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Syria - Recalling the testimony of Misho and Anwar Samaan

Jesus Jurado
1 month 2 weeks ago
Syria - Recalling the testimony of Misho and Anwar Samaan

(ANS - Aleppo) - On June 29, the universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, brothers in faith and martyrdom. Misho and Anwar Samaan were also brothers and they too are "martyrs", in a broad sense, because of the war in Syria. To remember their testimony of life is the Salesian who saw them grow up, Fr Pier Jabloyan, SDB.


"Misho Samaan was born on September 7, 1998. He began attending the oratory in third grade. He was serene and friendly, passionate about dance and that is why every time he could, he would participate in parties, especially those for Don Bosco. When he became an animator, he began to share his gift with the younger boys and taught them to dance.

Misho grew up in the oratory, and participated in sporting events, especially basketball tournaments, helped also by his tall stature. His presence in the oratory team was always effective.

He was a young Christian, like so many young people who seek the Lord in daily events. He had many questions awaiting answers, participated in catechism and associations of the Salesian Youth Movement.

His older brother, Anwar, was born on July 20, 1993. He was also a 'son of the Salesian oratory' in Aleppo. Every Friday he participated in catechism and was a member of the 'Domenico Savio' association. He became an animator and with his simplicity and availability, with a very friendly and spontaneous presence, he managed to make many young friends, why everyone loved him.

Every Sunday he and his brother attended the oratory Mass. And Anwar willingly put into practice Don Bosco's counsel in approaching Confession, an aspect that was noticed when the penitential celebrations were organized in preparation for Christmas and Easter.

These two brothers could not fulfill their many dreams, which they were cultivating, because of the war. Rockets hit their home, causing their death and their mother's also, Minerva, on April 11, 2015, in the Easter Octave. Thus, they too participated in the cross of the Lord, and then participated in his Resurrection and glory.

These two brothers loved Don Bosco and the Salesians. It could also be seen from the images of Don Bosco they kept in their wallets and the paintings hanging at home.

We are sure that now they are enjoying his company and that of all the saints in the presence of the Lord."


  • Siria
  • Testimonianza
  • Misho e Anwar

    Haiti - Putting students at the center of learning

    Jesus Jurado
    1 month 2 weeks ago
    Haiti - Putting students at the center of learning

    (ANS - Port-au-Prince) - Observing the need for a pedagogy more centered on the student, the Salesian Vocational Training Office (BTFPSA, in French) of the "Rinaldi Foundation" of Haiti launched an initiative to implement an approach based on skills in Salesian vocational schools. Supported by Caritas and the Spanish Salesian NGO "Jovenes y Desarollo", the BTFPSA contacted dr. Yannick Daoudi, educational consultant in Canada, to train Salesian Vocational Training Centers personnel to use this approach in institutions.

    In addition to reorganizing the content into learning modules focused on specific practical skills, the method operates a methodological conversion that focuses on the student as the main actor of the learning phenomenon. The student should be curious, full of initiative, persevering and organized. A similar student must find new information and know how to use new technologies, to know how to collect and share them. In this sense the teacher plays the role of a facilitator who supports the student, who organizes activities, advises, accompanies, encourages and supports.

    During the whole 2017-2018 school year, dr. Daoudi has made regular visits to Haiti to train the formators and administrative and managerial staff of Salesian centers and accompany them in the implementation of this learning approach. He also worked diligently to provide assessments and advice on the current situation of Salesian centers.

    While there is still a lot to be done in the transition to a full competence-based approach, there is much hope that this new style can bring great benefits to Haitian youth, so much in need of sharing and building a future, fully aware of their own means.

    In the face of the natural disasters that have struck Haiti in recent years, and faced with the many problems that still afflict the country, the students of the Salesian Vocational Training Centers will be more actively involved in their education and better equipped to pursue their dreams.

    Source: Rinaldi Foundation

    • Haiti
    • Allievi

      RMG - Meeting of the International Commission Youth Ministry and Family

      Gian Francesco Romano
      1 month 2 weeks ago
      RMG - Meeting of the International Commission Youth Ministry and Family

      (ANS - Rome) - From June 22 to 24, at the Salesian Headquarters in Rome, the International Commission Youth Ministry and Family met for the first time. This Commission, coordinated by the General Councilor for Salesian Youth Ministry, Fr Fabio Attard, SDB, assisted by the collaborators of the corresponding Dicastery, is composed of 15 other people, Salesians, laity and lay experts on this theme, from the five continents.

      A first objective of the meeting was to gather the essential guidelines that emerged from the International Congress "Youth and Family Ministry" (Madrid, 27 November-1 December 2017), promoted by the Salesian Youth Ministry Dicastery. At the Congress, celebrated amidst the two Synods of the Bishops on the Family, the promulgation of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia of Pope Francis, and the Synod of Bishops on "Youth, faith and vocational discernment", about 300 delegates came together from the Salesian Provinces of the whole world.

