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Italy – "Notes of Youth Ministry" meets, discerns and plans its future

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(ANS - Rome) - On 21 June, in the "Sacro Cuore" house in Rome, the editorial team of Note di Pastorale Giovanile - Notes on Youth Ministry (NPG), met for their usual appointment of discernment and discussion as regards the Journal for the coming year. After having to meet online  due to the health emergency, this meeting took place in person. The work method was "generative discernment" to indeed foster personal presence and exchanges.

Offering an overview of what is happening in the Italian and universal Church were: Fr Michele Falabretti, Deputy Director of NPG and Head of the National Service for Youth Ministry; Ernesto Diaco, Director of the School Office of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), and Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, Director of NPG, professor at UPS, and former Special Secretary of the Synod on Youth.

After the introduction, a moment of generative discernment with everyone's contribution and thoughts on what had been heard were shared. The heart of the discussion was the epochal change still underway, epochal not only because the world is different than it was a year ago, but because everyone is invariably involved and filled with a strong feeling. "How can we answer the questions of meaning that today resonate in the lives of so many?" was one of the guiding questions of this phase. And the synodal journey, understood both as a method of work and as an exercise to implement pastoral actions, can certainly offer answers.

In the afternoon there was time for planning: after listening to the reflections in the morning, the members of the editorial team proposed topics for NPG's forthcoming year, a magazine that is expanding year by year even outside the Salesian world and that is now became a point of reference for the formation and study of youth ministry in the Italian Church.

  • Italia
  • Pastorale Giovanile
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Spain – When the road to autonomy passes through a hotel workshop

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    Spain – When the road to autonomy passes through a hotel workshop

    (ANS - Valencia) - The educational teams of the "Apartments for Emancipation - Magone" of the Salesian Social Platform "Ángel Tomás Solidarity Initiative Foundation" (FISAT) and of the "Don Bosco" Day Center of the Salesian “St Antonio Abate” of Valencia have created a collaboration that facilitates the socio-working integration of young people in search of their professional and life autonomy. The Hotel Workshop of the day care center has thus become an important channel towards employment for many young people engaged in the path of progressive autonomy.

    FISAT projects constantly seek synergy to promote the growth and autonomy of accompanied young people. At FISAT, in fact, they are firmly convinced that the coordination and joint work of the educational teams have a positive impact.

    An example of this collaboration is the hotel workshop of the "Don Bosco" Day Center and the "Apartments for the Magone Emancipation". Thanks to the support of both these Salesian realities, the hotel workshop has become a training and placement option for many young people who live in apartments for emancipation.

    "When I arrived in the emancipation apartment, I didn't know which path to take. But it is the educators who have come to meet me with an appointment at the day center,” says Omar, a young beneficiary of this collaboration.

    “Meeting these young people allows us to know their realities, not only to evaluate their employability, but also at what point in their life path they are,” adds Carlos, educator of the Don Bosco Day Center.

    "For us, operators of the apartments for emancipation, the collaboration with the hotel workshop means a real job placement for many of them," concludes Ángela.

    In the apartments for emancipation, young people are oriented towards training and improving their employability. For those who consider the hotel and restaurant sector as an option for the future, the Salesian daycare center proposes a socio-work placement itinerary as a "Cook assistant and waiter" through which young people acquire professional skills and training for personal autonomy.

    The formation includes the specific contents of catering and internal and external practices, as well as educational accompaniment for personal development and the acquisition of professional and transversal skills through tutorials, autonomy sessions, job orientation, and development of social skills.

    • Spagna
    • SMX SPAGNA MARIA AUSILIATRICE
    • Piattaforme Sociali Salesiane
    • Lavoro
      Gian Francesco Romano

      RMG – Young people discover a new way to communicate: digital codes, the language of art, the logic of games

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      RMG – Young people discover a new way to communicate: digital codes, the language of art, the logic of games

      (ANS – Rome) – Dear friends! I ask two teenagers which online programs they like the most. They immediately answer: listening to music, talking to friends, and playing games.  Art, interactivity, and games!  Some of the many activities that are part of any 24 hours of the digital generation.

      A 9-year-old child holds a cell phone, stares at the screen, immediately recognises the symbols of the applications. She quickly moves her hands, touches the app symbol, moves, seeks interactivity.  She calls her father and they start playing games.  Games are part of the mental and social exercise of the new generations.  Games facilitate interactivity. They are associated with the dynamics of the human brain The brain has its logic, its way of recognising and codifying symbols and generating cognitive and emotional language.

      A 12-year-old teenager takes a picture of a soccer game, edits it, puts a title on it, inserts a musical background, sends it to hundreds of friends on the networks. They like it, share it, socialise. The interactive world offers opportunities for creation and active participation.

      A 17-year-old is part of a musical group. He plays the guitar together with other musicians. They compose some songs, make arrangements, sing, record, and share them on the Internet and social networks. Arts like music, dance, theatre, poetry and painting are part of youth’s grammar today.

      Children and young people communicate through their digital codes associated with the arts. Music has its own code, language, and dynamics that encourage the expression of people's feelings and ideas. Theatre has its own logic, steps, actors' rhythms, timing, and moments of interactivity and collaborating in group work.

      All the arts are languages and grammars that allow people to express what they have within and their worldview. Moreover, the arts facilitate and individual’s immersion in the universe of beauty, creative imagination, active involvement, and the joy of creating and sharing.

      Evangelising the digital habitat requires taking a very attentive look at the power of the arts and the way young people organise and express their values and their commitment to others and the reality of their groups and communities. When a youth group has an experience of liturgical prayer, community commitment, and service to others, and expresses this commitment through art, this group makes its voice echo with originality and communicative appeal in social networks and the Internet. Art thus becomes a communicative channel to express the lives of young people in an attractive and creative way.

      Gaming is growing more and more. Educational games are part of human relationships, being together, creating challenges, encouraging educational discussion, expressing feelings, being with others. Games touch the imagination and feelings. They engage and create networks of human relationships. They foster times of self-giving and partnership. 

      As part of his educational inventiveness, Don Bosco made use of the arts, especially music and theatre, to educate his young people in Valdocco. He knew from his experience that arts and sports encourage human development, open the young to creativity, facilitate human relationships, and contribute significantly to  educational and spiritual life.

      Educating and evangelising the digital habitat through arts and games is a great opportunity for all of us who believe in youth!

