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Italy – Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians: together at a distance, too

1 week 5 days ago
Italy – Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians: together at a distance, too

(ANS – Turin) – The feast day of Mary Help of Christians occurs next Sunday, 24 May. Normally the feast day in Turin has always been marked by many celebrations and an evening procession among the city's most heartfelt and participatory. But this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the party will be "special" and it will become even more important to be able to participate while staying "at a distance". Here is the live broadcast/streaming schedule:

Sunday 24 May - Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians

The main celebrations will take place in the Basilica of Maria Ausiliatrice in Turin:

- at 11:00 am (GMT+2), featuring the solemn Eucharistic concelebration presided by Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, Archbishop of Turin;
Live streaming on the ANS Facebook page, with commentary in Italian.

- at 5 pm, the solemn Eucharistic concelebration presided by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major;
Live streaming on the ANS Facebook page, with commentary in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese; and only, in Spanish, also on the ANS YouTube channel and the Colombian broadcaster TeleVid.

- at 8:30 pm, the Rosary meditated inside the Basilica. Subsequently, the statue of the Help of Christians will be brought to the square in front of the church and the archbishop of Turin and the Rector Major of the Salesians will pronounce a prayer of entrustment to Mary Help of Christians.
Live streaming on the ANS Facebook page, with commentary in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese; and only, in Spanish, also on the ANS YouTube channel and the Colombian broadcaster TeleVid.

Many faithful and groups of the Salesian Family all over the world have already confirmed their spiritual participation - especially in the act of entrusting themselves to Mary Help of Christians: a way to put the fate of the world tried by the pandemic under her mantle.

The feast day of Mary Help of Christians was set for May 24 by Pope Pius VII in memory of his return to Rome (24 May 1814), after his imprisonment under Napoleon in Fontainebleau. Originally the celebration was limited to the Church of Rome, but was soon adopted by the Tuscan dioceses (1816) and then extended to the universal Church. The groups of the Salesian Family are closely linked to Mary's devotion under the title of Help of Christians, as Saint John Bosco, the founder of the Salesian Congregation, chose her as the main patroness of the Salesian Family and of his works.

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  • Festa di Maria Ausiliatrice
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Philippines – Life jackets of hope: Don Bosco Tondo and Covid-19

    1 week 5 days ago
    Philippines – Life jackets of hope: Don Bosco Tondo and Covid-19

    (ANS – Manila) – Tondo is the heart of the metropolis and known as the most populous district in the city of Manila, making up 38.0% of the total population of the city and without a doubt also the abode of the poorest of the poor. Take for example the homes of Tondo Brgy. 115 interspersed among little alleys that zig-zag haphazardly, causing diseases and sickness to spread easily. Keeping this data in mind, they are the ones who are most affected by this Luzon lockdown, for most of them, if not all, are contractual workers, sidewalk vendors, street dwellers, and the like. When the nation practically stopped, their lives became endangered as well, for they do not know where to find the money that can brook their families’ daily needs to live.

    “There is always a reason to hope,” the priest and author Henri Nouwen wrote, “even when your eyes are filled with tears.” (You Are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living, p.375)

    Don Bosco Youth Center-Tondo with its 50 years of presence in the midst of these poor, carrying its Salesian charismatic identity, looked at this situation with hope. The Salesian Family of DBYC-Tondo cannot be blinded and deafened of the necessities of the poor to survive day after day during Enhance Community Quarantine (ECQ). God’s generosity which cannot be outdone has reached these underprivileged people through various ecclesial, public and private institutions, foundations, and individuals. The Salesians and lay volunteers tirelessly made an effort to partner with these benefactors to bring food to the table of each poor family, who have been struggling since the start of the ECQ.

    One of them that is worth mentioning is Caritas Manila who provided financial assistance to families who are in dire need. Through the generosity of their partners from different private companies, Caritas Manila, extended their support to the poorest among the people under the care of the Salesians, amounting to 26 million of Pesos worth of gift cheques that were evenly distributed to each of the family regardless of religion, race, and stability.

    Private individuals who desired to remain anonymous, overflowingly shared their resources with the sole purpose of assisting those who are most vulnerable during this time of the world Covid-19 pandemic, these are not just the economically poor but also our medical and security front liners. They shared numerous sacks of rice, useful stuff like diapers, milk, canned goods, frozen meats, fresh vegetables, and bottled water. All these were distributed to the 17 Barangays under the Parish of St. John Bosco and nearby barangays who are also in need of help. Especially to Brgy. 105, where hundreds of houses turned into ash last April 19, 2020.

    Daily repacking, assessing, and distributing these goods manifests the family spirit among the members of the Salesian Family. To this very moment we are indebted to these silent and unknown heroes and saints who contributed financially, physically, and spiritually for the benefit of these people are remarkably and undoubtedly signs of God’s love and presence among us.

    On top of the physical help that the Salesian setting is providing for the people, even in our empty church, we cannot but most of all take care of their souls and their spiritual well-being. The fact that the people are not at church doesn’t keep them from being the church. Thanks to the advancement of technology, the masses, and prayers sponsored by the parish and the Salesian community, have reached their homes through Facebook live streaming of the daily rosary, Eucharistic Adoration and Sunday Masses.

    To sum it up, we have estimated to have reached half a million families of our parishioners and from other parishes, our youth and our TVET trainees. With the help of benefactors and hundreds of civil and church volunteers, this unimaginable vast outreach of Don Bosco Tondo is indeed about Grace.

    At the end of the day our hearts echoed with Peter Wehner's who said “I feel like I’m handing out life.”

    Source: AustraLasia

    {gallery}Filippine - Don Bosco Tondo vs COVID19 - 2020{/gallery}

    • Filippine
    • Coronavirus
    • Solidarietà
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Slovakia – Only 56, after serious illness, Provincial Fr Jozef Ižold dies

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      Slovakia – Only 56, after serious illness, Provincial Fr Jozef Ižold dies

      (ANS – Bratislava) – Yesterday, 20 May, on the eve of the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord which is celebrated in Slovakia today, Fr. Jozef Ižold, Provincial of the Salesians in Slovakia, went to the Father’s house. Fr Ižold died at 56 years of age, 29 of religious life, and 19 of the priesthood, after ten months of struggling with cancer, a period he knew how to live with deep faith and hope in the Risen Christ.

      Jozef Ižold was born on January 30, 1964, in Rybník nad Hronom, in the then communist Czechoslovakia, to a simple family, but rich in living faith. After completing his high school studies, he wanted to enter the Diocesan Seminary of Bratislava. It was the only one in Slovakia at the time. Since his request was refused four times, after consulting a religious of the Missionaries of St. Vincent de Paul, he turned to the Salesians, who at that time lived in hiding, as clandestines.