      In addition to evaluating the Congress and sharing current challenges in the sector, members of the International Commission were asked to draw up a proposal that could help the Youth Ministry Dicastery to plan pastoral initiatives for the near future.

      Specifically, the participants offered ideas and suggestions for the preparation of a document on Salesian Youth and Family Ministry which can offer motivations and criteria for discernment for the reflection and future actions of pastoral operators.

      The themes at the heart of the Commission's reflection took inspiration from some central chapters of the Salesian Youth Ministry Framework of Reference, the third edition of which was published in 2014. By alternating group and assembly sessions, international experts studied how the family questions Salesian charism, the mission and history; asked themselves how the Salesian "family spirit" dialogues with the Preventive System and the Pastoral Educational Community; and how Salesian educational planning for pastoral care can be or become a true family experience.

      At the end of the meeting, a Drafting Group was formed which, starting from the ideas gathered during the meeting of the Commission, shall work on a document on "Salesian Youth Ministry and Family" that could represent a support for pastoral workers in the Provinces, a tool to integrate with the most recent Magisterium of the Church in this field and to enrich the patrimony of the Congregation's own ideas and thoughts - not only, but also - in view of a future edition of the Framework of Salesian Youth Ministry.

      {gallery}RMG - Incontro PG e Famiglia 2018{/gallery}

      • RMG
      • Pastorale Giovanile
      • Pastorale Giovanile e Famiglia
      • Fabio Attard

        RMG – Fr. Jacob Hamaguchi appointed as 14th Provincial of Japan

        Gian Francesco Romano
        1 month 2 weeks ago
        RMG – Fr. Jacob Hamaguchi appointed as 14th Provincial of Japan

        (ANS – Rome) – On 28 June 2018, after the recent consultation for the new Provincial, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consent of his Council, appointed Fr Jacob Hideaki Yamagouchi as Japan's 14th Provincial for the period of 6 years (2018-2024), when the Province of St. Francis Xavier is preparing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Salesian presence in the country.

        Fr Hamaguchi was born in Sasebo (Nagasaki) on 1 May 1958, and joined the Salesian Novitiate 1981-1982 in Chofu (Tokyo), made his first profession on 25 March 1982, and his perpetual profession on 19 March 1988 in Chofu. After his ordination, in Tokyo on 23 September 1990, he dedicated much of his ministry in youth social work, the “Boys Home” in Kodaira (Tokyo) for 14 years.

        Then he was assigned to assisting Salesian Bishop Francis Osamu Mizobe in his challenging assignment in the Takamatsu diocese with other Salesians (2005-2009). Since 2010 he has been committed to formation in Chofu (2010-2018). Last 1 April he was assigned as Rector of Meguro community in Tokyo (parish, kindergarten and youth center).

        Since 2015 Fr. Hamaguchi has also served as the Vice-provincial and Delegate for Formation, even if since last February Fr. Michael Lap is the Formation Delegate. Since last April 2018, Fr. Hamaguchi has begun his new role as Youth Ministry delegate. 

        Under the former provincial Fr. Hamaguchi was also a Coordinator of the PROJECT TEAM, an ad hoc commission in charge of the ongoing reshaping process at the provincial level. The main focus is the province's poor young people and to empower the lay mission partners with Salesian formation.

        Hamaguchi will succeed as GIA Provincial to the Bishop Elect of Saitama, Fr. Mario Yamanouchi.

        • RMG
        • GIA
        • Giappone
        • Nomine
        • Ispettori

          RMG – First Provincial of Indonesia Vice-Province appointed: Fr Andrew Wong

          Gian Francesco Romano
          1 month 2 weeks ago
          RMG – First Provincial of Indonesia Vice-Province appointed: Fr Andrew Wong

          (ANS – Rome) – On 26 June 2018, after the consultation for the Provincial of INA Vice Province, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consent of his council, appointed Fr Andrew Wong as the first Superior of Indonesia for the 6-year term (2018-2024).

          Fr Andrew Wong was born in Santa Ana (Manila - Philippines) on November 30, 1952, and joined the Salesian Novitiate in 1971-1972 in Canlubang, made his first profession on May 1, 1972, and his perpetual profession on March 23, 1978, in Paranaque-Manila. After his ordination in 1979, he dedicated most of his ministry in formation houses: Paranaque, Canlubang, Bacolod in the Philippines, Jakarta (Indonesia) and in Fatumaca (Timor Leste) - as formator, teacher, superior and also as novice master.

          Andrew also earned his MA degree at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome in Youth Ministry and Catechetics and speaks quite a few languages (English, Italian, Filipino - Tagalog, Tetum and Bahasa Indonesia). He participated in the General Chapters 25, 26 and 27.

          After the establishment of the new ITM Vice Province of St. Callistus Caravario, Fr. Andrew was appointed by the Rector Major as the first Superior (1998-2004) during the difficult transition times of the Timor Leste Referendum (1999) and Independence in 2002.

