(ANS - Casale Monferrato) - A more welcoming structure, furnished with taste, rigor and sobriety, will now host Non-Accompanied Foreign Minors (MSNA) and male Italian minors in a path of semi-autonomy. Conceived and implemented two years ago, in collaboration with the residential community "Harambée", now the new "Group Apartment" (Gapp) is located within the Salesian structure with a greater capacity for receptiveness, that is, up to six people. In this way it wants to emblemize, in a concrete fashion, the welcoming spirit of the entire oratory and parish community.
(ANS - Turin) - From November 9 to 12, a meeting was held in Turin-Valdocco of the Directors and Principals or Headmasters of the Post-Novitiates of Europe. Fr Ivo Coelho, General Councilor for Formation, flanked by his collaborators in the Dicastery, Fr Francisco Santos and Fr Silvio Roggia, led the reflection on seven issues related to the specific reality of the post-novitiates:
Turin, Italy - October 2018 – Taking place on October 26th, at the Salesian Vocational Training Center in Valdocco, Turin, was the inauguration of the new cooking and hall / bar workshops, to go alongside the bakery, pastry-making and pizza courses already active since 2013: a three-year qualification course for "Restaurant operator: meal preparation". Antonino Gentile, Communications Head of the CNOS-FAP of the Piedmont region, opened the inaugural event by introducing the participants active in the creation and expansion of this sector. Barbara Azzarà, Delegate Councilor - in the field of Education, Career Guidance and Training, Educational System, School Network and Childhood, Youth Policies, Historical Library - underlined how synergy between institutions is essential for generating virtuous paths aimed at all young people. Also present were Fr Alberto Martelli, Director of the Valdocco community, "San Francesco di Sales"; Marco Gallo, Director of the CFP Valdocco; and Fr Enrico Stasi, Superior of the Salesian District of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta and President of the Piedmont and National CNOS, who blessed the labs and concluded the inaugural moment with a prayer.
Turin, Italy - October 2018 - Fr José Miguel Nuñez, currently Director of the Salesian community "Bartolomé Blanco" of Seville, Spain, received a mandate from the Rector Major to perform the Extraordinary Visitation to the Special Circumscription of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta ( ICP) in his place. As part of this visit, Fr. Nuñez will be at the Salesian "Edoardo Agnelli" in Turin from 22 to 24 October. On the morning of the first day, he met students of the two-year study program and the Vocational Training Center; in the afternoon, he met with the youth of "Social Housing", and the youngsters of the oratory and the parishioners in the evening. Today, he meets the young people of the three-year secondary school program, and then the directors and teachers of the various sectors.
Turin, Italy - October 2018 - On 21 October, the XXVIII Marian Day of the ADMA Primary took place, attended by several groups from the Piedmont Province, Valle d'Aosta Province and neighboring Provinces. Following the celebration were talks by Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, and the presentation of the New Book of Mary Help of Christians "All the generations will call me Blessed", curated by Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints and the Christian Family and ADMA Spritual Animator. In the afternoon there was still time for the interventions of two FMA religious, the recitation of the Rosary prayed by the young, and the Eucharist wherein a dozen new ADMA members took up their commitment to join.
Lombriasco, Italy - October 2018 - On 2 October, the Salesian Agricultural School of Lombriasco welcomed a delegation from the Salesian Agricultural School in Colonia Vignaud, Argentina, made up of 4 students and 1 teacher, as part of the project of cultural exchange and work experience "Solidarity of Don Bosco - Youth in Agriculture". The Argentine delegation spent a week of training, meetings between students of the Institutes, visits to local agro-food companies taking part in the project, and the discovery of the places of Don Bosco in Piedmont. The presence of the Salesians in Colonia Vignaud dates back to 1903 and the agricultural school developed in the Seventies.
Mexico – Fr Novoa Leyva on caravan of migrants heading to Tijuana: "They are people in a special situation"
(ANS - Tijuana) - The Salesian Fr Agustín Novoa Leyva is responsible for the "Tijuana Salesian Project". In this interview he offers, without prejudice or bias, a view on the arrival and reception of the caravan of migrants now reaching the border between Mexico and the United States. To remember that migrants are, first of all, people.
Communicating in the network: a language to learn again
It is a fact that digital communication is a challenge for the Church. In the last Synod of Bishops, the network is spoken of as a space of evangelization, like a continent to explore, like a new place to live. The old "information highways" have now become true "constellations of content", with about 1,400 million websites on the network and their number grows exponentially, while every day new virtual communities of meetings and discussions arise according to the different tastes and needs of people.
Uruguay - "How to efficiently connect with new public?" Meeting of Latin American Missionary Offices
(ANS - Montevideo) - The second meeting of the Latin American Missionary Offices began on Thursday, November 15th, in Montevideo, focusing on the theme: "How to connect with the new public efficiently?"
Democratic Republic of Congo - Does charity for beggars really help them or helps them stay on the street?
(ANS - Lubumbashi) – On leaving the main streets of Lubumbashi in the evening one might even see and meet a thousand children on the sidewalks and intersections. They are all between about 7 and 12 years old, both boys and girls. Where do they come from and what are they still doing on the street at that time of night?
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
GOOD NEWS STILL EXISTS!
I am writing to you, my dear friends, just a few hours after having bestowed the missionary cross on a group of ten Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and twenty-five Salesians of Don Bosco who will leave in this 149th missionary expedition. We count the number of expeditions from the very first one prepared by Don Bosco himself for November 11, 1875. On that occasion, the first ten Salesian missionaries were sent to Argentina: six young priests and four Salesian brothers. Those first ones have been followed by about 11,000 Salesians and 2,500 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, 2,000 of them Italian FMAs who left Europe for the world.