In Salesian works throughout the world, Palm Sunday was celebrated yesterday, with which Holy Week begins. Many young people and children participated in the traditional blessing of palm and olive branches, the procession and the Holy Mass. Here are some of the most beautiful photos, immortalized by Salesians around the world, which show how this important day was celebrated.
(ANS - Seville) - In the world of the Salesian Confraternities or Brotherhoods (Hermandades and Cofradías) the liturgical time of the commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus occupies a privileged place, because it combines devotion, social action and the protagonism of the young. On the entire territory of Spain, there are today about 30 entities of the faithful, dependent on the respective archdioceses, and born, largely, in the channel of the Associations of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco.
(ANS - Rome) - The Pope is first of all a bishop, the bishop of the diocese of Rome. Yesterday, as a pastor, he met the parish priests of his diocese, for the traditional appointment at the beginning of Lent, and gave useful indications for all Christians in this journey of approach to Easter.
In his letter for Lent this year, Pope Francis invites us to be generous with the needy, stressing that this generosity should lead us not to give what is left over but to give of our very own. In this regard, the example set by Chuck Feeney, an 85-year-old man who donated all his possessions to charity, well represents the phrase: "He did not give the crumbs. He gave the whole bread."
Ecuador – Fr Jaime Chela: "As a Church we must accompany our indigenous brothers"
(ANS - Quito) - In the Salesian Constitutions it is specified that the option of every Salesian religious is to be with the poorest. This is what Fr Jaime Chela did with the indigenous peoples, whom he got to know closely when he served his pastoral service for several years in the Salesian missions at what were high altitudes. His work was to accompany them and give them a message of encouragement, according to the Gospel, in and through this social and political crisis that the country is experiencing.
150th Missionary Expedition, "If it's not outgoing, it's not Church"
In 1875, Don Bosco gathered around him a group of ten young people who were about to cross the Atlantic, a journey that for some would be without return. It was 4.00 pm, the shrine of Mary Help of Christians was full of people. At the foot of the image of Mary Help of Christians, Don Bosco greeted the young people soon departing with tears. He gave everyone a gift, a leaflet with "twenty special memories", memories of a father to those about to leave before the final embrace, writes Fr Ceria, symbol of his deep affection.
Chile – Valparaíso, new Valdocco: 125 years of dreams and challenges
(ANS - Valparaíso) – On 11 October, hundreds of people gathered in Valparaiso's municipal theater to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Salesian presence in the city. In these many years, Valparaíso, the land of Don Bosco's missionary dream, has become a new Valdocco, "home, courtyard, school and parish" for thousands of young people and especially for the most needy.
United States – Salesian Missions highlights feeding programs around the globe that ensure students have healthy diets
(ANS – New Rochelle) – “Salesian Missions”, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins the international community and organizations around the globe in honoring World Food Day. Feeding programs in Burundi, Cambodia, East Timor and Uganda illustrate the work of Salesians around the globe that support this year’s theme, which is focused on healthy diets. Celebrated each year on Oct. 16, the day was established to bring attention to the plight of the world’s hungry and undernourished while providing an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the complex solutions for ending hunger. It is also a chance for the international community to show its commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 2, to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.