          Then he was again called by Fr. Pascual Chávez as the provincial of FIN - Manila province (2005) where he served until the GC26 (2008). He was then elected as the second EAO Regional Councilor (2008-2014). The then newly elected Rector Major Fr. Á.F. Artime called Fr. Wong to the formation ministry – a 3-year term in Ratisbonne Theologate in Jerusalem (Middle East - MOR province) until last August 2017.

          Last school year he was assigned by the Rector Major to Paranaque - Manila, the “Blessed Steven Sandor” international community of specific formation for Salesian Brothers as Vice-rector and Catechist. And finally, upon his renewed availability for the missio ad gentes (January 2018), the Rector Major assigned him recently to the newly established INA vice province.

          The Profession of Faith of the new Provincial will take place on Wednesday, 1 August, 2018, during the Eucharist celebration in Jakarta.

          • RMG
          • Ispettori
          • Nomine
          • INA

            Italy - Fr Eugenio Fizzotti, SDB, ascends to heaven

            Gian Francesco Romano
            1 month 2 weeks ago
            Italy - Fr Eugenio Fizzotti, SDB, ascends to heaven

            (ANS - Rome) - Last Monday, 25 June, at the hospital in Salerno where he was hospitalized, the Salesian Fr Eugenio Fizzotti passed away. Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, he taught at numerous universities, both pontifical and state, and was renowned as one of the leading scholars and popularizers of the thought of Viktor Frankl.

            Fr Fizzotti was born on 1 July 1946 in Caserta, and had entered the Salesians in 1964, attending the novitiate in Portici. On his journey of religious formation, he was sent to Vienna for studies in Theology, and was consecrated as a priest by Paul VI in St. Peter's Square in Rome on 29 June 1975.

            His Viennese years of formation were fundamental for his vocation, religious and educational, as they allowed him to attend the courses of prof. Viktor Frankl, founder of the "Viennese Third School of Psychotherapy", known throughout the world as "logotherapy and existential analysis".

            He then served the Congregation in various communities in southern Italy - Naples, Salerno, Locri - and with various pastoral positions. Then he continued his specialization studies in Moral Theology at the Gregorian University and the Alfonsianum in Rome.

            From 1984 to 1986 he directed, as a Journalist, the Press Office of the General Directorate of the Salesian Congregation.

            Subsequently he started teaching at universities, taking courses in Psychology of Religion and Professional Deontology at the Salesian Pontifical University - a position he held until 2008 - and then teaching, throughout his academic career, also at many other universities and centers of higher education, both pontifical and state.

            For the UPS he was also Director of the Institute of Psychology (1994-2001) and Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences (2001-2002).

            Prolific author of books and academic contributions, especially in the field of logotherapy and the transposition of the thought of Viktor Frankl, he was also Honorary President of the Association of Franklian Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (ALÆ.F.), Scientific Director of “Ricerca di Senso - Research of meaning/purpose”, the association's magazine, and honorary member of the" Austrian Medical Society of Psychotherapy."

            In 2002, he was awarded the Grand Prix by the "Viktor Frankl Foundation" of the city of Vienna, annually destined to a personality who world-wide is especially committed to the deepening and diffusion of psychological and psychotherapeutic orientations of a humanistic-existential nature.

            The funeral takes place this afternoon, Wednesday, June 27, in the Salesian church of Caserta.

            • Italia
            • UPS
            • Decessi
            • Docenti
            • Personaggi illustri

              Philippines – Manila awarded for best presentation of Salesian vocation

              Gian Francesco Romano
              1 month 2 weeks ago
              Philippines – Manila awarded for best presentation of Salesian vocation

              (ANS - Manila) - Almost a year after the announcement of an international competition to produce an efficient presentation of the Salesian consecrated apostolic vocation - reflecting the two forms, presbyteral and lay - the winners were declared: Fr Ryan Oliver Bautista and deacon Jerome Quinto, both from the North Philippines Province (FIN).

              In August 2017, in view of the beatification of Salesian priest and martyr Fr Titus Zeman, which took place on September 30, 2017, in Bratislava, Slovakia, the Dicastery for Formation launched an invitation to young Salesians to make a presentation that would flank the two blessed Salesian martyrs: Fr Zeman, as an example of Salesian Priest, and Stefano Sandor, as an example of Salesian Brother.

              The declared purpose was: "to prepare a presentation that offers a correct and adequate image of the Salesian and of their unique vocations and missions in the two forms desired by Don Bosco."

              In addition to the award-winning work, which came from the Philippines, other proposals arrived at the Roman offices of Formation Sector from the regions of Africa-Madagascar and South Asia. The presentations were evaluated by a jury, made of 7 confreres, members of the Social Communication and Formation Departments, plus the Postulator for the Cause of Canonization.

              The winning piece was produced by the two young Salesians in collaboration with another Filipino religious, brother Kristoffer Omandam, OSM (Servite Order), who made the illustrations.

              Their presentation insists on one point: "what moves the heart of the Good Shepherd?" Blessed Sandor is indicated as one who knew how to "give his life for the young poor workers", while Blessed Fr Zeman as "a life given for young vocations". Both are presented as trusted and credible witnesses of Don Bosco in their respective countries, Hungary and Slovakia.

