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Spain - 15,000 participants in 37th online pilgrimage of Mary Help of Christians

2 weeks 6 days ago
Spain - 15,000 participants in 37th online pilgrimage of Mary Help of Christians

(ANS - Villamuriel) - Many, from all over Spain, participated in the various activities planned between April 30 and May 1 by the Salesian works of Villamuriel de Cerrato, Palencia and Astudillo. It first started on May 1, 1984, when a group left on a pilgrimage with the Image of Mary Help of Christians to travel the distance from Palencia to Villamuriel, where the Image would remain forever. In saying goodbye, the group promised to return the following year to visit the Mother, with fervor and gratitude. The promise has been kept and thus a tradition that has lasted for 37 years was born.

However, on this 1 May 2020, due to the medical emergency caused by Covid-19, the pilgrimage, Mass, the common table, the singing of the Ave Maria and the kiss of the medal were not possible. These 37 years of tradition have thus had to adapt to the times we are all experiencing.

But the Salesian Community, together with the different teams from many entities and associations from Astudillo, Palencia and Villamuriel, responded creatively by organizing various online activities to be carried out in the houses of Palencia, but also of all Castile and Leon, Asturias and Galicia and, in some, young people from across Spain participated. About 14,800 people followed the activities organized to commemorate this tradition. YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Live were used.

Among the initiatives carried out were the over 1,500 posters of the image of Mary Help of Christians placed in many windows and balconies. "It was our pilgrimage, which took place from window to window, from city to city. The posters were placed in strategic places and the families then collected them. In Villamuriel de Cerrato, moreover, the Municipality itself collaborated," said spokespersons of the Salesian Community.

On April 30, a youth vigil was held in honor of Mary on the theme: "Melodies of life and hope", with an average of 3,400 participants. The vigil was a moment of prayer in memory of all those who are no longer with us and for those who help each day in their various works. It was possible to follow the event on YouTube and, in Villamuriel and other places in Spain, it was broadcast by private speakers and megaphones.

Also on the evening of April 30, 180 families set up decorations in honor of the Help of Christians. This initiative was organized in a special way by the Don Bosco youth center and the Scout Avalón group.

The Eucharist of 1 May in honor of Mary Help of Christians of the Salesian Church of Villamuriel de Cerrato was followed by 3,600 people. There is no doubt that devotion to the Help of Christians is still very much alive in the hearts of her children.

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    India - Shillong Salesians working against spread of Covid-19 virus

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    India - Shillong Salesians working against spread of Covid-19 virus

    (ANS - Shillong) - The Salesians of the Shillong Province (INS) have taken action to help the most needy and vulnerable people of the cities and villages located in the states of Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, and in some areas of Assam (Silchar ) in the northeastern region of India. Although the region is not among the worst affected by the pandemic, the Provincial Economer, Fr James Thyrniang, and the Office for the Development of the Province, led by Fr Genesius Wanñiang, are working to deal with the health emergency.

    In particular, food (especially rice, potatoes, sugar), masks and protective devices were purchased. All the material was then distributed among the poorest and the homeless. Furthermore, some masks were made locally in the Salesian centers. The main objective was to provide food and essential materials, to raise awareness of the importance of personal hygiene and to create awareness among people, but also to educate the population on containment methods and preventive measures.

    Another very important aspect was attention to people's spiritual needs, bringing them consolation and peace and strengthening faith in these difficult times. The Don Bosco Media Network, which is a branch of the Province's Social Communication department, provided daily live broadcasts of the Holy Mass and liturgical celebrations and made Holy Week and Easter liturgical celebrations accessible. The latter were broadcast in both English and local languages. The entire broadcast was conducted by Fr Michael Makri, from the Don Bosco Youth Center in Shillong, Fr Manjakattil Joby Joseph Cyriac, from the St Anthony Institute, by Joseph Pulinthanath, from the Peace Center of Agartala, and a few others.

    Also, the Province made a donation to the Relief Fund set up by the Prime Minister of the State of Meghalaya.

    The population of the region and the civil authorities have greatly appreciated the efforts put in place by the Salesians and have expressed their deep gratitude for the courageous and timely interventions. The need is still great and the Salesians of the Province continue the relief work together with all the people of goodwill.

    • India
    • INS INDIA SHILLONG
    • Coronavirus
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      Spain – New painting of Don Bosco. Green shutter, a point of hope and trust in the future

      3 weeks ago
      Spain – New painting of Don Bosco. Green shutter, a point of hope and trust in the future

      (ANS - Alicante) - During these weeks of isolation, it has often been said that this is a good time to resume some abandoned activity or to finish some pending task. David Pastor Corbí, an artist from Alicante, says he has recently created a work he has had in mind for 20 years: a portrait of Don Bosco at the window of his room in Valdocco.

      The history of this portrait literally goes back to the last century. "In 1999 I painted a mural large enough for the Sanctuary of Mary Help of Christians in Alcoy (Alicante), where I gave plastic arts lessons," explains the artist. "The then director, Pasqual Lluch, told me that the Superior of the old Province of Valencia, David Churio, wanted me to paint a Don Bosco when I'd have the time."

      "I've thought about it a long time and I decided to represent Don Bosco in his room, looking outside Valdocco, through the windows with their picturesque and characteristic green painted shutters," continues David Pastor. "I decided that they would be made as if they'd never been closed and being always open made them seem very damaged by the inclement weather." And here is one of the details that would end up being one of the painting's most symbolic ...

      David Pastor's work gathers Don Bosco's pedagogical model in a few, but meaningful details. "I wanted to represent him surrounded by books, which symbolized the intellectual task, education as the foundation of the formation of the Oratory's youth,"  he explains. "The other tools present refer to manual work and vocational training. I also wanted to talk about those juggler balls he holds in his hand, which refer to entertainment, fun and games, which are always related to Salesian, social and integrative work," says the painter.

      Furthermore, Don Bosco's expression shows a life given by young people: "That look of Don Bosco was what I wanted to convey, through one of the photographic portraits that are preserved of the Saint. It's an expert's gaze, intense for the hard work done and for what there is still to be done; there's so much strength, despite the years that weigh it down," he adds.

