(ANS - Areia Branca) - For forty years the Salesians have been working in the parish dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of Areia Branca, in the State of Sergipe, to evangelize and educate young people through vocational schools, oratories and activities developed together with the local Catholic community.
(ANS – Araimiri) – It is in serving the other, one's neighbour, that many young people ponder their own vocations and their own roles within the Church: it is one of the assumptions for reflection of the Synod of Bishops on young people, that is the hands-on concrete experience of many young men and women, girls and boys. Like the Japanese Salesian cleric Philip Neri Tsutsumi, growing in his discernment via a mission experience in Araimiri, Papua New Guinea.
(ANS - Bangalore) - "With worry I follow the dramatic fate of the people of Yemen, already so exhausted from years of conflict ...". The Pope's words after the recital of the Angelus last Sunday have focused attention on a country exhausted by over three years of civil war, which has caused over 15,000 victims and forced more than three million people to flee: practically one of every 8 Yemeni today lives away from home. The Salesians of the Indian Province of Bangalore have served in Yemen as missionaries for several years, and today echo the Pope's invitation to prayer for the Yemeni people.
Morocco - Msgr Cristóbal López, SDB: "Relations with Muslims are generally very good"
(ANS - Rabat) - The Archbishop of Rabat, Salesian Msgr Cristobal López Romero, speaks of relations and collaboration between Christians and Muslims in Morocco and of a dialogue that develops on four levels: the dialogue of life, in schools, sharing and common prayer.
28th General Chapter: the same questions that pushed Don Bosco
With the letter addressed to all the Salesians of the world, the Rector Major set off the journey towards the forthcoming 28th General Chapter (GC28), a chapter presenting two interesting novelties: the return to Valdocco, 62 years after the last one the Salesian “Mother House” hosted, the CG18; and, above all, the approach. In fact, it is the first time that a General Chapter of the Salesians takes its name from a question: "What kind of Salesians for the youth of today?"
Portugal - "Young people commit to participate in Church life"
(ANS - Fátima) - The Portuguese bishops met in Fatima to address the theme of young people, youth ministry and vocations in the context of the forthcoming Synod of Bishops. On the agenda, issues related to accompaniment, faith, vocational discernment, the space that young people have in parish communities, the integration of young people and their contribution to evangelization. In support of the work of reflection of the Portuguese episcopate were Fr Fabio Attard, General Councilor for Youth Ministry, and Fr Mario Óscar Llanos, SDB, Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the Salesian Pontifical University.
Vatican - Acknowledging, Interpreting, Choosing: steps of the Church towards young
(ANS - Vatican City) - "Beware of blaming young people for their distance from the Church"; instead, proceed towards an "institutional conversion, which concerns the way we live and work together". These are some of the suggestions offered by Salesian Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, Special Secretary of the Synod of Bishops on "Youth, faith and vocational discernment", during the press conference to present the Instrumentum Laboris of the Synod - the working document for the synod fathers.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
I HAVE SEEN AND HAVE LIVED DON BOSCO’S MISSIONARY DREAM
My dear friends, I greet you all most cordially as I write this to you – though I am very late as regards preparation of the Salesian Bulletin. (I make the editor sweat because very often the deadline for submission is upon me as I sit down to write my message – which happens with everything else that bears my name and is penned in my own hand.)