(ANS - Granada) - Research on global leadership says that what is most important for the success of a leader is “not good judgment or crisis management, nor decision-making, nor their collaborators, nor the understanding of the problems, nor the strength of convictions, nor experience or charisma, but leadership skills." According to N. Portugal, “A leader is one who exerts influence on people." The Province of Central America held a leadership school which will ensure the present and the future of the World Confederation of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco.
(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.
France - Elyes and Valentin, interns at "Valdocco"
(ANS - Lyon) - Elyes, a young Muslim, and Valentin, an atheist teenager, are two students of France's polytechnic schools who have decided to pursue their mandatory semester of human formation at the "Valdocco" Salesian Association center in Lyon, part of the "Don Bosco" Social Action Network. Below, their impressions.
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.
Spain - Youth Ministry and Family: a Congress to study and share the path
(ANS - Madrid) - “Descriptions of Good Practices and Mini Courses” are published on the website of the International Youth Ministry and Family Congress. The courses will be offered to about 300 participants. Representing all the Provinces of the Salesian Congregation, participants are due to meet in Madrid from 27 November to 1 December, 2017.
Italy - Salesians, Sports and Soccer: Success Stories
(ANS - Ferrara) - "Since the Oratory was the first of Don Bosco's initiatives, and the kind of initiative on which all the others are modeled, this combination of "catechesis and play" has been passed on to almost all the Salesian works. There is not even one Salesian school that does not, at least as a complementary activity, have recreational and sporting activities." Thus wrote Fr Juan E. Vecchi, VIII Successor of Don Bosco, in describing the Salesian's inherent attention to the world of sports. Attention from which sports teams, minor league and Serie A teams, amateur and pro players, emerged and came into being.
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.