      The last creative phase of the work coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic. For this reason, the artist wanted to give it a new meaning. "When the moment of confinement due to Covid-19 arrived, that green shutter changed its symbolism; it became a point of hope and confidence in the future, while books, balls and tools became a model of behavior."

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        Italy - Young people from Gerini Institute in Rome at work against Covid-19

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        Italy - Young people from Gerini Institute in Rome at work against Covid-19

        (ANS - Rome) - No one could have imagined that a group of young people from the Salesian Vocational Training Center of the CNOS-FAP of the Gerini Institute in Rome would find itself directly involved in the fight against Covid-19. The reopening of Italian companies from May 4 has in fact allowed young people of the fourth year of the Electronic sector to continue their internship in participating companies and, at this particular moment, attention has been paid to finding solutions to stem the world health emergency.

        Among the fourth-year students, a dozen returned to companies operating in the electronic sector and actively contributing to the assembly and testing of equipment for the prevention, diagnostics and monitoring of Covid-19. Others are engaged in the assembly of lung ventilators, essential to keeping people infected with critical respiratory conditions alive, and still others collaborate in the sector of special sensors placed on the clothing of healthcare personnel in order to signal (via alarm or message) the duration of their presence alongside people in risky situations.

        The experience mentioned recalls the figure of Don Bosco, a great educator of young people, and the response he was able to give to the city of Turin when, in 1854, it was hit by cholera.

        Don Bosco believed deeply in the protagonism of young people and entrusted them with responsibility even beyond their strength; he spared no expense for their training and sought the most advanced technologies of the time; he accompanied them personally in their first work experiences and took care of their entry into the world of work, including contractually. He wanted them to be exemplary from a human, Christian and professional point of view in order to make a contribution for the good of civil society.

        In 1854, when cholera devastated the city of Turin, he did not hesitate to send a group of his most responsible young people to help and alleviate the suffering of many sick people. He asked them to respect the health precautions of the time, to live in God's grace and to have great faith in Our Lady. None of the young people fell ill. Their courage and generosity aroused the esteem of the people and authorities of the time, who publicly thanked Don Bosco and his boys for the precious collaboration offered to the city.

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        • Coronavirus
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          Angola - Salesians open center to protect street children from Covid-19

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          (ANS - Luanda) - The Salesian NGO "International Volunteer for Development" (VIS) has opened a center in Luanda, the capital of Angola, to protect street children from Covid-19.

          Sergio Pitocco, a VIS representative, explained that this new emergency center was created by reorienting several activities of the "Vamos Juntos" program, a project funded by the European Union and other benefactors, which aimed to reintegrate street children into their families.

          The benefactors "have opened a new emergency center to offer street children a community where they can live during this period, away from the dangers that are always present on the street," said Pitocco.

          The VIS representative then explained that in these days of social deconstruction, the children of Angola "are exposed more than ever to the risks of the street, to diseases, to the possible contagion of Covid-19, to the lack of sources of subsistence and to the violence by adults and often, unfortunately, also by the police."
          According to Pitocco, many of the 50 children and adolescents, including 10 girls, welcomed in the refuge of the Salesian center "St Domenico Savio" in Luanda, responded positively.

          In this center, children and adolescents receive the attention of social educators and volunteers who provide them with protection, food and hygiene, and above all "help them organize their daily lives, to learn and respect the rules of hygiene and prevention, and to be responsible," said Pitocco.

          On March 24, the Angolan government declared a state of emergency, with effect from March 27, to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus. Since then, the end of the state of emergency has been extended twice; the last extension was decreed on 10 May.

          To date, at least 45 cases of Covid-19 infection have been recorded in 12 major regions of Angola, 13 people have recovered and two have died. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Angola ranks 174th in the world for Covid-19 cases.

          "We are trying to transform this emergency into an opportunity to carry out more accurate work of accompaniment and empowerment of children and adolescents in the street situation and, in the future, to prepare the way back to their families."

          To date many initiatives have been put in place to help street families in Angola, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone thanks to the Salesian missionaries, the Salesians of Don Bosco of the United States and the members of the Don Bosco Religious Institute founded by the Italians 161 years ago.

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          • Coronavirus
          • VIS
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            RMG - Novena presentation to Mary Help of Christians 2020

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            RMG - Novena presentation to Mary Help of Christians 2020

            (ANS - RMG) - This year the traditional novena of Mary Help of Christians, from 15 to 23 May, takes on a very special meaning given the health emergency provoked by the spread of the Coronavirus, which for some months has been scourging all humanity.

            We will be inspired by the Marian antiphon that runs along the entire Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, between the capitals of the pillars and the cornice, written in capital letters.

            "SANCTA MARIA, succurre miseris, iuva pusillanimes, refove flebiles, ora pro populo, interveni pro clero, intercedes pro devoto femineo sexu, sentiant omnes peccatores tuum iuvamen, quicumque tuum sanctum implorant auxilium" ("Mary, help the wretched, render strong the pusillanimous, revive the weak, pray for the people, intervene for the clergy, intercede for all women, may all sinners and all those who implore your holy help experience your help.")

            Every day, after a brief comment at each invocation, the testimony of a figure of holiness of our Salesian Family who lived in times of epidemic will follow.

            A commitment to live during the day will then be indicated and we will close with the Act of Special Entrustment to Mary Help of Christians, renewing with the heart of Don Bosco our trust in Mary Most Holy, in this hour of great trial and suffering, but also charged with solidarity, faith and hope.

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              Rwanda - AGL Vice Province distributes food thanks to support of Krakow's Salesian Mission Office

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              Rwanda - AGL Vice Province distributes food thanks to support of Krakow's Salesian Mission Office

              (ANS - Kigali) - The Salesians of the Africa Great Lakes Vice Province (AGL) have donated food supplies to people suffering from hunger in this period of confinement, a lockdown imposed to counter the spread of the coronavirus. The food was purchased at the local market and then donated to the Caritas of the parish of Rango, thanks to the support of the Salesian Mission Office of Krakow, Poland.

              Fr Ryszard Józwiak, a Salesian missionary, in collaboration with the Projects Office, developed a long-term project, which was accepted and developed thanks to the support of the benefactors of the Krakow Mission Office.

