Vatican City, Vatican - May 2018 – Ending the afternoon of May 17 was the last of the four meetings that Pope Francis held with the 34 Chilean bishops in the Paolo VI Hall. At the conclusion of this period of discernment and fraternal gathering, the Holy Father gave each of his brothers in the episcopate a letter. Among other things, the Pope thanked the bishops "for the full availability" demonstrated in "joining and collaborating in all those changes and resolutions that we will have to implement in the short-, medium- and long-term, necessary to restore justice and ecclesial communion."
(ANS - Surabaya) - "It is traumatic to know that it was a whole family of bombers to act, attack: what are we injecting into the minds of children? Are they being educated in extremism?" This is the bitter question that the Indonesian bishops ask after the barbaric attacks on Sunday, May 13, in Surabaya, words expressed by the Executive Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Indonesia, Fr. Siprianus Hormat.
(ANS - Vatican City) - The meeting between Pope Francis and the bishops of Chile begins tomorrow, May 15, and is motivated by "the extraordinary challenges posed by the abuses of power, sexuality and conscience that have occurred in Chile in recent decades," as stated by the Press Office of the Holy See. The goal of this long "synodal process" is, in the presence of God, to discern responsibilities and to provide for adequate and lasting changes that prevent repetition of these acts and that restore the country's ecclesial communion. "I see it with gratitude and relief ... It will mark a before and after," said the Salesian, mgr. Héctor Vargas, bishop of Temuco.
Vatican City, Vatican - 25 April 2018 - At the end of Wednesday's General Audience, representatives of the Center for Past Pupils of Don Bosco in Paraná presented the official club shirt to Pope Francis. This gesture took place during the celebrations for the center's 80th anniversary, founded May 8, 1938. Today the Don Bosco Club Center educates young people through eight sports and catechism classes for children.
(ANS - Vatican City) - On 12-13 April, 2018, the first Pre-Synodal Council Meeting of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region was held, presided by Pope Francis. The Salesian of Tuyuca origin Fr Justino Sarmento Rezende, the first indigenous Salesian ordained priest, 24 years ago, also took part.
Vatican City, Vatican - April 2018 - On April 10, Pope Francis met the Missionaries of Mercy at the Sala Regia.
Papua New Guinea - Msgr. Panfilo's efforts to protect local population and Creation
(ANS - Rabaul) - "In every discussion concerning an entrepreneurial initiative one should ask a series of questions, in order to discern if it will lead to a true integral development: For what purpose? For what reason? Where is it? When? How? Who is it for? What are the risks? At what cost? Who pays the expenses and how will they do it?" Monsignor Francesco Panfilo, Salesian Archbishop of Rabaul, cites Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Sì" (LS, 185) to explain why, alongside and with the rest of the local episcopate, he opposes the risky drilling operation of the ocean floor.
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 - "Damas Salesianas" Association: Catholic women who direct their efforts to serve needy population
(ANS - Cochabamba) - Someone may wonder, "Who are those ladies with yellow coats walking through life with smiles on their faces?" You could simply answer that they are social workers, women from a certain company, people working for a brand ... Yes, all true answers, but there is more. They are women who are part of the association "Damas Salesianas" (ADS), "Catholic women who direct their efforts to the service of the needy population, especially other women. Their goal is to evangelize through human promotion," says E. Marín, one of the Damas.
Spain - Young university students look to Salesian Vocational Training as a life choice
(ANS - Madrid) - In the eight months that he studied Telecommunications in a Vocational Training Center (VTC), Carlos Rodríguez Cecilia, aged 19, learned to transmit telephone signals and to connect local networks. A year ago, however, he was still attending classes in Constitutional Law and Financial Mathematics. "It was all very theoretical and the system did not motivate me much to study. That's why I decided to look for other options," he recalls. Carlos decided to change law for antennas and routers, theory with practice, university with vocational training. "I don't regret it. Today, I'm very happy," he says.