(ANS - Rome) - In Italy, NEET - or young people not in education, employment or training - represent 20% of the population: a waste of otherwise enormous potential. Vocational Training is an educational path that over the years has demonstrated its effectiveness in acting as a bridge between work and school; on this path, one must include the Dual System, which alternates formal class lessons and working internships inside companies and businesses. For this reason, the Salesians, who have always been active in Vocational Training, hope that the experimental phase will obtain "regulatory stabilization in the government's next budget," as requested by Fr Enrico Peretti, Director General of the National Center of Salesian Institutions – Vocational Training and Continuing Education.
Pavia, Italy - November 2017 – The 120 years of the Salesian presence in Pavia were celebrated in recent days. Sent by Fr Michele Rua, the first Successor of Don Bosco, it was exactly on October 21, 1897, when the first Salesians took possession of the Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Current celebrations commenced on Saturday, October 21, with the First Vespers presided by the Bishop of Pavia, Msgr Corrado Sanguineti, and animated by the Corale of Oliva Gessi, birthplace of St. Luigi Versiglia, SDB. The following morning, Mass was presided by Mgr Mario Toso, SDB, Bishop of Faenza-Modigliana, and concelebrated by the Salesians of the house and other priests related to the house. Other events are planned to celebrate the anniversary, including a publication on Salesian history in the Pavia area and a recital being drafted by the young people of the Salesian house.
(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.
(ANS - Rome) – Definitely a prominent figure, Msgr Giuseppe Fagnano (Rocchetta Tanaro 1844 – Santiago del Cile 1916), member of the first Salesian Missionary Expedition (1875), the first Salesian director in Patagonia (1880), the first Salesian to land in the Tierra del Fuego (1886), the first and only Apostolic Prefect of Southern Patagonia, the Malvine Islands and the thousands of islands beyond the Magellan Strait (1883). To such a multifaceted character, the Faculty of Theology of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) and the Salesian Historical Institute (ISS) devoted an afternoon of study this past November 9.
Rome, Italy - November 2017 - On 20 November, on the 28th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a key document in the protection and promotion of children's rights, the event "Project on the participation of the Council of Europe, coordinated by UNICEF Italy and the Interministerial Committee for Human Rights (CIDU), took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The International Volunteers for Development (VIS) strongly reaffirmed the need for a common commitment to ensure protection and security for all children and young people living in emergency locations, and emphasized the need for youth participation as an indispensable element in the fight against violations of the rights of minors.
(ANS - Ferrara) - "Since the Oratory was the first of Don Bosco's initiatives, and the kind of initiative on which all the others are modeled, this combination of "catechesis and play" has been passed on to almost all the Salesian works. There is not even one Salesian school that does not, at least as a complementary activity, have recreational and sporting activities." Thus wrote Fr Juan E. Vecchi, VIII Successor of Don Bosco, in describing the Salesian's inherent attention to the world of sports. Attention from which sports teams, minor league and Serie A teams, amateur and pro players, emerged and came into being.
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.