(ANS - Bogota) - On 9 April the Salesian University Foundation received its approval by Colombia's Ministry of National Education, a dream the Salesians have held dear since the Seventies, via the resolution granting its judiciary status "as an institution of higher education with the character of a University Institute."
Copacabana, Colombia - April 2018 - On the evening of 9 April, the community of the "Felipe Rinaldi" post-novitiate of Copacabana, near Medellín, received the visit of Fr Jaime Morales, Superior of the Salesian Province of Colombia-Bogotá (COB). After a meeting with all the Salesians, he offered the traditional "good night" thought and gave an interview to the post-novitiate radio station. The following day he presided at the Eucharist with the Salesians of the Bogotá Province.
Bogotá, Colombia - February 2018 - From February 9 to 11, the first meeting of the National Council of SYM Colombia 2018 took place. Taking part in the formative event were the Delegates for the Youth Ministry of Colombia who together also organized the annual Operative Plan of the SYM Council.
Medellín, Colombia - February 2018 - On 3 February, at the parish of Our Lady of Suffrage, over 300 young people from the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) of the groups of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) and Salesians gathered to celebrate Don Bosco. The Eucharist was presided over by Fr. John Jairo Gómez, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Medellín. During his homily, inspired by the Rector Major's address to young people, he invited participants to "seek happiness", to "be happy and make others happy", pointing out that to do this "it is necessary to open one's heart to God." The Provincial also added that on this path the young people were not alone and he urged them to be accompanied by people who oriented them, Salesians and FMA.
(ANS - Medellín) – Every year, on 12 February, the International Day against the use of child soldiers is celebrated. International organizations estimate there are over 250 thousand children who participate in a series of armed conflicts around the globe, far from their families and education. The Salesians work in various countries with former child soldiers, so that they may overcome the traumas of war and can reintegrate into society.
Bogotá, Colombia - January 2018 - The feast of Don Bosco was celebrated On January 31 at the Salesian Institute "León XIII" where, during the Eucharistic celebration, presided by Fr Jaime Enrique Morales, Provincial of the Bogotá Province (COB), perpetual religious professions were made by Salesians Édgar Enrique Velásquez Camelo (COB) and Duc Tin Nguyen (BOL).
Papua New Guinea - Msgr. Panfilo's efforts to protect local population and Creation
(ANS - Rabaul) - "In every discussion concerning an entrepreneurial initiative one should ask a series of questions, in order to discern if it will lead to a true integral development: For what purpose? For what reason? Where is it? When? How? Who is it for? What are the risks? At what cost? Who pays the expenses and how will they do it?" Monsignor Francesco Panfilo, Salesian Archbishop of Rabaul, cites Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Sì" (LS, 185) to explain why, alongside and with the rest of the local episcopate, he opposes the risky drilling operation of the ocean floor.
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.
Bolivia - "Damas Salesianas" Association: Catholic women who direct their efforts to serve needy population
(ANS - Cochabamba) - Someone may wonder, "Who are those ladies with yellow coats walking through life with smiles on their faces?" You could simply answer that they are social workers, women from a certain company, people working for a brand ... Yes, all true answers, but there is more. They are women who are part of the association "Damas Salesianas" (ADS), "Catholic women who direct their efforts to the service of the needy population, especially other women. Their goal is to evangelize through human promotion," says E. Marín, one of the Damas.
Spain - Young university students look to Salesian Vocational Training as a life choice
(ANS - Madrid) - In the eight months that he studied Telecommunications in a Vocational Training Center (VTC), Carlos Rodríguez Cecilia, aged 19, learned to transmit telephone signals and to connect local networks. A year ago, however, he was still attending classes in Constitutional Law and Financial Mathematics. "It was all very theoretical and the system did not motivate me much to study. That's why I decided to look for other options," he recalls. Carlos decided to change law for antennas and routers, theory with practice, university with vocational training. "I don't regret it. Today, I'm very happy," he says.