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Spain – "Car of the future" project awarded at "Simo Educación 2019" fair

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(ANS - Ciudad Real) - "Simo Educación", an international exhibition of educational technology and innovation, selected ten of the most innovative training experiences presented in different categories. Among these, one made at the Salesian Institute in Ciudad Real: the "El coche del Futuro" project (The car of the future).

The Salesians arrived in Ciudad Real over 50 years ago. In 1962, they started the school-reception center "Sto. Tomás de Villanueva", a presence that focussed on poor and orphaned youth. Over time, they expanded their educational and social offer through primary and vocational training courses, and mechanics, carpentry and printing workshops. Later, they took over the school that today is called "Salesianos - Hermano Garate", which recently developed the project "The car of the future".

This is a project carried out by the primary school teacher Carlos García Turrillo, who involved children of the sixth year in an innovative learning path. His proposal was considered by the people in charge of the "Simo Educación" fair to be one of the ten most innovative training experiences presented, and was awarded the 2019 Educational Innovation Award in the "Best Innovative Experience - Nursery and Primary School" category.

The "El coche del futuro" project involved the students through cooperative learning and gamification processes of the notions involved, as well as offering them fundamental elements of electronics and robotics. The objective was the construction of a scale-model car, fostering a methodology of working in groups and using renewable energies. The project was developed in three phases and the concepts of geometry, natural sciences, languages ​​and robotics were elaborated and developed.

As a novelty in this 2019 edition of "Simo Educación", two of the 10 projects already selected will have the chance to win a further award: the "InnoTechEdu Award", and the "Award for Best Innovative Experience in Teaching", the absolute top prize, of 2019, which will go to the project that will have obtained the highest overall score by the jury. Both prizes will be announced Wednesday 6 November in Madrid during the celebration of the fair as part of the "InnoTechEdu Party & Prizes" evening on the theme: "We love our teachers!"

  • Spagna
  • Educazione
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Japan – The Salesian Family in Japan prepares for Pope Francis’ visit

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    Japan – The Salesian Family in Japan prepares for Pope Francis’ visit

    (ANS – Tokyo) – Pope Francis will visit Thailand (20-23 Nov) and Japan (23 -26 Nov). In both countries, the Catholics are a tiny minority (0.3% of the whole population in Thailand and even less in Japan). For this reason, the role of Catholic social communication is very important, in order to help the understanding of the visit for both ordinary citizens and the Catholic community.

    In Japan, Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the atomic-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, along with Tokyo. He will also meet with Emperor Naruhito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The most recent visit of a Pope to Japan was in 1981 when St John Paul II also visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    The October issue of the Salesian Bulletin of Japan (Don Bosco no Kaze, no. 23) helps the broader Salesian family in Japan (with numerous Past Pupils - non-Christians) to understand who the Pope is, and carries a brief, lively presentation of Jorge Mario Bergoglio - Pope Francis.

    In the meantime, the Catholic community seizes any opportunity to link to their fellow citizens through the mainstream media as well. A simple and passionate article by Fr Nakamaro Abe, SDB, was recently published in the Opinion column of the Nishi Nippon online edition. Fr Abe presents the Pope and the meaning of his visit to civil society, an audience that is not very familiar either with the specific religion or with the role of the Pope.

    Pope Francis is introduced as the 'first disciple of Jesus' and Christian leader of 'one-third of the world's population as the Catholic 'care-taker'. Then St Francis of Assisi is introduced - since his name was taken by the current Pope as an inspiration for 'nurturing life, fighting the suppression of human dignity due to economic disparity and understanding each person as an important partner.'

    Also, this year is 470 years since St Francis Xavier, himself a member of the Society of Jesus, introduced Christianity to Japan. And Fr Abe also notes the episode when young Bergoglio, after meeting with then General Pedro Arrupe, was about to volunteer to be a missionary in Japan.

    Fr Abe concludes his short presentation of the Pontiff's visit to Japan: 'A Japanese watch shines on the Pope's left wrist. Our future will be one step closer to peace if we can acquire the same attitude as the Pope who accompanies us by believing in the potential of our neighbours - our partners.'

    Source: AustraLasia

    • Giappone
    • Famiglia Salesiana
    • Papa Francesco
    • GIA
    • Bollettino Salesiano
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Poland - "With gratitude we look at the past, to build the future"

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      (ANS - Warsaw) - A brief visit, but full of meaning and perspective, describes the trip of Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to Warsaw between last Friday and Sunday (18-20 October) on the occasion of the Salesian Province's 100 years. Among the various important meetings held by the X Successor of Don Bosco, highlights include meeting the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda. The theme of the various events was given by the appreciation and gratitude towards Salesian education.

      Already in his first official appointment, with Msgr. Salvatore Pennacchio, Apostolic Nuncio in the Country, Fr Á.F. Artime welcomed the words of the bishop who, with a long experience behind him, emphasized that he knew the Salesian world well, having observed it first hand in different countries, and he expressed his appreciation for the Salesians' work in education, formation, social promotion throughout the world.

      After the meeting with the Nuncio, also attended by the Councilor for Central and Northern Europe, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus; the Provincial of Warsaw, Fr Tadeusz Jarecki, and the Secretary of the Rector Major, Fr Horacio López; Fr Á.F. Artime met the Polish President before a large delegation from the Salesian Family.


      In their cordial conversation, the Rector Major and the President of Poland touched on the theme of education, and here too the gratitude for the Salesians' work emerged: both at the general level, for everything accomplished in this field in the last 100 years; and with a personal note when the President recalled that as a young man he used to attend the sports field run by the Salesians with his friends, declaring he had always felt welcomed and very much at home in that environment.

