Gathering with the bishops of Peru, the Pope began his message speaking of the great bishop Saint Toribio de Mogrovejo, proposing him as an example of a pastor: "He wanted to go to the other (river) bank in search of those who were faraway and those who were missing. To this end, he had to leave the comforts of the bishopric and travel across the territory entrusted to him, in continuous pastoral visits, trying to reach and stay wherever he was needed (...). Today we would call him a 'street' bishop. A bishop with the soles of his shoes consumed by walking, from encounters to announce the Gospel to everyone, in all places, on all occasions, without delay, without repulsion and without fear."
Valdocco, Torino - 1856 - In questo coretto, il giovane san Domenico Savio, allievo di don Bosco, fu trovato un giorno dal Santo Educatore come rapito in estasi alle due del pomeriggio. Stava in piedi, una mano appoggiata ad un vecchio antifonario, gli occhi fissi alla porticina posteriore del tabernacolo. Si era raccolto qui dopo la comunione del mattino, verso le ore 8 a fare il suo ringraziamento, e non si era più mosso.
In his name and spirit, Don Bosco was inspired in founding the Salesian congregation and the Salesian Family, whose main focus regarded the growth and education of young generations, with special attention to the care of children from less-affluent classes; he, furthermore, preferred the method of dialogue and gentleness based on happiness, kindness and love.
RMG – “The Church has made through this Pre-Synodal Meeting a big step towards youth”
(ANS – Rome) – Marketa is a youngster from Prague, Czech Republic. She is a student at the “Charles University” of Prague, studying in the faculty of Education, and most of all she is attending the Pre-Synodal meeting, since she was chosen as a delegate from the Czech Bishops’ Conference. However, she is also a volunteer in a Salesian organization, “SADBA”, with the Salesians of Don Bosco. Here she offers us a point of view from within the Pre-Synodal Meeting.
India – National seminar on “Conflicts in South Asia” in Assam
(ANS – Golaghat) – The Departments of Political Science and Sociology at Don Bosco College Golaghat and Salesian College Sonada jointly organised a national seminar entitled “Conflicts in South Asia: Its Consequences and Implications” from 16 to 17 March 2018. Peace activist and socio-cultural academician Prof. Thomas Menamparampil, SDB, Archbishop Emeritus of Guwahati, graced the event as chief guest.
France - Educating young people towards a critical spirit
(ANS - Paris) - How to educate young people about inner freedom, so that they possess constructive criticism and do not let themselves be carried away by their emotions? How can we help them to distance themselves from false news that circulate everywhere and confuse truth with falsehood? And then, what is the critical spirit?