              The first beneficiaries of this presentation will be, first of all, the over 600 Salesian prenovices who are present in the seven regions of the Congregation: already from the pre-novitiate stage it is, in fact, opportune to present the Salesian consecrated identity in its two forms. Moreover, the presentation can be used in numerous other circumstances.

              On 23 August, in Parañaque-Manila, the award ceremony for the two young Salesians will take place in the community's curatorium.

              The work of the two young Filipinos has been realized in multiple versions (PDF document, PowerPoint presentation, 25-slide film in Mp4 format) and is accessible on the AustraLasia website and here.

              • Filippine
              • FIN
              • Salesiani
              • Salesiani Coadiutori
              • Istvan Sándor
              • Titus Zeman
              • Santità Salesiana
              • Martiri
              • Formazione

                East Timor – Salesian Prenovices and Formators prepare the EAO Congress

                Gian Francesco Romano
                1 month 2 weeks ago
                East Timor – Salesian Prenovices and Formators prepare the EAO Congress

                (ANS – Los Palos) – As the EAO Salesian Brothers Congress which will be held in Vietnam is approaching, the Salesian brothers in the Vice-Province of Timor-Leste (TLS) got together for the pre-congress meeting. The meeting was held in the Salesian Community of Don Bosco Los Palos. The meeting was led by Fr. Manny Pinto, SDB, the provincial delegate for Formation. Aside from the 10 Salesians brothers and Salesian priest in-charge of various level of formation in the vice-province, the 25 pre-novices were also present in this formative encounter.

                The meeting began on June 9, with an opening talk from Br. Adriano de Jesus who gave emphasis on one and the same Salesian vocation. He encouraged the Brothers and the pre-novices that God calls us first and foremost to be Salesians. This is the central point of our vocation. Only when we appreciate our Salesian vocation, we begin to discern between being a Salesian brother or a Salesian priest.

                Then, the encounter continued with a short talk by Fr. Anacleto Pires, the current novice master of TLS vice-province. Fr. Anacleto presented to the Brothers and the pre-novices the theology of consecrated life and highlighted that whatever states of life that we are in, the most important call of God for us all is to be holy. The encounter continued with the talk of Fr. Manny Pinto. He reminded those present in the meeting about the importance of the two dimensions of Salesian vocation. He emphasized the fact that these two dimensions of Salesian Vocation do not mean that one is superior to the other, but they complement each other. Both Salesian Brothers and Salesian Priests consecrate themselves for the young. Don Bosco becomes model for both dimensions of Salesian Vocation.

                In the afternoon session, the time was given to the Brothers and Priest formators for sharing and exchanging some insights as part of the journey towards Salesian Borther’s Congress in Vietnam. The encounter terminated with a picture together as a remembrance of such a precious encounter which enables the province to look deep into the Salesian Brother vocation.

                Source: AustraLasia

                • Timor Est
                • TLS
                • Salesiani Coadiutori

                  Brazil - A missionary journey of the past: from Manaus to Iauaretê

                  Gian Francesco Romano
                  1 month 2 weeks ago
                  Brazil - A missionary journey of the past: from Manaus to Iauaretê

                  (ANS - Sao Gabriel de Cachoeira) - Even in 2018 there are places in the world that can only be reached through a long and difficult journey. This is the case of the Salesian mission of Iauaretê, at the extreme western border of Brazil, right before the border with Colombia. Here is the story of this long journey in the words of Br Giampietro Pettenon, SDB, Head of "Missioni Don Bosco" of Turin, who arrived at the mission with his team.

                  We reach Manaus after a long journey from Turin. In the capital of Amazonia the Salesians coordinate the work of the missionary houses among the natives of the region and we take another flight from there to Sao Gabriel de Cachoeira. Here too there are the Salesians, for a good 103 years, and the town develops around the historical nucleus of buildings that were the Salesian college and its large church, which today is the cathedral of the diocese.

                  The next day we leave for Iauaretê, reachable only by river. Because the journey takes 12 hours, you have to leave in the morning, because traveling in the dark is too dangerous. Wake up at dawn, breakfast, load luggage and off we go!

                  The skipper of the boat, a native, takes us for an hour up to a check point. We are entering the exclusively indigenous area and the army controls access. Immediately after, we turn and go up a tributary of the Rio Negro, the Rio Vaupes. Since we are still in the rainy season, the river is particularly swollen with water. At a certain point, on the contrary, it seems we are flying, with perfectly smooth water that reflects the clouds! The illusion ends when after a slight mist arrives light and thin rain, but insistent!

                  Shortly after, the rapids arrive, forcing us to unload all our luggage and continue on a truck in the middle of the forest for five kilometers. Then we reload everything and start again on the boat.

                  Along the shore we see small indigenous communities, each with a chapel and a small school next door. They are communities founded by the Salesians: the hallmark of the educative and at the same time evangelizing house of the Sons of Don Bosco is a church with a school nearby. Without the education of the young, evangelization risks becoming proselytism. And without a church, the educational work risks becoming a social service.