      Also on Friday 18, the Rector Major gathered with several Polish prelates, starting with the cardinal and archbishop of Warsaw, Kazimierz Nycz. He talked with them about the centenary's theme - which opened last fall under the motto: "With gratitude we look at the past, to build the future", the event to conclude with a solemn celebration on 10 November at the Marian shrine of Różanystok.


      On Saturday, then, the Rector Major continued to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Warsaw Province by meeting young people and the Salesian Family in the city of Łódź. Subsequently he presided over a Eucharist for over 1,800 people of the Salesian Family, including about 1,200 children and young people. In his homily, he stressed the primacy of love in education. "More important than what we do is how we do it," he said, inviting us to give ourselves wholeheartedly and to use one's heart as a measure to evaluate one's own work and commitment.

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      • Polonia
      • PLE
      • Anniversari
      • Rettor Maggiore
      • Ángel Fernández Artime
      • Personaggi illustri
      • Politica
        Gian Francesco Romano

        India – Teaching children to write: their future

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        India – Teaching children to write: their future

        (ANS - Jamtoli) - In Jamtoli, in the State of Jharkhand, India, the Salesians started a new presence in 2012. The house, belonging to the Salesian Province of India New Delhi (INN), is still small and under development and is dedicated to the education of children through school and catechesis. The Salesian center is a true missionary outpost, given that Jamtoli is a tribal area lacking in social, educational, health and infrastructure opportunities, where every year thousands of children aged 9-14 stop studying to work in the mines.

        The inhabitants of the Jamtoli area are extremely poor, mostly illiterate or semi-illiterate, and survive by practicing subsistence farming and animal breeding with rudimentary methods. The older generations are resigned to their destiny and continue to live a marginalized life, while the young remain without opportunities for decent work.

        The Salesians purchased 12 acres of land to establish a new mission and two of them immediately left to start new activities. The housing arrangement is still precarious and the religious live in a temporarily adapted stable, but for them this is of little significance: because the important thing is to be alongside the population.

        Rather, what they are focusing on is to start an integrated development program as soon as possible that can lead to an improvement in the quality of life of the entire community, focusing primarily on education, schooling and formation for children.

        The project they have in mind is in pure Salesian style. It is about building a school, a simple building of 4 classrooms, which for children and the entire local population of those isolated lands would mean a lot: not just literacy, but also play, sharing, care ... In a word, it would mean future.

        The project's direct beneficiaries shall be about 900 children, belonging to various tribal ethnic groups. Furthermore, around 300 young people and adults could use the same spaces at other times of the day to receive initial literacy courses.

        The school's long-term plan is to reach almost 1,600 children between the ages of 5 and 14.

        As they wrote from Jamtoli's mission: "If we can offer a good foundation to a child while he is still small, then we can open the path to future prosperity."

        For more information, please visit the website: www.missionidonbosco.org

        • India
        • INN
        • Missioni
        • Missioni Don Bosco
        • Povertà
        • Scuole
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Paraguay – "A million children recite the Rosary": it's the prayer of my heart

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          (ANS - Asunción) - In one of the most beautiful documents on the Virgin ever written, namely the apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae", Pope John Paul II answered to the criticism of those who say the Rosary is "a repetitive prayer." The Polish Pontiff emphasized that it is a prayer perfectly suited to human nature, which needs repetition; the Rosary, then, is "the expression of love that never tires of returning to the loved one." For this reason, the children of the "Salesianito" school in Asunción joined the global initiative: "One million children recite the Rosary."

          Pope Leo XIII wrote eleven encyclicals on the Rosary; Pius XII recited the rosary and called it "the Breviary of the Gospel"; Pope Francis said: "The Rosary is the prayer that always accompanies my life; it is the prayer of the simple and the saints ... It is the prayer of my heart."

          "If one looks superficially at this repetition, one might be tempted to consider the Rosary an arid and boring practice. However, another consideration one can have of the Crown can be reached, if it is considered to be taken as an expression of that love that never tires of returning to the loved one," explained St. John Paul II.

          The children of the Salesian schools have joined the global initiative "One million children recite the Rosary", a manifestation of faith that aims to ask the Virgin Mary for peace and unity in the world. This year the intentions were directed above all to the Extraordinary Missionary Month, praying above all for the missionaries and for the increase in missionary vocations.

          The initiative of "One Million Children Recite the Rosary" was born from an incident in 2005 in Venezuela. Then a group of children was reciting the Rosary in front of a votive shrine, and some women felt the presence of the Virgin. One of them recalled a phrase from Saint Pio of Pietrelcina: "If one million children pray the Rosary, the world will change." Since then, the initiative has been revived over the years and has become consolidated as a fixed appointment on October 18th.

          For Don Bosco and for the Salesian Family, reciting the Rosary is one of the fundamental legacies of the charism. When the marquis Roberto d'Azeglio visited the oratory, he said that reciting the rosary was a waste of time; Don Bosco replied: "Well, I have this habit in my soul, and I can tell you that my institution is based on it: I would be willing to leave many other very important things before this."

          • Paraguay
          • PAR
          • Preghiera
          • Scuole
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Vatican – Fr Lucas Jeimphaung Dau Ze appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Lashio

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            Vatican – Fr Lucas Jeimphaung Dau Ze appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Lashio

            (ANS - Vatican City) - Today, October 18, Holy Father Francis has appointed Fr Lucas Jeimphaung Dau Ze, SDB, as Coadjutor Bishop. He is currently Counselor of the Mary Help of Christians Vice Province of Myanmar (MYM ) and Director of the Salesian Philosophy Department of Pyin Oo Lwin.