      Fr Gildasio Mendes

      General Councillor for Social Communication

      • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
      • Comunicazione Sociale
      • Gildasio Mendes dos Santos
        Gian Francesco Romano

        RMG – The Minister of Tourism of Malta visits the Rector Major

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        RMG – The Minister of Tourism of Malta visits the Rector Major

        (ANS - Rome) - On Wednesday 23 June 2021, the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, received a Maltese delegation at the Salesian Headquarters in Rome: the Minister for Tourism Hon. Clayton Bartolo, dr. Frank Zammit, Ambassador of Malta to the Holy See, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism, dr. Ronald Mizzi, and the Head of Cabinet.

        The Minister wished to pay homage to the Rector Major with a volume on sacred art in Malta, entitled Faith, Tradition, Glory. Religious Tourism elements in Malta curated by Joseph Fava and Frank Zammit. The meeting was also attended by Bro. Jean Paul Muller, SDB, General Economer of the Salesian Congregation, and Fr Giuseppe Costa, Secretary-Spokesperson of the Rector Major.

        During the cordial meeting, which lasted over an hour, the Maltese Minister highlighted the great commitment the Salesians have at the service of young people in Malta and also expressed his desire to foster the development of school and religious youth tourism.

        The Rector Major thanked the delegation for their visit and the homage, and encouraged further commitments; he also invited the Minister to visit the new Don Bosco House Museum in Valdocco, Turin, and also offered the opportunity for an exhibition on Maltese religious tourism. Likewise, the General Economer also proposed the development of initiatives between Salesian schools and youth groups that deal with tourism.

        {gallery}RMG - Delegazione Malta{/gallery}

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

          Rwanda – “Green Club” of Salesians to deal with rural crisis

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          Rwanda – “Green Club” of Salesians to deal with rural crisis

          (ANS - Muhazi) - The Salesians of the Africa Great Lakes Province are committed to innovative projects on the dual front of the defense of the environment and the use of new technologies and they pursue virtuous models of using the most modern scientific knowledge to make a decisive leap towards a sustainable future.

          Lake Muhazi, in Rwanda, is an important resource for agriculture, fishing, and human nutrition. Also, the green hills and the productive capacities of agriculture, combined with the cleanliness of public places that makes many say they are in an "African Switzerland", constitute an interesting tourist attraction.

          However, phenomena related to climate change, imbalances and intensive land use are major problems. “We are beginning to experience the consequences of modified seasonal cycles. The grass dries up and we are unable to feed the cattle; people plant crops and find it dry, which leads to a decline in crops. When we talk about climate change, we as those responsible for feeding livestock understand it very well," says Pierre Uwizeyimana, head of livestock feeding at the "Don Bosco Center" in Muhazi.

          Deogratias Kabukuru, a farmer from Gikomero, that overlooks Lake Muhazi, adds: “We used to use our land to favor the crop rotation system. Now it's not possible due to the fact that the small portion we have cannot be left unproductive for a year. We always cultivate the same land relentlessly, and this leads to the loss of soil fertility which reduces yields.”

          At the Don Bosco Muhazi Vocational and Technical Training Center, sensitivity to environmental issues has led to the creation of a "Green Club"; its function: to raise awareness and action for the defense and strengthening of the territory. Jean Claude Ndahayo, head of the association, explains: “We are carrying out a series of activities including protecting the trees in the center, planting new trees, removing waste that can damage Lake Muhazi. In addition, there is a plan to start a tree nursery from which we can obtain trees and distribute them to local communities on Gikomero Hill. Obviously, fruit trees are the most favorable here and in that case we can fight hunger and malnutrition among the people here.”

          Chantal Musabyimana, a member of Muhazi's “Green Club”, explains: “I see that the harvest has decreased compared to the past when our families easily received organic fertilizers. Manure from the farmers was enough to fertilize the land.” But the answer cannot be given by industrial fertilizers, because, as Deogratias Kabukuru testifies, the use of pesticides has altered the environment, damaging the ecosystem.

          “First of all, people need to be educated on how to use the earth wisely and to be guided on how to conserve it,” concludes Pierre Uwizeyimana, of the “Don Bosco Center” in Muhazi.

          More information can be found at: www.missionidonbosco.org 

          • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
          • Rwanda
          • Ambiente
          • Creato
          • Missioni Don Bosco
            Gian Francesco Romano

            RMG - Feast of the Rector Major

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            RMG - Feast of the Rector Major

            (ANS – Rome) - Every 24th of  June, the Salesian congregation celebrates the figure of the Rector Major, Successor and Continuer of the person of Don Bosco. With the participation of all the confreres from the communities belonging to the RMG, the feast took place in the evening at the Generalate, with the Holy Mass in the Sacred Heart Basilica, followed by felicitations and moments of fraternity.

            This feast, born in the oratory of Valdocco in 1855, is a tradition that is repeated continuously each year, and is an expression of the lively family spirit. Since the first years, the Salesians, his boys and past pupils, gathered around Don Bosco to celebrate his name feast, to express their affection, gratitude and fidelity to their common father on the part of his beloved sons.

            Every year, this feast on 24 June is also an opportunity for the communities of RMG to celebrate the Jubilee of the confreres. This year, the silver jubilee of the priestly ordination of Fr. Stefano Vanoli and Fr. Joshtrom Kureethadam, and the silver jubilee of the religious profession of Fr. Pavel Ženíšek, together with Sr. Maria Mercedes Guaita and Sr. Maria José Rey Merodio, (secular sisters of "Missionaries of the Risen Christ" of Buenos Aires, who work at the Sacro Cuore, particularly for the service of migrants and refugees) were celebrated.

            The solemn mass in the basilica witnessed the participation of all confreres, with a representation of young people, members of some groups of the Salesian Family and the presence of Msgr. Alberto Lorenzelli from Chile. The Rector Major Fr. Angel, in his homily reiterated that, as it was for John the Baptist, God intervenes and works wonders for us, despite our possible barrenness. Like John the Baptist, and Don Bosco in his time with his boys, we too must deeply touch the life of each one and create a positive impact on the people we encounter. Like John the Baptist and Don Bosco, we too need to be precursors for Jesus, giving abundant fruits in the following of Christ, generating sons and daughters through prayer, service, love and the gift of oneself.

            The felicitations took place after the mass, and Fr. Stefano Martoglio, the vicar of the Rector Major, while wishing and congratulating Fr. Angel, underlined how he could testify to the gifts of intuition and courage that shone in him, and affirmed that the Rector Major has been leading the congregation very well with a lot of optimism and confidence. He also added, that just as the past pupils had given to Don Bosco, two silver hearts symbolically on his feast day, so also today, the silver hearts that we symbolically offer our Rector Major is our fidelity, collaboration, affection and prayers. Then Fr. Angel congratulated the jubilarians and that moment concluded with a group photo in front of the statue of Don Bosco.

