(ANS-Cotonou) - On 30 August, the "Improving the care of street children in Cotonou (Benin)" project was completed. The "Mamá Margarita" house in Cotonou keeps its doors open to young vulnerable people living in the streets.
(ANS - Tournai) - Saidi is 14 years old and a year ago he left his home in Kabul, Afghanistan. He did everything to escape the Taliban. He traveled thousands of miles and crossed the sea. He did not ask himself about where to go. Today Saidi is being assisted by the program for unaccompanied minors of the Don Bosco Institute in Tournai, Belgium.
Freetown, Sierra Leone - August 21, 2017 - Salesians working in Freetown visited the flooded areas and hospitals and offered their complete support to help the government in the emergency. The disaster has recorded more than 492 deaths, 600 missing, and over 3,000 displaced persons. Since Friday, the local Salesians have hosted more than 300 children and numerous mothers nurturing their babies.
Villarrica, Paraguay - August 2017 - The young animators of the Don Bosco Oratory of Villarrica, Paraguay, are engaged in the activity of the "traveling oratory." Thanks to this initiative, they visited the chapel dedicated to San Biagio and took care of the neighbourhood's needy children.
(ANS - Rome) - "Giovannino's Dream" is the first e-color book created by the "Salesians for Social Work - SCS / CNOS Federation", a proposal for young children to read and color. The story is divided into 8 illustrated tables and reflects the dream St. John Bosco had at the age of 9 which would later become the guideline for all his life with and for young people.
(ANS - Vatican City) - "Syria is beautiful, marked by coexistence. This is characteristic of Syria: coexistence." Despite six years of war, there is still solidarity and attention to one’s neighbour, regardless of differences. So says Sister Carolin Tahhan Fachakh, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) and a "courageous woman" - as evidenced by the international prize that she received from the US State Department. On the margins of a meeting organized by the "Women of the Vatican" in Rome, Sister Carolin spoke of her mission in Damascus.
Czech Republic - Dialogue between the Rector Major and young people
(ANS - Brno) – One's own vocational journey, the current state of the Salesian charism for Europe, the Salesian response to the challenges of migration ... Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime discussed this and other issues with the local youth in Brno a few weeks ago during his animation visit to the Czech Republic. Below, a few extracts from their conversation:
We want to LISTEN to your desires, your expectations and your uncertainties!
They call us YOUTH experts. I do not know if we are experts, but one thing is certain: we Salesians have youth in our DNA since the moment Don Bosco dreamed of us, thought of us. Our identity is so tied to them that one cannot conceive a Salesian as being far away from young people.
Spain - Youth Ministry and Family: a Congress that comes from afar
(ANS - Madrid) – Just slightly over a month to go to the start of the International Youth Ministry and Family Congress being held in Madrid, Spain, from 27 November to 1 December, 2017. Preparations for the Congress - animated by the Youth Ministry Dicastery in the wake of the 2014 and 2015 Synods of Bishops on Family - has involved the entire Salesian Congregation over the past two years through a consultation of Provincial Councils on this important theme.
RMG - Salesian Missionaries in the World: A Global Commitment
(ANS - Rome) - There are many people around the world who, inspired by Don Bosco, spend their lives far from their homeland to devote themselves to the mission of evangelization and the human development of other peoples. On the occasion of World Mission Day, celebrated Sunday, October 22, we want to remember some examples.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
HAVING DEEP ROOTS, BEING FLEXIBLE, AND BEING RICH IN WHAT IS ESSENTIAL
I shall never forget the wise life lesson which the fir trees of the beautiful forest of Vallombrosa gave me. My cordial greetings, dear readers, and all the members of our dear Salesian Family. I wish to offer you a reflection that I made from a very concrete experience that I had recently – a lesson from nature.