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Italy – Feast of Don Bosco in Valdocco begins: "Without Don Bosco we would not be here today as a Salesian Family"

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(ANS - Turin) - Wednesday, January 29, at 9:00 pm, a group of young people, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Salesians of Don Bosco and faithful who animate the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, began the triduum to St Giovanni Bosco with an original itinerant, historical and charismatic prayer vigil. Fr Guido Enrico, Rector of the Basilica, who presided over the vigil, invited the participants to make a journey to three significant places in Valdocco: the main courtyard where the statue of Don Bosco is located, the Chapel of St Frances of Sales and the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians: "Because we want to remember Don Bosco in history and remember him today."

The first moment of prayer was at the foot of the statue of Don Bosco, in the main courtyard of Valdocco, where the life of Don Bosco was remembered together with the young people. "Don Bosco has made this place a space for dialogue and meeting with young people". And so the participants in the vigil prayed for all the young people in the world.

The second moment of prayer took place in the Chapel of San Francesco di Sales, the place where Don Bosco invited young people to live the profound encounter with God in the Eucharist. This place commemorated the multiplication of the hosts by Don Bosco himself and Domenico Savio's prayer to God. This chapel was a fundamental place in the educational process promoted by Don Bosco, it was the place where he invited his boys to live in the presence of God.

The third moment of prayer took place in the Basilica, where the testimony of Don Bosco and his relationship with Mary Help of Christians was offered. "Without her, without the Help of Christians, his life would not make sense," said the celebrant.

At the end of the celebration, the participants were invited to participate in an original prayer, when the artist Andrea de Simone represented Don Bosco's story in an exciting and surprising way through drawings on the sand. "When I was invited to make this artistic proposal," he explained, "I couldn't resist. Don Bosco is a saint with great vitality, who gives us the example of total trust in children ... The drawing on the sand was thought of on the life of the Saint, who invites us to live in hope and joy."

Finally, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, offered the traditional Salesian Good Night. “To say Don Bosco is to say Mary Help of Christians. The Saint of the youth had the profound conviction that it was she who did everything. But we cannot think of Don Bosco without the presence of his mother, Mamma Margherita. Don Bosco was not born rich. Don Bosco was born into a family, with the fragility of a child and his life was marked by sacrifices and by the presence of God and Mother Margherita. Today is the time to be thankful for his life. Without Don Bosco we would not be here today as a Salesian Family."

{gallery}Italia ICP Veglia Don Bosco{/gallery}

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  • Italia
  • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
  • Don Bosco
  • Rettor Maggiore
  • Festa Don Bosco
  • Valdocco
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Myanmar – “God’s grace is sufficient”: Episcopal Ordination of Fr Lucas Dau Ze, SDB

    4 weeks ago
    Myanmar – “God’s grace is sufficient”: Episcopal Ordination of Fr Lucas Dau Ze, SDB

    (ANS – Lashio) – Since the establishment of the Lashio diocese in 1990, its second episcopal ordination was celebrated on a sunny January 29 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral compound in the open air.  The presence of the almost complete Myanmar Bishops Conference (together, over 20 bishops) with hundreds of priests and thousands of Catholic faithful dressed in dozens of different ethnic groups blending, mad the ordination a truly wonderful celebration.

    "God's grace is sufficient" (2 Cor 12,9) is the motto of the 132nd Salesian Bishop, who comes from the Kachin ethnic group village of Pangpau - Hpahping parish (one of the 19 in Lashio diocese) as the fifth of six children, and of the joyful presence of the Kachin people being felt through these days. Just as Salesian Lucas Dau Ze was ordained to priesthood 24 years ago, today the Salesian priest Lucas Dau Ze was ordained by the first Bishop of Lashio, Charles Bo, SDB.

    In the presence of ecclesiastical, civil and military authorities, Bishop of Lashio Philip Lasap Za Hawng shared his diocese's main challenges, especially as regards the young: 'Young people are driven out of their home villages and towns due to enrollment (conscription) to many armed groups, fall as victims of human trafficking; others are becoming drug addicts or simply idle and unemployed or are taken by other Christian sects." He pointed also to the root cause of these issues - a strong need for justice for the ethnic minorities in the country that can't enjoy their own territory's resources. 

    After the ordination, the newly-ordained coadjutor bishop addressed the entire assembly of Lashio diocesan faithful, gave thanks to all who contributed to this wonderful celebration and to the presence of many international guests. Indeed the presence of bishops, priests, Salesians, benefactors, classmates and well-wishers from China, Japan, Korea, India, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Italy, Germany and other countries gave this celebration a truly Catholic and universal flavour! 

    In the afternoon, there was a traditional Kachin dance 'Manaw', followed by the Rosary and Adoration in the Cathedral, led by the young people.

    Then dinner was served around the large compound in different rooms. A busy festive day concluded with dances and music concert prepared by many different Catholic groups from more than ten ethnic groups, attended mostly by young people until late.

    For the episcopal ordination, many offered their gifts: the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Angel F. Artime also sent his gift of a Don Bosco statue with best wishes: 'My dear confrere Lucas, with my affection I wish you a happy new mission with the heart of Don Bosco! Praying for you!"

    As Bishop Lucas was a provincial delegate for the missionary animation, Fr Guillermo Basanes, Councilor for the Missions, also sent a special greeting: 'Dear Lucas, we are proud of your call, of your generosity and of your new mission!' From the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus built by our beloved Father Don Bosco we keep you in our hearts and prayers. And please... bless us!'

    For the celebration to run smoothly, many Myanmar Salesians worked very hard, starting from the provincial Fr Charles Saw, who took special care of the VIP guest from abroad, Salesians took charge as MC of the Ordination Mass, as the Choirmaster did for the celebrations, and Thibaw Salesian Aspirants who spent one full week to prepare the logistics and were, indeed, very visible with another 120 official 'Volunteers' in the Cathedral campus.

    On the eve of Don Bosco's Feast day, January 30, the Lashio celebration ends with the ordination of 3 diocesan priests Fr Peter Pausa Zau Hka, Fr Joseph Lasham Tu Lum and Fr Michael Saw Kay Soe Lwan.

    {gallery}MYM Ordinazione episcopale 2020{/gallery}

    • Myanmar
    • MYM MYANMAR
    • Lucas Jeimphaung Dau Ze
    • Vescovi
    • Charles Maung Bo
    • Ordinazioni Episcopali
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Bolivia – Kami, a mission in the clouds

      4 weeks ago
      Bolivia – Kami, a mission in the clouds

      (ANS - Kami) - Kami is a small village located 4,000 meters above sea level in the Bolivian Andes. For many years, Fr Serafino Chiesa has been the soul of this mission. Every day, together with his confreres, he faces the difficulties related to the impervious nature, isolation and the scarce opportunities that the context offers to the population.

      For some time the village's economy has been able to count on a single source of income, the mines from which minerals are extracted, such as wolfram, which become part of the components of many technological devices that we use daily, including televisions and mobile phones.

