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Liberia - The Salesians again at Tappita

1 month 2 weeks ago

(ANS - Tappita) - The Salesian mission at Tappita, in the Liberian forest, is now re-establishing itself again after years of forced expulsion: it was founded by the Salesians before the civil war in Liberia (1989-1997), but was then handed over to the local clergy for the impossibility of communications and lack of personnel. In this phase of re-awakening, it needs everything: from small things, like a whistle to referee the games of the oratory or the catechetical animation material, to the most demanding, such as reactivating the school, creating the youth center ... It is a reality where the pioneering spirit of the mission ferments every activity of education, social development and evangelization.

The three Salesians who have taken over the mission have given themselves a few months to take stock of the situation, understand the challenges and draft an action plan. They currently live in the house that belonged to the Consolata Sisters until they too had to leave due to the war. In the last 20 years the structure has been used in part by the priest who visited the mission from time to time and then permanently, but its deterioration was progressive and fast. 

For Christmas activities, the community had decided to adopt the "do as it has always been done" method to see and learn from the situation. And despite the challenges of the reality of Tappita – rationed electricity and water supply, sketchy communication routes, linguistic difficulties with the local population - the religious have begun to shape pastoral activities.

In January, all the parish groups met: Pastoral Council, Economic Commission, Men, Women, Young People, altar boys, Chorus, and various Associations ... "Every evening, from 5 pm onwards, we 'listened'," explained Fr Riccardo Castellino, SDB.

The parish also has 24 mission stations in the villages. The Salesians have decided to visit them all: so every Sunday one of them stays in the parish and the other two reach two neighboring villages.

The local people are simple, poor. They live on agriculture, and though they do not lack food, they have no money to spend. All the communities, with the little they have, have built or are building a little church of mud and sheet metal.

"There is a lot of work to do and this involves a great deal of energy and material resources. But they too are children of God and deserve our full attention!," concludes Fr Castellino. 

  • Liberia
  • AFW
  • Missioni
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Togo - Another step in the journey of world animation

    1 month 2 weeks ago

    (ANS - Lomé) - Another country is added to the long list of nations visited by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, in his service of animation to the entire Salesian Congregation across the globe: Togo is the latest country reached by the X Successor of Don Bosco, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, and by the Councilor for Africa-Madagascar, Fr Américo Chaquisse, on Saturday 3 March.

    Before flying to the Togolese capital, Lomé, Fr Á.F. Artime completed his visit to Burkina Faso. At Bobo-Dioulasso, the Rector Major visited the Salesian "Foyer Don Bosco", which houses a literacy center, a vocational training center and a formation center. There, addressing the children present, he urged them to dedicate themselves to their studies so that through education they could guarantee themselves and their loved ones a dignified future.


    During the rest of the day, full of cultural and artistic performances offered by Foyer Don Bosco students in honor of their illustrious guest, the Rector Major also met the Salesian prenovices, animating them on the path of discernment and deepening of their faith.

    As is typical, iFr Á.F. Artime received his first, joyful reception at the Togo airport. Then, escorted by a group of young people, he was taken to the "Don Bosco" house in Lomé, where he received the traditional homage of the whole community and the welcoming words of the center's Director, Fr Adolphe Akpoué Koffi. In the afternoon, there was one of the set appointments of the Animation Visits of the Rector Major: the meeting reserved for Salesians; here, on this occasion, all the Sons of Don Bosco of the Country participated, plus the Salesians of Benin.

    Yesterday, Sunday 4 March, the Rector Major visited the Salesian parish "Mary Help of Christians", also in Lomé, and presided over a solemn Eucharist, followed by a warm meeting with the local Salesian Family. In the afternoon, he met with young people and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

    Finally, this morning, he celebrated the Eucharist with the students of the Higher Institute of Philosophy, Human Sciences and Social Communication. This afternoon, he has a meeting with formators.

    All the photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr.

    • Togo
    • AFO
    • Rettor Maggiore
    • Visita di Animazione
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Liberia - The Salesians again at Tappit

      1 month 2 weeks ago

      (ANS - Tappita) - The Salesian mission at Tappita, in the Liberian forest, is now re-establishing itself again after years of forced expulsion: it was founded by the Salesians before the civil war in Liberia (1989-1997), but was then handed over to the local clergy for the impossibility of communications and lack of personnel. In this phase of re-awakening, it needs everything: from small things, like a whistle to referee the games of the oratory or the catechetical animation material, to the most demanding, such as reactivating the school, creating the youth center ... It is a reality where the pioneering spirit of the mission ferments every activity of education, social development and evangelization.

