(ANS - Ouagadougou) – Alas, the hour of martyrs. A tragic death has struck the Salesian Congregation in Africa. Our beloved confrere Antonio César Fernández, of the AFO Province (Francophone Western Africa), was shot dead in an ambush by jihadist assassins yesterday, Friday, February 15, 2019, after 3 PM.
(ANS - Campinas) - January 31, for the feast of Don Bosco, was a day of great expectations at the social center "São João Bosco" of Campinas for the past pupils of the semi-boarding house "São João", together with directors and staff of the social center "São João Bosco", who met for the opening of a "time capsule" - a bottle inserted in the pedestal of a bust of Don Bosco – which had been sealed in 1954.
(ANS - Buenos Aires) - The federations of the Past Pupils, men and women, of Don Bosco and of the Past Pupils of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) of the American continent have drawn up and signed a document expressing their support for the pontificate of Francis, who enthuses them for the Synod of Bishops on Youth, the WYD in Panama, and the forthcoming anti-pedophilia summit. "We live in a unique and unrepeatable ecclesial context for young people," they say.
Belgium – At the service of Don Bosco in the world: the experience of a lay missionary
(ANS – Bruxelles) – Colette Shaumont is a lay missionary imbued with the spirit of Don Bosco, who has just left Belgium to reach her destination land, Rwanda. “With God's blessings and the joy of Don Bosco we’ll make it a fruitful cooperation that embodies the dream of the Congregation of Don Bosco to fully share the mission with lay people,” she said. Here she shares her journey and the process of missionary discernment.
It doesn't matter where we are, but let's not lose joy and "let's get loud!"
Young people lying in their bed, with their headphones on, staring at the phone, waiting for the day to pass and the next one to arrive. This is the image of millions of kids every Sunday afternoon. It is the reality that a great number of young people live today, in a situation of existential emptiness, as underlined by the Austrian psychiatrist Victor Frankl, referring to an existence without values. It is an evil that grows in our societies like an epidemic.
Austria – Don Bosco Advocacy Bridges the Atlantic: Fr Thomas Pallithanam visits EU institutions
(ANS – Vienna) – From 4th to 9th February, Fr Thomas Pallithanam, Salesian representative to the United Nations in New York, has been visiting several European Institutions, both in Vienna and Brussels, guided by Don Bosco International, and hosted by the Provinces of Austria and Belgium South – France.
Peru - "You can be a priest and a missionary. You will walk a lot in your life": Fr Luigi Bolla, a missionary who knew how to inculturate the Gospel
(ANS - Lima) - A few days ago, on 6 February, it was the anniversary of the death of Fr Luis (Luigi) Bolla, SDB. His memory, even with the passage of time, is still alive among the people for whom he spent his life. Fr Bolla spent over 50 years among the indigenous peoples, in an inhospitable area, difficult to access and in very harsh conditions, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
FOR 125 DOLLARS MORE THE MOST SPLENDID AND PRECIOUS MONEY I HAVE EVER SEEN
I ask that the Salesians of Don Bosco and the entire Salesian Family throughout the world please make known how much good is being done everywhere – not just by us but also by many persons, groups, and institutions. We have to make the good known, to make it visible. For if we do not, only what is evil and egotistical is seen for this is made visible and known – but only for the selfish interests of a few.