      To look for other job opportunities and to make the village more autonomous, Fr Chiesa decided to put an old hydroelectric plant that had been abandoned by the State back into operation. Today, this dream has come true and the plant employs several people. And since dreams have no limits, the plant has grown and today it is a work of excellence that supplies energy to the mission, to the village and that allows them to sell the surplus production to the Bolivian state itself.

      The last part of the hydroelectric network is now nearing completion, thanks to the tenacity of this Salesian who has spent his life for these people, gaining the many skills necessary to bring such an incredible project to the finish line that only a person with exceptional willpower could conceive.

      The difficulties, in fact, continue to be many. In a recent letter, Fr Chiesa explained how the construction of a tunnel proceeds on side "against the water that floods us and that we have to pump out with difficulty", and on the other, it proceeds "uphill at about 50 degrees slope ... with the constant risk of falling rocks."

      In the meantime, however, an encampment has been set up with a kitchen, bathrooms and dormitories for the workers. Work is also being done on the maintenance of the machines and trucks, given that some vehicles - such as a bulldozer with 25 years of service already on record - always have new troubles.

      Fr Chiesa concludes by saying: “In short, we are late, but we are alive and stubbornly convinced of moving forward. The conclusion of the gallery is expected shortly and if we do it we will give the go-ahead for the final design of the forced conduct, which is a new goal to reach ... Pray for us so that the Master of the harvest sends us many collaborators who will help to overcome difficulties.”

      For more information, visit: www.missionidonbosco.org 

      • Bolivia
      • BOL BOLIVIA
      • Missioni
      • Missioni Don Bosco
      • Tecnologie
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Spain – Official inauguration of “Salesianos Pamplona” house in Sarriguren: "We want to offer you the best education for life"

        4 weeks 1 day ago

        (ANS - Pamplona) - In the presence of Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation and X Successor of Don Bosco, of Fr Stefano Martoglio, Councilor for the Mediterranean region, of Fr Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Spain-St James Major (SSM), and Fr Angel Miranda Regojo and Jorge Lanchas Rivero respectively, the Director and the Dean of the work, the "Salesianos Pamplona" school in Sarriguren-Valle de Egües was officially inaugurated yesterday, 28 January.

        The educational community (teachers, students and administrative and service staff) attended the inauguration, together with guests from different parts of Navarre. Among the guests of honor were José Mari Aierdi, second vice-president of the Government of Navarre, and Carlos Gimeno, Councilor for Education, as well as Salesians from all over Spain.

        Before the opening ceremony, the students of the center, together with the teachers, had the opportunity to meet the Rector Major in the sports center. Later, they saw the documentary "92" by Raúl De la Fuente, made on the occasion of the transfer of the Salesians of Pamplona from Aralar street to Sarriguren: "History and life of the Salesians of Navarre".

        "I want to greet the Salesian Family, the whole educational community of Pamplona and above all the young people who are the reason for our work," said the Rector Major. "We are celebrating 92 years of Salesian presence in Pamplona, ​​and it is a time to move to the place where we want to continue serving young people. The Salesian house in Pamplona was the first Vocational Training school in Navarre and thousands of young people who have Salesian formation in their hearts went through this work."

        At 12 o'clock, local time, all the guests entered the Sports Center and joined the group of students for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiling the commemorative plaque, which will then be installed at the entrance of the institute.

        At the end of the opening ceremony, the visitors were accompanied by a group of students visiting the structures of the educational complex.

        In the afternoon, the Church of Mary Help of Christians was blessed and the thanksgiving Eucharist presided by Msgr. Francisco Pérez, archbishop of Pamplona and Tudela.

        "We want that this new Salesian presence serves the only truly important thing: to offer young people the best education for life," the Rector Major emphasized.

        {gallery}Spagna - Inaugurazione Pamplona 2020{/gallery}

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        • Spagna
        • SSM SPAGNA SAN GIACOMO MAGGIORE
        • Nuova Presenza
        • Rettor Maggiore
        • Ángel Fernández Artime
          Gian Francesco Romano

          RMG – Don Bosco Feast Day 2020 in Valdocco

          4 weeks 1 day ago
          RMG – Don Bosco Feast Day 2020 in Valdocco

          (ANS - Rome) - January 31, the feast day of St John Bosco: there will be countless celebrations around the world to remember the figure of the Saint of Youth. But it is in Valdocco, obviously, the beating heart of the Salesian charism, that the gaze of the global Salesian Family will focus upon. All the more reason this year, due to the presence of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, who in recent years had instead spent the feast day in other locations symbolizing the Salesian mission in the world: Freetown (Sierra Leone), Santo Domingo (Rep. Dominican Republic), Dili (East Timor) and Panama City.

          Scheduled at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians are:

          Wednesday 29 January

          • 9.00 pm Prayer vigil in the historical places of Valdocco: from the courtyard to the relic of the saint. On this occasion, the Sand Art show, curated by Compagnia Sabbie Luminose, will present the figure of Don Bosco.

          Thursday 30 January

          • 7 pm - First Vespers of the Feast of St John Bosco. The Rector Major presides.

          Friday 31 January

          • 7:00 am - Mass. Fr Sabino Frigato, SDB, Episcopal Vicar for Consecrated Life, presides.
          • 8:30 am - Mass. Fr Enrico Stasi, SDB, Provincial of Piedmont-Valle d'Aosta Special District, presides before young people of the Valdocco schools.
          • 10:00 am - Mass. Presiding Fr Leonardo Mancini, SDB, Master of Novices.
          • 11:00 am - Solemn Concelebration. Fr Guido Errico, SDB, Rector of the Basilica, presides. Live broadcast on www.missionidonbosco.org 
          • 3 pm - Blessing of children and young people. Fr Guido Dutto, SDB, parish priest "Mary Help of Christians", presides
          • 4 pm - Solemn Vespers. Deacon Paolo De Martino (diocesan Biblical apostolate referent) presides.
          • 5 pm - Mass. Presided by Msgr. Marco Brunetti, Bishop of Alba.
          • 6:30 pm - Solemn Concelebration with the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM). The Rector Major presides. Live broadcast on www.missionidonbosco.org 
          • 9 pm - Solemn Concelebration. Presided by Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, Archbishop of Turin. Live broadcast on www.missionidonbosco.org 

           

          Various celebrations are also scheduled at the Basilica of San Giovanni Bosco on Colle Don Bosco. In particular, the following should be noted:

          Thursday 30 January

          • 9 pm - Eucharistic adoration vigil with and for young people.

