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.
Valdocco, Turin - 1887 - On that sofa and around that lectern Don Bosco spent the last months of his life. There he rested, prayed, worked, received visits and told his secretary the beginnings of the Oratory.
(ANS - Turin) - The beautiful statue of Mary Help of Christians, venerated in the Sanctuary dedicated to her, dates back to 1898. It was the idea of Fr Michele Rua, first successor of Don Bosco, and he wanted it majestic, stately.
Ecuador - Nader Torena, volunteer: "I met Jesus in my work with children and youth"
(ANS - Esmeraldas) - During his year of international volunteering in Ecuador, the young Uruguayan Nader Torena worked as a teacher and catechist but, above all, he became a friend of the hundreds of children and young people he worked with on a daily basis in the city of Esmeraldas. There he could feel the living presence of Jesus and understand why God had sent him to that location.
Communicating in the network: a language to learn again
It is a fact that digital communication is a challenge for the Church. In the last Synod of Bishops, the network is spoken of as a space of evangelization, like a continent to explore, like a new place to live. The old "information highways" have now become true "constellations of content", with about 1,400 million websites on the network and their number grows exponentially, while every day new virtual communities of meetings and discussions arise according to the different tastes and needs of people.
Belgium - Salesians playing an active role in advocating for Migrants and Refugees
(ANS – Brussels) – In the framework of the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, taking place in Marrakech, Morocco, on 10 and 11 December 2018, there have been numerous conferences and activities wherein Salesian organisations have played an active role.
Peru - Lessons left by Fr Ugo de Censi
(ANS - Lima) - We cannot but be more grateful and, at the same time, saddened by the departure of Fr Ugo de Censi, who leaves us a bit orphans. But we know that he is in the Oratory of Heaven, next to Don Bosco, illuminated by the luminous face of that God he so desired.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
GOOD NEWS STILL EXISTS!
I am writing to you, my dear friends, just a few hours after having bestowed the missionary cross on a group of ten Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and twenty-five Salesians of Don Bosco who will leave in this 149th missionary expedition. We count the number of expeditions from the very first one prepared by Don Bosco himself for November 11, 1875. On that occasion, the first ten Salesian missionaries were sent to Argentina: six young priests and four Salesian brothers. Those first ones have been followed by about 11,000 Salesians and 2,500 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, 2,000 of them Italian FMAs who left Europe for the world.