(ANS - Calcutta) – Last week, the Postulator General for the Causes of the Saints of the Salesian Family, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, began a visit in India to promote the causes of four spiritual Sons of Don Bosco: the Venerable Fr Francesco Convertini, mons. Stefano Ferrando, and the Servants of God Fr Costantino Vendrame and Msgr. Oreste Marengo.
(ANS - Tambacounda) - "When we decide to travel, we never think we can die. The only desire that leads us to leave our homeland is to want a better life. We want to leave poverty ... So we close our eyes and launch ourselves on the adventure." It is the testimony of Seny Daillo, a young Senegalese who one day left his family and started a journey from Tambacounda to Lampedusa, Italy. What was the end of this story? What happened to his wish for a better life? The questions are many and the answers are in the few words and in the life itself of Seny.
(ANS - Rome) - The 73rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations opens in New York. The Salesians actively participate through an intense activity of advocacy, and are at work in this and other international organizations where it is possible to have the voice of the young heard, bringing to the attention of political decision-makers the needs and expectations of the poorest and most marginalized young. What does doing "advocacy" mean in the Salesian key? But above all, why is this theme imposed today on the reflections of the Congregation and of the Salesian Family? Trying to answer these and other similar questions is the Position Paper entitled "What does advocacy mean according to a Salesian perspective", recently adopted by the Rector Major and by the General Council of the Salesians of Don Bosco.
Ecuador - Exchanges teaching Math to studying Psychology, thanks to passion for working with youth: the "Chilean"
(ANS - Quito) - After serving for nine months as a volunteer missionary in the Salesian project "Chicos de la Calle", 26-year-old Gonzalo Peralta returned to his native country, Chile, with a decision: not to continue the post-graduate program in Mathematics he had in mind, but follow a Master's degree in Psychology in work with young people. This choice has materialized because of his recent experience with the children and young people of the Educational Unit of San Patricio (UESPA) and of the "Mi Caleta" reception center, based in Quito.
Subjectivity, networks and forms of connection
Young people today live in a globalized world, a network of interconnections and relationships. Goods, information, electronic images, songs, entertainment and fads spread almost instantly throughout the planet. Social networks have become their natural habitat and it is through them that the surrounding world is known. The Salesian Ariel Fresia presents an original point of view on the understanding of these hyperconnected natives.
Italy - "A stage of reflection and concrete help to the world of youth": International Congress "Youth and Life Choices: Educational Perspectives"
(ANS - Rome) - It is Pope Francis who translates the request that animates the International Congress "Youth and Life Choices: Educational Perspectives", which opened yesterday, September 20, 2018. In the message sent to participants, the Pope wishes that the event, "starting from the original contribution of the Salesian educational charism, may represent a significant stage of reflection and concrete help for the various problems linked to the world of youth, taking into account the most diverse and profound needs connected to their human and spiritual growth."
Spain - Vocational animation, a dynamism that does not stop
(ANS - Seville) - The vocational project "Ven y verás" (Come and See), the guiding thread of the last 12 months of the Salesian Province of "Spain-Mary Help of Christians", and which aims to focus Salesian Youth Ministry in this perspective, continues to be active and to encourage the development of a life project among young people. This commitment, which proceeds together with the efforts of the whole Church and of the Salesian Congregation, also in the light of the seminary on vocational animation held in Sanlúcar la Mayor (Seville), opens the way for the recipients of Salesian action to find their way to be Christians and to be accompanied towards discovering their specific vocation: lay, marriage, priesthood or consecrated life.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
I believe that this is what we have most at heart, dear readers – to feel that we are living a life that is full. It seems that this is a very human aspiration. It is with this thought that I must tell you that I have come to know in my life many persons who live and have lived full lives. I propose to follow this path myself.