                  In the end, after 11 hours of travel on the river, we arrive at Iauaretê, one hour in advance. It went well, today!

                  • Brasile
                  • BMA
                  • Missioni
                  • Missioni Don Bosco

                    UN - "Girls with no name": United Nations applaud Salesian work in favor of girls

                    Gian Francesco Romano
                    1 month 2 weeks ago

                    (ANS - New York) - "Misiones Salesianas" - the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid - in collaboration with the "International Mary Help of Christians Institute" (IIMA), "VIDES International" and "Jugendhilfe Weltweit", organized at the United Nations in New York a side event of the 38th session of the Human Rights Council taking place in Geneva. The goal was to give visibility to the most vulnerable minors who are forced to work as prostitutes to survive, a harsh reality presented in the documentary "Love".

                    Thanks to the documentary "Love" and the testimony, narrated in a video-message, of a girl who left the streets of Freetown to learn a trade and become a protagonist of her life, the Salesians showed the good practices carried out to steal the girls away from the streets, and the successes that education can offer in countries like Sierra Leone, Benin and India, where child prostitution is widespread.

                    In addition to the young woman's testimony, at the event entitled "Girls with no name", experts of the IIMA and VIDES and of the Salesian missionary Fr Jorge Crisafulli, for years active for the most needy minors in Sierra Leone, spoke to the audience on the issue.

                    Sponsored by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and more than a dozen countries, the event was attended by representatives of more than fifteen countries and delegations of the UN Council.

                    The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Fatima Maada Bio, went specifically to New York to attend the event. In her speech, she thanked the work of the Salesians in her country, through the work "Don Bosco Fambul", and assured all that the issue will be one of her concerns and that she will do all she can to make it so also for the new government, just elected.

                    Fr Crisafulli spoke of the work of prevention and unconditional love for the girls: "At Don Bosco Fambul we are committed to making these girls understand that the situation in which they find themselves is not their fault, and that they can start again, dream of a better future and make their dreams come true because they are unique, wonderful, each a work of art made by God."

                    • ONU
                    • Ragazze
                    • Prostituzione
                    • Sierra Leone
                    • AFW

                      Brazil - Young university students collect food for indigenous Bororo and Xavante

                      Gian Francesco Romano
                      1 month 2 weeks ago
                      Brazil - Young university students collect food for indigenous Bororo and Xavante

                      (ANS - Araçatuba) - "Apathy, lack of solidarity, conformism and low commitment of university students are worrying signs in Latin American universities" reports a study published a few months ago by the association of Universities and Institutes of Higher Education in Mexico (ANUIES). The Salesians and the Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS) try to cope with these situations with pastoral and service proposals.

                      For example, the Salesian Universitary Centres of Lins and Araçatuba (UniSALESIANO) is implementing a service proposal in favor of missions with indigenous peoples.

                      In concrete terms, the University Pastoral of "UniSALESIANO" has started to collect non-perishable foodstuffs to be delivered to the natives of the Bororo and Xavante del Mato Grosso tribes. The charitable action is part of the "Missionary Volunteer" project, which is being carried out this year for the second time by UniSALESIANO.

                      More than 20 academic students of various courses at the UniSALESIANO site in Araçatuba and Lins will leave on July 1st for Mato Grosso on an expedition that will take them to the villages of Meruri (Bororo) and San Marcos (Xavante), where they will remain until next 8 July.

                      During this period, the group shall develop activities, do volunteer work and have the opportunity to experience a moment of learning and exchanging of experiences. "And they will also have the opportunity to experience a deeper cultural understanding, to achieve a cultured vision of the new realities," explained the Pro-Rector of the Pastoral Ministry, Fr Waldomiro Bronakowski.

                      To participate in the project, interested students had to participate in a two-step selective process. In the first, young university students filled out a form with the membership application and answered questions about themselves. Then, an individual interview took place with a psychologist.

                      The group thus selected will travel under the supervision of two course coordinators, Prof. Mirella Justi, professor of Psychology, and Prof. Juliana Mitidiero, professor of Physical Education, both of the Araçatuba office.

                      The UniSALESIANO carried out the first missionary volunteering trip last year, in 2017, and lasted about 14 hours. On that occasion the selected students took over the needs of the natives and, on their return to UniSalesiano, they began to create improvement and development projects for those communities, to be implemented over the years.

                      Undoubtedly this experience of solidarity and service to the most needy breaks the pattern of an exaggerated individualism that many university students experience when they live only for their own projects and studies.

                      • Brasile
                      • Università
                      • IUS
                      • Volontariato
                      • Giovani
                      • Indigeni

                        Ethiopia – Ten years of "Bosco Children Project"

                        Gian Francesco Romano
                        1 month 2 weeks ago

                        (ANS – Addis Abeba) – "Bosco Children Project" in Addis Abeba celebrates 10 years of its existence.  The Bosco Children project has been giving a concrete and efficient answer to the street children problem that has remarkably increased in the last fifteen years in Ethiopia, especially in the capital city Addis Abeba.  The socio-economical situation, broken families, different ethnic conflicts and the spreading of HIV are the most plausible causes of this phenomenon.