          Friday 31 January

          • 11:00 am - Solemn Mass. Presided by Msgr. Alceste Catella, emeritus bishop of Casale.
          • 5 pm - Solemn Mass. Presided by Msgr. Francesco Ravinale, emeritus bishop of Asti.
          • Italia
          • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
          • Festa Don Bosco
          • Rettor Maggiore
          • Ángel Fernández Artime
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Myanmar – Salesian contribution to Lashio diocese continues

            4 weeks 1 day ago
            Myanmar – Salesian contribution to Lashio diocese continues

            (ANS – Lashio) – Three days of celebration in the compound of the Catholic Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Lashio (28-30 January) brings together some 6,000 Catholic faithful, hundreds of priests, 15 bishops and two Salesian cardinals - Yangon Archbishop Charles Bo and Hong Kong Bishop emeritus Joseph Zen. On the evening of Tuesday, 28 January, there was a welcoming of all guests and presentation of the Lashio diocese, and on 29 January, the episcopal ordination while, lastly, on 30 January there will be the ordination of three priests from Lashio diocese.

            During the welcoming ceremony in front and inside the Sacred Heart Cathedral, the Lashio Bishop Philip Lasap Za Hawng (who turns 75 years in February 2020) introduced the profile of his diocese with a pastoral heart:

            “From the humble origin by the workers in mines and railways near Namtu, under the leadership first of the MEP (French) missionaries, then of the PIME (Italian) missionaries, the Lashio Apostolic Prefecture (Mons. Joycelyn Madden, SDB as first Prefect) was created in 1975. With the Salesian personnel, the direct evangelization moved to the stage of a diocese in 1990 with first bishop Charles Bo (1990-1996).

            Now the Catholics are about 1.2% (26,000) of the 2.5 M population in the diocesan territory (Northern Shan state), composed of 10 ethnic groups (Shan, Kachin, Lisu and Wa), while most of the Catholics are living in poor conditions. The other Christian population is about 10% (!) with many denominations. Due to the strategic position on the Oriental Highway that connects Mandalay and China boarder (Road and Belt project - main trade route), with the gas and oil pipelines and possible speed train project to China, the diocesan territory is in the middle of development.”

            To conclude, Bishop Philip also asked the Catholic faithful to pray for peace, end of the numerous armed conflicts, freedom from arms and drug trafficking: "We pray for the lasting peace in the diocese!"

            While the first Apostolic Nuncio to Myanmar (and Thailand, Cambodia, Laos) Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam highlighted the appointment of the bishop-elect on the Feast of Saint Luke (18 October) and hopes the new bishop will proclaim God's love and mercy in today's society to become like Luke the Evangelist, a minister who heals the wounds of his people. Moreover, he shared that “Pope Francis prays daily for Myanmar, for the respect of human rights and for peace and reconciliation in this country.” And he requested the faithful to pray for his universal ministry!

            Among those present was a strikingly high number of young people coming from the 19 parishes of the diocese, who attended the evening entertainment - concert on the stage near the cathedral.

            The Salesian Family of Myanmar is present with many young people from Salesian settings, FMA Sisters, SDB Brothers and Fathers and Aspirants from Thibaw who spent almost one week preparing for the feast in Lashio. Among the distinguished guests were also two Salesians from India (Guwahati and Kolkata province), two Salesians from Hong Kong (Card. Joseph Zen, and one deacon), two Salesians from Vietnam, one missionary from Cambodia, two Salesians from the General House (Rome), the Bishop of Saitama (Tokyo-Japan) Mario Yamanouchi, Archbishop emeritus of Guwahati Thomas Menamparampil, Fr Václav Klement, SDB, the East Asia-Oceania Regional Councillor, and one Salesian Cooperator from Cebu.

            Source: AustraLasia

            • Myanmar
            • MYM MYANMAR
            • Charles Maung Bo
            • Joseph Zen
            • Cardinali
            • Vescovi
            • Famiglia Salesiana
            • Lucas Jeimphaung Dau Ze
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Angola – Berta, Luanda's Mother Margherita: "I want to consume myself in giving myself to others"

              4 weeks 1 day ago

              (ANS - Luanda) - A few days from Don Bosco's feast day, remembering one of the key figures in his life, Mamma Margherita, is inevitable. Just as there are many Salesian missionaries who are the living image of the founder of the Salesians in the 21st century, there are also many "Mothers Margherita" who multiply the work of missionaries with disadvantaged people in more than 130 countries around the world. One of these is Berta André, an Angolan woman who has lived all her life in one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in the country's capital, Luanda.

              There she was able to raise five children and give them university education, adopt three more, and raise and educate at home more than 100 abandoned children who were collected on the streets or sent by their mothers to Luanda during the war years.

              Her life has not been easy. Her husband drank and left home, leaving her with five young children: Ecson, Stanislao, Brigida, Luzia and Georgio. Then, when the Salesians started looking after street children and needed a mother for all of them, Berta quit her job.

              In the late 1990s, she moved to a small house with her five children to take care of eight street children; a week later they were already 12 and a year later they were 25. “My older children helped me a lot and they were all brothers and sisters among them. I'd get up in the morning to prepare breakfast, get water for the bathroom, take them to school, take care of them when they were sick, everything was a sacrifice."

              Berta has been and still is much more than a mother for all of them, as well as a symbol for the whole neighborhood, because she takes time to visit the sick and be a guide in the community, as a teacher, catechist, nurse, bricklayer ... " I already feel some pain, but I want to consume myself in giving myself to others."

              "The missionaries told me that the Lord chose me. They helped me to discover that we must give ourselves to others, like Don Bosco. On one occasion I thought about throwing in the towel, but the Lord and Mary Help of Christians have always helped me," she assures.

              Berta knows the life of Mamma Margherita, for this reason, she says: "The same things have happened to me, sometimes the boys stole from me, too, but when you work with your heart everything is easier," and, she adds, "everything is God's work. We have managed to help many children by preparing them to return to their families and to society, restoring their dignity to them. I don't know how to thank God and Don Bosco for this."

              Berta's greatest pride is the over 100 children who have passed through her house and whom she has always treated as her children: "The children I have had have been exemplary."

              • Angola
              • ANG ANGOLA
              • Mamma Margherita
              • Sviluppo Sociale
              • Donne
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Peru – "The oratory has marked my hopes and dreams": Martín Martínez

                4 weeks 2 days ago

                (ANS - Lima) - The first Salesian festive oratory in Peru was inaugurated in the populous San Lazaro district of Lima, today called Rímac, in 1891, the same year in which the Salesians arrived in the country. Thousands of young people passed through that oratory. Hundreds of Salesians came from many parts of the world and testified to the presence of the first Peruvian Salesian, the venerable Msgr. Ortiz Arrieta, today in the process of beatification and canonization. After more than a century, Martín Martinez has passed through these courtyards and will soon be ordained a diocesan priest, but confesses that his Salesian heart is always present in his formation.

                Deacon Martínez is convinced that joy is the way to holiness and over time he has shown that smiling and listening can transform the life of a young person.

                He arrived at the Salesian oratory of Rímac at the age of 15. It was a neighborhood friend who had invited him to be part of the "useful holidays" offered by the oratory in January and February, not knowing that this would be the first step in a great adventure.

