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India – Miao Diocese rejoices at the Ordination of its Auxiliary Bishop: Mgr. Dennis Panipitchai, SDB

Gian Francesco Romano
1 week 3 days ago
India – Miao Diocese rejoices at the Ordination of its Auxiliary Bishop: Mgr. Dennis Panipitchai, SDB

(ANS – Borduria) – Most Rev. Dennis Panipitchai SDB was ordained as the Auxiliary Bishop of Miao Diocese during a solemn and joyful ceremony at Borduria village on 2 August 2018.

Borduria village hosted around 4000 guests from all around the country as it celebrated the Silver Jubilee of the visit of St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata and that of the blessing of the first Church in Arunachal Pradesh with the Episcopal Ordination of the Auxiliary Bishop of Miao Diocese in east Arunachal Pradesh.

Bishop Dennis (60), born in Colachel Parish of Kottar Diocese in Tamil Nadu on 27 July 1958, will assist Most Rev. George Pallipparambil in serving the people of Miao Diocese that covers eight civil districts of east Arunachal Pradesh – Tirap, Longding, Changlang, Namsai, Lohit, Anjaw, Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley districts.

Ordained Priest on 27 December 1991, Bishop Dennis has served in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur in various capacities for the last 27 years.

Pope Francis appointed him as the Auxiliary Bishop of Miao Diocese on 8 June 2018 at the request of Bishop George to cater more to the spiritual, medical, educational and developmental needs of the people of east Arunachal Pradesh.

The Principal Consecrator, Most. Rev. Thomas Menamparampil SDB, the Archbishop Emeritus of Guwahati, highlighted how a small event, the baptism of Mr. Wanglat Lowangcha and his family, became a turning point in the life of the Church in Arunachal Pradesh. “God always uses small ways, takes humble steps and chooses simple beginning to bring fulfillment a great plan”, he said addressing a large audience of Bishops, political leaders, public servants, priests, nuns, youth and elders from across the country. “What we see today is nothing short of a miracle. A humble seed has become a huge tree. Today with the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Dennis, we can see the Church is still growing and God’s plan is at work among us.”

Bishop George, speaking at the ceremony, invited everyone to pray for the new Auxiliary Bishop and for the Diocese to do more service to the people in east Arunachal Pradesh. He also thanked Mr. Wanglat Lowangcha and all others who were both instrumental and supported the growth of the Church in Arunachal Pradesh. He also congratulated the organizing committee, the village leaders and youth of Borduria for their hardwork toward the success the event.

Mr. Wanglin Lowangdong, the Chief of Borduria and Hon’ble MLA and adviser to the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, greeted everyone on this solemn occasion and appreciated the role of the Church in the field of education, healthcare and development of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. He promised to help the Church to further its efforts to serve people better.

The first person who received Baptism in Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Wanglat Lowangcha, former Home Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, spoke on the occasion too. He recollected all the difficulties he and his family faced because he received Baptism and how difficult it was to bring Mother Teresa to Arunachal to bless the first Catholic Church on August 2, 1993.

Mr. Tirong Aboh, Hon’ble MLA Khonsa West, Mr. Techu Aran, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Tirap District, Mr. Taw Tebin, President of Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association, Archbishops of Shillong, Guwahati and Bishops from Itanagar, Dibrugarh, Kohima, Meerut, Jowai, Bongaigaon, Tezpur, Diphu, Tura, Agartala, and Kottar were also present.

The event concluded with felicitations to the newly Ordained Auxiliary Bishop and the dignitaries and a short skit on the visit of Mother Teresa to Borduria village 25 years.

{gallery}India - Ordinazione mons Dennis{/gallery}

  • India
  • Dennis Panipitchai
  • Thomas Menamparampil
  • George Palliparambil
  • Vescovi
  • Ordinazioni Episcopali

    Bolivia - "Scholas Occurrentes": the university must educate to be "better for others"

    Gian Francesco Romano
    1 week 3 days ago

    (ANS - La Paz) - In order to cultivate a culture of meeting, that is the encounter with others, for peace through education, Pedro Rosario, of the University of Minho in Portugal, and Sonia Fuentes, of the University of Chile, have reached the Salesian University of Bolivia to share the educational experience of the "Arco Iris Project" (Rainbow Project), one of the programs created by "Scholas Catedras".

    "Scholas Occurrentes" is an organization of civil society founded in Buenos Aires in 2001, when Jorge Mario Bergoglio was the city's archbishop. The visionary idea of the then archbishop was to transform the world into a hall without walls, where all children were integrated and in peace, and "Scholas Occurentes" was established with the aim of educating children to the commitment for the good common.

    Today, supported by Pope Francis, "Scholas Occurrentes" seeks the commitment of all social actors to cultivate the culture of the meeting for peace, and works with schools of all religious and secular confessions to re-establish an educational pact.

    One of the departments of this institution, born a few years ago, is "Scholas Catedras", aimed specifically at universities. In this context, the university institutes have been invited to promote various projects among vulnerable populations.

    This is how the "Arcoiris Project" was presented, a training proposal aimed at educators and teachers to work together with children of 8-9 years of age on self-learning processes, preparing them to face tasks and work to learn with greater quality and depth. The project's guiding tool is the aid "Travesuras del Amarillo."

    Prof Rosario reached La Paz to invite the Salesian University to be part of this dream supported by Pope Francis, who tries to give reasons for hope to the children and young people of the world and urges them to integrate into a culture of peace starting from involvement in the dynamics of learning.

    In the conference organized for teachers and managers of the Salesian University, Professor Rosario said that the challenge of a university was to train young people to be "better for others", and not just "to be better" to compete with or against others.

    The Salesian University hopes that this dream, painted with the colors of the rainbow, will become reality in Bolivia, in the near future, and that the Bolivian children and young people can be part of this worldwide commitment to peace.

    • Bolivia
    • BOL
    • Educazione
    • Università

      Brazil – Rector Major's Visit to Porto Alegre and Viamão

      Gian Francesco Romano
      1 week 6 days ago
      Brazil – Rector Major's Visit to Porto Alegre and Viamão

      (ANS - Porto Alegre) - On the night between 1 and 2 August, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, arrived in Porto Alegre to begin an animation visit to the Salesian Province "Saint Pius X" of Brazil-Porto Alegre (BPA). The Rector Major was welcomed at the airport by the BPA Provincial, Fr Asídio Deretti, by the other members of the Provincial Council, Salesians and aspirants of the Salesian house of Viamão, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and a group of people from Massaranduba.