      In 1988 he entered the underground aspirantate and after the collapse of the communist regime, in 1990 he entered the reopened novitiate: on August 10, 1991, at 27 years of age, he became a Salesian of Don Bosco. After the post-novitiate in Nave, Italy, he carried out his formation with post-novices in Žilina, Slovakia, to return to Italy in 1994 to study Philosophy at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome.

      In 1997 in Turin-Crocetta he began his studies in Theology. After the diaconate, received in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, he returned among the post-novices of Žilina as a member of the formation team. He was ordained a priest on 20 January 2001, in Žilina, and remained to work in Salesian Formation.

      From 2005 to 2008 he was Provincial Delegate for Formation, becoming part of the Provincial Council. In 2008 he became Vicar of the Provincial. In January 2014, the then Rector Major, Fr Pascual Chávez, appointed him Provincial of the Salesians in Slovakia. In that position, he lived and experienced, in 2017, in Bratislava, the great joy of the beatification of the Salesian martyr Fr Titus Zeman, SDB.

      In the summer of 2019 he was diagnosed with a very aggressive tumor. He was treated by doctors and accompanied by his confreres, fought against his illness for ten months. Fr Jozef Ižold died on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, late in the evening, at the Provincial House of Bratislava.

      Fr Rastislav Hamráček, SDB

      Provincial Delegate for Social Communication

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      • Ispettori
      • Decessi
        Gian Francesco Romano

        RMG – New logo, but same mission for "DON BOSCO IN THE WORLD" Foundation

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        (ANS - Rome) - The "DON BOSCO NEL MONDO" Foundation - the organism of the Salesian Congregation whose purpose is the promotion, support, and development of Salesian Works and Missions across the globe - renews its graphics with a new logo, more modern and more linear, where the world is no longer seen as a physical place but as a world made of people and affections, and where the representatives of the five continents embrace each other around the Salesian Family, forming a virtual world that brings everyone together in the solidarity and the educational principles of Don Bosco.

        In the logo, the house at the center is the symbol of hospitality: a place open to all those looking for support, where Don Bosco welcomes two young people who need help. The arms symbolize both a safe shelter and an arrow that tends upwards to the Trinity and to the love of God, while the semicircle of five people is stylized as they, from the five continents, huddle in a virtual embrace, receiving and giving their support.

        Our mission does not change,” the Foundation says reassuringly. “We will always be next to the most needy with educational projects, support for the most vulnerable sections of the population, female empowerment, protection of minorities, and our common home. Our vision and our goal are to educate young people and allow them to be the architects of their own change and to provide them with the necessary tools to build their own future.”

        In supporting Salesian works in over 130 countries around the world, the "DON BOSCO NEL MONDO" Foundation contributes to providing food, shelter, medical care, education and vocational training to children and young people in difficult situations; and in the selection of projects, the Foundation favors difficult territorial situations and emergencies and structures that do not have the resources necessary for their sustenance.

        Just to cite a few examples of the work done in the last year: in N'Djamena, Chad, the "DON BOSCO NEL MONDO" Foundation supported the literacy project involving 300 girls between the ages of 16 and 22, girls who were exposed to the risk of violence, exploitation and forced marriages.

        In Paraguay, the Foundation accompanies the Salesians who are active at the Abierto "Don Bosco Róga" Integral Educational Center, and raises funds so that it can continue and improve its service to nearly 400 poor and abandoned young people.

        In Zambia, in Mansa, where access to water is a serious obstacle to development, the Foundation has helped the Salesian community to equip itself with a well and water-supply equipment, thus allowing agricultural production and breeding to the advantage of 500 families from 5 villages.

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        • Fondazione DON BOSCO NEL MONDO
        • Comunicazione Sociale
        • Missioni
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Tunisia – Salesians at the time of lockdown

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          Tunisia – Salesians at the time of lockdown

          (ANS - Manouba) - Tunisia too, like almost every countries across the globe, has lived and still partially lives the circumstance of confinement. The Tunisian government had the intuition to close everything even before the disease manifested itself in a striking way, playing on the "prevention" of contagion; thus, it acted upon the very first cases that arrived in early March, imported from Italy. In Tunisia, as elsewhere, all school, educational, sports and religious activities, both of the mosques and of the few Catholic churches, have been suspended since 14 March until further notice.

          “We Salesians, five confreres, were therefore confined to the two schools, three in Manouba and two in Tunis,” says Fr Domenico Paternò, SDB, Director of Manouba. “We reacted first of all by trying to ensure online teaching through our teachers. It's not easy, but there has been a good response, even if not all students are connected.”

          The oratory continued to follow the animators. With them, training continued on Don Bosco's Preventive System, thanks to the young Patrick Kizembe and Fr Bashir Souccar, a Syrian Salesian in Manuoba since last September, who produced training sessions in Arabic for both animators and teachers. For the two parishes entrusted to the Salesians, the spiritual link continued through the available communications.

          Fr Faustino García Peña, for the parish of Hammamet, edited the commentary on the Gospel every week and a weekly update letter, sending everything to the emails of Italian and European parishioners. A Facebook page has also been opened for the parish of Tunis, named Paroisse Sainte Jeanne D'Arc Tunis.  Mass is transmitted from the Salesian chapel of Manouba: every Saturday at 18:30 (Tunisian time) in Italian, and Sunday at 10 am in French.

          The two schools are keeping in touch with the students' families to ensure financial support for the two schools, which interrupted didactic activities on 12 March, and the school year has now been declared closed.

          “For the support of the needy,” continues Fr Paternò, “the Tunisian Church has concentrated aid on the diocesan Caritas, and there we have directed those who were in need, while some priests were authorized to go to some collection points of those who needed food. Furthermore, we all contributed with prayer.”

          The COVID-19 pandemic in Tunisia has so far caused 1,045 infected people and 47 victims. From 4 May, and then again on Monday, 18 May, the Tunisian authorities have loosened the confinement measures since 4 May, with a first phase of gradual reopening.

          The Salesians, for their part, conclude: “We hope for things go well, and that the Risen Lord will give us the opportunity to return to serve our recipients.”

          • Tunisia
          • Coronavirus
            Gian Francesco Romano

            India – Sustaining a Million Vulnerable Lives: Don Bosco Solidarity COVID-19 Relief

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            India – Sustaining a Million Vulnerable Lives: Don Bosco Solidarity COVID-19 Relief

            (ANS – New Delhi) – India is nearing the end of COVID-19 lockdown 3.0 and people are weary. According to their individual situations, people are weary of different things. For the poor and the migrant, it continues to be about existence: no jobs, incomes and even food in some places. Their immediate and sole concern is getting back home to a sense of emotional security. Where hopefully, they are not treated like cattle just because they are from a different state.