              Fr Rémy Nsengiyumva, a Salesian priest of the parish of Rango, observed that, after the epidemic, the community, as well as the whole Rwandan population in general, will have to follow the measures imposed by the government to fight the pandemic.

              “This confinement has severely affected the population, which is now facing hunger,” explained Fr Rémy after receiving the donation. “Many cannot leave their homes to get food or go to work. Thus, the Salesian community intervened to deal with this serious problem,” he continued.
              Fr Rémy then explained what the circumstances inside the parish of Rango are. “In our parish, we have different categories of people who suffer from this situation,” he said. “We have, in particular, motorcyclists and motorcycle mechanics, who no longer have a job. We also welcome hairdressers and women who work in small businesses. All of them have stopped working and that's why we have to take action to help them,” he concluded.

              “In these days we have worked hard in favor of the most needy,” explained the Salesian coadjutor brother Hubert Twagirayezu, Economer of the AGL Vice-Province, in a video published on the Vice-Province's YouTube channel. “Seeing that many people were in serious difficulties due to confinement, we asked people of goodwill to intervene. Thanks to this help, we have been able to help many families. Sharing with those who have nothing is an act of charity,” he added.

              The complete video is available on the YouTube channel "Salesians of Don Bosco AGL Official".

              • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
              • Coronavirus
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                RMG - General Council Sessions concluded with Rector Major's changes and appointments

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                RMG - General Council Sessions concluded with Rector Major's changes and appointments

                (ANS - Rome) - On 8 May 2020, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and the Councilors concluded the General Council's work sessions with a group of Councilors physically present in the Rome office and others present online from Vietnam, Mexico, Brazil and Spain. "At the beginning of the sessions of the First General Council of the year 2020 with the new Councilors, we held ordinary administration meetings," said the Rector Major. "Firstly, we completed ongoing formation under the guidance of Fr Stefano Vanoli, Secretary, and Fr Pier Fausto Frisoli on juridical questions and on the Vademecum of the General Council."

                The following seven provincials were appointed during this council:


                - Provincial of North Argentina: Fr Horacio BARBIERI
                - Provincial of Brazil Belo Horizonte: Fr Natale VITALI
                - Provincial of Mexico Guadalajara: Fr Filiberto GONZÁLEZ
                - Provincial of the Special Circumscription Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta: Fr Leonardo  MANCINI
                - Provincial of the Vice Province of "Mary See of Wisdom" of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS): Fr Maria AROKIAM KANAGA
                - Provincial of Northern Poland: Fr Tadeusz ITRYCH
                - Provincial of the Equatorial Tropical Africa Vice Province: Fr Roland MINTSA


                Subsequently, the Rector Major communicated the offices of several confreres who have been part of the Rome headquarters for the past six years. The Rector Major appointed Fr Guillermo Basañes and Fr Václav Klement as Extraordinary Visitors 'ad nutum' for an unspecified period of time.

                Fr Fabio Attard is responsible for Ongoing Formation of the Salesians and lay people in Europe, part of the National Center for Youth Ministry of the Conference of the Salesian Provinces of Italy (CISI) and will answer directly to the Rector Major.

                The Rector Major then thanked Fr Eusebio Muñoz, in charge of the Delegation of the Salesian Family until 2020, and appointed him Director of the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid. Subsequently, Fr Eusebio Muñoz will take on the office of Procurator of the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid, Spain.

                The Rector Major also made public the appointment of Fr Joan Lluis Playá as World Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family. Fr Playá will continue his work as Spiritual Assistant of the Don Bosco Volunteers (VDB) and of the Volunteers with Don Bosco (CDB).

                At the end of the Good Night, the Rector Major thanked Fr Francesco Cereda for his work as Vicar, explaining that he will return to his Lombard Emilian Province. Fr Timothy Ploch will also return to his home province in the United States; Fr Raphael Jayapalan, former World Delegate of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco, will leave as a missionary in Sri Lanka; Fr Américo Chaquisse will enjoy a period of ongoing formation, while Fr Tadeusz Rozmus will for the moment be sent by the Rector Major to Zurich to meet the Salesian community and the local bishop in order to study a future development of the Salesian presence.

                "The Congregation is large, has enormous vitality and it is the Salesians and lay people who animate this great work that do real good for thousands and thousands of young people," concluded the Rector Major.

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                • Rettor Maggiore
                • Consiglio Generale
                • Nomine
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                  RMG - Appointed Superiors of Pila Province and Vice-Province of Tropical Equatorial Africa

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                  RMG - Appointed Superiors of Pila Province and Vice-Province of Tropical Equatorial Africa

                  (ANS - Rome) - As part of the session of the General Council, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with his Council's consensus, appointed the new Superiors of the Province of Piła (PLN) and of the Vice Province of Africa Tropical Equatorial (ATE). They are, respectively, Fr Tadeusz Itrych and Fr Roland Mintsa.

                  Fr Tadeusz Itrych was born in Miastko (Poland) on 23 October 1968. He entered the novitiate of Swobnica in 1987. He made his first religious vows on 22 August 1988, and perpetual vows on July 27, 1995. He then did two years of post-novitiate in Rumia. He studied Philosophy in Kutno and Kraków, and then Theology in Ląd, on the Warta, and was ordained a priest - also in Ląd - on May 29, 1999.

                  He worked in the Salesian school of Bydgoszcz (1999-2004), and studied "Education Management". In the years 2004-2006, he was the Economer of the "St Joseph" house in Szczecin, and then director and parish priest in Słupsk (2006-2012). He was Economer of the "St John Bosco" house in Piła from 2012 to 2014, and director and parish priest of the "St Mark" parish in Bydgoszcz from 2014 to 2020.

                  Fr Roland Mintsa was born in Libreville (Gabon) on December 27, 1969. He did his novitiate between 1994 and 1995 at the Don Bosco house in Akodessewa (Lomé, Togo) where he made his first profession on September 8, 1995. After studying Philosophy and completing his internship, he made his perpetual vows on 29 June 2002 in Yaoundé. He was ordained a priest on 9 July 2005 in Ebolowa.