                        In tackling this growing situation, the Salesians of Don Bosco, together with lay volunteers and other collaborators, are striving to give an adequate answer by trying to achieve: rehabilitation of street children through education and technical schools, reintegration into the family and society, wherever possible; daily sharing in a general counselling service.  

                        The entire process followed at the Bosco Children center is through a process of three steps.  

                        1st step: Meeting on the street - The street is the setting where the first contact takes place in an informal way that creates a relationship between the social worker and the children. 

                        2nd step: Orientation program - Bearing in mind and respecting their personal choices, children have opportunities for safe accommodation with daily meals, orientation, counselling, health care, literacy program and skills training offered to them. 

                        3rd step: Institutional care program - One-to-one follow up and counselling, skills training courses (bamboo, automotive, leather, metal work, wood work, food preparation), personal rehabilitative program for each child, academic programs, guidance and follow-up for social integration etc.  

                        Needless to say, the presence of Bosco Children project in Addis Abeba is very much appreciated by the locals as well as the government officials.  The presence of hundreds of officials and well-wishers on the day of graduation, which took place on 23 June 2018, was a visible sign of this appreciation from their part.

                        • Etiopia
                        • AET
                        • Bambini di Strada
                        • Giovani a Rischio Sociale
                        • Anniversari
                        • Opzione Preferenziale

                          RMG - On Don Bosco's name-day, Rector Major celebrates at "Sacred Heart"

                          Gian Francesco Romano
                          1 month 3 weeks ago

                          (ANS - Rome) - On 24 June, on the name-day feast of St. John the Baptist, the Oratory of Valdocco celebrates Don Bosco's name-day and it is always a much-felt event with many past pupils returning to give thanks for the benefits received. "On June 24, we celebrate a day of gratitude towards the Rector Major, specifically today to Fr Ángel Fernández Artime," said Fr Francesco Cereda, Vicar of the Rector Major.

                          The feast of thanksgiving to the Rector Major, celebrated yesterday 24 June, at the Sacred Heart in Rome, opened with a Eucharistic celebration inside the basilica, attended by over one hundred priests, many Salesians, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, representatives of the Salesian Family active in the Sacred Heart, the World President of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco with his Council, the Salesian Cardinal Raffaele Farina and the Archbishop of Camerino, Msgr. Francesco Brugnaro, Salesian past pupil.

                          For the occasion, the three communities that directly depend on the Rector Major also gathered: the Community of the Salesian Central See, the Salesian Community of the Vatican and the Community of the Catacombs of St. Callistus. "This is the occasion to thank the Rector Major for his service," said Fr Stefano Martoglio, Councilor for the Mediterranean region, during the celebration of gratitude, "but above all to thank him for his closeness, his sense of fraternity, and animation for the Provinces of the world."

                          The event was also an occasion to pay homage to the Salesians working at the Salesian headquarters and who this year celebrate more significant anniversaries of priestly ordination or religious profession: Fr Francesco Cereda, Vicar of the Rector Major, for the 50th anniversary of his religious profession; Fr Hilário Passero, and 70 years of religious profession and 60 of priestly ordination; Fr Orlando Dalle Pezze, for the 60th anniversary of religious profession and the 50th anniversary of priestly ordination; Fr Luigi Fedrizzi, for the 60 years of religious profession; and Fr Janusz Zapala, for the 25 years of priestly ordination. With them, homage also to cardinal Farina for his 60 years of priestly ordination.

                          Speaking, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, said, "In this place, so emblematic for our Father Don Bosco, the work of the Sacred Heart, a place of many memories ... I cannot but give thanks to God for the beauty of communion and of community. This is an opportunity to thank all of you for the service you render for the good of the Congregation."

                          {gallery}RMG - Festa RM 2018{/gallery}

                          • RMG
                          • Rettor Maggiore
                          • Vicario del Rettor Maggiore
                          • Francesco Cereda
                          • Ángel Fernández Artime

                            Venezuela - Card. Angelo Amato, SDB: "Venezuela is a blessed land"

                            Gian Francesco Romano
                            1 month 3 weeks ago

                            (ANS - Caracas) - In the midst of the political, social and economic crisis that Venezuela is experiencing, the Church never tires of announcing that the path of serenity and peace begins in the heart of every human being, and that the objective of every believer is holiness. In this context, the Salesian Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, representing Pope Francis, presided at the beatification ceremony of Mother Carmen Rendiles, foundress of the Congregation of the Servants of Jesus.

                            During the trip to Venezuela, the cardinal found time to visit the Provincial House of his Salesian confreres in Caracas. It was a fraternal meeting and a meeting between old classmates, as the cardinal studied Theology at the Salesian Pontifical University of Rome in the years 1964-1968, having among his colleagues the Salesians Fr Santiago Pról, Román Chena and mgr. José Angel Divasson, SDB, Apostolic Vicar Emeritus of Puerto Ayacucho, all present for the occasion.