            The Sacro Cuore courtyard had a festal display, with wonderful expressions of songs, music, games and sumptuous food, together with the young people. The family spirit that was displayed through various programmes was very much felt and it was indeed very participatory. The cultural expressions of the General Councilors and other confreres added colour to the event.

            {gallery}RMG Festa del Rettor Maggiore{/gallery}

            • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
            • Italia
            • Rettor Maggiore
            • Ángel Fernández Artime
              Alessandro Parrozzani

              Germany – Krakow Provincial visits Germany

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              Germany – Krakow Provincial visits Germany

              (ANS - Cologne) - The end of the pastoral year is an opportune moment for visits to the Salesians active in the parishes. In fact, Fr Marcin Kaznowski, Superior of the Salesian Province of Krakow (PLS), went to Germany to meet the Salesians from his Province who carry out their ministry in the territory of the German Province.

              The first stop was in Cologne where three Polish Salesians - Fr Adam Nyk as parish priest, Fr Janusz Kasza and Fr Piotr Szeląg as assistant pastors - work in the Italian Catholic Mission.

              A special moment was the visit to the construction site of the Mission's new headquarters in the presence of the Salesian Provincial of Germany, Fr Reinhard Gesing, the contact person for foreign missions in Cologne, Mr. Ingbert Muhe, other representatives of the Curia and the architects following the work. Worth several million euros, the project is already well underway. For the autumn, the opening of the structure is expected, which will be a reference point for about 50,000 Italian emigrants in the area of ​​Cologne and its surroundings.

              The trip's second stage was the visit to the community of Rosenheim in Bavaria where there is also a community of Polish Salesians. Fr Paweł Walkowiak is parish priest of the Italian Mission, Fr Ignacy Zając (parish priest) and Fr Mirosław Łubiarz (assistant pastor) assist the Polish Mission, while Fr Jan Domaradzki follows the pastoral care of the Germans in the Aschau am Inn area.

              From the activities in the colorful framework of pastoral care in Germany it is clear that even in times of pandemics it is possible to cooperate between Germans, Poles and Italians, not only following the traditional parish forms, but also looking for new ideas and courageous projects for the future. In this context, the visit of the Provincial is always a stimulus, an encouragement and an occasion of thanksgiving.

              Fr Adam Nyk, SDB

              • Germania
              • PLS POLONIA KRAKÓW
              • Salesiani
                Virginia Nitto

                RMG - “Moved by hope”: presentation of Salesian Map 2021

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                RMG - “Moved by hope”: presentation of Salesian Map 2021

                (ANS - Rome) - As per tradition, the work of producing the Salesian Map, presented by the General Councilor for Social Communication, Fr Gildasio Mendes, has also been renewed this year. The map, Fr Mendes himself underlines, is formed first of all by Salesians from all over the world, individuals consecrated to God and to the service of young people. 

                Fr Mendes writes:

                Salesians around the world together form a map of individuals consecrated to God, who live in communities in fellowship and service of the young, especially the poorest of them.

                Currently there are 14,299 Salesians in 134 nations, with 90 Provinces and 1865 Houses.  Here is a vast Salesian movement  of considerable pastoral energy to be found in various and different continents, cultures and societies in order to educate by evangelising and to evangelise by educating.

                Since the time of St John Bosco, the father and teacher of the young, founder of the Salesians, the Salesian Congregation has been the leaven of the Gospel in societies, the salt giving flavour to education in the Church, and the light guiding young people in the name of Jesus Christ.

                On the map we see the coat of arms of the Salesian Congregation with the sentence: da mihi animas caetera tolle.   This is the mission that every Salesian carries as part of his life and his dream: to love young people, to walk with them in faith, to educate them for life, so they may accept their vocation to be people humanly and spiritually prepared to play a leading role in a more just, fraternal world, committed to life,  integral ecology and peace.

                The tenth successor of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernandez Artime, invites us to a journey that is moved by hope in a world with great social, economic, health, political and religious challenges. We are the ones who will build this map of hope through much enthusiasm, work, dedication and cheerfulness as educators of the young, and hope for all humankind.

                In many of his dreams, Don Bosco saw the Salesians opening houses throughout much of the world.  He dreamt and worked so hard, confident that the Salesians could always put their lives at the service of youth, for their fulfilment and happiness.

                We are part of this map begun by Don Bosco. Today, with our work and our testimony, we have built the map of the present, and we journey into the future with hope and joy!

                May Our Lady Help of Christians, who always inspired Don Bosco, guide us in building this grand new map of the Salesian Congregation!

                The map is  available on the website: www.sdb.org. 

                • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                • Comunicazione Sociale
                  Virginia Nitto

                  India - "St Joseph" Salesian Province of Hyderabad adopts Covid orphans

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                  (ANS - Hyderabad) - The Past Pupils of Don Bosco from all over the world celebrated their 150th anniversary on 24 June 2020. The Salesian "Saint Joseph" Province of India-Hyderabad celebrated the event, which marks the completion of the anniversary of the Past Pupils, with a virtual meeting that took place yesterday, June 24, 2021, the day of Don Bosco's name-day feast.

                  Fr Garlapati Michael Kishore, Provincial Delegate of the Past Pupils, first of all thanked Fr Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaska, INH Provincial. After the initial greetings, the celebrations began. There were representatives of nine units of Past Pupils from the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and South Odisha with a total of 42 participants.

                  During the virtual meeting, the works carried out by the Salesians in these months marked by the pandemic were briefly illustrated. The Past Pupils presented some of the activities carried out in this period, such as the ambulance service made available by the group of past pupils of the Don Bosco Institute in Mangalagiri, the scholarships offered to poor students in Patsala Tadaiparru, and the aid for sustenance to Ravulapalem.

                  Also, the Past Pupils welcomed the idea of adopting 15 orphaned children due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Financial aid is provided in particular for all those minors who, during the second wave of the pandemic, have lost parents, legal guardians or adoptive parents.

                  The Provincial took the opportunity to remember the origins of the Past Pupils. In 1870, Carlo Gastini and his companions went to Valdocco to thank Don Bosco on his name-day. Immediately, Don Bosco invited them to stay with him as part of the Salesian Family. He told them that the first responsibility of a Past Pupil is to take care of their family. Today, faced with the emergency, they are called to help these orphaned children.

                  Fr Garlapati Michael Kishore then highlighted how, 150 years later, Don Bosco's dreams can still be seen and lived and expressed the hope that the Past Pupils can always continue to enrich the Salesian Family.

