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RMG - World Consultation on Social Communication: which Salesian communicators for young people in the digital world?

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RMG - World Consultation on Social Communication: which Salesian communicators for young people in the digital world?

(ANS - Rome) - "Work in the field of communication develops within the Salesian mission in favor of young people, as a dimension that crosses through every educational and pastoral activity," says the Salesian Social Communication System. And why create a World Consultation Body (Consulta) on Social Communication? Fr Filiberto González, General Councilor for Social Communications, explains: "What kind of Salesian communicators do young people need in the digital world? Today more than ever we must reflect on various aspects of the communication world that touch our being Salesian at the service of young people."

Speaking of communication does not mean referring only to the media, but "living in a widely digitized culture, which profoundly affects the notion of time and space, the perception of oneself, of others and of the world, the way of communicating, learning, to be informed, to enter into a relationship with others," says the Final Document of the Synod of Bishops on "Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment."

"The central theme of the Consulta comes from the General Chapter 28, united with the reality of the digital world: What Salesian communicators for the youth of the digital world?," adds Fr González. "On the part of the Dicastery we wish to offer to the Provincials, Delegates for Communication and Persons in charge of formation, a profile of the Salesian from the current communicative perspective. With this Salesian profile we look at the present and the future of our mission."

Twenty-four Salesians and lay people from various Salesian Provinces, experts in the sector, will attend the World Communications Council, which will take place from 21 to 24 February at the Salesian headquarters in Rome.

The work to be done during the working days is being prepared in advance. Each of the participants is called to reflect on the question: "What kind of Salesian communicators for the young people of the digital world?" To give an answer, a variety of topics shall be discussed, such as: communication in a crisis situation, the Integrated Communication Plan, diversity and quality of communication, presence in social networks, foundations of educommunication, videos for evangelization, elementary technological skills, attitudes and contents to evangelize and educate, institutional communication, charismatic foundations, and more.

"I am convinced that by motivating Salesians to grow in these aspects, we will be able to dialogue effectively with young people and current society ... And I am sure we will be able to offer the Congregation an excellent proposal for the formation and pastoral care of the Salesian communicator in the digital age," concluded the General Councilor for Social Communications.

  • RMG
  • Comunicazione Sociale
  • Filiberto González
    Gian Francesco Romano

    RMG - Holiness for you too ... Face it!

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    RMG - Holiness for you too ... Face it!

    (ANS - Rome) - A new tool is now available to show everyone the joyful daily holiness lived in the many realities of the Salesian Family around the world, the site being: https://www.lasantitaancheperte.it/en 

    Born on the initiative of the Dicastery for Social Communications, thanks to the work of the Salesian iNfo News Agency and "IME Communications", the site is ultimately an intuitive interface that allows to create a "personalized" version of the poster of the Strenna 2019.

    By registering on the site, which can also be achieved using Facebook credentials, each oratory, youth center, school group, group of young people, and others can upload their photo onto the site and then view it on a smartphone screen with the hashtag #holinessforyoutoo super-impressed – in the same way as the poster of the Strenna 2019.

    Once uploaded the photo on the site, the "personalized poster" generated can be downloaded to your PC or device and shared immediately on social networks - specifically, for Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp a button is provided for direct sharing.

    Each user can upload only one photo on the site; but all together it will be possible to create a kaleidoscope of images of Salesian daily holiness lived all over the world!

    As the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, wrote in the Strenna for 2019: "I can safely say that the greatest need and the greatest urgency we have today in our Salesian world is not to do more things, to plan and to redesign new realities ..., but to show what our lives communicate personally and collectively, our way of living the Gospel."

    The site is available in the six most spoken languages in the Congregation at: https://www.lasantitaancheperte.it/en 

    • RMG
    • Santità Salesiana
    • Strenna 2019
    • Comunicazione Sociale
      Gian Francesco Romano

      RMG – Salesians of Ireland celebrate 100 years with illustrious guest: the Rector Major

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      RMG – Salesians of Ireland celebrate 100 years with illustrious guest: the Rector Major

      (ANS - Rome) - After a January truly full of events – what with the Days of Spirituality of the Salesian Family in Turin-Valdocco, the World Youth Day and the Feast of Don Bosco celebrated in Panama - the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has scheduled several animated visits for February in the Central and Northern Europe region. The first stage will be the "Saint Patrick" Province of Ireland, which this year is committed to celebrating its 100 years since the arrival of the first Salesian missionaries on the island.

      The X Successor of Don Bosco, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, will begin his visit on the morning of Wednesday 13 and will first go to the Mother House of the Salesians of Ireland, in Pallaskenry. There, at separate times, he shall animate the members of the Institute's Parental Council and Student Council, as well as the educational community and all the pupils of the various school cycles. In the afternoon, instead, moving to Milford, he will meet with the Provincial Council.

      The morning of Thursday 14 February will see the Rector Major engaged in learning about the school community of Milford, where he will also preside at the Eucharist. Scheduled for the afternoon, at Maynooth, Fr Á.F Artime meets with all the Salesians of the Province and with the young people of the Irish Salesian Youth Movement.

      On the last day of his visit, Friday 15, the Rector Major will first visit the renowned school of Celbridge; then, in the capital, Dublin, he will have the opportunity to learn about the work of "Don Bosco Care", a Salesian institution that takes care of young people at risk of social exclusion and that has become a point of reference for many of this sector.

      The last act of his visit will be the meeting with the local Salesian Family, on Friday afternoon.

      • RMG
      • Irlanda
      • Rettor Maggiore
      • Visita di Animazione
      • Ángel Fernández Artime
      • IRL
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Italy - March of Peace in memory of venerable Francesco Convertini

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        Italy - March of Peace in memory of venerable Francesco Convertini

        (ANS - Cisternino) - In the context of the month of Peace 2019 and in memory of the birth of the Venerable Francesco Convertini (1898-1976), Salesian missionary in India, the 14th March of Solidarity, Peace and Responsibility took place on Sunday 10 February, which saw two communities, Locorotondo and Cisternino, and many other ecclesial and civil realities of the Valle d'Itria, between the provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto, head to the same destination: Contrada Marinelli, to remember the example of the venerable Father Convertini.

        Over 2,000 people attended the appointment, on an almost spring-like day, many children and youngsters with parents, plus schools, parishes, municipal administrations, associations and groups. Beautiful the colorful billboards and banners of the children who remembered the testimony and example of love, goodness and generosity of Fr Convertini, as an instrument and messenger of peace.

        Fr Convertini was in fact a sower and builder of peace, walking on foot or with his famous bicycle, exercising the ministry of reconciliation and becoming a tireless missionary and an authentic evangelizer: "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger of good news that announces peace, the messenger of good that announces salvation"(Is 52: 7) was remembered during the event.

        On this occasion, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, recalled that Fr Convertini, following the example of the prophets and apostles, was a humble instrument of peace between Christians, Hindus and Muslims: not through discourses or realizing particular works, but as his mother had taught him when he was a child, that is, by putting love in the things he did and bringing peace and reconciliation in the hearts, in the families and in the villages he saw, met and visited.

        {gallery}Italia - Convertini Marcia della Pace 2019{/gallery}

        • Italia
        • IME
        • Santità Salesiana
        • Francesco Convertini
          Gian Francesco Romano

          RMG - Salesian Missionary Offices are looking towards the future

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          RMG - Salesian Missionary Offices are looking towards the future

          (ANS - Rome) - The World Conference of those responsible for the Salesian Missionary Offices, held in Rome last month, has indicated the roadmap for the future path of these organisms. For the concrete support of the Salesian mission in the world, the Missionary Offices are called to act along four lines: greater subsidiarity, solidarity, efficacy and transparency.

          The specific objectives are:

          1. Subsidiarity: Each Province or Vice-Province is called upon to become progressively more self-sustaining. This means finding the necessary resources within their own Province or country, thus reducing the dependence on foreign aid. Thus, the Provinces shall have to develop their own capacity to look for and gather funds locally. Provinces that have not started local fundraising are called upon to do so.
          2. Solidarity: Every Province and every Mission Office (Procura) shall, however, bear in mind the entire Congregation and contribute to those who have greater needs and less resources.
          3. Effectiveness: the Mission Offices shall have to learn the most effective ways of finding resources, methods which change with the times. Why those in charge of the Mission Offices are working on greater collaboration among all the Mission Offices. Important steps in the growth of effectiveness and efficiency shall be the building of a valid brand that is global, the sharing of material for communication and the broadcasting of similar, cohesive and coherent messages.
          4. Transparency: The Salesian standards of fundraising and administration shall go beyond the simple demands of the general public. Why a general code of ethics at the Congregational level shall be elaborated and each Province or Vice-Province will also formulate their own rules to adhere to.

          The Missionary Offices are today indispensable organisms for the Salesian mission. The guidelines identified and set down shall serve to always help increasingly more and better those young people in need so loved by Don Bosco.

          • RMG
          • Procure Missionarie
          • Economia
          • Missioni
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Panama - "I was hungry, you gave me to eat": thought-provoking Salesian documentary

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            (ANS - Panama City) - The Salesian media company "Don Bosco IMAGE", based in Kochi, India, won the Best Film Award in the category "Missionary Spirit" at the "Goodness Reigns Film Festival", a film festival that took place in Panama, as part of the 2019 World Youth Day, and which aims to promote the creation of faith-based media and art. The award-winning documentary, namely I was hungry, you gave me to eat, tells the poignant story of the people affected by the drought in Korr, Kenya, and has as its hero a mentally-challenged girl.

            The gala evening of the award saw the presence of several film directors, a number of touching testimonies and the greeting of the Archbishop of Louisville, Msgr. Joseph Kurtz. Furthermore, a prize of $ 1,000 was awarded to Don Bosco IMAGE as part of the prize.

            In telling the story and the genesis of the documentary, the director, the Indian Salesian Fr Jiji Kalavanal, said: “One day we went to distribute food in a remote Mangatta – i.e. village. While distributing food a girl shabbily dressed carrying two kids caught my attention. She herself was a mentally-challenged girl. It was a very moving scene. I had tears in my eyes when I was filming the scene.

            It is an everyday procedure while on filming projects to capture the rushes on to a hard disk, clean the camera and other equipment and make a shooting report of the day before retiring to bed. That day while doing the routine and checking the rushes on my computer, now the images enlarged struck my eyes again … Her dry lips, the sediments of dirt and the piercing look in her eyes… I felt compelled to tell her story and made some rough scribbling that night.

            I was called to make a general video on Korr mission and had no intention to make this film. All our scripts are supervised and edited by Fr Thomas Anchukandam. The corrections and subtle changes he makes in the script make a big difference. I am ever grateful to his interest and support in our media initiatives. My editor, Bineesh Sebastian, did an excellent job in juxtaposing the visuals so that they communicate better.

            The result is the video I was hungry, you gave me to eat”.

            • Panama
            • Cinema
            • Siccità
            • Kenya
            • AFE
            • GMG2019
            • Panama2019
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Vatican - "No one can wash their hands (of this) if they do not want to be somehow complicit": World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking

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              (ANS - Vatican City) – Celebrated today, like every 8 February, the feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita, the World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking, promoted by the International Unions of Superiors Generals (male and female)  (UISG / USG ). The day aims to raise awareness on this issue, invites to ask how it is possible that in the XXI century there is still the trafficking of people and wants to understand how this business really works in order to fight it and eliminate it.

              "Even if we try to ignore it, slavery is not something of other times," Pope Francis clearly stated in the monthly video addressed to the Pope's World Prayer Network.

              "Faced with this tragic reality," the Pontiff continues, "no one can wash his hands if he does not want to be, in some way, an accomplice of this crime against humanity. We cannot ignore that slavery exists in the world today, as much or perhaps more than before. We pray for the generous reception of victims of trafficking in persons, forced prostitution and violence."

              The testimonies of those who have been victims of the trafficking of people report unimaginable deceits, coercion and suffering. "Their stories show concretely what can be stolen from a human life for the pleasure or profit of others. It is something inconceivable until you hear from a victim, from a survivor, what happened to him or her," said yesterday, in a press conference, Fr Michael Czerny, SI, Under-Secretary of the Department of Migrants and Refugees of the Dicastery for the Integral Human Development Service.

