(ANS - Jesolo) - Two grand Sunday celebrations with 400 animators involved, 200 budding artists led by a dozen professionals, twelve thousand young participants and above all … no one left behind, or #nessunoescluso, as per the hastag that accompanies the 2017-2018 pastoral proposal of Italy's Salesian Youth Movement (SYM). In this current year that sees the Church reflecting on and with young people, SYM wanted to highlight the feeling of joyful belonging to the Church via the Youth Festival (March 4) and the Festa dei Ragazzi (11 March) promoted by SYM of North-East Italy.
Palabek, Uganda - 2018 - New Salesian presence in Palabek, Uganda, within the refugee camp.
Bolton, Great Britain - January 2018 - By virtue of his voluntary service to the homeless, Billy Higham, a 7th year student of the Thornleigh Salesian Institute, received the "Certificate of Community Champion" from "SHARE" (Students Homelessness Awareness Raising Enterprise), an initiative of the "Sixth Form College" of Bolton established to improve the condition of the homeless and to raise awareness of the issue in society. Billy first began his volunteer work in elementary school, organizing collections for the benefit of the "Hope4homeless" organization.
Mumbai, India - January 2018 - On 9 January, the Salesian NGO "Don Bosco Development Society" (DBDS) of Mumbai, in association with the traffic police, organized an interactive workshop entitled "Safe Roads" for the children and young people living in the slums. Thanks to this activity, the participants learned basic rules and advice on how to deal with the streets of the city safely.
(ANS - Lisbon) – With nearly 60 years of history, the magazine "Juvenil", edited by "Edições Salesianas" of Portugal, has been online since last June. The sense of this entry into the digital world is to approach young people and bring their daily content directly to them.
(ANS - Várzea Grande) - Jeferson Gabriel Ferreira, a 13-year old student of the Salesian Institute "São Gonçalo", is committed to creating a library for the community in Várzea Grande all by himself. The initiative is the result of his love of books and the concomitant absence of a library in that area. For his commendable commitment, he is now finalist at the "Good Example Award", a prize that seeks to highlight and acknowledge positive individual initiatives that help to improve society.
Pakistan - Br. Nhat, SDB, and his testimony as Salesian Brother
(ANS – Quetta) – After 20 years there are already seven Pakistani Salesians, but not yet any local Salesian Brother. Vietnamese missionary Br. Francis Nhat is the only Salesian Brother who belongs to the Pakistan Delegation.
April 1, 1934: Don Bosco, father and teacher of youthful holiness, declared saint
On 1 April, 84 years ago, then also Easter, Pope Pius XI proclaimed Saint Don Bosco a saint. Thus ended the long process of beatification and canonization, begun in Turin on 4 June 1890.
RMG - Salesians: increasingly convinced of the importance of technology at the service of the mission
(ANS - Rome) - "Do not be afraid of becoming a citizen of the digital environment." This was the invitation by Pope Francis, spoken on the occasion of his first message for the World Communications Day, in 2014, to motivate the Sector for the Missions of the Salesian Congregation to organize a first seminar on "digital marketing", its theme: "Technology at the service of the mission." An appointment, held during the third week of April, which received comments of satisfaction from many participants.
Ghana – A warm welcome, education, fraternal love: Salesian charism in action
(ANS - Accra) - Accra, the capital of Ghana, located on the Gulf of Guinea, is a metropolis of 5 million inhabitants. In its metropolitan area, at Ashaiman, the Salesians animate two houses. The presence of the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco in the country then develops through two other communities, namely in the locality of Sunyani, about 400 km north-west of the capital. In both cities, as well as in the new center of Tatale, the Salesians work at the service of children and young people, especially the most in need.