                  Finally, Mr. Pamisetty Balaswamy, provincial secretary of the Indian National Federation of Don Bosco Past Pupils, wanted to thank all those who made these virtual celebrations possible. The meeting ended with a moment of conviviality and with the final blessing from the Provincial.

                  • INH INDIA HYDERABAD
                    Virginia Nitto

                    RMG – Rector Major’s online address to 12th International Congress of Past Pupils for Asia Oceania Region

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                    RMG – Rector Major’s online address to 12th International Congress of Past Pupils for Asia Oceania Region

                    (ANS – Rome) – The Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, sent a message of thanks and encouragement to the Past Pupils who tomorrow and the day after (June 25-26) will participate, in digital mode, in the XII Congress of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco of the Asia and Oceania Region. "We must be moved by hope in all possible senses of this sentence," he says.

                    Below is the text of his message.

                    My dear friends, Past Pupils of Don Bosco from the South Asia/East Asia-Oceania Region who are now celebrating the 12th International Congress involving the 28 nations of that part of the world, of the Salesian world.

                    I am very happy to greet you and be with you in this way since any other way would not be possible today, and I really feel very happy, and especially thankful. Thanks to all of you because, believe me, what you are doing is so very important. Thanks means thanking all the leadership, thanking all of you involved in carrying forward your (local) Past Pupil Associations, because it means you have discovered the great value these have for the Salesian Family and for today’s world.

                    I have to tell you that while I was preparing a letter of reflection over these days on Fr Albera, I was amazed to see how Fr Albera, Don Bosco’s second successor from 1911 up until 1921, stressed the importance the Past Pupils have, because Don Bosco carried all his past pupils in his heart, in his very great heart. And on this matter, Fr Albera said that we too must take much care of our Past Pupils around the world.

                    Well then. I would like to do this by telling you that you are very important in our Salesian Family. And do you know why?  Because you are, and can be even more so, the arm which, in the name of Jesus and in Don Bosco’s style, prolongs (his work) in the world; in this world of countries, cities, work, and of course your own families. And this means bringing the world the values of the Gospel, of God who loves us so much,  the values of the spirituality you have succeeded in living. Bringing all this to the world with the sense (you have) of belonging to Don Bosco’s heart and to the Salesian Family will do so much good.

                    Finally, I would like to encourage you to promote the Association among young Past Pupils. We must all believe in the young and I encourage you to continue to believe in these young people and involve those who can join the ranks of past pupils around the world even more in beautiful initiatives carried out with creativity, especially in Asia and Oceania.

                    My dear friends, I greet you from here, from Sacro Cuore (Sacred Heart), the house that Don Bosco himself wanted. I promise to accompany you with my prayer at the Eucharist over these days. I hope you have some very wonderful days at this 12th Congress which, for the first time ever you are carrying out online as part of the reality of today’s circumstances. It is more difficult to bring people together but surely we will succeed in reaching so many others who might not have been able to be present. So congratulations for this.

                    Have lots of courage – and lots of hope! Let me remind you that the motto you have chosen is the one from this year’s Strenna: Moved by Hope. We must be moved by hope in every sense of that phrase.

                    So greetings once again. A prayer for you and for your families!

                    Ciao!

                    Fr Ángel Fernández Artime

                    Rector Major

                    In order to take part in the Congress – First session on June 25, 6PM (GMT+8) – here are some links to the YouTube channels in their respective languages:

                    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                    • Exallievi
                    • Ángel Fernández Artime
                    • Rettor Maggiore
                    • Asia Sud
                    • Asia EstOceania
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      RMG – 80th anniversary of death of 4 Salesians in Auschwitz extermination camp

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                      RMG – 80th anniversary of death of 4 Salesians in Auschwitz extermination camp

                      (ANS - Rome) – 27 June 2021 marks the 80th anniversary of the martyrdom of four of the twelve Salesians, belonging to the St Hyacinth Province of Krakow, arrested on the night of 23 May 1941 by Gestapo officials. They are Fr Jan Świerc, 64, parish priest; Fr Ignacy Dobiasz, 61, parish vicar; Fr Franciszek Harazim, 56, professor of Theology; Fr Kazimierz Wojciechowski, 37, catechist.

                      After a summary interrogation, although completely uninvolved with any form of political propaganda, they were accused of participating in clandestine organizations and, even more serious, of promoting the national culture - to the detriment of Nazi Germany - among young people, exploiting the influence deriving from their priesthood. That was enough to deserve the torture and the Auschwitz concentration camp.

                      Deprived even of their name, they were forced to wear the bloody rags of those who, before them, had not survived the terrible penal company to which the accused of serious crimes were destined. Almost suffocated by the nauseating fumes of the burnt corpses that rose from the crematorium chimney, beaten and exhausted by the inhuman work, in a short time they fell by the hands of the SS men.

                      Fr Jan Świerc and Fr Ignacy Dobiasz were the victims of that morning of June 27, 1941. In the afternoon, Fr Franciszek Harazim and Fr Kazimierz Wojciechowski suffered martyrdom, side by side.

                      “This sacrifice was a seed of life, a seed of victory […]. Those pastors [...] for the Christian life of every parishioner and especially for young parishioners [...] paid not only with a good word, not only with the good example of their generous life, but also with the sacrifice and blood of martyrdom,” the then archbishop of Krakow and cardinal, Karol Wojtyła, said of them in the homily of January 30, 1972.

                      The Positio super martyrio is currently being drafted for these and five other martyrs (Fr Ignacy Antonowicz, Fr Karol Golda, Fr Ludwik Mroczek, Fr Wlodzimierz Szembek, Fr Franciszek Miśka).

                      {gallery}RMG - 4 martiri Auschwitz 2021{/gallery}

                      • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                      • Santità Salesiana
                      • Martiri
                      • Polonia
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Italy – Video Tour of Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, “Don Bosco’s Madonna”

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                        Italy – Video Tour of Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, “Don Bosco’s Madonna”

                        (ANS – Turin) – The Basilica of Mary Help of Christians is the jewel in the crown of Don Bosco’s original Oratory in Valdocco (Turin), Italy. Built between 1863 and 1868, it was literally a dream come true for Don Bosco. Begun as a worship space for the boys of the Oratory, it became the centre of the newly founded Salesian Congregation and today it is the pulsing spiritual heart of the worldwide Salesian Family. And last March, the Salesian Family Coordinators in the SUE Province (United States East and Canada) asked Fr Mike Pace SDB, Vice-Director, Museo Casa Don Bosco, if he would prepare a video tour of the Basilica. “This was a privileged invitation to make the Basilica and Don Bosco’s Madonna better known and loved,” Fr Pace comments. So a guided tour is now available– in English, and also with Italian and Korean subtitles, but soon in Spanish too – that explores various strands which are woven together to make the Basilica a magnificent tapestry of Salesian history, spirituality and Marian devotion.

