian Congregation.

                      Fr. Klement spent his first day visiting the Salesian Family - Provincial house of Caritas Sisters of Jesus in Suginami (Tokyo) and Provincial house of FMA Sisters in Chofu (Tokyo). Accompanied by the Provincial, Fr. Jacob Hamaguchi and his Vicar, Fr. Michael Lap, the Regional Councillor had ample time to understand the impact of Pope Francis’ visit on the Japanese Catholic community and on civil society. All three religious Congregations of the Salesian Family are making progress in the systematic formation of their lay mission partners.

                      Second day was dedicated in the morning to visiting Tokyo - Kodaira (Salesian Boys Home and Salesian Primary and High school), with a longer interaction with the Salesians and leadership of both works. In the afternoon followed the visit to Salesian Polytechnic in Machida City - a quality time was spent in deeper dialogue with Fr Kojima (principal of the school) and his leadership team.

                      The Regional Councillor spent last two days of Province animation visit with the Rectors and Provincial Councillors in the Salesio Gakuin (Yokohama) - High School. Both meetings began with Salesian Lectio Divina, based on the Scripture and Salesian Constitutions. Traditionally, this is one of the three Rector meetings during the year, before the Advent season.

                      The province leadership tackled a wide range of issues: from Salesian Brother vocation, Reshaping of Salesian presences, Child Protection Guidelines, DB Green Alliance, Finance and Sustainability of the Mission, Lay Mission Partners formation, Commitment to Vietnamese Migrant Workers in Japan, Youth Ministry survey about daily time spent with the young, up to the Strenna 2020 Poster.

                      As usual, Rectors meeting (overnight experience) was a good opportunity for fraternal sharing, prayer for each other, Gospel Magic show from “Fr Mickey” Muramatsu and ongoing discernment about vocation culture and Salesian Mission.

                      Source: AustraLasia

                      • Giappone
                      • GIA
                      • Visita di Animazione
                      • Václav Klement
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Italy – What freedom of educational choice?

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                        Italy – What freedom of educational choice?

                        (ANS - Rome) - "Autonomy, equality and freedom of educational choice in Italy and in Europe" was the theme of a conference promoted by the Union of the Superiors Major of Italy (USMI) and by the Italian Conference of Major Superiors (CISM), with the patronage of the Senate and the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI). A large Salesian delegation was also present at the event.

                        The conference, held in Rome on November 14th, saw the presence of Fr Roberto Dal Molin, President of CNOS and school contact for the CISM in the National Council of the Catholic School of the CEI; Fr Giuliano Giacomazzi, Provincial of Italy Lombardia-Emilia (ILE) and Provincial delegate for Schools in the Conference of the Salesian P,ovincials of Italy (CISI); the Delegates of the Piedmont schools, prof. Mauro Pace from Piedmont; Fr Lorenzo Teston and Fr Nicola Toffanello from the Triveneto; Fr Francesco Marcoccio, Delegate of the ICC Schools, and Fr Gino Berto, Director of the "Pio XI" institute in Rome.

                        The conference, as explained by Fr Luigi Gaetani, OCD, President of the CISM, served as "a seminar of synthesis with which to draw the attention of public opinion and the political world to the Italian school system that is 'still unfinished' and to invite them to take the necessary steps 'so that the Italian educational system, as a whole, can better pursue the educational mission that society entrusts to it and the law fully attributes and acknowledges.'"

                        The topic, which had been discussed a few days before the work of the 59th CISM General Assembly, (Assisi, 3-7 November), had produced a strong reflection on that occasion, stating that “an injustice towards the legitimacy conferred by the Italian Constitution, which establishes an educational pluralism, is being perpetuated. We are discriminated against because we are not (being put) in a position to guarantee adequate formation."

                        The President of the Senate, Hon. Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, admitted that "Law 62 (known as the law on scholastic equality, Ed.) has done much to give life to constitutional principles, but has not produced the results on any substantial level."

                        CEI President first underscored that the priority of parents' choices on education to be given to their children is already enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), and then he presented a worrying statistic: "In the last ten years, in fact, about 1,000 Catholic schools have disappeared (out of a total of almost 9,000) and more than 160,000 students have been lost." At the same time, he added, "we must not lead to pessimistic considerations. There are also many realities in which schools open to answer to the demand for Christian education that families want for their children."

                        While Fr Dal Molin reiterated: "In Italy, the school system is egalitarian on paper, but in fact it does not remedy the differences between students linked to the family, social and economic context."

