Turin, Italy - 23 February 2018 - In the day of prayer and fasting called by Holy Father Francis to implore the gift of peace, the faithful gathered today in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin are invited to offer their prayers for the needs of the Salesian Family in Syria. This intention is to be expressed via a lit candle before the picture of Mary Help of Christians in the Basilica, a further stage of the path of thanksgiving and prayer inaugurated by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, in the context of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica of Valdocco.
Vilnius, Lithuania - February 2018 - The celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Lithuania took place all over the country on 16 February. All the church belltowers throughout the country rang out at 12:30, recalling the proclamation of independence. The Salesian parish in Vilnius, dedicated to Don Bosco, also took part in the celebrations, not only by ringing the bells and with a solemn Eucharistic celebration, attended by many parishioners, but also by a show of colors of the national flag with a display of smoke bombs: yellow, green and red. As smoke rose to the sky, enthusiastic parishioners spontaneously chanted various patriotic songs. These 100 years of independence have been marked by great national joys and satisfactions, but also by great suffering due to the 45-year Soviet occupation and the consequent religious and cultural persecutions. For this reason, the celebration was truly heartfelt by the local population, and the Salesians took part in it in full and in its own style.
Venaria Reale, Italy - February 2018 - On Sunday 4 February, on the occasion of the feast of Don Bosco, a new group of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) was established at the Salesian parish of Venaria Reale, a suburb of Turin. During the Eucharist, presided over by Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, the World Spiritual Animator of the Association, 38 new members joined the group founded by Don Bosco, and Mr. Renato Valera, World President, presented the degree of aggregation to the ADMA Primary of Turin-Valdocco.
(ANS - Turin) - 31 January: Don Bosco and his love for the young are being celebrated throughout the Salesian world today, but the center of the celebration, at the charismatic and symbolic level, remains the places of Don Bosco. At Colle Don Bosco and Valdocco there will be a successsion of events and celebrations throughout the day.
(ANS - Turin) - Meant to encourage the memory and prayer for the Rector Majors who pursued the dream of Don Bosco with fidelity and commitment through the years, the placement of the mortal remains of Don Bosco's Successors in the crypt of Turin's Basilica of Mary Help of Christians has been completed.
(ANS - Turin) - The valorization of Salesian heritage sites, those historic locations where the Salesian charism was born and developed at its very beginnings, was one of the themes addressed at the last 27th General Chapter (2014), which in fact had placed them under the special and specific responsibility of the Rector Major and his Council. Today, the "Salesian Heritage Sites Commission", the body appointed to protect, develop and exalt these sites, sends an invitation to all members of the Salesian Family asking them to learn about the sites, visit them and "live them."
Italy - The experience of giving oneself: stories from the Civil Service
(ANS - Macerata) – Here are six girls actively trying to improve the world from their own neighborhood, convinced that in giving oneself there is nothing but gain: Federica, Mercy, Silvia, Cecilia, Anna and Elena. All have decided to participate in the Civil Service projects of the Salesians of Macerata.
We all want to feel special and be considered by others
According to the theory of needs of the American psychologist Abraham Maslow, men and women are beings who have to satisfy a series of basic needs to survive, not only physical but also social.
Kenya - Communication for communion, Salesian Family as opportunity. Third day of the Team Visit
(ANS - Nairobi) - On the third day of the Visit to the Africa-Madagascar region, the debate focused on the current state of Social Communication and of collaboration with the Salesian Family.
Spain - Don Bosco's Preventive System relives in the film "Wonder"
(ANS - Madrid) - The film "Wonder", the story of little Auggie Pullman, a child with a facial deformation who faces the challenge of attending a public school for the first time, arrived in cinemas this past December.
During the film, which deals with the delicate issue of scholastic bullying, there is a clear resemblance to the Preventive System of Don Bosco and these ten sentences of the founder of the Salesians are proof of this.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
JESUS IN THE ARMS OF THE HUMBLE AND THE POOR
Jesus continues to save humanity through our work, our self-giving, our good will. He continues to point out the road to us lest we lose our bearings and our way, and we always assist those who are growing weary, the humblest, the poorest, the least.