                            The beatification ceremony of Mother Carmen Rendiles, the third Blessed of the Catholic Church in Venezuela, took place on Saturday, June 16, at the baseball stadium of the Catholic University of Venezuela. About 15,000 people attended the event.

                            Members of the various groups of the Salesian Family were present at this great feast of faith. The Eucharist began at 10 o'clock, presided by card. Angelo Amato, accompanied by the Archbishop of Caracas, card. Jorge Urosa, from the archbishop of Mérida, card. Baltazar Porras, by the apostolic nuncio, Msgr. Aldo Giordano and other representatives of the Episcopal Conference and Venezuelan clergy.

                            In the homily, card. Amato emphasized that "Venezuela is a blessed land", thus referring to the other two religious who preceded Mother Carmen Rendiles to the honors of the altars: Mother Mary of San José and Mother Candelaria of San José. Then he added: "the beatification of Mother Carmen Rendiles exalts the beautiful necklace of Venezuelan holiness".

                            After the celebration, thousands of faithful and participants pointed out the difficult and harsh situation experienced by thousands of Venezuelans, shouting: "Freedom! Freedom!" At the same time, they also launched an appeal to Cardinal Amato: "Tell the Pope to come to Venezuela".

                            "Nothing is achieved by losing peace and union with God ... Let us always be at peace", was, in the end, the message of Blessed Carmen Rendiles.

                            {gallery}VEN - Card Amato Madre Randiles{/gallery}

                            • Venezuela
                            • VEN
                            • Angelo Amato
                            • Cardinali
                            • Santità

                              RMG - Appointment of new Provincial of Vice Province "Africa Great Lakes" (AGL)

                              Gian Francesco Romano
                              1 month 3 weeks ago

                              (ANS - Rome) - During the summer session of the General Council, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consensus of the other Councilors, appointed Fr Pierre-Célestin Ngoboka as Provincial of the Salesian Vice Province "Africa Great Lakes" ( AGL) for the six-year period, 2018-2024.

                              The future Provincial of AGL was born on July 14, 1974, in Nyabikenke, in the territory of the parish of Kanyanza, diocese of Kabgayi, in Rwanda. From 1996 to 1998 he studied Philosophy at the Major Seminary "St. Charles" of Nyakibanda, did his novitiate in the capital of his country, Kigali, between 2000 and 2001, and made his first vows on August 16, 2001.

                              After completing his internship at Butare (2000-2001), also in Rwanda, he made his perpetual profession in Rome on April 24, 2006, and was ordained priest on July 21, 2007, in the parish where he grew up in Kanyanza.

                              At the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome he undertook philosophical studies (2003-2010) and, once back in Rwanda, he took over the leadership of the Kabgayi post-novitiate community (from 2010 until today).

                              Fr Ngoboka, who received his PhD in Philosophy in 2016, has also been Vicar of the Vice Province since 2013.

                              In the statement in which he announced his appointment, Fr Camiel Swertvagher, current AGL Provincial, invited all the Salesians of the Vice Province to pray for Fr Ngoboka and announced the planned date for his taking office on August 15th. 

                              • RMG
                              • Ispettori
                              • Nomine
                              • AGL

                                Nicaragua - In a situation of violence, the Church seeks dialogue

                                Gian Francesco Romano
                                1 month 3 weeks ago
                                Nicaragua - In a situation of violence, the Church seeks dialogue

                                (ANS - Managua) - Two months of intense protests have been going on in Nicaragua. Time passes quickly and the incessant repression of the police, paramilitary groups and those close to the government of Daniel Ortega continues to make the nation cry.

                                According to data from human rights organizations, there were over 200 deaths in the clashes. Children and young people were victims of atrocities by these groups, which from the beginning have shown no will to dialogue.

                                The Salesians of Don Bosco continue to accompany the population. The Salesian house in the capital, Managua, carries on its activities as best it can and remains vigilant on the situation surrounding its own center as the parish dedicated to Don Bosco has been the object of threats. 

                                Violence in Masaya has not stopped. A young animator from the local Salesian oratory was killed by gunshot. The Salesian house in Granada suspended the activities of both the institute and the oratory; in fact, even if there is a certain calm in the city, there is still no safety or certainty towards starting or resuming activities.

                                National dialogue resumed on Friday, June 15, with the only progress represented by the government's desire to invite international human rights organizations to accompany the process of democratization. The Church continues to play a decisive role in mediating the situation, proposing a path aimed at accelerating and guaranteeing peace.

                                Yesterday, Thursday 21 June, the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua (CEN) and the clergy of Managua, presented the Blessed Sacrament at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption. A large crowd gathered there to pray and to wait for card. Leopoldo Brenes, archbishop of Managua, and his auxiliary, mgr. Silvio José Báez. 

                                The current situation is very delicate and the Catholic Church with the presence of the bishops is trying to resume talks with the government, to seek peace for a people that mourns the death of hundreds of people and thousands of wounded.