                        The Salesian presence at the conference represented the 101 schools in Italy and their more than 22,000 students, and the 64 Vocational Training Centers, with their over 26,000 students.

                        • Italia
                        • Scuole
                        • Chiesa
                        • Educazione
                        • CISI
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          RMG – Salesians discuss "Accompaniment and Affectivity"

                          1 week 1 day ago

                          (ANS - Rome) - When interviewed or participating in surveys and studies, young people around the world say that their priorities in life are lovefamilyrelationships ... But in today's society, so fluid in all its ties and marked by precariousness, children often lack the educational cues and reference models among adults that would enable them to achieve or fulfil their wishes and ambitions. To try to answer to this challenge, the Department for Youth Ministry has organized a seminar on "Accompaniment and Affectivity", which started Monday 25th and ends today, Friday 29th, at the Salesian Central Office in Rome.

                          The seminar is part of a long journey begun by the Department already through 2008-2014, with a series of seminars on the topic of Salesian spiritual accompaniment - in which the theme of accompaniment from the charismatic and pastoral point of view were addressed - and then continued in this six-year term (2014-2020) with a seminar on prayer.

                          On this specific occasion, the seminar's 57 participants - mostly Salesians, but also lay people and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, from all over the world - reflected together and discussed the issue of affective education for young people and adolescents and on how the concrete reality of youth affectivity must be met, lived and experienced in pastoral journeys or paths.

                          In the development of the seminar, a first anthropological reading, curated by Fr Selvam Sahaja, SDB, university professor in Nairobi, Kenya, helped to identify the challenges for education in love starting from the perspective of Social Sciences.

                          The second day was followed by a reflection on the person of the youth carer in affect education. The session, led by prof. Alessandro Ricci of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS), focused on the themes of maturity and useful skills for those who carry out this precious service.

                          The reflection then continued, thanks to the contribution of two speakers - Marlene Cauchi and Jeanine Balzan - on the theme of intimacy, with particular regard to those challenges that young people face around the theme of love and sexuality.

                          And finally, with the report by Fr Eunan McDonell, Provincial of Ireland, the relationship between love and freedom in the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales was explored, thus observing the "Salesian perspective" on education for love.

                          Furthermore, among the specific workshops, other important topics have been touched upon for those who work side by side with young people in emotional growth - gender theory, homosexuality, family education ... - as well as other aspects relevant to personal formation - with a session on "Transformative Learning".

                          "This field, with its complexity, asks us Salesians to be not only aware of this complexity, but also to be competent to understand the various messages that our young people encounter. In this sense, our walk with the young must find us as true educators, who gradually help them find meaning and take courage in their integral growth," concluded Fr Fabio Attard, General Councilor for Youth Ministry.

                          • RMG
                          • Pastorale Giovanile
                          • Affettività
                          • Accompagnamento
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Spain – Salesian organizations present environmental initiatives

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                            Spain – Salesian organizations present environmental initiatives

                            (ANS - Madrid) - Yesterday, November 28, the Salesian and Daughter of Mary Help of Christians organizations in Spain presented their commitments to the environment during a press conference held in Madrid. In view of the "COP25" (the 25th United Nations conference on climate change) and the 15th Youth Conference, both scheduled in Madrid these days, Salesian organizations in Spain presented their work with young people towards the issue of change climate, through the campaign "(Go Green for the Future of Young People).

                            On this occasion, the "Don Bosco Green Alliance" (DBGA) was also presented, the international Salesian network that encourages young people to contribute with concrete gestures and reflections to addressing global environmental policies.

                            “In his time, Don Bosco was determined to respond to the needs of the young people of his time. Today we want to respond to the urgent needs of the young people of the 21st century, for which it is necessary to engage in the care of the common home," said Fr Koldo Gutiérrez, Director of the National Salesian Center for Youth Ministry, at the beginning of his press conference.

                            At his side was Almudena Rodríguez, a young participant in the 15th Youth Conference (COY15), in progress from today until Sunday December 1st, and Salvi Macías, a young participant at COP25, scheduled from December 2nd to 13th.

                            A summary of what was said:

                            Koldo Gutiérrez:

                            This campaign will consist of a series of actions in our schools, youth centers and social platforms. We want children and young people of our homes to organize climate marches. We will also have several actions on social networks that can be monitored with the hashtag #PorElFuturoDeLaJuventud. Today it is very important to underscore words such as cure, protect, guard, preserve, safeguard. We have a commitment to Creation. To engage in caring for the common home, dialogue is very important and we are convinced that ecology is a cultural, educational and spiritual challenge. Our proposal is based on these aspects.