                Over time, and getting to know the Salesian charism better, he also began to attend the oratory in the afternoon, together with other young people. Singing, theater and music were his favorite pastimes.

                "I was part of the oratory choir and I was part of the Sabor Oratoriano orchestra formed by Father Lalo. Music and singing taught me a way of life of the Church that I did not know and I found in joy a path of holiness, as Don Bosco proposed," comments Martín.

                Over the years, he has found at the Salesians a place to feel loved and where he has come to understand that only humane work can change lives. The flame of vocation was beginning to burn in his heart.

                "I asked myself why not be a priest, while I saw many people in more difficulty than me, younger people who needed God. At the oratory I learned that it is worth giving young people a chance," says Martín with a smile. "Society can say that young people are lost, but if you know their heart, you realize that they can become good people."

                "I'm very happy to know that the Lord has called me and I have tried to answer in the best way," he says. "I love the Salesian oratory of Rímac because it is the place that has marked my hopes and dreams."

                "I'm sure," he says, "that it is possible to reach Heaven through a good and healthy joy; the Salesians have taught it to me."

                • Perù
                • PER PERÙ
                • Vocazioni
                • Oratorio
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Cameroon – Improve access to quality education

                  4 weeks 2 days ago
                  Cameroon – Improve access to quality education

                  (ANS - Yaoundé) - Sad news has been emerging from Cameroon for years: clashes, deaths, poverty, misery ... In 2020 it is expected that the country will face one of the worst humanitarian crises in its history. According to the United Nations, Cameroon is facing a "double humanitarian crisis": hunger, on the one hand, and political problems on the other. The UN estimates that 4.4 million people will need humanitarian aid in 2020 and that children and adolescents will be the ones who suffer most.

                  The Salesians have not stopped working, being there, and are aware that the situation can be reversed thanks to an educational proposal. The Spanish Salesian NGO "Solidaridad Don Bosco" announces the start of the first phase of construction of the "Salesian secondary school extension  in Yaoundé" project.

                  According to UNESCO, the United Nations agency for education, science and culture, only 27% of the country's children are enrolled in primary schools. Teachers must strive to encourage pupil participation, given the reality that surrounds them and the environment in which children live. The situation of the population is complicated; together with the 271,000 displaced people from the far north of the country, and the 700,000 displaced in the West due to violence, children and young people must leave school and walk unsafe, uncertain paths, without the security of being able to study.

                  To improve access to quality education for vulnerable young people in the Mimboman neighborhood of Yaoundé, a three-story building has been designed which will be built through three modules and will include classrooms, laboratories and offices.

                  The project will allow to increase the number of young people who will receive an education; and it will also allow them to complete the educational cycle, extending the educational offer also to the baccalaureate.

                  The central module of the structure, which has started to be built, will have a total of 12 fully equipped classrooms. Taking advantage of the dry season - the rainy season in Cameroon runs from May to November - the whole area has already been leveled and the foundations have already been laid.

                  In the coming months, the building will be completed before the start of the next school year, 2020-2021, thus ready to welcome new students.

                  The Salesian missionary José Maria Sabé Colom has been working in this Salesian center dedicated to Don Bosco in the Mimboman district of Yaoundé for 27 years. Together with his confreres, he is firmly convinced that in Cameroon it is very important "that all religions are involved in an educational project", a type of ecumenism that missionaries experience every day. As Fr Sabé Colom says, this "gives rise to friendships between Muslims and Catholics and, therefore, a more solid society", and all this also responds to a "style of evangelization".

                  {gallery}Camerun - Lavori scuola Mimboman 2020{/gallery}

                  • Camerun
                  • ATE AFRICA TROPICALE EQUATORIALE
                  • Spagna
                  • Sviluppo Sociale
                  • Educazione
                  • Scuole
                  • ONG
                  • Solidarietà
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    RMG – Farewell to Fr Francesco Maraccani, SDB

                    1 month ago
                    RMG – Farewell to Fr Francesco Maraccani, SDB

                    (ANS - Rome) - On the evening of January 24, the Feast of St. Francis de Sales and the day of the monthly commemoration of Mary Help of Christians, God called upon Fr Francesco Maraccani, SDB, former Secretary General and Procurator General of the Congregation. His was a life lived in intelligent and generous dedication at the service of young people, of the Salesians and of the Congregation.

                    Fr Maraccani was born on 30 October 1936 in Pavone Mella (Brescia, Italy). From an early age, he attended the Salesian oratory in his town; he did the aspirantate in Chiari, the novitiate in Montodine and the post-novitiate in Nave. He made his first profession on August 16, 1954, his perpetual profession on August 14, 1960. In 1963, he graduated in Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic of Milan. He was ordained a priest on March 18, 1967. In June of the same year, he obtained a license in Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

                    After the presbyteral ordination, he was Dean of the "Don Bosco" Industrial Technical Institute of Brescia for 12 years, from 1967 to 1979. In 1974, he also became Director of the Salesian community, an office he held until 1979, without neglecting the 25 hours of weekly school and teaching in the evening classes of the Vocational Training Center. To the Provincial who asked him to reduce school hours, he replied that teaching did not weigh upon him and that it was the way to be close to young people. For him they were the best, most beautiful years, his working with young people.

                    From 1970 to 1979, he was Provincial Councilor in the Lombardo-Emiliana Province. He was Regulator of the provincial Chapters several times. Elected by the capitular assembly, he participated in the 20th Special General Chapter. With regret, but available to obedience, he left teaching when he was appointed Provincial. From 29 June 1979 to 23 October 1984, he held the office of Provincial of the "San Zeno" Province, based in Verona.

                    In October 1984, the Rector Major, Fr Egidio Viganò, entrusted him with the office of Secretary of the General Council, a position he held continuously for 18 years, until 2002. From July 2002 to November 2015, for 13 years, he held the office of Procurator General of the Congregation to the Holy See and spokesman for the Rector Major.

                    He participated in eight General Chapters, from 1971 to 2014. In 1990, he was the 23rd General Chapter Regulator. From 2015 until November 2019, despite his advanced age and health problems, he continued to work tirelessly in the Legal Office of the Salesian Congregation. Until the end of his earthly pilgrimage, he led an exemplary religious and priestly life.

                    Fr Maraccani is a beautiful, transparent, joyful, intelligent figure with many interests - from the liturgy to the history of the Church and the Congregation, to ecclesial events, to science and current affairs. He loved work, the Sacred Heart, Mary Help of Christians and Don Bosco, the saints of the Salesian Family. A Salesian characterized above all by his great love for Don Bosco, the Congregation and the young disappears with him.

                    The funeral takes place today, Monday 27 January, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Rome. 