                  From 2005 to 2008, Fr Roland was Vicar and then parish priest of Mary Help of Christians in Mimboman III (Yaoundé). From 2008 to 2010, he was Vicar in the community of the Theologate of St Augustine, also in Yaoundé. From 2010 to 2012, he was Vicar and subsequently parish priest of the Parish of Mary Help of Christians in Bata, in Equatorial Guinea. From 1 September 2012, he was Director of the Salesian Community of Libreville-Mikolongo (Gabon) and parish priest of the Mary Help of Christians parish in Libreville. He also held the Provincial Delegate role of the Salesian Family.

                  Fr Roland Mintsa now succeeds Fr Alphonse Owoudou who, during the GC28, was elected Councilor for the Africa-Madagascar Region.

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                  • Ispettori
                  • Ispettoria di Piła
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                    Ivory Coast - "Street girls", the most vulnerable, need help and solidarity

                    3 weeks 2 days ago

                    (ANS - Abiyán) - Like many countries in this African region, the Ivory Coast is beginning to be seriously affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. At the moment, in fact, the cases of infection and death are still quite contained, but the prospects are not good and experts believe the virus may spread rapidly in forthcoming months.

                    The situation of alarm and extreme poverty has been aggravated by the rigid confinement or lockdown of many sectors of the country, which has thus plunged the most vulnerable population into a dramatic situation, namely not having the basic resources to even survive.

                    The projects of the Salesians in the Ivory Coast were also severely affected by the interruption of the tuition fees in many of their educational centers, aimed above all at the poorest social classes. The center for street girls in Abiyán, known as the "foyer of the Marie Dominique Village", which welcomes thirty children, urgently needs food, hygiene materials to prevent infections and medical assistance.

                    Why is the pandemic in Africa so worrying? It is a recurring question, which has prompted many to study the situation in Africa. Though the impact the coronavirus may have on this continent is uncertain, what is certain is that it is an addition to other current emergencies. In Africa, measles, for example, and various humanitarian crises coexist with the three main endemics (malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis), with tropical diseases, and with a plague of locusts that threatens food security in the Horn of Africa.

                    With one of the world's most fragile health systems, Africa bears a quarter of the global disease burden and has only 3% of health workers. In terms of tangible investments, most of the healthcare budget in African countries is destined for medical products, staff spending is 14% and infrastructure spending 7%. These figures are far from those of regions with more efficient health systems, where investments are higher both in the workforce (40%) and in infrastructure (33%).

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                    • Coronavirus
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                      RMG - Joan Lluís Playà i Morera New World Delegate for the Salesian Family

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                      RMG - Joan Lluís Playà i Morera New World Delegate for the Salesian Family

                      (ANS - Rome) During the Good Night on Friday 8 May at the end of the General Council session, the Rector Major, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, announced the appointment of Fr Joan Lluís Playà as the New World Delegate for the Salesian Family.

                      Born in Terrassa (Barcelona) in 1947, a past pupil of the Salesian House at Terrassa, he joined the Salesians in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1977.


                      He has studied pedagogy, adult formation, pastoral and spiritual theology and completed a degree in moral theology at the Faculty of Theology in Barcelona.

                      1969-1972. Member of the community council at Sant Vicenç dels Horts and Girona, formator of the aspirants and teacher at Girona.

                      1975-1981. In charge of studies for the youngsters at the school and of pastoral ministry, as well as teacher and formator of the aspirants. He animated a Catholic community on the outskirts, at Terrassa (Barcelona).

                      1981-1982. Assistant to the novices at Terrassa (Barcelona).

                      1982-1988 Member of the Provincial Council (Barcelona).

                      1988-1994. Rector of the community, teacher, and in charge of the work in Andorra.

                      1994-2000. Rector of the community, teacher and in charge of the Work at Sarrià, Barcelona, and from 1997 to 2000 a Provincial Councillor (Barcelona).

                      2000-2006. Provincial Councillor (Barcelona).

                      2000-2003 Vice provincial. In charge of schools

                      2003-2006 Formation Delegate

                      From 2006  to 2014 he was at Andorra and Rocafort, Barcelona. Provincial Councillor, Youth Ministry Delegate. Also, from 2007-2010 he served as Rector of the community, teacher, person in charge of the work and Provincial Delegate for Communications.

                      2011-2015.  Regional Assistant to the VDB

                      2014-2015 Provincial Council (SMX). Councillor and Delegate for the Salesian Family.

                      He was called to headquarters in Rome by the Rector Major, from 2015 to 2020, as the Central Assistant of the VDB and CDB. He was also secretary of the Mediterranean Region.
                      Together with his new responsibility, he will continue as the Central Assistant of the VDB and CDB. The Rector Major expressed his gratitude for the service provided by Fr Eusebio Muñoz, who has been the World Delegate for the Salesian Family in the Congregation from 2014 until today.

                      • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                      • Joan Lluís Playà
                      • Delegato Mondiale per la Famiglia Salesiana
                      • amiglia Salesiana
                        Jesus Jurado

                        RMG - Joan Lluís Playà i Morera New World Delegate for the Salesian Family

                        3 weeks 3 days ago
                        RMG - Joan Lluís Playà i Morera New World Delegate for the Salesian Family

                        (ANS - Rome) During the Good Night on Friday 8 May at the end of the General Council session, the Rector Major, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, announced the appointment of Fr Joan Lluís Playà as the New World Delegate for the Salesian Family.  

                        Born in Terrassa (Barcelona) in 1947, a past pupil of the Salesian House at Terrassa, he joined the Salesians in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1977.

                        He has studied pedagogy, adult formation, pastoral and spiritual theology and completed a degree in moral theology at the Faculty of Theology in Barcelona.

                        1969-1972. Member of the community council at Sant Vicenç dels Horts and Girona, formator of the aspirants and teacher at Girona.

                        1975-1981. In charge of studies for the youngsters at the school and of pastoral ministry, as well as teacher and formator of the aspirants. He animated a Catholic community on the outskirts, at Terrassa (Barcelona).

                        1981-1982. Assistant to the novices at Terrassa (Barcelona).

                        1982-1988 Member of the Provincial Council (Barcelona).

