(ANS - Addis Ababa) – After a long stay of almost one and a half month in the Vice-province of “Mariam Kidane Meheret”, the Extraordinary Visitation of Fr Américo Chaquisse, on behalf of the Rector Major, ended in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 7 May, 2019. The last day of the Extraordinary visitation was reserved for a meeting with all the rectors of the 14 presences in Ethiopia and an afternoon session for an encounter with the provincial council members.
(ANS – Kampala) – More than 300 poor youth at the Don Bosco Children and Life Mission (Don Bosco CALM) orphanage and Don Bosco Primary School, located in the town of Namugongo just 10 miles northeast of the city of Kampala in Central Uganda, have access to better nutrition thanks to a partnership between Salesian Missions and Rise Against Hunger, an international relief organization that provides food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable.
(ANS - Buenos Aires) - The volunteer team of the Province of South Argentina is witness to the process carried out by young people who are able to say "I make one year of my life available". It is a proposal for a powerful human and spiritual experience.
Brazil – Fr Lima Cordeiro, SDB: "I did not stop being a native because I followed Salesian formation"
(ANS - Manaus) - Fr Lima Cordeiro has been a Salesian since 2002 and a priest since 2010. Brazilian, currently Provincial Vicar, and Delegate for Youth Ministry and Missions of the Brazil-Manaus Province, he belongs to the indigenous people of Arapaso, who live on the banks of the Uaupés River and its tributaries in the Amazon. While the whole Church is preparing to live the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region, scheduled for next October, Fr Lima Cordeiro shares his personal integration process between indigenous reality and Catholic formation.
Where your heart is, there is your treasure
The novel "Brave New World", written in 1932, is undoubtedly one of the literary visions that most clearly anticipate the events we are experiencing. Its author, Aldous Huxley, realized that to make a mass production system work instead of subjugating people by force, it was necessary to do so by delivering small but constant rewards. People should have the illusion of happiness in consumption, so as to be willing to sacrifice their own freedom as well.
Germany – Salesian and European community in practice: meeting of Salesian delegates for Social Communication
(ANS – Munich) – In the run-up to the elections at the end of May, there are many discussions in the media and in society about what Europe represents. During the meeting of the Salesian delegates for social communication (09/05-12/05/2019) in Munich it was already noticeable: community.
Ecuador – Andean and Amazonian missionaries work together for the mission
(ANS - Macas) - The Youth House of Macas was the site of an event that does not happen very often: the gathering in one place of Salesian missionaries from the Andes with those of the Amazon, which is what happened from May 13 - 15, to share a fraternal space for formation and reflection on missionary praxis.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS STILL AT WORK
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER AND DON BOSCO. TWO GREAT MISSIONARIES YESTERDAY AND TODAY . Just a short while ago I was in Goa, India, where I saw how amid the palm trees and the fine sand of the sea there rise up cathedrals and churches built during the 16th and 17th centuries. One of these shrines is the Basilica of the Good Jesus, which has become a site for pilgrimages, especially for Christians but also for believers of other religions, because here lie the remains of St. Francis Xavier, the missionary from Navarre who evangelized the Far East and was a disciple of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Even though St. Francis Xavier died in China in 1552, his remains rest in this most beautiful basilica situated next to the cathedral and to the church of St. Francis of Assisi. This place in which his mortal remains rest was erected between 1594 and 1605. His body is conserved there. Its incorruptibility was the miracle for which St. Francis Xavier was canonized in 1622. Accompanied by other Salesians and some lay persons, I had the privilege of celebrating Holy Mass on the altar at the tomb of this great and holy Jesuit missionary.