            From 25 March to 14 April 2020, when the nation was thrown without warning into the chaos of lockdown 1.0, it was the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as the Don Bosco Network, who leaped to the rescue of the poor and stranded across India. These NGOs across the country fed the poor and penniless, sheltered the stranded, provided reassurance and preventive education.  India Today reported the central government’s response to the Supreme Court on 6 April, about the people fed across the country during the first lockdown. A total of 84,26,509 people were provided meals. Of these, 54.15 of lakh people were fed by state governments while the remaining 30.11 of lakh were fed by NGOs. The state-wise data presented by the Centre shows that in 13 states and Union Territories, NGOs outperformed state governments in providing humanitarian relief in the form of free meals. 

            With its immense reach, the Don Bosco Network consisting of 354 NGOs across the states of India, fed 10,82,446 people either through cooked food or grocery kits (1,45,822) to date. They manufactured and distributed 4,10,375 masks to people who otherwise have no access. Because of their vast experience on the ground over the decades, they knew who would be most impacted and went there quickly.

            Don Bosco Solidarity COVID-19 relief found the transgender communities along the highways in Telangana and Kalaburagi, it tracked the autodrivers and rickshaw pullers in Chennai and Delhi. It identified the migrants in Kerala, Gurugram and elsewhere in their makeshift homes. It extended itself to those completely locked in, from the vulnerable elderly in the South to the children in the North East, helping them with their specific needs. Don Bosco Solidarity provided shelter and transport where possible to stranded people. It provided medical aid, health camps and psychological services wherever needed. The Don Bosco Network reached out to refugees and people living in slums and on the streets, providing food and awareness about COVID-19. The network has supported the government infrastructure through funds and supplying health workers, police and other government personnel with protective face masks. Don Bosco NGOs have partnered brilliantly with the local administration in many places to coordinate relief work for the maximum benefit.

            The massive quantum of relief work that NGOs managed during these past months is not sustainable without funding. As economic uncertainty clouds the world’s horizon and jobs disappear, NGOs such as the Don Bosco Network also have to find different ways to help already-marginalised people such as the poor and migrants, cope with these long-term challenges while supporting them in the short term.

            By BOSCONET, Don Bosco Network-South Asia

            {gallery}India - BoscoNet - DB COVID-19 2020{/gallery}

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            • Coronavirus
            • Solidarietà
            • ONG
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Italy – Fr Agostino Favale, SDB, first Director of UPS Institute of Spiritual Theology, turns 100

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              Italy – Fr Agostino Favale, SDB, first Director of UPS Institute of Spiritual Theology, turns 100

              (ANS - Rome) - One hundred candles for Fr Agostino Favale, SDB, who turns 100 today, 20 May. Born in Ceresole d'Alba (Cuneo, Italy) he developed his vocation as a Salesian in mission land, in Mato Grosso, Brazil, before returning to Italy in 1947 where he was ordained and completed his studies at the Gregorian University and the Salesian Pontifical Athenaeum (PAS) of Turin, where he also taught Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Ecclesiastical History. In 1965, with the birth of the new Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, he moved to this new institution and became the first Director of its Institute of Spiritual Theology.

              One of his concerns was always to integrate study with pastoral action, within the limits allowed by his commitment as a professor. While still teaching in Turin, he dedicated himself to the catechesis of young people and adults, the preaching of courses of spiritual exercises, Sunday apostolic activity, and spiritual assistance in summer camps for young people.

              At the request of several Rectors Major - Fr Ricceri, Fr Viganó - he was invited several times to hold Spiritual Exercises, ongoing formation courses, and conferences all over the world and to many groups of the Salesian Family. As Director of the UPS Theological Institute, he promoted meetings at the central level; the "Weeks of Salesian spirituality", which began in 1973 and consolidated from year to year.

              He has 19 books to his credit, some of which have also been translated into other languages, about twenty in collaboration as curator or editor - including the 15-volume Magisterium Conciliar Series - and many other books as co-author, as well as over 140 titles of contributions in books and articles in dictionaries and magazines.

              He was a consultor to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. But above all, his work has left an indelible mark on generations of students, for his always attentive imprint to the human dimension.

              After teaching non-stop for 46 years, between PAS in Turin and UPS in Rome (February 1954 - February 2000), he stopped direct teaching, while continuing to receive requests for other lessons.

              Fr Favale, always lucid, reflective, deeply human, authentic religious and convinced Salesian - he is credited with the affirmation: "before the Salesian religious comes man" - since 2014 he has lived in the UPS "infirmary".

              "All past and present members of the Institute, we feel indebted to those who gave life to this beautiful tree 46 years ago, which today reaches all five continents with its branches thanks to the presence of alumni, men and women. In the name of each of them, we cry out forcefully: 'Thanks, Don Favale! May the Lord bless you for all the good you have done,'" Fr Jesús Manuel García Gutiérrez, Professor at the UPS Spirituality Institute, said today.

              • Italia
              • Anziani
              • Anniversari
              • Personaggi illustri
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Italy – Appointment of FMA Salesian Cooperators Delegate

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                Italy – Appointment of FMA Salesian Cooperators Delegate

                (ANS - Rome) - On 9 May 2020, the Mother General of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians announced that Sister Carmen Lucrecia Uribe, of Colombian nationality, had been designated as the World Delegate of the Association of Salesian Cooperators (ASSCC) for the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

                Below is a presentation and first impressions of the new FMA Delegate of the Salesian Cooperators.

                Formation as an FMA

                I have been a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians since 1982, the year of Religious Profession in the Colombian Province "María Auxiliadora" (CMA). From the very beginning, I felt that "to be a teacher was my passion". I had the opportunity to train in Educational Psychology at the "Auxilium" Faculty of Educational Sciences in Rome and then I specialized in Educational IT. In educational centers, I worked as an educating teacher, coordinator, and director, in private and state schools.

                Accompanying young people, being close to them and their families, was a strong summons that helped me to strengthen the Salesian identity, to deepen the Preventive System, and to contextualise it.

                The experience with the Salesian Family

                In 1998, when I was Provincial Vicar, I had the opportunity to be part of the Provincial Council of the Salesian Family and to have a concrete approach to the different groups of the Salesian Family, at the local and the national level.

                As Provincial (2005-2010), I carried out joint animation work, especially with the group of Past Pupils and Salesian Cooperators. Participation in the last three General Chapters of the FMA Institute has allowed me to broaden my vision and to grasp the journey that the Salesian Family has made in recent years.

                The charismatic roots are well-founded under the guidance of the Spirit and the hand of Mary in the heart and in the experience lived by Don Bosco. We live in the awareness that the Spirit pours out the charism among many laypeople, men and women, in a shared mission, at the service of children, adolescents, and young people most in need, in very different forms and expressions.