                        Part I: History, Art and Architecture

                        For Don Bosco, art and architecture were always at the service of education and catechesis. With this in mind, the first half of the tour focuses on these questions: Why did Don Bosco choose the Renaissance-era Basilica of St. George in Venice as the model for his façade? What passages from Sacred Scripture and what events of church history are depicted therein? Why is there a statue of Our Lady of Mercy on the cupola if the Basilica is dedicated to Mary Help of Christians? What are the historical roots of the devotion to Mary as “Help of Christians”? When and why did the original Basilica undergo two major renovations?  Who were the major artists commissioned to adorn the Basilica? What message did Don Bosco wish to communicate through the iconic painting of Mary Help of Christians which dominates the altar space and is recognized all over the world as Don Bosco’s Madonna? How  does the Basilica convey Don Bosco’s “Three White Loves”? How did faith and finances come together to pay for such a magnificent church?

                        Part II: Salesian Family Heroes

                        The second part of the tour focuses on the Salesian family heroes who are honoured at the side altars and in the Crypt of Relics: St. Maria Domenica Mazzarello, St. Dominic Savio, St. Francis de Sales, Blessed Michael Rua and Blessed Philip Rinaldi (the first and second successors of Don Bosco), and the Salesian Proto-martyrs, Bishop Luigi Versiglia and Fr Callistus Caravario.

                        The altar of St. Joseph receives particular attention, as it is the only altar that has remained unchanged ever since Don Bosco built and blessed it.

                        This section culminates in the presentation of Don Bosco’s altar, which replaced the original altar dedicated to St. Peter as the Vicar of Christ. Don Bosco has been honoured here since his beatification on 2 June 2 1929 when he was translocated to the Basilica from the Salesian school in Valsalice. He awaits the glory of the resurrection at the altar where he celebrated his daily mass for twenty years.

                        Part III: The Mission

                        Finally, the tour reflects on the missionary dimension of the Basilica. From the walnut pulpit in the nave of the church, Don Bosco commissioned the first missionary expedition in 1875 under the leadership of Fr John Cagliero, future bishop and cardinal. The video explores some of Don Bosco’s heart-felt words from that occasion which still echo in the Basilica today and allow us to reflect on our own mission within the Church and the world as members of the Salesian Family.

                        Part IV: “Our Church, Our Mother’s House”

                        At the very foundations of the Basilica are those words which Mary spoke to Don Bosco when she revealed her desire that he build this church: hic est domus mea, inde gloria me; this is my home, from here my glory shall go forth.

                        “Just as these words inspired Don Bosco to realize what seemed like an impossible dream, they also inspired this video,” Fr Pace adds. “Most Salesians and most devotees of Mary, Help of Christians will never have the privilege of visiting Valdocco. For those of us who serve the Congregations here, this privilege becomes a heart-felt responsibility: a responsibility to make this Basilica more accessible to the Salesian world, in their own language. As our loving mother, Mary not only welcomes her children who can come to Valdocco, but also, from Valdocco, her love goes out to embrace all her children far and wide. It is our hope that this video may in some way be an experience of our Mother’s embrace.”

                        The production team was male and female, lay, religious and ordained: namely, Katia Fiorito, a Salesian Cooperator who recorded and edited the video; and Fr Pace, as guide. Much gratitude goes to ANS for the HD photos and drone footage, to the Basilica Rector and Vice-Rector, Frs. Guido Errico SDB and Vincenzo Trotta SDB for the generous access we had to the Basilica, and to the Basilica’s Music Director, Fr Maurizio Palazzo SDB for his musical support.

                        The Virtual tour of Basilica Mary Help of Christians with Fr Mike Pace is available here.

                        • Italia
                        • Maria Ausiliatrice
                        • Basilica Maria Ausiliatrice
                        • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          RMG – A new issue of the magazine "Salesian Historical Research"

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                          (ANS - Rome) - Issue 76 (January-June 2021) of "Ricerche Storiche Salesiane" (RSS), the bimonthly magazine of religious and civil history, published by the Salesian Historical Institute (ISS), has been published.

                          The magazine features four essays in the STUDIES section of this issue:

                          Paolo Pieraccini's contribution continues on the theme: National Awakening of Arabs and Catholics of the Holy Land: the case of the Salesian Society (1904-1920). Part 2. After the British occupation of Jerusalem (December 1917), the "struggle" of the Arab Salesians against the Italian confreres intensified further. The escalation of tensions - which also involved other indigenous Catholic nuns, the Italian government, and, through an appeal, even the Pope - ended with the decision of the Arab Salesians to incardinate themselves in the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

                          The research on the Scope and limits of the missionary work of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Katanga (1910-1970) is by Fr Germain Kivungila. The study examines the period preceding the country’s independence and the first decade that followed and argues that the Salesian charism was able to settle in Congo thanks to the help of the colonizing government, rather than by the will of religious superiors. Furthermore, due to the lack of methodological initiative and adequate training, the so-called "paternalistic" mentality developed in many mission posts. In any case, the Salesian charism was able to find its own way; it is now organized and continues to develop increasingly more.

                          The Salesian response to the problem of "poor street children" during the rectorate of Fr Albera. The requests for the opening of Salesian houses from Northern Italy in the period 1910-1921. Part One is the result of the research of Bro. Paolo Vaschetto, SDB. The statistical analysis of the sources found in the Salesian Central Archive highlights the percentage of letters from this area compared to the totality and the type of work requested. The research also investigates the wider social situation and the condition of youth before, during, and after the Great War.

                          In the last article of this sector, Fr Thomas Anchukandam examines the First Salesian missionary expansion (1875-1910) - Some salient aspects. In view of the 150th anniversary of the first Missionary Expedition, the author analyzes the socio-cultural and political-ecclesiastical context of Italy and the mission lands. It emerges that Don Bosco and especially Fr Rua already understood the need to ensure a certain level of intellectual and cultural preparation and a certain accompaniment to all future missionaries.

                          The critical edition of the text Conference of the Masters of Salesian Novitiates in Europe (Turin-Valsalice, May 28-29, 1923), edited by Fr Aldo Giruado, is presented in the SOURCES sector. While the revision of the novitiate regulations (published in 1924) was underway, Fr Filippo Rinaldi summoned the 14 European novice masters of the time to review, compare and "give the novitiates a uniform approach". Here the minutes are published, reconstructed by Fr Luigi Terrone after "almost thirty years".