      The three Salesians who have taken over the mission have given themselves a few months to take stock of the situation, understand the challenges and draft an action plan. They currently live in the house that belonged to the Consolata Sisters until they too had to leave due to the war. In the last 20 years the structure has been used in part by the priest who visited the mission from time to time and then permanently, but its deterioration was progressive and fast.

       

      For Christmas activities, the community had decided to adopt the "do as it has always been done" method to see and learn from the situation. And despite the challenges of the reality of Tappita – rationed electricity and water supply, sketchy communication routes, linguistic difficulties with the local population - the religious have begun to shape pastoral activities.

      In January, all the parish groups met: Pastoral Council, Economic Commission, Men, Women, Young People, altar boys, Chorus, and various Associations ... "Every evening, from 5 pm onwards, we 'listened'," explained Fr Riccardo Castellino, SDB.

      The parish also has 24 mission stations in the villages. The Salesians have decided to visit them all: so every Sunday one of them stays in the parish and the other two reach two neighboring villages.

      The local people are simple, poor. They live on agriculture, and though they do not lack food, they have no money to spend. All the communities, with the little they have, have built or are building a little church of mud and sheet metal.

      "There is a lot of work to do and this involves a great deal of energy and material resources. But they too are children of God and deserve our full attention!," concludes Fr Castellino.

       

      http://www.donboscoliberia.org/ 

      • Liberia
      • AFW
      • Missioni
        Gian Francesco Romano

        El Salvador – First stone set at Micro-Macro Observatory of Don Bosco University

        1 month 2 weeks ago

        (ANS - San Salvador) - The Don Bosco University (UDB) of El Salvdor will have a Micro-Macro Observatory (MMO), a center that is unique in the region. It is designed for research and formation and oriented towards developing the capacity for perception of the students and of the local population through the scientific observation of the universe (macrocosm) and of organic and inorganic matter (microcosm).

        Made thanks to the support of the German foundation "Karlheinz Wolfgang for Health and Education" (KWS), the observatory will consist of an observation tower, a room for the development of educational-scientific activities, a terrace for observation, a planetarium and an astronomical observatory equipped with technology that will allow the study of science at the micro and macro levels. The size of the structure will be about 700 square meters.

        The main telescope will have an RC optical design, ideal for observing deep space objects such as the galaxy, globular clusters, open star clusters ... It will also be equipped with CCD cameras, used in astronomy to transmit telescope images in real time of the moon, of the planets, of the galaxies, of the various celestial bodies ... all with the aim of conducting research in this field. 

        The center will also house secondary telescopes, solar telescopes, as well as main and secondary microscopes for research in the microcosm.

        For the UDB Rector, Br. Mario Olmos, SDB, this new project with the KWS foundation seeks to integrate the academic and scientific dimensions of the UDB with the potential and dynamism generated by the principles of Individual Psychology developed by the Foundation, and to make way for a project that responds to current challenges of the Salvadoran educational, cultural and social contexts.

        "Certainly we are all aware of the great challenges that await our country and the great effort required to find solutions. The real danger is to convince ourselves, on the basis of a superficial assessment of their size and nature, that it is impossible to solve or deal with these problems."

        To benefit from the MMO will be the university community, but also the children and young people from the educational centers of the UDB area of ​​influence, together with the teachers and society in general, their interest in the sciences stimulated by the literally vast initiative.

        The Micro-Macro Observatory shall offer opportunities to expand people's attention and ability to observe and analyze reality assisted by tools and professional staff, explore and find new experiences and knowledge within a scientific framework.

        {gallery}CAM - Osservatorio Micro-Macro 2018{/gallery}

        • El Salvador
        • CAM
        • Università
        • IUS
        • Scienze
        • Tecnologie
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Burkina Faso - Great celebrations for presence of Don Bosco's Successor

          1 month 2 weeks ago

          (ANS - Ouagadougou) - The Animation Visit of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to the Province of Western Francophone Africa (AFO) continues. The X Successor completed his stay in Mali on Tuesday 27 February and he subsequently reached Burkina Faso, stopping in the country's two major cities: Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso.

