Kigali, Rwanda - May 2018 - On May 6, at the Youth Center of Gatenga, on the occasion of the feast of Saint Dominic Savio, the young members of the Movement of Friends of Dominic Savio (ADS) of Rwanda celebrated the 35th anniversary of the movement in the country. During the Eucharist, presided by Fr Camiel Swertvagher, Provincial of the African Great Lakes Vice Province (AGL), 21 young people made their promises as ADS members.
Palabek, Uganda - April 2018 – Here the pastoral activities are led by Fr Ubaldino Andrade, one of the Salesian missionaries of the new Salesian center in the Palabek Refugee Camp, which welcomes about 36,000 refugees from South Sudan.
Don Bosco has arrived in the refugee camp of Palabek, Uganda. This is good news of the RESURRECTION OF THE LORD.
(ANS - Namugongo) – There has been a center in the city of Namugongo since 2001, namely the "Children and Life Mission" (CALM), founded by two Comboni Missionaries and a Jesuit, that welcomes and supports vulnerable children. In 2006 the center was entrusted to the Salesians, thus becoming the Congregation's fourth mission in the African country. The Sons of Don Bosco have also associated the activity of hosting children at risk with providing education through a primary school; with greater support, it may be expanded and further improve its services.
(ANS - Bombo) - The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, arrived at the Salesian Headquarters yesterday, Sunday 18 March, after 5 intense days spent in his Animation Visit to the Africa-Great Lakes Vice Province (AGL) and a long journey started on Saturday 17.
(ANS - Kigali) – Yesterday, March 15, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, the Rector Major, spend the second and last day of his visit to Rwanda almost entirely in Kigali. After the dialogue and mass for young people who came from all over the country, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco spent his time getting to know and encouraging the local Salesian Family.
Italy - World Consultative Body of Salesian Family: an interview with its director, Fr Eusebio Muñoz
(ANS - Turin) - On Monday morning, 21 May, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, took part in the meeting of the World Consultative Body of the Salesian Family (SF). The meeting was attended by 27 SF groups, represented by their leaders or by their respective delegates. Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, reflects on this important meeting.
Young people are moving and what do we do?
"We are a traveling species. We have no property, but luggage. (...)
We are alive because we are moving. We are never still.
We are transhumant (...) If you want something to die, leave it alone."
(Jorge Drexler, Movimiento, 2017)
Young people always move towards unprecedented possibilities, unsuspected futures. But beyond physical mobility and territorial displacement, young people show a great capacity for flux or change and mobilization in current societies, strengthened by new communication technologies, and networks.
Italy – Celebration of Mary Help of Christians: Calendar of main events
(ANS - Turin) - With today, May 23, the celebrations for the feast of Mary Help of Christians are close to their peak: up to all day tomorrow, Turin will be the venue for numerous events and tributes, even more solemn this year for the recurrence of the 150th anniversary of the inauguration and consecration of the "mother church" and spiritual center of the Salesians worldwide: the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians of Valdocco.
RMG - The devotion of Pope Paul VI for Mary Help of Christians
(ANS - Rome) - The blessed, and soon Saint, Pope Paul VI was full of benevolence towards the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco. This predilection, exhibited in many circumstances of his life and his pontificate, was also manifested in the devotion to Mary Help of Christians and in the attention to her anniversaries.