(ANS - Turin) - A huge crowd marked the celebrations held yesterday, May 24, in Turin, in honor of Mary Help of Christians. "In our hearts today we have a feeling of profound love for the Mother," said the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, in the homily of the Mass presided at Valdocco.
Turin, Italy - May 2018 - Three shows and 2700 spectators over two days: these are the numbers that define the great success of the theatrical performance "L'arte di Giò", which was presented on 19 and 20 May at the Teatro Grande of Valdocco on the occasion of the visit of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, in Piedmont, and of the so-called "SYM Day". The real wonder of this show, conceived by the Theater Company "I Retroscena", is the work done to produce it by the young people of the project "Anima MGS", which, led by four professionals, made an experience of their skills in dancing, acting, in the construction of scenography, graphics. The workshops, thanks to the contribution of the Agnelli Foundation, had the objective of letting each young person experiment their individual artistic skills and abilities. At the end of the show, the Rector Major offered his 'good night' by telling the young people: "Be protagonists of your life. Thanks to you the whole world can have a future: dreams are possible, we just have to believe in them."
Turin, Italy - May 2018 - On the occasion of the feast of Mary Help of Christians, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, met 35 novices of Europe at Valdocco. This year the X European Novices Meeting was celebrated: 3 from Poprad, Slovakia; 11 from Kopiec, Poland; 10 from Pinerolo, Italy, 11 from Genzano, Italy. The Rector Major spent time with the novices for over an hour, inviting them to prepare to be Salesians in the world with the style of Don Bosco.
(ANS - Turin) - In the last appointment of his Animation Visit to the Special Circumscription of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta, on Monday afternoon, 21 May, the Rector Major met members of various groups of the Salesian Family, a way of getting to know the reality of Street Education promoted by the San Luigi Oratory in the Parco del Valentino. He also inaugurated the innovative Salesian training course "Ri-generation Lab", which allows the most disadvantaged young people to learn how to repair and regenerate household appliances.
(ANS - Turin) - On 22 May the World Consultive Body of the Salesian Family continued its activities in the presence of the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime.
Brazil – “The young helped me open my heart”
(ANS – São Paulo) – “I was born in Vietnam, in a diocesan parish, and I had the desire to be a priest. I read a biography of Dominic Savio and I loved the priest who had shaped his life. I was impressed by the film on Don Bosco. I said to myself, ‘That is the type of priest I would like to be.’” This is the Vietnamese Salesian missionary Joseph Tran Van Lich.
Young people are moving and what do we do?
"We are a traveling species. We have no property, but luggage. (...)
We are alive because we are moving. We are never still.
We are transhumant (...) If you want something to die, leave it alone."
(Jorge Drexler, Movimiento, 2017)
Young people always move towards unprecedented possibilities, unsuspected futures. But beyond physical mobility and territorial displacement, young people show a great capacity for flux or change and mobilization in current societies, strengthened by new communication technologies, and networks.
Bolivia - Project to enhance skills for PDOs and TVET centers
(ANS - Cochabamba) – Taking place from Monday 21 to today, Friday, May 25, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is an initiative of strengthening and enhancing skills for members of the Provincial Development Offices and Salesians involved in the world of vocational training for young people at risk in Latin America. Participants included representatives of the Salesian Family from 15 countries in the Salesian regions of Interamerica and America South Cone, and European and US NGOs.
RMG - The devotion of Pope Paul VI for Mary Help of Christians
(ANS - Rome) - The blessed, and soon Saint, Pope Paul VI was full of benevolence towards the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco. This predilection, exhibited in many circumstances of his life and his pontificate, was also manifested in the devotion to Mary Help of Christians and in the attention to her anniversaries.