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Papua New Guinea – 40 years of Salesian mission: "Honoring the past, celebrating the present, imagining the future"

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(ANS - Port Moresby) - In June 1980 the first Salesian missionaries landed in Papua New Guinea. To celebrate this event's 40th anniversary, several celebrations were held last month throughout the territory of the "Blessed Philip Rinaldi" Vice Province of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

On 13 June, animated by the motto "Honoring the past, celebrating the present, imagining the future", a solemn Eucharist was presided over by the Bishop of Kerema, the Salesian Msgr. Peter Baquero. During the homily, the prelate urged the Salesians "to recognize the presence of God in Araimiri and, above all, to follow Don Bosco's teachings in all pastoral, social and educational activities."

The Covid-19 pandemic limited the preparations and the number of participants in the celebration, but "we wanted to give thanks to the Lord, with joy and gratitude, for the gift, dedication and commitment of these four decades of Salesian presence to Araimiri," explained Fr Dominic Kachira, SDB, Vicar of the Vice Province.

Among those present were several Salesians, from the Philippines also, from where the first missionaries came; also present, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, members of other Congregations, lay people of the Salesian Family, Past Pupils, students and friends of the Salesian work.

The first "missionary pioneers" 40 years ago were Fr Valeriano Barbero, Fr Rolando Fernández and coadjutor brother Joseph Kramar. In a recorded message sent for the occasion, Fr Barbero wished to recall that "each Salesian must not feel foreign but 'one' with the people," that is, he must cultivate a unity of human, cultural, spiritual and pastoral intent.

The community of the "Don Bosco" secondary school in Kokopo also celebrated the anniversary: ​​on June 5, the entire student body attended a commemoration of the first arrival of the Salesians in the country. A song was sung, then passages from Fr Barbero's diary were read, while vintage photos were projected on screen: the malaria, the place of mission, the struggles and the difficulties encountered by the first Salesians were narrated and exhibited to the students. The celebration also provided an opportunity to celebrate the institute's 30th anniversary, the teachers with the most seniority of service and the students who won the school competitions.

The PGS Vice Province officially began just 4 years ago, on July 7, 2016. With less than 50 Salesians, from 16 countries, it is among the youngest, but also most flourishing, realities of the Congregation.

"Patience and zeal" were, in short, the secret of the Salesian flowering in Melanesia. "As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the first Salesians, we remember with gratitude all the Salesians who came from different parts of the world to work with us," says today the Salesian Sylvester Kuli, a young vocation from Papua New Guinea, currently in formation in Jerusalem.

{gallery}Papua NG - 40 anni 2020{/gallery}

  • PGS PAPUA NUOVA GUINEA E ISOLE SALOMONE
  • Papua Nuova Guinea
  • Anniversari
  • Missioni
    Gian Francesco Romano

    RMG – Proposals for the study of “Animating and governing the community - The ministry of the Salesian Rector”

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    RMG – Proposals for the study of “Animating and governing the community - The ministry of the Salesian Rector”

    (ANS – Rome) – Fr. Ivo Coelho, General Councilor for Formation presents in a short 3-minute video the animation material offered to the Salesian communities and all confreres, to accompany the reading and community sharing on the "Animating and governing of the community - The ministry of the Salesian Rector”.

    The text is now available in the 6 main languages used in the Congregation. As Fr. Ivo says in the video, "It is the fruit of the journey together of the 7 regions, of the many groups of rectors and confreres, of the two international seminars and of a patient and shared birthing of the final text."

    Approved by the Rector Major and his Council in April 2019, the document was presented to the members of General Chapter 28 in the various languages and already in its final typographical form. Some modifications and additions done during the work of the Chapter have been integrated in the final edition.

    Meanwhile, the printing of the text has started according to the number of copies requested by the provincials even though there is a slowing down due to the pandemic. Online subsidies are offered to facilitate the use of this new tool for the ongoing formation of communities during this first year after the Chapter.

    Fr. Ivo continues: "There will be a video interview with the Rector Major presenting the whole process of coming up with the text. And then three introductory videos for each of the three parts of the text, together with PowerPoint presentations, notes and other materials. We will have four units of material that can help in the reading and sharing in the community. We will send the materials slowly, each unit at an interval of about three months apart from each other".

    Referring to what the Rector Major says in the introduction, Fr. Ivo insists that it is a gift and at the same time a proposal of a path for every confrere, and not just for the rectors.

    "This text is just the starting point. What matters, dear confreres, is what happens from here on, house by house, for everyone, for each confrere in the Congregation. ... It is the path of growth that we want to make together, thanks to this instrument."

    The third part above all, entitled "The Rector and the Shared Salesian Mission", concerns the entire educative pastoral community, where the Rector and the confreres are at the side of the members of other groups of the Salesian Family and many other people who share in the mission of Don Bosco in different ways.

    This text opens on a very wide horizon; it encourages and directs orients our presence in the Church, in the locality, among the people of so many different cultures and also religious traditions, where the Salesian communities in the world are present today.

    At the following link, you can access the video in English version: https://youtu.be/ddMcQC0UnZ8 

    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
    • Formazione
    • Video
    • Ivo Coelho
    • Ángel Fernández Artime
    • Rettor Maggiore
    • Direttori
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Sierra Leone – Salesian work in prisons: a new beginning amid Coronavirus and after a revolt

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      Sierra Leone – Salesian work in prisons: a new beginning amid Coronavirus and after a revolt

      (ANS - Freetown) - Pademba Prison in Freetown was built in 1937 to house 300 prisoners. Since then, nothing has changed in its facilities, except for the fact that it now hosts 2,000 prisoners crammed into unhygienic cells. The Salesians are the only institution that works with detainees, even today, when fear for Covid-19 led to a riot that ended in unrest, fires, and deaths among the detainees.

      On 29 April, 237 prisoners were scheduled for release for minor offenses. A few days before that, however, the first case of coronavirus inside the prison had been confirmed and visits thus prohibited. Prisoners were also forbidden to leave the cells as a preventive measure, but they interpreted it as another humiliation.

      Pademba prison, without security cameras and with a fivefold number of prisoners compared to its capacity, experienced a bloody revolt that day. In the morning several inmates reached the internal clinic and set fire to it. They then circumvented the guards, opened all sections and burned the kitchen, pharmacy, document registry, and all the workshops.