                            Almudena Rodríguez:

                            We want to be one of the principal players in the search for solutions to the problems and injustices caused by the climate crisis. We must not lose sight of the fact that the impact of this crisis is suffered above all by the poorest people. And let's not forget that over 1,550 activists have been killed in 50 different countries over the past 15 years for having carried out activities of protection and care of the natural resources of their living environments, in particular of the territories of high natural and biological value belonging to the indigenous communities.

                            Salvi Macías:

                            Salesian youth, who are part of the DBGA, are concretely engaged along three guidelines:

                            • Combatting air, water and land pollution;
                            • Reducing global warming by adopting more responsible and efficient consumption;
                            • Eliminating single-use plastic.

                            We can no longer delay climate action. It's time to act.

                            • Spagna
                            • Ambiente
                            • Creato
                            • Famiglia Salesiana
                            • Don Bosco Green Alliance
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Albania – Earthquake emergency, VIS cooperates with Caritas

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                              Albania – Earthquake emergency, VIS cooperates with Caritas

                              (ANS - Durres) – The powerful earthquake, 6.4 Richter Scale, that shook Albania in the early hours of November 26th has caused, according to the most recent estimates, at least 49 victims, about 750 wounded and countless displaced persons and homes destroyed. Rescuers and Armed Forces personnel are working tirelessly in the search for people still alive under the rubble and many international organizations are also working to support the local population in this emergency phase; among these, the Salesian NGO "VIS - International Voluntary Service for Development", which has been taking care of various projects in the country for years.

                              The greatest damage has been recorded in the cities of Durres and Thumane, but also in Kruje, Lezhe, Tirana, Lac, Lushnje and Fier. The authorities have deployed Armed Forces and police to support the relief efforts and the government has activated emergency shelters. Food support and hygiene kits are the most urgent needs and, as winter has already arrived, the availability of blankets is also a priority.

                              Several states are also providing support, including Italy, Greece, Kosovo and Romania, as well as the European Union.

                              The civil protection has set up three accommodation centers in Tirana, three accommodation centers in Shijak-Durres, a center in Helmes-Kavaje and a tent camp in Thumane.

                              The epicenter of the earthquake occurred far from the Salesian presence, which is why there were neither victims nor material damages in the works of the Salesian Family. Meanwhile, a reception center for displaced persons is being set up in Tirana at the Salesian facility.

                              Furthermore, VIS is supporting Caritas Albania in the emergency and post-emergency plan activated after the earthquake. Caritas interventions in this phase are focusing on visits to areas most affected by the earthquake for the distribution of First Aid kits; in the search for information and reliable data for the coordination of relief; in the activation of a network of volunteers; in launching an emergency plan, also coordinated with the network of Caritas Europe, in view of what may be the many needs that will emerge.

                              Further information on the VIS site

                              • Albania
                              • VIS
                              • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
                              • Terremoto
                              • IME
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                India – Peace Award for Salesian Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, SDB

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                                India – Peace Award for Salesian Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, SDB

                                (ANS – New Delhi) – The Delhi-based International Human Rights Council has announced an “Ambassador for Peace” Award for Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil Emeritus of Guwahati. The Award will be conferred on 9th December 2019 in New Delhi in the presence of invitees from all over the country and abroad. One of the earlier recipients of the Award is the Dalai Lama among many other internationally known figures.

                                International Human Rights Council is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, the organization gives voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes.

                                Surprised by the news, the prelate dedicated the recognition to the members of his team: “I have never worked for awards. I am the last person to worry about these things, but I accept them when they happen, as an encouragement to my colleagues, who are the real winners,” he said.

                                Though a Church man, Salesian Archbishop Thomas believes in social activism and is a firm believer of peace building and social harmony who often repeats, “Peace comes when all of us recognize that we need each other.”

                                Mgr. Menamparampil is a key figure in the peace process in India, particularly among the ethnic groups of the State of Assam, in North-East India. For him, the best method of evangelizing in Asia is to “whisper the Gospel in the soul of Asia”, becoming mediators between the various positions and cultures and promoters of a sincere dialogue between the parties, which can only happen through mutual knowledge, respect and through a “hint of sympathy in the heart.”