            Fr Dau Ze was born in the village of Hpa Hping, in Shan State, Myanmar, on October 18, 1962. He attended the Salesian novitiate in Anisakan between 1983 and 1984, made his perpetual vows on May 6, 1993, in Anisakan, and ordained a priest, also in the same city, on 21 April 1996.

            He served as Economer at the "Nazareth" center of Anisakan (1998-2006), as Director and Parish Priest at the same center (2006-2012), and then as person in charge of the center of Pang Way (2012-2017), and Director of the Salesian Philosophy Dept of Pyin Oo Lwin.

            For the MYM Vice Province, he was a Councilor (2007-10, and again from 2015 to date), as well as a Delegate for Youth Ministry (2008-2011) and Delegate for the Missions (from 2017 to present).

            His studies include a Bachelor's degree in History, awarded by the University of Yangon, Myanmar, in 1989; a specialization in the Philippines, which earned him a Diploma in Family Counseling, received in 2004 from the "Jesuit University"; and a Master in Pastoral Sociology in 2006 at the Asian Social Institute.

            • Vaticano
            • MYM
            • Myanmar
            • Lucas Jeimphaung Dau Ze
            • Nomine
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Vatican – Christmas Concert 2019: "Let's network for the Amazon"

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              (ANS - Vatican City) - "Let's network for the Amazon": the echo of the current Synod in progess also reaches the 27th edition of the Christmas Concert in the Vatican, the event promoted by the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education in support of "Don Bosco Missions" and of the Pontifical Foundation "Scholas Occurrentes", presented Tuesday, October 15th, in the Sala Marconi of Palazzo Pio.

              The secretary of the Congregation, Msgr. Angelo Vincenzo Zani; the Salesian brother Giampietro Pettenon, President of the "Don Bosco Missions"; Josè Maria del Corral, President of "Scholas Occurrentes"; Fr Davide Banzato, a priest who is often active on Italian TV networks; Ernestina Macuxi and Hosana Purubora, of the "Indigenous Missionary Council", all spoke of the importance of preserving the Amazon because "Mother Nature needs her lung".

              During the event "Let's network for the Amazon" was shown, the common charity project that includes two specific interventions: one of an educational nature for the students, which will be carried out by "Scholas Occurrentes" to raise awareness among the students of the 450,000 schools in the world belonging to the “Scholas.social” platform, promoting reforestation activities in the same schools and institutions.

              The other is by "Missioni Don Bosco", which will go directly to support the indigenous population in the degraded district of Iauaretê, northwest of the Brazilian Amazon, on the border with Colombia, in an area where the Salesians have been present for 90 years. The project aims to preserve the presence, tradition and culture of the indigenous population, also helping it to preserve itself from the scourge of alcohol. "Working with children and educating them means involving parents too, in an awareness-raising work, especially towards women. It is an education that starts with the kids, but that also reaches parents who, in turn, are mostly young people, ”explained Br Pettenon.

              The project aims to eventually create "a home for these children, so that they find a dining room and a room to sleep" when the family is not able to care for them.

              In favor of the charitable cause, also this year the cast of the concert, produced by Prime Time Promotions, confirms to be of great prestige and, at the moment, foresees the presence of Lionel Richie, Bonnie Tyler, Susan Boyle, Elisa, Mahmood, Simone Cristicchi, Fabio Rovazzi, Noemi, Davide Merlini …

              The Italian charity telephone number 45530 will be active in support of the projects from 2 November to 31 December.

              The Christmas concert will be broadcast in Italy and around the world on Canale 5, the evening of Christmas Eve and, re-broadcast, on the afternoon of December 25.

              Tickets can be purchased online at www.concertodinatale.it or at all TicketOne outlets. For information and reservations, call +39 06 68136738. All proceeds from ticket sales and SMS solidarity donations will go to the Scholas Occurrentes Foundations and the Don Bosco Valdocco Missions.

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              • Sinodo per la regione Panamazzonica
              • Musica
              • Concerto
              • Natale
              • Missioni Don Bosco
                Gian Francesco Romano

                RMG – Rector Major's Visit to Warsaw for Province's centenary

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                RMG – Rector Major's Visit to Warsaw for Province's centenary

                (ANS - Rome) - 100 years of activity always constitute an anniversary worthy of being celebrated on a large scale: and what could be better than inviting the Rector Major, the "Don Bosco of today", to celebrate the centenary of a Province? It is precisely for this reason that from today, October 18, and until Sunday the 20th, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime is on an Animation Visit to Warsaw to pay tribute to the service rendered by his Polish confreres in the Province dedicated to “St. Stanislao Kostka ”(PLE) over the past 100 years.

                The X Successor of Don Bosco landed mid-morning at the "Fryderyk Chopin" airport in the Polish capital, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, and the Councilor for Central and Northern Europe, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus.

                During the day, several important official meetings have been scheduled: first with the Apostolic Nuncio in Poland, Msgr. Salvatore Pennacchio; then continuing with the President of the Polish Republic, Andrzej Duda; and finally ending with the Archbishop of Warsaw, Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, several Polish bishops and prelates and the Superiors of the four Salesian Provinces of Poland.

                Tomorrow, Saturday 19, will be a day dedicated, instead, to more informal appointments: in the morning, at Łódź, the Rector Major will animate the Feast with young people and the Salesian Family, followed by a solemn Eucharist; after the festive lunch, he will give interviews to the national media and, on his return to Warsaw, he will spend the late afternoon and evening with his confreres.

                His return flight to Rome is scheduled for the morning of Sunday 20.

