Turin, Italy - 8 December 1841 - In the sacristy of the church of San Francesco d'Assisi, Turin, Don Bosco met Bartolomeo Garelli; here was where the Oratory was born and where Don Bosco began to teach his children “the way of Heaven.”
(ANS - Madrid) - "Israel and Syria have been officially in a state of war for decades," said a report published in the Spanish daily "El País" a few days ago. Peace, long-awaited, has still not been achieved in Syria: death is everywhere, the death of so many children, sick and elderly is harrowing and inhuman, as is the destruction and bombing of hospitals... The voice of Pope Francis on this reality has been constant: "No to destruction, Yes to peace!" and " Today we feel close, especially in prayer, to the people of Aleppo."
(ANS - Rome) - "From the age of 6 to 12, I played in the oratory, prayed, attended catechism and cinema, and I began to mature many of the passions that accompanied me as an adult. Around 13-14, the parish priest educated us to observe the neighborhood, to take on the problems of others, to participate ...". Many people, especially those born in the 1950s and 60s, can see themselves in this testimony of Nando Pagnoncelli, polling researcher and President of "Ipsos Italia", an important market research firm. Today, thanks to its own survey, IPSOS reveals how the oratory, in what is a deeply changed context, still shows surprising vitality.
(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.
Grottaferrata, Italy - October 29, 2017 - At the end of October, the project "Oratorio on the road" was launched in the pastoral unit of Grottaferrata, near Rome, which aims to raise children in the style of Don Bosco. The initiative was launched by several Salesian Cooperators of the “Sacro Cuore” parish, one of three constituting the pastoral unit which until the 1960s was a Salesian parish; now diocesan, it has maintained the charism.
Bogotá, Colombia - October 28, 2017 – The 2017 Inter-Oratory Meeting was held at the "Juan Bosco Obrero" center in Ciudad Bolívar, Bogotá, an event that brought together teens and young people from the various oratories of the "San Pietro Claver" Salesian Province in Colombia-Bogotá (COB).
Uruguay - "Aristophanes": transmitting a message like Don Bosco used to
(ANS - Montevideo) - Although not everyone has passed through the doors of a Salesian institute, those who are part of "Aristophanes" feel absolutely part of the example of Don Bosco and try to transmit his values through their art. This is what three members of this parodic theater company claim; they are: Juan Ignacio Cristóbal, Winston Gorgal and Daniel Javier.
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.
RMG - Formation course for new Provincials
(ANS - Rome) - The formation course for the new Provincials is currently taking place at the Salesian headquarters in Rome. Eight Salesian Provincials from three regions are participating. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, will entrust each of them guidelines and a roadmap to empower their roles as guides and animators.
Spain - Young people need authentic and credible educators
(ANS - Madrid) - The Youth Ministry Department of the Spanish Episcopal Conference presented a summary of the contributions received for the next Synod on young people. What is the relationship of young people to the Church? Do favorable environments for vocational discernment exist? What hopes do young people in Europe have today? These are some of the questions asked through a special questionnaire to young people, who say they feel listened to by the Church, but who also ask that more time and more people become involved in listening to their needs.