              Among the first and most effective organizations of solidarity active in this field is the Talitha Kum network, "nuns, who work in the network, calmly and quietly" still using the words of Fr Czerny.

              Talitha Kum celebrates its 10th anniversary of activities this year. Today the network is engaged in activities of prevention, awareness raising, protection, partnership and prayer in 76 countries on 5 continents: 13 in Africa, 13 in Asia, 17 in America, 31 in Europe, 2 in Oceania and in the world there are, in total, 150 operational groups of Talitha Kum networks.

              The name chosen for this year's World Day is "Together against trafficking": only through joint work can those who exploit the "dream" of thousands of people trying to improve their living conditions be countered.

              To act also through prayer, the organizers of the day send a specific prayer:

              St. Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery
              as a child
              and endured untold hardship and suffering.
              Once liberated from your physical enslavement,
              you found true redemption in your encounter with
              Christ and his Church.
              O St. Bakhita, assist all those who are trapped in a
              state of slavery;
              Intercede with God on their behalf
              so that they will be released from their chains
              of captivity.
              Those whom man enslaves, let God set free.
              Provide comfort to survivors of slavery
              and let them look to you as an example of hope
              and faith.
              Help all survivors find healing from their wounds.
              We ask for your prayers and intercessions for
              those enslaved among us.

              Further information at: https://migrants-refugees.va 

              • Vaticano
              • Tratta
              • Papa Francesco
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Italy - Youth Ministry and Missionary Animation in Europe: time for reflection and planning

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                Italy - Youth Ministry and Missionary Animation in Europe: time for reflection and planning

                (ANS - Turin) – Underway at the Salesian HQ of Turin-Valdocco from 4 to 9 February is the meeting of Youth Ministry Delegates (PG) and Mission Animation (AM) of the Provinces of Europe North and Central and Mediterranean Regions.  This is the last meeting for the Delegates of PG and AM of these two regions before the next General Chapter.

                Some parts of the program see the PG and AM Delegates participate jointly in the sessions, while other parts are experienced separately, to deepen their respective animation processes.

                The first day opened with the celebration of a Lectio Divina and the Eucharist. In the afternoon, the participants received the report by Fr Rossano Sala, Special Secretary of the Synod of Bishops on "Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment". In the light of the indications gathered in the Instrumentum Laboris and the Final Document of the Synod, Fr Sala invited those present to reflect on the generative thematic nuclei of the Synod, and suggested various work itineraries.

                On the second day, the PG and AM Delegates deepened their respective processes. Fr Eunan McDonnell, Provincial of Ireland, then presented a report on spiritual accompaniment and discernment; the topic was then further explored during the day, also in relation to the General Chapter 28 of the Congregation, called to discuss the theme: "Which or what kind of Salesians for today's young?"

                The third day opened with the presentation of the second edition of the "Manual of Salesian Missionary Volunteering". The document, recently approved by the General Council, renews the first edition of 2008 in the light of the third edition of the "Framework for Youth Pastoral Reference", and is the fruit of three years of shared work in listening to all the Provinces.

                Time was also dedicated to the presentation of the WYD experience in Panama and the Manual for the Delegate of PG, as well as to the proposal of some upcoming initiatives, such as the International Spiritual Exercises for young people (Colle Don Bosco, 23-30 April 2019), the second edition of the School for PG Delegates (Colle Don Bosco / Turin, 5-18 May 2019) and the Seminar on Salesian Spiritual Accompaniment and Affectivity (Turin, 25-30 November 2019).

                On the fourth and final full day of the meeting, the group moved to Colle Don Bosco to meet with the Commission for Salesian Places and to learn about the processes underway to offering an ever better reception and usability of these places.

                {gallery}ICP - Incontro PG e AM{/gallery}

                • Italia
                • Pastorale Giovanile
                • Europa Centro Nord
                • Mediterranea
                • Missioni
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Philippines – FIS Province extraordinary visitation commenced

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                  Philippines – FIS Province extraordinary visitation commenced

                  (ANS – Cebu) – To assist the Rector Major in his task of animating and governing the Congregation worldwide, the members of the General Council may carry out on his behalf Extraordinary Visits, lasting several weeks or months, wherein they have the opportunity to learn about Salesians and centers of a specific Province or Vice Province in-depth. A few days ago, the Councilor for the East Asia-Oceania Region, Fr Václav Klement, embarked on his in the Philippines South - Pakistan Province.

                  The FIS (Philippines South - Pakistan) Province Extraordinary Visitation commenced on 21 January with the arrival of the EAO Regional Councillor in Cebu. A Rectors meeting was held on the first day, along with the various sector commissions and in the early afternoon the Provincial Council meeting, presided over by the Vice-provincial Fr Geronimo Honesto Jr.

                  During the opening day of the Extraordinary Visitation, thoughts on the Rector Major’s Strenna 2019 “Holiness For You Too!” were shared, and the “how” to accompany the numerous lay mission partners (with adequate involvement, formation at professional level and in the Salesian way of education) was among the main themes for discussion.

                  Before starting the first community visitation, Fr Václav, together with two provincial councillors, paid a courtesy visit to the Archbishop of Cebu, Mgr. Jose Serofia Palm. Together with the whole Catholic Church in the Philippines, Cebu too is preparing for the 500th anniversary of evangelization; and as part of this Year of the Young, Cebu will hold the National Youth Day next April 23-28, 2019.

                  Then Fr Klement embarked on his journey of knowledge and animation in the various Salesian houses and presences of the Province.

                  For the feast day of St John Bosco, he blessed the new novitiate chapel of St Francis of Sales in the Don Bosco Formation Centre Talisay, Lawaan, with Salesian Family members, students, benefactors, novices and aspirants as witnesses. He gave also a short message on the importance of the Salesian vocation which is strengthened by one’s dedication to Mary Help of Christians and the effort to learn from the wisdom shared by Francis De Sales in his writings. The chapel was built through the contribution of several Salesian provinces, benefactors in the Philippines and abroad.

                  Just a week before, on the occasion of the feast of St Francis de Sales, Fr Francis Gustilo, SDB, in that same chapel had blessed the three statues adorning the apse: a crucified Christ, Mary Help of Christians and, indeed, the patron, St Francis of Sales.

                  For the Feast Day of Don Bosco, moreover, Fr Klement presided also the solemn Holy Mass with the Salesian Family in the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Cebu. Representing the Salesian Family were the ADMA, the Cooperators, Past Pupils, the Kindergarten students, the parishioners of the Shrine, the Aspirants, Pre-novices and Novices of Don Bosco Formation Center. In his homily, Fr Klement stressed the importance of communication among the Salesian Family members in the Philippines. He also shared the message that the Rector Major gave to the youth of the world, highlighting the challenge that “they too can be holy”.

                  The FIS province is made up of 15 canonical communities in the Philippines (Negros, Cebu, Panay, Eastern Samar and Mindanao islands) and in two in Pakistan. There are 115 Salesians (4 novices, 24 in temporary profession and 87 with perpetual vows) with 16 Salesian Brothers and 69 Salesian Priests. There is a large variety of apostolic works: 9 vocational training centres (TVET-VTC), 11 Youth Centres, 7 parishes, 4 academic schools, 4 retreat houses, 2 youth at risk homes, 2 schools for religious formation, one after-care home for youth in prison; in Pakistan there are two schools, one vocational training centre and one youth centre.

                  The province of Mary Help of Christians was established in 1992 and it is relatively young - average age of the confreres is 46 years, and it is rather dynamic with a missionary spirit - both at home as well sending ad gentes missionaries abroad. Both in Mindanao and in Pakistan the FIS Salesians are involved in daily contact with Muslim youth, a good opportunity for daily inter-religious dialogue of life.

                  The end of the 2019 Extraordinary Visitation in the FIS Province is scheduled for April 25th.

                  Source: AustraLasia

                  {gallery}FIS - Visita Straordinaria{/gallery}

                  • Filippine
                  • FIS
                  • Václav Klement
                  • Pakistan
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Peru - "Red de Casas Don Bosco": committed to educating by offering proposals for the future

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                    (ANS - Calca) - Peru is a young country, where the local population, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and IT, is composed by 30% of children and 14% of teenagers. And although the International Labor Organization (ILO) has recently announced that child labor in Latin America and the Caribbean has halved in the last eight years, there is still little to celebrate in Peru. Why? Because, despite a slow decrease, there is still 21.8% of working children and adolescents. The worst thing is that with these figures Peru is at the top of the list of South American countries for the rate of child labor.

                    Aware of this situation, the Salesians continue to bet on the "Don Bosco Houses", places where to give shelter to hopes and the future.

                    According to a study by Mariana Benavente for her book Los niños de la calle (Street children), "86% of children living in total or partial abandonment of the street believe they can have a good future." And it is a truth that only the Salesians who work with street children know. "Children and young people need us, to speak, to dialogue, to be heard and accompanied," said Fr José Valdivia, Provincial Delegate for the "Red de Casas Don Bosco".

                    The "Red de Casas Don Bosco" has become in recent years a proposal and a concrete center for saving young people from the streets. The 12th Meeting of the Network (Calca, 3-11 February) is currently underway, involving 139 people.

                    Girls and boys, children and teenagers, with their respective teams of educators, arrived in Calca, in the Cusco region, from 11 centers of the Network. The topics dealt with are: "Young people: formative activities to strengthen their personality" and " Educators: facing the challenges of their formative work with the recipients."

                    Intervening at the meeting, animated by the team of the center of Arequipa, are: James Areiza, Coordinator of the Protection of the center "Ciudad Don Bosco" in Medellín, Colombia; José Jiménez, Director of "Altísima Fortaleza"; Juan Pineda, Coordinator of "Mundo Libre"; and Fr Manuel Cayo, SDB, Provincial.

                    Being a child or adolescent is a stage in life that deserves special attention; this is why the "Red de Casas Don Bosco" of Peru continues its commitment to educating by offering proposals for the future.

                    {gallery}Peru - Red de Casas DB{/gallery}

                    • Perù
                    • PER
                    • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                    • Bambini di Strada
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Syria - New ground for new "Don Bosco Center": Salesian work in Damascus is growing

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                      (ANS - Damascus) - After so much suffering and tribulation experienced at the side of the entire Syrian population, the Salesians of Damascus can now rejoice for some good news: thanks to the direct involvement of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, it was possible to buy a new lot of land on the outskirts of the capital, where over time a new "Don Bosco Center" will be built and where it will therefore be possible to welcome, accompany and educate other young people.

                      The choice of the place where the new center will rise is itself charged with meaning and is typically "Salesian": it is a land located near Jaramana, a suburb of the Syrian capital, where the local population is for the most part Christian; at the same time, the land is just one kilometer from Imbleha, a small satellite city totally destroyed by the war.

                      The announcement of the purchase of this lot was given at the end of the Mass celebrated last Sunday, 3 February, at the church of the Salesian house in Damascus. Fr Munir Hanachi, director of the house, reads the official statement sent by the Provincial of the Middle East, Fr Alejandro León:

                      Dear Salesians, lay people and young people of the great family of the Don Bosco Center in Damascus. Near or far I always think of you. Happy Don Bosco Feast to all. The Rector Major greets you and remembers you always. We too are called to remember him, to pray for him and to listen to his voice, that this year with the Strenna reminds us that holiness is also for you.

                      Today I am writing to you and I want to give you a special communication. After much dreaming of how to develop the Salesian work in Damascus, with the great effort of the current community, the Rector Maggior decided to buy a piece of land between Imbleha and Jaramana, to slowly build a Don Bosco Center that is larger and closer to many children and young people living in Jaramana.

                      We have already bought this land. Now a few years will pass and slowly the new center will be built, but the important thing is to feel from now on that this new structure is home to everyone. And we must all help ourselves so that the realization of this dream takes place in the best possible way.