                The future lines of the Association of Salesian Cooperators

                At the World Congress in 2018, the main options that represent the springboard to be where the Lord calls one “to be Don Bosco today” were indicated: to strengthen fidelity to the apostolic promise, increase the sense of belonging to the Church, to the Association, and to the Salesian Family, to take care of the family spirit and shared responsibility.

                As a World Delegate, I commit myself to accompanying the Association by walking together with young people to build a more Christian and humane society.

                I am grateful to Mother Reungoat, and to the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to the Delegates who preceded me, and especially to Sister Leslye Sándigo, who has worked in communion to spread the charism in these years. I entrust myself to the Lord to support me in this new mission and I ask everyone to accompany me with prayer and fraternity.

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                • Salesiani Cooperatori
                • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  India - Video in memory of Salesians killed in Imphal in 2001

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                  India - Video in memory of Salesians killed in Imphal in 2001

                  (ANS - Imphal) - "The Three Red Diamonds of Kangleipak, The Ransom Paid" - where Kangleipak recalls the ancient name of Manipur - is the title of a documentary made by Fr Thomas Josekutty Madathiparambil, an Indian Salesian, in memory of the three Salesians who were killed in Imphal to protect the young people present in the Salesian novitiate at the time. But it is not just a video, but rather a real tribute: in fact, Fr Josekutty was one of those novices and remembers that story very well, which opposed the generosity of sacrifice to the arrogance of violence.

                  May 15, 2001

                  In the morning of that fateful day, May 15, 2001, two men came to the Salesian Novitiate house at Ngarian, apparently for a visit. Bro. Shinu accompanied them around the house. They left soon after that. It is alleged that the same men returned in the evening of the same fully armed at about 6.45 pm, accompanied by a third man in a white Maruti van. One of them stood guard at the main gate while the other two went behind the house and asked for the father in charge. On being informed Fr. Raphael interrupted his conference for the 12 second-year novices and went out with Fr. Andreas (who'd been posted there three weeks earlier) to meet the gunmen in the volleyball court.

                  Fr. Raphael returned within few minutes and told the novices that the day’s talk was over and sent them to their study hall asking them not to leave the place at all costs. The novices saw him going to Chapel to pray, and then he went to his office and again into the volleyball court. It appears that Fr. Raphael took some money from his office for payment. The gunmen were heard saying that the sum was not sufficient. Fr. Andreas went into the house again.  Some of the novices saw Fr. Andreas taking money from his room and returning to the volleyball court.

                  For the next 45 minutes, the four of them were engaged in a discussion. The gunmen were overheard asking Fr. Raphael to bring out all the novices and separate them Nagas from the non-Nagas. Fr. Raphael told them, “they are young boys; why call them out? You tell me what you want of them and I will inform them.” After a while, the gunmen asked Bro. Shinu to come out of the house. He came out and the conversation continued further for about ten minutes.

                  At 7.50 pm the novices who were in the chapel for their personal prayer heard the sound of a gunshot from the road. Immediately after that signal, the two gunmen sprayed bullets into Fr. Raphael from an AK47 rifle. No sooner had Fr. Andreas bent forward to help Fr. Raphael than the gunmen opened indiscriminate fire at him. Cl. Shinu, at this juncture began to cry aloud and the gunmen pumped bullets into him too. After a few minutes, the killers slipped away under the cover of darkness. These brave sons of Don Bosco laid down their lives for the sake of their flock entrusted to their care. They shed their blood working for God and fellowmen.

                  Circumstances Leading to the Death of Frs. Raphael, Andreas and Cl. Shinu

                  The years 2000 and 2001 were one of the most turbulent times for the congregation and the Church in Imphal. The insurgency was at its peak and they were making demands on the church and all its institutions, especially the educational institutions. Some of the insurgent groups in Imphal valley made demands, asking the Catholic missionary schools to pay huge amounts of money to them to let them continue the missionary work in the valley. Paying them means supporting their work. So some of our confreres, namely Rev. Fr. Manuel Paikada SDB, Rev. Fr. Kunnathettu Vincent SDB, Rev. Fr. Chazhisseril Stephen SDB, and a few others, received life-threatening messages from them when they did not comply with their demands. In March 2001, all - except Late Rev. Fr. John Med SDB - left Imphal at the request of Rev. Fr. Provincial, as the conditions were not conducive for their stay there. So the insurgents could not lay their hands on the confreres working in the schools who were unwilling to comply to their unjust demands. Their target was to teach the priests and religious, especially the non-locals, a lesson, as targeting the local clergy and religious would mean intercommunity conflicts and bloodshed. They focused their attention to novitiates, a soft target, when they knew many non-local young members were present there. So they decided to teach us a lesson by attacking the novitiate, although the community had nothing to do with schools and its activities. This was very evident from their conversation with the fathers.  They were afraid to touch the confreres from Manipur as it would create a lot of difficulties for them as well. They demanded for all non-locals to be separated from the novices from Manipur. They wanted to kill all of them and teach the Church and Congregation a lesson.


                  Fr. Raphael Paliakara was born on 10 April 1955 at Chiyyaram – under the then Ollur parish in the Trichur diocese in the state of Kerala in India to P. V. Varunny and Mary of Paliakara family. He joined the Salesian aspirantate at Vaduthala in 1969 and in 1970 he arrived at Shilling to pursue his high school and pre-university studies at Savio Juniorate Mawlai. He made his first profession on 24 May 1976 and became a member of the Salesian congregation. He completed his post-novitiate training as well as graduation in 1979. He spent his years of practical training at Don Bosco School Dibrugarh and pronounced his final vows on 24 May 1982. He completed his theological training at Sacred Heart Theological College, Shillong, and was ordained a priest on 29 December 1984. He was appointed at Rua Home, Jorhat, in 1985. In 1991 he was transferred to Don Bosco Dibruagrh as Assistant Headmaster and counsellor of the aspirants. In 1993 he was appointed headmaster of Don Bosco High School, Dibrugarh. From 1996 – 1999 he specialized in formation pedagogy at the Salesian Pontifical University, Rome, and later went to Kent, England, for training in Human growth and development. On his return to India in October 1999, he was appointed Lecturer and librarian in Salesian College, Dimapur. In July 2000, he was appointed Novice Master at Ngarian, Imphal, Manipur.