      Yesterday morning, 2 August, the Rector Major met with the BPA Council at the Provincial House to learn about challenges and prospects and to illustrate the guidelines of the General Council.

      In the afternoon, with his secretary, Fr Horacio López, the Rector Major went to Viamão, a city near Porto Alegre, for a doubly significant visit: there, in fact, the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco do social work that concerns itself with prevention and recovery of children living in the streets and with a troubled past, and also run a home that houses elderly or ill Salesians.

      Addressing his elder confreres, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco reminded them that even if they can no longer be with young people and children in the courtyard, they can always keep them in their hearts and benefit them through prayer and the offer of their daily lives.

      Instead, in his visit to the social center, the Rector Major was welcomed by the students and the educators with the usual youthful joy, displayed through songs and dances performed by the students of the "street dance" course. And for his part, he encouraged them to make the most of the opportunities for human formation and development that the Salesians offer them, so that they can enter the world of work with skills, make their dreams come true and fulfill themselves as people.

      All the photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr.

      • BPA
      • Brasile
      • Rettor Maggiore
      • Ángel Fernández Artime
      • Anziani

        Mexico - "We hope you live among us as a Christian, bishop, father and friend of all"

        Gian Francesco Romano
        1 week 6 days ago

        (ANS - San Pedro and San Pablo Ayutla) - Yesterday, Thursday, 2 August, the celebration of the episcopal ordination of Fr Salvador Cleofás Murguía Villalobos, Salesian of Don Bosco, took place. It was last June 13th when L'Osservatore Romano published the news that Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Héctor Guerrero Córdova, SDB, as bishop of the Prelature of Mixes, due to his having reached 75 years of age, and communicated, at the same time, the name of the new bishop: Fr Salvador.

        Episcopal ordination is a Church event and also an encounter with the people and with the faithful for whom a bishop is ordained. On the morning of 2 August, Msgr. Murguía Villalobos entered the site of the celebration accompanied by Msgr. Guerrero Córdova, and received, at every step, wreaths of flowers from those present, indicating their affection for the new pastor.

        The first words of welcome were those pronounced by the mayor, Arturo Galván who, in his native language, said, "the population of San Pedro and San Pablo Ayutla Mixe gives you the most cordial welcome, Msgr. Salvador!"

        During the solemn eucharist, attended by numerous bishops, priests and Salesians - including the Councilor for Social Communication, Fr Filiberto González, and Fr Timothy Ploch, Regional Councilor for Interamerica - the ordination ceremony took place: the main consecrator of Fr Murguía Villalobos was Cardinal Alberto Suárez Inda, archbishop emeritus of Morelia, and the principal co-consecrators were Msgr. Pedro Vázquez Villalobos, archbishop of Antequera, and Msgr. Guerrero Córdova.

        Since yesterday, Msgr. Murguía Villalobos has therefore become the pastor of a prelature located in a poor and mountainous area consisting of 19 municipalities and 274 communities and a population of about 200,000: Mixes (70%), Chinantecos (19%) and Xapotechi (8%) , in addition to mestizos (2%) and Mixtecs (1%).

        It is a region located in the northern highlands of Oaxaca with communities still isolated, from a economic, educational or social standpoint, but a people proud of their customs and traditions.

        "We hope that you may live among us as a Christian, bishop, father and friend of all," were the words of welcome from the Temple Committee. "You already know that you have come to a vast and little known area ... But we shall by your side in bringing the Word of God."

        {gallery}Messico - Ordinazione mons Cleo{/gallery}

        • Messico
        • Vescovi
        • Salvador Cleofás Murguía Villalobos
        • Chiesa
        • Indigeni
        • Mixes

          RMG - II edition of School for Provincial Delegates of Salesian Youth Ministry

          Gian Francesco Romano
          1 week 6 days ago
          RMG - II edition of School for Provincial Delegates of Salesian Youth Ministry

          (ANS - Rome) - Three years after the first edition, the Salesian Youth Ministry Dicastery returns to propose a second edition of the School for Youth Ministry Delegates from 6 to 18 May 2019. The School is addressed to all those Salesians who have been recently nominated Provincial Delegates for Salesian Youth Ministry. Those Salesians who are preparing to take on this responsibility in the future may also participate.

          In the first edition, (Rome, May 2016), circa 50 Salesians from over 40 countries participated. This second edition also aims to be an expression of the School's international scope. The official working languages are English, Italian and Spanish. Simultaneous translation will be available and materials available in the three official languages.

          The novelty, however, is that the next edition of the School will be held at Colle Don Bosco and Valdocco. During the first week the participants shall be guests of Colle Don Bosco with several sessions held directly in the Salesian Places. The second and last week of work, instead, will be held in Valdocco. Here too the participants will have the opportunity to discuss the story of Don Bosco and the Salesian responses to the challenges of today.

          The School aims to promote an in-depth view and study of the fundamental elements of Salesian heritage; provide adequate formation and foster key skills for the animation, management and coordination of the Provincial Youth Ministry; and, finally, to encourage the personal growth of the Delegate, through reflection on one's own experience, internalization and personal re-elaboration of one's own motivations.

          The methodology of the work will reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the School, alternating conferences, discussion, debates, group work, personal study, moments of culture and spirituality. The modular organization will include moments dedicated to the synthesis of theoretical knowledge, in-depth analysis starting from practical experience and focus on know-how. Some modules will also be dedicated to the care of the lifestyle and personal behaviour of the Provincial Delegate for Salesian Youth Ministry. At the end of each day, each participant will be offered time to write a personal "portfolio".

          The number of participants is limited to best ensure the effectiveness of the School, according to the methodology experimented in the first edition. It is therefore necessary to register as soon as possible to ensure participation.

          For more information, please contact the contacts indicated in the official poster.

          {gallery}Scuola Delegati PG - EN{/gallery}

          • RMG
          • Pastorale Giovanile
          • Fabio Attard

            Poland - A photo album to commemorate Card. Augusto Hlond

            Gian Francesco Romano
            2 weeks ago
            Poland - A photo album to commemorate Card. Augusto Hlond

            (ANS - Warsaw) - "A monumental work, very beautiful and full of unique photos." With these words Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General of the Causes of the Saints of the Salesian Family, defined the book "August Hlond. 1881-1948 ", published by the Polish Institute of National Memory (IPN).

