(ANS – Rome) – The need to support and accompany local Churches in the renewal of the processes of education to faith related to adolescents between 14 and 19 years of age, in a context that favours the integral education of the “good Christian and upright citizen”, pushed the Institute of Catechesis of the Faculty of Sciences of Education (FSE) of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS), to propose a first level Master’s Degree for educators of adolescents in an ecclesial environment.
(ANS – Idadan) – In Ibadan, in South-Eastern Nigeria, since last January a new centre is operational: a reception home for street children. This, to Salesian Brother Paolo Vaschetto, an Italian missionary who for the past 16 years has been working in Nigeria, represents the realization of a dream.
(ANS – Freetown) – Three years ago Sierra Leone was mentioned in the media all over the world as the country where people died of Ebola. “The truth – the Spanish daily ‘El Mundo’ wrote – is that Sierra Leone is sinking into oblivion and only a smaller number of NGOs remain in the zone”. While media and international organizations seem to have forgotten, Salesians did not leave any room to oblivion, abandonment and despair. The Salesian Mission Procure of Madrid and the Sons of Don Bosco continue to help and work to secure a future to children and young people.
Ecuador - In the footsteps of Fr "Yankuam Jintia"
(ANS - Quito) - On May 2, Fr Agustín Togo and the young Salesian Edwin Cárdenas had the opportunity to wander towards the neighboring village of Peru. The goal was to attend the reception ceremony of the remains of Fr Luigi Bolla in the villages of the Achuar indigenous people. The questions arise almost without thinking about them: "what led you to go on the trip? What experiences have you experienced in such a short time? Which message do you have received after having followed the footsteps of Fr Yankuam Jintia?”
The middle class of holiness
During a recent meeting in the Vatican of Salesian novices with Pope Francis, one of the novices asked for a few words about holiness. And the Pope replied: " 'Walk in my presence and be blameless.' This is the best definition of holiness. These are God's words addressed to Abraham. Dominic Savio was in the habit of living in God's presence and, even now, I believe that today we can be saints. There are heroic people, parents, grandparents, young people, hidden saints, or as someone of French origin, said: 'people who belong to the middle class of holiness' that you do not see but they are there."
Portugal – The Salesian Family and the Salesian Youth Movement on a Pilgrimage to Fatima in the Year of the Centenary
(ANS – Fatima) – Hundreds of pilgrims of the Salesian Family (SF), gathered as per tradition at the Marian Sanctuary of Fatima, together with the boys and girls of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM/MGS) who are meeting there to celebrate their National Day. This year the celebration was lived with even more participation than usual because of the centenary of the apparitions.
RMG – Strenna 2017: “Parents must promote the ethical formation of their children”
(ANS – Rome) – In the Strenna 2017, the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, explained that love has various shades and responsibilities, and one of these is strengthening the education of their children. “Parents – the Rector Major insists – always have an influence on the moral growth of their children, for better or for worse. This educative mission of the family is important and complex”.