                          In the PROFILES sector, an essay by Fr Stanisław Zimniak is presented: Fr Paolo Albera (1845-1921) Second successor of Don Giovanni Bosco. Biographical outline.

                          The issue is completed, as usual, by the contributions accepted in the Notes, Reviews and Recommendations sections.

                          • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                          • Storia
                          • ISS
                          • Ricerche Storiche Salesiane
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            South Sudan – Gladys, from young refugee to United Nations driver

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                            South Sudan – Gladys, from young refugee to United Nations driver

                            (ANS - Juba) - Gladys is a young South Sudanese woman, already a widow and mother at 25, as well as one of the protagonists of the documentary “Palabek. Refuge of Hope” produced by the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid - “Misiones Salesianas” - to narrate the story of the refugees welcomed in the refugee camp of Palabek, Uganda, and of the Salesians who work there. Gladys always knew that to give her son Martin a better future than she had, she would have to study hard. Why she learned to repair motorcycles in the Salesian vocational training school in Palabek. A few weeks ago, her dream came true: she found a job as a professional driver at the service of the United Nations in Juba, the capital of her tormented country, South Sudan.

                            The war had forced Gladys to flee her home to seek a better future elsewhere. She had become a refugee in Uganda, welcomed in Palabek, but had had to leave her son in her native village in the care of the child's grandmother. To see her son and mother, Gladys rented a motorbike and rode from Palabek to visit them on weekends whenever she could.

                            After going through three refugee camps, in addition to peace, Gladys dreamed of only one thing: to become a professional driver. This is why she attended a Motorcycle Repair Course at the Don Bosco Technical School in Palabek, the only female among many men. "I don't care that they're all men. I want to learn how to repair motorcycles to avoid danger when I return to South Sudan," she explained. Nor was she discouraged by having to get up at dawn and walk more than 6 kilometers every day to get to classes on time.

                            Gladys is now 25 and Martin is 4. She was part of the first class of graduates of the Don Bosco Technical School. While studying she also busied herself with a small sewing machine and so she earned some money for traveling on weekends. When she finished her lessons, her commitment and her involvement led her to take care of the materials warehouse of the technical school. Thanks to the support of "Misiones Salesianas" and the Salesian NGO "Jóvenes y Desarrollo", she was also able to learn to drive a car and obtained her driving license.

                            In recent weeks she passed a driving test for the UN office in Juba and was hired. Her joy was so great that she returned to Palabek just to thank the Salesians for the opportunity they had given her with education at the Don Bosco vocational school.

                            The farewell was, in truth, a "see you again soon". Because Gladys – a woman, young, poor, refugee, mother and widow, but above all a strenuous fighter - wants to keep in touch with the Salesians and make all her dreams come true. Her next challenge is to continue studying so that her son Martin can have a better future and can live in peace.

                            {gallery}Palabek - Gladys - 2021{/gallery}

                            • Sudan del Sud
                            • Uganda
                            • Rifugiati
                            • ONU
                            • AFE AFRICA EST
                            • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Italy – Formation for aspirants to Primary ADMA of Valdocco begins

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                              Italy – Formation for aspirants to Primary ADMA of Valdocco begins

                              (ANS - Turin) - The training course for people wishing to get to know the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) began in Valdocco on Sunday, 13 June. Following the group's own charism, the Eucharist, celebrated in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, and the recitation of the Rosary, were planned before any other activity; only afterwards did the moment of presentation of the path, of knowledge and sharing, begin.

                              Fr Guido Errico, Rector of the basilica, invited all those present to reflect on the fact that they were gathered right under the basilica, where the foundations from which the stone construction of the Sanctuary began, and where aspirants to ADMA can also lay the foundations of their journey.

                              Renato Valera, President of Primary ADMA, then highlighted that all over the world many groups walk together to get to know Mary and to transform their lives through her in imitation of Jesus.

                              Fr Alejandro Guevara, World Spiritual Animator of ADMA, instead proposed to look at the day of the beginning of the journey as that of the conception of a new life. In this perspective, aspirants are called to be born as children of Mary, to be incorporated as members in her association. This is why Fr Guevara expressed the desire that this path lead them to fall in love more and more with Mary.

                              Again, Tullio Lucca, former President of Primary ADMA, then added that at the base of this journey of faith and spirituality there is a relationship of love with Mary, who guides the aspirants all together towards Jesus, making them experience people and family. And he also recalled Don Bosco's intuition when he founded the basilica: a basilica of stones is not enough, one of people is needed who must place a strong bond with Jesus in the Eucharist and with Mary at the basis of their experience. “It is the Totus tuus of Luigi Maria Grignion de Montfort, the motto of Pope John Paul II: All with Mary, all for Mary, all through Mary who leads us to Jesus because she is the full transparency of Jesus”.

                              Finally, speaking of the apostolate, he manifested the importance of bringing Jesus and Mary to others through a concrete love for one's brother, following Don Bosco's motto Da mihi animas coetera tolle, and bearing witness with his own life to the love received from Mary.

                              The meeting ended with Fr Guevara’s last note, who underlined how, although it is Mary who guides the training course, the aspiring members of ADMA are also accompanied by all the other people who are part of the association.  

                              • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
                              • ADMA
                              • Italia
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Poland – Salesian Missionary Center in Warsaw turns 40

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                                Poland – Salesian Missionary Center in Warsaw turns 40

                                (ANS - Warsaw) - On 19 June the Salesian Missionary Center in Warsaw celebrated its 40th anniversary. For the occasion, a Mass was celebrated at 12 local time, presided over by Msgr. Jerzy Mazur, bishop of Ełk and President of the Commission for Missions within the Polish Episcopal Conference, during which 21 volunteers received their mandate and missionary crosses.

                                These young people will leave in the coming weeks to work in various missionary outposts in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe. “We are all sent to go to the peripheries, to look for human beings wherever they live, work and rest and suffer. Having a missionary spirit is to go to preach,” underlined Msgr. Mazur in his homily.

                                Subsequently, at 3 pm, a missionary program began, conducted by the television journalist Paulina Guzik. The highlights of the program were a round table with missionaries and volunteers, a teleconference with the missionaries - two sessions attended by men and women religious of the Salesian Family, together with several young people, active in Africa, Asia and Latin America - and a concert by Magda Anioł, Polish singer of Christian music.

