(ANS - Azimganj) - The town of Azimganj, in the district of Murshidabad, India, was an important commercial hub in the 18th century and hosts many Jain temples that testify to the glories of distant times. The Salesians arrived here in 1966 and are currently active in the field of education and parish and social activities. Among the various initiatives carried out since 1966, the religious opened the "Don Bosco" school with elementary and middle or junior high school classes.
(ANS - Juba) - Education, promotion towards development, support for women, religious comfort, food, shelter, clothes ... The Salesians in South Sudan are active on all fronts. Fr Shyjan Job, Economer of the Sudan Delegation, presents their work.
(ANS - Caracas) - "I have eight children and I cannot even go to protest, because if they kill me ... What will happen to them? They make us stay in silence through fear. But there is no food. My husband and I have two jobs each and even that is not enough," says a Venezuelan mother crying. This is the reality that the Salesians in Venezuela have to face every day: families that cannot give the basic necessities to their children. "They are a generation that will not grow up healthy, a generation of lost opportunities," say the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco.
(ANS - Juba) - Fr David Tulimelli is a Salesian who has dedicated his life to the youth of Sudan, a witness of the troubled phases of the country's history in the last decades, before and after its division. Now he is in Juba, capital of South Sudan.
(ANS - La Guaira) - "Our first duty is to accompany the people who are suffering: we cannot abandon them and to prevent this from happening we must support the priests in their pastoral service." Mons. Raúl Biord Castillo, a 55-year-old Salesian, now in his fifth year as bishop of La Guaira, does not hide the difficulties that the whole country and with it the Church of Venezuela are experiencing during this long-lasting political, social and economic crisis. And for this very same reason, he also has the courage to ask for help.
(ANS - Caracas) - Despite Venezuela's socio-economic state of affairs today presents every feature of a humanitarian crisis and emergency, the news media and the world of information have been largely silent. Last week, a small delegation of Missioni Don Bosco, called by the Salesians of Caracas, visited the country and reported their bleak impressions: a widespread lack of food and medicines, combined with the high inflation rates of recent years, make life unsustainable for most of the population; only those who enjoy government privileges are able to access ordinary purchases, while the value of money is practically nil.
France - Formation as reward for hardworking students
(ANS - Biville) - Four Salesian schools of the West of France offered a travel opportunity to Biville to the most committed students. The Salesian Emmanuel Petit, responsible for the activity, spoke in an interview with "Don Bosco Aujourd'hui".
Communicating in the network: "this is the problem"
The Pope's appeal to "Proclaiming the Gospel of mercy to all peoples ... through the means of communication that the new digital cultural context makes available to our contemporaries" is a great challenge.
Papua New Guinea - The culture of Melanesia: a special gift for the Salesian charism
ANS - Port Moresby) - How can we inculturate Salesian charism in the traditions and societies of Melanesia? This was the question around which seven Salesians of the Papua New Guinea-Solomon Islands Vice Province (PGS) met, accompanied by their Provincial, Fr Alfred Maravilla.
RMG - Salesian consecrated life: two forms, but one single vocation
(ANS - Rome) - Clarifying ideas on discernment of the two forms of consecrated Salesian life, with the dual purpose of helping the formators to present correctly the Salesian identity, and to accompany the young in the process of vocational orientation: this was the objective that the Dicastery for Formation pursued through the Seminar on the Discernment of the two forms of the Salesian vocation, organized in recent weeks at the "San Callisto" in Rome. From these reflections many ideas emerged, now being transmitted to the entire Congregation.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
I HAVE SEEN AND HAVE LIVED DON BOSCO’S MISSIONARY DREAM
My dear friends, I greet you all most cordially as I write this to you – though I am very late as regards preparation of the Salesian Bulletin. (I make the editor sweat because very often the deadline for submission is upon me as I sit down to write my message – which happens with everything else that bears my name and is penned in my own hand.)