(ANS - Quito) - On Wednesday 30 October, the Salesian Polytechnic University (UPS) received an award from the Permanent Commission for Education, Culture and Science and Technology (CECCYT, in Spanish) of the National Assembly on account of its humanitarian actions and dialogue undertaken during the national strike. Fr Javier Herrán, Rector of the University, and a group of students from the Student Federation of the University's headquarters in Quito received the recognition from the hands of the President of the Commission, the parliamentarian Jimmy Candell Soto.
(ANS - Kuyuntsa) – Those who remember Fr Luis (Luigi) Bolla cannot but turn their gaze to "a culture that I love, and for which I have identified myself with the Achuar to the point of risking my life." When he left Ecuador and departed for Peru, he chose Kuyuntsa and Sanhiick as his residence, testifying that his only concern was to humanize, evangelize and educate. Today, five years after his departure for Heaven, Yánkuam'Jintia, as he was called, is still alive in the Salesians who continue his work and who today announce: "With joy, we can communicate that in Kuyuntsa we have inaugurated two internships, one for boys and the other for girls."
(ANS - Vatican City) - Sister Mariluce dos Santos Mesquita, of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, is one of the Brazilian women participating in the Synod for the Amazon, as an auditor. She is currently Coordinator of the FMA Community in the mission of Taracuá, on the banks of the Uaupés River, in the extreme northwest of the Amazon. In an interview with the Salesian Bulletin of Brazil she presented her vocation.
(ANS - Turin) - It was 11 November 1875 when Don Bosco blessed the first Salesian missionaries, led by Fr Giovanni Cagliero, with Patagonia as their destination. From Argentina, the Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco expanded to the most northern states of Latin America, where they are still an important presence in the missions in the Amazon. And today, the Rector Major confirms and re-launches the Salesian efforts towards the education of the native youth "so that they serve their people and do not abandon it".
Vatican City, Vatican - October - A group of 15 Salesians of Don Bosco and 2 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians participate in the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region, scheduled 6 to 27 October. Their faces and hearts beat for indigenous peoples.
(ANS - Quito) - The Salesian House of Spirituality "San Patricio", located in Cumbayá, Quito, was the venue for peace talks between the National Government and indigenous organizations. The trust and security offered by the Salesians and their works was the reason the UN, through a representative, opted for the center of Don Bosco's spiritual children.
Papua New Guinea – A Drive to Faith and Prayer
(ANS – Port Moresby) – “Like most contract workers here in Papua New Guinea, my primary goal is to work. To be a member of any organization was never my intention at all. I had no interest in joining any group even in my home country.” The experience that led Almeric Paul Gatarin to deepen his faith and become a Salesian Cooperator is something very special and that bears witness of how a convincing proposal, constancy and sincere testimony can be very effective together. Here's how he tells his story:
Italy – Protection and defense of children in the heart of the Don Bosco Mission
(ANS - Rome) – Taking place last October 30, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CDI), in the Aula Magna of the Generalate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Lasallians) in Rome, was the event: "Child Protection and prevention of all forms of violence". The Salesians also participated, invited for their specific and solid missionary work with vulnerable and at-risk youth in over 130 countries.
RMG – Don Bosco and door-to-door waste collection
(ANS - Rome) - Who'd have thought? Don Bosco, a proto-ecologist? Don Bosco, pioneer of home waste collection 140 years ago? Seems so, according to at least one of the letters recovered in recent years and which will be included in the IX volume of the correspondence being prepared: a letter of 1885, which in the Turin of the time anticipates and, obviously in its own way, "solved" one of the great problems that today's society has to deal with, namely waste, over-consumption and throwaway goods.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
A MISSIONARY DREAM THAT LIVES ON
The dream to which I refer, my dear friends of the Salesian charism, is the great missionary dream of Don Bosco. Even in the very first years of the foundation of the fragile, little Society of St. Francis de Sales (the Salesians), he sent out his first missionaries to Argentina (in the year 1875) with the intention of caring for the Italian immigrants who had reached those shores by the thousands.