            The volume, edited by Łukasz Kobiela, was presented in Warsaw, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the death of Cardinal Hlond and the recognition of Venerability by Pope Francis, which took place on 19 May.

            At the presentation, Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, archbishop of Warsaw, spoke of the text as "a beautiful and useful publication", while Dr. Jarosław Szarek, President of IPN, said, that so far the image of this eminent figure has been too little investigated, and therefore the IPN "wants to revive the memory of this man, a charismatic intellectual, with great organizational talent."

            "Many of his initiatives," continued Dr. Szarek, "have reached even to our times: the Akcja Katolicka (Catholic Action), the Towarzystwo Chrystusowe dla Poloni Zagranicznej (Society of Christ for the Emigrants of Poland), the foundation of the diocese of Katowice, the application of the Social Doctrine of the Church in Silesia."

            According to the IPN President, Card. Hlond knew that "one must talk with society, including through the media, and therefore founded Gość Niedzielny (the Sunday Host), still published today."

            Marek Jędraszewski, metropolitan archbishop of Krakow, observed that "the work and teaching of Card. Hlond constitute a patrimony from which, in the years that followed, both the Polish people and the great pastors of the Polish Church, such as Primate Wyszyński and St. John Paul II, drew upon."

            Finally, Łukasz Kobiela, the book's author, explained that this was the first work that dealt so extensively with the activity of Cardinal Hlond, including the historical background, especially in his native Silesia. For the book, he claimed to have used several sources ...

            Much of the material was presented for the first time; among them, the documents concerning the arrest of the Primate by the Germans in 1943, photos of the period of imprisonment and documents found from the IPN concerning actions the communist government undertook against the Cardinal after the Second World War.

            • Polonia
            • Cardinali
            • Vescovi
            • Augusto Hlond
            • Santità Salesiana

              Malaysia - A welcoming Catholic community for the Salesians in Kuching

              Gian Francesco Romano
              2 weeks ago
              Malaysia - A welcoming Catholic community for the Salesians in Kuching

              (ANS - Kuching) - In his few days of his animation visit to the small Salesian missionary outpost in Malaysia, in Kuching, Fr Václav Klement, Regional Councilor for East Asia-Oceania, focused mainly on gaining direct knowledge of the context of the mission , more than on the animation of the community. And he could see promising signs for the future.

              Planned for the visit of the EAO Regional Councillor (July 28-31) were many meetings and chances for him to get to know the vibrant local Catholic community, the first collaborators, understand better the progress and challenge on the project of incoming “St. Joseph Institute Samarahan”, that also includes the TVET entrusted to the Salesians of Don Bosco.

              The missionary start means first of all the study of the local languages - Bahasa Malaysia (Fr. Ramon) and Bidayukh - main local dialect (Fr. Andre is already preaching), while for the latest newcomer, Br. Manuel, it means Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese. Since the last visit of the FIN provincial in February 2018, our Salesians are resident in the beautiful 33,000 Catholic- and 60 chapel- strong parish of St. Stephen, helping the two diocesan priest as much as possible.

              By chance, the three days were also marked by three meetings with the dynamic Archbishop of Kuching, Mons. Simon Poh, who is very closely following and helping our new community in many ways. The first encounter took place in the Bau parish on the 40th priestly anniversary celebration of Fr. Jeppy (Saturday), next day on the celebration of the new parish church of St Ann (Kuching) and finally on Monday for a 'working meeting' about the St. Joseph Technical Institute which concluded with lunch.

              Thanks to the rather recent evangelization by the Mill Hill missionaries, the not very large territory and the fatherly care of the Bishops the Kuching Catholic community bears witness to a true family spirit among all priests, religious and parish communities. A humble witness of a serving archbishop, with a close accompaniment of the faith formation of the young people (annual camps for teenagers during the past 25 years) brings many fruits.

              Klement was able also to visit the St. Joseph International School entrusted to the Marist Brothers, where Br. Manuel realized that he should ask to be called not a Brother (local title for the diocesan seminarians) but to be called Bruder (like in Indonesia). Informal encounters with local faithful, youth leaders and a visit to Catholic families offered rather deep insight in our future field of mission.

              As a way of accompaniment the small and distant community of Kuching was given a few points letter as a simple tool of accompaniment and direction for their journey.

              Source: AustraLasia

              • Malesia
              • FIN
              • Missioni
              • Chiesa
              • Vescovi
              • Václav Klement

                Chile - President Piñera visits "Nueva Luz" children's home of "Fundación Don Bosco"

                Gian Francesco Romano
                2 weeks ago

                (ANS - Santiago) - Last Thursday, July 26, the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, visited the teenage shelter "Nueva Luz", of the "Fundación Don Bosco", in the municipality of La Reina, a suburb of Santiago. The meeting originated from an invitation addressed to the Minister of Social Development, Alfredo Moreno Charme, and to the Minister of National Heritage, Felipe Ward Edwards, on the day of the center's inauguration.

                As some may recall, on 29 June 2018 the center of La Reina became a home for street children, taking the name of "Nueva Luz", thanks to a public-private partnership between the "Fundación Don Bosco", "Sodimac", a private company, and the Chilean government. In this way, it today constitutes the first house of this type, built from a government project.

                Minister Moreno said, "The children of the 'Fundación Don Bosco' who were housed in La Moneda had recently asked us for shelter, because the structure that had housed them previously had gone into flames. This is the answer we have given them." In fact, to create the project, the minister had invited various institutions, public bodies, private and civil, to form an alliance, which allowed for an immediate completion of the project.

                Dr Moreno also recalled the words of President Piñera when he learned of the consignment of the center to the Salesian foundation: "Make good use of the house, and without a doubt, this is good use, indeed."

                In his visit to the "Nueva Luz" house, President Piñera greeted all the children and teenagers being hosted. For the occasion, there were also Fr Carlo Lira, Provincial of the Province of Chile, Fr Víctor Mora, President of the "Fundación Don Bosco", Sergio Mercado, Executive Director, and Florencio Colilaf, Director of the House; in addition to the two ministers, the government structure also saw the participation of the Undersecretary for Social Services, Sebastián Villarreal, and Catherina Rodríguez.

                The President of the Chilean Republic shared time in dialogue and tasted a pizza prepared by the young guests of the center, guided by Nello Gariullo, Vice-President of the foundation's directorate.

