(ANS - Turin) - The mortal remains of Fr Luigi Ricceri, Fr Egidio Viganò, Fr Juan Edmundo Vecchi - respectively, the sixth, seventh and eighth successors of Don Bosco - arrived in Valdocco on the afternoon of Monday, November 20. Their remains lay in the Salesian cemetery at the Catacombs of San Callisto, Rome, until the morning of Saturday, 18 November, when they started their journey from the capital to Turin; in Turin, a delegation from the Community of Mary Help of Christians arranged for their placement inside the dedicated wing, namely, in the Chapel of the Relics of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians.
Turin, Italy - October 1853 - The first construction made at the Oratory in Valdocco was in favor of children; from 1853, Don Bosco took a small room on the third floor for himself. Subsequent rooms were built in 1876-1877 (cit. G. Fedele, 124).
Turin, Italy - 1910 - In 1852 Don Bosco began hosting many poor and abandoned boys and felt the need to create and offer laboratories for their formation. Thus, in 1853, he started his first footwear and tailoring workshop.
Turin, Italy - October 2017 - Following the October 15 vote, the elected ADMA Primary councilors met in Turin-Valdocco on October 29 to assign roles. The new ADMA Primary Council for the four-year period - 2017-2021 - is hereby as follows: Renato Valera (President); Paolo Peirone (Vice-President); Andrea Damiani (Treasurer); Mariapia Gallo (Secretary); Federica Lucca (Young Councilor); Davide Ricauda (Councilor for Young People); Gianluca Spesso (Family Counselor); Luciana Bianchetti (Senior Councilor); Fr Pierluigi Cameroni (World Spiritual Animator); Sister Marilena Bianchetti, FMA (Piedmont Spiritual Animator). As per art. 15 of Regulations, the Association Mary Help of Christians, based in the Sanctuary of Mary Help of Christians of Turin-Valdocco, is the heir and continuation of the first founded by Don Bosco, and therefore called 'Primary.' Given its origins and its connection to the Sanctuary, it is responsible for the Association's animation, links and information at the worldwide level.
Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Italy - October 2017 - From 17 to 23 October, at Colle Don Bosco, 23 Salesians gathered for the meeting of European prenovitiate delegates. Ongoing formation proposals, verification of the implementation of Chapter VI of the "Ratio" regarding prenovitiates, configuration of the formation community, types of pastoral work of young candidates and vocational discernment were the main topics. Fr Ivo Coelho, General Counselor, with members of the Dicastery, took part in the meeting, the aim being to animate and share good practice for formation of the communities and prenovitiates of the Provinces of Europe.
Turin, Italy - October 2017 - On October 15, Turin's ADMA Primaria celebrated the XXVII Marian Day celebrated with groups, including those from Lombardy. Before some 300 people, Maria Rita Scrimeri, Salesian Cooperator, presented the Message of Fatima in this centenary year of apparitions, with special emphasis on the implications for families. The meeting included time for prayer and meditation on the formation session. Some ADMA youth shared their paths to membership, while two spouses gave their testimony of faith. In the afternoon, in the sanctuary of Mary Help of Christians, after the communion of the Rosary, the solemn Eucharist was held, presided by Fr Enrico Stasi, Provincial of the Piedmont - Val d'Aosta Circumscription. During the celebration, 20 people from ADMA Primaria (18) and Arese (2) became members of the Association. Elections of the New Council of ADMA Primaria were also held, and will be constituted on Sunday, 29 October.
Myanmar - Don Bosco in the country: yesterday, today and tomorrow
(ANS - Anisakan) - From November 27 to 30, Pope Francis will be on an apostolic voyage to Myanmar and, in view of this important event, we have asked a few questions to Fr Bosco Zeya Aung, Provincial Vicar and Delegate for Formation in Myanmar.
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.
Great Britain - SYM Europe on its way to "Synod on Youth"
(ANS - Bollington) - The 13th General Assembly of the Salesian Youth Movement of Europe (SYM) took place from 17 to 19 November. The meeting was held at the Savio House in Bollington, Great Britain. This year's annual SYM Europe event was attended by 55 representatives from 14 European countries.
RMG - Salesians for the Elimination of Violence against Women
(ANS - Rome) – In the world, at least one woman in three has suffered some form of violence in her life: at home, at work, at school, on the street. "No one should be left behind: let's put an end to violence against women and girls" is the theme proposed by the United Nations on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, scheduled for tomorrow, November 25. It is an objective that sees the Salesians at the forefront, especially the most fragile and vulnerable women belonging to minorities and, for this reason, discriminated against - twice.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
ONE MISSIONARY RETURNS, ANOTHER 34 LEAVE FOR THE MISSIONS
I chose this enigmatic title for my greeting this month because I want to make reference to one Salesian who spent 18 months in captivity and another 34 SDBs and FMAs who will leave for the missions in various parts of the world. Ever since the very first one on November 11, 1875, there have been 148 missionary expeditions for our Salesian Family. These evoke the profound feeling that grace is at work.