(ANS - Bangkok) - The Catholic presence in Thailand, a country with a large Buddhist majority, cannot help but deal with the issue of religious dialogue. And this is a task and issue the Salesians have not failed to address. At the same time, even within countries wherein Catholicism is more rooted, the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco bring, as they do, the testimony of their specific charism to the Church and to the local population.
(ANS - Cordoba) - Miguel Raviolo, 55, is the manager of the carpentry workshop at the "House of the Don Bosco Oratory" in Cordoba. Eight years ago he decided to consecrate his hands and his heart to this service. It was 2010 and Miguel attended catechism classes at the time. "I felt challenged by catechesis, by the Word and by Jesus himself who asked me to do something for the vulnerable. I go to the parish priest to tell him that I was a carpenter. And he answers me: 'good, much pleased, I am a priest, what do we want to do?'"
(ANS - Valencia) – On Sunday 30 September, the "Martín i Soler" Theater of the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia hosted the 30th anniversary celebration of the "Don Bosco Federation", an organization that brings together the Salesian youth centers and associations of the whole Valencian Community.
(ANS - Nairobi) - Interview with Paolo Vaschetto, 48, Salesian brother in the footsteps of Don Bosco between Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria. "My relationship with Don Bosco was born in everyday life, without 'special effects'. I attended the Salesian Oratory of Bra, a town in the province of Cuneo, where I was born, and I felt a desire to serve the Lord in dedicating myself to young people, especially the poorest. And the opportunity to live and work in Africa did the rest, giving impetus to my vocation."
(ANS - Santiago del Estero) - Speaking of the beginnings of the Valdocco Oratory means talking about poverty, of being uprooted, of young orphans and vagabonds with no chance of education, which is how Don Bosco met them, embraced them and saved them from the streets with the firm intention of transforming their lives forever, despite the fact that he could not assure them a place to live or something to eat, having always led an austere life.
(ANS - Kafrun) - "Welcome, you are welcome here! Welcome Mella, welcome!" These are the first words that Mariangela Branca, an Italian volunteer, heard in the Salesian oratory of Kafroun, on the border with Lebanon. "To show you affection, children and young people do not get tired of saying, 'I love you!'," she says. "A small group also enjoys teaching me something in Arabic. I'm really fortunate."
Mexico – Fr Novoa Leyva on caravan of migrants heading to Tijuana: "They are people in a special situation"
(ANS - Tijuana) - The Salesian Fr Agustín Novoa Leyva is responsible for the "Tijuana Salesian Project". In this interview he offers, without prejudice or bias, a view on the arrival and reception of the caravan of migrants now reaching the border between Mexico and the United States. To remember that migrants are, first of all, people.
Communicating in the network: a language to learn again
It is a fact that digital communication is a challenge for the Church. In the last Synod of Bishops, the network is spoken of as a space of evangelization, like a continent to explore, like a new place to live. The old "information highways" have now become true "constellations of content", with about 1,400 million websites on the network and their number grows exponentially, while every day new virtual communities of meetings and discussions arise according to the different tastes and needs of people.
Uruguay - "How to efficiently connect with new public?" Meeting of Latin American Missionary Offices
(ANS - Montevideo) - The second meeting of the Latin American Missionary Offices began on Thursday, November 15th, in Montevideo, focusing on the theme: "How to connect with the new public efficiently?"
Democratic Republic of Congo - Does charity for beggars really help them or helps them stay on the street?
(ANS - Lubumbashi) – On leaving the main streets of Lubumbashi in the evening one might even see and meet a thousand children on the sidewalks and intersections. They are all between about 7 and 12 years old, both boys and girls. Where do they come from and what are they still doing on the street at that time of night?
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
GOOD NEWS STILL EXISTS!
I am writing to you, my dear friends, just a few hours after having bestowed the missionary cross on a group of ten Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and twenty-five Salesians of Don Bosco who will leave in this 149th missionary expedition. We count the number of expeditions from the very first one prepared by Don Bosco himself for November 11, 1875. On that occasion, the first ten Salesian missionaries were sent to Argentina: six young priests and four Salesian brothers. Those first ones have been followed by about 11,000 Salesians and 2,500 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, 2,000 of them Italian FMAs who left Europe for the world.