                      I ask everyone to pray and thank God for this beautiful gift for the young people of Damascus. We thank Don Bosco for being so important in our lives. We thank the Rector Major for this courageous decision. We thank Fr Munir, Fr Georges and Fr Mathew for their generous commitment. We thank all those who helped buy the land and those who will help in the construction of the new Don Bosco Center. Let us pray for the generosity of so many people who have contributed financially for this gift."

                      The announcement of this important step forward for the development of the Salesian work immediately sparked the enthusiasm of all the friends and supporters of Don Bosco and his Salesians in Syria. In addition to the expressions of joy made by those present at Sunday Mass, in just a few hours many reactions and sharing have arrived on the Facebook page of the Salesians in Damascus: "courageous", "builders of peace", "true Sons of Don Bosco" – these are some of the most used comments, together with an infinity of "Thanks Don Bosco" and "Thanks Father Ángel."

                      The commitment of the Salesians to the most needy young people, where violence and war have left their wounds, is never lacking; on the contrary, it grows and it multiplies.

                      • Siria
                      • MOR
                      • Rettor Maggiore
                      • Ángel Fernández Artime
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        India – Dame Dr.Munni Irone, the founder of Art4Peace awards Don Bosco Institutions for Education and Development

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                        India – Dame Dr.Munni Irone, the founder of Art4Peace awards Don Bosco Institutions for Education and Development

                        (ANS – New Delhi) – On 2 February 2019, Father Noel Maddhichetty, Director BOSCONET, along with the Bosconet Team in New Delhi, was honoured with the Art4Peace Award at Teen Murthi Bhawan Auditorium in New Delhi, in appreciation of the tremendous contribution of Don Bosco in the field of education and social development by Dame Dr.Munni Irone, Hollywood Celebrity Coach, Author, Producer, Global Peace leader & Philanthropist and the founder of Art 4 Peace Award.

                        Don Bosco's contributions towards the uplifting of the less privileged people was recognized, and Bosconet, being the network of Don Bosco social development institutions in and across India, was chosen to be honoured with the prestigious award.

                        Fr Noel Maddhichetty was conferred with the award by the founder of Art4Peace award, Dame Dr.Munni Irone and other chief dignitaries of the ceremony. The award ceremony was graced by dignitaries from India and abroad, including representative of His Excellence, Dalai Lama, the elected president of the Tibetan community Dr Lobsang Sangay, chief representative from Mr Ratan Tata, chief political leaders and eminent personalities from the media, health and law sector, whose achievements were also honoured at the event.

                        Don Bosco was doubly recognized at the event through the receipt of a special award by Father VM Thomas SDB, Former Director-Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati, for his 50 years of selfless service for the youth, especially those in the North East. What came forth through the dual awards was the significant impact Don Bosco was making in the lives of numerous underprivileged children, youth and women across the nation, through quality education, market oriented skill training and provision of sustainable livelihoods. In the forthcoming years, Bosconet-Don Bosco India plans to converge its pan-India initiatives through the four flagship programs namely, Empowering Young at Risk, Skilling for Sustainable Living, Empowerment of Women and the Don Bosco Green Alliance.

                        The Art4Peace Award is an incredible milestone in the history of Don Bosco India. At this juncture, we take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our valuable partners who have generously contributed resources to realise the vision of Don Bosco in India from 1906.

                        “We are honoured to receive this award on behalf of all our donors and the people who are associated with us directly and indirectly, working with us as one family. We appreciate and thank Dame Dr. Munni Irone, the founder and CEO of Art4Peace, for the recognition given to Don Bosco and his mission for youth. We join hands as partners and protagonists of peace mission to unite the world,” the Salesians in India said.

                        Source: Don Bosco India

                        • India
                        • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                        • Educazione
                        • Sviluppo
                        • Salesiani
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Belgium – Fr. Rozmus visit: an opportunity strengthening existing contacts at European Institutions

                          1 week 6 days ago
                          Belgium – Fr. Rozmus visit: an opportunity strengthening existing contacts at European Institutions

                          (ANS – Bruxelles) – On Don Bosco’s feast 2019, Don Bosco International (DBI) arranged an institutional tour for Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, Regional Councillor for Europe Centre-North, as done previously in 2017 and 2018, with Fr Fabio Attard and Fr Stefano Martoglio.

                          The institutional journey started very early on Wednesday 30, celebrating Mass at the European Parliament with the presence of 5 Members of European Parliament, from Italy, Croatia and Czech Republic and several public servants working in that institutions as well as embassy representatives from Italy and Poland. The Salesian crew managed as well to have some meaningful conversations on education, youth employment and the fight against poverty. Apart from searching new opportunities with some of them, they were gifted, as thanks for their support, with the book: “Turin, the city of Don Bosco”.

                          The second visit of the tour was at the Nunciature, where Mgr Alain Lebeaupin welcomed Fr Rozmus and shared some views and challenges for both the Church and the European Union: a fraternal dialogue thanking the positive contribution of the Don Bosco movement in Europe.

                          The third step of the day was once again in the European Parliament to share lunch with a group of Italian young people coming from INE Province (TGS Eurogroup) and Novara (ICP Province); and to get to know their experience visiting the heart of Europe. Following this family meeting, Fr Rozmus took part in the Holocaust remembrance in the plenary of the Parliament, where he met religious leaders from several confessions, among them Mgr Hollerich, President of COMECE.

                          The fourth milestone was at the EU Council, fully immersed in Brexit discussions; however the ambassador of Poland, H.E. Andrzej Sados, devoted thirty minutes to get to know the work of Don Bosco International, and open the door for future cooperation, to highlight the work of Salesians in Poland and in Europe.

                          The last event of the day was Don Bosco Mass and reception in the Chapel for Europe, where the Salesian crew could thank the partners in Brussels for the cooperation during 2018. Ten Salesians from both communities, Flemish and French-speaking, were present in the event, as well as other representatives of the Salesian Family, as well as a group of Salesian Syrian refugees living in Belgium (one even showed her Cooperator ID signed by Fr Egidio Viganò). A family moment, with a nearly full chapel, followed by a reception in which participants had meaningful conversations with several people.

                          On the 31st, the last point of the institutional agenda, was visiting COMECE to meet with Fr Olivier Poquillon op, with sharing on future activities and the thanksgiving for the very valuable cooperation with DBI and the many initiatives carried out together.

                          Later, Fr Rozmus reached the Belgium North Province to celebrate Don Bosco with them, and be present in both communities during his visit.

                          A very fruitful, intense and well-prepared marathon of meetings that, despite the fatigue of a long meeting day, allowed DBI to increase its impact and Fr Rozmus to get to reinforce his view of the importance of DBI’s work for the provinces of his Region.

                          {gallery}Belgio - Tour Rozmus{/gallery}

                          • Belgio
                          • Don Bosco International
                          • Tadeusz Rozmus
                          • Europe
                          • Unione Europea
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            RMG - New group in Salesian Family: "Instituto Religioso das Irmàs Medianeiras da Paz"

                            2 weeks ago

                            (ANS - Rome) - On Monday 4 February the Rector Major, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, officially decreed the entrance of the "Instituto Religioso das Irmàs Medianeiras da Paz" (Religious Institute of the Mediators of Peace - IRIMEP) into the Salesian Family, thus becoming the latter's 32nd recognized group.

                            The decree signed by the Rector Major states that this decision was made following the request of Sister Lucia Barbosa de Oliveira, General Coordinator of IRIMEP, and after the positive opinion expressed by his Council, the bishops concerned and the Provincial of Brazil-Recife, as well as considering the history of the Institute, the foundation by a Salesian and the spiritual and apostolic relationship always maintained with the Salesians.

                            Entry into the Salesian Family has been a process that has lasted several years. The institute was founded in 1968 by Msgr. Antonio Campelo, Salesian and Archbishop of Petrolina (State of Pernambuco, Brazil); on his death, in 1984, the "Mediatrix Sisters of Peace", religious belonging to the Institutes of Consecrated Life of Diocesan Right, formally asked to become part of the Salesian Family.

                            In 1986 Fr Egidio Viganó, then Rector Major, replied to a letter from the same Sisters, and wrote: "I rejoice in your presence in the Church and I congratulate you on the progress you have made (in the meantime) that this experience phase end with the best results."

                            As is clearly written in the Salesian Constitutions: "From Don Bosco derives a vast movement of people who, in different ways, work for the salvation of the young." And this institute "shares the mission of Don Bosco to work for the poor, the abandoned, the people in danger and in areas where poverty is extreme," said Fr Joan Lluis Playá, who has visited some of the social works that the "Messengers of Peace" are developing in Brazil.

                            Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, expressed his great joy in knowing that "the Salesian Family continues to grow, not only numerically, but above all at the charismatic level, because where there is a member who works as Don Bosco, these work for the salvation of the poorest young people."

                            Seventy religious are currently part of the institute, assisted by about 300 collaborators who share with the sisters the pastoral and socio-educational mission. "They were born with the concern to reach the most remote places in the Church, where poverty is really extreme," added Fr Playá. "I have visited, under the direction of the Rector Major, the places where they carry out their apostolate and they are evidently 'Salesians', being missions among disadvantaged young people."

                            More information on the 32nd group of the Salesian Family is available on their website: http://www.impaz.org.br/ 

                            • RMG
                            • Famiglia Salesiana
                            • Instituto Religioso das Irmàs Medianeiras da Paz
                            • Brasile
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Uganda - Inauguration of Salesian Vocational Training Center in Palabek refugee camp

                              2 weeks ago
                              Uganda - Inauguration of Salesian Vocational Training Center in Palabek refugee camp

                              (ANS - Palabek) - On January 31, on the feast day of Don Bosco, the Salesian Province of Africa Great Lakes (AGL) inaugurated a Center for Vocational Training (CFP) in the refugee camp of Palabek, in the north of Uganda, where a Salesian community lives permanently among refugees, assisting them daily. The camp is home to refugees fleeing civil war and violence in South Sudan. There are currently over 34,000, mostly young people.

                              by Fr Raphaël Katanga, SDB

                              It was a day of great joy for the young refugees, because this CFP will facilitate their autonomy and their social integration.

                              The project of the CFP was conceived as a fundamental element so the Salesian intervention in Palabek be really effective. Starting from the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, various people and organizations of the Salesian Congregation have therefore mobilized to carry out this project.

                              Thousands of refugees, representatives of non-governmental organizations and a government delegation participated in the opening ceremonies, and several speeches of thanksgiving and encouragement were made by various guests, recipients of the CFP and collaborators.

                              The young refugees demonstrated their talent by singing some specially composed songs in honor of Don Bosco, with which they praised and thanked the Saint of Youth and his spiritual Sons.

                              Speaking on behalf of the President of the Republic and speaking on behalf of the government, the Hon. Hilary Onek, Minister for Relief, Disaster Prevention and Refugees, promised to finance the construction of two dormitories, one for boys and one for girls. Then he cut the ribbon, while Fr Raymond Bavumiragiye, Vicar of the Superior of AGL, unveiled the plaque with the name and official logo of the center.

                              With its 6 training courses, the center will be a flexible structure, able to adapt to the new professions required by the labor market. As also emphasized by Minister Onek, it will provide formation based on skills and will bring young people closer to the working world.

                              The students of the CFP will benefit from a free formation course of 3-6 months and/or a formation of one year. Everything will depend on the choice of courses and the skills of the individual student.

                              Furthermore, an internal CFP job placement office has already been set up, which will put students in contact with companies, accompany them on site visits and interviews, and help them find traineeship options.

                              Through vocational training these young people will be able to give themselves and their families social stability and improve their living conditions.

                              "We thank the Lord for the realization of this project, through which we will be able to educate good technicians and honest citizens," the Salesians of the Vice Province AGL say in conclusion.

                              {gallery}Uganda - Apertura CFP Palabek{/gallery}

                              • Uganda
                              • AGL
                              • Formazione Professionale
                              • Missioni
                              • Rifugiati
                              • Palabek
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Chile - "Technologies with social impact" rewards "Fundación Don Bosco" for project "Road Circuit Register"

                                2 weeks ago

                                (ANS - Santiago) - There is no longer any doubt that the adoption of digital technologies is a phenomenon in constant growth, which over time covers increasingly more layers and social areas. For this reason, companies, institutions and agencies are investing more and more capital to enhance and optimize their resources through technology. The "Fundación País Digital" of Microsoft Chile and "DonaTec" (an online donation program for the NGO "CDI Chile") have come together to give prominence to those non-profit Chilean organizations which, through the use of technology, are positively influencing their communities. As is the case with the "Fundación Don Bosco".