                According to recent data, in Chile there are over 700 street children, of which more than 370 in the metropolitan region of Santiago. The "Nueva Luz" house is a ray of light for hundreds of minors who spend their lives in the streets.

                • Cile
                • CIL
                • Personaggi illustri
                • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                • Bambini di Strada

                  India – BREADS at TIA Summit

                  Gian Francesco Romano
                  2 weeks ago
                  India – BREADS at TIA Summit

                  (ANS – Bangalore) – What could BREADS possibly have in common with Blockchain technology evangelists? Not much, really. But as a strategic partner and member of the advisory board of The India Advantage (TIA) Summit, BREADS did meet with them in Bangalore on 19th and 20th July, 2018. It was a very interesting and stimulating experience where global partnerships for innovation and the sustainable development of cities were explored.

                  A buzzword was smart cities. And yet another was innovation. The summit brought together local governments and city representatives, banks and investors, multinational technology giants like BOSCH, Infosys, Subex; startups, research institutions and NGOs. The summit also showcased model smart cities: BTC city in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and the Gujarat International Finance Tec-city (GIFT) in Ahmedabad, India.

                  Everyone agreed that the situation in urbanized India was dangerous and would only get more alarming. Various indicators were put forward, a couple of them being: 40% of the Indian population will live in cities by 2030, contributing 60% of GDP. Existing structures and systems simply could not bear up under the stress of such numbers. On the other hand, the environment is being speedily ruined. Bangalore, as an example, now has 70% of its area under construction. Lakes with water have decreased from 280 in 1960 to 25 today. None of the existing lakes contain potable water.

                  Against this backdrop, with the need for urgent intervention, most of the presenters put forward their innovations and initiatives in the fields of technology, energy, planning, smart structures and systems. While it was all interesting to hear, only 2-3 people addressed the actual people who were supposed to populate these smart cities. And the only one who brought the marginalized sections of society into the picture was BREADS.

                  The question that Fr. Joy Nedumparambil from BREADS asked and that resonated with most people was: Whose city is it anyway, smart or otherwise? A smart city needed to include all sections of society and provide access to social and economic opportunities for all people. He stressed that inclusion was not a privilege but a right. It would also make great economic sense. He put forward the possible roles an NGO could play in the sustainable development of cities, and how BREADS in particular, was already contributing to this cause. As service provider, as facilitator, as innovator and as advocate, BREADS presented the various facets of its work in the field of human-centric development.

                  An important learning from the TIA summit is this: that as NGOs, we need to understand the directions in which the world might be moving in order to be able to communicate effectively; and thereby, to influence the ways in which the new directions impact human life, especially those of the vulnerable and marginalized in society. We need to stay relevant in a changing world to ensure that the people we want to represent also stay relevant in the emerging futures. Another angle to being in the world, but not of the world.

                  http://www.tiasummit.com/

                   

                  • India
                  • INK
                  • ONG
                  • BREADS
                  • Sviluppo

                    Italy – Youth of Campobosco 2018 in the heart of "I Becchi"

                    Gian Francesco Romano
                    2 weeks 1 day ago

                    (ANS - Castelnuovo Don Bosco) - "We started the journey at Colle Don Bosco, a great adventure, a beautiful meeting with the participation of 650 people from five Provinces," said Fr Leonardo Sánchez, communication manager of "Campobosco 2018". In fact, 11 buses full of young people arrived in the place where one of the greatest saints of history was born, with the sole purpose of making a pilgrimage to the sites of the Saint of the Young: Don Bosco.

                    Young people have come to places where the history of Don Bosco cannot only be read and studied, but above all can be felt. The first activity the participants did when they trampled the Salesian soil was to put a scarf on the statue of Don Bosco, as if to say: "Don Bosco, you too, participate in this Campobosco!"

                    The great adventure began on Sunday, July 29, with the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement (MJS) of Spain and Portugal. There are many new features compared to the last edition, held four years ago. Among these, it is worth pointing out the creation of an app containing all the information of this youth meeting: "Campobosco 2018".

                    The app was developed by Carlos Magán, animator of the Atocha Youth Center in Madrid, and simulates a travel notebook in which it is possible to consult the materials of the meeting, the timetables, the program of visits, the arrangement of the groups.

                    This meeting is aimed at young people over the age of 19 who have had experience within Christian groups and, preferably, animators in the Salesian youth centers. The participants go on pilgrimage to the places where the Salesian charism of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello was born and spread.

                    The starting point was Barcelona, the city visited by Don Bosco in 1886, two years before his death. After crossing France, on 31 July they arrived at Colle Don Bosco, also called "i Becchi", where Don Bosco was born. From there to Chieri, in whose seminary the founder of the Salesians formed as a priest, and they will then reach other important places and towns of his life. They will also cross Mornese, motherland of Mother Mazzarello, co-founder together with Don Bosco of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA).

                    Turin is the last destination of the pilgrimage, where they will visit the first Salesian oratory and the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Valdocco. On gathering in the crypt of the Rector Majors, they will be able to hear again the words that Don Bosco told Michele Rua: "we will go half", an expression from which the title of this Campobosco 2018 was drawn.

                    {gallery}Italia - Campobosco 2018{/gallery} 

                    • Italia
                    • ICP
                    • Campobosco
                    • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano

                      India – Hill students get alert on Women, Child Trafficking

                      Gian Francesco Romano
                      2 weeks 1 day ago
                      India – Hill students get alert on Women, Child Trafficking

                      (ANS – Sonada) – Students of one of the most vulnerable regions in India for victims of human trafficking got alert on women and child trafficking by one of the leading Non Government Organisations working in the filed for over a decade. The students of Salesian College Sonada (SCS) as well as senior students of four neighbouring high schools had a two hour workshop on “Women and Child Trafficking” organised by “Women Cell and Human Rights Cell” of SCS, 28 July 2018.

                      Students from the following high schools participated: Shanti Rani, Sonada High School, St Xavier's Dilaram and Sai Sundaram Dilaram.

                      Women Cell Coordinator and HoD English Ms Bedika Rai says, “The objective of this workshop is to spread awareness among [high] school children of Darjeeling about human trafficking in order to prevent them from being the victim. The long term objective is to spread mass awareness through these school children in their respective institutions and society.”

