(ANS - Medellín) - Catalina and Claudia are two girls who participated in the documentary of "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid, entitled "Alto el fuego". Three years ago they were immersed in a process that was changing their lives and they had a dream to fulfill: to study and become professionals thanks to the "Ciudad Don Bosco" center in Medellín. Now, not only have they graduated as auxiliary nurses, but they are two points of reference for the dozens of minors who seek peace and want to return to their studies in order to have a future full of opportunities.
(ANS - Madrid) - Celebrations in honor of Mary Help of Christians have been going on across all five continents for days now. Wherever there is a Salesian house there are activities that fill everyone's heart with joy and gratitude towards Don Bosco's Madonna. Sporting events, games for the little ones, Masses, processions, floral offerings to Mary Help of Christians, cultural activities, and more. All because Mary Help of Christians is ever more present.
Italy - Salesian contemplation in ordinary life: Contemplative Fraternity of Mary of Nazareth
(ANS - Turin) - At the World Council aka Consulta of the Salesian Family, which ends today in Turin, the Contemplative Fraternity of Mary of Nazareth (FCMN) is being presented, the 31st and most recent group of the great charismatic tree born from St. John Bosco, and the first of the contemplatives. In the interview below with Myriam P., it is possible to learn more about the group's spirituality, born in Uruguay in 1983, on the initiative of Msgr. Nicolas Cotugno, SDB, also widespread in Italy, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Where your heart is, there is your treasure
The novel "Brave New World", written in 1932, is undoubtedly one of the literary visions that most clearly anticipate the events we are experiencing. Its author, Aldous Huxley, realized that to make a mass production system work instead of subjugating people by force, it was necessary to do so by delivering small but constant rewards. People should have the illusion of happiness in consumption, so as to be willing to sacrifice their own freedom as well.
East Timor – "Mary calls Us": 218 new ADMA members from 35 groups
(ANS – Fatumaca) – The Association of Devoted to Mary Help of Christian (ADMA) East Timor gathered together on 11th of May 2019 at the Sanctuary of Mary Help of Christians in Fatumaca to celebrate the admission of 218 new members of ADMA in 2019 from the 35 groups aggregated in East Timor which now, at its 150th anniversary, totals 1,070 members. This is the first time in the history of ADMA East Timor, in its 150-year history, that it comes up with such big numbers of new members.
Italy – Maria supports the "heroes" of the mission
(ANS - Turin) - As Don Bosco reiterated, Mary is "Help of Christians". The feast of May 24 is a Salesian devotion that involves each faithful and the Church in their essence.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS STILL AT WORK
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER AND DON BOSCO. TWO GREAT MISSIONARIES YESTERDAY AND TODAY . Just a short while ago I was in Goa, India, where I saw how amid the palm trees and the fine sand of the sea there rise up cathedrals and churches built during the 16th and 17th centuries. One of these shrines is the Basilica of the Good Jesus, which has become a site for pilgrimages, especially for Christians but also for believers of other religions, because here lie the remains of St. Francis Xavier, the missionary from Navarre who evangelized the Far East and was a disciple of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Even though St. Francis Xavier died in China in 1552, his remains rest in this most beautiful basilica situated next to the cathedral and to the church of St. Francis of Assisi. This place in which his mortal remains rest was erected between 1594 and 1605. His body is conserved there. Its incorruptibility was the miracle for which St. Francis Xavier was canonized in 1622. Accompanied by other Salesians and some lay persons, I had the privilege of celebrating Holy Mass on the altar at the tomb of this great and holy Jesuit missionary.