                  Fr. Andreas Kindo was born on 2 December 1969 to Mr. Albinus Kindo and Mariam Lakra at Charry Munda in Kurdeg parish belonging to the diocese of Simdega in Jharkand. He passed his Bihar secondary school examination in the second division in 1985 from Nirmala High school Kahlijore. He had expressed his great longing to be a priest from his boyhood days. He hailed from a very pious Catholic family and was privileged to have parents who were very religious. He joined the Salesian aspirantate at Rua Home Jorhat and completed his pre-university exam in February 1989. He made his first profession and became a Salesian on 27 April 1990. He completed his graduation and post-novitiate training at Salesian College Dimapur in 1993. Practical training took him to Don Bosco Chingmeirong in April 1993 as assistant and Teacher. Towards the end of 1994, he was transferred to the novitiate at Ngarian as assistant and teacher to the novices. He completed his theological studies at Sacred Heart Theological College, Shillong, and was ordained a priest on 25 April 2000. In May 2000, Fr. Kindo was appointed as Assistant headmaster, Counsellor and Assistant parish priest at Don Bosco Chingmeirong, Imphal, Manipur. He had a working knowledge of Manipuri. He endeared himself to the people so much that a Manipuri family christened one of their sons ‘Kindo’. He was transferred to the Salesian novitiate at Ngarian in April 2001.

                  Cl. Shinu Joseph Valliparambil SDB was born on 27 March 1978 at Chakkittapara in the Thamarassery diocese in the Kozhikode district of Kerala State, India. He joined the Salesian aspirantate at Jorhat, Assam, after the completion of his SSLC examination 1993. He pronounced his first vows as a Salesian on 24 May 1997 at Ngarian, in the Salesian Novitiate.  He proceeded to the Salesian College of Higher Education, Dimapur, Nagland, for his Philosophical studies and graduation. He completed his post-novitiate studies with a first rank in Bachelor of Arts with English honours from Nagaland University in 2000. He was appointed as assistant and teacher of the novices at Ngarian in June 2000.

                  The video is currently available in English on YouTube. In the future, it will be subtitled to make it available in other languages too.

                  • India
                  • Violenze
                  • IND INDIA DIMAPUR
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Italy – Salesians Agnelli: after 50 years, "Dream of Don Bosco" comes back to life

                    2 weeks 1 day ago

                    (ANS - Turin) - The restoration work on the ancient altar frontal in the church of San Giovanni Bosco in Mirafiori has been completed. Yesterday, Monday 18 May, on the centenary of John Paul II's birth, the first Mass on the renewed altar was also celebrated.

                    In the "San Giovanni Bosco" church in Mirafiori behind the altar, against the back wall, there is the imposing marble group with the statue of Don Bosco. Initially, in that position, there was a painting of the saint of the young, but Senator Agnelli had considered it too small in comparison to his grandeur, so he contacted the sculptor Edoardo Rubino (author of the statue of the lighthouse of Maddalena, on the Turin hill) to commission a monumental work from the artist, a work that would reflect Don Bosco's due glory.

                    The work is a group that contains: in the center, the great figure of Don Bosco, supported by some angels; behind him, in slight relief, the effigy of Mary Help of Christians with baby Jesus, and three angels; on the left and right of the statue, a series of panels depicts different aspects of Don Bosco's evangelizing work, which goes from school teaching to that of crafts, and on to the missionaries who brought the Gospel to the most distant lands; above, the angels who support the cross.

                    Before Vatican II the wall altar was an integral part of the monument whose frontal represented the dream of the nine years; the symbolic reading of the monument started right from there: from the dream of the nine years, Don Bosco matures his educational mission and through his life experience, gives children a future of hope as good Christians and as upright citizens.

                    In the 70s, with the construction of the new altar and the adaptation to liturgical norms, that art piece had been placed provisionally outside the church - but was thus exposed to the elements - perhaps as a votive gift, as was the custom then, as a remembrance of World War II in the oratory area rebuilt after the heavy bombing of 1944.

                    The decision to reunite that element with the main work was taken by the Pastoral Council in 2016 at the beginning of the restoration works of the entire parish church with the aim of presenting and preserving one of the most beautiful monuments dedicated to Don Bosco and, to date, little known precisely because it was incomplete.

                    The work, which had already been underway for some time, was scheduled to end at Easter, but the coronavirus pandemic slowed things down. In recent weeks, the so-called "Phase 2" has begun, thus the resumption of the construction sector and completion of the work.  Yesterday, the first Mass from the "stop" of the pandemic was celebrated on the renewed altar.

                    “Today more than ever we need to start again ... Starting from the origins of our charism,” says the parish priest, Fr Gianmarco Pernice. “On Sunday 24 May, the feast day of Mary Help of Christians, despite the limited number of faithful, will be an opportunity to renew that 'yes' to the One who 'did everything'.”

                    {gallery}Salesiani Agnelli - Altare 2020{/gallery}

                    • Italia
                    • Arte e Cultura
                    • Don Bosco
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Brazil - "Jesus will look closely at our gesture of love": parish in solidarity with poorest

                      2 weeks 1 day ago

                      (ANS - Joinville) - “I had an idea that, I believe, is very current in this moment of world crisis and I will tell you about it. I want us to do something for the poor.” These are the words of the parish priest of the church of Saint Anthony in Joinville, SC, the Salesian Fr Renato dos Santos. These, remembering that “our beloved Pope Francis joined the appeal of all the religions of the world for a day of prayer, fasting and charity to implore God for the end of the pandemic”, he thought of a concrete gesture of charity on the part of his faithful towards the people who suffer in this moment of pandemic.

                      This concrete gesture was made on May 14 when the whole world stopped for a moment on the World Day of Prayer promoted by the High Committee for Human Brotherhood to ask the Lord for the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. During the Mass celebrated in the chapel of Santa Marta in the Vatican, Pope Francis recalled that there are also other “pandemics” that cause millions of deaths: the pandemic of hunger, war, children who do not have access to education, and invited to ask God to bless and have mercy on humanity.

                      The San Antonio parish in Joinville was open all day, so anyone who wanted to, from every family or parish group, could offer at least one basket to give to the most needy. The donated baskets were placed in the church benches to symbolize the charity of the family in this moment that calls for solidarity. In the place where families normally sat to pray and participate in the liturgy, baskets with primary needs were placed, donated with love and generosity.

                      Fr dos Santos hoped to reach at least 2,000 baskets, but the numbers exceeded expectations. “They looked like small ants. All the faithful of our parishes made a gesture of charity. From 8 in the morning until 8 in the evening, people didn't stop. Slowly people came, deposited their baskets, bent their knees in front of the Blessed Sacrament and left. Each basket is a gesture of love, said Fr Renato.

                      “The Blessed Sacrament was exposed all day long. Every person who came to give something prayed a little and then left. And Jesus will look closely at our gesture of love,” concluded the parish priest.


                      {gallery}Brasile - Pacchi a Joinville - 2020{/gallery}

                      • Brasile
                      • BPA BRASILE PORTO ALEGRE
                      • Solidarietà
                      • Coronavirus
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Argentina – Queues of over two blocks to collect food from refectory: "People are grateful, but very sad"

                        2 weeks 2 days ago

                        (ANS - Buenos Aires) - The weeks of isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, although necessary in terms of preventing contagion, complicated a social and economic scenario that had already been seriously injured for years. The lack of basic needs such as food have become even more visible and urgent, as evidenced by the image of a queue of more than two blocks to collect food from a refectory.