                      Women and Child Activist and the founder of Kanchanjunga Uddhar Kendra (KUK), Ms Rangu Souriya was the chief resource person. KUK is a non-profit organization based in Siliguri, dedicated to help victims of sex trafficking.

                      Recipient of Godfrey Phillips National Bravery Award, 2011, and winner of 100 Women Achievers of India award from the President of India in 2016; Ms. Souriya helps to rescue girls from Darjeeling, North-East India and Nepal who have been trafficked to various cities across India and abroad.

                      Ms Souriya and others at KUK have rescued more than 500 girls from cities like Patna, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other regions.

                      “This workshop is the first part of the project Anti-trafficking Awareness Among Women and Adolescent Girls of Tribal Communities of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri Districts,” adds one of the organisers Dr Romana Lepcha, HoD Political Science.

                      It is sponsored by the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia an organization founded in 1922 that supports whole person education in colleges and universities in Asia.

                      Speaking to a group of some 500 students, Ms Souriya explained how trafficking of women and children has emerged as a global crime where millions of women and children have been trafficked across borders and within countries every year.

                      “Trafficking involves the buying and selling of a person for the purpose of its exploitation,” she said.

                      Explaining further she says, “The various forms of trafficking are labour exploitation, forced labour, forced marriage, trafficking for adoption, forced begging, compulsion to commit criminal acts, forced prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation, and organ trafficking.”

                      “Sexual exploitation is the most prominent forms of trafficking,” she revealed.

                      Ms Souriya insists, “Human trafficking has been an increasing concern in the whole Eastern Himalayan region and Darjeeling is no exception. Recent statistics estimates that about 500 girls are reported missing a year from Darjeeling district becoming a victim of human trafficking.”

                      Salesian College (SC) is run by Salesians of Don Bosco, Kolkata Province where over 1,500 students do their Arts/Humanities, Commerce, Science and Professional studies (both UG & PG) under North Bengal University.

                      With the Siliguri campus inaugurated on 9th July 2009, the College was accredited by NAAC with “A” grade (CGPA of 3.16 out of 4) in 2012 to be one of the very first colleges to receive such grade under North Bengal University. The third cycle of NAAC re-accreditation process for the college is underway. The college has started M.A. degree program in English from 2016 and hopes to start MA in Education and Psychology from 2018

                      Source: Don Bosco India

                      {gallery}India - Tratta a Sonada{/gallery}

                      • India
                      • Tratta
                      • Scuole

                        Italy – Commemorating the Servant of God Mons. Oreste Marengo

                        Gian Francesco Romano
                        2 weeks 1 day ago
                        Italy – Commemorating the Servant of God Mons. Oreste Marengo

                        (ANS - Diano d'Alba) - On 28 and 29 July, celebrations to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Mgr. Oreste Marengo took place in Diano d'Alba, in the province of Cuneo. Oreste Marengo, born in Diano d'Alba in 1906, first departed as a missionary to Northeast India at the age of 17. In 1923, he was ordained bishop in 1951 in Turin's Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. He died in Tura, Assam State, India, 30 July 1998.

                        A highly significant moment during the commemoration, with the presence of the bishop of Alba, mgr. Marco Brunetti, was the naming of the inner courtyard of the former institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians to Msgr. Oreste Marengo, as a model and reference for young people. Moreover, in the evening, a documentary on the life of the missionary and on the work of the past pupils was presented in favor of his missionary work, and the statue of Mary Help of Christians restored and relocated in the original position in the courtyard of the House.

                        Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General of the Causes of the Saints of the Salesian Family, presided at the Eucharist on Sunday 29 July. He advanced multiple invitations: to be, like the great Salesian, missionaries and signs of the presence of Jesus in the reality wherein one lived; to give one's life totally and fearlessly in the hands of God, as did the young Oreste Marengo who, at 17, left for the North East of India; and to imitate the Servant of God in being men and women of peace and reconciliation, sowers of fraternity, especially in families and in social relations.

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                        • Italia
                        • ICP
                        • Oreste Marengo
                        • Santità Salesiana
                        • Pier Luigi Cameroni

                          RMG – “We all are Brothers”. The 7th EAO Salesian Brother Congress

                          Gian Francesco Romano
                          2 weeks 2 days ago
                          RMG – “We all are Brothers”. The 7th EAO Salesian Brother Congress

                          (ANS – Rome) – In less than two weeks time, many Salesians from all 12 SDB provinces of the East Asia-Oceania Region will gather in K’Long, Vietnam, from August 9 to 12, to celebrate the 7th EAO Salesian Brother Congress with the theme: “We all are Brothers” (Mt 23.8), a Regional event to also include the participation of 4 General Councilors and representatives of the Salesian Brothers from all 5 continents.

                          Each previous EAO Salesian Brother Congress was a precious opportunity to share and strengthen the Salesian Consecrated Vocation.

                          The first edition took place 32 years ago, in 1986, in Batualo, in the Philippines, and it studied the figure of the Salesian Brother starting from the Salesian Constitutions. The second meeting in 1991 in Hua Hin, Thailand, focused on "Identity, Vocation and Formation of the Salesian Brother."

                          Cebu, in the Philippines, 1995, the third event, was the most attended event so far, with 85 professed Salesians and 11 novices, its theme: "The Secular Dimension of the Salesian Congregation". In 1999, the congress was held in Melbourne, Australia, on Don Bosco's vision regarding the Salesian Brothers, with a gaze at the third millennium and beyond. In Phnom Phen, Cambodia, 2006, they discussed the  "Promotion and Care of the vocation to the consecrated lay life "; and in 2013, again in Hua Hin, the theme focussed on  "Salesian History, Pedagogy and Spirituality ", in light of the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco.

                          The preparation of this seventh edition – likely to be the most participated ever, with over 180 expected Salesians - has seen a great commitment in the animation and sharing of reflections and suggestions from the region's Salesian Brothers. On the regional site - "BoscoLink - AustraLasia" - more than 50 interviews with lay Salesians of the various circumscriptions of the region, together with the Acts of the previous congresses, are available.

                          Also the Rector Major has already sent his video message, available on YouTube in Italian with Khmer subtitles: 

                          My dear Confreres, I greet you with true affection.

                          I cherish very much the theme of the 7th EAO Regional Salesian Brother Congress:

                          “We are all Brothers”. Great!

