(ANS - Rome) - In reference to the situation of Father Tom Uzhunnalil, kidnapped on 4 March last in Aden, Yemen, it is confirmed that at the moment there is no further news than what has already been said.
(ANS - Madrid) – The anthem for the meetings of Easter 2016 is "Betting on tenderness". It reminds us how important it is that "we try to not let us steal the strength of the mission". The hymn says: "Bet on tenderness, forgiveness, and love, of freedom. Bet on love. Let us not steal faith, love and hope. Bet on tenderness, never on fear, never on selfishness, never. Bet on love." Faced with a society that has lost the sense of goodness, gentleness, compassion, we must live with tenderness. The Easter encounter thus becomes a courageous evangelizing proposal in a world that has other values.
(ANS - Manzini) - Swaziland is a country nestled between South Africa and Mozambique, with the highest rate in the world infected with HIV and 69,000 AIDS patients in a million inhabitants. According to the annual report of the United Nations, it is considered "the least healthy country in the world." And in this little portion of the world, the Salesians continue their mission to put into practice the message of Christ.
Czech Republic - Dialogue between the Rector Major and young people
(ANS - Brno) – One's own vocational journey, the current state of the Salesian charism for Europe, the Salesian response to the challenges of migration ... Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime discussed this and other issues with the local youth in Brno a few weeks ago during his animation visit to the Czech Republic. Below, a few extracts from their conversation:
We want to LISTEN to your desires, your expectations and your uncertainties!
They call us YOUTH experts. I do not know if we are experts, but one thing is certain: we Salesians have youth in our DNA since the moment Don Bosco dreamed of us, thought of us. Our identity is so tied to them that one cannot conceive a Salesian as being far away from young people.
Spain - Youth Ministry and Family: a Congress that comes from afar
(ANS - Madrid) – Just slightly over a month to go to the start of the International Youth Ministry and Family Congress being held in Madrid, Spain, from 27 November to 1 December, 2017. Preparations for the Congress - animated by the Youth Ministry Dicastery in the wake of the 2014 and 2015 Synods of Bishops on Family - has involved the entire Salesian Congregation over the past two years through a consultation of Provincial Councils on this important theme.
RMG - Salesian Missionaries in the World: A Global Commitment
(ANS - Rome) - There are many people around the world who, inspired by Don Bosco, spend their lives far from their homeland to devote themselves to the mission of evangelization and the human development of other peoples. On the occasion of World Mission Day, celebrated Sunday, October 22, we want to remember some examples.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
HAVING DEEP ROOTS, BEING FLEXIBLE, AND BEING RICH IN WHAT IS ESSENTIAL
I shall never forget the wise life lesson which the fir trees of the beautiful forest of Vallombrosa gave me. My cordial greetings, dear readers, and all the members of our dear Salesian Family. I wish to offer you a reflection that I made from a very concrete experience that I had recently – a lesson from nature.