                        1988-1994. Rector of the community, teacher, and in charge of the work in Andorra.

                        1994-2000. Rector of the community, teacher and in charge of the Work at Sarrià, Barcelona, and from 1997 to 2000 a Provincial Councillor (Barcelona).

                        2000-2006. Provincial Councillor (Barcelona).

                        2000-2003 Vice provincial. In charge of schools

                        2003-2006 Formation Delegate

                        From 2006  to 2014 he was at Andorra and Rocafort, Barcelona. Provincial Councillor, Youth Ministry Delegate. Also, from 2007-2010 he served as Rector of the community, teacher, person in charge of the work and Provincial Delegate for Communications.

                        2011-2015.  Regional Assistant to the VDB

                        2014-2015 Provincial Council (SMX). Councillor and Delegate for the Salesian Family.

                        He was called to headquarters in Rome by the Rector Major, from 2015 to 2020, as the Central Assistant of the VDB and CDB. He was also secretary of the Mediterranean Region.
                        Together with his new responsibility, he will continue as the Central Assistant of the VDB and CDB. The Rector Major expressed his gratitude for the service provided by Fr Eusebio Muñoz, who has been the World Delegate for the Salesian Family in the Congregation from 2014 until today.

                        • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                        • Joan Lluís Playà i Morera
                        • Delegato Mondiale per la Famiglia Salesiana
                        • Delegato
                        • Famiglia Salesiana
                          Jesus Jurado

                          RMG – Appointed: Provincials of UPS Vice Province and Province of Northern Argentina

                          3 weeks 5 days ago
                          RMG – Appointed: Provincials of UPS Vice Province and Province of Northern Argentina

                          (ANS - Rome) - As part of the General Council's work session, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with his Council's consensus, appointed the new Superiors of the Vice-Province "Maria Sede della Sapienza" of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) and the “Blessed Artemide Zatti” Province of Northern Argentina (ARN). They are respectively Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga and Fr Horacio Barbieri.

                          Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga was born on 4 October 1956 in Varadarajanpet, Trichy, India. He entered the novitiate of Yercaud and made his first religious vows on 24 May 1976 and perpetual vows on the same day in 1982 in Madras. He studied Theology and obtained his doctorate in Philosophy at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. He was ordained a priest on May 25, 1986, in Rome.

                          He served as Director at the "Don Bosco" center of Tirupattur (1992-94), the Theological Institute of Madras-Poonamallee (1994-96), the Salesian center of Yercaud (2002-03), and the "Sacred Heart" Institute of Tirupattur (2003-2008).

                          For the Madras Province, he was Vicar (1996-2002) and Delegate for Youth Ministry (2006-07).
                          He participated in General Chapters 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28, and was a member of the GC27 Pre-Chapter Commission.

                          General Chapter 26 (2008) elected him Regional Councillor for South Asia and General Chapter 27 (2014) confirmed him in this position.

                          Fr Horacio Barbieri was born in Coronel Moldes, Argentina, on July 16, 1965. He attended the Salesian novitiate in La Plata, making his first religious vows on January 31, 1985. After his perpetual vows on 6 October 1990 in Cordoba, he was ordained a priest in Cordoba on December 18, 1993.

                          He served in numerous Salesian communities, as Director in the "Domingo Savio" houses of Cordoba (1994-97), in San Ambrosio (1998-2003) and in the Provincial Center of Cordoba (2003-07 and 2015-19). He was Director and Master of Novices in Alta Gracia (2007-2015). Since January 2019, he has been directing the Regional Center for Specific Formation of the Salesian Coadjutor (CRESCO), located in Guatemala.

                          He also held numerous provincial level positions in the ARN Province: over the years, he was Delegate for Youth Ministry (2004-08) and the Pastoral Educational Community (2004-05), the Missions (2004-08), Formation (2011-2016) and for the Salesian Family (2016-2019).

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                          • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                          • Nomine
                          • Maria Arokiam Kanaga
                          • UPS UNIVERSITÀ PONTIFICIA SALESIANA
                          • ARN ARGENTINA NORD
                          • Ispettori
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            El Salvador - Gesture of solidarity arises from prank: "Hey, thanks, we already have lunch!"

                            3 weeks 5 days ago

                            (ANS - Soyapango) - What started as a prank has become a precious gesture of love and solidarity. It all started when, in this period of isolation, Jeaders Guardado, a graphics student of the "Universidad Don Bosco" (UDB) launched a playful challenge on his Facebook account in which he said he would shave his hair if his post reached 10,000 comments; to his surprise, that figure was quickly reached. So he decided to raise the stakes, asking for a number of comments equal to 50,000.

                            As he explained, his contacts on Facebook were organized in such a way as to have time to comment and reach the new figure. And so, in less than four days, it has already reached 50,000 comments.

                            “Many people participated in this challenge and their organizational level was exceptional. So why not do it for a good cause?”, Jeaders asked his friends and university colleagues: Javier Ayala, Josué Borja, Kevin Cruz, Enrique Presidente, Manuel Amaya, Ángel Díaz, Julio Orellana and Ricardo Merino, all students of the Design Course at UDB.

                            The new challenge began with them: preparing food and distributing it to the police team, the soldiers and the Corps of Metropolitan Agents (CAM) who are in the streets working during the quarantine. “We had previously had this idea, most of us work, so we decided to allocate part of our salary to help in this quarantine situation. We took this sector of the population into account because we saw that they were in the sun for hours, sometimes even without food, and we agreed that we wanted to help them.”

                            When the day came to deliver on the promise and shave his hair, Jeaders did a live broadcast on Facebook. The young man invited everyone to join him to help people who work on the roads for the security of the country. The response was positive, many began to support their initiative financially. “People started sending us money ... And when we collected enough money, we started to logistically organize ourselves on what to prepare and how to distribute it.”

                            On the Thursday of Holy Week, Jeaders and his companions traveled the main streets of Soyapango, up to Santa Tecla, delivering food to the police, soldiers, metropolitan agents and some homeless people they met on their way. Around 400 people have benefited from this initiative.

                            “Thank God, we have been blessed. Most of my colleagues who participated have jobs, so they supported me. Hearing them say to me, words like - 'Hey, thank you, we already have lunch!' Or 'Thank you very much, God bless you!' - opened my heart. I think it was the most beautiful experience of my life. I would love to repeat it.”

                            This initiative was made possible by the goodwill of these young people and the anonymous heroes who supported them.

                            • El Salvador
                            • CAM CENTRO AMERICA
                            • Solidarietà
                            • Coronavirus
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              France – ‘ONEWORLD’ project: “Will COVID-19 teach us anything?”

                              3 weeks 5 days ago
                              France – ‘ONEWORLD’ project: “Will COVID-19 teach us anything?”

                              (ANS – Paris) – The ‘ONEWORLD’ awareness and education project was born out of the unprecedented worldwide health crisis we are facing today. COVID-19 is a rare event that affects all 7.7 billion planetary citizens, without exception.

                              Of course, in time everything will be alright. This is not a naive belief. We are not saying that everything will change suddenly, that our civilization is collapsing, that globalization is dead, and that we are entering into an entirely new world. Nor is it a question of being overwhelmed by deadly anxieties or reckless illusions. What we need to do is ask ourselves is what we are going through, “Will it teach us anything? How are we going to decide to turn the page on this chapter together? How are we going to regain our zest for life and our vital impulse to rejoice together?”

                              “We know very well that everything will not change all suddenly,” the organizers say. “But being faithful to the pedagogy of Don Bosco, we will take one small step at a time. The COVID-19 pandemic has permitted us to discover that another world is also possible. Beyond ourselves, we also note the extraordinary dedication of so many at the service of the vulnerable and fragile, in them we find the ability of humanity to mobilize her forces of courage, tenacity, and perseverance. And to take care of each other, by inventing new forms of solidarity. And to refocus on the essentials of humanity and our support of those most in need. We are also rediscovering ourselves as the inhabitants of this ‘common house’ of which Pope Francis speaks - that there is no doubt of the possibility for the worst for us (global warming, pandemics, etc.) - but also a great possibility for the very best - a new solidarity, exchanges, new scientific discoveries, etc.”

                              The shared, tragic, and unprecedented experience of COVID-19 does not immediately promise us an enlightened tomorrow, but it does summon us to roll up our sleeves and get to work - that wherever we live with the people around us and with the means at our disposal. So, the next day will not be in vain.

                              The ‘ONEWORLD’ project:
                              https://dbima.eu/video-quiz/

                              A partnership between the NGO “Don Bosco Intuition Entertainers Media” and Youth Ministry of the FRB Salesian Provinces, it revolves around two aspects:

                              1. The DBIEM team produced a 7-minute short film (French and English) that examines the essential issues surrounding this pandemic, its causes and effects.

                              2. It invites children, young people, and adults to take an online quiz at the end of the film. This quiz has two parts:

                              a. To promote understanding, awareness and empathy (These are multiple-choice varying in difficulty: easy, normal, and challenging).

                              b. I decide and I commit (Multiple Choice Questions).

                              Finally, the focus of these two aspects supports and promotes discussion on this topic in small groups with the goal to enrich the reflections and the commitment of each participant.

                              • Francia
                              • FRB FRANCIA BELGIO SUD
                              • Coronavirus
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                India – Community Radio offers college lessons on YouTube

                                3 weeks 5 days ago
                                Photo: Principal of Salesian College Dr George Thadathil at the virtual launch of “Radio Edu Pods’

                                (ANS – Darjeeling) – In the wake of extended and potentially prolonged lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic, Radio Salesian and Salesian TV offer broadcast and podcast lessons prepared for the syllabus of University of North Bengal’s (NBU) Under Graduate and Post Graduate programs. The virtual launch of “Radio Edu Pods” - the mass education project for college students - an initiative of Radio Salesian 90.8 FM and Salesian TV was held, 1st May 2020 in the virtual presence of NBU Vice-Chancellor Dr. Subires Bhattacharyya, NBU Registrar Dr. Dilip Kumar Sarkar, NBU Secretary of Under Graduate Council Dr Nupur Das and Principal of Salesian College Sonada/Siliguri Dr. (Fr.) George Thadathil.

                                The radio lessons are available with free access 24x7 on Salesian TV YouTube Channel from 1st May 2020. The Monday to Friday 6 pm Radio broadcast on 90.8 FM and web transmissions at 6.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. on “Listen2MyRadio” App will start from 4th May 2020.

                                All radio lessons for 2nd and 4th semester syllabus will be available on SALESIAN TV YouTube Channel, as soon as they are submitted by the faculty.

                                “This no-cost mode of teaching and learning which reaches maximum number of students at any given time is offered by faculty members of NBU colleges,” says Director of Radio Salesian and HoD of Journalism & Mass Communication Fr. C. M. Paul, inviting NBU faculty members to keep sending lessons for as many topics as possible.

                                Departments currently featured in Salesian TV YouTube Channel are: English, Bengali, Mass Communication, Sociology, History, Philosophy and B.Voc. More subjects and lessons will be available in the coming days.

                                “The digital technology of using radio lessons on ‘Salesian TV’ YouTube channel which allows 24x7 access of the lessons, is boon to student community both in the hills and plains,” said Dr Thadathil who is also president of All India Association of Christian Higher Education complimenting Radio Salesian and Salesian TV Teams in offering this technology to faculty and student community which has suffered suspension of classes since 16 March 2020.

                                “The procedure of preparing lessons for radio is very simple,” explains Radio Salesian Program Director RJ Samir. 

                                “All you have to do is to keep the lessons simple and focused, short and crisp, breaking it down to modules of 10 to 15 minutes duration and record it on a mobile phone’s digital recorder,” says RJ Samir.

                                “The secret of getting a clean and perfect audio,” RJ Samir adds, “Is to record the entire lesson in a closed room (bedroom) which has curtains and minimum of ambient noise.”

                                “In the plains, the summer heat and swirling noise of the fan will definitely affect audio quality, hence it is advisable to record in a quiet and cool corner,” suggests RJ Samir.

                                “Other than language subjects,” he says, “it is advisable that lessons are delivered in English language.”

                                The recorded audio file could be send on WhatsApp number 8918343658 to RJ Samir for packaging and broadcast.