                    {gallery}RMG - Funerali d Maraccani 2020{/gallery}

                    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                    • Decessi
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      RMG – The new “Salesian Rector’s Manual” will be released during GC28 in a limited edition

                      1 month ago
                      RMG – The new “Salesian Rector’s Manual” will be released during GC28 in a limited edition

                      (ANS – Rome) – The long-awaited revised version of the “Salesian Rector’s Manual” will be released during General Chapter 28 (GC28) in a limited edition. The Manual will be made available to the members of the Chapter in various languages, and after the Chapter to the whole Congregation. This will permit the insertion of any major changes that GC28 might promulgate regarding the figure of the Rector, the Salesian community, and most especially the sharing of the mission with lay people.

                      Given that the Manual is meant not only for the Rector but also for the community, it has a new title: Animating and Governing the Community: The Service of the Salesian Rector. The Rector and the confreres are all involved in the animation and governance of the community. Each and every confrere should have a copy and study it, as the Rector Major has said.

                      The word ‘community’ in the title is polyvalent: it refers to the religious community, but also to the Educative and Pastoral Community. This is reflected in the structure of the Manual: a first part discusses the Salesian Consecrated Identity, a second part is dedicated to the religious community, and a third part to the sharing of the mission with many lay people and members of the Salesian Family.

                      The shared mission does not involve a dilution of identities, so the first part ties in very well with the third, while the second part is perhaps the one that most draws from the 1986 version of the Manual. In the spirit of Vatican II, and following the invitation of New Wine in New Wineskins, there is a keen awareness that authority today must take into account the dynamic of fraternity. Community discernment – very well exemplified in the movie “Of gods and men” (2010), dealing with Christian de Chergé and the monks of Thiberrine – is something that the Rector and the Salesian community must take to heart.

                      The revision of the Rector’s Manual – which must now perhaps be referred to as the “Manual of the Community” – was a request of the previous General Chapter, GC27. Given that the previous text had been composed in 1986, the new text had to take into account several General Chapters, the magisterium of at least three popes and several Rector Majors, many important documents of the Church and of the Congregation, and the digital revolution.

                      The process of revision involved a questionnaire for Rectors, Provincials and their Councils, two international seminars, a first draft of the text by a smaller editing group, and several phases of work and redrafting of the text with the direct involvement of the members of the General Council, until the final approved version by the Rector Major and his Council on 21 April 2019.

                      Fr Ivo Coelho, SDB

                      • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                      • Formazione
                      • Direttori
                      • Ivo Coelho
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        RMG – "We did the will of God by animating the Congregation in the style of Don Bosco": Rector Major in the last "Good Night" of his 6-year term

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                        (ANS - Rome) - Yesterday, Thursday 23 January, the General Council of the Salesian Congregation met for the last time in this six-year term, and, at the conclusion of the meeting, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, presided over the last Mass of this General Council. "During this last celebration in Don Bosco's rooms," he said, "it comes directly from my heart: to thank God for these six years of work in the service of God and young people."

                         

                        During the Mass, concelebrated by Fr Francesco Cereda, Vicar of the Rector Major, and by Fr Timothy Ploch, Councilor for the Interamerica Region, the X Successor of Don Bosco expressed all his emotion for the work done in these past six years: "We must be happy, joyful and extremely grateful to God for the work we have done as Departments animating the Salesian communities. We have been in the service of God."

                        As the Salesian Constitutions affirm, the "General Council collaborates with the Rector Major in the animation and government of the Congregation." For this reason, in this term's last Salesian "Good Night" to the "St Joseph" community of the Salesian Generalate, Fr Á.F. Artime wanted to thank all the General and Regional Councilors, as they contributed to "identifying and studying the problems that concern the common good of the Society, promoting fraternal union between the Provinces, and making sure that the Congregation is increasingly effective in carrying out the Salesian mission in the world," as is also specified in the Salesian Constitutions. The Rector Major did not fail to thank the staff of each of the departments "for their professional and service dedicated to the mission."

                        In the traditional "Good Night", the Rector Major then provided the details of the General Council's meetings of this winter session (December 2, 2019 - January 24, 2020).

                        The Provincials of 15 Provinces and Vice Provinces were appointed in:

                        • Argentina South (ARS)
                        • Brazil-Campo Grande (BCG)
                        • Brazil-Porto Alegre (BPA)
                        • Brazil-Belo Horizonte (BBH)
                        • India-Calcutta (INC)
                        • India-Tiruchy (INT)
                        • Austria (AUS)
                        • Slovakia (SLK)
                        • Hungary (UNG)
                        • Czech Republic (CEP)
                        • Poland-Krakow (PLS)
                        • Spain-St James Major (SSM)
                        • Angola (ANG)
                        • Mozambique (MOZ)
                        • Venezuela (VEN)

                        27 Provincial Councilors and 120 Directors of works were appointed; 3 houses were canonically erected, 3 new presences opened; the reports of 9 Extraordinary Visitations and 33 Provincial Chapters were studied.

                        "The journey of the Congregation has been a journey of fidelity to the Lord, to Don Bosco, to the charism and to young people," concluded Fr Á.F. Artime. "We did God's will by walking and animating the Congregation in the style of Don Bosco. This experience of animation leaves me with a very serene heart and a feeling of immense and profound gratitude for the work done by each of the Councilors of the Salesian Central Office."

                        {gallery}RMG - Consiglio Generale 2020{/gallery}

                        • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                        • Rettor Maggiore
                        • Ángel Fernández Artime
                        • Consiglio Generale
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Australia – Rich experience of YM and Missions shared in GC28

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                          Australia – Rich experience of YM and Missions shared in GC28

                          (ANS – Melbourne) – Aside from the 240+ SDB delegates and observers to General Chapter 28 in Valdocco (Feb 16-Apr 4, 2020) the Rector Major has also invited 18 young adults (3rd week) and 11 lay mission partners (after the election week). Lauren Hichaaba is also part of this group, who since 2007 shares the Salesian mission together with the Sons of Don Bosco in Australia.

                          Ms. Lauren Hichaaba has been working with the Salesians of Don Bosco in the Australia-Pacific (AUL) Province since 2007. She is the Director and Co-Founder of the Cagliero Project, a long-term international volunteer program run by the AUL Province. The Cagliero Project places Salesian Mission Volunteers for 6 – 12 months in Salesian communities with a focus on the East Asia Oceania (EAO) Region. The Cagliero Project also offers short-term immersion experiences that are run by Lauren and her team.

                          In 2016, Lauren was appointed as the Delegate for Mission Animation in the AUL Province. This role has been life-giving and has connected her much better to the mission animation goals of the Congregation. In particular, she has a keen interest in Salesian Missionary Volunteer Service (SMVS) at a regional and worldwide level. She has assisted the EAO regional coordinator for mission animation to animate SMVS in the region.

                          In addition to her work with the Cagliero Project and Delegate for Mission Animation, Lauren is also an active member of the youth ministry team and for the past 12 years has worked on Province-wide youth ministry initiatives such as: OzBosco (annual gathering of Australian young people), World Youth Day, Australian Catholic Youth Festival and Camps and Retreats. Lauren is a member of the Province Development Office (PDO) advisory board.