                        “We are in an emergency situation. All the social activity of the parish, the clothing service for the needy, the pharmacy, the employment center, psychological assistance, medical care are suspended due to the quarantine. The only thing that works is the refectory,” explains Fr Fabián Alonso on the origin of the image at the time of the coronavirus, taken in the Bonaerense district of Almagro.

                        “People are having a bad time,” he continues. “Every day we get more people coming to sign up. And we believe they will continue to increase with regards to food bags. For our part, we try to offer a hearty and warm meal.”

                        He then describes the situation of social crisis aggravated by the isolation against the coronavirus pandemic from the refectory's point of view: “We have set a limit. We cannot assist more than 250 families. Here in Almagro, we have a parish and there is the canteen of the poor of San Carlos de María Auxiliadora, but we also have another canteen in the San Antonio School, in the area of ​​'Mexico 4040'. They too are distributing bags of food and canned food. But undoubtedly these services are not enough compared to the demand.” Shortly thereafter, the Salesians also opened another distribution point, in the gymnasium of the school dedicated to St. Francis de Sales.

                        “On the one hand, on Tuesdays and Fridays we distribute bags of food to registered families, at this moment there are 250 who take one bag a week with fresh food and non-perishable food, depending on what we receive,” explains Fr Alonso. “People, in general, are very grateful. But they are also very sad, without hope.”

                        “Every day we prepare 200 individual trays for people in street situations. People come to the door, we hand over the trays with disposable cutlery, we put them on a table and people take them away, but you can't eat inside,” continues the Salesian.

                        Finally, he concludes by explaining the organization in detail: “People must bring documentation and we make a card with their data and those of family members. We are creating a database so that the same person does not receive the benefit in different places.”


                        • Argentina
                        • ARS ARGENTINA SUD
                        • Solidarietà
                        • Coronavirus
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Portugal – "Fundação Salesianos", companies and education managers support students via distance learning

                          2 weeks 2 days ago

                          (ANS - Manique) - Portugal enters the second phase of its de-confinement plan on Monday, with the opening of secondary schools and kindergartens (elementary and middle schools continue distance learning). If there is one thing that this pandemic has clearly demonstrated in the world of education, it is that new ways of teaching and learning are needed: teaching from the heart, investing in students' academic, human and spiritual formation, has become even more important than before. And, moreover, that one can never do without solidarity.

                          In the Salesian work of Manique, in a joint action, the "Fundação Salesianos", the Department of Education of the Municipality of Cascais, the companies "Altice Portugal", "Berner", "Orbcomm" and two education managers have made distance learning possible for all students by delivering computers and tablets.

                          At the beginning of the third school term, the weekly workload of each subject was adapted by seeking a balance between digital and physical work, the harmony of the synchronous (learn, interact, clarify doubts) and asynchronous learning phases (time for personal investigation, reflection, re-elaborating, creative phases) and also a healthy alternation between work, study and moments of rest.

                          The students of the Salesians of Manique had daily sessions in synchronous work, by recorded or videoconference broadcasts, to provide and elaborate didactic contents and for the interaction and clarification of students' doubts. The distance learning program also included work sessions led by teachers, favoring the use of the Moodle platform, an educational resource already familiar to students, and e-mail, as well as individual autonomous work sessions.

                          Several parents and those responsible for education sent messages of gratitude to the Salesians of Manique for their prompt and effective response in this situation.

                          I want to thank you very much for your effort! It is incredible the work you have done on this side to make our children continue to learn ... All in such a short time ... well done! Your contingency plan was perfect. Thank you so much,” a pupil's mom testified.

                          I want to leave my thanks to all the teaching staff who (tele) worked on the preparation of homework for the students. I felt, through my daughter, that the teachers were present whenever necessary, always trying not to stress the students," added another.

                          Congratulations to the Salesian School of Manique. They have always been at the forefront in the care and attention of students, the school community and families,” concludes a third parent.

                          The Salesians of Manique also continued to accompany socially vulnerable families through "SolSal - Salesian Solidarity Service". During the months of March and April, baskets of food were delivered to 23 of the school's students' families.

                          {gallery}POR - Manique 2020{/gallery}

                          • Portogallo
                          • POR PORTOGALLO
                          • Solidarietà
                          • Coronavirus
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Vatican – "Don Bosco Green Alliance" at helm of school sector during year of Laudato Sì

                            2 weeks 2 days ago

                            (ANS - Vatican City) - On May 16, the first day of the "Laudato Sì Week" wanted by Pope Francis, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development announced a Special Year dedicated to the Encyclical Laudato Sì, which will run from 24 May 2020 to 24 May 2021.

                            Explaining what the plans will be for this year, the Dicastery declared: “We invite everyone to join us. The urgency of the situation requires immediate, global and unitary responses, at all levels: local, regional, national, and international. Above all, we need a 'movement of peoples' that starts from below, an alliance of all people of goodwill. As Pope Francis reminds us, we can all cooperate as God's instruments for the care of Creation, each according to their own culture, experience, involvement and talents.”

                            Speaking to the media about the Year of Laudato Sì, Fr Joshtrom Kureethadam, SDB, Coordinator for the Ecology sector in the Vatican Dicastery, said: “In the anniversary year we will launch several projects. In Rome, the Laudato Sì chapel is almost ready, which will travel around the world. All of this, furthermore, also generates multiple multi-year projects. For example, we are thinking of starting a 7-year journey that involves families, dioceses, schools, universities, hospitals, the business world and religious orders. Everything will have to be centered on concrete and participatory action, given the situation on the planet.”

                            As part of the year dedicated to Laudato Sì, the "Don Bosco Green Alliance" was invited to lead the school sector. It will be a seven-year path of education for integral ecology aimed at young people. It is a matter of promoting a rethinking of educational programs and of conceiving a reform of educational institutions to create greater awareness of ecology and to think about concrete actions, promoting the ecological vocations of young people, teachers and education managers.

                            Seven objectives (Laudato Sì Goals) have been set for this special year which will help measure the achievement of the integral ecology proposed by Pope Francis. These objectives are: response to the cry of the Earth, response to the cry of the poor, ecological economics, adoption of simple lifestyles, ecological education, ecological spirituality, community involvement, and participatory action for the care of Creation.

                            The Dicastery says it is hopeful that this special Year of Laudato Sì shall be “a time of grace, a true experience of Kairos and a time of "Jubilee" for the Earth, for humanity and for all God's creatures.”

