(ANS - Seoul) - With a growing percentage of Catholics, and the prestige and visibility that many of them enjoy in society – including the new President, Moon Jae-in, a Catholic - the Church in South Korea has for years been growing and flourishing. The Salesian Province "Martyr Saints of Korea" is also making a similar journey, clearly visible in a number of specific activities: the novitiate, the Mission Office and the service for young people at risk.
(ANS - Madrid) - "Itwillbe" is an NGO established in 2009 by Arancha Martínez, who created the app "PPa", winner of the jury-awarded prize from the “Talento Digital” platform. The purpose of PPa is to allow children to be identified and enable access to their clinical and social history based on biometric patterns: facial, digital and palm recognition. Its field of action is India; more specifically, where the Salesians are working.
(ANS - Sunyani) - Edo is 18 years old and, like other children, teenagers and young people in Ghana, his story was marked by family disintegration, reliance on grandparents for raising him, child exploitation, and migration. Thanks to the Salesians, he now has a new life and new prospects for the future.
(ANS - Vatican City) - The traditional Christmas Concert is celebrating its 25 years this year; for the occasion, it returns to the Vatican with the support and patronage of the Congregation for Catholic Education. This great musical event will benefit two projects: the DON BOSCO IN THE WORLD Foundation, for the liberation of children exploited in the mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo; and the Pontifical Scholas Occurrentes Foundation, against cyberbullying.
(ANS - Cotonou) - They are called "vidomegon", and they are a legacy of a colonial custom; in the past, young girls were entrusted by rural households to a tutor to ensure the girls a better education. Today, they are often young slaves sold by the poorest families and employed as low-cost laborers. On the United Nation's Universal Children's Day, celebrated November 20, the entire Salesian Family is committed to reminding everyone that there is still much work to be done to enforce the rights of minors.
(ANS - Luanda) – Having arrived in Benguela on Friday, 17 November, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, then spent the next three days bringing his encouragement, as the Successor of Don Bosco, to the young people and the Salesian Family of Angola.
Uruguay - "Aristophanes": transmitting a message like Don Bosco used to
(ANS - Montevideo) - Although not everyone has passed through the doors of a Salesian institute, those who are part of "Aristophanes" feel absolutely part of the example of Don Bosco and try to transmit his values through their art. This is what three members of this parodic theater company claim; they are: Juan Ignacio Cristóbal, Winston Gorgal and Daniel Javier.
THE DARK FACE OF INTERNET
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.
RMG - Formation course for new Provincials
(ANS - Rome) - The formation course for the new Provincials is currently taking place at the Salesian headquarters in Rome. Eight Salesian Provincials from three regions are participating. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, will entrust each of them guidelines and a roadmap to empower their roles as guides and animators.
Spain - Young people need authentic and credible educators
(ANS - Madrid) - The Youth Ministry Department of the Spanish Episcopal Conference presented a summary of the contributions received for the next Synod on young people. What is the relationship of young people to the Church? Do favorable environments for vocational discernment exist? What hopes do young people in Europe have today? These are some of the questions asked through a special questionnaire to young people, who say they feel listened to by the Church, but who also ask that more time and more people become involved in listening to their needs.