                                "Registro Circuito de Calle" (Register of Streets Circuit), is the digital app developed by the "Fundación Don Bosco" which won the "Social impact technologies" award during a ceremony held at the Hotel Cumbres Lastarria, last January 29th. Forty-four organizations challenged each other and, together with the Salesian foundation, other educational institutions, firefighters, a charitable organization and an organization serving the sick were among the finalists.

                                Thanks to the "Registro Circuito de Calle" app, which makes use of the tools of Artificial Intelligence, "Fundación Don Bosco" can, in the field, record, via the information coming from mobile phones and "geo-referencing", the actions carried out by street children, locate their transit circuits and their movements. In this way, the foundation's teams can find them more easily, identifying the territorial dynamics associated with their behaviors and their relationships, and allowing operators to plan intervention actions.

                                The project used "Power Apps" to develop the application, "Excel Online" to record and save data, "One Drive" and "Power Bi" for all the analysis and geo-referencing of the subjects and the "Team" software so the operators can use and share all the information in a collaborative way.

                                For the "Fundación Don Bosco", this award is a great acknowledgement. "There is not a computer engineer behind this project, but only us, self-taught people who, with pride, can give visibility to those who are 'invisible' for society."

                                Source: País Digital 

                                • Cile
                                • CIL
                                • Tecnologie
                                • App
                                • Comunicazione Sociale
                                • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                • Bambini di Strada
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Venezuela - Church calls for "peaceful and transparent transition, which leads to free and legitimate elections" and calls for the entry of "humanitarian aid"

                                  2 weeks 1 day ago

                                  (ANS - Caracas) - A situation of "injustice and suffering", also marked by "a growing repression", which has generated "the search for political change through a process of peaceful and transparent transition". With these words the Church in Venezuela, through the representation of bishops, religious and laity, defines the recent events that took place in the Latin American country; and while it promises to maintain its own broad commitment to support the needy population, it invites all to pray for peace, reconciliation and freedom.

                                  These considerations were presented yesterday, February 4, at a press conference in Caracas, during which the representatives of the three signatory bodies intervened: Msgr. José Trinidad Fernández, Auxiliary Bishop of Caracas, for the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference (CEV), Fr Francisco Méndez, Salesian Provincial of Venezuela, for the Conference of Religious (men and women) (CONVER); and María Elena Febres-Cordero Briceño, for the National Council of Laymen of Venezuela (CNL).

                                  The statement said that "the Venezuelan people have re-awakened; they go into the streets because they strongly desire a change in the political and democratic direction of the country."

                                  After listing the difficulties of civil life, the document recalls "the search for political change through a peaceful and transparent transition process, leading to free and legitimate elections, to resume the direction of democracy and to restore the rule of law." The transition path, it is explained, must however be conducted "in a peaceful way and through the instruments present in the Constitution, to avoid greater suffering and pains to the people."

                                  The note then defines "the growing repression unacceptable" and with particular force demands the release of underage prisoners; expresses specific gratitude "to the activists who defend and promote human rights"; and invites all citizens "at this crucial moment in the history of the homeland, to give the best of themselves", to set upon the joint search for the "common good" and "avoid the shedding of blood."

                                  The document also recalls that "the Catholic Church has been engaged for many years in accompanying and helping the most affected population", and promises to continue this effort.

                                  Finally, the Venezuelan Church urges "to incentivize prayer and a spirituality incarnated in the situation that the people are suffering", especially through the Eucharist. In this regard, the invitation is to participate in the Mass on Sunday 10 February and to pray for peace, reconciliation and freedom.

                                  • Venezuela
                                  • VEN
                                  • Politica
                                  • Vescovi
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    RMG - 168 figures of sainthood in Salesian Family: "Dossier of Salesian Postulation"

                                    2 weeks 1 day ago

                                    (ANS - Rome) - On the occasion of the Feast of Don Bosco the Dossier of the General Postulation of the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family has been updated, presenting the situation of the Causes of Beatification and Canonization in 2018. "At this moment," explains Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, SDB, Postulator General, "Postulation accompanies 50 Causes concerning 168 between Saints, Blessed, Venerable, Servants of God. There are also 5 other causes entrusted to our Postulation: the Venerable Casimiro Barello, Camille Costa de Beauregard and Jan Tyranowski, the Servants of God Augusto Bertazzoni and Felice Canelli."

                                    Every Saint, Blessed, Venerable, Servant of God is the bearer of a wealth of aspects that must be considered and valued. It is a matter of contemplating a diamond with many faces, some more visible and attractive, others less immediate, but no less true and decisive. Knowing and making known these extraordinary figures of believers generates a progressive involvement in their journey, a passionate interest in their affairs, a joyous sharing of projects and hopes that animated their steps.

                                    No doubt it will be of great interest for the Salesian Family, and especially for 15 Groups of the great family tree, to see some of their members involved in one of these processes. As Fr Rua wrote in a letter to the Salesian directors in February 1888, a few days after the burial of Don Bosco's body in Valsalice: "Be it our motto from now on: the sanctity of the children be proof of the sanctity of the father."

                                    The Strenna of the Rector Major for this year is a strong invitation to know and appreciate this precious heritage and to stimulate renewed resolutions of holiness. The Rector Major wrote: "My dear brothers and sisters, I can safely say that the greatest need and the greatest urgency we have today in our Salesian world is not to do more things, to plan and redesign new realities, to start new presences... but to show what our lives communicate personally and collectively, our way of living the Gospel, which develops and extends over time, as a prolongation of the way of life of Jesus. Ultimately our sanctity is at stake!"

                                    This subsidy can also be an instrument to grow in the knowledge, in prayer and in the imitation of these witnesses of the Gospel and of the Salesian charism in the world.

                                    On the web are available the dossiers and the updated version of the Poster of Holiness.

                                    • Santità Salesiana
                                    • RMG
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      United Arab Emirates - Christians and Muslims: "dialogue as a way; common collaboration as a conduit; mutual knowledge as a method"

                                      2 weeks 1 day ago

                                      (ANS - Abu Dhabi) - In the eighth centenary of the meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and the sultan al-Malik al-Kāmil, once again a Francis journeyed to meet some of the leading Islamic authorities; and dialogue was indeed the cornerstone of the Argentine Pope's journey. Yesterday, 4 February, at the end of the interreligious meeting in the "Founder's Memorial" of Abu Dhabi, the Holy Father and the Imam of Al-Azhar Ahamad al-Tayyib - the greatest doctrinal authority of Sunni Islam - signed a common document on "Human Brotherhood for World Peace and common coexistence."

                                       

                                      There are several new elements of this apostolic trip to the United Arab Emirates: for the first time a Pope has set foot in the Arabian Peninsula, for the first time a great public Eucharist was celebrated throughout the peninsula (with over 135,000 faithful present, mostly foreign immigrants), and emerging for the first time a document so articulate and demanding on the dialogue between Christianity and Islam, for the benefit of the whole human brotherhood.

                                      In their fifth meeting, in fact, the Imam of Al-Azhar and the Roman Pontiff, "in the name of God, who created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity", in the name of the poor, orphans and widows, in the name of brotherhood, of liberty and of justice, have declared, on behalf of their respective communities of believers, to want "to adopt the culture of dialogue as a way; common collaboration as a conduit; mutual knowledge as a method and criterion."

                                      Numerous, strong and demanding are the steps of the document signed by the two religious authorities: from the firm declaration "that religions never incite war and do not solicit feelings of hatred, hostility, extremism", to the appeal to the leaders of nations to protect the family as the "fundamental nucleus of society and humanity"; from the condemnation of extremism and intolerance, which produced "a third world war in pieces, fragments", to the call for an equitable distribution of resources; from the protection of the fundamental rights of women and children and to the protection of the elderly; up to the promotion of the religious sense and to the recognition of the role of religions in the construction of world peace.

                                      The document, which wants to be an invitation to reconciliation and brotherhood not only among believers, but among all people of good will, aims to be the object of research and reflection in all schools, universities and institutes of education and Christian and Islamic formation.

                                      The project of Pope Francis to "start processes", rather than "occupy spaces", marks another, very important step forward.

                                      The full text of the declaration is available here.

                                      {gallery}Emirati Arabi - Viaggio Papa{/gallery}

                                      • Papa Francesco
                                      • Islam
                                      • Emirati Arabi Uniti
                                      • Dialogo
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Spain - Salesian presence at 33rd edition of Goya Awards

                                        2 weeks 1 day ago
                                        Spain - Salesian presence at 33rd edition of Goya Awards

                                        (ANS - Seville) - The gala evening of the 33rd edition of the Goya Awards, held in Seville on Saturday 2 February, was full of "Salesian" aspects. We cannot but mention that Campeones and El Reino were the evening's two triumphant films, but names like Raúl de la Fuente and Jesús Vidal are indicative of a significant Salesian presence in this young and modern communicative world.

                                        Director Raúl de la Fuente and producer Amaia Remírez won their second Goya Award on Saturday, with Un día más con vida, a feature film inspired by the novel by Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński. Raúl de la Fuente is the director of many productions produced all over the world by "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid. In recent years he has traveled around the world with the operators of "Misiones Salesianas" and thanks to him it has been possible to make Salesian work among the most disadvantaged young people known to many people.

                                        In addition to Un día más con vida, a few months ago he directed and presented the documentary Love, which denounces child prostitution in Sierra Leone. Love was then presented in numerous institutional offices, Salesian works and centers all over the world to make people everywhere know and learn about Salesian projects in favor of minors in danger and of abandoned girls.

                                        Previously, in recent years, the director worked with the Salesian Missions in productions such as Hijos de Haití (Children of Haiti), No estoy en venta (They are not for sale), Yo no soy bruja (I am not a witch), 30,000 and Diamantes en Lixeira (Diamonds in Lixeira), and Alto el Fuego (Cease Fire).

                                        All these documentaries are available with subtitles in Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Polish and German.

                                        "Currently," reports Raúl de la Fuente, "we are working on a new project that is already in progress. It is a short documentary entitled El Infierno which will be ready in June." And the fresh winner of the Goya Prize is also working on a joint project with the Salesian Central Office, the Salesian Missionary Offices, and the Dicastery for the Missions, Youth Ministry and Social Communications, for the production of three short films on the theme of vocations in different cultural contexts, with the title "Terra di Missione".

                                        In this 33rd edition of the Goya Awards, a Spanish Salesian past pupil, Jesús Vidal, was also awarded. When he received the award, he said "three words came to mind: inclusion, diversity and visibility". He is the first visually impaired to win a Goya Award for an interpretation in a film, in this case as "Actor Revelation" in the film Campeones.

                                        • Spagna
                                        • Cinema
                                        • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                        • Missioni
                                        • Procure Missionarie
                                        • Comunicazione Sociale
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          RMG - World Consultation on Social Communication: which Salesian communicators for young people in the digital world?

                                          1 week 1 day ago
                                          RMG - World Consultation on Social Communication: which Salesian communicators for young people in the digital world?

                                          (ANS - Rome) - "Work in the field of communication develops within the Salesian mission in favor of young people, as a dimension that crosses through every educational and pastoral activity," says the Salesian Social Communication System. And why create a World Consultation Body (Consulta) on Social Communication? Fr Filiberto González, General Councilor for Social Communications, explains: "What kind of Salesian communicators do young people need in the digital world? Today more than ever we must reflect on various aspects of the communication world that touch our being Salesian at the service of young people."

                                          Speaking of communication does not mean referring only to the media, but "living in a widely digitized culture, which profoundly affects the notion of time and space, the perception of oneself, of others and of the world, the way of communicating, learning, to be informed, to enter into a relationship with others," says the Final Document of the Synod of Bishops on "Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment."