                            • Vaticano
                            • Don Bosco Green Alliance
                            • Laudato Si
                            • Creato
                            • Ambiente
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              India – Deep Gurung: Past Pupil of Don Bosco and committed lay person: "Where there's a will, there's also a way"

                              2 weeks 2 days ago

                              (ANS - Shillong) - With around 4,000 new cases of people infected with COVID-19 every 24 hours these last few days, India has extended its lockdown again until May 31, even though the different States can now autonomously modulate the rules which concern, for example, the opening of some shops, resumption of productive activities, the daily behavior of citizens. Of course, there is still a need for people like Deep Gurung, people who roll up their sleeves to help those who suffer most from the confinement measures imposed.

                              Deep Gurung is a Past Pupil of Don Bosco, a collaborator of "BOSCONET India" when it was led by Fr George Menamparampil, currently active as Coordinator of the Salesian Response to the Covid-19 emergency. Deep Gurung instead works for “Don Bosco Tech India” in Shillong in the Indian state of Meghalaya. He says: 

                              I have also done some work here... But although I did everything on my own, right from fundraising to distribution, I did it under DB Tech's name. Whatever I am today, whatever knowledge I have and whatever name I have made so far in social work in my place is all because of Don Bosco. I, being a Don Bosco student, definitely keep in mind all his teachings and he is my inspiration ... But at the same time, I always remember whatever Fr George has taught us and in times like this, I always recall what he said and taught and that gives me a push to move ahead with more power and belief and inspiration. I feel blessed that I worked with BoscoNet in his days.

                              Due to lockdown, people from rural areas are more affected than the urban people. Help was provided to the needy people of urban areas by different groups whereas the villages remained neglected. We decided to reach out to the most needy families from rural areas. For this, we contacted the headmen of different villages of West and East Khasi hills and got the details of 300 families who needed help.

                              We divided the whole group into three phases and started off our work. We have completed the 1st phase covering 138 families. We will soon begin our work on the 2nd and 3rd phase and by the end of this week or the beginning of the next, we will cover all 300 houses.

                              We thank especially DB Tech India and Fr. George Mathew (Director DB Tech India) for his support and Mr. Stelius (past pupil DB Tech, Nongstoin, Meghalaya) who helped us in identifying the needy families and the distribution of relief material. There was no way to send the materials from the capital city as inter-district movement is restricted but the need of relief material was urgent. But with the reach that Don Bosco has because of its good work for the needy people God sent someone to help us. Thus, Mr. Stelius, our past pupil, came forward to handle the issue. In this entire process I realised two things:

                              1. Where there is a will there is a way.

                              2. If you want to do something good for the society with no hidden agenda, then go forward with courage even if you are alone because God will send you all the help that you need – as Fr. M.C. George used to teach us in BOSCONET.

                              • India
                              • INS INDIA SHILLONG
                              • Exallievi
                              • Coronavirus
                              • Laici
                              • Solidarietà
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                RMG - Thanksgiving and appointment of Fr Eusebio Muñoz as Procurator of Salesian Mission Office in Madrid

                                2 weeks 5 days ago
                                RMG - Thanksgiving and appointment of Fr Eusebio Muñoz as Procurator of Salesian Mission Office in Madrid

                                (ANS - Rome) - On 8 May, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, publicly thanked Fr Eusebio Muñoz for his service as Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family for six years and he announced his appointment as Director and Procurator of the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid, Spain.

                                In a letter addressed to the Salesians, Fr Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy, Councilor for the Mediterranean Region, wrote: "First of all, I wish to affirm that the Rector Major has appointed Fr Eusebio Muñoz Ruíz as Procurator of the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid. Up to now, Fr Muñoz has been the Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family."

                                This new role as Procurator is undoubtedly of great importance and relevance in this historical moment. As a Salesian said to Fr Eusebio, this assignment "will require a lot of work, but I believe that you'll be able to carry out this service with the good tenacity that characterizes you, with the creativity that these new post-pandemic times require, and with an identity marked by the Salesianity you don."

                                In a letter sent to the Salesian Family, which he has served in recent years, Fr Muñoz thanked all the groups, leaders and superiors of the branches of the Salesian Family and invited everyone to accompany the new Delegate of the Rector Major, Fr Joan Lluís Playà. "I'm convinced that Father Joan Lluís will ensure the highest quality, carrying out the important task the Rector Major has entrusted to him. As we say in Spain, we're in good hands."

                                In a message to the whole Salesian Family, he then expressed gratitude to all those with whom he shared his years of service as Director in the "Don Bosco" Community of the Vice Province of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) for 11 years, and the last 6 years with the Salesian Family.

                                "My thanks cannot be understood as a mandatory and formal gesture," said Fr Muñoz. "It did me much good to participate in the generous work of many people and to see the permanent response of our groups to God. The kindness you have had with me and the generosity of your accompanying have made the job easier and more enjoyable. The Lord, through you, has been generous to me. Thank you."

                                In recent years, Fr Muñoz has been one of the great animators of the Salesian Family. He has traveled all over the world, animating and training those responsible for the Salesian Family in each Province of the 7 Salesian Regions. He is now concluding his six-year term by giving the Salesian Congregation a book: "The Salesian Family of Don Bosco".

                                • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                • Spagna
                                  Virginia Nitto

                                  Chile - Don Bosco Foundation: "Moving forward in the mission, despite difficulties"

                                  2 weeks 5 days ago

                                  (ANS - Santiago de Chile) - These are difficult months in Chile. Since the country's first confirmed Coronavirus case, the health situation has worsened considerably since last March. Salesian universities, schools, parishes and shrines have been forced to close their doors, and move into the digital space. However, an institution that has not stopped functioning face-to-face with the most needy has been the Don Bosco Foundation, which between April and May, however, saw its contributions and donations decrease following the pandemic.

                                  Despite the worrying health and economic context, the Foundation has made ever greater efforts to continue its mission of helping, accompanying and evangelizing for children, young people and adults living on the streets.

                                  Together with the Food Network Organization, a logistic team and a group of volunteers, different strategies have been implemented to find food and to meet all the different needs.

                                  In the foster family home and in the Patio Punitaqui oratory in Santiago, there was a whole process of containment and, consequently, of changing the children's activities, now faced with the anxiety of being in quarantine. In fact, programs for psychological attention and occupational therapies have also been provided, so as to lower tension. It also continued with the educational accompanying work, so that minors continue with learning and school activities.

                                  In order to improve the accompanying path, a census of the situation of each family group was carried out, so as to create a personalized assistance plan. Specifically, the program consists in the delivery of canned food and cleaning materials to the most vulnerable families, included in programs aimed at street children, in outpatient programs, in programs for minors with parents deprived of their liberty or with families below the poverty line.

                                  Teens, girls and boys from the various residences of the Foundation were told how to carry out a cleaning and sanitation operation; a task performed by young people, under the supervision of their educators, in order to take care of their home and avoid contagion.

                                  A device has been installed in the Day Center of Valparaiso in which food, hygiene kits and protection for street people are delivered.