                          Lauren grew up in Melbourne, Australia, but lived in the USA for her high school and university schooling. After completing her Bachelor's Degree in Religion and Drama, Lauren spent two years as a teacher in Zambia. This experience inspired her to obtain her teaching degree back in Melbourne. In order to enhance her work with the Cagliero Project, a few years later Lauren undertook a Masters in Development Studies.

                          Despite many years of education Lauren firmly believes her most valuable asset and contribution is based on lived experience and through making many mistakes! Lauren is thrilled, humbled and excited to have been invited to be present for part of General Chapter 28. She is passionate about the shared mission and formation with the Salesians of Don Bosco and the laity and is full of hope for the congregation as they continue to work for those most in need!

                          Lauren is blessed with a family of four beautiful children who keep her very busy!

                          The presence of young people and lay people, in this particular form, is perfectly consistent with the specific objectives of the GC28: to put young people and their deeper needs at the center to outline the characteristics that the Salesian of today should have to respond to these needs, involving increasingly more lay people in this shared mission. 

                          • Australia
                          • AUL AUSTRALIA PACIFICO
                          • CG28
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Guatemala – Salesian mission of San Benito Petén help caravan of migrants

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                            Guatemala – Salesian mission of San Benito Petén help caravan of migrants

                            (ANS - San Benito Petén) - Blocked on the traditional border between Guatemala and the Mexican state of Chiapas, on the Suchiate River, the Central American migrants, mostly Hondurans, who are part of the new caravan, are looking for alternative ways to try to enter Mexico and are passing through the Petén department in northern Guatemala with the intent to pass through the Mayan forest and enter the Mexican state of Tabasco.

                            "It is an extraordinary influx," said the Italian Salesian missionary Fr Giampiero De Nardi to the SIR agency. “Being many, we are offering service at the local migrant's house, in the municipality of Santa Elena. The structure has a capacity of about 50 people and had to cope with the arrival of 300 migrants. We are doing everything possible to guarantee them a bed and hot meals. At a certain moment, the food was finished."

                            Then, fortunately, "a container arrived from Canada, which was needed for my mission and therefore for other purposes, and we diverted it for this humanitarian emergency," concluded the Salesian missionary.

                            The Salesian mission of San Benito Petén was started towards the end of 2011 to take care of youth at risk of deviance in the territory of the vicariate of the same name. It is a missionary work that lives every day the preferential option for the poorest and that promotes multiple activities of social promotion, education and evangelization. But sometimes, as in this case, those most at risk become those who out of necessity abandon the little they have to seek a better future for themselves and their families.

                            Not surprisingly, in recent days Msgr. Jaime Calderón Calderón, Bishop of Tapachula, in the state of Chiapas and close to the border with Guatemala, made an appeal to priests, religious and lay people after hearing the news regarding a new caravan of thousands of Honduran migrants bound for the USA, in which he said: "All those who are part of this diocesan family, each according to his or her possibilities and responsibilities, ensure that these migrant brothers do not lack a piece of bread, are not raped or attacked in passing through our diocese, do not receive manifestations of refusal. God will reward everyone's effort to see them, hear them and treat them like brothers. Just as we would like our irregular compatriots to be treated in the United States."

                            • Guatemala
                            • CAM CENTRO AMERICA
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Spain – Teachers of Salesian schools: Ongoing formation to educate students and offer quality education

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                              Spain – Teachers of Salesian schools: Ongoing formation to educate students and offer quality education

                              (ANS - Madrid) - On 17 January, the ceremony for the awarding of diplomas to teachers who took part in courses in Management of Educational Centers and Pastoral Coordination organized by the Salesian schools was held at the Atocha center in Madrid. The event represented the final act of this training course, which included both face-to-face lessons and digital lessons, and saw 80 participants from the Salesian schools in Spain. Teacher training is one of the key elements to offer quality education that responds to the challenges of today's society.

                              During the ceremony, prof. Rafael Díaz Salazar, professor of Sociology and International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the Complutense University of Madrid, presented a paper entitled: "Teachers with their feet on the ground", during which he also invited Salesian schools to bring the encyclical of Pope Francis Laudato Sì to class. "We must accompany this generation that will rebuild God's Creation," said the professor, referring to the students and young people who are waging an ecological battle.

                              Even the teachers who attended the courses subsequently took the floor. Marta Parrado, of the school of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Aravaca, a student of Group III of the Course on the Management of Educational Centers, declared that "it is we who have the responsibility to accompany, help, delegate and leave when necessary," as Don Bosco did.

                              Along the same lines, Yulema Pedro, of the Salesians of the "St Anthony Abate" center in Valencia, said with emotion that the teachers of the Salesian schools are "witnesses, guides, companions, guarantors and leaders of the Salesian style that makes us special."

                              "Being Salesian makes us people without frontiers, capable of contributing with our best practices to making this world a better place," concluded Alberto Parra (Salesians San Pedro-Triana).

                              Finally, Ángel Astorgano, National Coordinator of the Salesian Schools, concluded the diploma awards ceremony with a short speech in which he invited teachers to continue their daily ongoing formation in order to train their students and offer quality education.

                              The Salesian schools have their origin in Don Bosco's mission with the young people of Turin from the 19th century. From the very beginning, his concern was the education and integral promotion of young people as "good Christians and upright citizens". Today, the Salesian schools are a large, broad and rich reality, with 141 schools only in Spain, all of which aim to be faithful to the Salesian mission and educational style.

                              {gallery}Spagna - Docenti e scuole 2020{/gallery}

                              • SSM SPAGNA SAN GIACOMO MAGGIORE
                              • Spagna
                              • Scuole
                                Alessandro Parrozzani

                                RMG – GC 28 Press Conference: Salesian commitment for world’s young

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                                RMG – GC 28 Press Conference: Salesian commitment for world’s young

                                (ANS - Rome) - Living the Salesian charism with concreteness and realism to always obtain the maximum possible result in favor of all the young people of the world - Christians, Muslims, Hindus, agnostics ... - and especially the poorest and least resourceful, this is the commitment that has always distinguished the Salesians, one they aim to maintain in the future, too. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and Cardinal Cristóbal López Romero, SDB, Archbishop of Rabat, confirmed this commitment again today in the press conference for the presentation of the 28th General Chapter of the Salesian Congregation (GC28).

                                The meeting with journalists and media, held at the Salesian Central Office in Rome, in the "Sacro Cuore", was opened by Fr Giuseppe Costa, SDB, journalist and former Director of the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, the Vatican publishing house. He presented the speakers; in addition to the Rector Major and Card. López, Fr Stefano Vanoli, Regulator of the GC28. He also introduced a short video with statistical data on the Salesian presence in the world.

                                Fr Á.F. Artime then explained the nature of the General Chapter - "a great democratic assembly, which gathers innumerable languages, cultures and experiences" - and he summarized its aims: to identify the priorities of the Congregation for the work of the next six years featuring two specific cornerstones specific to this CG28: attunement with young people in a world that changes at a dizzying pace; and the awareness of working together with the laity in this mission.