                                          "The central theme of the Consulta comes from the General Chapter 28, united with the reality of the digital world: What Salesian communicators for the youth of the digital world?," adds Fr González. "On the part of the Dicastery we wish to offer to the Provincials, Delegates for Communication and Persons in charge of formation, a profile of the Salesian from the current communicative perspective. With this Salesian profile we look at the present and the future of our mission."

                                          Twenty-four Salesians and lay people from various Salesian Provinces, experts in the sector, will attend the World Communications Council, which will take place from 21 to 24 February at the Salesian headquarters in Rome.

                                          The work to be done during the working days is being prepared in advance. Each of the participants is called to reflect on the question: "What kind of Salesian communicators for the young people of the digital world?" To give an answer, a variety of topics shall be discussed, such as: communication in a crisis situation, the Integrated Communication Plan, diversity and quality of communication, presence in social networks, foundations of educommunication, videos for evangelization, elementary technological skills, attitudes and contents to evangelize and educate, institutional communication, charismatic foundations, and more.

                                          "I am convinced that by motivating Salesians to grow in these aspects, we will be able to dialogue effectively with young people and current society ... And I am sure we will be able to offer the Congregation an excellent proposal for the formation and pastoral care of the Salesian communicator in the digital age," concluded the General Councilor for Social Communications.

                                          • RMG
                                          • Comunicazione Sociale
                                          • Filiberto González
                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                            RMG - Holiness for you too ... Face it!

                                            1 week 2 days ago
                                            RMG - Holiness for you too ... Face it!

                                            (ANS - Rome) - A new tool is now available to show everyone the joyful daily holiness lived in the many realities of the Salesian Family around the world, the site being: https://www.lasantitaancheperte.it/en 

                                            Born on the initiative of the Dicastery for Social Communications, thanks to the work of the Salesian iNfo News Agency and "IME Communications", the site is ultimately an intuitive interface that allows to create a "personalized" version of the poster of the Strenna 2019.

                                            By registering on the site, which can also be achieved using Facebook credentials, each oratory, youth center, school group, group of young people, and others can upload their photo onto the site and then view it on a smartphone screen with the hashtag #holinessforyoutoo super-impressed – in the same way as the poster of the Strenna 2019.

                                            Once uploaded the photo on the site, the "personalized poster" generated can be downloaded to your PC or device and shared immediately on social networks - specifically, for Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp a button is provided for direct sharing.

                                            Each user can upload only one photo on the site; but all together it will be possible to create a kaleidoscope of images of Salesian daily holiness lived all over the world!

                                            As the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, wrote in the Strenna for 2019: "I can safely say that the greatest need and the greatest urgency we have today in our Salesian world is not to do more things, to plan and to redesign new realities ..., but to show what our lives communicate personally and collectively, our way of living the Gospel."

                                            The site is available in the six most spoken languages in the Congregation at: https://www.lasantitaancheperte.it/en 

                                            • RMG
                                            • Santità Salesiana
                                            • Strenna 2019
                                            • Comunicazione Sociale
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              RMG – Salesians of Ireland celebrate 100 years with illustrious guest: the Rector Major

                                              1 week 2 days ago
                                              RMG – Salesians of Ireland celebrate 100 years with illustrious guest: the Rector Major

                                              (ANS - Rome) - After a January truly full of events – what with the Days of Spirituality of the Salesian Family in Turin-Valdocco, the World Youth Day and the Feast of Don Bosco celebrated in Panama - the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has scheduled several animated visits for February in the Central and Northern Europe region. The first stage will be the "Saint Patrick" Province of Ireland, which this year is committed to celebrating its 100 years since the arrival of the first Salesian missionaries on the island.

                                              The X Successor of Don Bosco, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, will begin his visit on the morning of Wednesday 13 and will first go to the Mother House of the Salesians of Ireland, in Pallaskenry. There, at separate times, he shall animate the members of the Institute's Parental Council and Student Council, as well as the educational community and all the pupils of the various school cycles. In the afternoon, instead, moving to Milford, he will meet with the Provincial Council.

                                              The morning of Thursday 14 February will see the Rector Major engaged in learning about the school community of Milford, where he will also preside at the Eucharist. Scheduled for the afternoon, at Maynooth, Fr Á.F Artime meets with all the Salesians of the Province and with the young people of the Irish Salesian Youth Movement.

                                              On the last day of his visit, Friday 15, the Rector Major will first visit the renowned school of Celbridge; then, in the capital, Dublin, he will have the opportunity to learn about the work of "Don Bosco Care", a Salesian institution that takes care of young people at risk of social exclusion and that has become a point of reference for many of this sector.

                                              The last act of his visit will be the meeting with the local Salesian Family, on Friday afternoon.

                                              • RMG
                                              • Irlanda
                                              • Rettor Maggiore
                                              • Visita di Animazione
                                              • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                              • IRL
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                Italy - March of Peace in memory of venerable Francesco Convertini

                                                1 week 2 days ago
                                                Italy - March of Peace in memory of venerable Francesco Convertini

                                                (ANS - Cisternino) - In the context of the month of Peace 2019 and in memory of the birth of the Venerable Francesco Convertini (1898-1976), Salesian missionary in India, the 14th March of Solidarity, Peace and Responsibility took place on Sunday 10 February, which saw two communities, Locorotondo and Cisternino, and many other ecclesial and civil realities of the Valle d'Itria, between the provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto, head to the same destination: Contrada Marinelli, to remember the example of the venerable Father Convertini.

                                                Over 2,000 people attended the appointment, on an almost spring-like day, many children and youngsters with parents, plus schools, parishes, municipal administrations, associations and groups. Beautiful the colorful billboards and banners of the children who remembered the testimony and example of love, goodness and generosity of Fr Convertini, as an instrument and messenger of peace.

                                                Fr Convertini was in fact a sower and builder of peace, walking on foot or with his famous bicycle, exercising the ministry of reconciliation and becoming a tireless missionary and an authentic evangelizer: "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger of good news that announces peace, the messenger of good that announces salvation"(Is 52: 7) was remembered during the event.

                                                On this occasion, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, recalled that Fr Convertini, following the example of the prophets and apostles, was a humble instrument of peace between Christians, Hindus and Muslims: not through discourses or realizing particular works, but as his mother had taught him when he was a child, that is, by putting love in the things he did and bringing peace and reconciliation in the hearts, in the families and in the villages he saw, met and visited.

                                                {gallery}Italia - Convertini Marcia della Pace 2019{/gallery}

                                                • Italia
                                                • IME
                                                • Santità Salesiana
                                                • Francesco Convertini
                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                  RMG - Salesian Missionary Offices are looking towards the future

                                                  1 week 2 days ago
                                                  RMG - Salesian Missionary Offices are looking towards the future

                                                  (ANS - Rome) - The World Conference of those responsible for the Salesian Missionary Offices, held in Rome last month, has indicated the roadmap for the future path of these organisms. For the concrete support of the Salesian mission in the world, the Missionary Offices are called to act along four lines: greater subsidiarity, solidarity, efficacy and transparency.

                                                  The specific objectives are:

                                                  1. Subsidiarity: Each Province or Vice-Province is called upon to become progressively more self-sustaining. This means finding the necessary resources within their own Province or country, thus reducing the dependence on foreign aid. Thus, the Provinces shall have to develop their own capacity to look for and gather funds locally. Provinces that have not started local fundraising are called upon to do so.
                                                  2. Solidarity: Every Province and every Mission Office (Procura) shall, however, bear in mind the entire Congregation and contribute to those who have greater needs and less resources.
                                                  3. Effectiveness: the Mission Offices shall have to learn the most effective ways of finding resources, methods which change with the times. Why those in charge of the Mission Offices are working on greater collaboration among all the Mission Offices. Important steps in the growth of effectiveness and efficiency shall be the building of a valid brand that is global, the sharing of material for communication and the broadcasting of similar, cohesive and coherent messages.
                                                  4. Transparency: The Salesian standards of fundraising and administration shall go beyond the simple demands of the general public. Why a general code of ethics at the Congregational level shall be elaborated and each Province or Vice-Province will also formulate their own rules to adhere to.

                                                  The Missionary Offices are today indispensable organisms for the Salesian mission. The guidelines identified and set down shall serve to always help increasingly more and better those young people in need so loved by Don Bosco.

                                                  • RMG
                                                  • Procure Missionarie
                                                  • Economia
                                                  • Missioni
                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                    Panama - "I was hungry, you gave me to eat": thought-provoking Salesian documentary

                                                    1 week 2 days ago

                                                    (ANS - Panama City) - The Salesian media company "Don Bosco IMAGE", based in Kochi, India, won the Best Film Award in the category "Missionary Spirit" at the "Goodness Reigns Film Festival", a film festival that took place in Panama, as part of the 2019 World Youth Day, and which aims to promote the creation of faith-based media and art. The award-winning documentary, namely I was hungry, you gave me to eat, tells the poignant story of the people affected by the drought in Korr, Kenya, and has as its hero a mentally-challenged girl.

                                                    The gala evening of the award saw the presence of several film directors, a number of touching testimonies and the greeting of the Archbishop of Louisville, Msgr. Joseph Kurtz. Furthermore, a prize of $ 1,000 was awarded to Don Bosco IMAGE as part of the prize.

                                                    In telling the story and the genesis of the documentary, the director, the Indian Salesian Fr Jiji Kalavanal, said: “One day we went to distribute food in a remote Mangatta – i.e. village. While distributing food a girl shabbily dressed carrying two kids caught my attention. She herself was a mentally-challenged girl. It was a very moving scene. I had tears in my eyes when I was filming the scene.

                                                    It is an everyday procedure while on filming projects to capture the rushes on to a hard disk, clean the camera and other equipment and make a shooting report of the day before retiring to bed. That day while doing the routine and checking the rushes on my computer, now the images enlarged struck my eyes again … Her dry lips, the sediments of dirt and the piercing look in her eyes… I felt compelled to tell her story and made some rough scribbling that night.

                                                    I was called to make a general video on Korr mission and had no intention to make this film. All our scripts are supervised and edited by Fr Thomas Anchukandam. The corrections and subtle changes he makes in the script make a big difference. I am ever grateful to his interest and support in our media initiatives. My editor, Bineesh Sebastian, did an excellent job in juxtaposing the visuals so that they communicate better.

                                                    The result is the video I was hungry, you gave me to eat”.

                                                    • Panama
                                                    • Cinema
                                                    • Siccità
                                                    • Kenya
                                                    • AFE
                                                    • GMG2019
                                                    • Panama2019
                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                      Vatican - "No one can wash their hands (of this) if they do not want to be somehow complicit": World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking

                                                      1 week 5 days ago

                                                      (ANS - Vatican City) – Celebrated today, like every 8 February, the feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita, the World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking, promoted by the International Unions of Superiors Generals (male and female)  (UISG / USG ). The day aims to raise awareness on this issue, invites to ask how it is possible that in the XXI century there is still the trafficking of people and wants to understand how this business really works in order to fight it and eliminate it.

                                                      "Even if we try to ignore it, slavery is not something of other times," Pope Francis clearly stated in the monthly video addressed to the Pope's World Prayer Network.

                                                      "Faced with this tragic reality," the Pontiff continues, "no one can wash his hands if he does not want to be, in some way, an accomplice of this crime against humanity. We cannot ignore that slavery exists in the world today, as much or perhaps more than before. We pray for the generous reception of victims of trafficking in persons, forced prostitution and violence."

                                                      The testimonies of those who have been victims of the trafficking of people report unimaginable deceits, coercion and suffering. "Their stories show concretely what can be stolen from a human life for the pleasure or profit of others. It is something inconceivable until you hear from a victim, from a survivor, what happened to him or her," said yesterday, in a press conference, Fr Michael Czerny, SI, Under-Secretary of the Department of Migrants and Refugees of the Dicastery for the Integral Human Development Service.

                                                      Among the first and most effective organizations of solidarity active in this field is the Talitha Kum network, "nuns, who work in the network, calmly and quietly" still using the words of Fr Czerny.