                                Radio Salesian 90.8 FM - the Voice of the Hills - established in 2016 is the only college campus radio of North Bengal and entire northeast India.

                                There are 64 colleges (Darjeeling-Kalimpong-30, Jalpaiguri-16, Cooch Bihar-4, Alipurduar-12, Uttar Dinajpur-2) affiliated to NBU offering 169 courses in 11 streams with some 30 faculty departments and 20 specializations. Some 1.13 lakhs NBU students are spread over both the hills and plains of 6 districts of North Bengal.

                                Fr C.M. Paul, SDB

                                • India
                                • INC INDIA CALCUTTA
                                • Radio
                                • Coronavirus
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Thailand – Salesian Family United in Fight Against Covid-19

                                  3 weeks 6 days ago
                                  Thailand – Salesian Family United in Fight Against Covid-19

                                  (ANS – Bangkok) – The crisis situation of the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Thailand is continuously getting better. The number of those infected is going down, especially in this past last week when those infected did not exceed 10 people. From the statistics as of 7 May 2020, the accumulated data are: Confirmed cases: 2,992; Deaths: 55. The Salesian Family is engaged in anti-Covid work in Thailand.

                                  The Salesians of Don Bosco, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Queenship of Mary, the Institute of the Daughters of the Queenship of Mary, the Association of Salesian Cooperators, the ADMA and the Alumni are all part of this anti-Covid-19 alliance.

                                  Even if the situation is getting better, the Thai government still upholds the measures implemented in order to control the spread of this virus. It has continued to observe the curfew from 22.00 hrs to 04.00 hrs until the end of May 2020; the government still encourages the people to stay at home; checkpoints between towns and provinces are still up, mass gathering is not allowed. Of course, the general public is still affected by these measures employed to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

                                  On 28 April 2020, the Alumni Association of Huahin Vitthayalai School, Prachuabkhirikhan, together with My Garden Food Raft, distributed 800 packages of food and beverages, desserts and noodles to the people affected by the pandemic.

                                  On 30 April 2020, the Salesians and the teaching staff of Sarasit Phithayalai School, together with the Salesian Sisters of Narivooth School - Banpong, Ratchaburi, gave 215 sets of food packages to the residents of Rong Thoop and to the others badly affected by Covid-19 in the area of Banpong town.

                                  On 1 May 2020, the “In the Same Boat” project, PDO section, the Salesians together with the alumni of the Salesian aspirantate brought 130 packs of food items to the poor - those layed-off from work, Burmese laborers, the aged and those left alone - those left out from the amelioration survey in the area of Bangkapi and Phattanakarn areas - Bangkok.

                                  On 1 May 2020, Fr John Bosco Dheparat Pitisant, the Provincial, led the members of the Salesian Family to donate food items to Lam-Duan group at Salesianum House, Sampran. This said person works and rents a rest place in the area of Tha Kham Town, Nakorn Prathom. There were 500 families in that area. 

                                  On Saturday, 2 May 2020, the Salesian Family of Thailand, which includes the Salesians, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Queenship of Mary, the Institute of the Daughters of the Queenship of Mary, the Association of Salesian Cooperators, the ADMA group and the Alumni - these all joined hands to prepare and give out 500 packages of food and other food items to the poor and the needy people living around the area of Phra Mae Marie School - Sathupradit. This school is located in the middle of Bangkok and the people around the area have been strongly affected by the pandemic.

                                  The food packages came from each member group of the Salesian Family. The civil officials from the Yannawa District gave assistance by looking after the orderly distribution of the goods. Fr John Bosco Dheparat Pitisant, the Provincial, said words of gratitude to the representatives of members of the Salesian Family: "to all the participating members, I would like to express our gratitude to all for helping alleviate the hardships of the people which is in line with the advice of His Holiness the Pope and the Rector Major who invite all to help the affected people in this pandemic. All of us in the Salesian Family cannot stay inactive and not empathise. Let us be the first to participate in extending help and may we have the heart sensitive to this situation we are presently facing."

                                  Even though this distribution will account only a little to the alleviation of the hardships of the poor, yet this has value and great meaning for the children of Don Bosco who are at the side of the poor in Thai society.

                                  {gallery}THA - Lotta COVID-19 - maggio 2020{/gallery}

                                  • Thailandia
                                  • THA THAILANDIA
                                  • Coronavirus
                                  • Solidarietà
                                  • Famiglia Salesiana
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    RMG – “Rosary Maiorano 2020 Project” of Salesian Cooperators to counter Covid-19 crisis

                                    3 weeks 6 days ago
                                    RMG – “Rosary Maiorano 2020 Project” of Salesian Cooperators to counter Covid-19 crisis

                                    (ANS - Rome) - The Pope calls and the Salesian Cooperators respond. During this COVID-19 crisis, the Pope has on several occasions invited not to neglect the poor, who are most affected by this crisis. For this reason, the World Council of Salesian Cooperators has decided to commit the resources foreseen for the "Rosario Maiorano 2020 Project" to address the critical issues that arose following the pandemic.

                                    “We agreed that we must intervene however we can in our realities with concrete forms of economic solidarity. In addition to continuing with the typical activities of our mission, it is necessary to find new ways and new tools to intervene.” Antonio Boccia, World Coordinator of the Salesian Cooperators, is clear and exhaustive in announcing the initiative.

                                    The decision to launch this project arose towards the end of April when the meeting of the World Council of Salesian Cooperators took place in three sessions divided by continents, so as to encourage participation, given the difference in time zone. During the three video conferences, the association's leaders analyzed the situation of the various regions, according to their timeline, due to the pandemic that has now affected all countries.

                                    In the end, the World Council decided to allocate the “Rosario Maiorano 2020 Project” to financially support interventions in particular situations caused by the health emergency. The contributions of the Provinces for the year 2020 will thus be used to finance the Project.

                                    “In practice, the Provinces will not have to send the contribution for the year 2020 to the World Council, but will have to use it locally for interventions that each Provincial Council deems appropriate to finance, as a form of aid, the needs of local populations.”

                                    The Administrators will then report how these contributions were used, sending it to the World Administrator by December 2020.