                                  In view of the pandemic situation and the arrival of winter, a flu vaccination operation was also carried out for all the beneficiaries and staff of the Foundation, to prevent the spread of colds and strengthen the immune system. Personal care training was also provided to all street people in all programs.

                                  • CIL CILE
                                  • Cile
                                    Virginia Nitto

                                    France - All united for education!

                                    2 weeks 5 days ago
                                    France - All united for education!

                                    (ANS - Paris) - In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the Salesians of Don Bosco have been organizing themselves for schools and associations. In fact, "All united for education" has been launched, a large campaign that calls for generosity and solidarity to support the school and education system.

                                    The pandemic clearly worries the whole world of schools and associations and the Salesian Congregation has not been standing still. The Salesians, working in France in over 100 structures, are organizing themselves to give support, through several Foundations, including the Don Bosco Foundation and the Pastré Foundation.

                                    Thanks to the close collaboration with school directors and the directors of the associations, the Don Bosco Foundation is working on the creation of an Emergency Educational Fund, which has two objectives: to create awareness that education is one of the first sectors to suffer the crisis and anticipate the consequences that schools will suffer, thanks to a fundraiser of 500,000 euros.

                                    The Don Bosco Foundation wants to be above all the voice of the educational cause in France because "the educational sector is one of the essential vectors for success and to start the transformation we want for tomorrow," says Fr Daniel Federspiel, SDB, Provincial of the Salesian Province of France-South Belgium (FRB) and President of the Don Bosco Foundation. The education of young people thus remains one of the central pillars to be protected.

                                    "We find ourselves in paradoxical situations: being present at a distance, developing digital practices that are not necessarily easy to implement, working from home while dealing with contacts and relationships. These are paradoxes that, although they often create tension, at the same time open new paths," explains François Le Clère, director of Le Valdocco, an association for education, prevention and social integration.

                                    All the structures of the Don Bosco network, concerned about the future of young people, foresee economic consequences for their structures: "The longer the period of isolation, the greater the difficulties and the economic impacts. Young people are the future of society and they must not suffer the consequences of this crisis," adds Xavier de Verchère, Economer of the Don Bosco Foundation.

                                    Unfortunately, however, many families are already facing serious financial problems. For this, the Salesians are trying to respond to the financial emergency. The Don Bosco Foundation has set itself, as mentioned, a fundraising target of € 500,000. The sum will then be redistributed through a tender, favoring the structures and families most in difficulty. To succeed in this goal, the Foundation asks for the support of private institutions and financiers, to remain all united for education.

                                    • FRB FRANCIA BELGIO SUD
                                    • Francia
                                    • Educazione
                                      Virginia Nitto

                                      Vatican - What can we do to care for Creation? Week dedicated to encyclical "Laudato Si"

                                      2 weeks 5 days ago

                                      (ANS - Vatican City) In recent days, Pope Francis urged to participate in the Laudato Sì Week, which will be held from tomorrow, May 16, until Sunday May 24; its theme: "Everything is connected."

                                      During this time, Catholic communities around the world will come together to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' Encyclical of 24 May 2015. It will be a week during which we will all be called to contribute to the good of our Planet.

                                      We are experiencing events that will remain etched in history and the Encyclical Laudato Sì teaches us how to build a better world together.

                                      The appeal was especially felt by the entire Salesian world, in particular by the Don Bosco Green Alliance, the worldwide alliance of Salesian organizations committed to the protection of Creation. The Green Alliance, with its 270 members present in 56 different countries, has joined the call of the Holy Father and invites everyone to respond to the initiative.

                                      Also, the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) has prepared a simple animation booklet for the occasion. For each day of the week, it suggests a brief reflection on various topics and invites a simple action to increase environmental awareness. Finally, a World Day of Prayer is scheduled for May 24.

                                      All the initiatives linked to the week of "Laudato Si" fall within the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of "Earth Day", established in 1970 and celebrated the United Nations on 22 April.

                                      All those who are in contact with the Don Bosco Green Alliance or with other movements on the theme of Climate Change already know the different calls to action, the animated videos designed to raise awareness and promote actions for our common home, for people and their planet.

                                      For those who want to know more, however, you can listen to the video message of Pope Francis or visit the website

                                      • Vaticano
                                      • Laudato Si
                                      • Papa Francesco
                                        Virginia Nitto

                                        Italy - 10 May 1884-2020: a re-reading of the "Letter from Rome" written by Don Bosco

                                        2 weeks 6 days ago

                                        (ANS - Catania) - A new video entitled “Letter from Rome | May 10, 1884 is available on the Sicily Salesians YouTube channel. Once again, educational passion becomes a story, thanks to the help of the new means of communication.

                                        The digital content will celebrate the 136th anniversary of the Letter that St. John Bosco wrote from Rome on 10 May 1884 to his Salesians and young people to renew affections, mutual esteem and live the Salesian charism to the full, taking care of the family atmosphere inside of one's educational work.

                                        The video begins with the words of the Saint: "My dearest children in Jesus Christ, close or far away, I always think of you" and fully expresses the message that three young Salesian consecrated persons of the Sicilian Salesian Province (ISI) wanted to convey. They are Orazio Moschetti, Vito Mangano, and Ignazio Coniglio who, encouraged by the university professor of the Preventive System at the Faculty of Philosophy of the UPS (Salesian Pontifical University - Rome), launched into this storytelling project to narrate the educational action - pastoral care of three works present in Sicily, underlining the charismatic features that distinguish each of them.

                                        The three young Salesians did and thought much about directing, photography, but above all the message to be shared via digital means to create a place capable of reducing distances and dilating time, relive the family spirit experienced by Don Bosco, by his mother Margherita Occhiena, and by the young people of the first oratory of Valdocco.

                                        The first work takes the name of Colonia Don Bosco, in Catania, a structure entrusted to the management of the Don Bosco 2000 association and coordinated by several Salesian Cooperators who live the charism fully. This "house" has been welcoming unaccompanied minor migrants, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa, for several years, offering projects of welcome and integration for people looking for a better future.

                                        The second "house" speaks of the scholastic situation and of the relationship between teachers and students. The Liceo Don Bosco of Villa Ranchibile in Palermo is a hotbed of young minds that mature thanks to the professionalism of the teaching staff and the confidence and joy that one breathes in the playground. Finally, the third story tells of the Salesians present in the San Cristoforo district of Catania, who for over 70 years have been promoting the continuous fight against all kinds of poverty.

                                        The video ends with a message from the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, who in the chapel adjacent to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Rome expresses his wish that everyone continue the educational work of the Saint of the young, committing energies and skills to save the poor and abandoned youth.

                                        • ISI ITALIA SICILIA
                                        • Don Bosco
                                          Virginia Nitto
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