43 different countries of origin
(ANS - Turin) - The 2019 Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family (GSFS) officially opened on the afternoon of Thursday, 10 January. Participants experienced their first moment of reflection in the grand theater of Valdocco, listening to the words of the Father and the center of unity of the Salesian Family, the Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, who deepened and presented the message of the Strenna 2019: "'So that my joy be in you' (Jn 15,11). Holiness for you too."
The three most distant places where there is a Salesian presence are:
- Massey, New Zealand: it is 18,576 km away.
- Suva, Fiji: 16,834 km.
- Engadine, Sydney, Australia: 16,669 km.
(ANS - Turin) - Starting yesterday, Monday, December 3, the so-called "rooms of Don Bosco" in Turin, that is the rooms in which Saint Giovanni Bosco lived near Valdocco, are closed for restoration. The work shall last at least for the whole of 2019: the intention is to proceed with a complete reorganization of the Pinardi House, in view of the General Chapter 28, to be celebrated in Valdocco from February 16th to April 4th 2020.
(ANS - Turin) - "Love what the young love, so that they love what you love." This famous maxim of Don Bosco has now been recreated in drawings and colors on the walls around Valdocco, where in the last two weeks a famous street artist, Andrea Sergio, aka "Mr. Wany", painted the story of Don Bosco with his spray cans.
Turin, Italy - 2018 - The life of Don Bosco and his action in favor of the young are now portrayed on a long mural that speaks to the young, to the pilgrims and to the inhabitants of the Valdocco district.
Morocco - Monsignor Cristóbal Lopez, SDB: "We await the Holy Father as the servant of hope"
(ANS - Rabat) - Mgr Cristóbal López, archbishop of Rabat, Morocco, expresses in an interview his joy for the visit of Pope Francis to the country, scheduled for 30 – 31 March 2019.
It doesn't matter where we are, but let's not lose joy and "let's get loud!"
Young people lying in their bed, with their headphones on, staring at the phone, waiting for the day to pass and the next one to arrive. This is the image of millions of kids every Sunday afternoon. It is the reality that a great number of young people live today, in a situation of existential emptiness, as underlined by the Austrian psychiatrist Victor Frankl, referring to an existence without values. It is an evil that grows in our societies like an epidemic.
Spain - Transparency and anticipation, key factors in crisis management
(ANS - Barcelona) - More than 80 representatives of Salesian houses and organizations reflected on Crisis Communication in the current scenario during the 5th Salesian Days of Communication. In this edition, held at the Martí-Codolar center in Barcelona, on 20 and 21 February, crisis situations were analyzed, how to prevent them and how to deal with them, taking into account the current state of society and the means of communication.
Peru - "You can be a priest and a missionary. You will walk a lot in your life": Fr Luigi Bolla, a missionary who knew how to inculturate the Gospel
(ANS - Lima) - A few days ago, on 6 February, it was the anniversary of the death of Fr Luis (Luigi) Bolla, SDB. His memory, even with the passage of time, is still alive among the people for whom he spent his life. Fr Bolla spent over 50 years among the indigenous peoples, in an inhospitable area, difficult to access and in very harsh conditions, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
FOR 125 DOLLARS MORE THE MOST SPLENDID AND PRECIOUS MONEY I HAVE EVER SEEN
I ask that the Salesians of Don Bosco and the entire Salesian Family throughout the world please make known how much good is being done everywhere – not just by us but also by many persons, groups, and institutions. We have to make the good known, to make it visible. For if we do not, only what is evil and egotistical is seen for this is made visible and known – but only for the selfish interests of a few.