(ANS - Lille) - In 2010, Danièle Sciacaluga, a Salesian Cooperator, had the opportunity to visit some Roma families in a camp in the city of Lille. Their situation observed, to meet their educational needs he decided in 2014 to start, together with a Salesian priest, the association "ESPERE" (Espoir Salésiens Pour les Enfants Roms d'Europe - Salesian Hope for Roma Children of Europe), committed to promoting the education of children according to the pedagogy of Don Bosco. Every year since then, during the summer, the association carries out summer activities in favor of those children who live in marginal conditions.
(ANS – Rome) – World Cleanup Day, a global social action programme aimed at combating the global solid waste problem, was celebrated worldwide on 15 September. The “Don Bosco Green Alliance” actively promoted this event among its members, encouraging Salesian institutions across the world to organize a cleanup activity either in their own campus or in their neighbourhood. Responding to this invitation, several Salesian institutions involved young people in various activities on that day.
(ANS - Addis Ababa) – These days, schools are reopening their doors in many countries. But many youngsters risk remaining on the margins of education. The Salesians, in collaboration with the NGO "International Voluntary Service for Development" (VIS), work so that everyone, even street children, can receive education and opportunities.
Vietnam – Vocational animation of university students
(ANS – Dalat) – This brief interview with Fr Joseph Phuoc, done in Dalat, Vietnam, gives an insight on the very interesting work Salesians are doing with university students in this country.
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 - Ready for International Congress "Youth and life choices: educational perspectives"
(ANS - Rome) – On nearing the celebration of the Synod of Bishops on "Youth, faith and vocational discernment", scheduled for next October, the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) and the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences "Auxilium" are organizing the International Congress "Youth and life choices: educational perspectives" in Rome, 20-23 September 2018. "Together with experts from all over the world of young people from various continents, we will see how the Salesian charism and the life experience of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello can teach something about the choices of life today," explained Fr Mauro Mantovani, UPS Rector.
Argentina - Do not lose the love of Don Bosco for young people
(ANS - Córdoba) – Even centuries apart, looking deeply at Don Bosco, it is possible to ask oneself: "What or how would Don Bosco feel? What was inside him? Who did Don Bosco love?" The answer is so clear and transparent that there could be no mistake: the Lord, the young, the desire for their Salvation, his profound love for them. In fact, one of the programmatic articles of the Salesian Constitutions states: "Our vocation has the seal of a special gift of God: the predilection for young people."
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.