                                For his part, Card. López, spoke on the strength of his long and varied experience: in a secularized Europe, in the popular faith of Latin America, in contexts where Christianity is a clear minority, such as Morocco, where it is currently needed. Precisely the reality of the Salesians in that country has become the paradigm for illustrating a number of characteristics proper to Salesian work. "The Salesians have always been men of the frontiers ... We have been and we are more of the South than of the North, more of the extremes than of the centers, more of the working-class neighborhood than of the city center."

                                Quoting the famous motto of Don Bosco - theme of this year’s Strenna, "Good Christians and Upright Citizens" - the Cardinal observed that it applies happily even in contexts with a Muslim majority: "I am convinced that if Don Bosco was in the Muslim countries today, he would transform his famous slogan by saying: ‘Upright Citizens and Good Believers’. Don Bosco would have assimilated Vatican Council II and would have put it into practice, avoiding proselytism (which was normal at the time) and engaging in ecumenism and interreligious dialogue."

                                All this, of course, without denying one’s identity, but rather by enhancing and giving substance to another properly Salesian motto: "Educate by evangelizing and evangelize by educating".

                                Even the Rector Major, in the open question period that followed, reiterated that explicit announcement in the Congregation is and remains a fixed point, in situations where it is possible and effective; but he recalled that the best form of evangelization today passes increasingly through the witness of life that raises questions.

                                In response to questions from those present, Fr Á.F. Artime also explained why the CG28 will take place in Valdocco: "It is a return home, to the origins, Don Bosco is there. It is not the same thing to have a meeting there or elsewhere." Fr Vanoli offered some details on the GC28, including the novelty of the presence of some young people and lay people who will participate in the work of the chapter in two different weeks.

                                Before concluding, various specific services were examined, such as the presence in Venezuela or in Africa. With regard to the first, Fr Á.F. Artime spoke of the concrete support - including financial support - that is offered by the Salesians not only to Salesian works, but also directly to needy families; and recalled that, as with Ebola in West Africa and during the war in Syria, "the Salesians always remain at the side of the population in times of difficulty."

                                As for the African context, where the Salesians are present in 42 countries, after illustrating several examples of educational ministry, he said: "We Salesians do not solve the problems of Africa and we cannot eliminate inequalities. But surely the lives of thousands of young people would not be the same without Salesian education." And Card. López added that the Sons of Don Bosco in Africa also have the specific mission of "giving hope" to a continent where there are many young people, but they often feel trapped in a future without opportunities.

                                In conclusion, the Rector Major shared with journalists: “When the Church and the Congregation do something wrong, when there are errors, mistakes and fragility, it is right to say so. But in over 100 countries I have also seen how much good the Salesians and the Church do." 

                                • CG28
                                • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                • Cristóbal López
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Italy – Memorandum of Understanding signed between Salesian Pontifical University and Guardia di Finanza

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                                  Italy – Memorandum of Understanding signed between Salesian Pontifical University and Guardia di Finanza

                                  (ANS - Rome) - On Monday 20 January, in the "San Matteo" room of the General Command of the Guardia di Finanza in Rome, Giuseppe Zafarana, Commander General, General of the Army Corps, and Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians and Grand Chancellor of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS), signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at ratifying the relationship between the two institutions and the creation of training courses of mutual interest.

                                  In particular, the UPS and the Guardia di Finanza, the Italian Financial and Customs Police, have undertaken to implement training courses, counseling and forms of collaboration in the field of psychology, clinical psychology, emergency psychology, psychodiagnostics and psychology of adult education.

                                  The collaboration made official on Monday derives from the esteem and interest that the Guardia di Finanza has for scientific research proposed by the Salesian Pontifical University, as declared by the Commander General Zafarana during the ceremony.

                                  With the Memorandum of Understanding, UPS students will be supported for the development of studies and research on issues of common interest and will be able to carry out an internship-practicing period within the GdF's various departments.

                                  At the time of signing, prof. Fr Mauro Mantovani, Rector of the University, expressed profound satisfaction with the milestone reached, which comes precisely in the year in which the UPS celebrates 80 years since its foundation. It was thus an important step to remember the service that the University, through research and formation, is committed to providing young people, the territory and the State.

                                  Also taking part in the ceremony, in addition to the Rector, the UPS Legal Representative, Fr Giacinto Ghioni; the Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences, prof. Fr Mario Oscar Llanos; the Director of the Institute of Psychology, prof. Fr Antonio Dellagiulia; and Prof. Cinzia Messana, Director of the Higher School of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.

                                  Source: UPS

                                  {gallery}ITALIA Protocollo intesa UPS Guardia di Finanza{/gallery}

                                  • Italia
                                  • UPS UNIVERSITÀ PONTIFICIA SALESIANA
                                  • Rettor Maggiore
                                  • Formazione
                                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Uganda – Palabek: new missionary frontier

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                                    Uganda – Palabek: new missionary frontier

                                    (ANS - Palabek) - "The Salesian is called to have a sense of the concrete and is attentive to the signs of the times, convinced that the Lord also manifests himself through the urgencies of the moment and places" (art.17 SDB Constitutions) responding with timeliness to needs of young people. In today's world, a huge challenge is represented by young people forced to leave their homes to move within their own Country (displaced persons or "IDPs") or outside (refugees).

                                    According to United Nations figures, there are 71 million people in the world forced to flee and seek shelter away from home; of these, 26 million are refugees.

                                    The congregation is giving a concrete answer in Palabek, Uganda.

                                    Uganda ranks third for refugees hosted, with 1.4 million refugees, in particular from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For two years the Salesians have moved within the Palabek settlement trying to animate the communities present: through the oratory, the pastoral care of 16 chapels, a technical school and many other projects.

                                    Fr Martín Lasarte, SDB, and Marco Fulgaro, lay collaborator of the Mission Department, went to Palabek in early January to accompany the verification of the educational-pastoral work carried out and the community life of these first two years, as well as to plan together the future steps.

                                    In Palabek, since the border is very close, 53,000 South Sudanese live, having fled the war with the dream of returning home soon. There is a lot of work to do, as there are many young people: to realize it is so, it was enough to look around during the football tournament in progress in those days, with 16 teams, male and female, who compete in front of a large audience coming from all over Palabek (considering that the road inside the settlement is 20 km long).

                                    An important challenge for the Salesians is the formation of catechists and youth leaders. To confirm this, on the day of the Epiphany, were Fr Sisto Oià, a religious from the Congregation of the Apostles of Jesus, who works in the Adjumani district, near Palabek; and Msgr. Sabino Odoki, the bishop of Arua, responsible for the refugees in the Episcopal Conference. The Salesians have also opened up to other settlements, such as Kyaka, but the pastoral resources available are still too few.

                                    The hope is that others can soon be added to the six Salesians currently present in Palabek and that, together with lay people and volunteers, this precious service of human promotion and evangelization can be expanded. 