                          We have only one vocation – to be Salesians of Don Bosco - therefore we are indeed all brothers among us.

                          I am very happy to know that you will gather in Vietnam

                          And I remember the beautiful visit in Vietnam, and I thank you very much for that wonderful event - well, it makes me happy to hear that many Salesian Brothers will come together to reflect on the reality of our being all Brothers;

                          To reflect on the visibility of your being lay Salesians, Salesian Brothers;

                          and I’m equally happy for the fact that, beside all the journey that you have done during these past years up to this moment.

                          You are now already tuning up with the next General Chapter:

                          “What kind of Salesian Brothers for this beautiful Region?”

                          I like it so much.

                          I wish you a very fruitful work and I will be very glad to read your reflections, your conclusions.

                          I promise you my prayer.

                          I believe that many of us in different parts of the Salesian world wait eagerly for your reflections.

                          I add one more point:

                          My dear Confreres, my dear Brothers, I’m saying this all over the world, and I wish to tell you the same today:

                          The Salesian Brothers do not have a vocational crisis.

                          The Congregation has no difficulty about the vocation of Salesian Brother as such.

                          The great problem of the Church and the congregation too is “clericalism”, which can be really strong, and which, at times, do not allow us to see the beauty of this wonderful vocation shining.

                          I invite you to be frank and courageous in your reflections, in your pondering on the fact that the Salesian Brother vocation has much to offer to the world today and finding how to make it so.

                          I will be with you; I will be there with my heart, and I promise you my prayer.

                          I do love you wholeheartedly, my dear confreres.

                          All the best.

                          Father Angel

                          For those who are not able to join, there is a possibility to read, watch, enjoy and reflect many Salesian Brothers testimony and reflections, always on the Boscolink.

                          • RMG
                          • VIE
                          • Vietnam
                          • Salesiani Coadiutori
                          • Asia EstOceania

                            Samoa – Cagliero Project Immersion

                            Gian Francesco Romano
                            2 weeks 2 days ago
                            Samoa – Cagliero Project Immersion

                            (ANS – Alafua) – A group of young Australians representing the “Cagliero Project” and the Salesians of Don Bosco in Australia have just returned from a very successful immersion in Samoa. The AUL Province is geographically and cultural diverse including Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Fiji. This provides a unique opportunity to engage youth across the Province from diverse backgrounds in an experience of learning and sharing.

                            By Lauren Hichaaba

                            The main activity of the Cagliero Project is a long-term volunteer program that sends volunteers for six to twelve months. The immersion program runs once every year to give younger Salesian youth an opportunity to experience a different culture and to get a taste of what a long-term experience might be like.

                            The immersion group was comprised of young people from Australia representing various schools and works. As per usual the group of young people were blown away by Samoan hospitality and welcome from the moment they stepped off the plane. Everyone was warmly welcomed in Leauva’a by their homestay families and the young people. The chance for an Australian young person to stay with a Samoan family is a unique and special experience and is cited by all participants as their favourite part of the immersion. The group also stayed with homestay families in Salelologa.

                            The major purpose of the immersion is to give Australian young people a genuine opportunity to encounter and learn about Samoan young people. There were a number of activities in the program that allowed for this authentic encounter. In both Leauva’a and Salelologa the group ran an activity day with the local youth. This included games, input and discussion. It was truly beautiful to see the engagement on both sides.

                            In Alafua the group had another unique opportunity, to attend the ATS: the Samoan Youth Day. This event included parades, talks, mass, Siva (Samoan cultural performances) and games. It was an honour to be included in such a worthwhile event. A major highlight for the group was a day spent in the classroom at Divine Mercy Primary School in Malololelei. The group had so much fun and it was inspiring to experience and participate in the wonderful work of the FMA sisters there.

                            Needless to say, the group returned to Australia weary, satisfied, joyful yet sad. As they reminded so often in Samoa: “it is easy to say hello, but so hard to say goodbye”. Arriving home, the group felt the full impact of this sentiment.

                            Source: AustraLasia

                            • Samoa
                            • AUL
                            • Australia
                            • Missioni

                              Italy - Ousman, from refugee boat to Youth Summer Camp animator: successful integration

                              Gian Francesco Romano
                              2 weeks 3 days ago
                              Italy - Ousman, from refugee boat to Youth Summer Camp animator: successful integration

                              (ANS - Turin) - From the journey of hope on a refugee boat to animator in a summer oratory in Turin, where he is a reference point for children, teens and families, fully integrated with his peers: the beautiful - and successful - story of integration of Ousman S., 19, who arrived in Italy from Gambia aboard a refugee boat.

                              He arrived in Italy in March 2017. After several trials and troubles he found himself in Turin where, still a minor, he slept in the "Porta Nuova" train station. He did some work as an illegal street vendor under the porticoes until he met the Salesian educators who intercepted him and welcomed him into the oratory for a chat, a shower, something to eat, some clean clothes.

                              From that moment on, Ousman was no longer "invisible", because to accompany him there was, and still is, the Salesian community "San Salvario", as part of its national project "M'interesso di te", or I take care of – and care for - you.

                              "To foster integration, it is necessary not to keep the various activities separate," said Fr Mauro Mergola, director of the "San Luigi" oratory in Turin, which follows about 50 minors and foreign-born children just turned adults. "If the teens having difficulties are always in the usual group, they do not integrate. Here is the beauty of the courtyard as Don Bosco intended it, where everyone can meet in an educational place. We ask the kids to help with the different activities, to get involved. In this way they feel even more part of a community, their home."

                              Ousman's story is just one of many examples of successful integration, the result of the dedication of an educational community and of the aforesaid beneficiary.

                              On the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, promoted by the United Nations and celebrated today, 30 July, the Salesians once again demonstrate their commitment across the board to counteract this phenomenon, in every part of the world.

                              Among the initiatives the Salesians of Italy are involved in, two programs that are broad in their scope can be mentioned: "Stop Trafficking", which raises awareness among young people from countries of emigration to the risks of migratory journeys and offers them development alternatives in their towns or regions; and the project "M'interesso di Te", which gives support and the opportunity of a progressive integration to those "invisible" foreign minors and young people who have never entered the host communities or who have escaped too soon, and for this reason are in constant danger of falling into the networks of crime and exploitation.