                                “The 40th anniversary of the Salesian Missionary Center is an opportunity for us to give thanks to God for the great amount of good that is being done through the Center,” said, on the sidelines of the Mass, Fr Jacek Zdzieborski, Director of the Salesian Missionary Center. “It is an opportunity to thank the missionaries for their attentive and zealous service on all continents. It is an opportunity to express gratitude to all benefactors, without whom this work would not be possible, as well as to volunteers, workers, collaborators, and all supporters of Don Bosco's missionary work. All together we form an army of thousands of people for whom the fate of another person does not remain indifferent to us. Together we create a Salesian Missionary Family!”

                                During the day of celebration, a traveling exhibition on the history and activities of the Salesian Missionary Center was also presented, with pavilions full of gadgets brought from Madagascar and Ghana, books and missionary material, so that visitors could also take souvenir photos on a missionary background.

                                The origins of the Salesian Missionary Center in Warsaw are associated with the "Project Africa" announced by the Salesian Family to the world in 1978. At the time Salesians, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and lay people were invited to missionary work in favor of the African Continent. The Salesian Missionary Center was established three years later, in September 1981. And over time it became not only a home for missionaries, but also a base for the development of missionary activities. New departments were created - for Missionary Projects and Long Distance Adoptions, which made it possible to materially support the missionary outposts. And in 2002, the Center began training lay volunteers for the mission. This is how the Don Bosco International Voluntary Service (MWDB) was born.

                                {gallery}PLE - 40 anni Centro Missionario 2021{/gallery}

                                • PLE POLONIA WARSZAWA
                                • Polonia
                                • Missioni
                                • Procura Missionaria Salesiana Varsavia
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Mali – Salesians in a climate of pandemic: "We must stand by the side of the most vulnerable young people and their families"

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                                  (ANS - Bamako) - The young Salesian Fr Romeo Salami, originally from Benin, but active in Mali - also in the Province of Francophone West Africa (AFO) - tells of the work that the Salesians are doing in this era of the coronavirus and its social consequences. “We are currently focused on responding to the needs of our young people and their families, many of whom are affected by the pandemic,” he says.

                                  “As in the whole world, here too Covid-19 has caused not only a health problem, but also a problem of reduced income or loss of jobs due to the confinement measures. And for the most vulnerable people, those who earn their living day to day, it's a very tough situation. Our goal is to stand by the side of the most vulnerable young people and their families in Mali,” adds the Salesian.

                                  Fr Salami, however, underlines the importance of solidarity. In fact, thanks to the generosity of many different people and entities, such as the Spanish development NGO "Bosco Global", it was possible to respond to the emergency situation by accompanying families, providing essential food in the hardest phases of the pandemic, carrying out campaigns for raising awareness on Covid-19, promoting hygiene and distributing materials to stem infections.

                                  Beyond the work in times of this pandemic-related emergency, one of the projects that most enthuses this young African Salesian is for the "Promotion of healthy educational entertainment for disadvantaged young people in the Niaréla neighborhood", in Bamako, a project that is also part of an international solidarity program, being supported by the Municipality of Pozoblanco, in Spain - the same municipality of which the late Salesian missionary Fr Antonio César Fernández was born, and who was killed on 15 February 2019 in Burkina Faso during an attack carried out by fundamentalist militiamen.

                                  The objective of this project, properly Salesian, is to strengthen the formation of the most disadvantaged young people in this district of Bamako through educational activities that promote cultural values ​​and the talent of each person: organized sports, music and free time young people far from the street and from bad acquaintances, while promoting brotherhood and favoring the integral growth of the person.

                                  “Seeing the boys and girls so happy in this project is something that gives me joy. Football and sport in general, as well as music and theater, are a way to bring joy even in times of confinement and social distance. Young people always need to feel together and united,” concludes Fr Salami.

                                  • Mali
                                  • AFO AFRICA OCCIDENTALE FRANCOFONA
                                  • Missioni
                                  • Spagna
                                  • Bosco Global
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Uganda – With Refugees… Towards An Ever Wider “We”

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                                    Uganda – With Refugees… Towards An Ever Wider “We”

                                    (ANS – Palabek) – Yesterday, Sunday 20 June, World Refugee Day was celebrated. The Salesians are strongly committed to the care of many young people and communities forced to abandon their homes and the Sector for the Missions intends to foster greater sensitivity on the subject in the Congregation for ever more incisive and effective work. For this reason, today we share a broad synthesis of the reflection of Fr Lazar Arasu, an Indian Salesian, in charge of the community of Palabek, in Uganda.

                                    As I put down a message for World Refugee Day, I am receiving distressing telephone calls from the Health Centers in and around Palabek Refugee Settlement, Lamwo district where I work for the last four years that Coronavirus infections are growing almost every hour. The living conditions, particularly the hygiene situation in the refugee settlement, are appalling—it has always been so.

                                    A refugee household often finds it difficult to get a piece of soap. In this background, we are called to celebrate the World Refugee Day.

                                    This international day instituted by the United Nations is celebrated every year on 20th June. Every year the day highlights thoughts such as the rights of refugees, resilience in rebuilding their lives and offering them the protection that they are urgently in need of.  Refugees are our guests rather than strangers; they are our brothers and sisters rather than sojourners. Anyone can be forced to become migrants and refugees.  Most of them did not choose to be in the condition that they are. They are made refugees due to the war, insecurity, political turmoil, natural calamities, and even situations caused by climate change.

                                    It is unfortunate that a considerable portion of humanity is made into refugees in the world of today. A deeper look into this reality tells us that it is human greed and selfishness of a few that has made fellow human beings to suffer untold misery. People who lived in their own land and earned their own living were deprived of their land and livelihood and forced to take refuge in unknown land and culture. Now even their self-worth and human dignity as persons are at stake.

                                    In this context Pope Francis in his encyclical Fratelli Tutti invites everyone to live in the thought of “We” and “Us”, thus building a human family. In the context of the Coronavirus pandemic he wrote,  “Once this health crisis passes, our worst response would be to plunge even more deeply into feverish consumerism and new forms of egotistic self-preservation. God willing, after all this, we will think no longer in terms of ‘them’ and ‘those’, but only ‘us’” (No. 35). Yes, when we consider everyone as part of our family, no one will be a migrant and a refugee among us.

                                    On 3rd May 2021, Pope Francis presented to the Church his message for the World Refugee Day with the theme: Towards an Ever Wider “We”. It is easy to combine the theme that is also given by the United Nations for the same—Together We Heal, Together Learn, Together We Shine. It is a sure fact that both messages overshadow each other. The word that shouts aloud in both themes is “WE”.

                                    Together we heal, aimed at giving refugees access to primary and secondary health care, sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, and mental health services.