                                “I was drawn into it [peace building] in 1996 when almost two-and-a-half lakh people fled into relief camps around Kokrajhar [Bodoland] having lost their dear ones and property,” recalls Archbishop Menamparampil. Without hesitation the soft spoken archbishop adds, “Fortunately, like-minded people came together to help from different Churches and communities.”

                                “It was a people’s effort, of joint action,” he says. With the encouragement and support of the State Government and the general public, relief work made progress and an atmosphere for peace was created.

                                It was on that occasion that the “Joint Peace Mission Team” was born, he being among its promoters and with which he still works today, to support local harmony. For him peace is possible, through prayer and commitment, in all contexts and at all levels.

                                Archbishop Thomas admits, “After that experience, I was called to help in several other instances of conflict in the region where ethnic violence had taken away several lives, destroyed houses, and caused immense suffering to people.”

                                Peace initiatives under Menamparamil’s leadership included Northeast India’s ethnic conflict hot spots like Churachandpur, Haflong, Diphu, Udalguri, Mendipathar, and Sarupathar.

                                “My contribution was small,” he insists, “but those who were working for peace in those contexts have greatly valued our initiatives.”

                                The eighty-three year old Archbishop Thomas took office in 1992 as the first Catholic bishop of Guwahati. Prior to that, he had been the bishop of Dibrugarh for eleven years. Earlier, he was in the field of education, working for many years in the Don Bosco Technical School, Shillong, and St. Anthony’s College. Several of his students have emerged as prominent leaders in Northeast India and at national levels.

                                Dialogue and reconciliation remain the cardinal points of his work in the numerous other positions held, including: President of the Regional Conference of Bishops of North-Eastern India; President of the Commission for Education and Culture of the Indian Episcopal Conference; and President of the Office for the Evangelization of the Episcopal Conferences of Asia (FABC).

                                Of late, he has been invited to several universities in India and abroad to speak on themes like inter-community understanding, healing of historic memories, and the arduous path to peace. He made a very useful contribution at the World Congress of Philosophers last year in Beijing.

                                • India
                                • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                • Thomas Menamparampil
                                • Pace
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Italy – IUSVE: Pope Francis launches "Xmas Facts" and two new "social" courses start

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                                  (ANS - Venice) - There is much excitement these days at the "Salesian University Institute of Venice" (IUSVE): the institute has begun the new academic year with two new degree courses in the sector most in vogue at the moment, social networks; and with this, yesterday, Wednesday 27 November, the institute's radio, Cube Radio, had an exceptional sponsor for the launch of its new Christmas broadcast called "Xmas Facts": Pope Francis, on the sidelines of the general audience, gave the start to the new multimedia show.

                                  The new radio program will talk about Christmas and Christmas curiosities, flanked however by brief reflections related to the Holy Scriptures, all in a festive atmosphere that will accompany radio listeners from the first Sunday of December, the first day of the month, until Christmas day.

                                  Yesterday it was no less than the Holy Father to officially start the program, with a "click" given directly on the tablet of Jasmine Pagliarusco and Mattia Franchini, students of IUSVE of Mestre, for the occasion on a mission to the Vatican.

                                  "The path of communication by contagion that we have activated," explained Marco Sanavio, director of Cube Radio, "is – by priority - intended for university students and their peers but is also designed for those who are not very familiar with Christian practice, but willingly welcome proposals of unconventional spirituality."

                                  Every message will also be distributed daily through all the radio's social channels - Telegram (@iusvecuberadio), Youtube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook - and will also be made available in e-mail as well as with an Alexa stil. The main media partner is the online Catholic information network: Aleteia.org.

                                  "#XmasFacts," added Federico Gottardo, the IUSVE University Pastoral Officer who met the Pope together with the two students, "was born to help university students, and not only them, to follow an Advent itinerary that could intrigue them and, at the same time, make them reflect by proposing stimulating questions rather than exhaustive answers."

                                  "This initiative," concluded Nicola Giacopini, IUSVE Director, "wants to offer 'pills' of Christian wisdom about life, in a Salesian style, profound, cheerful and innovative: it's a Gospel proposed also in digital places."

                                  And always on the subject of new digital courtyards or playgrounds, tomorrow, Friday November 29, at the IUSVE headquarters in Mestre, a press conference will present the two new degree courses: "Advertising & Marketing" and "Digital & Graphic Design." These courses, which already have a total of 315 new students, freshmen, will be included in an offer, by the Communication Department, which is already very broad and sees a total of 958 students attending: 696 in the three-year courses and 222 in the graduate (magistrale) courses (142 in Venice and 80 in Verona), plus about forty students in the MA.

                                  • Italia
                                  • IUSVE
                                  • Papa Francesco
                                  • Comunicazione Sociale
                                  • Radio
                                  • INE
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    RMG - CG28: Fr Maurizio Palazzo traces history of “Piedmont's largest organ”

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                                    RMG - CG28: Fr Maurizio Palazzo traces history of “Piedmont's largest organ”

                                    (ANS - Rome) - “Music has always had a fundamental importance, since the founding of the oratories, for Don Bosco. We have photographs in which he is depicted together with the musical band.” The speaker is Fr Maurizio Palazzo, in charge of musical animation of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, who in the video "Interviews with the eyes of ...", 80 days from the beginning of the 28th General Chapter, presents the organ in the Basilica.

                                    In the video, Fr Palazzo traces the organ's history and its functions within the Basilica. It was the famous organ builder Giovanni Tamburini who, a few years after Don Bosco's canonization, designed and built the pipe organ with its complex console, featuring circa 90 registers and 5,100 pipes. In fact, the organ of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians is the largest in all of Piedmont.

                                    The complete video, with the whole explanation about the pipe organ, is available in the six channels - divided by language - on ANSChannel.

                                    • CG28
                                    • RMG
                                      Virginia Nitto

                                      Eritrea – Foundations set for birth of Association of Salesian Past Pupils

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                                      Eritrea – Foundations set for birth of Association of Salesian Past Pupils

                                      (ANS - Asmara) - In a country where a boy cannot imagine a future for himself, or draw a life plan, where even dreaming is, sometimes, useless, having known Don Bosco can be the keystone of one's life, that element that allows you to give a new direction to your future. For this reason, some Past Pupils of the Salesian schools in Eritrea have decided to protect, enhance and promote this "added value" of their lives and decided to start the Past Pupils Association in their country, too.

                                      The first step for this ambitious project was made in Turin, on November 2 and 3, when a dozen Eritrean past pupils met with Fr Petros Abraha, Delegate for the Eritrean Delegation, committed to keeping relations between his compatriots in the diaspora.

                                      A meeting between old school friends, united by having left their land to try to make use, in a condition of freedom and security, of the skills acquired in Salesian vocational training schools. Forced to look for asylum far from their villages and cities, the meeting's ten participants had to overcome another border: that of being welcomed in Europe. It was not easy to go beyond the status of foreigner in which they found themselves in different countries: United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway. The first difficulty was the language, although their scholastic English they practiced in Eritrea was found to be very valuable to enter the world of work. Today, they have the opportunity to support themselves and their families and to send money back to the families left behind.

                                      But it was not just a reunion between schoolmates. The choice of the meeting's venue, in Turin-Valdocco, was motivated by a specific purpose: "To make the place where everything began known," explained Marco Faggioli, of "Missioni Don Bosco" of Turin, which sponsored the initiative. "Everyone became aware of being helped by Don Bosco, and they wanted to know more about where the thrust of the Salesian charism comes from," said Fr Abraha.

                                      Unfortunately not all those who had booked were able to participate. However, with those who had come, a historic decision matured: "We have decided to give life to a network among the Eritrean past pupils." The decision arose among the participants themselves and the purpose is to lend a hand to their brothers in Eritrea: support for professional paths, sharing of experiences on the most requested specializations including abroad, advice on how to avoid relying on human traffickers.

                                      At the end of the meeting one of the past pupils said that as Don Bosco sent missionaries from Turin, they too felt they had to grow as missionaries among their brothers. And as a natural epilogue to this historic meeting it was decided to meet again in August next year.

                                      • Eritrea
                                      • Exallievi
                                      • Missioni Don Bosco
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Japan – “Protect All Life”. A sharing on the Pope's Pastoral Visit

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                                        Japan – “Protect All Life”. A sharing on the Pope's Pastoral Visit

                                        (ANS – Tokyo) – The Pastoral Visit of Pope Francis to Japan was held from November 23rd to 26th. The Pope, who was eager to mission in Japan when he was a seminarian, with the authority of Jesus Christ met many people on a hard schedule here in Japan and had the opportunity to share and pray together. Here Mr. Chihiro Okawa, a Salesian Past Pupil, shares how he lived this experience.

                                        My SNS is now full of posts of my friends about the Pope’s visit. Yes. We can't help sharing. I have been a Catholic in Japan for more than 10 years, and this visit became the No.1 special opportunity in these 10 years for the small community of the Catholic church in Japan. The heart of believers has burned so much that it has been socially recognized and has sympathized with many people. I am deeply impressed not only by the Pope's great faith in Jesus, but also in a way of life full of mercy and joy, and a strong determination to peace, and I am now in a state where I cannot suppress my impression.

                                        Although the Pope is a member of the Jesuits, he has a deep connection with the Salesians and is also an alumnus of the Salesian School. As a member of the Salesian Family in Japan, I would like to briefly look back on what I felt from his visiting our country.

                                        1) Mercy – faith in Jesus and closeness to those in weak positions

                                        The Pope often stressed the importance of staying close to the people, especially those who are in a weak position always with mercy as a standard of action, based on the current social situation in Japan. That was actually shown through actions at encounters with survivors of the Atomic Bomb in Nagasaki and Hiroshima and the Great East Japan Earthquake, and meetings with young people. At the mass at the Tokyo Dome, the Pope clearly stated the reasons for being close to those people. “Because Jesus hugged a sick man and a sinner and forgave a thief who was crucified.”

                                        Faith is not just sticking to old traditions and forms but living in the same way as Jesus Christ while feeling the living Christ. In other words, we must be aware to be interested in people in weak positions in front of us, to stand close together, listening, sympathizing, and trying to move in a better direction. In Salesian terms, I think he pointed out the importance of “Assistenza”.

                                        I felt that the Pope taught us that Jesus is not far from us through his kindness and standing with people.

                                        The opposite of mercy is to be self-centered, selfish. Therefore, the Pope also says that mercy should extend to nature, a gift from God, and to the entire creation. It made me consider a lot because I witnessed the negative effects of climate change these days in Japan.

                                        2) Joy – love with an open heart, and being loved

                                        The Pope is 82 years old and should be tired from the forced schedule, but he spent the days in Japan, always smiling in front of us, blessing the babies with his kiss, and sometimes with jokes and humor. That grabbed the hearts of many people.

                                        Why does the Pope attract people so much around the world? The keyword is “joy”.
                                        Our founding father Don Bosco was a saint of joy. In the same way, this time I was able to realize that the Pope is a joyful person. This joy never disappears in any difficulty. I think this is what makes the Pope close to us.
                                        One of Don Bosco's famous words is that “It is not enough to love the young, they must know that they are loved”. If a person truly loves the other person, he will be loved.

                                        The Pope sent messages during this visit to Japan, not only for Christians but also for those who believed in other religions or those who don’t believe in any religion. He spoke repeatedly about the importance of dialog and collaboration with joy and an open heart, that is, loving while accepting differences. I think he is hoping the Catholic Church and believers in Japan to go beyond the logic of the church, go out into society more and become widely loved.

                                        3) Peace – Preciousness of kindness, prayer, and hope

                                        The Pope visited Nagasaki and Hiroshima, both A-bomb sites. In the two places where he felt obliged to visit, he expressed the passion for the abolition of nuclear weapons and unwavering commitment to peace, calling us all responsible. We were strongly encouraged to recall always past mistakes, to walk together and to take action actually to protect the peace.

                                        In the past, Don Bosco was told by Jesus in his 9-year-old dream that illuminated his life, "Don't swing your fist wildly. With meekness and charity, you will conquer these your friends." Thus, in any case, he denied pressing down people with power and preached the way to be friends with people through kindness, love, and reason.
                                        The Pope then prayed a prayer of St. Francis of Assisi at the Nagasaki meeting. At the gathering in Hiroshima, as a “pilgrim of peace,” he said, “True peace is nothing but unarmed peace.” This is exactly the peace that God wants, also mentioned by the saints of the past, and the peace that we should realize in the midst of people beyond ideology.

                                        It seems that it is not so easy to achieve peace through kindness. We may have doubts, our hearts may be broken, and give up. However, the Pope taught us that instead of making excuses for peace, it is something that should be pursued in a simple and straightforward manner, imagining humans (their sufferings and sorrows). And I realized once again how valuable it is to change our mind, pray as one team, and continue to hope.

                                        My four-year-old eldest son saw Pope Francis this time and said, “I was so touched and almost started to cry. I love Papa!” I hope that I will continue to be close together with the young people as an adult so that the seeds planted through the visit of the Pope to the young and children who will lead the future will grow someday and bloom beautifully.

                                        Source: AustraLasia

                                        • Giappone
                                        • GIA
                                        • Papa Francesco
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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