                The “St Stanislaus Kostka” Province, based in Warsaw, founded in 1919, currently has 277 Salesians - with 235 priests, 11 coadjutors, 5 deacons and 16 clerics - as well as 3 novices. As for their presence in the territory, there are 28 religious houses, 30 parishes, 7 schools and 22 oratories.

                • RMG
                • Rettor Maggiore
                • Ángel Fernández Artime
                • PLE
                • Polonia
                • Visita di Animazione
                • Anniversari
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  RMG – Planning a School of Salesian Spiritual Accompaniment

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                  RMG – Planning a School of Salesian Spiritual Accompaniment

                  (ANS – Rome) – A group of 17 Salesians from all over the world met 11-12 October 2019 at Sacro Cuore, Rome, to plan a “School of Spiritual Accompaniment” to be offered to the Congregation and perhaps also to the Salesian Family.

                  The consultation was convoked by the Formation Department and involved Salesians from all over the world, who brought the wealth of their qualification and experience to bear on the topic in question. 

                  The School is meant primarily to prepare Salesians formators for Salesian spiritual accompaniment. Fr Fabio Attard, the general councilor for the Department of Youth Ministry and Br Raymond Callo, a member of the Formation Department, facilitated the meeting.

                  The training program to form Salesians in spiritual accompaniment is one of the directives of the document YOUNG SALESIANS AND ACCOMPANIMENT: Orientations and Guidelines recently approved by the Rector Major and his council. The document emerged from the research on Salesian personal accompaniment involving 4,000 confreres, including also 538 spiritual guides, in our Congregation (see Marco Bay, Young Salesians and Accompaniment: Results of an International Survey, soon to be published in English by Kristu Jyoti Publications, Bangalore).

                  There were three important areas the participants discerned as a priority in the training in Salesian personal spiritual accompaniment:

                  • to create a culture of accompaniment – specifically Salesian, personal, and spiritual – for our confreres starting from those in initial formation;
                  • to address the formation of the person of the formator and the lack of formators who are trained to spiritually accompany our confreres;
                  • the methodology to be used and the processes to be initiated.

                  The next step for the Department of Formation is to design the training program based on this consultation and implement it as early as possible - hopefully even by the summer of 2020.

                  {gallery}RMG - Accompagnamento Spirtuale Salesiano - Incontro 2019{/gallery}

                  • RMG
                  • Accompagnamento
                  • Formazione
                  • Pastorale Giovanile
                  • Fabio Attard
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Ecuador – A Salesian house as venue for Peace Talks between National Government and indigenous organizations

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                    Ecuador – A Salesian house as venue for Peace Talks between National Government and indigenous organizations

                    (ANS - Quito) - The Salesian House of Spirituality "San Patricio", located in Cumbayá, Quito, was the venue for peace talks between the National Government and indigenous organizations. The trust and security offered by the Salesians and their works was the reason the UN, through a representative, opted for the center of Don Bosco's spiritual children.

                    For reasons of national security, the process of logistics and organization of the talks were kept confidential until the end of the event.

                    Going back over what happened recently, of note the demonstrations beginning on Tuesday 8 October, followed by several days of mass protests against the latest economic measures adopted by the government. Salesian centers were sites of peace and humanitarian that welcomed over 4,500 indigenous people from the Sierra area and from the eastern areas of Ecuador.

                    From Tuesday 8 to Monday 14 October, the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians has become a focus of attention for people and the distribution of goods that the Church and the population of Quito, together with many people from other provinces and nations, wanted to donate.

                    As many as 93 volunteers, along with 35 doctors and paramedics, took care of different sectors: cooking, clothes, personal hygiene items, dispensary and medical care, cleaning, child care and health. The volunteers self-summoned themselves and, with competence and Salesian spirit, catered to the needy population. The Shrine of Mary Help of Christians was thus a "sanctuary" in the radical sense, that is, a place of "protection", of Salesian humanitarian aid.

                    Furthermore, the Salesian Polytechnic University, through the Federation of Students, teachers and administrative staff, was the protagonist of humanitarian aid and solidarity given in all these days.

                    Salesians like Fr Javier Herrán, Rector, along with Rómulo Sanmartín, Jaime Chela, Robert García, just to name a few, accompanied the population through diverse fields, as "pastors committed to our people", as expressed by Msgr. Alfredo Espinoza, SDB, archbishop of Quito.
                    Fr Francisco Sánchez, Superior of the Salesians in Ecuador, made an official statement before civil society, issuing a statement in which he reaffirmed his commitment to accompany indigenous peoples as a priority option for the Salesian mission, and asked the national government to look for different options regarding economic measures.

                    The "Sacred Heart of Jesus" Salesian Province is missionary and its option for the poorest is the raison d'être of its charism. Don Bosco worked for the poorest, and the poorest are the natives. 

                    {gallery}ECU - Accoglienza indigeni 2019{/gallery}

                    • Ecuador
                    • ECU
                    • Indigeni
                    • Pace
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Spain – Salesian Social Platforms Call for Measures to Eradicate Poverty

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                      Spain – Salesian Social Platforms Call for Measures to Eradicate Poverty

                      (ANS - Madrid) - In Spain, the number of people in conditions of social exclusion is equal to 8.5 million: 18.4% of the population. The risk of poverty and exclusion rate affects 28.3% of children in Spain, or 2.2 million small citizens. Social exclusion in Spain is a structural phenomenon, influenced by factors such as job insecurity, which has led to an increase in the percentage of poor and excluded workers (12% of the active population is today in a situation of social exclusion), or difficulty in accessing housing (rents have increased by 30% in the last two years). Today, two million people live in fear of becoming homeless.