      "In the chapel, there was some damage and in the Don Bosco room, where 225 of them receive an extra meal every week and there is a computer room and a library, everything was destroyed," said Salesian missionary Fr Jorge Crisafulli. Huge material damage, fires, many injuries and deaths were the toll of the revolt.

      Some of the beneficiaries of the Salesian initiatives helped the guards to climb the walls to save their lives. The police and army opened fire indiscriminately. The revolt was suppressed within four hours and the prisoners locked up in their cells. For three days they received no food or water and were tortured to locate the fomenters. Some, without medical treatment, died in the following days.

      The Salesian team working in the prison managed to enter to assess the damage and the situation of the prisoners the next day. The Salesians' commitment to the authorities was to start feeding all the prisoners - currently 1,421 - to carry out medical visits and take care of them.

      Meanwhile, Coronavirus has progressed in prison, reaching 19 positive cases. Fifteen of them have already recovered and four are still confined. "We brought beds and rehabilitated an area to isolate it as a hospital," assures Fr Crisafulli.

      The Salesians give each prisoner a bag containing a paste called gari, powdered milk, vegetables, fruit, sugar and water. "Gradually they let them out of the cells and they also bought buckets of water for their cleaning," said the Salesian.

      Fr Crisafulli, together with the whole team of Don Bosco Fambul, concludes by stating that "the prisoners trust Don Bosco."

      {gallery}Sierra Leone - Incendio carcere 2020{/gallery}

      • Sierra Leone
      • Don Bosco Fambul
      • Carceri
      • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Myanmar – Include migrants, refugees, displaced in response to Covid-19 crisis. Appeal of Cardinal Bo, SDB

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        Myanmar – Include migrants, refugees, displaced in response to Covid-19 crisis. Appeal of Cardinal Bo, SDB

        (ANS - Yangon) - "If humanity is divided, the pandemic crisis cannot be overcome. If no one is left out, it is possible to heal a planet. For the good of all, let's take care of the refugees. If people continue to be forced to abandon their homes, we will remain a world in crisis." With this heartfelt but lucid analysis, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Salesian, archbishop of Yangon and President of the Federation of Bishops' Conferences of Asia (FABC), made an appeal to the international community so that the crisis generated by Covid-19 be not heaved with all its painful weight on the shoulders of the weakest, who are migrants, refugees and displaced persons; rather, it must become an opportunity to build a more supportive world.

        Migrants, refugees and internally displaced people in Myanmar and throughout Asia face increasingly difficult situations: "They are often on the run, live in overcrowded places and with inadequate health care," wrote the prelate in a letter released at the end of June.

        Conflicts remain the main cause of forced migration in Asia, then focusing on his own country, Myanmar, where "war, inter-ethnic tensions, political choices cause the displacement of thousands of people who are now starving to death in the north of the state of Rakhine and in other states like Chin," the Cardinal launched an appeal, hoping that "any conflict that causes suffering for people will be resolved through dialogue and a constructive search for peace."

        Referring to the Burmese context and to the entire continent, he added: "Priority must be given to the recognized principles of international law, proper to civilized countries as regards the protection of displaced persons," recalling that "migrants and internally displaced persons in Asia must not face discrimination caused by the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic (...). There is an urgent need to include the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons in all response policies to Covid-19, from relief to economic aid for survival."

        "To end the health crisis, alleviate hunger and poverty induced by the pandemic and to prevent the eradication of people as refugees and displaced persons," he noted, "we must face the real causes of conflicts, stop military offensives and allow displaced people to return to their villages," said the Cardinal.

        Finally, the Salesian cardinal issued a heartfelt warning to Asian political and religious authorities, so that they "pay particular attention to the difficult situation of undocumented migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and to help them with all the support they need."

        Source: Agenzia Fides

        • Myanmar
        • MYM MYANMAR
        • Migranti
        • Rifugiati
        • Coronavirus
        • Cardinali
        • Charles Maung Bo
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Argentina – Monsignor Ronchino "inspired us to be better": he was bishop of Comodoro Rivadavia for over 10 years

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          (ANS - Cordoba) - The Salesian priest Pedro Luis Ronchino was bishop of Comodoro Rivadavia for more than 10 years. He died on 30 June 2020 in Casa Zatti, Cordoba. Monsignor Pedro Ronchino was born in Rosario (Santa Fe) on June 18, 1928. At the age of 92, after 75 years of Salesian religious profession and 65 years of priesthood, he died peacefully in the hands of God on June 30, 2020.

          Son of Italian immigrants (Antonio Ronchino and Rosa Scapini), he approached the Salesian work for the first time at the Collegio San Giuseppe di Rosario, on April 1, 1937.

          On 31 January 1945, the young Pedro Ronchino made his first profession in the Salesian Congregation. Between 1944 and 1948 he experienced the post-novitiate stage, first in Fortín Mercedes and then in Colonia Vignaud. He remained in this same house during his internship until 1951.

          He made his perpetual profession in the Salesian House of "La Trinidad" in Ferré (Buenos Aires) on January 30, 1951.

          Between 1951 and 1954 he attended the theological studentate Clemente Villada in Cordoba. He was ordained a priest on August 1, 1954, also in Cordoba, by Monsignor Castellano. In the same year, he began his specialization in Philosophy at the Pontifical Salesian University "Rebaudengo" in Turin until December 1957. There he received the title of doctor of philosophy.

          He returned to Argentina in 1958 and in February 1966 he became director of the theological studentate Villada and, two years later, of the post-novitiate Michele Rua. In August 1968 he was called to serve as director of the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome and in 1975 he returned to Argentina again.

          From 5 July 1975 to 12 September 1992, his new mission field was the city of Comodoro Rivadavia, as Vicar General of the Diocese, accompanying Monsignor Argimiro Daniel Moure, also a Salesian and third bishop of that city. After the death of Monsignor Moure, Fr Pedro Ronchino was appointed diocesan administrator (1992-1993) until he was appointed Bishop of Comodoro Rivadavia on January 30, 1993, by John Paul II.

          Monsignor Ronchino took possession of the see on 19 March 1993 and resigned due to his age on February 19, 2005. His episcopal motto was: "O Maria, Madre mia": a faithful reflection of his life, totally donated to Our Lady.

          Since May 2005 he lived in his beloved San Giuseppe, Rosario, faithfully and courageously serving, with the heart of a shepherd, all those who came to the parish of Mary Help of Christians.

          Over the years, the health of Monsignor Pedro Ronchino deteriorated with significant neurological damage. This led to the decision to transfer him to the provincial infirmary of Casa Zatti in Cordoba, where he arrived in 2016.

          • Argentina
          • Vescovi
          • Decessi
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Madagascar – Amid pandemic and hunger, the answer is in solidarity

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            Madagascar – Amid pandemic and hunger, the answer is in solidarity

            (ANS - Ivato) - Madagascar boasts a natural heritage that is unique on planet Earth, due to its variety of plants and animals. Unfortunately, it is also one of the world's five poorest countries, where many families survive with a maximum of € 4 per day and only if they find some temporary jobs. In some of these families there is also the problem of alcoholism, which is also widespread among women. And the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting a country already suffering from dengue and malaria. Faced with such a scenario, the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco have not lost heart and have relaunched their initiatives.

            The Salesian mission "Maison Don Bosco" is located in Ivato, at 1,300 meters above sea level, on the central plateau and on the outskirts of the capital Antananarivo. The area has about 28,000 inhabitants: in addition to being the "dormitory" of those who work in the capital, there are families who live making ends meet with small jobs (laundry on behalf of wealthy families, car washing, loading and unloading of goods at the market ...).

            The specific problems concern the lack of public social action and support and education interventions for these poor families. Families who during the lockdown, despite the small help received from the authorities, have seen their socio-economic situation worsen, given that the restrictions imposed have limited displacements and albeit small chances of earning.

            The Salesian community has seriously committed itself to helping poor and disadvantaged families, supporting them with donations of food, medicines or building small houses. But it is still not enough.

            Currently the Salesian Mission Office "Missioni Don Bosco" of Turin is supporting the local Salesians with a project that involves the distribution of rice, beans, soap and oil twice a week. The aim is to guarantee the minimum necessary for families in difficulty, considering also that most of the families they help are "single parents", that is, single mothers with their children, who live in hovels or makeshift shelters.

            The direct beneficiaries of the project are 70 families and a foster-family home with around 25 children. About 500 people will receive concrete help (310 children and women, 190 boys and men).

            But the local Salesians are well aware that even more people will benefit from it: because the poor people they help, often with little education and fewer opportunities, however, usually share the little they have in a spirit of solidarity.

            For more information, visit: www.missionidonbosco.org 

            • Madagascar
            • MDG MADAGASCAR
            • Missioni
            • Solidarietà
            • Fame
            • Povertà
            • Missioni Don Bosco
            • Coronavirus
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Honduras – Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga celebrates 50 years of priesthood

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              Honduras – Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga celebrates 50 years of priesthood

              (ANS - Tegucigalpa) - Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, celebrated his 50 years of priesthood last Sunday, June 28, with a Mass behind closed doors in the minor Basilica of Suyapa. During the Eucharist, the Cardinal expressed what the priestly ministry consists of and asked the faithful to walk the path of generosity, to work in the service of others, to be in solidarity, to fight for justice and to be faithful to the will of God.

              In the homily, taking inspiration from the Sunday Gospel, the Salesian cardinal said: "Today we are aware of the difficulty of speaking of the cross in a society that has made personal success its most precious idol and taking the cross will lead us to identify with Jesus, to have a single claim, that of loving as He loved."

              At the same time, he blamed the living simply to possess and accumulate, because Jesus calls to donation, to solidarity, to the donation of one's life, to live a true love: and this is precisely the meaning of the priestly ministry within the Catholic Church, he observed.

              "The kingdom that Jesus announces symbolizes the deepest desires of our heart, universal values, peace, justice, love, forgiveness, mercy and hope; this is the priesthood of Christ," he said.

              Then he added that the appointment as bishop, according to the Gospel, does not mean becoming an important person, according to the criteria of the world; rather, it requires renouncing the ambition of power, of possessing, of recognition, and opting instead for Jesus and for the values ​​He embodies.

              The Salesian cardinal also recalled that day 50 years earlier, when in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Guatemala he was ordained, together with five companions, three Salesians and two from the Congregation of the Mission. Two of his companions of the time are now already in the Father's House, Fr Settimo Rossoni, SDB, who served in the "San Miguel" Institute and died a year ago, and Fr Vicente Ramos, a Spanish Salesian who died a few years ago in his homeland.

              Continuing, he expressed thanks for the great good that, in these 50 years, he has received from many families, from so many brothers and sisters, who have welcomed Christ in the person of his humble minister.

              "I want to thank all the living and the dead who have helped me so much in my life, starting with my parents Andrés and Rachel, and many spiritual mothers and fathers, many Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and religious of other communities who received the Lord Jesus from this humble priest," he said.

              Lastly, he also thanked Pope Francis for his affection and his pastoral closeness and all those who accompanied him on this long journey and, like the Pontiff, asked for prayers for himself to be able to continue on this path until the Lord decides to call him to eternal Easter.

              Source: Proceso Digital

              • Honduras
              • Cardinali
              • Vescovi
              • Anniversari
              • Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Italy – A life at the service of the weakest: in memory of Fr Baldassare Meli

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                Italy – A life at the service of the weakest: in memory of Fr Baldassare Meli

                (ANS - Castelvetrano) - Reserve and pragmatism, welcome and denunciation, dialogue and action: Fr Baldassarre Meli was a man of many facets. He passed away last Saturday, June 27, in Castelvetrano. Originally from Aragona, in the Agrigento area, he became Salesian in 1960 and was ordained a priest in 1971. For 17 years, from 1986 to 2003, he was the soul of the work "Santa Chiara" in Palermo, fighting on the front line in welcoming migrants and in defense of children's rights.

                In 1994, when the first experiences of welcoming migrants were beginning in Italy, the Santa Chiara work "was a bunch of rooms and small rooms all full of welcomed migrants ... We wondered how he managed to keep up with everything that took place there … I believe that the winning key was his great availability to dialogue, to listening. He was so reserved, but practical and operative," recalled Fr Domenico Ricca, SDB, former President of "Salesiani per il Sociale", who got to know him during the periodic meetings of the Salesian Council for the Sector of marginalization.

                Still in Palermo, together with his confrere Fr Roberto Dominici, he denounced a foul pedophile ring that ruined the lives of minors in the working-class neighborhoods of Ballarò and Albergheria. Investigations, police raids, trials took place in 1996 and then again in 2000. The spotlights of the world lit up on that scandal.

                The funeral took place on Monday 29 June, at 10:30 am, in his parish, the "Santa Lucia" of Castelvetrano, presided over by Msgr. Domenico Mogavero, bishop of Mazara del Vallo, and was broadcast on the diocese's YouTube channel.

                "Passionate about the prophecy of the evangelical denunciation, what united us and made us  passionate was that barking when all around it was silent in the indifference that is humus for those who crushed and abused the little ones," commented Fr Fortunato Di Noto, President of "Meter", an association in the front line in the protection of children and in the denunciation of pedophilia.

                "Fr Meli was a point of reference for the city," emphasized the mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando. "We owe to him and to the community of 'Santa Chiara' so much of the cultural and political elaboration of the paths of solidarity, inclusion and welcome that are at the center of our action today."

                • Italia
                • Decessi
                • ISI ITALIA SICILIA
                • Società
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Portugal – "Salesian Training": teacher training supervised by education specialists

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                  (ANS - Lisbon) - To offer concrete modes of implementation to the Educational Proposal of the Salesian Schools, the "Fundação Salesianos" - expression of the Salesian Province of Portugal - promotes an online seminar starting today, 1 July, and ending Thursday 16 July: "Formare SalesianaMENTE". It includes synchronous and individual work sessions.

                  Organized in nine modules, the training has as facilitators: Guilherme d'Oliveira Martins, Administrator of the "Calouste Gulbenkian" foundation, and former Minister of Education and former Secretary of State for the Administration of Education; Francisco Varela, Head of the Salesian Educational Sector in Uruguay; Pedro Sales Rosário, from the University of Minho, Alexandre Castro Caldas, from the Portuguese Catholic University; Filomena Araújo, of the Evaluation Institute of Education; Fr José Aníbal Mendonça, Provincial of Portugal; Fr Tarcízio Morais, of the Youth Ministry Department; Marco Dias da Silva, Pedagogical Director of the Salesians of Porto; and evaluation specialist Hélder Sousa.

                  Among the topics addressed during the nine sessions scheduled: the reference framework for updating the Educational Proposal will be explored; the how and why of a better school; the profile of students who leave compulsory school; the charismatic framework of the Salesian school; the principles of transversal learning and psycho-pedagogical keys; the pedagogical model and the anatomy and physiology of the model; deep learning structures; the construction of effective living and learning environments; and dynamic evaluation.

                  The seminar is aimed at school directors, the coordinators of the Curricular Departments and the "Programming Teams" of each school, and is organized in synchronous sessions preceded by individual work sessions, which will allow the study of the subjects and the interaction with the trainers and among the trainees in synchronous sessions.

                  The main objective of this course is to promote reflection and sharing on innovation and teaching-learning in the Salesian Schools in the different dimensions of the Educational Proposal, and to develop a perspective reflection in view of its implementation.

                  The Educational Team of Fundação Salesiano, responsible for organizing the seminar, explains that "by anchoring the Educational Proposal of the Salesian Schools to the inspiring aphorism of Saint John Bosco 'Education is a thing of the heart', we intend not only to illustrate his Preventive System, but also to explore a set of concrete options, based on scientific evidence, at a pedagogical, didactic, methodological, formative and pastoral level, which are coherent and strategic and which make the Salesian School a school with its own character and which makes the difference, [its added value]."

                  The 25-hour course is available in Portuguese and Spanish, is free and takes place through the digital platforms Moodle and Zoom.

                  • Portogallo
                  • POR PORTOGALLO
                  • Educazione
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Spain – The King and Queen visit Salesian work in "Polígono Sur" during their trip to Seville

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                    (ANS - Seville) - On Monday 29 June the third stage of the tour of the King and Queen of Spain in the autonomous community of Andalusia took place, a tour that started after the easing up of the Covid-19 restrictions. Philip VI of Bourbon and Doña Letizia started their stay in Seville, after the previous stops in the Canary and Balearic Islands. They visited the Social Center of the "Fundación Don Bosco", where the Salesian community "Jesús Obrero" is located, in the "Polígono Sur” of the Andalusian capital.

                    "We wanted their Majesties to become aware of a model itinerary that many young people in the neighborhood follow as a path of social and work integration," explained Antonio José Mengual, Director of the "Fundación Don Bosco" for Seville and Extremadura. Those responsible for this program showed three stages: first, the Pre-work School, in the context of Second Chance Schools, attended by young people who have left formal education and who have not yet had the training or age to enter the job market.

                    The second of the stages was with a group of young people who participated in training in the hotel and restaurant sector. This path is the prelude to an internship and the gateway to a possible job. In 2019 there were over 600 job placements obtained by the students of the Don Bosco Social Center, thanks to over 150 companies that collaborate by accepting interns and trainees.

                    The visit ended with the "crown jewel" of the work: "Occhiena", an ethical fashion center. It is a social enterprise of the "Fundación Don Bosco" which works for the insertion of people in vulnerable situations, especially women, in the production processes, with the creation of jobs, and the awareness-raising of professionals and companies to operate in the parameters of ethical fashion.

                    The managers of the foundation explained to the Royals that the alarming situation caused by Covid-19 did not paralyze the services of the Don Bosco Foundation. It continued to work, with tenacity and commitment, to provide answers to the most vulnerable groups. Having a job contract is the dream of thousands of people, and the good news is that even during the months of lockdown, the "Fundación Don Bosco" in Seville favored 81 job placements.

                    The "Fundación Don Bosco", an organization of the "Spain-Mary Help of Christians" Salesian Province, works to help young people and defend their rights. To this end, it promotes a more just and equitable society that guarantees the rights and well-being of the most vulnerable people. It cooperates with the Polígono Sur Commissariat, the Red Cross, Caritas, the Community Social Services and other social bodies in the "Polígono Sur" district to combat the situation of poverty and exclusion afflicting many families and which has worsened with the arrival of Covid-19.

                    {gallery}Spagna - Visita Reali 2020{/gallery}

                    • Spagna
                    • SMX SPAGNA MARIA AUSILIATRICE
                    • Personaggi illustri
                    • Educazione
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      India – Inauguration of PROJECT 'CALLS': COVID19 Livelihood & Living Services for tribal community in Yercaud

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                      India – Inauguration of PROJECT 'CALLS': COVID19 Livelihood & Living Services for tribal community in Yercaud

                      (ANS – Yercaud) – In addressing the health and socio-economic crisis caused by Covid-19, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has repeatedly called on Salesian creativity to identify new, concrete ways to support the most needy. To fulfill this request, on 24 June 2020, the Retreat-Don Bosco inaugurated a livelihood program for those who have lost their jobs or those without any means of survival. Acronymed 'CALLS' is a program for those without any alternative livelihoods.

                      Yercaud, being a hill station, sees everything connected with the tourism industry shut down. Poverty and hunger are at their worst. The program aims to train 40 people of various age groups and genders in greenhouse/plant nursery, garden care and maintenance. 

                      The participants get stipends of Rs 300 per day during the 14 days of training/work. For the first seven days, they listen to professionals in the field for two hours. The entire project lasts 21 days.

                      The Project aims to create alternative and added livelihood avenues for the tribal community. The participants learn practical knowledge as regards greenhouses, plant nurseries and maintenance.

                      It also involves part-time self-employed work to create plants at home and sell to the nurseries. The REO (Retreat Estate Organics) Nursery run by the Retreat-Yercaud shall also buy directly or help find other dealers.

                      Each participant at the end of the 40 days get Rs 4.500/- and a certificate with which they can easily be appointed in tourist resorts, private homes or nurseries to create gardens, lawns, and their maintenance.

                      The Government officials lauded the initiative and extended all their support. The invitees were: Mrs. Ramani, Thasildar of Yercaud Panchayat, Mrs. Shanthavalli, the Chairman of Yercaud Union, Mr. Gunasekar, Block Development Officer, and Mr. Thomson, Director of Public Health, Yercaud.

                      Interestingly, there were 10 college-going students who would like to get the training not only to earn the money to pay their fees, but also to create nursery plants and sell them to nurseries to pay for their school fees. An inspirational intent that moved all the people in the event.

                      The program is a joint initiative of Shevaroy Hills Tribal Development Institute of the Retreat-Don Bosco, Jugend Eine Welt of Austria, and BoscoNet, New Delhi. The project is coordinated by Fr. Selvakumar SDB, the local Project Manager. 

                      • India
                      • INT INDIA TIRUCHY
                      • Coronavirus
                      • Solidarietà
                      • Lavoro
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Chile – Archbishop Vargas Bastidas, SDB: "Politics of indecision generate a debt with many wounds and painful consequences, not only for the Indigenous world"

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                        (ANS - Temuco) - Archbishop Héctor Vargas Bastidas, SDB, Bishop of Temuco and Head of Indigenous Pastoral Care of the Chilean Episcopal Conference (CECh), in an interview published by the Diario Austral of the city of Temuco on Sunday 21 June, referred to announcements and promises made to the indigenous world that have remained unfulfilled. He also spoke of the preparation of the National Day of Indigenous Peoples, celebrated June 24th.

                        In Chile, in 2015, President Michelle Bachelet asked Msgr. Vargas Bastidas the difficult task of leading the commission for Araucania, an indigenous territory in the Latin American country. The Commission had managed to develop a very concrete plan that involved the Mapuche world in the political, religious, economic and social spheres. In this interview, Archbishop Vargas recalls that precisely in the proximity of the deadline for defining an agreement between the government and indigenous peoples there are still some unfinished points.

                        "It seems to me that throughout history the relationship with these peoples has failed to meet the needs of this enormous challenge. A hesitant path is perhaps the result of a policy of indecision, which generates a debt with many wounds and painful consequences, not only for the indigenous world," said the prelate.

                        “It is noteworthy that Presidents Bachelet and Piñera have publicly asked these peoples for forgiveness on behalf of the State. However, there has been little real progress on substantive issues, rather than specific measures, which create confusion because the promises that the State has made to them often remain without significant effects," denounced the Bishop of Temuco.

                        The prelate concluded with an attitude of hope: "There is always a time when there is a will, dialogue and mutual respect between the parties, and in this scenario, no one should be excluded from contributing. Particular progress is needed in real political will to define solutions and honor commitments, which are not perceived with the necessary clarity. It is required not only by and for the good of the peoples, but by all of society and by the enormous wealth that is the identity of an intercultural Chile. The reality of faith tells us that we are all brothers, children of the same Father who is in Heaven."

                        Bishop Vargas Bastidas is the son of a Salesian Province which boasts a long tradition among the original peoples. The Salesians came to Chilean Patagonia to take care of them especially and Don Bosco himself sent his spiritual children to evangelize and accompany the peoples who lived in the far south of Chile and Argentina.

                        • Cile
                        • CIL CILE
                        • Vescovi
                        • Indigeni
                        • Politica
                        • Héctor Vargas
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Ethiopia - From health to the home: Salesian support for the poorest does not exclude any area

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                          Ethiopia - From health to the home: Salesian support for the poorest does not exclude any area

                          (ANS - Gambella) - 45 km from Gambella, in western Ethiopia, a wedge of land that creeps into neighboring Sudan and that during the warmer months registers temperatures that reach even 50 ° C, there is the small center of Abobo. Here, in 2002, a good story began, when a group of Italian and Spanish volunteers set up a small health center, together with the local Salesians.

                          Today, after fifteen years, the Abobo Health Center is the symbol of a community that is not only at the service of the 4,000 inhabitants of the village, but helps about 20,000 people in the area, reaching to embrace as many as 200,000 people throughout the region, being the area's only one health center.

                          Alongside the health project, the educational structures, an oratory and a multipurpose room, the parish and a kindergarten for over 100 children were born over time, as well as two small kindergartens in neighboring villages. The entire population of the area is also supported to meet basic needs starting from water and food.

                          Meanwhile, the common challenges for survival in the region bring different ethnic groups, of Sudanese origin, together with Ethiopian communities from the plateau and other local ethnic groups.

                          One of the initiatives that is carried out in Abobo, through the support of the Salesians, is the support for the most deprived families in the maintenance or construction of their homes. In this region, in fact, most families, often with many children, still live in huts, in precarious sanitation, and certainly - these days - without any possibility of complying with the minimum prevention measures against the pandemic.

                          Furthermore, due to the deforestation taking place in the region, the availability of dry grass for the roof and wood for the buildings is decreasing. And so the houses remain perpetually exposed to the weather and with makeshift roofs that must be redone every three years on average.

                          Odiel, Ayelech and Ariet ... are just some of the beneficiaries of the new initiative that the Salesians have thought of for these people: to help some large families and with very young children to renovate their home! And build new ones also for people with chronic or disabling diseases, who have no support.

                          The aid project born 18 years ago in Abobo could now reach its "maturity" with this concrete and necessary service for many families in need.

                          Further information is available on: www.missionidonbosco.org

                          • Etiopia
                          • Missioni
                          • Missioni Don Bosco
                            José Luis Munoz

                            RMG - 10 programmatic sentences of Pope Francis to Salesians worldwide at General Chapter

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                            RMG - 10 programmatic sentences of Pope Francis to Salesians worldwide at General Chapter

                            (ANS - Rome) - Pope Francis really wanted to be present at the 28th General Chapter of the Salesians in Turin-Valdocco, the house where Don Bosco knew how to create a real school of holiness. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, it was not possible for him to do so, but the Holy Father made himself present anyway with a letter written in his own hand to the Salesians, as a sign of closeness, affection and gratitude for the formation received. Here are 10 sentences that still resonate as programmatic of that letter of his called "The Valdocco option".

                            1.    The noise of the oratories.  I am sure that the noise and chatter of the oratories will be the best and most effective music for the Spirit to rekindle the charismatic gift of your founder. Do not shut the windows to this background noise...

                            2.    Neither adapt to the culture in fashion, nor take refuge in a heroic but already disembodied past. In changing times it is good to pay good attention to St Paul’s words to Timothy: “For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline” (2 Tim 1:6-7).

                            3.    Cultivate a contemplative attitude, one that is able to identify and discern the focal points. This will help to enter into the journey with the spirit and the contribution of Don Bosco's sons and, like him, to develop a “bold cultural revolution” (Enc. Laudato Si’, 114).

                            4.    Neither a pessimist nor an optimist, the Salesians of the 21st century is a man filled with hope because he knows that his centre is the Lord who can make all things new (cf. Rev 21:5). Only this will save us from living in an attitude of resignation and defensive survival. Only this will make our lives fruitful (cf. homily, 2 February 2017).

                            5.    Living faithfully the charism is something richer and more stimulating than the simple abandonment, retreat or readjustment of houses or activities; it implies a change of mentality in the face of the mission that must be carried out.

                            6.   May the charism be renewed. Every charism needs to be renewed and evangelized, and in your case especially by the poorest young people.

                            7.    It is important to say that we are not formed for the mission, but that we are formed in the mission.  Our whole life revolves around it, with its choices and priorities.

                            8.    Coadjutor Brothers are a living expression of the gratuitousness that the charism invites us to safeguard. Your consecration is, above all, a sign of the gratuitous love of the Lord, and to the Lord in his young people, which is not defined primarily by a particular ministry, function or service, but by a presence.

                            9.    The universal presence of your Salesian Family is a stimulus and an invitation to guard and preserve the richness of many of the cultures in which you are immersed without trying to get them all to conform. 

                            10.   Dream of open, fruitful and evangelizing houses capable of allowing the Lord to show so many young people His unconditional love and also allowing you to enjoy the beauty to which you have been called. Dream...

                            • Papa Francesco
                            • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                            • Vaticano
                              José Luis Munoz

                              Italy - Omegna celebrates 150th anniversary of birth of Venerable Fr Andrea Beltrami, SDB

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                              Italy - Omegna celebrates 150th anniversary of birth of Venerable Fr Andrea Beltrami, SDB

                              (ANS - Omegna) - The city of Omegna, in Piedmont, this year commemorates the 150 years since the birth of Fr Andrea Beltrami, SDB, whose beatification process is underway. Born in Omegna on June 24, 1870, he was one of Don Bosco's first followers. He was a charismatic figure, enough to fascinate the Saint of Youth himself, who said: "Of Beltrami, there is only one." He died very young: on December 30, 1897, at the age of 27. Some time later, as evidence of the link with his city, the remains were brought to the parish church of Omegna, where they are kept with affection and veneration. In 1966 he was proclaimed Venerable by Pope Paul VI.

                              Thanks to the parish priest Fr Gianmario Lanfranchini, a prayer group was formed and various initiatives were promoted to make Fr Beltrami known and to spread his devotion.

                              On June 24, in the collegiate of Omegna, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General of the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, gave a conference in which he presented "The oblative dimension of the Salesian charism", which finds in Fr Beltrami the "precursor" of a long group of men and women who with their testimony expressed the deep root of "Da mihi animas", manifested with the radical needs of the "cetera tolle".

                              Looking at Christ Crucified and imitating Don Bosco on the path of the arbor of roses, in fact, several members of the Salesian Family have come to "desire" the cross and to gather its inner joy. Death at a young age, poverty and humility, the experience of illness, the offertory and victim spirituality, participation in the Passion of Christ and the centrality of the Eucharist are especially profound traits, which recall the fruitfulness of suffering lived in light of the paschal mystery.

                              In the following Eucharist, Fr Cameroni developed the parallel between the birth of John the Baptist, as an event of grace in the history of salvation that exalts the dignity of every life, and the birth of Fr Beltrami, who in his short life "lived in the Salesian garden fenced that Don Bosco had planted and irrigated, and where many fragrant flowers bloomed by virtue and holiness."

                              "The young Andrea," continued Fr Cameroni, "did not hide the talents of his master, but like a giant who runs the race of his perfection, in a short time, he did great things ... Don Bosco's gaze is something that generated the young Andrea not only to the Salesian life, but to a typical way in which the young Salesian will follow the Father of the Young on the path of the arbor of roses."

                              The Rector Major also wished to underline this anniversary by sending a video message (https://www.facebook.com/pierluigi.cameroni/videos/1597562727089237/) with which he expressed thanks to the Christian and civil community of Omegna for preserving his memory live of Fr Beltrami as an illustrious fellow citizen and as an authentic disciple of Jesus, following the Master, on the way of the Cross lived with love.

                              José Luis Munoz

                              Uganda – Chariet: nightingale and mechanic, promotes health among Palabek refugees

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                              Uganda – Chariet: nightingale and mechanic, promotes health among Palabek refugees

                              (ANS - Palabek) - "Chariet" is the stage name of Charity Pinaloya, a 20-year-old young woman with two precious talents: a sweet and melodious voice and hands that are strong enough to repair cars and motorbikes. Her past is like that of thousands of rural Ugandan girls, who fight every day to earn a living. Charity lives with her mother and six siblings at the gates of the Palabek refugee camp. With few opportunities in life, she attended an improvised state primary school and did secondary school in a refugee school, because it was free.

                              After completing her secondary education, through and despite many challenges, she came across an opportunity to learn a trade that could give her a living. In fact, Charity, a Ugandan citizen of the Acholi tribe, residing just 5 km from the Salesian Vocational Training Center, was welcomed there as a student and there she completed a six-month course in Motorcycle Mechanics.

                              At the Salesian school Charity met joy and hope. She found an institution that is a house that welcomed her, a school that gave her skills, a theater where she could develop her talents, a courtyard where to relax and meet friends and a church where she could pray and grow in her faith.

                              Her extraordinary melodious voice and her modest character were immediately noticed by Fr Roger Mbayo, SDB, the director of the youth center, who became her guide and friend. And in addition to helping her develop her talent, the Salesians also encouraged her to continue her studies. In fact, she now attends the fourth year of secondary school in Paluda, always within Palabek, and also attends the Salesian oratory.

                              During the period of confinement due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Salesians launched an awareness-raising campaign among the refugee population. And Charity's musical talent has been of great help.

                              Together they recorded two songs:

                              Both were played during awareness-raising tours. Having been found captivating, the songs were accompanied by videos and soon several local radio stations started broadcasting the songs and even Ugandan Catholic TV was happy to relaunch them on their airwaves.

                              In her early songs, Chariet sensitizes the population about Covid-19, but also pays homage to the benefactors of the Salesians and to Trocaire, an Irish NGO that supports anti-coronavirus prophylaxis initiatives.

                              “This is what Don Bosco did and the Salesians do today: make the lotus bloom in the ponds and among the muddy pools. We discover the potential and create opportunities to develop them. As lovers of music and social causes, we promote the efforts of Chariet and many other young people to foster their talents and make their life better and meaningful,” concludes Fr Lazar Arasu, SDB, Director of the Salesian mission in Palabek.

                              • Uganda
                              • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
                              • Musica
                              • Palabek
                              • Coronavirus
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Spain – A local, responsible, educational summer thanks to collaboration of 1,500 volunteers

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                                Spain – A local, responsible, educational summer thanks to collaboration of 1,500 volunteers

                                (ANS - Madrid) - Innovation, security, physical distancing and local action. It is with this approach that the Confederation of Don Bosco Youth Centers in Spain asks for a broader vision of the needs of children and young people for this summer in the face of the new normal that society is facing after the Covid-19 health crisis.

                                Forecasts indicate that this year around 10,000 children, adolescents, and young people will participate in the summer activities of the youth centers of the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. These initiatives are possible thanks to the collaboration of 1,500 volunteers who offer their free time to be at the service of others.

                                In the current context, the Don Bosco Confederation believes that ordinary accompanying and leisure activities and free time must be reinvented and reoriented in a local dimension. Likewise, they argue that it is time to act in neighborhoods and villages, giving adequate solutions and looking to the local youth center as a reference point.

                                The Confederation's proposal is to adapt, redesign and innovate its activities, making the reality of children and young people compatible with the established health and hygiene measures. In this context, they launch the Verano en positivo (A Positive Summer) campaign, which aims to make visible all the activities that take place in youth centers, to provide healthy and ecological resources for leisure, to transmit to families and minors a reassuring message and trust in the proposed activities, to motivate the youth centers not to interrupt their activity and to publicize their value proposition.

                                With the #VeranoEnPositivo campaign, the Don Bosco Confederation defends the commitment of the Salesian Youth Centers not to stand still, working locally with responsibility, always putting the person and his or her needs at the center, paying special attention to young people at risk of exclusion.

                                The Confederation believes that during this health crisis, children, adolescents, and their families were left aside when it came to establishing measures or making decisions.

                                As part of its responsibility and charism, the Don Bosco Confederation will continue to take care of children and young people despite the challenges and difficulties that this pandemic is posing, and hopes to transform all this into a new opportunity to assist and accompany young people, with the conviction that the needs generated by the current situation make the work of the volunteers, the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians absolutely necessary.

                                Today Don Bosco's phrase "The happiness of nations depends on the healthy education of young people" weighs more than ever in the hearts of all those who make up the Confederation.

                                Salvi Macías

                                Source: Salesianos.info

                                • Spagna
                                • Oratorio
                                • Estate Ragazzi
                                • Coronavirus
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  RMG – After 150 years, the gift of the Past Pupils is renewed ... to today's "Don Bosco"

                                  1 week 2 days ago

                                  (ANS - Rome) – Just as Carlo Gastini, expressing the sentiment of all the Past Pupils of the Don Bosco Oratory, donated coffee cups to the Saint of Youth on June 24, 1870, so too yesterday, June 24, 2020, on the 150th anniversary of that tribute, representatives of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco gave Fr Ángel Fernández Artime a set of coffee cups, accompanied by words of sincere gratitude.

                                  The symbolic rite took place at the end of the Eucharist presided over by the Rector Major in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. In the choir of the church, Vito Gentili, Salesian Past Pupil and collaborator in many initiatives carried out at the "Sacred Heart" of Rome - which houses the Salesian Generalate - said on behalf of all the Past Pupils of the world: “The figure of Don Bosco is fascinating and we see you [Fr Artime] as his Successor. We feel your closeness and encouragement towards us. Thank you for the many initiatives to strengthen the Salesian Family, for your dynamism, action, prayer and testimony.”

                                  “Enjoy this feast day! We assure you of our collaboration, our prayers, and all our affection!” he concluded.

                                  Subsequently, Biagio Narciso, a lawyer from Caserta, who recently joined the World Council of the Confederation of the Past Pupils as a representative of the Young Past Pupils (GEX) of Europe, gave the tribute to Don Bosco's Successor.

                                  A tribute which, in the best Salesian tradition, is not an end in itself, but has a solidarity value. In fact, the cups were accompanied by coffee from the "DI BOSCo – the Coffee of Past Pupils" project. “A project,” they reminded everyone, “that is not only based on the quality of the coffee produced, but also on the quality of the people who produce it and with whom we collaborate. The 'Gastini blend' comes from the collaboration of Past Pupil entrepreneurs from Europe and Asia, thus creating a global project.” In fact, the sale of coffee and cups produced for the anniversary, in a limited edition of 150 copies, will serve to support the educational and social projects of the Past Pupils in America, Africa and Asia.

                                  For his part, the Rector Major also replied with phrases coming directly from his heart as Father and Center of Unity of the Salesian Family: “Thanks to all the Past Pupils of the world! Looking at you, you make us think of all the good that is being done in the Salesian presence in the world. Because we know that for many boys and girls, to come to a Salesian house at the hands of Mary means to change one's life.”

                                  And finally, he concluded: “When I think of the Past Pupils I immediately think of the millions of boys and girls that we have in all our presences, and I say to myself: we must give them the best of ourselves, because one day they will be Past Pupils and Past Pupils like those we have today. Let's move on, go forward, always in communion with Don Bosco!”

                                  The closeness, affection and mutual gratitude between the Salesians and those who received an education according to the Preventive System are alive and tangible, today as they were 150 years ago.

                                  {gallery}RMG - Tazzine a RM - 2020{/gallery}

                                  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                  • Rettor Maggiore
                                  • Exallievi
                                  • Anniversari
                                  • Ángel Fernández Artime
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    RMG – "Salesians@prayer": app for Salesian prayer already available in 8 languages

                                    1 week 2 days ago

                                    (ANS - Rome) - The new app "Salesians@prayer" is already available in 8 languages ​​- French, UK English, US English, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Latin American Spanish; only Brazilian Portuguese is missing and will be made available as soon as possible. The app is a tool that puts all the prayers that the Salesians pray throughout the day at special weekly, monthly and during liturgical times at the disposal of communities and confreres.

                                    The Italian text of In Dialogue with the Lord is already available on the sdb.org website and will soon be available in other languages. Each Regional Councilor, with the Provincials, will decide on the printed version.

                                    The revision project also includes a new edition of the "Proprio Salesian" - Missal, Lectionary and Liturgy of the Hours. These texts will be printed in various languages ​​and will eventually be available both on the "Salesians@prayer" app and on the sdb.org website.

                                    The video tutorial clearly explains how to download the app from the iOS and Android stores and how to use it.

                                    "We wish you all good prayers!" concludes Fr Ivo Coelho, General Councilor for Formation.

                                    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                    • Formazione
                                    • Preghiera
                                    • App
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Solomon Islands – A dream come true: new "St John Bosco" primary school inaugurated in Gizo

                                      1 week 2 days ago

                                      (ANS - Gizo) - “If you want to harvest soon, plant vegetables… if you want to harvest, after a long time, fruits for generations, educate persons now.” Thus says popular wisdom. And evidently in Gizo, the capital of the Province of New Georgia, in the Solomon Islands, they have decided to invest in the future: on Saturday 13 June, in fact, in the presence of the local bishop, the Salesian Msgr. Luciano Capelli, the new primary school "St John Bosco" was inaugurated.

                                      The officials of the Catholic Church Gizo Registered Trustees (Inc.) solemnly inaugurated the new, recently registered school. The ceremony was attended by 205 students, from first to fifth grade, who will benefit from the new school, alongside their parents and community representatives.

                                      These children belong to various communities located in the area most affected by the 2007 tsunami, on the west side of the city of Gizo: in Nusabaruku, the fishing village and other small villages in the coves behind the fishing village, who find it difficult to reach Gizo every day by boat.

                                      The new school is located on the top of the hill known locally as "Millionaire Point", now renamed with the Christian name of "Nusa-Bosco" - where "Nusa" in local language means "Island", and "Bosco" is given in tribute to the Saint of Youth.

                                      If today hundreds of children can access quality education, it is primarily thanks to the help offered by the Salesian Mission Office "Don Bosco Mission Bonn" in Germany, and to the "Opera Don Bosco" Foundation in Milan, who operated in synergy with friends and benefactors of the Catholic diocese of Gizo and other foreign countries.

                                      Gratitude was also expressed towards the local authorities, who leased the land used for educational purposes to the diocese.

                                      On a practical level, the construction of the school was carried out by several past pupils of the local Catholic schools, the so-called Diocesan Boys, trained by the many Italian volunteers who worked hard over the past 13 years in the post-earthquake and tsunami reconstruction program of the diocese of Gizo.

                                      The six classrooms and the multipurpose room are now ready for children to attend, as are the three houses for school staff. The project also included a cemented path to facilitate access to the institution, avoiding children from injuring themselves or sinking their feet into the quagmires that often arise.

                                      “We are grateful to God for this gift to these 205 children who feel one in their task of growing into good Christians of their own respective churches and honest citizens of Solomon Islands. We might not see the fruits of what we are planting, the children of these children will receive the fruits of their education now their fathers and mothers now use.”

                                      {gallery}Isole Salomone - DB 2020{/gallery}

                                      • Isole Salomone
                                      • AUL AUSTRALIA PACIFICO
                                      • Luciano Capelli
                                      • Vescovi
                                      • Educazione
                                      • Procure Missionarie
                                        Gian Francesco Romano
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                                        Dear Salesian sisters and brothers, Yesterday, June 3rd, a huge protest and rally of 10, 000 people or more (some even reported 30,000) took place in the Mission district of San Francisco.   The protest was peaceful.  The march was organized by a 17 year old high school student and her friends.   Simone Jacques and her friends organized the demonstration through an Instagram group called NOJusticeNoPeaceSF …
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                                        Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities

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                                        (Source: http://www.usccb.org/news/2020/20-84.cfm) May 31, 2020 WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement on George Floyd and the protests in American cities that have taken place over the last several days. This follows the Friday statement from seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the USCCB. Archbishop Gomez’s full statement follows: The …
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                                        Adapting to the New Normal

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                                        By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP When will this viral season end? It depends on whom you talk to. Most politicians want to be optimistic and hope it would come and go. However, working in a hospital, the reality check is on a daily basis; we were told to plan for at least another 12 months before we can conduct business as usual. …
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