                                Even in the midst of the anguish and pain caused by this situation, the Nicaraguan people have not lost hope and, although the prospect is still confused, they have not given up on the possibility of peace.

                                • Nicaragua
                                • CAM
                                • Violenze
                                • Chiesa

                                  India - Educating to diversity, starting with the Constitution

                                  Gian Francesco Romano
                                  1 month 3 weeks ago
                                  India - Educating to diversity, starting with the Constitution

                                  (ANS - Mumbai) - At a time when in India the public debate is occupied by identity issues and many are busy with raising walls, rather than building bridges, between different cultures, religions and traditions, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) has given a mandate to all Catholic schools to read, comment and teach young people the Preamble to the Constitution of India, which promotes inclusive values among all citizens.

                                  "The Office of the Episcopal Conference for Education and Culture has sent directives to educational institutions to teach constitutional values to students, promoting true patriotism, national integration and love for the country," said the National Secretary of the Office, Salesian Fr Jose Manipadam, who sent the document to the leaders of Catholic educational institutions throughout the nation.

                                  Fr Manipadam affirms to have taken the initiative after several of the country's Bishops had explicitly asked his Office to intervene, to contribute towards conveying to the young the values of the Constitution and "foster the authentic sense of Indian nationalism, the healthy patriotism based on constitutional values."

                                  The 9-page document was drafted in 2016 by the Jesuits to be distributed among their schools, and leads students to elaborate on the 85 specific words that make up the Preamble to the Indian Constitution.

                                  In practise, there are four phases: in the first, students are encouraged to memorize the Preamble, to use it on the days of the monthly assembly, to recite it in classes and to prepare speeches on it.

                                  In the second, the deeper meaning of the Preamble will be explored through group discussions, themed quizzes, essays and research papers.

                                  In the third passage, the expression with which the Preamble opens, "We, the People of India", emphasizing the cultural and religious pluralism of the nation, will be the center of focus and study. For this phase, suggestions are for short theatrical scenes aimed at demonstrating unity in the diversity of the Indian people.

                                  Finally, the key words of the Preamble will be examined one by one: a republic that is sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic together with justice, freedom, equality, fraternity, and citizenship.

                                  The Salesians in India animate hundreds of schools and educational centers, spread across 11 Provinces throughout the land, and constitute one of the largest private educational networks at the national level. Within the schools, many Human Rights courses and clubs have been activated over the years, and they will certainly be able to implement the CBCI initiative in the best possible way.

                                  • India
                                  • Chiesa
                                  • Educazione
                                  • Scuole

                                    Senegal - A small agricultural project to combat emigration and shout: "STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING"

                                    Gian Francesco Romano
                                    1 month 3 weeks ago

                                    (ANS - Tambacounda) - An inhospitable and arid place, which even after the floods of the rainy season soon returns to be barren and unproductive: the Tambacounda region, one of Senegal's poorest, marked by poverty and unemployment. And, alas, more: over the years it has also become a crossroads of the trafficking of human beings that from sub-Saharan Africa transports people who have nothing to lose as they make their journey towards Europe. In a place such dire need of hope, the Salesian Family could not be but be present.

                                    In Tambacounda, the Salesians have been animating their center since the 80s with a parish, oratory and vocational training center; recently, a small Projects Office was opened by the Salesian association "Don Bosco 2000" which, in collaboration with the Turin Mission Office - "Missioni Don Bosco" - and VIS, the "International Volunteering for Development" NGO, are working to promote the education and vocational training of young people as well as fostering development of micro-businesses for and by the young in the fields of tourism, crafts and agriculture. In practice, it supports the local development and economy by creating concrete employment opportunities.

                                    This is why it has decided to involve 4 of the area's young, all potential migrants: Adama, Jeronime, Maxime and Doudou. They will work to create a vegetable garden, a small farm, together with another young man: Seny Diallo.

                                    The role of Seny is fundamental to the project: he is a returning migrant,  involved in the "Cooperation Circular" protocol: in practice, those who have already experienced migration and return to the country of origin are trained to become tutors of other young people, the aim being to prevent trafficking.

                                    The project foresees the start of a vegetable farm by preparing the soil, sowing and raising crops. On the plot of land, owned by Adama, an indispensable well for irrigation will also be dug. Once harvested, the vegetables (okra, tomatoes, peppers and other local vegetables) will be sold at local markets.

                                    The youths involved were chosen based on specific characteristics: Jeronime and Maxime attended a course on Agriculture provided by VIS; Adama is the owner of the land, in the village of Nettebolou, on which the vegetable garden will be created; Doudou is an expert farmer, while Semy is extremely motivated towards providing others with a chance to stay in Senegal.

                                    They have the whole future ahead of them and have the right to live their future safely, in their own land, alongside their loved ones.

                                    For further information, please visit the website:

                                    • Senegal
                                    • AFO
                                    • Tratta
                                    • Associazione Don Bosco 2000
                                    • Migranti
                                    • Rifugiati
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