          On Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, Fr Á.F. Artime visited the house of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) in Niamana, a rural village in Mali where he offered his message of hope and comfort to the many children, young people and educators present.

          On returning to the Salesian center "Père Michel" of Bamako, the Rector Major spoke with the representatives of the Salesian Family, and shared the traditional Salesian "Good Night". The day was further enriched that evening by his meeting with the archbishop of Bamako, Cardinal Jean Zerbo.

          The following day, the X Successor of Don Bosco was welcomed at the Ouagadougou airport by a delegation of young people, Salesians and FMA. The next stop was the Salesian Vocational Training Center where - after the traditional reception ceremony, which saw the participation of the Center's Economer, Fr Bruno Gossa, students and a district manager - Fr Á. F. Artime blessed the construction of the new Salesian house and was audience to a festive cultural show.

          Yesterday, Thursday, March 1, the day was marked by the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Salesian presence in Bobo-Dioulasso. The Rector Major, who arrived in the city early in the afternoon, greeted the pre-novices, met the local Salesian Family and presided over the solemn Eucharist for the anniversary.

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          • Burkina Faso
          • AFO
          • Rettor Maggiore
          • Ángel Fernández Artime
          • Visita di Animazione
            Gian Francesco Romano

            India – Free Training for School Dropouts in Vocational Skills

            1 month 2 weeks ago

            (ANS – Santipur) – The Institution for Culture And Rural Development (I-CARD) has launched yet one more daring project for underprivileged youth in Santipur, Sadiya, Tinsukia District. It is called Yuva Bandhu, a training center for school dropouts and unemployed youth in vocational skills and in farming activities.

            The five-month program will be offered free to residential candidates, in imitation of Don Bosco and Mother Teresa, said Fr. Thomas, the director of I-CARD. The Yuva Bandhu center was inaugurated by Rev. Theophil Ganlari, in the presence of other dignitaries, on 20th February. There are 20 students belonging to the Mising, Nepali and Bodo communities in the first batch.

            The skills offered besides farming activities are: tailoring, beautician, embroidery, welding, carpentry, motor mechanics, electrical and plumbing. The instructors were trained by I-CARD over the past few years in Bangalore and in other parts of Northeast India. The center coordinated by Gayatri Panging has six other staff members.

            The center hopes to raise its income from its own 18 bigha farm, and from the industrial products. Yuva Bandhu is heavily dependent on the goodwill of individuals to support this noble venture by donations in cash or kind.

            • India
            • IND
            • Rurali
            • Formazione Professionale
            • Mising
              Gian Francesco Romano

              RMG – Strengthening the sense of belonging to the world community

              1 month 2 weeks ago

              (ANS – Roma) – Do you have in your Salesian school, your SDB community room or refectory or in the entrance of your Oratory or Youth Center one beautiful Salesian World Map? It goes much beyond our curiosity: How many are the Salesian communities? How many are the Salesians in each province? How many are the Salesian communities in India, in South Sudan or in Argentina?

              By Fr. Filiberto Gonzalez, SDB

              General Councilor for the Social Communication

              The Salesian World Map is excellent material not only of missionary animation – opening to other Salesian provinces and countries where the same SDB confreres live and work, but also a very practical expression of our sense of belonging to one great world-wide community.

              Since last 2006 the Salesian World Map has been published and updated many time thanks to the initiative of the Social Communication and Mission Sector in the Salesian Center in Rome. Of course, the main date are taken based on the ‘Flash 2017’ – annual statistics provided by all 90 Salesian provinces that are grouped together in the seven Regions of the World-wide Salesian Congregation: Mediterranian Region, Central and North Europe, Africa and Madagascar, America South Cone, Interamerica, South Asia and EAO Region (East Asia – Oceania).

              Thanks to the patient work of our 90 Provincial Secretaries and Fr. Stefano Vanoli and his team in Rome everybody can easily download and print anywhere around the world two versions of this updated 2018 Salesian World Map – one is Eurocentric and the other one with the Pacific at the Center (good for our EAO Region!).

              Euro-centric Salesian World Map: 128 x 91cm, 256 x 182cm, 350 x 248cm

              Pacific-centric Salesian World Map: 128 x 91cm, 256 x 182cm, 350 x 248cm

              Indeed one of the most beautiful, but often neglected article of our Constitutions states: “Religious profession incorporates the Salesian in Society, making him a participant in the communion of spirit, witness and service that is its life within the Universal Church.

              Union with the Rector Major and his Council, solidarity in apostolic initiatives, the provincial community and the world community.

              Communication and exchange of information about the work of the confreres, all increase this communion, deepen the sense of belonging and dispose us to give our service to the world community.” (C 59)

              • RMG
              • Comunicazione Sociale
              • Missioni
              • Salesiani
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Venezuela – 107, the oldest Salesian in the Congregation: Fr Giuseppe "José" Berno

                1 month 2 weeks ago

                (ANS - Caracas) – He was born in 1911 in Riese (today known as Riese Pio X, in honor of its most illustrious fellow citizen) Giuseppe Berno. Mamma Antonia chose his name: "He will be called Bepi, like the Pope (Giuseppe Sarto, Pius X, reigning at the time), because I want my son to be a priest, like him." And in fact, little Giuseppe became a priest and a Salesian who celebrated his 107th birthday a few days ago, the oldest Salesian in the Congregation.

                The Salesian history of Fr Berno first begins in Legnano and continues in Trento with his first years of formation and preparation for the novitiate. He made his first religious profession in Este on 1 September 1929. In that same year, just eighteen, he asked to leave as a missionary for Venezuela, a country that would become his second homeland.


                He made his perpetual vows on 11 September 1932, was ordained a deacon in 1937, and in 1938, on 30 October, the feast of Christ the King, he was ordained priest at La Vega - Caracas by the laying on of hands and the consecratory prayer of Msgr. Luigi Centoz, the country's Apostolic Nuncio at the time.

                In 1961, already aged 50, he was invited by the then Apostolic Vicar of the Amazon and Upper Orinoco, Msgr. Segundo García, to work as a missionary in those lands. He accepted immediately and unconditionally.

                He spent the first seven years in Puerto Ayacucho, episcopal seat and capital of the Venezuelan Amazon. Then, together with Fr Cocco and Fr Bonvecchio, he journeyed into the virgin forest of the Venezuelan Amazon and stayed there uninterruptedly for 20 years!


                He was called to travel into the hostile forest, its overflowing rivers and the thousands and thousands of natural channels of water. Everything was done to everyone, as Saint Paul said, to try to attract someone to the proposal of the Gospel.

                Also famous for his maps of the Upper Orinoco, for his study of native languages, for his interpretation of the signs and sounds of those cultures, in 1987, at the age of 76, he returned to Puerto Ayacucho, and from 1990 to 2009 was its vice-parish priest until, nearing 100, he was transferred to Caracas.

                His life is a testimony of fidelity and generous dedication to the service of God and of men.

                Last Saturday, February 24, he celebrated 107 years of life, 89 years as a missionary in Venezuela, 86 of perpetual religious profession and 80 as a priest.

                {gallery}VEN - Don Giuseppe Berno - 107 anni{/gallery}

                • Venezuela
                • VEN
                • Missioni
                • Anziani
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  RMG - The invited guests of the Pre-Synodal Meeting: young Catholics, of different Christian confessions and non-believers

                  1 month 2 weeks ago

                  (ANS - Rome) - "From March 19 to 24, about 300 young people from all over the world will come to Rome for a preparatory meeting of the October Synod," Pope Francis announced a few weeks ago. "There will also be young non-Catholics, non-Christians, non-believers, so as to listen to the broadest range of young people possible."

                  The promoter of this decision is Pope Francis in person because "it will allow young people to express their expectations and desires, as well as their uncertainties and their concerns in the complex events of today's world," said the statement announcing the event.

                  The current situation represents a challenge for the organizers, since most young people will be chosen by the Episcopal Conferences, the Eastern Churches, the Institutes of Consecrated Life, seminaries, associations and ecclesial movements, together with spaces reserved for young people of other faiths or of none.

                  The first names of participants are starting to emerge. Four young people were nominated in Brazil: David Rodrigues da Silva, Julena Martins Barros, Ariany de Oliveira Leite and Matheus Vinicius de Oliveira Santos.

                  The path of Matheus, for example, is very significant because of the vocational journey he has carried out: after a fruitful activity in the parish, he heard the call to the priesthood and is part of this new wave of future priests formed under the papacy of Pope Francis.

                  The Swiss bishops will send three young people: Jonas Feldmann, 25, a non-practicing Catholic; Sandro Bucher, 25, journalist; and Medea Sarbach, 23, a student of Theology, a practicing Catholic.

                  In addition to the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life is also collaborating in this event to try to include representatives from the world of education, university, culture, work, sport, arts, voluntary service and the world of youth in general. Among the guests there will also be disabled young people, former drug addicts and immigrants.

                  • RMG
                  • Brasile
                  • Sinodo sui Giovani
                  • Giovani
                  • Vaticano
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Mali - A school in Touba, in one of the world's 10 poorest countries

                    1 month 2 weeks ago

                    (ANS - Touba) - Mali is among the world's 10 poorest countries. Even if Mali is experiencing macroeconomic growth, it is the elites that are getting rich, not the population, which has serious problems even to feed themselves. In recent years the drought has sowed chaos among farmers and has led to an impoverishment of the rural population. A sign of hope: the Salesians have built a secondary school in Touba, a small town in Mali, where there were no educational institutions at this level.

                    In February, the support project for the "St John Bosco" secondary school in Touba, Mali, was completed. It was built by the Spanish Salesian NGO "Solidaridad Don Bosco", which aims to facilitate young people at risk of social exclusion accessing quality education. The project helped improve school performance, the center's library service, teaching materials and teacher formation.

                    In the past, many young people from Touba ended primary school at the age of 12 or 13, and then had to move to the nearest city, more than 20 kilometers away, to continue their studies, why the Salesians started the construction of the secondary school, since the area offered no educational institute for forming local young people.

                    Together with the construction of the new school, the gender awareness development plan developed by the Salesians also continued to facilitate girls' access to education and to foster and welcome their participation in the activities of the Oratory.

                    The recently built "St John Bosco" high school now serves over 400 adolescents and young people at risk of social exclusion, children from 17 villages in the region, each poorer than the next.

                    "Do you want to do something good? Educate the young," Don Bosco would say. "Do you want to do something sacred? Educate the young. Do you want to do something holy? Educate the young. Do you want to do something divine? Educate the young. In fact this is one of the most divine things." The words of Don Bosco are valid today as they were more than a hundred years ago and the Salesians continue to do one of the "most divine things": schools to form future generations.

                    In Mali, one of the poorest countries in the world, the Salesians continue to struggle to change the history and future of humanity.

                    • Mali
                    • AFO
                    • ONG
                    • Scuole
                    • Povertà
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Brazil - "Don Bosco House" among the poor and at the service of the most needy

                      1 month 3 weeks ago

                      (ANS - Campo Grande) - The latest UNICEF and World Bank data state that "385 million children live in extreme poverty."; "In the world it is estimated that around 145 million children live on the streets."; "About 60 million children in Latin America are victims of all kinds of abuse." Frightening figures. The Salesians in many parts of the world work like "ants" in favor of children and young people: not very visible, but decisive. "Casa Don Bosco" in the district of Taquaral Bosque, in Campo Grande, has been serving the most disadvantaged for 29 years.

                      Casa Don Bosco has commemorated the date to remind all Salesians, educators and people who were part and continue to be part of the activities of the center. The Salesian house is a social center that offers socio-educational and human development in the style of Don Bosco to children and adolescents aged 6 to 15 in a situation of vulnerability and socially at risk and who reside in the district of Taquaral Bosque.

                      During the day, the children receive food and are offered sports, artistic and cultural workshops, always in the light of Don Bosco's Preventive System, which focuses on the triad: reason, religion and loving-kindness.

                      Casa Don Bosco began its work on 21 February 1989. Its headquarters were opened amid a thousand challenges and at the beginning it was a shelter for children and teenagers who lived on the streets, with headquarters at "Barão do Rio Branco" street. Then the headquarters was moved to a plot of land in the neighborhood of Bosque Taquaral, donated by public authorities, and activities began at the chapel dedicated to Don Orione.

                      With the creation of this new project on the outskirts of the capital, the Salesians started the "Don Bosco House", which went to serve about 200 children and adolescents every day as direct beneficiaries, without counting the indirect support offered to families.

                      There are millions of children and teenagers whose home is the street, who go looking for food in the trash and have drugs as their street companions. Casa Don Bosco celebrates 29 years at the service of the most disadvantaged. It does not take care of millions of children, but continues to save those children that God places on its path.

                      {gallery}Brasile - Casa Don Bosco - BCG{/gallery}

                      • Brasile
                      • BCG
                      • Opzione Preferenziale
                      • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Madagascar - An ecological project that benefits everyone

                        1 month 3 weeks ago

                        (ANS - Fianarantsoa) - Due to a number of unscrupulous actions, forests are being reduced by about 200,000 hectares a year in Madagascar. Fr Giuseppe "Bepi" Miele, a Salesian of Venetian origins, has been in Madagascar for almost 37 years, knows the problems of the local population and intends to do everything he can to help. This is why he has developed an initiative to preserve the Created, to be carried out with and for the benefit of young people and the entire local population.

                        Various firms and activities damage the environment in the Fianarantsoa region, but Fianarantsoa, ​​where the Salesians have been present for about a quarter of a century, also houses several sawmills and small workshops that work wood; hence, Fr Miele began from the local context to look for and find a concrete solution to the problem.


                        With the support of "Missioni Don Bosco" of Turin he wants to equip the mission with a "briquetting machine". Through it, he explains, "the waste from the sawmills we are in contact with will be compressed into bricks and logs that will then be used as fuel to replace coal. It is about changing a mentality. The first step will be to put the bricks at the disposal of local families so they familarize themselves with the bricks, using them for free instead of coal. When people have seen the benefits, an awareness-raising plan in place for their purchase, sales will subsidize the wages of young people who use the briquetting machine and will become a source of self-financing for the oratory's activities."

                        The beneficiaries will be: the young people who will be able to find a job; families who will have a cheaper and more ecological fuel than coal; the whole population, which will no longer be exposed to the harmful gas that coal releases; and lastly, the 250 children from the Salesian school canteen who will thus be able to benefit from the revenues from the sale of the fuel.

                        Further information is available on the "Missioni Don Bosco" website.

                        • Madagascar
                        • MDG
                        • Ambiente
                        • Creato
                        • Missioni
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Ecuador - Cherish the historical memory of the centers: Salesians and lay people

                          1 month 3 weeks ago

                          (ANS - Quito) – On reading the first "chronicles" of the early days of Valdocco, readers feel transported back to the time and era of the origins. In fact  "since 1860," wrote Fr Arthur Lenti, SDB, "some Salesians who lived with Don Bosco began to gather information on what they had seen and heard, with the conviction that something extraordinary was happening among them."

                          These sources, then called "chronicles" became the only source for talking about Don Bosco. "A 'chronicle' is a report written at the time the event occurred or very close to the occurrence," says Fr Lenti. To promote the work and knowledge in this very field, on 22 and 23 February, the persons in charge of the chronicles met in the Salesian Province of Ecuador. It was an original event because it summoned not only Salesians, but also lay people.

                          The event began with a welcome from Fr Juan Bottaso, Director of the Salesian Historical Archives, who observed that at present there is a real risk of losing the roots or memory due to the supremacy and immediacy of events. This is why the role of those in charge of the chronicles in the various Salesian houses is important, people who "are custodians of the memory of the centers, of recording and archiving what happens," he added.

                          The importance of having an audiovisual archive was also emphasized, the audio-visual history being as important as the written history. The need to classify this type of AV material was insisted on so it too becomes a source of and for consultation.

                          Other topics discussed were "the journalistic chronicle and the use of historical archives", curated by Xavier Reyes; "Photography as historical record", by Carlos Martinez; and "chronicles and platforms / digital formats", thanks to the intervention of Armando Cuichán.

                          The second day dealt with the topic of "Salesian history." Ms. Tatiana Capelo presented the project to make the history, the mission and the vision of the missionary presence and work visible to the public.

                          In the same way, Angelica Almeida, assistant of the Salesian Historical Archives, showed the first chronicle of the Salesians arriving in Ecuador and two letters written and signed by Don Bosco himself.

                          Safeguarding the historical memory of Salesian works is the main task of the person in charge of the news or chronicles. It is important to form and train not only the Salesians, but also the laity who will have to take on the responsibility of leaving traces for history.

