(ANS - Turin) - The mortal remains of Fr Luigi Ricceri, Fr Egidio Viganò, Fr Juan Edmundo Vecchi - respectively, the sixth, seventh and eighth successors of Don Bosco - arrived in Valdocco on the afternoon of Monday, November 20. Their remains lay in the Salesian cemetery at the Catacombs of San Callisto, Rome, until the morning of Saturday, 18 November, when they started their journey from the capital to Turin; in Turin, a delegation from the Community of Mary Help of Christians arranged for their placement inside the dedicated wing, namely, in the Chapel of the Relics of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians.
Turin, Italy - October 1853 - The first construction made at the Oratory in Valdocco was in favor of children; from 1853, Don Bosco took a small room on the third floor for himself. Subsequent rooms were built in 1876-1877 (cit. G. Fedele, 124).
Turin, Italy - 1910 - In 1852 Don Bosco began hosting many poor and abandoned boys and felt the need to create and offer laboratories for their formation. Thus, in 1853, he started his first footwear and tailoring workshop.
Turin, Italy - 1879 - Visit of a young Fr Michele Rua to Valdocco, in 1879. In the photo, also the student Fedele Giraudi (last lower right) who will later become Economer General and writer of the first years of Valdocco.
Valdocco, Turin - June 1846 - On 12 April 1846, Don Bosco finally transferred the Oratory to the Pinardi house and on 26 June 1846 paid the first installment of the rent. The payment receipt shows how 150 lire were paid for the first semester; today, it is the "proof" of the birth of the new Oratory. Don Bosco retained the receipt
(ANS - Turin) - The Institute of the Volunteers of Don Bosco (VDB) celebrated its centenary just where the Institute was born: in Turin Valdocco.
Myanmar - Don Bosco in the country: yesterday, today and tomorrow
(ANS - Anisakan) - From November 27 to 30, Pope Francis will be on an apostolic voyage to Myanmar and, in view of this important event, we have asked a few questions to Fr Bosco Zeya Aung, Provincial Vicar and Delegate for Formation in Myanmar.
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.
Great Britain - SYM Europe on its way to "Synod on Youth"
(ANS - Bollington) - The 13th General Assembly of the Salesian Youth Movement of Europe (SYM) took place from 17 to 19 November. The meeting was held at the Savio House in Bollington, Great Britain. This year's annual SYM Europe event was attended by 55 representatives from 14 European countries.
RMG - Salesians for the Elimination of Violence against Women
(ANS - Rome) – In the world, at least one woman in three has suffered some form of violence in her life: at home, at work, at school, on the street. "No one should be left behind: let's put an end to violence against women and girls" is the theme proposed by the United Nations on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, scheduled for tomorrow, November 25. It is an objective that sees the Salesians at the forefront, especially the most fragile and vulnerable women belonging to minorities and, for this reason, discriminated against - twice.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
ONE MISSIONARY RETURNS, ANOTHER 34 LEAVE FOR THE MISSIONS
I chose this enigmatic title for my greeting this month because I want to make reference to one Salesian who spent 18 months in captivity and another 34 SDBs and FMAs who will leave for the missions in various parts of the world. Ever since the very first one on November 11, 1875, there have been 148 missionary expeditions for our Salesian Family. These evoke the profound feeling that grace is at work.