(ANS - Rome) - On May 19, 2018, Holy Father Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree concerning the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Augusto Giuseppe Hlond, of the Salesian Society of St. John Bosco, Archbishop of Gniezno and Warsaw, primate of Poland, cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, founder of the Society of Christ for the Emigrants. Born on 5 July 1881 in Brzęczkowice (Poland), he died in Warszawa (Poland) on October 22, 1948.
(ANS - Rome) - The government and the animation of an Institution of Higher Education today constitute a great challenge: due to social, political, cultural changes, the increasing institutional complexity of higher education systems, the importance of ensuring a specific identity to the said institutions. For this reason, the Coordinators General of the Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS) have organized a specific course addressed to its directors and managers.
(ANS - Masaya) - The population of Nicaragua is suffering the madness and irrationality of a President named Ortega. Today, July 18, marks three months of suffering. The Salesians in Nicaragua suffer together and alongside their students.
Venezuela - Fr Méndez: "The Salesians have not surrendered and will not give up, because we are many united to God"
(ANS - Caracas) - Fr Francisco Méndez is in his fifth year as the Provincial of the Salesian Province of Venezuela. In the country's current situation, his task is – difficult, stimulating - to animate, encourage and give hope to the Salesians in the midst of the difficult conditions facing Venezuela and its people.
Communicating in the network: "this is the problem"
The Pope's appeal to "Proclaiming the Gospel of mercy to all peoples ... through the means of communication that the new digital cultural context makes available to our contemporaries" is a great challenge.
Belarus - Salesian Youth Pilgrimage of Evangelization 2018
(ANS - Budslau) - A small Belorussian village, Budslau, has become known all over the world because of the miraculous icon of the Mother of God of Budslau, patron saint of Belarus. Pilgrimages to the Budslau National Shrine are a centuries-old tradition in Belarus, back in vogue after the fall of the communist regime. Every year, thousands of pilgrims reach the village: on foot, by bicycle, by car or by train, especially during the "Budslau Festival"; and among these pilgrims this year there were also 110 participants in the Salesian Youth Pilgrimage of Evangelization (SMEP).
RMG - Salesian consecrated life: two forms, but one single vocation
(ANS - Rome) - Clarifying ideas on discernment of the two forms of consecrated Salesian life, with the dual purpose of helping the formators to present correctly the Salesian identity, and to accompany the young in the process of vocational orientation: this was the objective that the Dicastery for Formation pursued through the Seminar on the Discernment of the two forms of the Salesian vocation, organized in recent weeks at the "San Callisto" in Rome. From these reflections many ideas emerged, now being transmitted to the entire Congregation.