(ANS - Santa Tecla) - Cesar Adalberto Acosta Barrera is an 18-year-old boy who was able to study, received a good education and now has a bright future ahead of him. But all this was not obvious. His education was provided by a scholarship program carried out by the Salesian High School "Santa Cecilia" of Santa Tecla, in El Salvador, funded by the Salesian Mission Office of New Rochelle, in the United States. Only last year the Mission Office funded 14 other boys like him.
(ANS - Ferrara) - A Salesian center is such, above all, because of the environment it knows how to offer, as a home that welcomes, a parish that evangelises, a school that starts one to life and a courtyard or playground where people can meet, live and grow in joy. But structures are also necessary. Almost seven years after that May 2012, when several earthquakes shook the Emilia region, Saturday 6 April saw the inauguration and reopening of the Salesian parish in Ferrara.
(ANS - Kampala) - Kampala, with the obvious contradictions of the capitals of developing countries; and Palabek, in the refugee center that houses the last of the last – here, too, in these two problematic realities the message of Easter shall resound: a message of hope that the Salesians, present in both places, try to testify every day of the year.
USA – Mission experience changes the heart: “God is teaching me to be open-minded”
(ANS – Tucson) – Some students from Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park took part in a US/Mexico border immersion program last winter, hosted by San Miguel High School in Tucson, Ariz., called “El Otro Lado”. Now on the threshold of the Easter Triduum, the testimony of one of the young participants, Fatima Izaguirre, speaks to us of the Via Crucis still experienced today by many people and of the possibility of being still today "the Cirenians" of the brothers most in need.
THE SEEDS OF HEROD
There is a Salesian oratory in Heaven. The door is always open. The latest arrival is Saged Mezher, a "Muslim" boy from our electronics school, who comes from the Dehesha refugee camp in the West Bank. He was studying for his diploma, when soldiers entered the camp to arrest people and began violent gun battles. It's difficult to stop men with submachine guns in hand. People, screaming, ran to hide. The cries of the wounded reached the sky and also the heart of Saged, a member of the Camp's First Aid group. He left school, put on the vest with the group's name and logo and ran to help a few injured men lying on the ground. He was trying to lift a stricken man when a bullet tore through his chest. They took him to the Hussein hospital and then to a specialized hospital. Three frantic hours of intervention. But there was no way to save him.
Belgium - Synod of Youth in the heart of the European Union
(ANS - Brussels) - Thursday 11 April, at the headquarters of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) in Brussels, "Don Bosco International" (DBI) promoted a meeting dedicated to the reflection on the Synod of the Bishops on "Young people, faith and vocational discernment" according to a socio-political perspective. A few days after the promulgation of the "Christus vivit" of Pope Francis, the DBI has thus contributed to bringing young people and synodality to the heart of European institutions.
Brazil - Happy Easter of Resurrection! He calls us to pass from darkness to light, from hatred to love, from selfishness to fraternity!
(ANS - Brasilia) - The main Christian holiday celebrates the resurrection of Christ: the victory of the Lord over death fills us with hope for a new life. For this reason, this celebration is surrounded by very special traditions and symbols. On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate what is at the center of their faith: Jesus Christ has conquered death and is risen! It is a message of love that is unprecedented and fills us with hope: it invites us to pass from darkness to light, from hatred to love, from selfishness to fraternity, from isolation to community, from sadness to joy.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE BEATITUDES OF THE SALESIAN FAMILY
In January we celebrated the Salesian Family Spirituality Days with people from 28 nations. These are formation days for the entire Family that have been held for the last 37 years; they become more significant each time. Just as was the case last year, the Days took place in Valdocco, in Turin, i.e., in our Salesian holy places. These are sites filled with the Holy Spirit, where everything speaks to us and reminds us of Don Bosco and the charism which he received from that same Spirit in behalf of the boys and girls, teenagers, and young adults of our world.