                              • Italia
                              • Tratta
                              • Migranti
                              • Rifugiati
                              • ICP
                              • Salesiani per il Sociale

                                RMG - A new video of "Cari Confratelli" column - General Chapter 28

                                Gian Francesco Romano
                                2 weeks 3 days ago

                                (ANS - Rome) - The term "Salesians" must be and become more and more synonymous with "those who have made a priority choice for children and young people, especially those most in need." This is what Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, says in the video-message of the "Cari Confratelli", or Dear Confreres, column released today, 30 July, and entirely dedicated to presenting the theme for the General Chapter 28 (GC28) of the Congregation.

                                In his message, as always addressed primarily to his confreres, but also indicative for the whole Salesian Family and the lay collaborators in the mission, the Rector Major starts from the guiding question of the GC28: "What kind of Salesians for today's young people?"

                                This is why Fr Á.F. Artime underscores that wherever and in whatever situation, "the Salesian bring young people in their hearts: be they sick, in the courtyard, in the school, or in the university ...".

                                In this journey of preparation for the GC28, the Rector Major then gives the Salesian communities two challenges. The first, to ask the young directly: "what do you think of us, what kind of Salesian do you need?"; and then, never to forget "to be children of a great dreamer" and therefore, "never stop dreaming!"

                                The video "Dear Confreres" is available on ANSChannel already in six languages, and is currently being translated into other languages.

                                • RMG
                                • Rettor Maggiore
                                • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                • Cari Confratelli
                                • CG28

                                  RMG – Rector Major's Visit to Porto Alegre and Belo Horizonte Provinces

                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                  2 weeks 3 days ago
                                  RMG – Rector Major's Visit to Porto Alegre and Belo Horizonte Provinces

                                  (ANS - Rome) - After the work sessions of the General Council, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, immediately resumed his commitments to bring the embrace of the Successor of Don Bosco around the world. From 1 to 12 August he will be in Brazil, visiting the Provinces of Porto Alegre (BPA) and Belo Horizonte (BBH).

                                  At the "St Pius X" Province of BPA, the Rector Major will arrive in the late afternoon of Wednesday, August 1st. On Thursday 2, he meets with the Provincial Council and visit the elderly and sick Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

                                  He will dedicate Friday to meeting with the Salesians, young people and members of the Salesian Family active in the works of the Rio Grande do Sul State; on Saturday 4, in Curitiba, he animates the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco of the States of Paraná and Santa Catarina and then aspirants, prenovices and Salesian novices.

                                  On Sunday, August 5, in Joinville, he presides over the solemn Mass for the 60 years of the Province, and celebrated by the local Salesian Family and youth.

                                  On the morning of Monday 6, the second stage of his journey will begin, reaching the "St Giovanni Bosco" Province of BBH and immediately meeting the Salesians in formation.

                                  Tuesday 7 at the International Salesian Congress on Education, Fr Á.F. Artime will hold a conference on the theme "the art of listening and accompanying in Salesian educative-pastoral action", in light of Strenna 2018 and the Synod on Youth; in the afternoon, he will meet the vulnerable young people  hosted in "Casa Dom Bosco" of Belo Horizonte.

                                  On Wednesday 8, a more Salesian day includes a meeting with the Salesians of the Province, the Provincial Council, the elderly and sick Salesians and, in the evening, he meets with the local ecclesiastical authorities.

                                  In Brasilia, Thursday, August 9, the Rector Major presents the Portuguese edition of the "Biographical Memories" of Don Bosco and animates the Salesian Family gathered at Núcleo Bandeirante. On Friday 10, he will dialogue with the Salesians and local ecclesiastical authorities and preside over the Mass for the sending off cerimony of the Salesian Missionary Youth.

                                  Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 are entirely reserved for the Youth and the Salesian Family: on the first day, through various moments of catechesis and dialogue between the Rector Major and the young people and an evening feast; in the second, with a great pilgrimage from the cathedral of Brasilia to the Shrine of Don Bosco.

                                  All the photos of the visits will be available on Flickr.

                                  • RMG
                                  • Rettor Maggiore
                                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                  • Brasile
                                  • BPA
                                  • BBH

                                    Egypt – The Salesian Missions “Sunrise Project”

                                    Gian Francesco Romano
                                    2 weeks 6 days ago
                                    Egypt – The Salesian Missions “Sunrise Project”

                                    (ANS – Cairo) – Through the Salesian Missions “Sunrise Project” for refugees and vulnerable Egyptians, 400 people are receiving support and 80 past graduates were recently invited to participate in in-depth seed fund grant training. These graduates submitted entrepreneurial projects to the Sunrise team who chose to fund approximately 40 projects.

                                    In 2014, Salesian Missions, thanks to support of external donors, began working with the “Instituto Don Bosco” in Cairo to fund scholarships as part of the “Sunrise Project”. This skills training program assists refugees and vulnerable Egyptians in gaining the technical and life skills they need to find employment and support their families.

                                    One of the grantees, Hwaida Eltegany Awaad, is a 48-year-old mother of five and is originally from the Sudan. She created a home-based sewing business with her seed funding. Awaad is the head of her household and responsible for caring for her children and her mothers. The seed funding allowed her to launch her business using her sewing machine, an iron, needles and bed fabrics. She had sewing training in the Don Bosco Institute and is now making bed sheets and pillow covers for her clients. She is also using the leftover fabrics to make sofa remote control holders.

                                    Awaad is promoting her products through her connections to some of the high-class Egyptians in the fifth settlement. She is making excellent profits from the remote holders. In fact, she is making more money from the remote holder than the bed sheets. Now, she is thinking about starting a workshop with other Sudanese women.

                                    Another seed grant recipient, Aldardaa Makin, is a 35-year-old Sudanese mother of two children who is also responsible for taking care of her husband. She launched a home-based business using two sewing machines, colorful yarns and needles, reinforced plastic bags and special fabrics for bags. Makin is creating hand bags, toys and shopping bags.

                                    “The technical training and seed grant program have allowed many participants to increase their skill level and launch their own businesses,” says Father Mark Hyde, director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “The additional social services provided during this project have also been a real success, ensuring that participants have the health screening they need as well as the nutrition in order to focus their attention on the training.”

                                    The “Sunrise Project” also provides life skills training, health awareness, entrepreneurship literacy workshops, job panels, seed grants, and violence prevention training to help refugees build the skills needed to succeed in the workplace and adjust in their new urban environments. One of the great successes of the project is the additional social services, including transportation vouchers for travel to and from the courses, funded for participants. Those engaged in the training are also provided vouchers to purchase groceries and other items from a local store. This helps to ensure that basic needs like nutrition are met for these individuals, as they work hard to meet the needs for themselves.