                                                      Talitha Kum celebrates its 10th anniversary of activities this year. Today the network is engaged in activities of prevention, awareness raising, protection, partnership and prayer in 76 countries on 5 continents: 13 in Africa, 13 in Asia, 17 in America, 31 in Europe, 2 in Oceania and in the world there are, in total, 150 operational groups of Talitha Kum networks.

                                                      The name chosen for this year's World Day is "Together against trafficking": only through joint work can those who exploit the "dream" of thousands of people trying to improve their living conditions be countered.

                                                      To act also through prayer, the organizers of the day send a specific prayer:

                                                      St. Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery
                                                      as a child
                                                      and endured untold hardship and suffering.
                                                      Once liberated from your physical enslavement,
                                                      you found true redemption in your encounter with
                                                      Christ and his Church.
                                                      O St. Bakhita, assist all those who are trapped in a
                                                      state of slavery;
                                                      Intercede with God on their behalf
                                                      so that they will be released from their chains
                                                      of captivity.
                                                      Those whom man enslaves, let God set free.
                                                      Provide comfort to survivors of slavery
                                                      and let them look to you as an example of hope
                                                      and faith.
                                                      Help all survivors find healing from their wounds.
                                                      We ask for your prayers and intercessions for
                                                      those enslaved among us.

                                                      Further information at: https://migrants-refugees.va 

                                                      • Vaticano
                                                      • Tratta
                                                      • Papa Francesco
                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                        Italy - Youth Ministry and Missionary Animation in Europe: time for reflection and planning

                                                        1 week 5 days ago
                                                        Italy - Youth Ministry and Missionary Animation in Europe: time for reflection and planning

                                                        (ANS - Turin) – Underway at the Salesian HQ of Turin-Valdocco from 4 to 9 February is the meeting of Youth Ministry Delegates (PG) and Mission Animation (AM) of the Provinces of Europe North and Central and Mediterranean Regions.  This is the last meeting for the Delegates of PG and AM of these two regions before the next General Chapter.

                                                        Some parts of the program see the PG and AM Delegates participate jointly in the sessions, while other parts are experienced separately, to deepen their respective animation processes.

                                                        The first day opened with the celebration of a Lectio Divina and the Eucharist. In the afternoon, the participants received the report by Fr Rossano Sala, Special Secretary of the Synod of Bishops on "Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment". In the light of the indications gathered in the Instrumentum Laboris and the Final Document of the Synod, Fr Sala invited those present to reflect on the generative thematic nuclei of the Synod, and suggested various work itineraries.

                                                        On the second day, the PG and AM Delegates deepened their respective processes. Fr Eunan McDonnell, Provincial of Ireland, then presented a report on spiritual accompaniment and discernment; the topic was then further explored during the day, also in relation to the General Chapter 28 of the Congregation, called to discuss the theme: "Which or what kind of Salesians for today's young?"

                                                        The third day opened with the presentation of the second edition of the "Manual of Salesian Missionary Volunteering". The document, recently approved by the General Council, renews the first edition of 2008 in the light of the third edition of the "Framework for Youth Pastoral Reference", and is the fruit of three years of shared work in listening to all the Provinces.

                                                        Time was also dedicated to the presentation of the WYD experience in Panama and the Manual for the Delegate of PG, as well as to the proposal of some upcoming initiatives, such as the International Spiritual Exercises for young people (Colle Don Bosco, 23-30 April 2019), the second edition of the School for PG Delegates (Colle Don Bosco / Turin, 5-18 May 2019) and the Seminar on Salesian Spiritual Accompaniment and Affectivity (Turin, 25-30 November 2019).

                                                        On the fourth and final full day of the meeting, the group moved to Colle Don Bosco to meet with the Commission for Salesian Places and to learn about the processes underway to offering an ever better reception and usability of these places.

                                                        {gallery}ICP - Incontro PG e AM{/gallery}

                                                        • Italia
                                                        • Pastorale Giovanile
                                                        • Europa Centro Nord
                                                        • Mediterranea
                                                        • Missioni
                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                          Philippines – FIS Province extraordinary visitation commenced

                                                          1 week 5 days ago
                                                          Philippines – FIS Province extraordinary visitation commenced

                                                          (ANS – Cebu) – To assist the Rector Major in his task of animating and governing the Congregation worldwide, the members of the General Council may carry out on his behalf Extraordinary Visits, lasting several weeks or months, wherein they have the opportunity to learn about Salesians and centers of a specific Province or Vice Province in-depth. A few days ago, the Councilor for the East Asia-Oceania Region, Fr Václav Klement, embarked on his in the Philippines South - Pakistan Province.

                                                          The FIS (Philippines South - Pakistan) Province Extraordinary Visitation commenced on 21 January with the arrival of the EAO Regional Councillor in Cebu. A Rectors meeting was held on the first day, along with the various sector commissions and in the early afternoon the Provincial Council meeting, presided over by the Vice-provincial Fr Geronimo Honesto Jr.

                                                          During the opening day of the Extraordinary Visitation, thoughts on the Rector Major’s Strenna 2019 “Holiness For You Too!” were shared, and the “how” to accompany the numerous lay mission partners (with adequate involvement, formation at professional level and in the Salesian way of education) was among the main themes for discussion.

                                                          Before starting the first community visitation, Fr Václav, together with two provincial councillors, paid a courtesy visit to the Archbishop of Cebu, Mgr. Jose Serofia Palm. Together with the whole Catholic Church in the Philippines, Cebu too is preparing for the 500th anniversary of evangelization; and as part of this Year of the Young, Cebu will hold the National Youth Day next April 23-28, 2019.

                                                          Then Fr Klement embarked on his journey of knowledge and animation in the various Salesian houses and presences of the Province.

                                                          For the feast day of St John Bosco, he blessed the new novitiate chapel of St Francis of Sales in the Don Bosco Formation Centre Talisay, Lawaan, with Salesian Family members, students, benefactors, novices and aspirants as witnesses. He gave also a short message on the importance of the Salesian vocation which is strengthened by one’s dedication to Mary Help of Christians and the effort to learn from the wisdom shared by Francis De Sales in his writings. The chapel was built through the contribution of several Salesian provinces, benefactors in the Philippines and abroad.

                                                          Just a week before, on the occasion of the feast of St Francis de Sales, Fr Francis Gustilo, SDB, in that same chapel had blessed the three statues adorning the apse: a crucified Christ, Mary Help of Christians and, indeed, the patron, St Francis of Sales.

                                                          For the Feast Day of Don Bosco, moreover, Fr Klement presided also the solemn Holy Mass with the Salesian Family in the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Cebu. Representing the Salesian Family were the ADMA, the Cooperators, Past Pupils, the Kindergarten students, the parishioners of the Shrine, the Aspirants, Pre-novices and Novices of Don Bosco Formation Center. In his homily, Fr Klement stressed the importance of communication among the Salesian Family members in the Philippines. He also shared the message that the Rector Major gave to the youth of the world, highlighting the challenge that “they too can be holy”.

                                                          The FIS province is made up of 15 canonical communities in the Philippines (Negros, Cebu, Panay, Eastern Samar and Mindanao islands) and in two in Pakistan. There are 115 Salesians (4 novices, 24 in temporary profession and 87 with perpetual vows) with 16 Salesian Brothers and 69 Salesian Priests. There is a large variety of apostolic works: 9 vocational training centres (TVET-VTC), 11 Youth Centres, 7 parishes, 4 academic schools, 4 retreat houses, 2 youth at risk homes, 2 schools for religious formation, one after-care home for youth in prison; in Pakistan there are two schools, one vocational training centre and one youth centre.

                                                          The province of Mary Help of Christians was established in 1992 and it is relatively young - average age of the confreres is 46 years, and it is rather dynamic with a missionary spirit - both at home as well sending ad gentes missionaries abroad. Both in Mindanao and in Pakistan the FIS Salesians are involved in daily contact with Muslim youth, a good opportunity for daily inter-religious dialogue of life.

                                                          The end of the 2019 Extraordinary Visitation in the FIS Province is scheduled for April 25th.

                                                          Source: AustraLasia

                                                          {gallery}FIS - Visita Straordinaria{/gallery}

                                                          • Filippine
                                                          • FIS
                                                          • Václav Klement
                                                          • Pakistan
                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                            Peru - "Red de Casas Don Bosco": committed to educating by offering proposals for the future

                                                            1 week 5 days ago

                                                            (ANS - Calca) - Peru is a young country, where the local population, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and IT, is composed by 30% of children and 14% of teenagers. And although the International Labor Organization (ILO) has recently announced that child labor in Latin America and the Caribbean has halved in the last eight years, there is still little to celebrate in Peru. Why? Because, despite a slow decrease, there is still 21.8% of working children and adolescents. The worst thing is that with these figures Peru is at the top of the list of South American countries for the rate of child labor.

                                                            Aware of this situation, the Salesians continue to bet on the "Don Bosco Houses", places where to give shelter to hopes and the future.

                                                            According to a study by Mariana Benavente for her book Los niños de la calle (Street children), "86% of children living in total or partial abandonment of the street believe they can have a good future." And it is a truth that only the Salesians who work with street children know. "Children and young people need us, to speak, to dialogue, to be heard and accompanied," said Fr José Valdivia, Provincial Delegate for the "Red de Casas Don Bosco".

                                                            The "Red de Casas Don Bosco" has become in recent years a proposal and a concrete center for saving young people from the streets. The 12th Meeting of the Network (Calca, 3-11 February) is currently underway, involving 139 people.

                                                            Girls and boys, children and teenagers, with their respective teams of educators, arrived in Calca, in the Cusco region, from 11 centers of the Network. The topics dealt with are: "Young people: formative activities to strengthen their personality" and " Educators: facing the challenges of their formative work with the recipients."

                                                            Intervening at the meeting, animated by the team of the center of Arequipa, are: James Areiza, Coordinator of the Protection of the center "Ciudad Don Bosco" in Medellín, Colombia; José Jiménez, Director of "Altísima Fortaleza"; Juan Pineda, Coordinator of "Mundo Libre"; and Fr Manuel Cayo, SDB, Provincial.

                                                            Being a child or adolescent is a stage in life that deserves special attention; this is why the "Red de Casas Don Bosco" of Peru continues its commitment to educating by offering proposals for the future.

                                                            {gallery}Peru - Red de Casas DB{/gallery}

                                                            • Perù
                                                            • PER
                                                            • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                                            • Bambini di Strada
                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                              Syria - New ground for new "Don Bosco Center": Salesian work in Damascus is growing

                                                              1 week 6 days ago

                                                              (ANS - Damascus) - After so much suffering and tribulation experienced at the side of the entire Syrian population, the Salesians of Damascus can now rejoice for some good news: thanks to the direct involvement of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, it was possible to buy a new lot of land on the outskirts of the capital, where over time a new "Don Bosco Center" will be built and where it will therefore be possible to welcome, accompany and educate other young people.

                                                              The choice of the place where the new center will rise is itself charged with meaning and is typically "Salesian": it is a land located near Jaramana, a suburb of the Syrian capital, where the local population is for the most part Christian; at the same time, the land is just one kilometer from Imbleha, a small satellite city totally destroyed by the war.

                                                              The announcement of the purchase of this lot was given at the end of the Mass celebrated last Sunday, 3 February, at the church of the Salesian house in Damascus. Fr Munir Hanachi, director of the house, reads the official statement sent by the Provincial of the Middle East, Fr Alejandro León:

                                                              Dear Salesians, lay people and young people of the great family of the Don Bosco Center in Damascus. Near or far I always think of you. Happy Don Bosco Feast to all. The Rector Major greets you and remembers you always. We too are called to remember him, to pray for him and to listen to his voice, that this year with the Strenna reminds us that holiness is also for you.

                                                              Today I am writing to you and I want to give you a special communication. After much dreaming of how to develop the Salesian work in Damascus, with the great effort of the current community, the Rector Maggior decided to buy a piece of land between Imbleha and Jaramana, to slowly build a Don Bosco Center that is larger and closer to many children and young people living in Jaramana.

                                                              We have already bought this land. Now a few years will pass and slowly the new center will be built, but the important thing is to feel from now on that this new structure is home to everyone. And we must all help ourselves so that the realization of this dream takes place in the best possible way.

                                                              I ask everyone to pray and thank God for this beautiful gift for the young people of Damascus. We thank Don Bosco for being so important in our lives. We thank the Rector Major for this courageous decision. We thank Fr Munir, Fr Georges and Fr Mathew for their generous commitment. We thank all those who helped buy the land and those who will help in the construction of the new Don Bosco Center. Let us pray for the generosity of so many people who have contributed financially for this gift."

                                                              The announcement of this important step forward for the development of the Salesian work immediately sparked the enthusiasm of all the friends and supporters of Don Bosco and his Salesians in Syria. In addition to the expressions of joy made by those present at Sunday Mass, in just a few hours many reactions and sharing have arrived on the Facebook page of the Salesians in Damascus: "courageous", "builders of peace", "true Sons of Don Bosco" – these are some of the most used comments, together with an infinity of "Thanks Don Bosco" and "Thanks Father Ángel."

                                                              The commitment of the Salesians to the most needy young people, where violence and war have left their wounds, is never lacking; on the contrary, it grows and it multiplies.

                                                              • Siria
                                                              • MOR
                                                              • Rettor Maggiore
                                                              • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                India – Dame Dr.Munni Irone, the founder of Art4Peace awards Don Bosco Institutions for Education and Development

                                                                1 week 6 days ago
                                                                India – Dame Dr.Munni Irone, the founder of Art4Peace awards Don Bosco Institutions for Education and Development

                                                                (ANS – New Delhi) – On 2 February 2019, Father Noel Maddhichetty, Director BOSCONET, along with the Bosconet Team in New Delhi, was honoured with the Art4Peace Award at Teen Murthi Bhawan Auditorium in New Delhi, in appreciation of the tremendous contribution of Don Bosco in the field of education and social development by Dame Dr.Munni Irone, Hollywood Celebrity Coach, Author, Producer, Global Peace leader & Philanthropist and the founder of Art 4 Peace Award.

                                                                Don Bosco's contributions towards the uplifting of the less privileged people was recognized, and Bosconet, being the network of Don Bosco social development institutions in and across India, was chosen to be honoured with the prestigious award.

                                                                Fr Noel Maddhichetty was conferred with the award by the founder of Art4Peace award, Dame Dr.Munni Irone and other chief dignitaries of the ceremony. The award ceremony was graced by dignitaries from India and abroad, including representative of His Excellence, Dalai Lama, the elected president of the Tibetan community Dr Lobsang Sangay, chief representative from Mr Ratan Tata, chief political leaders and eminent personalities from the media, health and law sector, whose achievements were also honoured at the event.

                                                                Don Bosco was doubly recognized at the event through the receipt of a special award by Father VM Thomas SDB, Former Director-Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati, for his 50 years of selfless service for the youth, especially those in the North East. What came forth through the dual awards was the significant impact Don Bosco was making in the lives of numerous underprivileged children, youth and women across the nation, through quality education, market oriented skill training and provision of sustainable livelihoods. In the forthcoming years, Bosconet-Don Bosco India plans to converge its pan-India initiatives through the four flagship programs namely, Empowering Young at Risk, Skilling for Sustainable Living, Empowerment of Women and the Don Bosco Green Alliance.

                                                                The Art4Peace Award is an incredible milestone in the history of Don Bosco India. At this juncture, we take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our valuable partners who have generously contributed resources to realise the vision of Don Bosco in India from 1906.

                                                                “We are honoured to receive this award on behalf of all our donors and the people who are associated with us directly and indirectly, working with us as one family. We appreciate and thank Dame Dr. Munni Irone, the founder and CEO of Art4Peace, for the recognition given to Don Bosco and his mission for youth. We join hands as partners and protagonists of peace mission to unite the world,” the Salesians in India said.

                                                                Source: Don Bosco India

                                                                • India
                                                                • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                                                • Educazione
                                                                • Sviluppo
                                                                • Salesiani
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  Belgium – Fr. Rozmus visit: an opportunity strengthening existing contacts at European Institutions

                                                                  1 week 6 days ago
                                                                  Belgium – Fr. Rozmus visit: an opportunity strengthening existing contacts at European Institutions

                                                                  (ANS – Bruxelles) – On Don Bosco’s feast 2019, Don Bosco International (DBI) arranged an institutional tour for Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, Regional Councillor for Europe Centre-North, as done previously in 2017 and 2018, with Fr Fabio Attard and Fr Stefano Martoglio.

                                                                  The institutional journey started very early on Wednesday 30, celebrating Mass at the European Parliament with the presence of 5 Members of European Parliament, from Italy, Croatia and Czech Republic and several public servants working in that institutions as well as embassy representatives from Italy and Poland. The Salesian crew managed as well to have some meaningful conversations on education, youth employment and the fight against poverty. Apart from searching new opportunities with some of them, they were gifted, as thanks for their support, with the book: “Turin, the city of Don Bosco”.

                                                                  The second visit of the tour was at the Nunciature, where Mgr Alain Lebeaupin welcomed Fr Rozmus and shared some views and challenges for both the Church and the European Union: a fraternal dialogue thanking the positive contribution of the Don Bosco movement in Europe.

                                                                  The third step of the day was once again in the European Parliament to share lunch with a group of Italian young people coming from INE Province (TGS Eurogroup) and Novara (ICP Province); and to get to know their experience visiting the heart of Europe. Following this family meeting, Fr Rozmus took part in the Holocaust remembrance in the plenary of the Parliament, where he met religious leaders from several confessions, among them Mgr Hollerich, President of COMECE.

                                                                  The fourth milestone was at the EU Council, fully immersed in Brexit discussions; however the ambassador of Poland, H.E. Andrzej Sados, devoted thirty minutes to get to know the work of Don Bosco International, and open the door for future cooperation, to highlight the work of Salesians in Poland and in Europe.

                                                                  The last event of the day was Don Bosco Mass and reception in the Chapel for Europe, where the Salesian crew could thank the partners in Brussels for the cooperation during 2018. Ten Salesians from both communities, Flemish and French-speaking, were present in the event, as well as other representatives of the Salesian Family, as well as a group of Salesian Syrian refugees living in Belgium (one even showed her Cooperator ID signed by Fr Egidio Viganò). A family moment, with a nearly full chapel, followed by a reception in which participants had meaningful conversations with several people.

                                                                  On the 31st, the last point of the institutional agenda, was visiting COMECE to meet with Fr Olivier Poquillon op, with sharing on future activities and the thanksgiving for the very valuable cooperation with DBI and the many initiatives carried out together.

                                                                  Later, Fr Rozmus reached the Belgium North Province to celebrate Don Bosco with them, and be present in both communities during his visit.

                                                                  A very fruitful, intense and well-prepared marathon of meetings that, despite the fatigue of a long meeting day, allowed DBI to increase its impact and Fr Rozmus to get to reinforce his view of the importance of DBI’s work for the provinces of his Region.

                                                                  {gallery}Belgio - Tour Rozmus{/gallery}

                                                                  • Belgio
                                                                  • Don Bosco International
                                                                  • Tadeusz Rozmus
                                                                  • Europe
                                                                  • Unione Europea
                                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                    RMG - New group in Salesian Family: "Instituto Religioso das Irmàs Medianeiras da Paz"

                                                                    2 weeks ago

                                                                    (ANS - Rome) - On Monday 4 February the Rector Major, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, officially decreed the entrance of the "Instituto Religioso das Irmàs Medianeiras da Paz" (Religious Institute of the Mediators of Peace - IRIMEP) into the Salesian Family, thus becoming the latter's 32nd recognized group.

                                                                    The decree signed by the Rector Major states that this decision was made following the request of Sister Lucia Barbosa de Oliveira, General Coordinator of IRIMEP, and after the positive opinion expressed by his Council, the bishops concerned and the Provincial of Brazil-Recife, as well as considering the history of the Institute, the foundation by a Salesian and the spiritual and apostolic relationship always maintained with the Salesians.

                                                                    Entry into the Salesian Family has been a process that has lasted several years. The institute was founded in 1968 by Msgr. Antonio Campelo, Salesian and Archbishop of Petrolina (State of Pernambuco, Brazil); on his death, in 1984, the "Mediatrix Sisters of Peace", religious belonging to the Institutes of Consecrated Life of Diocesan Right, formally asked to become part of the Salesian Family.

                                                                    In 1986 Fr Egidio Viganó, then Rector Major, replied to a letter from the same Sisters, and wrote: "I rejoice in your presence in the Church and I congratulate you on the progress you have made (in the meantime) that this experience phase end with the best results."

                                                                    As is clearly written in the Salesian Constitutions: "From Don Bosco derives a vast movement of people who, in different ways, work for the salvation of the young." And this institute "shares the mission of Don Bosco to work for the poor, the abandoned, the people in danger and in areas where poverty is extreme," said Fr Joan Lluis Playá, who has visited some of the social works that the "Messengers of Peace" are developing in Brazil.

                                                                    Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, expressed his great joy in knowing that "the Salesian Family continues to grow, not only numerically, but above all at the charismatic level, because where there is a member who works as Don Bosco, these work for the salvation of the poorest young people."

                                                                    Seventy religious are currently part of the institute, assisted by about 300 collaborators who share with the sisters the pastoral and socio-educational mission. "They were born with the concern to reach the most remote places in the Church, where poverty is really extreme," added Fr Playá. "I have visited, under the direction of the Rector Major, the places where they carry out their apostolate and they are evidently 'Salesians', being missions among disadvantaged young people."

                                                                    More information on the 32nd group of the Salesian Family is available on their website: http://www.impaz.org.br/ 

                                                                    • RMG
                                                                    • Famiglia Salesiana
                                                                    • Instituto Religioso das Irmàs Medianeiras da Paz
                                                                    • Brasile
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      Uganda - Inauguration of Salesian Vocational Training Center in Palabek refugee camp

                                                                      2 weeks ago
                                                                      Uganda - Inauguration of Salesian Vocational Training Center in Palabek refugee camp

                                                                      (ANS - Palabek) - On January 31, on the feast day of Don Bosco, the Salesian Province of Africa Great Lakes (AGL) inaugurated a Center for Vocational Training (CFP) in the refugee camp of Palabek, in the north of Uganda, where a Salesian community lives permanently among refugees, assisting them daily. The camp is home to refugees fleeing civil war and violence in South Sudan. There are currently over 34,000, mostly young people.

                                                                      by Fr Raphaël Katanga, SDB

                                                                      It was a day of great joy for the young refugees, because this CFP will facilitate their autonomy and their social integration.

                                                                      The project of the CFP was conceived as a fundamental element so the Salesian intervention in Palabek be really effective. Starting from the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, various people and organizations of the Salesian Congregation have therefore mobilized to carry out this project.

                                                                      Thousands of refugees, representatives of non-governmental organizations and a government delegation participated in the opening ceremonies, and several speeches of thanksgiving and encouragement were made by various guests, recipients of the CFP and collaborators.

                                                                      The young refugees demonstrated their talent by singing some specially composed songs in honor of Don Bosco, with which they praised and thanked the Saint of Youth and his spiritual Sons.

                                                                      Speaking on behalf of the President of the Republic and speaking on behalf of the government, the Hon. Hilary Onek, Minister for Relief, Disaster Prevention and Refugees, promised to finance the construction of two dormitories, one for boys and one for girls. Then he cut the ribbon, while Fr Raymond Bavumiragiye, Vicar of the Superior of AGL, unveiled the plaque with the name and official logo of the center.

                                                                      With its 6 training courses, the center will be a flexible structure, able to adapt to the new professions required by the labor market. As also emphasized by Minister Onek, it will provide formation based on skills and will bring young people closer to the working world.

                                                                      The students of the CFP will benefit from a free formation course of 3-6 months and/or a formation of one year. Everything will depend on the choice of courses and the skills of the individual student.

                                                                      Furthermore, an internal CFP job placement office has already been set up, which will put students in contact with companies, accompany them on site visits and interviews, and help them find traineeship options.

                                                                      Through vocational training these young people will be able to give themselves and their families social stability and improve their living conditions.

                                                                      "We thank the Lord for the realization of this project, through which we will be able to educate good technicians and honest citizens," the Salesians of the Vice Province AGL say in conclusion.

                                                                      {gallery}Uganda - Apertura CFP Palabek{/gallery}

                                                                      • Uganda
                                                                      • AGL
                                                                      • Formazione Professionale
                                                                      • Missioni
                                                                      • Rifugiati
                                                                      • Palabek
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        Chile - "Technologies with social impact" rewards "Fundación Don Bosco" for project "Road Circuit Register"

                                                                        2 weeks ago

                                                                        (ANS - Santiago) - There is no longer any doubt that the adoption of digital technologies is a phenomenon in constant growth, which over time covers increasingly more layers and social areas. For this reason, companies, institutions and agencies are investing more and more capital to enhance and optimize their resources through technology. The "Fundación País Digital" of Microsoft Chile and "DonaTec" (an online donation program for the NGO "CDI Chile") have come together to give prominence to those non-profit Chilean organizations which, through the use of technology, are positively influencing their communities. As is the case with the "Fundación Don Bosco".

                                                                        "Registro Circuito de Calle" (Register of Streets Circuit), is the digital app developed by the "Fundación Don Bosco" which won the "Social impact technologies" award during a ceremony held at the Hotel Cumbres Lastarria, last January 29th. Forty-four organizations challenged each other and, together with the Salesian foundation, other educational institutions, firefighters, a charitable organization and an organization serving the sick were among the finalists.

                                                                        Thanks to the "Registro Circuito de Calle" app, which makes use of the tools of Artificial Intelligence, "Fundación Don Bosco" can, in the field, record, via the information coming from mobile phones and "geo-referencing", the actions carried out by street children, locate their transit circuits and their movements. In this way, the foundation's teams can find them more easily, identifying the territorial dynamics associated with their behaviors and their relationships, and allowing operators to plan intervention actions.

                                                                        The project used "Power Apps" to develop the application, "Excel Online" to record and save data, "One Drive" and "Power Bi" for all the analysis and geo-referencing of the subjects and the "Team" software so the operators can use and share all the information in a collaborative way.

                                                                        For the "Fundación Don Bosco", this award is a great acknowledgement. "There is not a computer engineer behind this project, but only us, self-taught people who, with pride, can give visibility to those who are 'invisible' for society."

                                                                        Source: País Digital 

                                                                        • Cile
                                                                        • CIL
                                                                        • Tecnologie
                                                                        • App
                                                                        • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                                        • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                                                        • Bambini di Strada
                                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                          Venezuela - Church calls for "peaceful and transparent transition, which leads to free and legitimate elections" and calls for the entry of "humanitarian aid"

                                                                          2 weeks 1 day ago

                                                                          (ANS - Caracas) - A situation of "injustice and suffering", also marked by "a growing repression", which has generated "the search for political change through a process of peaceful and transparent transition". With these words the Church in Venezuela, through the representation of bishops, religious and laity, defines the recent events that took place in the Latin American country; and while it promises to maintain its own broad commitment to support the needy population, it invites all to pray for peace, reconciliation and freedom.

                                                                          These considerations were presented yesterday, February 4, at a press conference in Caracas, during which the representatives of the three signatory bodies intervened: Msgr. José Trinidad Fernández, Auxiliary Bishop of Caracas, for the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference (CEV), Fr Francisco Méndez, Salesian Provincial of Venezuela, for the Conference of Religious (men and women) (CONVER); and María Elena Febres-Cordero Briceño, for the National Council of Laymen of Venezuela (CNL).

                                                                          The statement said that "the Venezuelan people have re-awakened; they go into the streets because they strongly desire a change in the political and democratic direction of the country."

                                                                          After listing the difficulties of civil life, the document recalls "the search for political change through a peaceful and transparent transition process, leading to free and legitimate elections, to resume the direction of democracy and to restore the rule of law." The transition path, it is explained, must however be conducted "in a peaceful way and through the instruments present in the Constitution, to avoid greater suffering and pains to the people."

                                                                          The note then defines "the growing repression unacceptable" and with particular force demands the release of underage prisoners; expresses specific gratitude "to the activists who defend and promote human rights"; and invites all citizens "at this crucial moment in the history of the homeland, to give the best of themselves", to set upon the joint search for the "common good" and "avoid the shedding of blood."

                                                                          The document also recalls that "the Catholic Church has been engaged for many years in accompanying and helping the most affected population", and promises to continue this effort.

                                                                          Finally, the Venezuelan Church urges "to incentivize prayer and a spirituality incarnated in the situation that the people are suffering", especially through the Eucharist. In this regard, the invitation is to participate in the Mass on Sunday 10 February and to pray for peace, reconciliation and freedom.

                                                                          • Venezuela
                                                                          • VEN
                                                                          • Politica
                                                                          • Vescovi
                                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                            RMG - 168 figures of sainthood in Salesian Family: "Dossier of Salesian Postulation"

                                                                            2 weeks 1 day ago

                                                                            (ANS - Rome) - On the occasion of the Feast of Don Bosco the Dossier of the General Postulation of the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family has been updated, presenting the situation of the Causes of Beatification and Canonization in 2018. "At this moment," explains Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, SDB, Postulator General, "Postulation accompanies 50 Causes concerning 168 between Saints, Blessed, Venerable, Servants of God. There are also 5 other causes entrusted to our Postulation: the Venerable Casimiro Barello, Camille Costa de Beauregard and Jan Tyranowski, the Servants of God Augusto Bertazzoni and Felice Canelli."

                                                                            Every Saint, Blessed, Venerable, Servant of God is the bearer of a wealth of aspects that must be considered and valued. It is a matter of contemplating a diamond with many faces, some more visible and attractive, others less immediate, but no less true and decisive. Knowing and making known these extraordinary figures of believers generates a progressive involvement in their journey, a passionate interest in their affairs, a joyous sharing of projects and hopes that animated their steps.

                                                                            No doubt it will be of great interest for the Salesian Family, and especially for 15 Groups of the great family tree, to see some of their members involved in one of these processes. As Fr Rua wrote in a letter to the Salesian directors in February 1888, a few days after the burial of Don Bosco's body in Valsalice: "Be it our motto from now on: the sanctity of the children be proof of the sanctity of the father."

                                                                            The Strenna of the Rector Major for this year is a strong invitation to know and appreciate this precious heritage and to stimulate renewed resolutions of holiness. The Rector Major wrote: "My dear brothers and sisters, I can safely say that the greatest need and the greatest urgency we have today in our Salesian world is not to do more things, to plan and redesign new realities, to start new presences... but to show what our lives communicate personally and collectively, our way of living the Gospel, which develops and extends over time, as a prolongation of the way of life of Jesus. Ultimately our sanctity is at stake!"

                                                                            This subsidy can also be an instrument to grow in the knowledge, in prayer and in the imitation of these witnesses of the Gospel and of the Salesian charism in the world.

                                                                            On the web are available the dossiers and the updated version of the Poster of Holiness.

                                                                            • Santità Salesiana
                                                                            • RMG
                                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                              United Arab Emirates - Christians and Muslims: "dialogue as a way; common collaboration as a conduit; mutual knowledge as a method"

                                                                              2 weeks 1 day ago

                                                                              (ANS - Abu Dhabi) - In the eighth centenary of the meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and the sultan al-Malik al-Kāmil, once again a Francis journeyed to meet some of the leading Islamic authorities; and dialogue was indeed the cornerstone of the Argentine Pope's journey. Yesterday, 4 February, at the end of the interreligious meeting in the "Founder's Memorial" of Abu Dhabi, the Holy Father and the Imam of Al-Azhar Ahamad al-Tayyib - the greatest doctrinal authority of Sunni Islam - signed a common document on "Human Brotherhood for World Peace and common coexistence."

                                                                               

                                                                              There are several new elements of this apostolic trip to the United Arab Emirates: for the first time a Pope has set foot in the Arabian Peninsula, for the first time a great public Eucharist was celebrated throughout the peninsula (with over 135,000 faithful present, mostly foreign immigrants), and emerging for the first time a document so articulate and demanding on the dialogue between Christianity and Islam, for the benefit of the whole human brotherhood.

                                                                              In their fifth meeting, in fact, the Imam of Al-Azhar and the Roman Pontiff, "in the name of God, who created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity", in the name of the poor, orphans and widows, in the name of brotherhood, of liberty and of justice, have declared, on behalf of their respective communities of believers, to want "to adopt the culture of dialogue as a way; common collaboration as a conduit; mutual knowledge as a method and criterion."

                                                                              Numerous, strong and demanding are the steps of the document signed by the two religious authorities: from the firm declaration "that religions never incite war and do not solicit feelings of hatred, hostility, extremism", to the appeal to the leaders of nations to protect the family as the "fundamental nucleus of society and humanity"; from the condemnation of extremism and intolerance, which produced "a third world war in pieces, fragments", to the call for an equitable distribution of resources; from the protection of the fundamental rights of women and children and to the protection of the elderly; up to the promotion of the religious sense and to the recognition of the role of religions in the construction of world peace.

                                                                              The document, which wants to be an invitation to reconciliation and brotherhood not only among believers, but among all people of good will, aims to be the object of research and reflection in all schools, universities and institutes of education and Christian and Islamic formation.

                                                                              The project of Pope Francis to "start processes", rather than "occupy spaces", marks another, very important step forward.

                                                                              The full text of the declaration is available here.

                                                                              {gallery}Emirati Arabi - Viaggio Papa{/gallery}

                                                                              • Papa Francesco
                                                                              • Islam
                                                                              • Emirati Arabi Uniti
                                                                              • Dialogo
                                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                                Spain - Salesian presence at 33rd edition of Goya Awards

                                                                                2 weeks 1 day ago
                                                                                Spain - Salesian presence at 33rd edition of Goya Awards

                                                                                (ANS - Seville) - The gala evening of the 33rd edition of the Goya Awards, held in Seville on Saturday 2 February, was full of "Salesian" aspects. We cannot but mention that Campeones and El Reino were the evening's two triumphant films, but names like Raúl de la Fuente and Jesús Vidal are indicative of a significant Salesian presence in this young and modern communicative world.

                                                                                Director Raúl de la Fuente and producer Amaia Remírez won their second Goya Award on Saturday, with Un día más con vida, a feature film inspired by the novel by Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński. Raúl de la Fuente is the director of many productions produced all over the world by "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid. In recent years he has traveled around the world with the operators of "Misiones Salesianas" and thanks to him it has been possible to make Salesian work among the most disadvantaged young people known to many people.

                                                                                In addition to Un día más con vida, a few months ago he directed and presented the documentary Love, which denounces child prostitution in Sierra Leone. Love was then presented in numerous institutional offices, Salesian works and centers all over the world to make people everywhere know and learn about Salesian projects in favor of minors in danger and of abandoned girls.

                                                                                Previously, in recent years, the director worked with the Salesian Missions in productions such as Hijos de Haití (Children of Haiti), No estoy en venta (They are not for sale), Yo no soy bruja (I am not a witch), 30,000 and Diamantes en Lixeira (Diamonds in Lixeira), and Alto el Fuego (Cease Fire).

                                                                                All these documentaries are available with subtitles in Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Polish and German.

                                                                                "Currently," reports Raúl de la Fuente, "we are working on a new project that is already in progress. It is a short documentary entitled El Infierno which will be ready in June." And the fresh winner of the Goya Prize is also working on a joint project with the Salesian Central Office, the Salesian Missionary Offices, and the Dicastery for the Missions, Youth Ministry and Social Communications, for the production of three short films on the theme of vocations in different cultural contexts, with the title "Terra di Missione".

                                                                                In this 33rd edition of the Goya Awards, a Spanish Salesian past pupil, Jesús Vidal, was also awarded. When he received the award, he said "three words came to mind: inclusion, diversity and visibility". He is the first visually impaired to win a Goya Award for an interpretation in a film, in this case as "Actor Revelation" in the film Campeones.

                                                                                • Spagna
                                                                                • Cinema
                                                                                • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                                                                • Missioni
                                                                                • Procure Missionarie
                                                                                • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana