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RMG - A "global" novena to Mary Help of Christians

1 month 2 weeks ago

(ANS - Rome) – 2018 celebrates the 150th anniversary of the inauguration and consecration of Turin's Basilica of Mary Help of Christians (1868-2018). To mark this important anniversary, the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the support of the Dicastery for Social Communication, has launched an initiative to unite the whole Salesian Family in prayer around Mary: a "global" novena to Mary Help of Christians in view of the festivities (May 24) via videos to be made available in the next few days on various channels.

Each day the structure of the novena shall include:

-        the presentation of the daily theme by the Rector Major;

-        the narration of one of Don Bosco's dreams, selected among the main dreams in which the Virgin Mary appears, published in the texts curated by Fr Bruno Ferrero, Director of the Italian Salesian Bulletin;

-        the Rector Major's commentary on the dream;

-        a brief testimony of a member of the Salesian Family;

-        concluding invocations.

Produced thanks to the collaboration of the Social Communication team of the Southern Italy Province (IME), the videos have been designed to be shared, broadcast and used in moments of community prayer in Salesian and Salesian Family houses all over the world, as well as in the traditional moments of the Salesian "good morning" or "good night" in parishes and oratories.

The novena videos will be available in Italian, English and Spanish as early as May 10th on various channels: the sdb.org site, the ANS page on Flickr and the ANS channel on YouTube.

Starting May 14th, they will be placed daily on the ANS website and made available also in French and Portuguese.

Those wishing to provide for their translation into other languages may request the materials from ANS's editors.

On ANSChannel there is a video presentation of the novena.

  • RMG
  • Maria Ausiliatrice
  • Torino
  • Rettor Maggiore
  • Ángel Fernández Artime
  • Comunicazione Sociale
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Paraguay - Rector Major to the young: "Do not be afraid to find out what God wants from you"

    1 month 2 weeks ago

    (ANS - Coronel Oviedo) - "Welcome, Lord of other lands, I want to offer you my Paraguay, the sweetest expression of its history, relic of glory, its guaraní talk ... 'Carai roipota co yvype reyujhu mborayjhu jha poa', which in your language means 'good luck, affection and love'." With this Paraguayan tune, the young Joel Sandino, belonging to the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM), moved everyone present at the meeting with the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, who, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, was welcomed to the rhythm of music and then made himself available for an open dialogue.

    On the afternoon of May 1, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco celebrated Mass in the Church of Mary Help of Christians, and welcomed the Religious Profession of Salesian Brother Sergio Paredes.

    Previously, at the institute "Mons. Lasagna", there was a meeting with young people. For two hours, hundreds of young people had the opportunity to speak with Fr Á.F. Artime, ask him their questions and express their dreams and concerns. "Do not be afraid to find out what God wants from you because when you do good, you find the way of your happiness," said the Rector Major, his thoughts for the young.

    Before the many young people who feel confused and disappointed because they walk in life without being able to recognize the presence of God in their lives, the message of Fr Á.F. Artime was able to break through to the hearts of the children, so much so that one commented: "I met the Rector Major in person: he is truly a faithful mirror-image of Don Bosco."

    Yesterday, Wednesday 2 May, the Rector Major met with Fr Néstor Ledesma, Provincial of the Province of Paraguay, and his Council. Then he joined the Salesian Agro-Pastoral Institute "Carlos Pfannl" of Coronel Oviedo, a Salesian center bearing the name of one of its benefactors, founded March 24, 1954, which also houses a vast parish dedicated to Mary Help of Christians.

    • Paraguay
    • PAR
    • Rettor Maggiore
    • Ángel Fernández Artime
    • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Italy - "Najma" house for "invisible migrants"

      1 month 2 weeks ago

      (ANS - Catania) - They are children and young people who come by sea, on old boats that are unstable and overloaded, risking their lives almost to every wave. Often they do not understand Italian well and certainly are not aware of all their rights, nor of what awaits them. If they left on their own, or remain alone on arriving, what they may find is a future as clandestines, marginalized. But sometimes, things go differently, because there are also people who do think of them: like the Salesians of the "San Gregorio" community of Catania, in Sicily, which inaugurated a new house yesterday, May 2; its name: Najma, which means star in Arabic.

      The phenomenon of Unaccompanied Foreign Minors (MSNA) is clearly growing in Italy. And behind every statistical number, there is a life, an existence, that has been uprooted and completely isolated, exposed to forms of social risk such as crime, abuse, violence, poverty ...

      To offer human and Christian solutions to this phenomenon, the "Salesians for Social - SCS / CNOS Federation" started "M'interesso di te", or “I take interest in you, care for you”, at the beginning of 2018, a program which includes, among other tasks within Catania's Salesian world, the San Gregorio Center, on the outskirts of the city.

      As early as February, street educators, counselors, psychologists, lawyers and volunteers have been guaranteeing each child intercepted their support and protection, but only yesterday did the Salesians of San Gregorio and the Associazione MetaCometa Onlus officially inaugurate their headquarters. Present at the opening: the Provincial of the Salesians of Sicily, Fr Giuseppe Ruta, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Catania, Mgr. Salvatore Genchi, and institutional figures of both the Christian and Muslim religious, civil and social world.

      At the Catania's Najima "low threshold" center (ie for people in extreme difficulty), the so-called "invisible migrants" - MSNAs or recently of adult age - have the chance to wash, eat hot meals, rest, participate in activities of recreation and socialization.

      The "Najma" reception center also carries out social mediation work with related institutions and offers orientation courses for study and work, with the creation of study grants and job grants. Since many of the "invisible migrants" are exposed to the risk of addictions, health problems and exploitation, a legal advisory service is also available to them, both criminal and civil, and support in processing their personal document.

      {gallery}ISI - Casa San Gregorio Najma{/gallery}

      • Italia
      • ISI
      • Migranti
      • Rifugiati
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Paraguay - Rector Major: "be careful not to forget that the most important thing in our centers are the boys and girls"

        1 month 2 weeks ago

        (ANS - Asunción) - The Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, arrived in Paraguay on the night of Monday 30 April and received a warm welcome at the Salesian Institute "Mons. Lasagna". Thus began his visit to the Salesian Province of Paraguay.

        Fr Á.F. Artime landed on Guaraní soil at around 10:30 pm. Subsequently, at the institute "Mons. Lasagna" he found circa 500 young people of the SYM to welcome him with songs, burst of firecrackers and a human cordon that escorted him to the center of a stage on which the Rector Major danced the choreography of the song "San Juan Bosco, bienvenido" with all those present.

        "I am very happy to be here with you," the X Successor of Don Bosco then said. "That dream that Don Bosco began is alive more than ever," adding that, "the reality of our Salesian Youth Movement, the missionary group, the animators, the catechists, is a beautiful worldwide reality ... Just look at you!"

        Tuesday, May 1, activities continued according to schedule. At the start of the morning, he received the tereré drink from several young people, then visited the "Don Bosco Róga" Foundation, made himself available for a press conference and met the students of the institute "Mons. Lasagna". At the end of the day, he celebrated Mass in the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians.

        "Be careful not to forget that the most important thing in our centers are the boys, the girls, who are waiting for us, and among them, the most vulnerable, the most fragile, and as Pope Francis says, those that society discards," said the Rector Major. "This is the hallmark of every Salesian house. And I take this opportunity to tell my Salesian brothers, the lay educators and the people who collaborate in this Salesian house: thank you, as you make Don Bosco's dream come true!"

        "Don Bosco," he concluded, "was wonderful, a great man. The Church has called him Father and Teacher of Youth. St. John Paul II proclaimed him Patron of all the young people of the world ... Don Bosco could not have continued his dream had it not been for all of us. We must feel ourselves to be continuators of his dreams."

        The photos of the visit are available on Flickr

        • Paraguay
        • PAR
        • Rettor Maggiore
        • Ángel Fernández Artime
        • Visita di Animazione
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Poland - XXIX edition of International Games of Salesian Youth

          1 month 2 weeks ago
          Poland - XXIX edition of International Games of Salesian Youth

          (ANS - Krakow) - On Sunday, 29 April, the 29th edition of the International Salesian Youth Games officially began in Krakow. Ending tomorrow, 3 May, the event involves about 2000 participants, including young athletes and their supervisors, from 23 countries on 4 continents, who compete in: Football, Volleyball, Basketball and Table Tennis. From 1 to 3 May, the sporting event takes place in conjunction with another major youth event: "Savionalia."

          The purpose of the International Salesian Youth Games is to offer young people an opportunity to compete in sports and build a better society through sport based on Christian humanism and respecting fundamental values such as peace, friendship, justice, solidarity and fair play.

          To coordinate the initiative of the Games, as the main organizing body, there is the Salesian Sports Organization of the Polish Republic (SALOS RP) led by President Zbigniew Dziubiński; while the Patronage of Honor is assigned to the Prime Minister of the Polish Government, Hon. Mateusz Morawiecki.

          On April 28, in the evening before the opening of the games, there was a technical meeting of coaches and a meeting of the technical commission.

          On Sunday, 29 April, the first day of the event, the young people and their guides and supervisors also took part in the Mass presided over by Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, SDB, Regional Councilor for Central and Northern Europe. Subsequently, after a lively parade through the streets of the center, the solemn opening ceremony of the event took place in the Maximum Auditorium of the Jagiellonian University.

          Monday, April 30, while the athletes continued in their eliminatory competitions, as well as participating in various extra activities prepared for them - outings, walks, visits and concerts - there was the assembly of the Polisportive Giovanili Salesiane Internazionale (PGSI) in the afternoon.

          Given the event's coinciding with "Savionalia", the organizers of the two events scheduled several meetings together: on the evening of May 1, during the prayer vigil in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki; and on Wednesday, May 2, on two occasions: during a "flash mob" in the Market Square and then at the great international Salesian festival featuring picnics, concerts and the awarding of the winners of the International Games.

          For more information, please visit:

          {gallery}Polonia - Giochi Internazionali Salesiani 2018{/gallery} 

          • Polonia
          • PLS
          • Sport
          • PGSI
            Gian Francesco Romano

            RMG - A seminar on "Salesian Meditation"

            1 month 2 weeks ago

            (ANS - Rome) - With the intention of helping the communities and each individual Salesian in the ordinary habit of "Salesian Meditation", the Dicastery for Formation will meet on 11 and 12 May with a group of 10 Salesians in the "San Callisto" community of Rome.

            The group of Salesians who will take part in this gathering have experience in this field and, above all, have reflected on the type of Salesian prayer and meditation. Furthermore, it also follows the spiritual accompaniment of people, through spiritual direction, prayer and meditation. The Salesians who will participate in this seminar are invited to contribute with their experience and reflect on the proper elements of "Salesian Meditation."

            Through several visits to the Salesian communities, the Dicastery for Formation has perceived the interest of a good number of Salesians who question themselves about the value of meditation, who ask for a methodology on the subject and who are interested in re-evaluating this practice so appreciated by Don Bosco himself, and clearly indicated by Salesian Regulations (see Regulations - No. 71).

            There were many questions that led to creating this meeting: what was Don Bosco's intention when he believed that meditation was of fundamental importance? Is there a specifically Salesian (Donboschian) method of doing meditation? Are there methods of meditation that tune in to and with Salesian spirituality? What place does Salesian meditation occupy among other types of prayer and meditation that the Church has, such as the Lectio Divina or the Centering Prayer, for example?

            In tracing the spiritual profile of the Founder of the Salesians, Blessed Fr Filippo Rinaldi, III Successor of Don Bosco, presents him as a model: "Those who knew Don Bosco well described him as a man of prayer: if you want to live according to the spirit of Don Bosco, you must never lose sight of your inner life ... The inner life is the spiritual sense that must always accompany us. It is the constant presence of God with us, who is remembered, invoked and loved."

            • RMG
            • Formazione
            • Preghiera
              Gian Francesco Romano

              NICARAGUA - Auxiliary bishop of Managua: "I cried because so many young people have died unnecessarily and unjustly"

              1 month 2 weeks ago

              (ANS - Granada) - In a blink of an eye, the stability of a nation has changed. A social security reform was the reason why the Nicaraguans came together to protest peacefully against the government. The main protagonists: young people.

              "Since 19 April, truth is a victim of silence, giving rise to incessant repressions: a war of police in riot gear and soldiers equipped with instruments of death against young people who could only defend themselves with stones. The blood of innocents has begun to flow, countless are the wounded and the dead ... ", wrote Fr David Panezo, SDB, director of the Salesian School of Granada.


              The Salesians offer the Eucharist for peace and continue to accompany the people, being bearers of hope.

              The Church has a decisive role in this situation, the voice that fearlessly announces the sentiment of a people that unites in the search for peace. "The population is not willing to take a step back and we owe it to the young," said Msgr. Silvio Baez, auxiliary bishop of Managua.


              The mediation of the Church has been requested. The Nicaraguan bishop, Msgr. Rolando José Álvarez, is one of the religious called to act as a mediator. Moreover, during an interview with Telemundo, Monsignor Báez said: "I cried because many young people died unnecessarily and unjustly and with limitless cruelty."

              Activities in the Salesian colleges of Masaya and Managua are still suspended. On Wednesday, April 25, lessons resumed in the schools of Granada, but in the afternoon all the school activities were suspended.

              On Saturday 28 April a "march for peace and justice" was held, convened by the Catholic Church in Managua. During the homily, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes declared that the Catholic Church, to which Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has asked to take on the role of mediator in the conflict, will withdraw from the dialogue should the government not show its willingness to meet the demands of the population, such as the cessation of all violence.

              • Nicaragua
              • Managua
              • Giovani
                Jesus Jurado

                Spain - Don Bosco welcomes young refugees

                1 month 2 weeks ago
                Spain - Don Bosco welcomes young refugees

                (ANS - Sevilla) - They come from different countries, with different cultures, but they have something in common: they have left their places of origin due to conflict or persecution. They are the young refugees welcomed by the Salesians through their social platforms in Madrid and Seville. "After leaving Iran, I crossed through 10 countries, and they told me I could not stay. In Pinardi-Nicoli, they welcomed me," says one of the young men.

                The full reception program for vulnerable young refugees was launched in mid-February, with financial support from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. It is expected that at the end of the year the social platforms will have served 40 young people between 18 and 30 years, from Asia, Africa and Latin America.

                In Madrid, the Pinardi Federation has launched, together with the Daughters of Charity, the Pinardi-Nicoli project, enabling the two reception houses to serve a total of 10 young refugees, for now. Four educators from Pinardi and a Daughter of Charity have the task of helping them to manage their daily activities at home. Another apartment is located in the province of Seville, with four refugees served by the Don Bosco Foundation.

                The young people receive Spanish lessons, learn local customs and in their free time study in their rooms. Among classmates, household tasks are distributed according to a predetermined program: sweeping, washing clothes, making beds, cooking, preparing the table, making purchases on a reduced budget ... All of this contributes to generating a pleasant atmosphere.

                The program allows them to spend a maximum of six months in the apartment. In this time frame, the immigration documents are prepared and managed so that they can finally stay in Spain. The role of Salesian social platforms is fundamental in enbling them to be socially inserted after learning the ocuntry's language and customs.

                Spain, like many other European Union countries, is moving slowly in the reception of refugees agreed upon on September 2015. The EU has committed itself to receiving 160,000 people, including 17,000 in our country. After almost three months of activity, the Salesian social platforms are an example of how refugees can, indeed, be welcomed.

                • Spagna
                • Don Bosco
                • Giovani
                • Rifugiati
                  Jesus Jurado

                  Panama - Salesian Youth Movement on its way to WYD in Panama 2019

                  1 month 2 weeks ago
                  Panama - Salesian Youth Movement on its way to WYD in Panama 2019

                  (ANS - Panama City) - The XXXIV World Youth Day will be held in Panama from 22 to 27 January 2019. A few months from the celebration of the Synod of Bishops on "Youth, faith and vocational discernment", Pope Francis will meet young people from all over the world in Panama, the land of the Channel, a land between two oceans and a bridge between two continents. Groups of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) from all over the world have begun to prepare for this important ecclesial event.

                  The 2016 World Youth Day in Krakow concluded a cycle of three World Youth Days dedicated to the theme of the Beatitudes. A few months later, Pope Francis announced the themes for the following three Days: "Great things the Almighty has done for me" (2017), "Do not be afraid, Mary, because you have found Grace with God" (2018) and "Behold the servant of the Lord; may it be to me according to your word "(2019). A three-year period in continuity with the previous one, in the sign of Mary, the one whom all generations shall call Blessed.

                  Already in his meeting with the volunteers at the end of the WYD in Krakow, Pope Francis had indicated the Mother of Jesus as a model. Also on that occasion, the Holy Father had invited young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and to have and be hope for the future. The three themes he announced for the itinerary towards Panama, then, together with a strong Marian connotation, recall the image of the young walking between past (2017), present (2018) and future (2019), animated by the three theological virtues: faith, love and hope.

                  Beginning with Panama and the Central American Province, the SYM groups are preparing to participate in this important meeting. As is now the tradition, these groups will meet during the WYD for a day of reflection, sharing, celebration and prayer, together with the Rector Major of the Salesians and the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the next world meeting of the Salesian Youth Movement shall be celebrated in Panama on Wednesday, 23 January 2019. In the morning, national delegations from the five continents will meet for the SYM Forum and the World Festival will begin in the afternoon, ending with a prayer vigil.

                  The Dicastery for Salesian Youth Ministry, those responsible for Youth Ministry in the Central America Province and young people of the local SYM are already working to welcome the pilgrims who will take part in this promising appointment.

                  • Panama
                  • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
                    Jesus Jurado

                    Italy - Don Bosco is always current: many young people redeemed thanks to Vocational Training

                    1 month 2 weeks ago
                    Italy - Don Bosco is always current: many young people redeemed thanks to Vocational Training

                    (ANS - Rome) - Yden arrived from Ethiopia with his father and his brothers in 2001, reaching his mother who was already in Italy. In 2006 he joined the family home of the "Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco" of Rome and thanks to the educators he was able to attend the Salesian Vocational Training Center for three years. He obtained a position as an intern in a company that produces trestles and now works there as a lathe operator. His story is the same of many young people who have been able to build their future thanks to their work and efforts and to attentive educators capable of fostering "intelligence in and of their hands," the work of hands-on crafts and skills.

                    "At the beginning," Yden said, "it was not easy to relate with others, with my peers, especially because of the linguistic obstacle. After the first years in Italy, however, I managed to integrate: now I have friends and people who help me and support me."

                    The success of integration for Yden has occurred, above all, through education, specifically through vocational training. Vocational Training Centers (VTC) continue to represent strong points of reference for many young people, especially those with fewer resources, with difficult personal stories, some from abroad.

                    "Yden is the story of many young people who have been able to attend Salesian VTCs. The essential thing to not lose oneself is to believe in one's potential and in the Christian community, as well as, generally speaking, in civil society, which in the end has the opportunity to welcome these young people as great resources," explained Fr Enrico Peretti, Director General of the Centro Nazionale Opere Salesiane – Formazione Aggiornamento Professioniale (CNOS-FAP), the National Salesian center for Vocational Training and Ongoing Education.

                    The basic principle of the Salesians still remains Don Bosco's: "Young people have the intelligence in their hands."

                    Fr Enrico Peretti is convinced of this principle: "It is necessary to create personalized itineraries in which the child can have life experiences, also and above all through the working environment, developing personal values. In this context of inclusion, it is the children themselves who grow, reciprocally, thanks to each other, always supported by educators, of course."

                    In the light of this experience, Yden feels the need to give advice to his many peers in search of their own personal and occupational path: "I have been helped so much by the educators. I have listened to them and I have trusted them. It is important not to have oneself be transported along other roads and to, instead, work and study hard."

                    • Italia
                    • Don Bosco
                    • Formazione Professionale
                      Jesus Jurado

                      Paraguay - "Let us walk together, with Don Bosco and the young." The Rector Major's visit to the country

                      1 month 3 weeks ago

                      (ANS - Asunción) - On the afternoon of Monday, 30 April, the Province of Paraguay will receive the X Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández, who comes to meet the Salesians, the Salesian Family and the young. His arrival is scheduled for 6:10 pm at the Luque airport, where he will be welcomed by the Salesian band "Pa'i Pérez". "Let us walk together, with Don Bosco and the young" is the slogan inspiring the Animation Visit of the 10th Successor of Don Bosco.

                      On Monday 30, the day of arrival, the Rector Major will also receive greetings from the Salesians and from hundreds of children and young people from various Salesian schools.

                      As in Fr Á.F. Artime's every visit to the many Salesian centers across the globe, the focus is on young people, with the young being the real protagonists. One of the main events of the visit will be, in fact, the meeting with the young people on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 1, at the "Mons. Lasagna" Institute. For two hours, students will have the opportunity to speak with the Successor of Don Bosco, ask him their questions, express their dreams and concerns.

                      The start is scheduled for 17:00 and admission is free for all young people wishing to participate. The meeting will culminate with the Eucharistic celebration, presided by the Rector Major, at the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Asunción. The day  concludes with a visit and a greeting to the Apostolic Nuncio of Paraguay.

                      On Wednesday, 2 May, the meeting with the Provincial Council will take place. In the afternoon, he will go to the Don Bosco Institute in Villarrica and the Carlos Pfannl Institute. On May 3 and 4, the Rector Major shall visit the Chaco, at Ñu Apu'a and at Carmelo Peralta, where he shall meet school children and youths, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, pastoral workers and several indigenous communities – whom he shall also meet in Puerto Casado, on May 5. Finally, scheduled for Sunday, 6 May, is the meeting with the Salesian Family, in Fernando de la Mora.

                       

                      Fr Á.F. Artime shall tread Paraguayan soil for the third time since he was appointed Rector Major four years ago. However, this will be his first Animation Visit to the Salesian Province. His journey in the Province will be marked by innumerable meetings, but the most desired meeting for the Successor of Don Bosco will be the one with his Salesians, on the last day of his visit, on May 8th.

                      • Paraguay
                      • PAR
                      • Rettor Maggiore
                      • Ángel Fernández Artime
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Belarus – 3 days with Don Bosco for the youth

                        1 month 3 weeks ago
                        Belarus – 3 days with Don Bosco for the youth

                        (ANS – Minsk) – The second All-Belarusian Salesian youth days took place in Minsk from 15 to 17 April 2018 under the motto "Lord, give me this water". In these days more than 130 boys and girls, aged from 16 to 35 years, from all over the country arrived to the Minsk Salesian Oratory.

                        After registering participants of SDM gathered for joint Eucharist which was led by Msgr. Aliaksandr Yasheuski SDB, Auxiliary Bishop of Minsk and Mohilev.

                        Addressing the participants of SDM, the hierarch said: “Dear members of the Salesian Youth days. Let me wish you that the words ‘Lord, give me this water’, which opens the content of the Strenna, and the motto of Don Bosco’s life ‘Give me the souls’ become for you, young people, the future of the Church and Society, a challenge and a joyful duty to form ourselves. Follow the example of Samaria’s woman to learn the love of God and share it with others, to seek to build in this life only for the values and principles that Jesus taught by word and example, to worship God in spirit and truth, now and ever and forever eternal. Amen.”

                        Fr. Victor Haidukevich SDB, Provincial Delegate for the Salesian Society in Belarus, also welcomed participants of SDM in his word. The priest noted the importance of SDM: "Salesian Youth Days are aiming to become the platform of youth - a place where our young friends will be able to enrich themselves spiritually and experience the presence of the Lord; will be able to feel and experience the support in the form of an ongoing dialogue, which ultimately helps the young person to meet with Christ; can get necessary knowledge and support to be able to meet the challenges of the Church and society; and that for us is very important, will be able to speak, to participate actively in the process of preaching the Word of God for today's younger generation and make it more efficient."

                        Then the participants of the meeting had been prepared Christian musical concert featuring the Salesian bands.

                        The first day of the meeting was ended with the worship of the Blessed Sacrament.

                        On the second day after morning Eucharist there were workshops in various areas and spheres of life, such as financial education, family relations, time management, conflict resolution, Internet and social networks.

                        After intensive work, young people have the opportunity to relax and spend the free time in the city together with Salesian animators and cooperators.

                        On the third day after the solemn Holy Mass on the finish of SDM, which was headed by the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Minsk-Mogilev Yuri Kosobudsky, has summarized the results of SDM. The youth thanked the organizers for a good time and new knowledge, and even wrote a poem dedicated to the SDM.

                        The Salesians in Belarus hope that, as Father Delegate had mentioned, these days will be included in the tradition and will collect more and more young people in the charisma of St. John Bosco.

                        {gallery}Bielorussia - Giornata Gioventu Salesiana 2018{/gallery}

                        • Bielorussia
                        • PLE
                        • Giovani
                        • Vescovi
                        • Aliaksandr Yasheuski
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Nicaragua - Fr Ángel Prado, Provincial: "We want to show the people of Nicaragua that their pain wounds and hurts us"

                          1 month 3 weeks ago

                          (ANS - Managua) - In Nicaragua there is a wave of violent protests. To date, according to human rights organizations, it is estimated that about thirty people have died and hundreds injured during the repression of the protests. The Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua has agreed to act as mediator and witness in the dialogue convened by President Daniel Ortega following the country's recent tragic events. Meanwhile, the Salesians, through a letter written by Fr Ángel Prado, Provincial of the Central American Province (CAM), launch an appeal for peace.

                          "With much pain and sorrow we have followed in recent days the situation that the people of Nicaragua are experiencing following the violent repression that, on behalf of the official government, has been discharged against the thousands of demonstrators who took to the streets to express their disagreement before the new fiscal measures that had been decreed in the previous days. The (just) claim for a just cause has been transformed into a sad scene of violence, unrest and looting, with the painful result of their being many victims.

                          As Salesians of Don Bosco, present among this noble people for 107 years, we make public our repudiation of the facts (and acts) that have occurred and, in communion with the local Church and its Pastors, we condemn all acts of violence, vandalism and repression that threaten life and the integrity of people and their right to express themselves peacefully in defense of justice and social solidarity.

                          At the same time, we make a profound appeal to peace, which is the fruit of respect for the dignity of all persons.

                          We wish to show the people of Nicaragua that their pain hurts us and that, because of our identification with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we want to walk at their side, offering our support to all that can contribute to a true and stable peace.

                          Nicaragua deserves to live in peace and the Nicaraguans deserve a dignified life based on respect for all their fundamental rights ...

                          This is why the Sons of Don Bosco want to work and engage with the Nicaraguan people to work for peace, justice and the dignity of all, invoking for this people the blessings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, and the constant protection of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Help of the Christian People, Queen of Peace."