                                    “It is the way the World Council wants to adopt to be close to the Salesian Cooperators in this moment of economic difficulty,” explains the World Coordinator.

                                    Their closing statement: “In this month of May, dedicated to our beloved Mary Help of Christians, let us have her suggest the best way to help our brothers and sisters tried by the pandemic.”

                                    The “Rosario Maiorano Project” is an initiative launched in 2019 by the World Council of Salesian Cooperators to remember in the best possible way, that is, through solidarity, the figure of Rosario Maiorano (1956-2017), World Coordinator of the Association between 2001 and 2012. Thanks to this initiative, last year quality education was guaranteed to over 300 street children in Kenya and about 150 young Kenyans were allowed to complete their studies.

                                    • Italia
                                    • Salesiani Cooperatori
                                    • Solidarietà
                                    • Coronavirus
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Spain – Salesian Social Platforms: "We learned that nobody saves themselves on their own"

                                      4 weeks ago

                                      (ANS - Madrid) - During the toughest phase of the pandemic and confinement, all families have had to adapt and learn to live together in isolation, at home, without being able to go out. But what about apartment groups, shelters for migrants and refugees? How do they live and have lived this extraordinary circumstance? The Salesian Social Platforms in Spain count 83 residential resources of this type: centers for emancipation, for migrants, houses for the transition to adult life, centers for applicants for international protection or for refugees in vulnerable situations. Around 700 people live in all these centers. During the period of isolation, their work changed considerably and the educational teams faced an unexpected and unknown situation.

                                      Educators stress the awareness that they have, indeed, taken on the concept of "staying home". Even if each center has its own peculiarities, two elements have become more or less routine,or the new norm. On the one hand, the educational teams that live with young people explain that they have “changed their work shifts: we stay on shifts of 12 hours, 3 days a week and the rest of the days are rest”, specify the educators of the Torrent centers and Valencia of the “María Auxiliadora” Foundation. On the other hand, there were those who continued to carry out their intervention virtually, going to homes if there were emergencies or if the recipients needed medical material. This usually occurs in the context of emancipation projects or for migrants seeking international protection.

                                      “It's a very interesting educational experience because, as they spend so much time together, they value coexistence more and work more on tolerance and on managing frustrations. Before, for any problem, most of them sought refuge in the street, now they must face it and try to solve it,”  the educators explain.

                                      “More specifically, the commitment of educators of other socio-educational programs to planning new recreational or educational activities to make confinement at home lighter should be praised,” explains Ignacio Vázquez, General Director of the Don Bosco Foundation.

                                      The young people of the apartment groups and of the reception houses have adapted to this atypical situation in a responsible and mature way, respecting the protocols, with an exemplary and collaborative behavior. “We Salesians trust young people, they give us lessons on their ability to adapt and resilience. Young people continue to be an opportunity for us to learn and deepen our vocation as educators,” they say.

                                      “This situation will affect the rate of emancipation of some beneficiaries, as finding employment will be much more difficult now, and also for those who are waiting for documents and practices to be resolved, because everything has been delayed,” says Vicente Pérez.

                                      For this reason, Rosana Palomares, Coordinator of the apartments for the emancipation of the Ángel Tomás Foundation, recalls that there is a need for a commitment in which resources are not lacking to assist the most vulnerable groups. And as Ignacio Vázquez points out, “we learned that nobody saves themselves on their own.”

                                      • Spagna
                                      • Migranti
                                      • Rifugiati
                                      • Pinardi
                                      • Coronavirus
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Democratic Republic of Congo – Story of Daniel, lost and found

                                        4 weeks ago
                                        Democratic Republic of Congo – Story of Daniel, lost and found

                                        (ANS - Bukavu) - Daniel lived with his family in Goma. When the M23 rebels occupied the city in November 2012, Daniel was 10 years old. His family fled north, along with many other people. But then, when they were near the Virunga park, his parents decided to go back. In this movement, Daniel lost contact with his family. He searched for them far and wide, but did not find them. He reached Bukavu by boat and, without knowing anyone, found himself with the street kids after a while.

                                        Discouraged, he gradually adapted to street life: to survive, he transported waste and looked for abandoned pieces of iron to be sold to metal traders. One day, a friend told him they were welcoming street children to the Don Bosco Center. He accompanied him there and Daniel was accepted. That friend changed his life.

                                        At the Don Bosco Center, Daniel was included in a cycle of literacy and school recovery, interspersed throughout the summer months by the colony that the Center organized. In November 2019, Daniel started the Vocational Training Course in Carpentry that continued until the beginning of March 2020.

                                        At the Don Bosco Center, Daniel adapted well and showed his desire to leave the street behind. In Bienvenu Karume, the Center's social worker spoke about his parents and gave quite precise indications as to where his family lived in Goma. Following this information, the Bienvenu social worker found people who had known Daniel's parents: after various searches, they found the phone number of Daniel's dad, who in the meantime had emigrated with his family to Nairobi, Kenya.

                                        Dad thought Daniel was dead, but as soon as he learned he was alive, he asked Daniel to come back, join them. The boy did, too. Bienvenu did all the paperwork and Daniel, after saying goodbye to his friends and to the Director of the Center, Fr Piero Gavioli, left for a long journey to Kenya, crossing Rwanda and Uganda.

                                        In Nairobi, the boy was warmly welcomed by his parents and brothers and sisters, who had the joy of finding a son or brother who'd been lost for 7 years. The Director of "Don Bosco Boys' Town" agreed to include Daniel in the Carpentry course.

                                        Daniel is part of a first group of 20 young people welcomed into the Salesian internship as part of a project developed by the Don Bosco Center in Bukavu with the support of the NGO "Louvain Coopération". This project, which started on 4 April 2019, has a three-year duration and involves the reception and family reunification of 20 children in street situations every year, for a total of 60 young beneficiaries in total.

                                        {gallery}AFC - Daniel ricongiunto 2020{/gallery}

                                        • Rep Dem del Congo
                                        • AFC AFRICA CENTRALE
                                        • Ragazzi
                                        • Bambini di Strada
                                        • Giovani a Rischio
                                        • Opzione Preferenziale
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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