                                    Each participant also receives a voucher for a primary care check-up and eye exam with a doctor who comes to the school. Some medicine prescriptions are included, and they receive referrals for secondary care as needed.

                                    Including this project year, the Sunrise Project in Cairo has improved the livelihoods and quality of life of more than 1,300 Sub-Saharan African and Syrian refugees and vulnerable Egyptians.

                                    Source: Salesian Missions

                                    • Egitto
                                    • MOR
                                    • Rifugiati
                                    • Formazione Professionale
                                    • Lavoro
                                    • Donne

                                      Poland – Erasmus+ project at Salesian High School in Wroclaw

                                      Gian Francesco Romano
                                      2 weeks 6 days ago
                                      Poland – Erasmus+ project at Salesian High School in Wroclaw

                                      (ANS – Wrocław) – The Salesian High School from Wroclaw, Poland, every year has a wide range of programs and training, youth exchanges that have been permanently included in the school’s activities. The European projects, the beneficiaries of which is the Salesian High School from 2004, emphasize formal and non-formal education aimed at developing the skills of students, teachers and employees, exchange of experience, and building relationships.

                                      “Trail of extinct and active volcanoes, earthquakes across Europe” is a 3-year project carried out by students and teachers from Poland, Portugal, Spain, France, Turkey and Italy. It is an interdisciplinary project combining Biology, Geology, Seismology, Physics, Geography, Language, Arts.

                                      In many developed and developing countries around the world, earth science education is lacking. Many students and adults do not have a formal understanding of the structure of the earth or earth processes. This is unfortunate, as a large number of people all over the world live at or near areas where earth processes can and do create large amounts of damage and living in these areas increases people’s vulnerability to hazards.

                                      Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, floods, and tsunamis are all examples of earth processes that affect huge amounts of people every year. Based on data from the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, in 2007 hundreds of people were killed in geologic disasters and over one million people were affected by these events.

                                      The project aims to provide students with the tools to study volcanoes in Volcano Observatories and broader look at the problem of volcanoes in Europe. Salesian education, trainings for students and teachers in research centres in Europe, along with professional development program, have been designed to offer both formal and practical opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and abilities of making observation and measurements in seismology, using special equipment to do researches of volcanoes in international groups.

                                      Knowledgeable students and teachers can help to develop preparedness strategies for their schools and communities. Volcano studies will bring opportunities to explore current events in the Earth Sciences and prevent disasters in the world. The project put the interest in volcanoes to good use by choosing a career that augments the work of volcanologists, seismologist.

                                      “Through educational activities in the project that were successfully carried out: online laboratories, lectures at schools, contests for creating volcano models, field trips in all schools, lessons on volcanic rock research, multimedia presentations, training for students in Italy, teacher training in France and the school managed to offer both formal and practical education for pupils,” explained Dr Magdalena Szewczyk, coordinator of the ERASMUS+ project, deputy headmaster of the Salesian School DON BOSCO in Wrocław.

                                      The students from the Salesian High School were going to Naples in Italy, Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, Spain, to Madalena in the Azores, Portugal, Issoire, in France, Antalya in Turkey.

                                      During the meetings, they were introduced teaching with research-based methods to increase student engagement and understanding of material.

                                      The project’s products: lesson plans, posters, booklets, films could be used by students and teachers from all of the Europe.

                                      The website www.volcano-erasmusplus.eu and educational platform http://geoscience.volcano-erasmusplus.eu has downloadable materials, brochures with various activities for students, materials for teachers.

                                      See also: www.salez-wroc.pl 

                                      • Polonia
                                      • PLN
                                      • Educazione
                                      • Scienze
                                      • Europe
                                      • Unione Europea

                                        Spain - Campobosco 2018: "We will go half". Youth pilgrimage to Salesian Places

                                        Gian Francesco Romano
                                        2 weeks 6 days ago

                                        (ANS - Madrid) - Approximately 650 Spanish and Portuguese youngsters will participate in "Campobosco 2018" from 29 July to 7 August. Organized by the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM), this meeting is aimed at young people aged 19 and over, youths with experience within Christian groups and preferably animators in the Salesian youth centers. The participants will go on pilgrimage to the places where the Salesian charism of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello was born and spread.

                                        The starting point will be Barcelona, ​​the city visited by Don Bosco in 1886, two years before his death. The route will continue, after crossing France, through northern Italy. Young people will stay at Colle Don Bosco, formerly called "i Becchi", where Don Bosco was born. From there they will move to Chieri, in whose seminary the founder of the Salesians was formed as a priest, and then they will reach other important places and towns of his life. They will also cross Mornese, home of Mother Mazzarelo, co-founder with Don Bosco of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA). Turin will be the last destination of the pilgrimage, where they will visit the first Salesian oratory and the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Valdocco.

                                        "During the Campobosco we will get near Jesus and his Gospel through the Word of God, where we will discover faces of young people; we will look at the face of Jesus, who inspired our founders; we will compare ourselves with the faith lived by Don Bosco, Mother Mazzarello and the young people of the first Oratory. In this Campobosco we want to highlight the young people of the first Oratory, according to the same criteria of the Synod of Bishops on young people: faith, discernment, vocation and accompaniment," say the organizers.

                                        The young will be accompanied by Salesians, FMA and animators. There will be the Provincials of the two Salesian Provinces in Spain, Fr Ángel Asurmendi (SMX) and Fr Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy (SSM), the Salesian Provincial of Great Britain, Fr James Briody, and the Provincial of the FMA of Spain, Sr. María Rosario García Ribas.

                                        The motto chosen for this year is "We will go half" (Iremos a Medias), taking up the promise made by Don Bosco to his Successor, Michele Rua.

                                        This year there will also be a novelty: the "Campobosco 2018" app, developed by Carlos Magán and available for iOS and Android systems.

                                        Still on the subject of technology and communication, the Campobosco 2018 can be followed via the social networks of the Salesian Youth Movement of Spain with the hashtag #IremosAMedias and #CPB18.

                                        • Spagna
                                        • SMX
                                        • SSM
                                        • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                        • Madre Mazzarello
                                        • Don Bosco
                                        • Campobosco
                                        • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana