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Costa Rica - Commemorated awarding of title of "Honorary Citizen" to Protector of poor and sick: Sr. Maria Romero Meneses, FMA

1 month 1 week ago

(ANS - San José) - It was May 29, 1989, when Sister Maria Romero Meneses, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, was given, posthumously, the title of honorary citizen of Costa Rica, because of her exceptional services rendered to the Republic by the religious. To celebrate this honorary citizen, great FMA and blessed of the Catholic Church, last Sunday, 7 July, the city of San José held a large procession, which gathered thousands of faithful around her relics, in memory of this nun who spent 46 years of her life in the country at the service of the poor and the needy.

Sister Romero Meneses was the first woman to obtain honorary citizenship of Costa Rica. The Archbishop of San José, Msgr. José Rafael Quirós, said of her: “We recognize the remarkable services rendered to the Homeland by this Nicaraguan nun who, with love and solidarity, spent her life for the poorest. Sister Mary was a gift of God for Costa Rican society and for the universal Church which, in its supreme authority, recognized its Christian and heroic virtues."

In the thirtieth anniversary of the conferral of citizenship, the Association of former Parliamentarians and Parliamentarians of Costa Rica coordinated a "Round Table on Sr. Maria Romero Meneses" in the Hall of Former Presidents of the Republic of Parliament. Representatives of deputies and former MPs, Representatives of the Apostolic Nuncio and the Archbishop participated; as did different associations and religious groups, the Salesian Family, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, diocesan and religious priests.

The reports were attended by Mr. Alejandro Soto Zúñiga and Alex Solís Fallas, who mentioned the historical process of granting citizenship, with due recognition for Sister Romero. For Mr. Fallas, promoter of this initiative, this round table took on a double meaning, since besides being one of the deputies who voted for Sr. Romero Meneses, is also the father of the girl who benefited from the miracle for which the FMA was beatified.

María Romero Meneses was born on January 13, 1902, in Nicaragua, in Granada, to a family of deep faith. In 1910 the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians arrived in Nicaragua, entered the "Mary Help of Christians" School of the FMA and made her First Communion. Since then she felt that Jesus was with her and that He would never have abandoned her. She died on 7 July 1977.

"A humble religious of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians she founded wonderful social works in Costa Rica, her second home. Her fame crossed the borders of Central America, the United States and South America. And it was a reputation for holiness," Sr. M.D. Grassiano, FMA, wrote of her. She was declared Venerable by Pope John Paul II on 18 December 2000 and beatified April 14, 2002.

{gallery}Ricordo suor Romero Meneses - 2019{/gallery} 

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  • Costa Rica
  • Santità Salesiana
  • Famiglia Salesiana
  • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
  • Maria Romero Meneses
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Philippines - Salesians in formation experience the life of urban and rural communities

    1 month 1 week ago
    Philippines - Salesians in formation experience the life of urban and rural communities

    (ANS - Parañaque) - From 10 to 30 June, the Salesians in formation of the "Seminaryo ng Don Bosco" in Parañaque participated in an intensive summer program in rural and urban environments, designed to allow participants to achieve different objectives, apostolic and formative.

    These objectives are:
                - Discover the presence of God among the poor and articulate the nature of this presence by experiencing community life in urban and rural contexts;
                - Better understand the reality in which the poor live and learn about the social structures that support and accompany them;
                - Experiment a participatory approach within the community and identify the latter's needs;
                - Learn to respond effectively to the concrete needs of the community;
                - Achieve a deeper and fuller self-knowledge.

    The program began with a visit to the Makati City prison. Subsequently, the young people in formation then visited the Laura Vicuña Foundation and the Center for street children "Kuya", participating in the apostolic activities with these minors.

    From 12 to 18 June, the program then included a stop in Valenzuela City, where participants could experience the "urban immersion" phase, a real urban immersion. They in fact lived in close contact with the families working in the city's factories.

    On the evening of June 18, together with the members of the "Sandor Community", which takes care of the specific formation of the Salesian Brothers, the young students moved to Sagada, located in the province of Mountain. From there, the following morning they went to the small community of Kilong, and the "St. Joseph the Worker" parish, where they finally sorted into the different communities of Kilong, Tetepan, Antadao and Aguid, being welcomed by their respective host families.

    They then experienced the lives of rural families, sharing their daily life experiences with them.
    After this real immersion, urban and rural, all those who took part in the program re-elaborated and reflected on the experiences lived during this period, under the guidance of Fr Arnold Sanico, a Salesian. The following days were spent to share moments of fraternity and to visit sites around Sagada.

    Finally, in the afternoon of Sunday 30 June, the participants in the program returned to Parañaque.

    {gallery}Filippine - Summer Immersion Program 2019{/gallery}

    • Filippine
    • FIN
    • Formazione iniziale
    • Povertà
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Vatican - Among the first women members of CIVCSVA there were two members of the Salesian Family

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      Vatican - Among the first women members of CIVCSVA there were two members of the Salesian Family

      (ANS - Vatican City) - On yesterday, 8 July 2019, Pope Francis appointed 23 new members of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA), and, the novelty: including seven women, superiors and leaders of female congregations and institutes. It is a great joy for the Salesian Family to observe that, among these seven women, two are part of the great tree born from Don Bosco: Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Superior General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), and Olga K., General President of the Secular Institute of Volunteers of Don Bosco (VDB).

      Although the CIVCSVA has already boasted as Under-Secretary Sister Carmen Ros Nortes, one of the highest ranking female officials in the Vatican, the entry of the Superiors General is a novelty. Until now, in fact, the members of the Congregation were only male General Superiors of Institutes and Congregations.

      The presence of women as members in the Vatican dicasteries is one of the signs that Pope Francis wants to give to entrust more responsibility to women in the Church. And to point out the fact that it is not just episodic, it is sufficient to recall that last May four other women had been appointed among the Consultors of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops. Moreover, also in that case there had been the satisfaction of the Salesian Family for the appointment among the Consultors of Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, and of Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA - which, just a few weeks before, in April, had been inserted also among the Councilors of the Vatican City State.

      The CIVCSVA, led by the Brazilian cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, is composed of five offices and is responsible for promoting and regulating the forms of consecrated and monastic life in the Catholic Church.

      • Vaticano
      • Nomine
      • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
      • VDB Volontarie di Don Bosco
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Spain – Vicent Marzà: "We must form students for the world of work, and that they be good citizens"

        1 month 1 week ago

        (ANS - Valencia) - Vicent Marzà, Councilor for Education of the Valencian Community; Fr Ángel Asurmendi, Superior of the Salesian Province of Spain-Mary Help of Christians (SMX); Adela Cortina, philosopher; Javier Cebreiros, communicator and founder of the company "Ensaia"; Vicenta Rodríguez, Secretary of the Catholic Schools of the Valencian Community; Fr Miguel Canino, Coordinator of the Salesian Schools of the SMX Province; participated in the First Congress of Salesian schools "#Juntos Somos más" (Together we are more), held last July 3 at the "Palau de Les Arts" of the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia. All together they reflected on reason and emotion.

        The first presentation was by Mr. Marzà, who stated that "in a society where values ​​are sometimes dissociated, the Salesians do a great job with innovative methodologies, with an education that does not remain only in the classroom, and with an education that looks especially at the last; with the aim of helping society to become more humane and more just."

        For his part, the event coordinator, Luis Miguel Notario, underlined that for the Salesian Schools this appointment "was an experience of depth and sharing, to create awareness of who we are as an educational institution and of the potential we have."

        Afterwards, the Valencian philosopher Adela Cortina proposed that participants "educate students so that they are the owners of their lives and carry out activities that make them happy: educate them to be prudent and to the art of self-sufficiency."

        Fr Asurmendi emphasized that "the true secret of a school lies in the relationships established in the educational center."

        In the afternoon, the short film Bienvenidos by screenwriter and director Javier Fesser was screened, showing the arrival of the Internet in a remote school in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, and which was inspired by the project "Luces para aprender" (Lights to learn) of the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (EOI).

        Subsequently on stage was Mr Cebreiros who spoke of the passion this work requires and the need to learn to communicate what we are in an effective and affective way.

        The closing session of the 1st SMX Salesian Schools Congress was held by Fr Canino before about a thousand participants, including teachers, directors and administrative and service personnel of the Salesian centers, committed daily to around 14,000 students.

        Salesian schools are one of the largest non-university educational networks in the country. Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians run 139 schools, attended by 96,600 students and 5,750 teachers. Networking and the formation of directors, pastoral teams and teachers continue to be a priority, to which the care of the Salesian charism, the reflection on the school-family relationship and the care of the Salesian charism are added in the context of the proposal "Salesian Schools 2020" impetus for pedagogical innovation with new methodologies.

        • Spagna
        • SMX
        • Scuole
        • Docenti
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Papua New Guinea – Putting Laudato Si into practice. Initiatives of Msgr. Panfilo, SDB, to protect people of Pomio

          1 month 1 week ago
          Papua New Guinea – Putting Laudato Si into practice. Initiatives of Msgr. Panfilo, SDB, to protect people of Pomio

          (ANS - Port Moresby) - "During my visits to our communities in the Decanate of Pomio, individuals and groups of people have repeatedly asked me to speak for them, to speak on behalf of those who have no voice ... The problems in question are not easy to resolve, but I have always believed that with good will and dialogue a solution for the common good was possible ... A solution, that is, of solidarity based on a preferential option for the poorest of our brothers and sisters." With these words of a true Salesian, last Friday, 5 July, Msgr. Francesco Panfilo, SDB, archbishop of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, introduced his speech to the Institute of Catholic Theology of Bomana, at Port Moresby, in which he illustrated the advocacy action carried out by his archdiocese towards the indigenous population of Pomio.

          In the district of Pomio, near the province of New Britannia East of Papua New Guinea, for years the indigenous peoples have been in contention with palm oil producing companies.

          "In the fifth chapter of Laudato Sì," explained mgr. Panfilo, "is stated what needs to be done about entrepreneurial initiatives and large projects that concern the territory. In this case, it is stated 'it is essential to pay special attention to the aboriginal communities with their cultural traditions' which are not just 'a minority among others, but rather must become the main interlocutors, especially when they proceed with large projects affecting their spaces'"(cit. LS 146).

          The Salesian prelate also recalled that for Pope Francis "an environmental impact study should not be successive to the elaboration of a productive project", but rather "must be connected with the analysis of working conditions and possible effects on physical and mental health of people, on the local economy, on security" (cit. LS. 183).

          "Unfortunately," continued the embittered archbishop of Rabaul, "what Pope Francis proposed did not happen in projects for the extraction of palm oil in the area of ​​West Pomio."

          This has caused resentment and divisions within native communities and even within households. "And there have been episodes of violence," said the Salesian prelate.

          Faced with all this, Msgr. Panfilo, with his collaborators, has not been idle. And last Friday he said: "I did my best. I wrote to some political leaders and talked to them; I met individuals and groups on both sides of the problem. In the end, I came to the conclusion that the solution can be found in a new land-use concession contract which, even if it occurs after the environmental impact has already taken place, could still lead to genuine development and improvement integral to the quality of human life."

          For this reason, the Salesian bishop concluded, "the archdiocese of Rabaul is committed to contributing to reaching a broad consensus in the Sigite Mukus Palm Oil Project through the renegotiation of the agreement on which the project is based, to ensure fair benefits for all the parties concerned and adequate environmental protection."

          • Papua Nuova Guinea
          • Vescovi
          • Indigeni
          • Ambiente
          • Creato
          • Francesco Panfilo
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Chile – More than 2 thousand volunteers collaborate on National Collection for street children

            1 month 1 week ago
            Chile – More than 2 thousand volunteers collaborate on National Collection for street children

            (ANS - Santiago) - According to a study by the Ministry of Social Development and the Family, "at the end of 2018 there were 547 children and adolescents living or having lived in a street situation during the last year." In this matter, the Minister for Social Development, Alfredo Moreno, also said that "it is very difficult to remove all the people from the street, but with children it must be done absolutely." The "Fundación Don Bosco" of Chile works and is committed precisely to these children.

            No project can be carried out without sensitizing the population and without the help of individuals and society as a whole. "Children who find themselves in street situations are children who have a history of great victimization, violence and abuse. Therefore, they are children who often have found no other answer than to escape from their homes or even from child protection centers, which have failed to solve their problems," explained specialist Lorena Contreras.

            And it is indeed to listen to the testimonies of people who are committed to the disadvantaged, from the area of Alto Hospicio to Punta Arenas, that the 2019 edition of the National Collection of the "Fundación Don Bosco" was held on 5 and 6 July. An activity, born in 1998, which seeks to give continuity to those projects aimed at giving new opportunities to children, young people and adults in street situations.

            Festivals and lotteries were some of the activities carried out for fundraising, as a preamble to this initiative launched in June within the Salesian Schools Network, to which was added the "José Miguel Infante" school of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help.


            Over 2,000 girls and young volunteers subsequently had the mission to motivate the collaboration of ordinary people, mobilizing themselves in numerous cities throughout the country. Suffice it to say that they were present in over 80% of the subway stations in Santiago!

            The 2019 National Collection tries to tackle an increasingly evident problem in the country. According to a study carried out in 2018 by the Chilean government, the problem is within the family unit. A reality welcomed by the "Fundación Don Bosco", which in its own projects in addition to offering food and lodging, also offers psychological and psychiatric assistance, both to children and to their parents, with the aim of strengthening family ties and reintegration.

            Thanks to the collaboration and commitment of so many collaborating people and institutions, the "Fundación Don Bosco" follows 191 street children, with a systematic and professional support that offers children programs and varied initiatives so that they can leave the streets. In addition, children are offered prevention, rehabilitation, support and training programs that benefit a total of over a thousand people.

            • Cile
            • CIL
            • Fundación Don Bosco
            • Bambini di Strada
              Gian Francesco Romano

              RMG – Study Seminar on "Salesian Accompaniment and Affectivity"

              1 month 2 weeks ago

              (ANS - Rome) - Promoted by the Dicastery for Youth Ministry, there will be a study seminar on "Salesian Accompaniment and Affectivity" from 25 to 29 November 2019 at the "Sacro Cuore" of Rome. This is the last stage of a journey of animation of the Congregation on the theme of Salesian Accompaniment.

              In fact, between 2010 and 2013, the Youth Ministry Dicastery organized a series of four seminars on the theme of spiritual direction. The proceedings of this series of seminars were then collected in the publication "Spiritual accompaniment. Spiritual pedagogical itinerary in a Salesian key at the service of young people."

              Furthermore, in 2016 the Dicastery itself promoted a study seminar entitled "Accompanying the life of prayer."

              In the light of the indications coming from the Synods on the family and on young people, and of the reflections promoted by the Congregation with the International Congress on Youth Ministry and Family, the next Study Seminar will look at the accompaniment of young people with reference to the theme of affectivity and education to love.

              The Seminar is addressed to Salesians and lay people involved in the personal accompaniment of young people and to those who have a concrete experience in the education of affectivity of young people in Salesian Youth Ministry. The meeting will be divided into four modules: study of the anthropological, cultural and social challenges in the field of education to love; characteristics of the person who accompanies young people on the path of education to love and in discernment; the affective challenges that young people encounter today in their journey of integral growth; the contribution of the Salesian charism in the processes of education to love, starting from the study of the sources on St. Francis de Sales.

              Each day shall be dedicated to studying a module in depth. Every morning a lectio divina and a main report on the topic will be offered, with an appropriate time for personal reflection and discussion in linguistic groups. In the first afternoon session of each day, participants will be able to present the fruits of their discussion in the work groups and dialogue with the speakers of the Seminar. The last session of each day will be dedicated to the deepening, in a workshop format and under the guidance of experts, of several specific themes in line with the objectives of the Seminar: homosexuality and "gender" theory, affectivity and family, integral sex education, "transformative learning".

              The proposed methodology intends to favor and foster the active involvement of participants and the production of support material for the reflection and education of young people with reference to the themes of affectivity and love.

              The Youth Ministry Dicastery is able to offer participation in the Seminar. For accommodations in Rome, participants must make their own arrangements.

              To register for the Seminar, please fill in the appropriate form.

              {gallery}RMG - Poster seminario affettivita 2019{/gallery}

              • RMG
              • Accompagnamento
              • Pastorale Giovanile
              • Affettività
                Gian Francesco Romano

                India – Two Salesians appointed members of Department of Sport and Youth Affairs of Government of Meghalaya

                1 month 2 weeks ago
                India – Two Salesians appointed members of Department of Sport and Youth Affairs of Government of Meghalaya

                (ANS - Shillong) – On June 27, the Governor of the State of Meghalaya, the Hon. Tathagata Roy,  appointed two Salesian priests as official members of the Department of Sport and Youth Affairs of the Government of Meghalya. The two Salesians who received this assignment are Fr Anthony Kharkongor, Delegate for Youth Ministry of the India-Shillong Province and director of the high school "St. Anthony "; and Fr Michael Makri, Director of the Don Bosco Youth Center and of the Don Bosco Media Network.

                Governor Roy, by conferring this task, asks the two Salesians to supervise the implementation of all programs aimed at young people on behalf of the State, including the international youth cultural exchange program. The presence of two Salesians in the government team is certainly a very positive sign and shows that the State of Meghalaya is interested in providing its young people with complete and inclusive training.

                In fact, to the young people of the State they want to give a spiritual, moral and intellectual education and, precisely from this point of view, it is significant that this role has been entrusted to two Salesians.

                The decision to expand the team of the Department of Sport and Youth Affairs also arises from the need to prepare adequately for the National Games of 2022, which will be held precisely in the State of Meghalaya. These games, in fact, are a great sporting event that, since 1924, has gathered in India many young athletes and that every year are hosted by a different state.

                • India
                • INS
                • Nomine
                • Politica
                • Sport
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Spain – Over 500,000 people able to make a change in their future in 2018: thanks to "Misiones Salesianas"

                  1 month 2 weeks ago

                  (ANS - Madrid) - Betty is 14 and is trying to escape the dangers of the streets of Freetown. To survive, for years she has prostituted herself, but today she can count on the help of professionals working alongside the Salesians of "Don Bosco Fambul". Betty is one of the girls that "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid, accompanied in 2018. Like her, about 500,000 more people managed to change their future in 2018, thanks to 496 initiatives undertaken and implemented in 69 countries of the five continents.

                  Last year, "Misiones Salesianas" allocated more than 7 million euros for the education, training and protection of the most vulnerable young people, children and girls. For Don Bosco education was the fundamental key for children and young people to get out of situations of poverty and moral degeneration. For this reason his sentence is famous: "If a young person is well educated, we will have moral order. Otherwise, vice and disorder will prevail." The Salesians of Don Bosco in the five continents know that education is the masterpiece that will benefit young people themselves and societies and "Misiones Salesianas" has placed it as a fundamental pillar to fulfill this dream.

                  In the realization of its programs "Misiones Salesianas" has dedicated over 350 thousand euros to projects for the health of the population, water, sanitation and food security; and more than 380 thousand euros have been used for emergencies and humanitarian aid in countries such as Venezuela, South Sudan, Kenya and Lebanon.

                  Furthermore, the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid is committed to the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (OSS), to build a more just world for all. "OSS 4, which refers to quality education, is one of those that challenges us in a particular way and to which we feel especially called," explains Fr José Antonio San Martín, SDB, Director of the organization.

                  All this would not have been possible without the collaboration of over 41,000 benefactors, people who share the dream of creating a better world, especially for the most disadvantaged children and young people. To these thousands of collaborators, the staff of "Misiones Salesianas" can only address a much-felt: "Thank you!"

                  "We are satisfied with what has been achieved. But there are still many challenges to be faced: over 800 million people in the world suffer from hunger, 158 million children are not yet in school, 70 million people have had to leave their homes …," adds Fr San Martín.

                  Why the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid continues to work so that anyone in need, especially children and young people, can make a change in their future.

                  • Spagna
                  • Procure Missionarie
                  • Missioni
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Bolivia – "You miss the neighborhood": online youth program to convey valid message

                    1 month 2 weeks ago

                    (ANS - Cochabamba) - A great show of talent took place last June 30 at the Salesian house in Cochabamba, after an invitation had been launched to young volunteers wanting to experiment being leaders of a youth program. Several young people responded to the call, and did their best to try to convince a very demanding jury.

                    In fact, in August the production of the "Te falta barrio" program will be launched, promoted by the Province's Communication Office and supported by the Social Communication Delegation, by the Bolivia Planning and Development Office (OFPROBOL) and from the NGO "VIA Don Bosco".

                    "Te falta barrio" is a program that has taken as its title a simple and everyday slogan. Under this motto, however, it is a question of offering a formation proposal to all the adolescents and young people to whom the program will be presented. The "barrio" is how the place where they meet to talk, play, share their things, is commonly called. In this sense, the program will try to introduce a message that speaks of God in a reality in which religion is not a topic of conversation. "It is a challenge for the protagonists and for the whole team to try to offer a proposal that comes close to the reality of young people and that can transmit the Christian message in a simple way, simple and attractive."

                    "Te falta barrio" will try to convey to the young the messages of the Catechism of the Church together with experiences of social significance, all adapted to the visual and technological tastes of young people who do not have an experience of faith. Bringing the message of the Gospel never goes out of fashion, but it must be adapted to the new courtyards and playgrounds attended by young people.

                    Saint John Bosco was defined as "Father and Teacher of Youth": he taught young people the way to good, advising them to go to confession and receive frequent communion, and he showed them love for Jesus in the Eucharist and Mary.

                    All those who participated in the casting on June 30 were invited to collaborate in different ways on the program, so that no one is excluded from this initiative - and then by consolidating them as a group of young people, it will be possible to create new audiovisual initiatives with a social value.

                    "If Don Bosco were still alive, he would certainly be present among modern technologies, in social networks and in a program like the one being planned, which has as its fundamental objective to be closer to young people," explained Fr Severino Laredo, Director of the Provincial House of Cochabamba.

                    • Bolivia
                    • BOL
                    • Comunicazione Sociale
                    • Giovani
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Ethiopia – Health center for women, children and refugees

                      1 month 2 weeks ago
                      Ethiopia – Health center for women, children and refugees

                      (ANS - Abobo) - On the road between Gambella and Pugnido is Abobo, a small town made of dust, huts and smiles. Despite being in Ethiopia, the majority of the population is of Sudanese origin, because it is close to the border and there are many people who have sought refuge there to escape war and famine. In a country in which rural poverty is endemic, Sudanese refugees find themselves lost, without points of reference and without any support, except for the refugee camps that have sprung up around Gambella.

                      Abobo is on the main road, the only paved road in the area that even Fr Filippo Perin, SDB, uses to reach his mission: Pugnido. Abobo also has a health center, established in 2002 by a group of Italian and Spanish volunteers along with local Salesians. Today it has 40 beds, a small ward dedicated to sick children and those suffering from malnutrition, and a small wing that houses Obstetrics.

                      Operating at the Abobo health center are Tere and Maria, two Italian-Spanish doctors, who thus tell us about their work: "In our small center we are busy every day in the prevention and treatment of endemic diseases, especially by trying to help mothers and their children: vaccinations of mothers during pregnancy, prevention of diseases such as anemia, hypertension, malaria and various infections that cause serious consequences also to the newborn. Without forgetting the important activity of early diagnosis, regular screening and simple check ups we offer for free."

                      The health center continues to function thanks to the international solidarity it receives. "We do not know if tomorrow we will be lucky enough to receive help to run this health center," concludes Tere and Maria. "The only sure thing is that tomorrow, like every day, mothers will come with their children for vaccinations, a woman in labor will show up and a child will need urgent medical care."

                      For more information: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                      • Etiopia
                      • Missioni
                      • Missioni Don Bosco
                      • Salute
                      • Donne
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Laos – Collaboration between Salesians and Dept of Revolutionary Youth Union of Laos continues

                        1 month 2 weeks ago
                        Laos – Collaboration between Salesians and Dept of Revolutionary Youth Union of Laos continues

                        (ANS - Vientiane) - On 26 June last, Fr Dheparat Pitisant, Provincial of Thailand (THA), Fr Patrizio Maccioni, Director of the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center, and Br Carlo Bacalla, SDB, participated, as Salesian representatives, in the evaluation meeting for the renewal of the agreement with the Department of the Revolutionary Youth Union of Laos. The latter was represented by Biya Yathotu, head of the Department, and by Boonta Theppawong, Vice Secretary. Numerous representatives of the Department for Education and Foreign Affairs were also present at the meeting.

                        The purpose of this meeting, which was held at the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center, was to reflect together on what has been done and how much remains to be done in the current five-year term, namely 2016-2021. The meeting took place in a climate of friendship and cooperation and with a single goal: to do good to young Laotians.

                        "The intentions of the Department of the Revolutionary Youth Union of Laos and of the Salesian Congregation are in agreement. We want to help poor and disadvantaged young people," Fr Dheparat Pitisant declared. "The Salesians are trying to do their utmost for these young people; we take care of them. But to do this, we need the support and cooperation of all government departments," he added.

                        The Thai Province, on which the Salesian presence in Laos depends, signed a first collaboration agreement in 2008 with the Revolutionary Youth Union of Laos - the youth wing of the Revolutionary Party of Laos, which governs the country. The second agreement, which sanctioned the renewal of the collaboration, was in 2010, and now, after this third signature, a third period of collaboration is underway.

                        The work of the Salesians in Laos began on May 24, 2004, under the guidance of Fr Tito Pedron. The Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco began their work simply by repairing small vehicles: an activity that was carried out by 5 young Laotians who had studied at the Don Bosco Technological College in Bangkok, Thailand.

                        Later this work was expanded and turned into the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center, in its current location. The house canonically was erected on January 17th of this year.

                        Currently, the center has developed different disciplines with courses for electricians, car and motorcycle mechanics and welding; in this first school semester of 2019, it is attended by 98 boys.

                        • Laos
                        • THA
                        • Politica
                        • Formazione Professionale
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Italy – New degree course of "Social Communication, Digital Media and Culture" at Salesian Pontifical University

                          1 month 2 weeks ago

                          (ANS - Rome) - Social Communication as communication at the service of the common good, Digital Media as environments-languages-means to be explored and experimented during the formative path, Culture as a laboratory of conscience and knowledge to form free men and women: these are the three fundamental axes of the new curriculum of studies that the Faculty of Social Communication Sciences (FSC) of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome is preparing to launch from the next academic year 2019-2020.

                          The new path aims to offer its students skills and abilities to respond as professionals to the digital challenge.

                          "Our faculty was born thirty years ago," said the Dean, Fr Fabio Pasqualetti, "obviously in an analogical context. I believe that in the beginning good choices were made, which already characterized us for the orientation towards reflection on communication. We had three specialization addresses: Research, Journalism and Publishing, Media for the Community. Above all, this last choice: Media for the Community was situated in the context of the social aspect dear to us. Today there is a need to continue to train competent people in communication languages, but in a new framework represented mainly by the digital network and environments."

                          The cultural, social, technological and professional changes that have characterized the last decades have made necessary a reflection that the Faculty wanted to concretize in the new curricular proposal entitled 'Social Communication, Digital Media and Culture.'


                          The network today represents the communicative habitat for everyone, and it is therefore important to allow students to acquire skills in the use of digital languages ​and in online information management. Professional figures like those of the journalist, for example, have changed considerably in recent years: the journalist is no longer the one who simply writes, but one who knows how to 'write' in different digital languages.

                          From audio and video production to digital storytelling, from photography and visual communication to website management, from multimedia journalism to ethics and deontology in the media ... The new curriculum, maintaining a theoretical-practical training approach, is designed to prepare experts who can work in the various areas of multimedia and cultural production of public and private, secular and ecclesiastical organizations.

                          Not to mention that the specialist cycle also offers in-depth training for the managerial administration of all these processes of today's communication.

                          "Of course, there will always be the great challenge to reflect on what to say today, because while technology simplifies processes, the difficult thing remains to say something interesting," concludes Fr Pasqualetti.

                          The detailed study plan of the new curriculum is available here

                          For further information: fsc@unisal.it 

                          • Italia
                          • Comunicazione Sociale
                          • UPS
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Italy – Condolences for death of Mother Antonia Colombo, FMA

                            1 month 2 weeks ago
                            Italy – Condolences for death of Mother Antonia Colombo, FMA

                            (ANS - Rome) - Mother Antonia Colombo, of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), who led the FMA Institute as General Superior for 12 years (1996-2008), passed away yesterday, July 1, in Sant'Ambrogio Olona (VA). The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with all the General Council and on behalf of the whole Salesian Congregation, offers their most heartfelt condolences to the FMA Institute for the death of Mother Antonia, in union of prayer and hope in the Resurrection.

                            Mother Antonia Colombo was born in Italy, in Lecco, on 12 April 1935. She made her First Profession in 1959, in Contra di Missaglia (CO). In the same year she graduated in Law at the Sacred Heart Catholic University of Milan. Subsequently, she also graduated in Applied Psychology at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).

                            From 1966 to 1989 she lived in the community of the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences "Auxilium" where she held positions of teaching and other responsibilities at religious and academic levels. She was Dean of the same Faculty from 1983 to 1989, the year in which she was appointed Superior of the Province "Suor Teresa Valsé Pantellini" based in Taranto.

                            A year later, during the XIX General Chapter, she was elected Visiting Councilor and, in 1996 at the next Chapter, she was elected Mother General on the first ballot - a task to which she was confirmed during the XXI General Chapter.

                            In her 12 years at the head of the Institute she traveled thousands of kilometers to animate the communities and took on the great task of fulfilling "the prophecy of the whole."

                            In her magisterium she particularly emphasized the culture of life and the promotion of the young woman in her dignity. She knew and was able to foster the commitment to active citizenship,  encouraged the educating communities to be laboratories of life and educational relationships, supported the importance of educating to solidarity and of peace rooted in the values ​​of the Gospel.

                            She witnessed the radical nature of following Jesus, the center of her life.

                            Her particular sensitivity to women's problems led her to promote numerous initiatives and to establish relations of study and friendship with religious and lay people interested in women and their education, and to welcome the exhortations of the Church and the Pope on the issue of women.

                            In 2008, her service at the central level of the Institute completed, in the following years, despite various and recurrent health problems, she collaborated in the revision of the biographical profiles of the deceased sisters, willingly devoted herself to reading and intensified prayer.

                            "Humanizing culture and relationships in the light of the message of Jesus and the Salesian charism was not a slogan for Mother Antonia, but a precise commitment that identifies her mission as a Mother and formative guide," Mother Yvonne Reungoat, who succeeded her as head of the Institute, wrote today.

                            The funeral will be celebrated on July 3rd at 12.00 in Milan at the Salesian Parish "Sant’Agostino". The body will be buried in the cemetery of Nizza Monferrato.

                            • Italia
                            • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                            • Decessi
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Italy - Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Mother Rosetta Marchese, FMA, launched

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                              Italy - Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Mother Rosetta Marchese, FMA, launched

                              (ANS - Rome) - On 1 July 2019, the Postulator General of the Cause of Saints of the Salesian Congregation, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, and the General Secretary of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), Sr. Piera Cavaglià, delivered to card. Angelo De Donatis, Vicar of His Holiness Pope Francis, through the Diocesan Tribunal of the Vicariate of Rome, the official request (Supplex libellus) to open the Diocesan Inquiry on the life, the heroic virtues, the reputation of holiness and signs of Mother Rosetta Marchese. It is the first important step for the ecclesial recognition of the holiness of Mother Rosetta, FMA, Superior General of the Institute.

                              In her life as an educator, teacher, assistant, formator, Councilor and Mother General, Mother Rosetta followed a path of conformation to Jesus even to offering her life for the sanctity of the Institute, for priests, for the salvation of youth. Moreover, like Mary, she knew how to make her life a gift of love and spiritual motherhood.

                              She was born in Aosta on 20 October 1922 in a family with a fervent Christian faith. Even as a young girl she learned about and attended the FMA, and next to them she matured her ideal of consecration to God. After the first religious profession (1941), she received a degree in Literature from the Catholic University "Sacred Heart". From 1947 to 1958 she was a teacher and vicar in the missionary home "Madre Mazzarello" of Turin, where she followed in particular the young sisters who were preparing to leave for the missions. From 1958 to 1974 she carried out tasks of animation and government in Sicily, in Rome, in Lombardy. Everywhere she proved to be attentive to the needs of the local Church and to the signs of the times.

                              The XVI General Chapter of 1975 elected her Visiting Councilor. The XVII General Chapter, on the first ballot of October 24th 1981, elected her as Superior General. Only eight months after her election, came the first signs of leukemia that will soon reveal its inexorability. In the circular of October 24, 1982, the first anniversary of the election, Mother Rosetta concluded her teaching, wishing all her daughters to let themselves be infected by Don Bosco "of acute nostalgia for the 'beautiful Paradise'." "The destination is one: to arrive in Heaven with all the young people for whom we have given and consumed existence."

                              On March 8, 1984, in Rome, Mother Rosetta completed her earthly journey.

                              In this year when the Strenna invites the Salesian Family to holiness, the testimony of Mother Rosetta encourages us to rediscover the vocation to holiness and to strive for it with all our strength.

                              Now it is everyone's responsibility to make it more and more known, loved, prayed.

                              • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                              • Santità Salesiana
                              • Rosetta Marchese
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Peru – Fr Martín Quijano, SDB: "We are condemned to a slow death and there is no authority worrying about us"

                                1 month 2 weeks ago

                                (ANS - San Lorenzo) - "For over 40 years the oil companies have been extracting oil in the Province of Datem del Marañon. So far these companies have returned nothing or almost nothing to the people living in the jungle and therefore there is a great malaise among the population. Companies continue to pollute the natural habitat and the environment and we Salesians find ourselves in the middle of these forgotten villages," says Fr Martín Quijano, Parish Priest and Director of the Salesian House of San Lorenzo.

                                In recent days the situation has been made public and denounced by important Peruvian media, such as the Perú 21 newspaper. "The oil spill recorded at kilometer 237 of the Ramal Norte (ORN) Pipeline, in the district of Manseriche (Loreto), continues to expand." Fr Quijano also notes that "the inhabitants are worried because so far the government has not taken action and there seems to be new spills."

                                The people of the jungle live from what nature provides them, in harmony with Creation, without polluting anything. They live on the water of the river and fish. "This is why the whole population has been alerted, because the rivers are polluted. I think the damage is immense. Our people are drinking contaminated water and eating poisoned fish," continues Fr Quijano.

                                More than 30 years ago, the Salesian missionary Fr Luigi (Luis) Bolla, in his writings, reported that the oil companies operating in those areas "have caused the pollution of rivers, fields and much more. This is a scandal ... The damage was very serious and its consequences continue today." And this denunciation remains current even after many years.

                                "In June," continues Fr Quijano, "we met with representatives of five oil companies and we expected the presence of the highest state authorities, but they did not arrive. The indigenous peoples have not accepted the Minister's absence, because it is they who have to make the decisions and so the relations have been interrupted, no meeting has been held and no decisions have been taken."

                                And again in June some cracks in the pipes carrying oil had already been reported, without any remedy being made. "The quantity of oil has reached the waters of the Marañón river, the source of life for animals and communities, and I have seen black spots descend and flow on the water, giving off a very bad smell."

                                "I can affirm categorically," the religious concludes, "that the river is polluted. We are condemned to a slow death and there is no authority worrying about us. Our people are eating lead. Fish and animals are contaminated. Governments have forgotten the poorest." 

                                {gallery}PER - Petrolio nel fiume 2019{/gallery}

                                • Perù
                                • PER
                                • Ambiente
                                • Indigeni
                                • Creato
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Papua New Guinea – Second Chance Scholarship for West Papuan Refugees

                                  1 month 2 weeks ago
                                  Papua New Guinea – Second Chance Scholarship for West Papuan Refugees

                                  (ANS – Port Moresby) – A first group of Volunteers and Share the Journey participants learnt a bit about Catholic Social Teaching, Child Protection, the Caritas Network and Don Bosco last Friday, 28th June. In fact, the project for the schooling of the refugee population of West Papua - an Indonesian Province on the island of New Guinea - in the metropolitan area of Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, has been officially started. The project is carried out jointly by the Caritas of Papua New Guinea and the Salesian Technical School "Don Bosco" of Gabutu, near Port Moresby.

                                  Caritas PNG (CPNG) launched its support to the first 20 West Papuan teenagers in its Humanitarian Aid program to provide education scholarships in partnership with Don Bosco Technical School, Gabutu. The short courses that run for 4 months annually give an opportunity to disadvantaged young men and women to complete and attain a basic certificate in computing, administration, electrician and motor mechanics.  

                                  The DBTS Deputy Principal for Technical Affairs, Mr Kenneth Gonzales, described the program as a special one as it involved people who left their homeland, and are in Papua New Guinea as refugees.  ‘They welcomed angels’ is the Mission theme for 2019.  “In keeping with the theme we are happy to welcome the West Papuan Refugees and offer them the possibility of being educated at DBTS, Gabutu.  The program will develop their skills, and most importantly help them find a decent job,” said Mr Gonzales. 

                                  The seminar’s facilitator and Secretary for Development of CBC-PNGSI Ms Marie Mondu emphasized the need for empowerment and a sense of purpose to be given to refugees. “Refugees in PNG today need our help, particularly our brothers and sisters from West Papua. This program provides them with the tools necessary and the opportunity to rebuild their lives,” Ms Mondu said. 

                                  Representative of Nine-Mile West Papua Community Hans Wonsiwor explained that the scholarship meant a great deal to his people.  “I’m proud of the partnership between Caritas PNG and DBTS, and I thank them both in providing this wonderful scholarship program to assist the West Papuan Community. My presence here today is to express my gratitude toward the program,” Mr Wonsiwor said. 

                                  Thomas Wangai, soon to be studying Metal Fabrication and Welding at DBTS, spoke of the hardships he faced and said the scholarship was a turning point in his life. “I am honoured to receive this scholarship. I faced many negative situations but I never lost faith. I am grateful to God that He has heard my prayer,” he said. 

                                  The West Papuan Community comprises of more than 2,000 people who are living along city drains in 5 different camps across Port Moresby.  They were not resettled to an allocated state land as promised by previous government. With this uncertainty, the leaders from the Camps approached Catholic Bishops Conference for help, to assist them in reducing some of their ongoing challenges as food security, clean water, education, land, housing, etc.  

                                  CPNG is responding to their needs on a purely Humanitarian basis. One of the CPNG's Catholic Social Teachings speaks about Human Dignity and that the Church and State have a role in making that a reality. It is hoped that by sponsoring education for young West Papuan's, they can find employment to support their families.  

                                  The Refugee Livelihood Program is an initiative of Caritas PNG in which the Scholarship program is one of the activities to support the West Papuan Community in Port Moresby. CPNG appeals to the State and Civil Society to contact Catholic Bishops Conference Development Secretary Ms Mondu on 72843207 for any donations (material or money) that we can use to distribute to West Papuan Camps and other disadvantaged families who are within the City Perimeters.

                                  {gallery}PMG - Lancio programma per rifugiati 2019{/gallery}

                                  • Papua Nuova Guinea
                                  • Indonesia
                                  • Rifugiati
                                  • Educazione
                                  • Opzione Preferenziale
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Israel – Pilgrimage to Holy Land for General Council

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                                    Israel – Pilgrimage to Holy Land for General Council

                                    (ANS - Nazareth) – One cannot carry out such an important and delicate service as that of guiding and accompanying the Salesian Congregation if care is not taken to always remain spiritually "in shape". In this perspective, and with the desire to share an occasion of fraternity and authentic community life, the Rector Major and the other members of the General Council began a pilgrimage to the Holy Land this past Saturday, June 29th.

                                    After landing at the international airport in Tel Aviv, the members of the General Council reached the Salesian house in Nazareth on the first day. To accompany them, on this special occasion, is the Italian Salesian Fr Marco Rossetti, of the Faculty of Theology of Turin-Crocetta, of the UPS; who, in his greeting to the pilgrims, said: "Some of you have already visited these places, others reach them for the first time, but I am sure that we will all find novelties of messages, of teaching and, why not?, of emotion ... ".

                                    Yesterday, Sunday 30 June, the itinerary included, among others, a stop at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth and one at Mount Tabor. Furthermore, the members of the General Council, welcomed by the Provincial of the Middle East, Fr Alejandro León Mendoza, were also able to enjoy the hospitality of the Salesian presence in the city, formed by Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

                                    Today, 1 July, the pilgrims are busy visiting Capernaum, with the house of Peter also; Tagba, which houses the church of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish and the church dedicated to the Primacy of Peter; the Mount of Beatitudes; and finally they will cross Tiberias Lake by boat.

                                    Jericho and Bethany will be visited tomorrow, 2 July, the day on which a meeting with Msgr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of Jerusalem of the Latins, will take place.

                                    In the following days they shall visit the Visitation Sanctuary in Ein Karen, and the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem; also Jerusalem, its Western – or Wailing - Wall, the Cenacle, the Garden of Olives, the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher ... Countless places will be visited to allow members of the General Council to listen more to the Word, to welcome it with devotion and preparing oneself for continuous conversion, for the encounter with Christ in the sacraments and in the brothers.

                                    The pilgrimage will end next Sunday, 7 July, with a final stop at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, before returning to Rome. 

                                    {gallery}Israele - MOR - Pellegrinaggio 2019{/gallery}

                                    • Israele
                                    • MOR
                                    • Pellegrinaggi e Peregrinazioni
                                    • Consiglio Generale
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Italy – XI. International Youth Forum: “Youth in action in synodal Church”

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                                      Italy – XI. International Youth Forum: “Youth in action in synodal Church”

                                      (ANS – Ciampino) – From June 19 to 22, the XI International Youth Forum was held, promoted by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Representing the Salesian Youth Movement, Carina Baumgartner, from Austria, was able to participate together with around 250 young delegates from more than 100 countries and around 40 communities, movements and ecclesial associations. Here she shares her considerations:

                                      The objective was to promote the continuation of the synodal path of the last Synod of Bishops on the theme: “Young people, Faith and Vocational Discernment” and Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation “Christus Vivit”.

                                      Each day started with a prayer, followed by inputs according to the topic of the day, panel discussions and open discussions for all the participants, working groups and presentation moments and the Celebration of the Eucharist.

                                      The first day dealt with the reflection of the synodal process on a local level, asking about the involvement of young people as leading players in this process and examples of good practice that have emerged from this journeying together. On the second day we mainly discussed the question “Which aspects of Christus Vivit are most relevant to our specific context?” The third day dealt with concrete actions that could follow, based on the question “How can I help my local church community to go forward in implementing the Synod proposals?” The International Youth Forum ended on Saturday with the Celebration of the Eucharist in Saint Peter´s Basilica and the meeting with Pope Francis who greeted each and every one of us personally. 

                                      The participation in this Youth Forum was a unique experience for me, both on a personal level as in the role as representative for the Salesian Youth Movement. The Forum was a great example of continuing the synodal journey with young people, listening to us and making us the protagonists in this process. At the beginning of the Forum each delegate was individually presented by name and country/movement which I experienced as a sign of welcoming, appreciation and importance of our presence. The strongest moments were those of sharing with the other participants, not only in the working groups but especially during the informal moments. The topics stayed the same “What do we experience in our daily life with the church? What are our dreams for the church? How can we support the synodal journey?” It showed that we are all part of a big family called church that is full of diversity and young people that 'burn' for it. “Let us be agents of change, peace, joy and hope” was one of the inspiration sentences presented by a working group on the last day. “We want a church with and for the young” – a sentence that might be known in the Salesian Youth Movement but does not describe the reality of all young people. That´s why together with all the other members of the church we need to continue this synodal path, being a welcoming church that walks towards all people especially the young ones and those who are or feel far from church. 

                                      I want to close with another inspiration sentence presented by a working group:
                                      We are the face of Christ, fully alive!

                                      • Italia
                                      • Sinodo sui Giovani
                                      • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
                                      • MGS Europa
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Angola – Chance for redemption for Luanda girls

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                                        Angola – Chance for redemption for Luanda girls

                                        (ANS - Luanda) - Dulce, Bemvinda, Esperança ... They are names that are bearers of beauty and joy, but that fate betrays if you were born in the wrong place, if you are forced to live on the street, exposed to the elements and the fear of the night lived outdoors.

                                        Of "sweet" in the streets of Luanda, except for the smiles of children, there is nothing at all. Mud in the rainy season, dust in the dry season, garbage all year round. None of these girls is "bemvinda" (welcome): hospitality has seen fit to take up residence in another part of town, in the central districts of the capital, between the mirrored windows of the skyscrapers and the embassies of foreign countries. "Hope" there is, however, and plenty of it, and it is heartwarming.

                                        The stories of these young girls, so experienced and consumed by life before they reach legal age, all follow the same ruthless plot lines: fathers who abandon the family or die, violent stepfathers who throw them out of the house or force them to flee, mothers who do not manage to face or deal with the hardship of life because they lack economic means and cultural tools. The street thus becomes the natural place to hide and lick one's wounds.

                                        There in the streets you look for those like you, the sisters of misfortune and the boys who live among the rubbish of Luanda, because they are the only ones who can give you protection. You are grateful to them, you fall in love with them, you experience a vague sense of family. And then get pregnant, you've never seen a hospital or a clinic closely, you don't know what a prenatal visit is, you only see your body being transformed and you don't know what to do.

                                        At night, on the streets of Luanda, a team of Salesians drive around with a van in search of the meninos and meninas da rua. On board there is a nurse and an educator, who spend their time curing wounds and talking to them. Sometimes someone has to be taken to the hospital; someone else is persuaded to go to the Salesian center, where he will find a shower and a hot dish. But this applies to boys; for girls there is currently no center and that is why the Salesians are equipping one out, where these girls can have a chance of redemption and be looked after, even with their children.

                                        External signs can be treated, medicated, but for humiliations the work is much longer and more complex.

                                        To offer hope to these little girls one must really put one's heart into it, be mothers and fathers to make up for their denied childhood.

                                        Source: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                                        • Angola
                                        • ANG
                                        • Ragazze
                                        • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                        • Missioni
                                        • Missioni Don Bosco
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
                                          ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana

                                          Costa Rica - Commemorated awarding of title of "Honorary Citizen" to Protector of poor and sick: Sr. Maria Romero Meneses, FMA

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                                          (ANS - San José) - It was May 29, 1989, when Sister Maria Romero Meneses, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, was given, posthumously, the title of honorary citizen of Costa Rica, because of her exceptional services rendered to the Republic by the religious. To celebrate this honorary citizen, great FMA and blessed of the Catholic Church, last Sunday, 7 July, the city of San José held a large procession, which gathered thousands of faithful around her relics, in memory of this nun who spent 46 years of her life in the country at the service of the poor and the needy.

                                          Sister Romero Meneses was the first woman to obtain honorary citizenship of Costa Rica. The Archbishop of San José, Msgr. José Rafael Quirós, said of her: “We recognize the remarkable services rendered to the Homeland by this Nicaraguan nun who, with love and solidarity, spent her life for the poorest. Sister Mary was a gift of God for Costa Rican society and for the universal Church which, in its supreme authority, recognized its Christian and heroic virtues."

                                          In the thirtieth anniversary of the conferral of citizenship, the Association of former Parliamentarians and Parliamentarians of Costa Rica coordinated a "Round Table on Sr. Maria Romero Meneses" in the Hall of Former Presidents of the Republic of Parliament. Representatives of deputies and former MPs, Representatives of the Apostolic Nuncio and the Archbishop participated; as did different associations and religious groups, the Salesian Family, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, diocesan and religious priests.

                                          The reports were attended by Mr. Alejandro Soto Zúñiga and Alex Solís Fallas, who mentioned the historical process of granting citizenship, with due recognition for Sister Romero. For Mr. Fallas, promoter of this initiative, this round table took on a double meaning, since besides being one of the deputies who voted for Sr. Romero Meneses, is also the father of the girl who benefited from the miracle for which the FMA was beatified.

                                          María Romero Meneses was born on January 13, 1902, in Nicaragua, in Granada, to a family of deep faith. In 1910 the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians arrived in Nicaragua, entered the "Mary Help of Christians" School of the FMA and made her First Communion. Since then she felt that Jesus was with her and that He would never have abandoned her. She died on 7 July 1977.

                                          "A humble religious of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians she founded wonderful social works in Costa Rica, her second home. Her fame crossed the borders of Central America, the United States and South America. And it was a reputation for holiness," Sr. M.D. Grassiano, FMA, wrote of her. She was declared Venerable by Pope John Paul II on 18 December 2000 and beatified April 14, 2002.

                                          {gallery}Ricordo suor Romero Meneses - 2019{/gallery} 

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                                          • Costa Rica
                                          • Santità Salesiana
                                          • Famiglia Salesiana
                                          • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                          • Maria Romero Meneses
                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                            Philippines - Salesians in formation experience the life of urban and rural communities

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                                            Philippines - Salesians in formation experience the life of urban and rural communities

                                            (ANS - Parañaque) - From 10 to 30 June, the Salesians in formation of the "Seminaryo ng Don Bosco" in Parañaque participated in an intensive summer program in rural and urban environments, designed to allow participants to achieve different objectives, apostolic and formative.

                                            These objectives are:
                                                        - Discover the presence of God among the poor and articulate the nature of this presence by experiencing community life in urban and rural contexts;
                                                        - Better understand the reality in which the poor live and learn about the social structures that support and accompany them;
                                                        - Experiment a participatory approach within the community and identify the latter's needs;
                                                        - Learn to respond effectively to the concrete needs of the community;
                                                        - Achieve a deeper and fuller self-knowledge.

                                            The program began with a visit to the Makati City prison. Subsequently, the young people in formation then visited the Laura Vicuña Foundation and the Center for street children "Kuya", participating in the apostolic activities with these minors.

                                            From 12 to 18 June, the program then included a stop in Valenzuela City, where participants could experience the "urban immersion" phase, a real urban immersion. They in fact lived in close contact with the families working in the city's factories.

                                            On the evening of June 18, together with the members of the "Sandor Community", which takes care of the specific formation of the Salesian Brothers, the young students moved to Sagada, located in the province of Mountain. From there, the following morning they went to the small community of Kilong, and the "St. Joseph the Worker" parish, where they finally sorted into the different communities of Kilong, Tetepan, Antadao and Aguid, being welcomed by their respective host families.

                                            They then experienced the lives of rural families, sharing their daily life experiences with them.
                                            After this real immersion, urban and rural, all those who took part in the program re-elaborated and reflected on the experiences lived during this period, under the guidance of Fr Arnold Sanico, a Salesian. The following days were spent to share moments of fraternity and to visit sites around Sagada.

                                            Finally, in the afternoon of Sunday 30 June, the participants in the program returned to Parañaque.

                                            {gallery}Filippine - Summer Immersion Program 2019{/gallery}

                                            • Filippine
                                            • FIN
                                            • Formazione iniziale
                                            • Povertà
                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                              Vatican - Among the first women members of CIVCSVA there were two members of the Salesian Family

                                              1 month 1 week ago
                                              Vatican - Among the first women members of CIVCSVA there were two members of the Salesian Family

                                              (ANS - Vatican City) - On yesterday, 8 July 2019, Pope Francis appointed 23 new members of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA), and, the novelty: including seven women, superiors and leaders of female congregations and institutes. It is a great joy for the Salesian Family to observe that, among these seven women, two are part of the great tree born from Don Bosco: Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Superior General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), and Olga K., General President of the Secular Institute of Volunteers of Don Bosco (VDB).

                                              Although the CIVCSVA has already boasted as Under-Secretary Sister Carmen Ros Nortes, one of the highest ranking female officials in the Vatican, the entry of the Superiors General is a novelty. Until now, in fact, the members of the Congregation were only male General Superiors of Institutes and Congregations.

                                              The presence of women as members in the Vatican dicasteries is one of the signs that Pope Francis wants to give to entrust more responsibility to women in the Church. And to point out the fact that it is not just episodic, it is sufficient to recall that last May four other women had been appointed among the Consultors of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops. Moreover, also in that case there had been the satisfaction of the Salesian Family for the appointment among the Consultors of Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, and of Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA - which, just a few weeks before, in April, had been inserted also among the Councilors of the Vatican City State.

                                              The CIVCSVA, led by the Brazilian cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, is composed of five offices and is responsible for promoting and regulating the forms of consecrated and monastic life in the Catholic Church.

                                              • Vaticano
                                              • Nomine
                                              • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                              • VDB Volontarie di Don Bosco
                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                Spain – Vicent Marzà: "We must form students for the world of work, and that they be good citizens"

                                                1 month 1 week ago

                                                (ANS - Valencia) - Vicent Marzà, Councilor for Education of the Valencian Community; Fr Ángel Asurmendi, Superior of the Salesian Province of Spain-Mary Help of Christians (SMX); Adela Cortina, philosopher; Javier Cebreiros, communicator and founder of the company "Ensaia"; Vicenta Rodríguez, Secretary of the Catholic Schools of the Valencian Community; Fr Miguel Canino, Coordinator of the Salesian Schools of the SMX Province; participated in the First Congress of Salesian schools "#Juntos Somos más" (Together we are more), held last July 3 at the "Palau de Les Arts" of the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia. All together they reflected on reason and emotion.

                                                The first presentation was by Mr. Marzà, who stated that "in a society where values ​​are sometimes dissociated, the Salesians do a great job with innovative methodologies, with an education that does not remain only in the classroom, and with an education that looks especially at the last; with the aim of helping society to become more humane and more just."

                                                For his part, the event coordinator, Luis Miguel Notario, underlined that for the Salesian Schools this appointment "was an experience of depth and sharing, to create awareness of who we are as an educational institution and of the potential we have."

                                                Afterwards, the Valencian philosopher Adela Cortina proposed that participants "educate students so that they are the owners of their lives and carry out activities that make them happy: educate them to be prudent and to the art of self-sufficiency."

                                                Fr Asurmendi emphasized that "the true secret of a school lies in the relationships established in the educational center."

                                                In the afternoon, the short film Bienvenidos by screenwriter and director Javier Fesser was screened, showing the arrival of the Internet in a remote school in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, and which was inspired by the project "Luces para aprender" (Lights to learn) of the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (EOI).

                                                Subsequently on stage was Mr Cebreiros who spoke of the passion this work requires and the need to learn to communicate what we are in an effective and affective way.

                                                The closing session of the 1st SMX Salesian Schools Congress was held by Fr Canino before about a thousand participants, including teachers, directors and administrative and service personnel of the Salesian centers, committed daily to around 14,000 students.

                                                Salesian schools are one of the largest non-university educational networks in the country. Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians run 139 schools, attended by 96,600 students and 5,750 teachers. Networking and the formation of directors, pastoral teams and teachers continue to be a priority, to which the care of the Salesian charism, the reflection on the school-family relationship and the care of the Salesian charism are added in the context of the proposal "Salesian Schools 2020" impetus for pedagogical innovation with new methodologies.

                                                • Spagna
                                                • SMX
                                                • Scuole
                                                • Docenti
                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                  Papua New Guinea – Putting Laudato Si into practice. Initiatives of Msgr. Panfilo, SDB, to protect people of Pomio

                                                  1 month 1 week ago
                                                  Papua New Guinea – Putting Laudato Si into practice. Initiatives of Msgr. Panfilo, SDB, to protect people of Pomio

                                                  (ANS - Port Moresby) - "During my visits to our communities in the Decanate of Pomio, individuals and groups of people have repeatedly asked me to speak for them, to speak on behalf of those who have no voice ... The problems in question are not easy to resolve, but I have always believed that with good will and dialogue a solution for the common good was possible ... A solution, that is, of solidarity based on a preferential option for the poorest of our brothers and sisters." With these words of a true Salesian, last Friday, 5 July, Msgr. Francesco Panfilo, SDB, archbishop of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, introduced his speech to the Institute of Catholic Theology of Bomana, at Port Moresby, in which he illustrated the advocacy action carried out by his archdiocese towards the indigenous population of Pomio.

                                                  In the district of Pomio, near the province of New Britannia East of Papua New Guinea, for years the indigenous peoples have been in contention with palm oil producing companies.

                                                  "In the fifth chapter of Laudato Sì," explained mgr. Panfilo, "is stated what needs to be done about entrepreneurial initiatives and large projects that concern the territory. In this case, it is stated 'it is essential to pay special attention to the aboriginal communities with their cultural traditions' which are not just 'a minority among others, but rather must become the main interlocutors, especially when they proceed with large projects affecting their spaces'"(cit. LS 146).

                                                  The Salesian prelate also recalled that for Pope Francis "an environmental impact study should not be successive to the elaboration of a productive project", but rather "must be connected with the analysis of working conditions and possible effects on physical and mental health of people, on the local economy, on security" (cit. LS. 183).

                                                  "Unfortunately," continued the embittered archbishop of Rabaul, "what Pope Francis proposed did not happen in projects for the extraction of palm oil in the area of ​​West Pomio."

                                                  This has caused resentment and divisions within native communities and even within households. "And there have been episodes of violence," said the Salesian prelate.

                                                  Faced with all this, Msgr. Panfilo, with his collaborators, has not been idle. And last Friday he said: "I did my best. I wrote to some political leaders and talked to them; I met individuals and groups on both sides of the problem. In the end, I came to the conclusion that the solution can be found in a new land-use concession contract which, even if it occurs after the environmental impact has already taken place, could still lead to genuine development and improvement integral to the quality of human life."

                                                  For this reason, the Salesian bishop concluded, "the archdiocese of Rabaul is committed to contributing to reaching a broad consensus in the Sigite Mukus Palm Oil Project through the renegotiation of the agreement on which the project is based, to ensure fair benefits for all the parties concerned and adequate environmental protection."

                                                  • Papua Nuova Guinea
                                                  • Vescovi
                                                  • Indigeni
                                                  • Ambiente
                                                  • Creato
                                                  • Francesco Panfilo
                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                    Chile – More than 2 thousand volunteers collaborate on National Collection for street children

                                                    1 month 1 week ago
                                                    Chile – More than 2 thousand volunteers collaborate on National Collection for street children

                                                    (ANS - Santiago) - According to a study by the Ministry of Social Development and the Family, "at the end of 2018 there were 547 children and adolescents living or having lived in a street situation during the last year." In this matter, the Minister for Social Development, Alfredo Moreno, also said that "it is very difficult to remove all the people from the street, but with children it must be done absolutely." The "Fundación Don Bosco" of Chile works and is committed precisely to these children.

                                                    No project can be carried out without sensitizing the population and without the help of individuals and society as a whole. "Children who find themselves in street situations are children who have a history of great victimization, violence and abuse. Therefore, they are children who often have found no other answer than to escape from their homes or even from child protection centers, which have failed to solve their problems," explained specialist Lorena Contreras.

                                                    And it is indeed to listen to the testimonies of people who are committed to the disadvantaged, from the area of Alto Hospicio to Punta Arenas, that the 2019 edition of the National Collection of the "Fundación Don Bosco" was held on 5 and 6 July. An activity, born in 1998, which seeks to give continuity to those projects aimed at giving new opportunities to children, young people and adults in street situations.

                                                    Festivals and lotteries were some of the activities carried out for fundraising, as a preamble to this initiative launched in June within the Salesian Schools Network, to which was added the "José Miguel Infante" school of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help.


                                                    Over 2,000 girls and young volunteers subsequently had the mission to motivate the collaboration of ordinary people, mobilizing themselves in numerous cities throughout the country. Suffice it to say that they were present in over 80% of the subway stations in Santiago!

                                                    The 2019 National Collection tries to tackle an increasingly evident problem in the country. According to a study carried out in 2018 by the Chilean government, the problem is within the family unit. A reality welcomed by the "Fundación Don Bosco", which in its own projects in addition to offering food and lodging, also offers psychological and psychiatric assistance, both to children and to their parents, with the aim of strengthening family ties and reintegration.

                                                    Thanks to the collaboration and commitment of so many collaborating people and institutions, the "Fundación Don Bosco" follows 191 street children, with a systematic and professional support that offers children programs and varied initiatives so that they can leave the streets. In addition, children are offered prevention, rehabilitation, support and training programs that benefit a total of over a thousand people.

                                                    • Cile
                                                    • CIL
                                                    • Fundación Don Bosco
                                                    • Bambini di Strada
                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                      RMG – Study Seminar on "Salesian Accompaniment and Affectivity"

                                                      1 month 2 weeks ago

                                                      (ANS - Rome) - Promoted by the Dicastery for Youth Ministry, there will be a study seminar on "Salesian Accompaniment and Affectivity" from 25 to 29 November 2019 at the "Sacro Cuore" of Rome. This is the last stage of a journey of animation of the Congregation on the theme of Salesian Accompaniment.

                                                      In fact, between 2010 and 2013, the Youth Ministry Dicastery organized a series of four seminars on the theme of spiritual direction. The proceedings of this series of seminars were then collected in the publication "Spiritual accompaniment. Spiritual pedagogical itinerary in a Salesian key at the service of young people."

                                                      Furthermore, in 2016 the Dicastery itself promoted a study seminar entitled "Accompanying the life of prayer."

                                                      In the light of the indications coming from the Synods on the family and on young people, and of the reflections promoted by the Congregation with the International Congress on Youth Ministry and Family, the next Study Seminar will look at the accompaniment of young people with reference to the theme of affectivity and education to love.

                                                      The Seminar is addressed to Salesians and lay people involved in the personal accompaniment of young people and to those who have a concrete experience in the education of affectivity of young people in Salesian Youth Ministry. The meeting will be divided into four modules: study of the anthropological, cultural and social challenges in the field of education to love; characteristics of the person who accompanies young people on the path of education to love and in discernment; the affective challenges that young people encounter today in their journey of integral growth; the contribution of the Salesian charism in the processes of education to love, starting from the study of the sources on St. Francis de Sales.

                                                      Each day shall be dedicated to studying a module in depth. Every morning a lectio divina and a main report on the topic will be offered, with an appropriate time for personal reflection and discussion in linguistic groups. In the first afternoon session of each day, participants will be able to present the fruits of their discussion in the work groups and dialogue with the speakers of the Seminar. The last session of each day will be dedicated to the deepening, in a workshop format and under the guidance of experts, of several specific themes in line with the objectives of the Seminar: homosexuality and "gender" theory, affectivity and family, integral sex education, "transformative learning".

                                                      The proposed methodology intends to favor and foster the active involvement of participants and the production of support material for the reflection and education of young people with reference to the themes of affectivity and love.

                                                      The Youth Ministry Dicastery is able to offer participation in the Seminar. For accommodations in Rome, participants must make their own arrangements.

                                                      To register for the Seminar, please fill in the appropriate form.

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                                                      • RMG
                                                      • Accompagnamento
                                                      • Pastorale Giovanile
                                                      • Affettività
                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                        India – Two Salesians appointed members of Department of Sport and Youth Affairs of Government of Meghalaya

                                                        1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                        India – Two Salesians appointed members of Department of Sport and Youth Affairs of Government of Meghalaya

                                                        (ANS - Shillong) – On June 27, the Governor of the State of Meghalaya, the Hon. Tathagata Roy,  appointed two Salesian priests as official members of the Department of Sport and Youth Affairs of the Government of Meghalya. The two Salesians who received this assignment are Fr Anthony Kharkongor, Delegate for Youth Ministry of the India-Shillong Province and director of the high school "St. Anthony "; and Fr Michael Makri, Director of the Don Bosco Youth Center and of the Don Bosco Media Network.

                                                        Governor Roy, by conferring this task, asks the two Salesians to supervise the implementation of all programs aimed at young people on behalf of the State, including the international youth cultural exchange program. The presence of two Salesians in the government team is certainly a very positive sign and shows that the State of Meghalaya is interested in providing its young people with complete and inclusive training.

                                                        In fact, to the young people of the State they want to give a spiritual, moral and intellectual education and, precisely from this point of view, it is significant that this role has been entrusted to two Salesians.

                                                        The decision to expand the team of the Department of Sport and Youth Affairs also arises from the need to prepare adequately for the National Games of 2022, which will be held precisely in the State of Meghalaya. These games, in fact, are a great sporting event that, since 1924, has gathered in India many young athletes and that every year are hosted by a different state.

                                                        • India
                                                        • INS
                                                        • Nomine
                                                        • Politica
                                                        • Sport
                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                          Spain – Over 500,000 people able to make a change in their future in 2018: thanks to "Misiones Salesianas"

                                                          1 month 2 weeks ago

                                                          (ANS - Madrid) - Betty is 14 and is trying to escape the dangers of the streets of Freetown. To survive, for years she has prostituted herself, but today she can count on the help of professionals working alongside the Salesians of "Don Bosco Fambul". Betty is one of the girls that "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid, accompanied in 2018. Like her, about 500,000 more people managed to change their future in 2018, thanks to 496 initiatives undertaken and implemented in 69 countries of the five continents.

                                                          Last year, "Misiones Salesianas" allocated more than 7 million euros for the education, training and protection of the most vulnerable young people, children and girls. For Don Bosco education was the fundamental key for children and young people to get out of situations of poverty and moral degeneration. For this reason his sentence is famous: "If a young person is well educated, we will have moral order. Otherwise, vice and disorder will prevail." The Salesians of Don Bosco in the five continents know that education is the masterpiece that will benefit young people themselves and societies and "Misiones Salesianas" has placed it as a fundamental pillar to fulfill this dream.

                                                          In the realization of its programs "Misiones Salesianas" has dedicated over 350 thousand euros to projects for the health of the population, water, sanitation and food security; and more than 380 thousand euros have been used for emergencies and humanitarian aid in countries such as Venezuela, South Sudan, Kenya and Lebanon.

                                                          Furthermore, the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid is committed to the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (OSS), to build a more just world for all. "OSS 4, which refers to quality education, is one of those that challenges us in a particular way and to which we feel especially called," explains Fr José Antonio San Martín, SDB, Director of the organization.

                                                          All this would not have been possible without the collaboration of over 41,000 benefactors, people who share the dream of creating a better world, especially for the most disadvantaged children and young people. To these thousands of collaborators, the staff of "Misiones Salesianas" can only address a much-felt: "Thank you!"

                                                          "We are satisfied with what has been achieved. But there are still many challenges to be faced: over 800 million people in the world suffer from hunger, 158 million children are not yet in school, 70 million people have had to leave their homes …," adds Fr San Martín.

                                                          Why the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid continues to work so that anyone in need, especially children and young people, can make a change in their future.

                                                          • Spagna
                                                          • Procure Missionarie
                                                          • Missioni
                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                            Bolivia – "You miss the neighborhood": online youth program to convey valid message

                                                            1 month 2 weeks ago

                                                            (ANS - Cochabamba) - A great show of talent took place last June 30 at the Salesian house in Cochabamba, after an invitation had been launched to young volunteers wanting to experiment being leaders of a youth program. Several young people responded to the call, and did their best to try to convince a very demanding jury.

                                                            In fact, in August the production of the "Te falta barrio" program will be launched, promoted by the Province's Communication Office and supported by the Social Communication Delegation, by the Bolivia Planning and Development Office (OFPROBOL) and from the NGO "VIA Don Bosco".

                                                            "Te falta barrio" is a program that has taken as its title a simple and everyday slogan. Under this motto, however, it is a question of offering a formation proposal to all the adolescents and young people to whom the program will be presented. The "barrio" is how the place where they meet to talk, play, share their things, is commonly called. In this sense, the program will try to introduce a message that speaks of God in a reality in which religion is not a topic of conversation. "It is a challenge for the protagonists and for the whole team to try to offer a proposal that comes close to the reality of young people and that can transmit the Christian message in a simple way, simple and attractive."

                                                            "Te falta barrio" will try to convey to the young the messages of the Catechism of the Church together with experiences of social significance, all adapted to the visual and technological tastes of young people who do not have an experience of faith. Bringing the message of the Gospel never goes out of fashion, but it must be adapted to the new courtyards and playgrounds attended by young people.

                                                            Saint John Bosco was defined as "Father and Teacher of Youth": he taught young people the way to good, advising them to go to confession and receive frequent communion, and he showed them love for Jesus in the Eucharist and Mary.

                                                            All those who participated in the casting on June 30 were invited to collaborate in different ways on the program, so that no one is excluded from this initiative - and then by consolidating them as a group of young people, it will be possible to create new audiovisual initiatives with a social value.

                                                            "If Don Bosco were still alive, he would certainly be present among modern technologies, in social networks and in a program like the one being planned, which has as its fundamental objective to be closer to young people," explained Fr Severino Laredo, Director of the Provincial House of Cochabamba.

                                                            • Bolivia
                                                            • BOL
                                                            • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                            • Giovani
                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                              Ethiopia – Health center for women, children and refugees

                                                              1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                              Ethiopia – Health center for women, children and refugees

                                                              (ANS - Abobo) - On the road between Gambella and Pugnido is Abobo, a small town made of dust, huts and smiles. Despite being in Ethiopia, the majority of the population is of Sudanese origin, because it is close to the border and there are many people who have sought refuge there to escape war and famine. In a country in which rural poverty is endemic, Sudanese refugees find themselves lost, without points of reference and without any support, except for the refugee camps that have sprung up around Gambella.

                                                              Abobo is on the main road, the only paved road in the area that even Fr Filippo Perin, SDB, uses to reach his mission: Pugnido. Abobo also has a health center, established in 2002 by a group of Italian and Spanish volunteers along with local Salesians. Today it has 40 beds, a small ward dedicated to sick children and those suffering from malnutrition, and a small wing that houses Obstetrics.

                                                              Operating at the Abobo health center are Tere and Maria, two Italian-Spanish doctors, who thus tell us about their work: "In our small center we are busy every day in the prevention and treatment of endemic diseases, especially by trying to help mothers and their children: vaccinations of mothers during pregnancy, prevention of diseases such as anemia, hypertension, malaria and various infections that cause serious consequences also to the newborn. Without forgetting the important activity of early diagnosis, regular screening and simple check ups we offer for free."

                                                              The health center continues to function thanks to the international solidarity it receives. "We do not know if tomorrow we will be lucky enough to receive help to run this health center," concludes Tere and Maria. "The only sure thing is that tomorrow, like every day, mothers will come with their children for vaccinations, a woman in labor will show up and a child will need urgent medical care."

                                                              For more information: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                                                              • Etiopia
                                                              • Missioni
                                                              • Missioni Don Bosco
                                                              • Salute
                                                              • Donne
                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                Laos – Collaboration between Salesians and Dept of Revolutionary Youth Union of Laos continues

                                                                1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                                Laos – Collaboration between Salesians and Dept of Revolutionary Youth Union of Laos continues

                                                                (ANS - Vientiane) - On 26 June last, Fr Dheparat Pitisant, Provincial of Thailand (THA), Fr Patrizio Maccioni, Director of the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center, and Br Carlo Bacalla, SDB, participated, as Salesian representatives, in the evaluation meeting for the renewal of the agreement with the Department of the Revolutionary Youth Union of Laos. The latter was represented by Biya Yathotu, head of the Department, and by Boonta Theppawong, Vice Secretary. Numerous representatives of the Department for Education and Foreign Affairs were also present at the meeting.

                                                                The purpose of this meeting, which was held at the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center, was to reflect together on what has been done and how much remains to be done in the current five-year term, namely 2016-2021. The meeting took place in a climate of friendship and cooperation and with a single goal: to do good to young Laotians.

                                                                "The intentions of the Department of the Revolutionary Youth Union of Laos and of the Salesian Congregation are in agreement. We want to help poor and disadvantaged young people," Fr Dheparat Pitisant declared. "The Salesians are trying to do their utmost for these young people; we take care of them. But to do this, we need the support and cooperation of all government departments," he added.

                                                                The Thai Province, on which the Salesian presence in Laos depends, signed a first collaboration agreement in 2008 with the Revolutionary Youth Union of Laos - the youth wing of the Revolutionary Party of Laos, which governs the country. The second agreement, which sanctioned the renewal of the collaboration, was in 2010, and now, after this third signature, a third period of collaboration is underway.

                                                                The work of the Salesians in Laos began on May 24, 2004, under the guidance of Fr Tito Pedron. The Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco began their work simply by repairing small vehicles: an activity that was carried out by 5 young Laotians who had studied at the Don Bosco Technological College in Bangkok, Thailand.

                                                                Later this work was expanded and turned into the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center, in its current location. The house canonically was erected on January 17th of this year.

                                                                Currently, the center has developed different disciplines with courses for electricians, car and motorcycle mechanics and welding; in this first school semester of 2019, it is attended by 98 boys.

                                                                • Laos
                                                                • THA
                                                                • Politica
                                                                • Formazione Professionale
                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                  Italy – New degree course of "Social Communication, Digital Media and Culture" at Salesian Pontifical University

                                                                  1 month 2 weeks ago

                                                                  (ANS - Rome) - Social Communication as communication at the service of the common good, Digital Media as environments-languages-means to be explored and experimented during the formative path, Culture as a laboratory of conscience and knowledge to form free men and women: these are the three fundamental axes of the new curriculum of studies that the Faculty of Social Communication Sciences (FSC) of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome is preparing to launch from the next academic year 2019-2020.

                                                                  The new path aims to offer its students skills and abilities to respond as professionals to the digital challenge.

                                                                  "Our faculty was born thirty years ago," said the Dean, Fr Fabio Pasqualetti, "obviously in an analogical context. I believe that in the beginning good choices were made, which already characterized us for the orientation towards reflection on communication. We had three specialization addresses: Research, Journalism and Publishing, Media for the Community. Above all, this last choice: Media for the Community was situated in the context of the social aspect dear to us. Today there is a need to continue to train competent people in communication languages, but in a new framework represented mainly by the digital network and environments."

                                                                  The cultural, social, technological and professional changes that have characterized the last decades have made necessary a reflection that the Faculty wanted to concretize in the new curricular proposal entitled 'Social Communication, Digital Media and Culture.'


                                                                  The network today represents the communicative habitat for everyone, and it is therefore important to allow students to acquire skills in the use of digital languages ​and in online information management. Professional figures like those of the journalist, for example, have changed considerably in recent years: the journalist is no longer the one who simply writes, but one who knows how to 'write' in different digital languages.

                                                                  From audio and video production to digital storytelling, from photography and visual communication to website management, from multimedia journalism to ethics and deontology in the media ... The new curriculum, maintaining a theoretical-practical training approach, is designed to prepare experts who can work in the various areas of multimedia and cultural production of public and private, secular and ecclesiastical organizations.

                                                                  Not to mention that the specialist cycle also offers in-depth training for the managerial administration of all these processes of today's communication.

                                                                  "Of course, there will always be the great challenge to reflect on what to say today, because while technology simplifies processes, the difficult thing remains to say something interesting," concludes Fr Pasqualetti.

                                                                  The detailed study plan of the new curriculum is available here

                                                                  For further information: fsc@unisal.it 

                                                                  • Italia
                                                                  • Comunicazione Sociale
                                                                  • UPS
                                                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                    Italy – Condolences for death of Mother Antonia Colombo, FMA

                                                                    1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                                    Italy – Condolences for death of Mother Antonia Colombo, FMA

                                                                    (ANS - Rome) - Mother Antonia Colombo, of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), who led the FMA Institute as General Superior for 12 years (1996-2008), passed away yesterday, July 1, in Sant'Ambrogio Olona (VA). The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with all the General Council and on behalf of the whole Salesian Congregation, offers their most heartfelt condolences to the FMA Institute for the death of Mother Antonia, in union of prayer and hope in the Resurrection.

                                                                    Mother Antonia Colombo was born in Italy, in Lecco, on 12 April 1935. She made her First Profession in 1959, in Contra di Missaglia (CO). In the same year she graduated in Law at the Sacred Heart Catholic University of Milan. Subsequently, she also graduated in Applied Psychology at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).

                                                                    From 1966 to 1989 she lived in the community of the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences "Auxilium" where she held positions of teaching and other responsibilities at religious and academic levels. She was Dean of the same Faculty from 1983 to 1989, the year in which she was appointed Superior of the Province "Suor Teresa Valsé Pantellini" based in Taranto.

                                                                    A year later, during the XIX General Chapter, she was elected Visiting Councilor and, in 1996 at the next Chapter, she was elected Mother General on the first ballot - a task to which she was confirmed during the XXI General Chapter.

                                                                    In her 12 years at the head of the Institute she traveled thousands of kilometers to animate the communities and took on the great task of fulfilling "the prophecy of the whole."

                                                                    In her magisterium she particularly emphasized the culture of life and the promotion of the young woman in her dignity. She knew and was able to foster the commitment to active citizenship,  encouraged the educating communities to be laboratories of life and educational relationships, supported the importance of educating to solidarity and of peace rooted in the values ​​of the Gospel.

                                                                    She witnessed the radical nature of following Jesus, the center of her life.

                                                                    Her particular sensitivity to women's problems led her to promote numerous initiatives and to establish relations of study and friendship with religious and lay people interested in women and their education, and to welcome the exhortations of the Church and the Pope on the issue of women.

                                                                    In 2008, her service at the central level of the Institute completed, in the following years, despite various and recurrent health problems, she collaborated in the revision of the biographical profiles of the deceased sisters, willingly devoted herself to reading and intensified prayer.

                                                                    "Humanizing culture and relationships in the light of the message of Jesus and the Salesian charism was not a slogan for Mother Antonia, but a precise commitment that identifies her mission as a Mother and formative guide," Mother Yvonne Reungoat, who succeeded her as head of the Institute, wrote today.

                                                                    The funeral will be celebrated on July 3rd at 12.00 in Milan at the Salesian Parish "Sant’Agostino". The body will be buried in the cemetery of Nizza Monferrato.

                                                                    • Italia
                                                                    • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                                    • Decessi
                                                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                      Italy - Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Mother Rosetta Marchese, FMA, launched

                                                                      1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                                      Italy - Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Mother Rosetta Marchese, FMA, launched

                                                                      (ANS - Rome) - On 1 July 2019, the Postulator General of the Cause of Saints of the Salesian Congregation, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, and the General Secretary of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), Sr. Piera Cavaglià, delivered to card. Angelo De Donatis, Vicar of His Holiness Pope Francis, through the Diocesan Tribunal of the Vicariate of Rome, the official request (Supplex libellus) to open the Diocesan Inquiry on the life, the heroic virtues, the reputation of holiness and signs of Mother Rosetta Marchese. It is the first important step for the ecclesial recognition of the holiness of Mother Rosetta, FMA, Superior General of the Institute.

                                                                      In her life as an educator, teacher, assistant, formator, Councilor and Mother General, Mother Rosetta followed a path of conformation to Jesus even to offering her life for the sanctity of the Institute, for priests, for the salvation of youth. Moreover, like Mary, she knew how to make her life a gift of love and spiritual motherhood.

                                                                      She was born in Aosta on 20 October 1922 in a family with a fervent Christian faith. Even as a young girl she learned about and attended the FMA, and next to them she matured her ideal of consecration to God. After the first religious profession (1941), she received a degree in Literature from the Catholic University "Sacred Heart". From 1947 to 1958 she was a teacher and vicar in the missionary home "Madre Mazzarello" of Turin, where she followed in particular the young sisters who were preparing to leave for the missions. From 1958 to 1974 she carried out tasks of animation and government in Sicily, in Rome, in Lombardy. Everywhere she proved to be attentive to the needs of the local Church and to the signs of the times.

                                                                      The XVI General Chapter of 1975 elected her Visiting Councilor. The XVII General Chapter, on the first ballot of October 24th 1981, elected her as Superior General. Only eight months after her election, came the first signs of leukemia that will soon reveal its inexorability. In the circular of October 24, 1982, the first anniversary of the election, Mother Rosetta concluded her teaching, wishing all her daughters to let themselves be infected by Don Bosco "of acute nostalgia for the 'beautiful Paradise'." "The destination is one: to arrive in Heaven with all the young people for whom we have given and consumed existence."

                                                                      On March 8, 1984, in Rome, Mother Rosetta completed her earthly journey.

                                                                      In this year when the Strenna invites the Salesian Family to holiness, the testimony of Mother Rosetta encourages us to rediscover the vocation to holiness and to strive for it with all our strength.

                                                                      Now it is everyone's responsibility to make it more and more known, loved, prayed.

                                                                      • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                                                      • Santità Salesiana
                                                                      • Rosetta Marchese
                                                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                        Peru – Fr Martín Quijano, SDB: "We are condemned to a slow death and there is no authority worrying about us"

                                                                        1 month 2 weeks ago

                                                                        (ANS - San Lorenzo) - "For over 40 years the oil companies have been extracting oil in the Province of Datem del Marañon. So far these companies have returned nothing or almost nothing to the people living in the jungle and therefore there is a great malaise among the population. Companies continue to pollute the natural habitat and the environment and we Salesians find ourselves in the middle of these forgotten villages," says Fr Martín Quijano, Parish Priest and Director of the Salesian House of San Lorenzo.

                                                                        In recent days the situation has been made public and denounced by important Peruvian media, such as the Perú 21 newspaper. "The oil spill recorded at kilometer 237 of the Ramal Norte (ORN) Pipeline, in the district of Manseriche (Loreto), continues to expand." Fr Quijano also notes that "the inhabitants are worried because so far the government has not taken action and there seems to be new spills."

                                                                        The people of the jungle live from what nature provides them, in harmony with Creation, without polluting anything. They live on the water of the river and fish. "This is why the whole population has been alerted, because the rivers are polluted. I think the damage is immense. Our people are drinking contaminated water and eating poisoned fish," continues Fr Quijano.

                                                                        More than 30 years ago, the Salesian missionary Fr Luigi (Luis) Bolla, in his writings, reported that the oil companies operating in those areas "have caused the pollution of rivers, fields and much more. This is a scandal ... The damage was very serious and its consequences continue today." And this denunciation remains current even after many years.

                                                                        "In June," continues Fr Quijano, "we met with representatives of five oil companies and we expected the presence of the highest state authorities, but they did not arrive. The indigenous peoples have not accepted the Minister's absence, because it is they who have to make the decisions and so the relations have been interrupted, no meeting has been held and no decisions have been taken."

