Turin, Italy - 8 December 1841 - In the sacristy of the church of San Francesco d'Assisi, Turin, Don Bosco met Bartolomeo Garelli; here was where the Oratory was born and where Don Bosco began to teach his children “the way of Heaven.”
(ANS - Turin) - On 9 June 1868, Don Bosco concluded the construction of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, officially inaugurating and consecrating it. A few months from now, 150 years shall have passed since that day. To celebrate, the Salesians of the Special Circumscription of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta (ICP) have prepared a rich calendar of events starting Wednesday, December 6, events that are both religious and civil, the basilica being not only a Salesian asset, but one that is civic and universal.
Turin - The Feast of Don Bosco at the cradle of the Salesian Charism.
Turin, Italy – January 26th, 1854 – “On the evening of 26 January 1854 we gathered in Don Bosco's room: Don Bosco himself, Rocchietti, Artiglia, Cagliero and Rua; and it was proposed that we engage, with the help of God and of St. Francis de Sales, in an experiment in the practical exercise of charity toward neighbour, to eventually make a promise, and then if it will be deemed possible and convenient, to make a vow of it to the Lord. From that evening the name Salesians was given to those who chose and would in the future choose to engage in such an exercise” (Fr Giovanni Battista Lemoyne).
Uruguay - "Aristophanes": transmitting a message like Don Bosco used to
(ANS - Montevideo) - Although not everyone has passed through the doors of a Salesian institute, those who are part of "Aristophanes" feel absolutely part of the example of Don Bosco and try to transmit his values through their art. This is what three members of this parodic theater company claim; they are: Juan Ignacio Cristóbal, Winston Gorgal and Daniel Javier.
THE DARK FACE OF INTERNET
If we wanted to find a metaphor to fully describe the revolution caused to society since the introduction and use of the Internet, we could certainly compare this phenomenon to the discovery of a new planet, a new continent, a territory continuously being explored that we cannot manage to fully fathom, one we repeatedly marvel at, that surprises us with ever-new aspects and unexpressed potential.
RMG - Formation course for new Provincials
(ANS - Rome) - The formation course for the new Provincials is currently taking place at the Salesian headquarters in Rome. Eight Salesian Provincials from three regions are participating. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, will entrust each of them guidelines and a roadmap to empower their roles as guides and animators.
Spain - Young people need authentic and credible educators
(ANS - Madrid) - The Youth Ministry Department of the Spanish Episcopal Conference presented a summary of the contributions received for the next Synod on young people. What is the relationship of young people to the Church? Do favorable environments for vocational discernment exist? What hopes do young people in Europe have today? These are some of the questions asked through a special questionnaire to young people, who say they feel listened to by the Church, but who also ask that more time and more people become involved in listening to their needs.