                          • Ecuador
                          • ECU
                          • Incontro
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Guatemala - Farewell to Msgr. Óscar Julio Vian Morales, SDB, archbishop of Santiago de Guatemala

                            1 month 3 weeks ago

                            (ANS - Guatemala City) - In the early hours of Saturday, February 24, in the commemoration of Mary Help of Christians, according to the Salesian tradition, the Lord summoned Mgr. Óscar Julio Vian Morales, SDB, archbishop of Santiago de Guatemala to Himself.

                            After receiving the comfort of the sacraments, together with all the necessary care from the staff of the Esperanza University Hospital, Msgr. Vian passed away.

                            "We express our condolences to the Salesian Congregation, which in Monsignor Vian offered one of his sons to the service of this particular Church, a true disciple and missionary of Jesus and a follower of the teachings of Don Bosco: he lived with his feet on the ground, but with his gaze and his heart fixed on the Sky" were some of the words written in a statement released by the archdiocese.

                            Óscar Julio Vian Morales was born in Guatemala City on October 18, 1947. Ordained priest on August 15, 1976, in 1980 he obtained a licentiate in Liturgy at the Pontifical Athenaeum "Sant'Anselmo".

                            As a priest he held many positions: school counselor in the "Don Bosco" Technical Institute in Panama, professor of the Salesian Theological Institute of Guatemala, director of the Salesian Institute "San Miguel" of Tegucigalpa, in Honduras, Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry, Provincial Councilor, Director of the "Don Bosco" Youth Center in Managua and Director of the "Don Bosco" Institute in Guatemala City.


                            On 30 November 1996 he was appointed vicar apostolic of El Petén and titular bishop of Pupiana. He received his episcopal consecration on 1 February of the following year.

                            He worked tirelessly in the Department of Petén (the department with the largest territorial extension of the country, located in the North, on the border with Mexico and Belize). His pastoral action was based on a principle: "I will be a petenero among peteneros ... I want to listen attentively to the faithful and work according to the needs of the people."

                            On 19 April 2007 he was transferred to the archdiocese of Los Altos, Quetzaltenango-Totonicapán, and on 2 October 2010 he was called to replace Cardinal Rodolfo Ignacio Quezada Toruño as metropolitan archbishop of Guatemala.

                            Fr Manuel Chilín, parish priest of the church "El Calvario", spoke of the last moments of Msgr. Vian Morales: "I can say that he was very serene, peaceful and with a smile on his face."

                            • Óscar Julio Vian Morales
                            • Guatemala
                            • Decessi
                            • Vescovi
                              Jesus Jurado

                              Chile - "Miguel Magone" minors home, victim of a ruinous fire

                              1 month 3 weeks ago

                              (ANS - Santigo del Cile) - A fire blazed in the home for minors "Miguel Magone", located in Santigo del Cile, during the early hours of yesterday, Sunday 25 February. At about 3:30 AM, for reasons still unknown, a fire broke out on the second floor of the rooms accommodating young people with different problems.

                              At the outbreak of the fire there were some minors and educators inside, but they are fortunately all in good condition. While there is still no ascertained explanation for the fire's origin, the enormity of the center's material damage is clearly and unfortunately evident.

                              The "Miguel Magone" house is promoted by the Don Bosco Foundation of Chile, an answer to the pressing and difficult situation: thousands of children, adolescents and young people living on the street. "We go to look for them in the alleys, under the bridges, in the subways and we are especially attentive to the dangers of child sexual exploitation, one of the biggest scourges of this time," report the operators of the foundation.

                              Many of the young people who roam the streets of Santiago come from vulnerable families, and live near the Mapocho River, in abandoned houses, outside shopping centers and in small villages marked by drug dealing.

                              At the origin of this situation there are many possible causes. "One of these is that the whole family itself lives on the street, so the child is in that very situation. Another has to do with children who have escaped from domestic violence. Sexual abuse or negligence of parents and family members. There are also those who end up joining socially excluded groups, for example, those minors who have educational difficulties (...) And then there are children who live in a world of crime and drug use."

                              The saddest thing about this situation is that many believe that these children and young people do not exist only because they are often hidden from the sight of most people; but reality is much more difficult and harsher than the short memory of the general public.

                              Now, unfortunately, there is a new difficulty. "The Miguel Magone minors home of the Don Bosco Foundation fell victim of a fire," said Fr Victor Mora, Salesian. "Children and staff have not suffered any harm or serious problem, but we have lost everything. We thank you for your prayers and your constant commitment to our children and young people."

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