                          • Nicaragua
                          • CAM
                          • Violenze
                          • Sociale
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Chile - The "Broken Christ", of the suffering and the marginalized

                            1 month 3 weeks ago

                            (ANS - Santiago) – This 2018 marks two years since the violent attack of desecration at the temple of the "Gratitud Nacional" when a statue of Jesus Crucified was removed and severely damaged, an act that shook the public opinion of the country and of the world. Tuesday, April 24, the community of the sanctuary, presided over by Fr Bernardo García, Rector of the Sanctuary, took part in the repositioning of the statue, defined by the parishioners as "the Broken Christ of Peace."

                            This meaningful gesture took place within the Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr Guillermo Basañes, General Councilor for Salesian Missions, currently on an Extraordinary Visit to the Salesian centers in Chile.

                            The Shrine dedicated to Mary Help of Christians now has a new place where the faithful may enjoy moments of prayer and recollection before the statue of the Broken Christ of Peace, of the suffering and the marginalized. After almost two years from the acts of violence, the image of the Crucified Christ has been restored, but retains some consequences of the damage suffered, acting as symbols of Jesus' suffering.

                            "This Christ wants us to be his feet, with whom we can go forward, and his arms, with which we can welcome," Fr García said on this occasion.

                            Located on the right side of the temple, it will be a place that will welcome many suffering people, "who come with a prayer to ask Him for help, to support them because their child is sick or because they do not have jobs or because they need company and want be heard."

                            It will also be the "Christ of the elderly, who goes to church and looks at Him; the Christ of immigrants, the Broken Christ of Peace who understands pain."

                            Fr Basañes recalled that the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians was the first to receive the visit of the relics of Don Bosco in 2009 and Chile the world's first nation in which it began that long journey on the occasion of the Bicentenary of the birth of the Saint of Young People.

                            Before the final blessing, the restored statue was unveiled and the Salesian Provincial in Chile, Fr Carlo Lira, commented, "the Lord redeems us through a suffering love, a love that suffers. May this suffering Christ, on the Cross, mutilated by violence and hatred, motivate us all to seek in love the construction of justice and peace."

                            • Cile
                            • CIL
                            • Violenze
                            • Guillermo Basañes
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Italy - Education is a matter of the heart ... and a profession

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                              Italy - Education is a matter of the heart ... and a profession

                              (ANS - Palermo) - Ilenia and Mauro are two educators of the "Don Bosco" Family Apartment Group in Palermo, one of the houses in the network with "Salesians for Social (Work) - SCS / CNOS Federation". Together, the two take care of accompanying the Family Apartment Group (GAF), a housing formula that allows children who have suffered abandonment or family problems, to experience a real coexistence accompanied by educators and volunteers.

                              "Every day, at home, we put at the disposal of the children everything we have," says Ilenia, "from our professional skills to our being women and men, with our strengths but sometimes also counting on our weaknesses. When I arrived, what immediately struck me was the familiar climate one breathes: the children feel this apartment as a real home and this makes them active protagonists and permits them to develop potential for their autonomy."

                              The GAF of Palermo is a structure designed to welcome and accommodate young adults who, according to Italian law, are forced to leave their family homes. At GAF, they can continue to receive support towards their adult life choices.

                              "The Don Bosco Apartment Group," says Mauro, "is a place where children face a daily life made up of small commitments and responsibilities, a path in which sometimes the worst enemy to face are the ghosts of the past, the figures of absent or even negative adults. As educators, adults of reference, we have a dual responsibility: to succeed, with words and above all with deeds, to restore their trust and hope in life."

                              In Italy, there are about 800 qualified operators who work every day within the Salesian network for Social, which for 25 years has chosen to be close to those young people who are alone who have received less from life. "Our kids," Ilenia concludes, "know that we believe in them and that ours is not just a job, but it is a mission: because their future is close to our heart."

                              Education is a thing of the heart ... but also by profession! It cannot be improvised, especially when one is next to young people who have had to face personal or family difficulties in life.

                              For more information, visit the Salesiani for Social site.

                              • Italia
                              • Famiglia
                              • Salesiani per il Sociale
                              • ISI
                                Gian Francesco Romano
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