                                                                        And again in June some cracks in the pipes carrying oil had already been reported, without any remedy being made. "The quantity of oil has reached the waters of the Marañón river, the source of life for animals and communities, and I have seen black spots descend and flow on the water, giving off a very bad smell."

                                                                        "I can affirm categorically," the religious concludes, "that the river is polluted. We are condemned to a slow death and there is no authority worrying about us. Our people are eating lead. Fish and animals are contaminated. Governments have forgotten the poorest." 

                                                                        {gallery}PER - Petrolio nel fiume 2019{/gallery}

                                                                        • Perù
                                                                        • PER
                                                                        • Ambiente
                                                                        • Indigeni
                                                                        • Creato
                                                                          Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                          Papua New Guinea – Second Chance Scholarship for West Papuan Refugees

                                                                          1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                                          Papua New Guinea – Second Chance Scholarship for West Papuan Refugees

                                                                          (ANS – Port Moresby) – A first group of Volunteers and Share the Journey participants learnt a bit about Catholic Social Teaching, Child Protection, the Caritas Network and Don Bosco last Friday, 28th June. In fact, the project for the schooling of the refugee population of West Papua - an Indonesian Province on the island of New Guinea - in the metropolitan area of Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, has been officially started. The project is carried out jointly by the Caritas of Papua New Guinea and the Salesian Technical School "Don Bosco" of Gabutu, near Port Moresby.

                                                                          Caritas PNG (CPNG) launched its support to the first 20 West Papuan teenagers in its Humanitarian Aid program to provide education scholarships in partnership with Don Bosco Technical School, Gabutu. The short courses that run for 4 months annually give an opportunity to disadvantaged young men and women to complete and attain a basic certificate in computing, administration, electrician and motor mechanics.  

                                                                          The DBTS Deputy Principal for Technical Affairs, Mr Kenneth Gonzales, described the program as a special one as it involved people who left their homeland, and are in Papua New Guinea as refugees.  ‘They welcomed angels’ is the Mission theme for 2019.  “In keeping with the theme we are happy to welcome the West Papuan Refugees and offer them the possibility of being educated at DBTS, Gabutu.  The program will develop their skills, and most importantly help them find a decent job,” said Mr Gonzales. 

                                                                          The seminar’s facilitator and Secretary for Development of CBC-PNGSI Ms Marie Mondu emphasized the need for empowerment and a sense of purpose to be given to refugees. “Refugees in PNG today need our help, particularly our brothers and sisters from West Papua. This program provides them with the tools necessary and the opportunity to rebuild their lives,” Ms Mondu said. 

                                                                          Representative of Nine-Mile West Papua Community Hans Wonsiwor explained that the scholarship meant a great deal to his people.  “I’m proud of the partnership between Caritas PNG and DBTS, and I thank them both in providing this wonderful scholarship program to assist the West Papuan Community. My presence here today is to express my gratitude toward the program,” Mr Wonsiwor said. 

                                                                          Thomas Wangai, soon to be studying Metal Fabrication and Welding at DBTS, spoke of the hardships he faced and said the scholarship was a turning point in his life. “I am honoured to receive this scholarship. I faced many negative situations but I never lost faith. I am grateful to God that He has heard my prayer,” he said. 

                                                                          The West Papuan Community comprises of more than 2,000 people who are living along city drains in 5 different camps across Port Moresby.  They were not resettled to an allocated state land as promised by previous government. With this uncertainty, the leaders from the Camps approached Catholic Bishops Conference for help, to assist them in reducing some of their ongoing challenges as food security, clean water, education, land, housing, etc.  

                                                                          CPNG is responding to their needs on a purely Humanitarian basis. One of the CPNG's Catholic Social Teachings speaks about Human Dignity and that the Church and State have a role in making that a reality. It is hoped that by sponsoring education for young West Papuan's, they can find employment to support their families.  

                                                                          The Refugee Livelihood Program is an initiative of Caritas PNG in which the Scholarship program is one of the activities to support the West Papuan Community in Port Moresby. CPNG appeals to the State and Civil Society to contact Catholic Bishops Conference Development Secretary Ms Mondu on 72843207 for any donations (material or money) that we can use to distribute to West Papuan Camps and other disadvantaged families who are within the City Perimeters.

                                                                          {gallery}PMG - Lancio programma per rifugiati 2019{/gallery}

                                                                          • Papua Nuova Guinea
                                                                          • Indonesia
                                                                          • Rifugiati
                                                                          • Educazione
                                                                          • Opzione Preferenziale
                                                                            Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                            Israel – Pilgrimage to Holy Land for General Council

                                                                            1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                                            Israel – Pilgrimage to Holy Land for General Council

                                                                            (ANS - Nazareth) – One cannot carry out such an important and delicate service as that of guiding and accompanying the Salesian Congregation if care is not taken to always remain spiritually "in shape". In this perspective, and with the desire to share an occasion of fraternity and authentic community life, the Rector Major and the other members of the General Council began a pilgrimage to the Holy Land this past Saturday, June 29th.

                                                                            After landing at the international airport in Tel Aviv, the members of the General Council reached the Salesian house in Nazareth on the first day. To accompany them, on this special occasion, is the Italian Salesian Fr Marco Rossetti, of the Faculty of Theology of Turin-Crocetta, of the UPS; who, in his greeting to the pilgrims, said: "Some of you have already visited these places, others reach them for the first time, but I am sure that we will all find novelties of messages, of teaching and, why not?, of emotion ... ".

                                                                            Yesterday, Sunday 30 June, the itinerary included, among others, a stop at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth and one at Mount Tabor. Furthermore, the members of the General Council, welcomed by the Provincial of the Middle East, Fr Alejandro León Mendoza, were also able to enjoy the hospitality of the Salesian presence in the city, formed by Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

                                                                            Today, 1 July, the pilgrims are busy visiting Capernaum, with the house of Peter also; Tagba, which houses the church of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish and the church dedicated to the Primacy of Peter; the Mount of Beatitudes; and finally they will cross Tiberias Lake by boat.

                                                                            Jericho and Bethany will be visited tomorrow, 2 July, the day on which a meeting with Msgr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of Jerusalem of the Latins, will take place.

                                                                            In the following days they shall visit the Visitation Sanctuary in Ein Karen, and the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem; also Jerusalem, its Western – or Wailing - Wall, the Cenacle, the Garden of Olives, the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher ... Countless places will be visited to allow members of the General Council to listen more to the Word, to welcome it with devotion and preparing oneself for continuous conversion, for the encounter with Christ in the sacraments and in the brothers.

                                                                            The pilgrimage will end next Sunday, 7 July, with a final stop at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, before returning to Rome. 

                                                                            {gallery}Israele - MOR - Pellegrinaggio 2019{/gallery}

                                                                            • Israele
                                                                            • MOR
                                                                            • Pellegrinaggi e Peregrinazioni
                                                                            • Consiglio Generale
                                                                              Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                              Italy – XI. International Youth Forum: “Youth in action in synodal Church”

                                                                              1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                                              Italy – XI. International Youth Forum: “Youth in action in synodal Church”

                                                                              (ANS – Ciampino) – From June 19 to 22, the XI International Youth Forum was held, promoted by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Representing the Salesian Youth Movement, Carina Baumgartner, from Austria, was able to participate together with around 250 young delegates from more than 100 countries and around 40 communities, movements and ecclesial associations. Here she shares her considerations:

                                                                              The objective was to promote the continuation of the synodal path of the last Synod of Bishops on the theme: “Young people, Faith and Vocational Discernment” and Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation “Christus Vivit”.

                                                                              Each day started with a prayer, followed by inputs according to the topic of the day, panel discussions and open discussions for all the participants, working groups and presentation moments and the Celebration of the Eucharist.

                                                                              The first day dealt with the reflection of the synodal process on a local level, asking about the involvement of young people as leading players in this process and examples of good practice that have emerged from this journeying together. On the second day we mainly discussed the question “Which aspects of Christus Vivit are most relevant to our specific context?” The third day dealt with concrete actions that could follow, based on the question “How can I help my local church community to go forward in implementing the Synod proposals?” The International Youth Forum ended on Saturday with the Celebration of the Eucharist in Saint Peter´s Basilica and the meeting with Pope Francis who greeted each and every one of us personally. 

                                                                              The participation in this Youth Forum was a unique experience for me, both on a personal level as in the role as representative for the Salesian Youth Movement. The Forum was a great example of continuing the synodal journey with young people, listening to us and making us the protagonists in this process. At the beginning of the Forum each delegate was individually presented by name and country/movement which I experienced as a sign of welcoming, appreciation and importance of our presence. The strongest moments were those of sharing with the other participants, not only in the working groups but especially during the informal moments. The topics stayed the same “What do we experience in our daily life with the church? What are our dreams for the church? How can we support the synodal journey?” It showed that we are all part of a big family called church that is full of diversity and young people that 'burn' for it. “Let us be agents of change, peace, joy and hope” was one of the inspiration sentences presented by a working group on the last day. “We want a church with and for the young” – a sentence that might be known in the Salesian Youth Movement but does not describe the reality of all young people. That´s why together with all the other members of the church we need to continue this synodal path, being a welcoming church that walks towards all people especially the young ones and those who are or feel far from church. 

                                                                              I want to close with another inspiration sentence presented by a working group:
                                                                              We are the face of Christ, fully alive!

                                                                              • Italia
                                                                              • Sinodo sui Giovani
                                                                              • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
                                                                              • MGS Europa
                                                                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                                                                Angola – Chance for redemption for Luanda girls

                                                                                1 month 2 weeks ago
                                                                                Angola – Chance for redemption for Luanda girls

                                                                                (ANS - Luanda) - Dulce, Bemvinda, Esperança ... They are names that are bearers of beauty and joy, but that fate betrays if you were born in the wrong place, if you are forced to live on the street, exposed to the elements and the fear of the night lived outdoors.

                                                                                Of "sweet" in the streets of Luanda, except for the smiles of children, there is nothing at all. Mud in the rainy season, dust in the dry season, garbage all year round. None of these girls is "bemvinda" (welcome): hospitality has seen fit to take up residence in another part of town, in the central districts of the capital, between the mirrored windows of the skyscrapers and the embassies of foreign countries. "Hope" there is, however, and plenty of it, and it is heartwarming.

                                                                                The stories of these young girls, so experienced and consumed by life before they reach legal age, all follow the same ruthless plot lines: fathers who abandon the family or die, violent stepfathers who throw them out of the house or force them to flee, mothers who do not manage to face or deal with the hardship of life because they lack economic means and cultural tools. The street thus becomes the natural place to hide and lick one's wounds.

                                                                                There in the streets you look for those like you, the sisters of misfortune and the boys who live among the rubbish of Luanda, because they are the only ones who can give you protection. You are grateful to them, you fall in love with them, you experience a vague sense of family. And then get pregnant, you've never seen a hospital or a clinic closely, you don't know what a prenatal visit is, you only see your body being transformed and you don't know what to do.

                                                                                At night, on the streets of Luanda, a team of Salesians drive around with a van in search of the meninos and meninas da rua. On board there is a nurse and an educator, who spend their time curing wounds and talking to them. Sometimes someone has to be taken to the hospital; someone else is persuaded to go to the Salesian center, where he will find a shower and a hot dish. But this applies to boys; for girls there is currently no center and that is why the Salesians are equipping one out, where these girls can have a chance of redemption and be looked after, even with their children.

                                                                                External signs can be treated, medicated, but for humiliations the work is much longer and more complex.

                                                                                To offer hope to these little girls one must really put one's heart into it, be mothers and fathers to make up for their denied childhood.

                                                                                Source: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                                                                                • Angola
                                                                                • ANG
                                                                                • Ragazze
                                                                                • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                                                                                • Missioni
                                                                                • Missioni Don Bosco
                                                                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                                                                  ANS - Agenzia Info Salesiana. Periodico plurisettimanale telematico, organo di comunicazione della Congregazione Salesiana