                      Poverty and social exclusion especially affect young people, families with minors and single parents, leading to a "youth" of poverty and exclusion, with a clear deterioration of young emancipated people. 21% of families with children are in a condition of social exclusion. All this is aggravated by the "chronicity" of poverty: young people belonging to a condition of social exclusion are more likely to create families in conditions of social exclusion.

                      The organizations of the State Coordination of Salesian Social Platforms (Asociación Valponasca, Federación Pinardi, Fundación Ángel Tomás-FISAT, Fundación Boscos, Fundación Don Bosco, Fundación JuanSoñador, Fundación María Auxiliadora, Fundación Mornese, Fundación Valsé and Salesians Sant Jordi), work daily to address these inequalities, accompanying groups in conditions or at risk of social exclusion.

                      On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Salesian social entities have drawn up a manifesto to ask that people be placed at the center of political agendas, promoting the achievement of the first Sustainable Development Goal: to end poverty in all its forms in the world and the inequalities that prevail in our society.

                      Currently, the Salesian Social Platforms in Spain have 371 active social projects and help over 50,000 people, thanks to the commitment of 1,284 educators and 1,421 volunteers.

                      Responding to the situation of poverty experienced by so many people, the Salesian Social Platforms have developed specific services for young people, minors, women and migrants at risk of social exclusion. Through various intervention programs and their resources, they seek to provide equal opportunities to the most disadvantaged groups, through an integral process, which includes education, skills training, socio-work placement and awareness-raising of society.

                      The Salesian Social Platforms invite citizens "to actively participate in the denunciation of social injustices and to ask our political representatives to undertake to deal coherently and responsibly with all the proposals of this manifesto, and to work for a more just and more inclusive society."

                      • Spagna
                      • Sociale
                      • Povertà
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        RMG – GC28: Salesian Coadjutor Luigi Zonta illustrates façade of Basilica "born of Don Bosco's dream"

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                        (ANS - Rome) - 122 days from the beginning of the 28th General Chapter, the third video of the series "Interviews with the eyes of ..." is presented, the project carried out by ANS in collaboration with IMEComunicazione through which members of the Community of Valdocco guide us to discover Salesian places and history.

                        This week the protagonist of the interview is Salesian Coadjutor Luigi Zonta, who illustrates the facade of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. "The Basilica was born first of all from a dream of Don Bosco," begins Br Zonta who then, with great enthusiasm, focuses on the facade's architectural features, especially on the columns that "give a sense of support to the whole facade."

                        The full video is available on ANSChannel.

                        • Valdocco
                        • CG28
                        • Torino
                        • Basilica
                        • Salesiani Coadiutori
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Vatican – Mons. Divassón Cilveti, SDB: "Christianity preserves the good that exists in every culture by helping peoples to grow"

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                          (ANS - Vatican City) - In these days of the Synod for the Pan-Amazon region, what is deepened in the halls and classrooms often emerges also in the press briefings. Monday, October 14, Msgr. José Ángel Divassón Cilveti, former apostolic vicar of Puerto Ayacucho, Venezuela, spoke to the media about Salesian work among the Yanomans and how much evangelization can accomplish in different cultures.

                          "As Salesians, we have been present among the Yanomami, along the border between Brazil and Venezuela, since 1957. At first, our missionary action was still affected by a certain paternalistic and sacramentalist character," said the Salesian prelate.

                          However, the initiative of the Salesians changed over time. "The Council," he continued, "opened a new season. We decided to share the life of the communities with profound respect, knowing that it was the Yanomami who had to take the reins of their own future. We have limited ourselves to helping them do so, promoting education, projects that make them economically independent, the defense of their rights."

                          The Salesian prelate also spoke about how the process of evangelization was carried out: "We understood that in order to evangelize we had to know the Yanomami, their feelings, their dreams. With the first group, the preparation path went on for nine years. Some have left. Others arrived at Baptism and have been the seed of a Yanomami Church."

                          The proclamation of the Gospel, he added, only brought good to the natives: "The Gospel takes nothing away from their identity. Christianity preserves the good that exists in every culture while helping people to grow ... In the past, if you had killed someone, you were killed. And so began the continuous battles ... In that culture forgiveness was difficult, yet these people realized that having the ability to forgive solved so many problems!"

                          Finally, regarding the dangers that threaten the natives in the Amazon, Msgr. Divassón Cilveti denounced their poor condition and "Not to mention those that were massacred for land exploitation or mining activities. In the Amazon there are 35 multinationals that work without control and without authorization."

                          It should also be noted that yesterday, 15 October, Pope Francis completed the drafting committee for the final document of the Synod, appointing 4 to the 9 members already identified. Among them are two Salesians: Fr Rossano Sala, Professor of Youth Ministry in the UPS and Director of the Note di Pastorale Giovanile magazine, and Msgr. Edmundo Valenzuela, archbishop of Asunción, Paraguay.

                          • Vaticano
                          • José Ángel Divassón Cilveti
                          • Sinodo per la regione Panamazzonica
                          • Indigeni
                          • Yanomami
                          • Vangelo
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Italy – Youth agriculture, between present and future

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                            Italy – Youth agriculture, between present and future

                            (ANS - Lombriasco) - The first international meeting of Salesian Agricultural Schools took place in the land of Don Bosco in recent days. The event, entitled "Expo Lombriasco 2019 - AgriCultura International Exhibition" has fostered sharing, formation, Salesian spirituality and the development of common projects.

                            Eight Salesian schools attended: the local host of Lombriasco, three from Argentina (Venado Tuerto, San Ambrosio, Rodeo del Medio), and one each from Ireland (Limerick), Albania (Cerrik), France (Ressins) and Ghana (Sunyani). In total there were 22 students from abroad, accompanied by 7 professors, in addition to the teachers and students of the last three years of the Lombriasco Institute and representatives of the cooperating NGO Salesian for Development (VIS) who cooperate in agricultural projects in Albania and Ghana.

                            On Thursday 3 October, schools experienced a powerful moment of spirituality on visiting Valdocco and Colle Don Bosco. In the following two days, the delegations of the different schools, in addition to presenting their own activities, each illustrated an already active project dedicated to the Agricultural, Agro-Industrial and Agribusiness sector on the theme of innovation, sustainability and social agriculture.

                            During the event, there were many forums, conferences and in-depth workshops: from the cultivation of bamboo to fish, from insects as feed to the new frontiers of agriculture ... One of the most important moments was the sharing among the students of the Salesian Agricultural Schools and Agricultural Institutes in the area concerning the theme "giving the land back to young people."

                            During the event, various projects of collaboration between companies and productive realities of the territory and Salesian schools arose - in particular with the institutes of Cerrik (Albania) and Sunyani (Ghana).

                            On Sunday, October 6, diplomas and scholarships were awarded to the best three projects presented. The first classified was for the cultivation of vegetables under innovative greenhouses, of the Salesian Agricultural School of Sunyani (Ghana).

                            The morning ended with the presentation of the “Net4Grow” project: a network between the Salesian School of Lombriasco, the Salesian Agricultural Schools in the world, the past pupils, companies and professionals of the sector that aims to preserve and develop agricultural vocational training and to generate shared local development projects.

                            Given this first meeting's success, the next appointment has already been set for October 2020, with other novelties and new Salesian schools participating to share together one single project: the integration and formation of young people in the style of Don Bosco.

                            • Italia
                            • Agricoltura
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Belgium – CNOS-FAP Board visits European Institutions

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                              Belgium – CNOS-FAP Board visits European Institutions

                              (ANS – Bruxelles) – On Friday, 4 October, the board of “CNOS-FAP”, the provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Italy, visited several European Institutions in Brussels, guided by Don Bosco International. This visit provided CNOS-FAP with further ideas for their strategy of internationalization and with new perspectives on the future of VET in the European Union.

                              The visit started with a meeting in the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission, where the board of CNOS-FAP was received by Joao Santos, Deputy Head of Unit for Vocational training, Apprenticeships and Adult learning. Mr Santos explained the perspective of the European Commission on VET and the initiative to promote VET centers of excellence all over the EU.

                              The second meeting of the day took place in the Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Union, chaired by Germana Viglietta, Attaché for Social Affairs. European, national and regional perspectives were also shared in the meeting, highlighting VET's multidimensional structure in the European Union.

                              After lunch, the group visited the headquarters of COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops Conferences of the European Union, where Alessandro Di Maio, Communication Officer, explained the purpose of COMECE's work in Brussels. The group had then the time to celebrate Mass in the Chapel of COMECE on the day of the Patron of Italy, St. Francis of Assisi.

                              The visited concluded with a threefold meeting with representatives of companies and civil society. Indeed, this last meeting started with Mr Tommi Raivio, project manager of CSR Europe, offering many insights on the future of work from the perspective of a federation of some large companies working on social responsibility within the EU. Then, Ms Giulia Meschino animated a debate on the new challenges of VET in Europe, from her perspective of executive and development manager of EVTA, a European network of VET providers. Finally, Mr Andrea Lapegna, communication officer of the Lifelong Learning Platform, discussed the future opportunities concerning the Erasmus+ programme for young people in the EU.

                              CNOS-FAP is present in 16 out of 20 regions in Italy and features 55 VET centers reaching around 26,000 young people. Furthermore, CNOS-FAP is not alone within the European network of Salesian VET providers. Meetings such as this one, which took place recently in Brussels with the support of Don Bosco International, are therefore very helpful in strengthening this network, opening new perspectives for its members and new opportunities for young people in Europe.

                              {gallery}CNOS Fap a Bruxelles 2019{/gallery}

                              • Belgio
                              • CNOSFAP
                              • Formazione
                              • Don Bosco International
                              • Unione Europea
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Mongolia – Entrepreneurship and dynamism foster Don Bosco Past Pupils' growth

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                                Mongolia – Entrepreneurship and dynamism foster Don Bosco Past Pupils' growth

                                (ANS - Ulanbaatar) - Since their arrival in Mongolia in 2001, Salesians have always been helped by many lay people. In view of the 20th anniversary of their presence in the country, those who have benefited from Salesian education are working to promote the creation of links between Salesian institutions and society.

                                In the last two years, the past pupils of the Don Bosco Industrial Skills Training Center in Ulanbaatar (DBISTC) have committed themselves to strengthening the sense of internal belonging between the past pupils and the Salesian Family. In recent times they have also produced a brief institutional video in which they present several testimonies on the goodness of the formation received.

                                "We are pleased to share this simple presentation that wants above all to express a concept: WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE STUDIED AT THE DBISTC! In the future we intend to work together as a family and for our school," explained MB Boloroo, the secretary of the local Past Pupil Center.

                                From 2001 onwards over 800 students have graduated from the DBISTC in Ulanbaatar; many other young people have received a Salesian education at the Salesian center in Darkhan, the assistance center in Ulanbaatar and the center of Shuwuuu. A first gathering of Don Bosco's past pupils in May 2017, which saw about 400 participants, was the starting point of a movement that does not intend to stop.

                                "Now we are also followed and accompanied by Andrew Phuong, SDB, and we want to focus on specific goals," adds Mr Bayartsengel, another past pupil. "We want to contact as many Don Bosco Past Pupils as possible through the various channels available (Facebook, phone numbers, email ...); raise funds for scholarships for needy students; volunteer with families in difficulty; to offer the Salesian good morning to the DBISTC; accompany the center's students in the world of work, or find the best internships for their needs; and also prepare psychological counseling meetings to help young people with separated or divorced parents, a growing phenomenon now in Mongolia."

                                These objectives are carried out with great pragmatism: currently data from around 80 of the past students for the DBISTC have already been collected; a young scholarship recipient was identified; and sporting competitions were held to make the reality of Salesian education ever more visible and known.

                                Source: AustraLasia

                                • Mongolia
                                • VIE
                                • Exallievi
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Spain – "Palabek. Refugio de esperanza", documentary about refugees' life and dreams

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                                  (ANS - Madrid) - Palabek is the name of the most recent Salesian settlement opened in Northern Uganda, very close to the border with South Sudan. Its meaning in the Acholi language is very explicit: "Stop the sword. Don't fight." More than 40,000 people from the world's youngest country, namely South Sudan, live in that camp: for the most part they are women, children and young people who have escaped a war that has lasted almost 6 years and has left more than 320,000 dead, two million internally displaced persons and 2.5 million refugees. But Palabek is also the title of the last documentary made by "Misiones Salesianas" - the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid - and of the "Jóvenes y Desarrollo" Foundation, which will be presented Thursday, October 17, in Madrid and subsequently in numerous other locations.

                                  The Palabek documentary is just one example of the moving stories of refugees arriving from all over the world. It shows the dreams that keep these people alive, along with the work that the Salesians do with them, offering education, accompaniment and hope.

                                  "Palabek. Refugio de esperanza" brings us close to the reality of those who have had to leave everything to save their own lives and now live a present full of difficulties, separated from their family and waiting for a definitive peace to be able to return home.

                                  Alice and Gladys, two young refugees and mothers, have started a new life in the settlement of Palabek thanks to the study opportunities offered to them by the Salesians. Thanks to a scholarship, Alice is finishing high school thanks in a village near Palabek, while Gladys is the only girl who attends the Motorcycle Repair course of the Don Bosco Technical School.

                                  Salesian missionary Fr Ubaldino Andrade, along with other Salesians, agreed to live in refugee huts to be with them 24 hours a day. Ordinary life in the camp is the main theme of the documentary directed by Raúl de la Fuente, who manages to represent the daily difficulties and uncertainty of the future of these people.

                                  Palabek opened its doors in April 2017, covers an area of 400 km2 and is capable of accommodating up to 150,000 people. Inside, the Salesians have built more than 11 chapels, four kindergartens and a technical school. They have also started activities for the development of women, the leisure time of young people and the spiritual care of all residents.

                                  Next Thursday, October 17th, at 19.30, Palabek. Refugio de esperanza will be previewed at the "Palacio de la Prensa" in Madrid; the film's presentation will continue in many other Spanish and European cities in forthcoming weeks.

                                  • Spagna
                                  • Misiones Salesianas
                                  • Uganda
                                  • Palabek
                                  • Rifugiati
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Vatican – Youth Ministry in the Amazon at center of Pan-Amazon Synod reflections

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                                    Vatican – Youth Ministry in the Amazon at center of Pan-Amazon Synod reflections

                                    (ANS - Vatican City) - During the Synod for the Pan-Amazon region, taking place in the Vatican from 6 to 27 October, cardinals, bishops, priests, religious, experts and listeners enrich the work of the assembly with their pastoral, cultural and professional experience and knowledge. Msgr. Antonio de Assis Ribeiro, SDB, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Belém, a participant in the Synod, spoke about the experience of Youth Ministry in the Amazon and its challenging context. He also spoke about the desire of young people to find "spiritual paternity" in priests and that "young people expect the Church to be a decisive preferential option".

                                    Dear Holy Father, dear brothers and sisters,

                                    The population of the Amazon is young, it is the region of Hope. However, we are called to contemplate the reality of its children and young people. The situation is very delicate and this must resound in the heart of the missionary Church.

                                    It is a sad reality, that of the hundreds of thousands of young people living in the Amazon. A reality marked by poverty, violence, diseases, child and youth prostitution, addictions, drug trafficking, early pregnancies, unemployment ... We also still have phenomena such as a sense of existential emptiness, self-mutilation, suicide, inadequate professional training, the disaffection of young people for traditional values, loss of cultural roots ... Young people are part of our flock and deserve our love and our creative care.

                                    Behind this reality, there are a series of causes: the fragmentation of the family, the ineffectiveness of preventive public policies, the fragility of education, the insufficient attention of the State to education, the seducing pressure of ideologies (a secularized culture, technicist, presumptuous, short-sighted, merely economic and hedonistic).

                                    It is important to recognize that most of the young people of Amazonia are healthy, they are young people with ideals, committed, critical in the face of corruption and violence, they give testimony of Christian life, of love for the Church ... But there is an urgent need for a dynamic and renewed pastoral approach that follows the horizons of Christus Vivit.

                                    The pastoral response of the Church to the problems of young people has so far been very timid; this pastoral timidity manifests itself visibly in many facts and situations. There is  the need for a specific project for the evangelization of the young people of the Amazon dioceses. The evangelization of the young is still very closely linked to religious and liturgical activities ... The vision of a pastoral "of the processes", which goes beyond the pastoral "of events" and activities, is lacking.

                                    Many young people complain of a "lack of spiritual paternity" in priests because they perceive them with little pedagogical wisdom and lacking empathy. The young people of the Amazon expect a decisive preferential option from the Church and a strong revival of Youth Ministry in all the dioceses, one leading to the formation of young leaders, fostering youth leadership, strengthening catechesis, proposing missionary volunteering ...

                                    • Vaticano
                                    • Sinodo per la regione Panamazzonica
                                    • Brasile
                                    • Antônio de Assis Ribeiro
                                    • Pastorale Giovanile
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Italy – Remembrance of Fr Elia Comini and Fr Martino Capelli

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                                      Italy – Remembrance of Fr Elia Comini and Fr Martino Capelli

                                      (ANS - Bologna) - Among the various commemorations scheduled for the occasion of the Monte Sole massacres on the Apennines near Bologna, which took place between September and October 1944 by the Nazi SS, there was also one in memory of the Servants of God Fr Elia Comini, Salesian, and Fr Martino Capelli, Dehonian, held on 12 October at the "Botte di Pioppe di Salvaro" (Bologna). Presided by Fr Carlos Luis Suárez, Superior General of the Dehonians, it saw the presence of over 60 concelebrants, of the Christian and civil communities, and relatives of the victims.

                                      After the greetings of the Vicar General of the archdiocese of Bologna, Msgr. Stefano Ottani, Fr Francesco Cereda, Vicar of the Rector Major, in his homily recalled the testimony of Fr Elia and Fr Martino: "an encouragement in walking the path of holiness that finds a fruitful expression in heroic charity and generous service unto the very last: they were shepherds who did not abandon the flock when the wolf came to steal the sheep."

                                      The offertory procession was the chance to remember how the morning of September 29, 1944, Fr Comini and Fr Capelli rushed to rescue the victims of Creda and faced the Nazi fury dressed in nothing but "priestly weapons": the stole, the oil of the sick, the breviary, bread and wine.

                                      After the Eucharist, during the procession to the "Botte", place of the massacre, the litanies of the Madonna were sung, recalling what Fr Comini did together with the victims of the massacre on the evening of October 1, 1944, when he realized the purpose of his first Mass: "All those who approach me must have met not the scholar, not the man, but the priest, the minister, the servant of Jesus."

                                      On October 8, at the request of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General, presented the Postio suppletiva super martyrio of Fr Elia Comini, curated by Dr Lodovica Maria Zanet, having Mgr. Maurizio Tagliaferri as thesis supervisor.

                                      The Cause of the Servant of God Fr Elia Comini, in fact, began in the Nineties as a super virtutibus, with however already a reputation for martyrdom. In 2018, following a Dossier in favor of the alleged martyrdom of the Servant of God, and in the light of elements considered new and probative, the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, formally asked the Prefect of the Congregation of the Cause of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, that the Cause of the Servant of God be studied as Causa super martyrio.

                                      In his reply Cardinal Becciu replied that the passage of the Cause of Fr Elia Comini from super virtutibus to super martyrio "is not only possible, but is timely appropriate for the respect due to historical truth."

                                      {gallery}Italia - Ricordo Comini e Capelli{/gallery}

                                      • Italia
                                      • Martiri
                                      • Servo di Dio
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        USA - Mons. Dominic Jala, SDB, dies in car accident

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                                        USA - Mons. Dominic Jala, SDB, dies in car accident

                                        (ANS - Oakland) - Salesian Msgr. Dominic Jala, archbishop of Shillong, Meghalaya State, India, died in a car accident on Thursday 10 October near Wilbur Springs, in Colusa County, California, United States. A priest from the diocese of Oakland, Fr Mathew Vellankal, also died in the accident, while another priest from the diocese, Fr Joseph Parekkatt, was seriously injured and hospitalized in stable conditions.

                                        According to reports from the California Highway Police, the three priests were on board a Toyota Prius when, at around 2:20 pm local time, they pulled in front of an oncoming tractor-trailer on Highway 20 while making a turn from Highway 16 and were broadsided. Bishop Jala and Father Vellankal died instantly.

                                        Mgr. Jala was born on 12 July 1951 in Mawlai-Shillong. He did his novitiate in Shillong between 1963 and 1964 and was ordained a priest on 19 November 1977. His motto was: "Growing in the unity of the Holy Spirit".

                                        In his service to the Congregation he was Director of the “St. Antony" of Shillong (1989-92), Director of the Provincial House of Guwahati (1992-93) and of the "Don Bosco" Institute of Shillong (1993-96). For the "Mary Help of Christians" Province of Guwahati, he was Vicar (1990-93), Councilor (199-96) and Provincial (1996-2000).

                                        Just 48 years old, on 22 December 1999, he received the nomination as archbishop of Shillong and was ordained on 4 April 2000 by Msgr. Thomas Menamparampil, SDB, archbishop of Guwahati at the time. From 2016, he was also Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Nongstoin, also in the State of Meghalaya.

                                        As prelate, he was President of the Commission for the Liturgy of the Conference of Indian Bishops from 2003 to 2007 and again from 2015 onwards. He was a member of the International Commission for the Liturgy in English Language (ICEL). He was a Salesian for 50 years, a priest for 42 and an archbishop for 19.

                                        Fr Vellankal was born in Ayavana, State of Kerala, India, on May 14, 1958. He did his novitiate in Shillong in 1977-78 and made perpetual vows as a Salesian in 1984. After being ordained a priest, 5 January 1987, in Randar, India, he worked in several Indian Salesian parishes and schools before being incardinated in the Diocese of Oakland in 2001. In the diocese he was also known for his skills as a magician, which he used to raise funds for charity initiatives.

                                        Commenting the death of Msgr. Jala on Twitter, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, said he was "anguished", and noted that the Salesian archbishop "will be remembered for his impeccable service to society and passion towards Meghalaya’s progress."

                                        • Stati Uniti
                                        • India
                                        • ING
                                        • INS
                                        • Decessi
                                        • Vescovi
                                        • Dominic Jala
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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