Angola - Rector Major's Final Day in Angola

Luanda, Angola - November 2017 - On November 20, Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández ...

Vatican - Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, appointed Special Secretary for Synod on Youth

(ANS - Vatican City) - Pope Francis has appointed a General Rapporteur and two Special Secretaries ...

Benin - Rights of Children and Adolescents, in support of "vidomegon"

(ANS - Cotonou) - They are called "vidomegon", and they are a legacy of a colonial custom; in ...

Zimbabwe - Expectations and hopes for beginning of a new phase

(ANS - Hwange) - On Tuesday, November 14, at 4 am, Zimbabwe's Police, Army and Air Force ...

Vatican - "Sharing with the poor allows us to understand the Gospel in its profoundest truth." ...

(ANS - Vatican City) – Do these names mean nothing: Burundi, South Sudan, Uganda, Togo, ...

Myanmar - Animation Visit by Fr Filiberto González

Anisakan, Myanmar - November 2017 - From 15 to 20 November, the General Councilor for Social ...

Argentina – "1k Run for the Young": solidarity app and race

(ANS - Buenos Aires) – The second edition of "Buenos Aires corre por los jóvenes" ...

(ANS – Sunyani) - When the Salesians arrived in Ghana 25 years ago, they started working with teenagers, poor and needy young people, and their only dream was the same as Don Bosco's: to educate and dedicated themselves to the youngest victims of human trafficking. The International Labor Organization estimates there are over 1.2 million children who are victims of this scourge. Ghanaian Salesians also work with these young people, try to prevent this phenomenon, accompany the children involved. Daniel is one of those who, without the help of the Salesians, could have become a victim of trafficking.

(ANS – Tema) - Salesians have recently celebrated 25 years of their presence in Ghana. The first missionaries arrived in 1992 at Sunyani, and soon became known for their educational work directly in favor of children at risk of exclusion and victims of trafficking. Among the innumerable problems that many children face in Africa are their being exploited at work, slavery, and the sale of minors by their relatives, perhaps only to pay off some debt. In the Lake Volta region, it is estimated that there are approximately 21,000 children and teen laborers who have been prevented from attending school.

(ANS – Ondo) – “John Bosco Institute of Technology” in Ondo, Nigeria, has a new school bus thanks to a donation from “Stocker Bus Co” in Newton, N.J. Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, secured the donation and shipped it to the Salesian school. The bus will be used for transport for student activities and sports competitions. The staff and students at the school are very grateful for the new transportation.

Sunyani, Ghana - October 2017 - On 22 October, World Mission Day, the 25th anniversary of the Salesian presence in Sunyani was celebrated in the presence of Fr Petrus Obermüller, Provincial of Austria (AUS), Fr Josef Grünner, Director of the Salesian Missionary Bureau of Bonn, and the Salesian coadjutor Günter Mayer, director of the Salesian Missionary Bureau of'Austria.

(ANS - Ijebu-Ode) - Summer was full of initiatives and commitments at the Salesian mission of Ijebu-Ode. Construction and expansion work, engagement with the children and teenagers attending the mission, the education of young adults ... Now that Autumn has begun, Fr Italo Spagnolo, the Salesian missionary who has dedicated 35 years of his life to young Nigerians, sums it all up.

Accra, Ghana - September 2017 - From 11 to 15 September, Youth Ministry Delegates met for a Conference of the Africa-Madagascar Province and Vice Provinces (CIVAM) to discuss various youth-related topics, including preparations for the Synod of Young People 2018. Delegates, led by Fr Fabio Attard, Councilor General for Youth Ministry, and Fr Anthonyraj Patrick of the Dicastery, also discussed the Youth Ministry Reference Framework.

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  • France - Elyes and Valentin, interns at "Valdocco"

    (ANS - Lyon) - Elyes, a young Muslim, and Valentin, an atheist teenager, are two students of France's polytechnic schools who have decided to pursue their mandatory semester of human formation at the "Valdocco" Salesian Association center in Lyon, part of the "Don Bosco" Social Action Network. Below, their impressions.



    If we wanted to find a metaphor to fully describe the revolution caused to society since the introduction and use of the Internet, we could certainly compare this phenomenon to the discovery of a new planet, a new continent, a territory continuously being explored that we cannot manage to fully fathom, one we  repeatedly marvel at, that surprises us with ever-new aspects and unexpressed potential.



  • Italy - Salesians, Sports and Soccer: Success Stories

    (ANS - Ferrara) - "Since the Oratory was the first of Don Bosco's initiatives, and the kind of initiative on which all the others are modeled, this combination of "catechesis and play" has been passed on to almost all the Salesian works. There is not even one Salesian school that does not, at least as a complementary activity, have recreational and sporting activities." Thus wrote Fr Juan E. Vecchi, VIII Successor of Don Bosco, in describing the Salesian's inherent attention to the world of sports. Attention from which sports teams, minor league and Serie A teams, amateur and pro players, emerged and came into being.



    I chose this enigmatic title for my greeting this month because I want to make reference to one Salesian who spent 18 months in captivity and another 34 SDBs and FMAs who will leave for the missions in various parts of the world. Ever since the very first one on November 11, 1875, there have been 148 missionary expeditions for our Salesian Family. These evoke the profound feeling that grace is at work.

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