                                    • Uganda
                                    • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
                                    • Missioni
                                    • Palabek
                                    • Rifugiati
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      India – Archbishop Menamparampil nominated for Journalism Award

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                                      India – Archbishop Menamparampil nominated for Journalism Award

                                      (ANS – Kochi) – The Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA) will honour noted peace activist Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, SDB, conferring its prestigious annual “Louis Careno Award for Excellence in Journalism” for his bold writings against communalism and fundamentalism that is gaining ground globally.

                                      The Award will be conferred on the Archbishop by former Supreme Court judge Justice Kurien Joseph, during the 25th National Convention of Christian Journalists, organized by the ICPA, scheduled to be held in Delhi, on 29 February 2020.

                                      “Archbishop Menamparampil’s name is synonymous with peace, inter-community dialogue and social harmony. His incisive, thought-provoking writings on these subjects have broken new grounds,” says ICPA President Mr Ignatius Gonsalves.

                                      Kochi-based senior journalist Mr Gonsalves adds, “His razor-sharp analysis of socio-cultural and political issues, especially relating to North-East, have led to soul-searching debates and concrete peace initiatives.”

                                      Besides being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, former archbishop of Guwahati received the “Ambassador for Peace” award from the International Human Rights Council, New Delhi on 9 December 2019.

                                      Having spent a lion’s share of his life in the North-East, the Kerala-born 84-year-old Archbishop’s writings reflect his deep understanding of the region’s cultural values and ethnic diversity.

                                      Editor of Indian Currents weekly and ICPA Secretary Capuchin Father Dr. Suresh Mathew says, “His articles are marked by scholarly insights and he minces no words in raising his voice against irrational, biased and unfair policies and decisions of the governments of all times.”

                                      Archbishop Thomas was asked by Pope Benedict XVI to prepare the meditation prayers for the Way of the Cross in 2009, which the Pope himself lead on Good Friday at the Roman Colosseum. He is the only Indian and second Asian to prepare the meditation prayers for the “Way of the Cross” lead by the Holy Father. Salesian Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong had prepared the Way of the Cross for the Pope in 2008.

                                      Most of his early writings were talks he gave to his co-workers like A Path to Prayer, Let Your Light Shine, Thought on Evangelization, Never Grow Tired. His reflections on culture and its relationship with missionary work came to be published next, like The Challenge of Cultures, Cultures in the Context of Evangelization. His thoughts on social responsibility found expression in Towards a Sense of Responsibility, Becoming Peacemakers, Searching for Ways of Peace, Probity in Public life, The Whole of Creation Groans with Pain. In the face of varied expressions of Collective Anger in our times he wrote his Stored Anger which emphasizes the need for understanding “anger” contextually and studying its causes respectfully and sympathetically, and helping it to a positive conclusion. These books are among many more of his publications.

                                      He has written more than 150 scholarly articles in a variety of Indian and International journals including Vidya Jyoti, Third Millennium, Mission Today, In Christo, Tripod, Omnis Terra, World Mission, Worldwide Mission, Verbum. Several of the papers he presented at international conferences in Universities in India, China and Africa have been published in the respective University magazines. Just recently he attended conferences in Universities in Slovenia, Egypt and Turkey on themes such as Inter-community Understanding, Healing of Historic Memories, Regeneration of Cultural Values.

                                      He insists that he has always sought more to be relevant than scholarly. But he says, he gets encouraging words from his readers, even from distant lands.

                                      Conferred annually on deserving individuals or institutions, “Louis Careno Award for Excellence in Journalism” is a joint venture of the Mumbai Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Indian Catholic Association (ICPA), a Premier Organisation of Catholic journalists, Dailies and Periodicals in India founded in 1964 by Fr John Barrett, an American Jesuit, belonging to the Jesuit “Patna” Province.

                                      Father José Luis Carreño (23 October 1905 - 29 May 1986) was a Spanish Salesian and pioneering missionary in India and the Philippines. Founder of the premier Indian institution “Sacred Heart College”, Tirupattur, Vellore, Tamil Nadu Father Carreno was a writer, poet, and musician. The IX successor of Don Bosco, Rector Major of the Salesians, Father Pascual Chávez Villanueva, called him as “the great missionary of India and of the Philippines in the footsteps of St. Francis Xavier.”

                                      ICPA also annually awards the best journalism in Hindi and Journalism for SC/ST rights.

                                      Fr CM Paul, SDB

                                      Source: Don Bosco India

                                      • India
                                      • Comunicazione Sociale
                                      • Thomas Menamparampil
                                      • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Spain – Solar panels from Salesians of Puertollano: "We're a national reference point in field of energy efficiency, education"

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                                        (ANS - Puertollano) - It is said that in an hour enough solar energy arrives on planet Earth to supply the whole world for a year. Pope Francis warned against "a climate emergency, which seriously threatens nature and life." Large companies have proposed to change many production processes and to combat pollution, but it is schools and educational proposals that will change this "climate emergency". The installation of photovoltaic panels is a commitment to nature and an educational awareness that the Salesians in Puertollano are fostering, carrying forth.

                                        In fact, around 1,400 square meters of solar panels were installed at the Salesian institute to help improve the environment and to enhance educational awareness, achieve sustainability and energy efficiency.

                                        On the morning of Friday 17 January 2020, the Salesian College of Puertollano inaugurated the  solar panels installed on the roofs of the pavilions of the Vocational and Secondary Education Centers.

                                        The event was attended by the authorities of the Municipality of Puertollano in Ciudad Real, including the Councilor for the Environment, Noelia Caballero Romero, and the Councilor for Sport and Works, Jesús Buendía. On behalf of the Salesians, there was Fr Fernando García Sánchez, Coordinator of the Schools of the Province and recently appointed next Provincial of the "St James Major" Province, the Director of the Salesians of Puertollano, Fr Ernesto Rodríguez-Arias Izard, and many other prominent figures.

                                        The ceremony began with a few words of greeting and welcome from the School Director. Then spoke the representative of POWEN, the company that installed the photovoltaic panels, a total of 301 modules with a production capacity of 99 KWp.

                                        With this public ceremony, they wished to highlight the importance of the work done, for the contribution to the improvement of the environment by the Salesians towards the community, and directly, towards the students of the center itself and in favor of the young people of Puertollano.

                                        For this reason, the representative of POWEN was able to say: "We are a national reference point in the field of energy efficiency, in the educational field."

                                        In the message for the World Day of Prayer for the care of Creation 2019, the Pope warns: “Too many are seeking domination on Creation. Let us choose to change, to take on simpler and more respectful lifestyles! It is time to abandon the dependence on fossil fuels and to undertake, rapidly and decisively, transitions towards forms of clean energy and a sustainable and circular economy."

                                        • Spagna
                                        • Ambiente
                                        • Creato
                                        • SSM SPAGNA SAN GIACOMO MAGGIORE
                                        • Scuole
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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