Angola - Rector Major's Final Day in Angola

Luanda, Angola - November 2017 - On November 20, Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández ...

Vatican - Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, appointed Special Secretary for Synod on Youth

(ANS - Vatican City) - Pope Francis has appointed a General Rapporteur and two Special Secretaries ...

Benin - Rights of Children and Adolescents, in support of "vidomegon"

(ANS - Cotonou) - They are called "vidomegon", and they are a legacy of a colonial custom; in ...

Zimbabwe - Expectations and hopes for beginning of a new phase

(ANS - Hwange) - On Tuesday, November 14, at 4 am, Zimbabwe's Police, Army and Air Force ...

Vatican - "Sharing with the poor allows us to understand the Gospel in its profoundest truth." ...

(ANS - Vatican City) – Do these names mean nothing: Burundi, South Sudan, Uganda, Togo, ...

Myanmar - Animation Visit by Fr Filiberto González

Anisakan, Myanmar - November 2017 - From 15 to 20 November, the General Councilor for Social ...

Argentina – "1k Run for the Young": solidarity app and race

(ANS - Buenos Aires) – The second edition of "Buenos Aires corre por los jóvenes" ...

(ANS - Cotonou) - They are called "vidomegon", and they are a legacy of a colonial custom; in the past, young girls were entrusted by rural households to a tutor to ensure the girls a better education. Today, they are often young slaves sold by the poorest families and employed as low-cost laborers. On the United Nation's Universal Children's Day, celebrated November 20, the entire Salesian Family is committed to reminding everyone that there is still much work to be done to enforce the rights of minors.

(ANS – Sunyani) - When the Salesians arrived in Ghana 25 years ago, they started working with teenagers, poor and needy young people, and their only dream was the same as Don Bosco's: to educate and dedicated themselves to the youngest victims of human trafficking. The International Labor Organization estimates there are over 1.2 million children who are victims of this scourge. Ghanaian Salesians also work with these young people, try to prevent this phenomenon, accompany the children involved. Daniel is one of those who, without the help of the Salesians, could have become a victim of trafficking.

(ANS – Jeju) – Twenty years after starting a new presence in diocese of Chuncheon (1996), the Salesian province in South Korea is slowly entering into another diocese, Jeju, located on the only large island of Jeju (650,000 population) with 78,000 Catholics, 46 diocesan and 8 religious priests in 27 parishes.

(ANS - Mumbai) - Four days of intense activity, including anniversaries, significant encounters, celebrations and moments of animation as the authentic Successor of Don Bosco: how Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, the Rector Major, spent the last days of the week just passed in the Indian Provinces of Guwahati and Mumbai.

(ANS - Stara Zagora) - There are about a million Roma in Bulgaria. Nobody knows the exact figures, but there are no jobs for them, and so many Roma fall into unemployment and crime, which in turn fuel stereotypes and create new obstacles.

(ANS - Lima) - Children and adolescents are one of the most vulnerable sectors of Peru's population. Vulnerability requires special protection from the state, family and community, as indeed established by a number of international accords, such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child, for one, which acknowledges children and adolescents as legitimate subjects , that is, as holders of rights and obligations. One of the institutions that cares about this vulnerable group in society is the Salesian Congregation which in Peru, via "Red de Casas Don Bosco", serves hundreds of children and teenagers and offers them a home, food, education, formation, spiritual and psychological accompaniment.

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  • France - Elyes and Valentin, interns at "Valdocco"

    (ANS - Lyon) - Elyes, a young Muslim, and Valentin, an atheist teenager, are two students of France's polytechnic schools who have decided to pursue their mandatory semester of human formation at the "Valdocco" Salesian Association center in Lyon, part of the "Don Bosco" Social Action Network. Below, their impressions.



    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.



  • Italy - Salesians, Sports and Soccer: Success Stories

    (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.



    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.

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