                                    Together we learn, aimed at transforming the lives of young refugees by offering education and building a better future.

                                    Together we shine, aimed at supporting refugees to discover their creativity so as to discover their potentiality and make best use of their lives.

                                    Healing, Learning and Shining can boost mental health and help refugees gain confidence, forge new friendships, and feel welcome. In this process using sports, games, new methods of learning and other creative activities can develop among the young refugees their inherent talents.

                                    The word—pronoun “WE” stands for togetherness, unity, closeness, inseparability, friendship, and even intimacy. Perhaps, in the world of consumerism, materialism and profit-mindedness, the WE concept is easily forgotten and overlooked. Now the United Nations and world leaders such as Pope Francis are calling us to feel the sense of “WE”. At this moment this feeling alone can save refugees and everyone, especially in this dreadful period of Coronavirus pandemic. The feeling of “WE” can surely help us to stay together (though in physical/social distancing).

                                    At the celebration of World Refugee Day often we hear speeches based on compassion, mercy, sharing and welcoming. Surely it is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.

                                    The day shines a light on the rights, needs and dreams of refugees, helping to mobilize political will and resources so refugees can not only survive but also thrive. While it is important to protect and improve the lives of refugees every single day, international days like World Refugee Day help to focus global attention on the plight of those fleeing conflict or persecution. Many activities held on World Refugee Day create opportunities to support refugees.

                                    Amidst maneuvering many politics and policies Uganda has been a haven for refugees. Being a poor and developing country it may not be in a position to offer the best for refugees. Uganda has been welcoming, especially on the part of ordinary citizens. Now it is the responsibility of the international community to keep their commitment to fulfilling their promises of meeting the basic needs of refugees, especially at this time of pandemic when the needs are growing everywhere, even among the wealthier nations. Vaccination should be extended to refugees, too.

                                    Food rations have been reduced and support for livelihood programmes has been brought to the minimum. With the feeling of “WE” let us all put together our hearts and hands in reaching out to the refugees who are at our doorsteps. 

                                    May the words of Pope Francis given for this day continue to ring in our ears, “I also make this appeal to journey together towards an ever wider “we” to all men and women, for the sake of renewing the human family, building together a future of justice and peace, and ensuring that no one is left behind. We are called to dream together, fearlessly, as a single human family, as companions on the same journey, as sons and daughters of the same earth that is our common home, sisters and brothers all.”

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

                                      Italy – A hospital dedicated to Servant of God Nino Baglieri

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                                      Italy – A hospital dedicated to Servant of God Nino Baglieri

                                      (ANS - Modica) - The Hospital of Modica, Province of Ragusa, Sicily, shall be dedicated to the Servant of God Nino Baglieri (1951-2007), Volunteer with Don Bosco (CFB). The news was given by the town's mayor, Ignazio Abbate, on 17 June: "The hospital of Modica will become 'Ospedale Maggiore Nino Baglieri'. Having received the availability of the Curia and the Direzione General Asp, there are no more obstacles to dedicating the health facility to our beloved Nino. A fair recognition for the example that Nino Baglieri has left throughout his life."

                                      The Servant of God Nino Baglieri was born in Modica on May 1, 1951. After attending elementary school and taking up the profession of bricklayer, at the age of seventeen, on May 6, 1968, he fell down from a 17-meter-high scaffolding. Hospitalized, Nino realizes with bitterness that he has been completely paralyzed. Faced with a very dramatic situation, mother Giuseppina courageously and trusting in her God, makes herself available to take care of him personally for his whole life.

                                      Thus begins Nino's path of suffering as he passes from one hospital to another, but without any improvement. Returning to his native town in 1970, after the first days of visiting friends, Nino began ten long dark years, without leaving his home, in solitude, suffering and much despairing. On March 24, 1978, Good Friday, at four in the afternoon, a group of people belonging to the Renewal in the Spirit prays for him; Nino feels a transformation in himself. From that moment he accepts the Cross and says his "yes" to the Lord.

                                      He begins to read the Gospel and the Bible: he rediscovers the wonders of faith. By helping some kids, neighbors, with their homework, he learns to write with his mouth. In this way, he draws up his memoir, writes letters to people of all categories in various parts of the world, personalizes souvenir-images that he offers as homage to those who visit him. Thanks to a rod, he dials telephone numbers and gets in direct contact with many sick people and his calm and convincing word comforts them. A continuous flow of relationships begins that not only brings him out of isolation but leads him to bear witness to the Gospel of joy and hope.

                                      From 6 May 1982 onwards, Nino celebrated the Anniversary of the Cross and, the same year, he joined the Salesian Family as a Salesian Cooperator. On 31 August 2004, he made his perpetual profession among the Volunteers with Don Bosco (CDB). On March 2, 2007, at 8 am, Nino Baglieri, after a period of long-suffering and trial, returns his soul to God. After death, he is dressed in overalls and sneakers, so that, as he said, “On my last journey to God, I will be able to run to meet him.”

                                      On 2 March 2014, the diocesan inquiry into the cause of beatification and canonization of Nino Baglieri was officially opened in the diocese of Noto (Syracuse).

                                      • Italia
                                      • Santità Salesiana
                                      • Nino Baglieri
                                      • CDB Volontari Con Don Bosco
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        India – The “Training and Faith Formation of Catechists” project

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                                        India – The “Training and Faith Formation of Catechists” project

                                        (ANS – Guwahati) – Salesians in India were able to train 125 catechists with a year-long program thanks to funding Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, received through the Koch Foundation. The “Training and Faith Formation of Catechists” project prepared catechists to work in Roman Catholic parishes throughout the Salesian Guwahati Province, headquartered in Assam, India.

                                        The catechists who completed the training are qualified to serve as educators in a variety of religious topics. This training enables laypeople to reliably convey Catholic Church teachings in a way that is understandable and relevant to the local circumstances of their particular parish. Motivational classes give individual laypeople the means to live their faith in a deeper and more authentic fashion in their daily lives.

                                        Funding was utilized for printing booklets and stationery, other expenses for the faith formation trainings, food, lodging and an honorarium for the priests leading the training. Participants were also provided travel assistance.

                                        “The project had such success that Salesians will continue the program on a yearly basis with their own meager resources,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions. “Salesians are determined to bring the faith formation training to lay leaders so that they in turn will be able to move into the various villages to strengthen the faith of Christians, as well as bring new people to faith.”

                                        Source: Mission Newswire

                                        • India
                                        • ING INDIA GUWAHATI
                                        • Laici
                                        • Catechisti
                                        • Procure Missionarie
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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