(ANS - Baku) - The Feast of Don Bosco was celebrated with great enthusiasm in Baku, in Azerbaijan, one of the frontier outposts of the mission of the Salesian Congregation. A symbol of the care of the Congregation for this mission on the periphery was the presence of Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, Regional Councillor for Central and Northern Europe. He made a three-day visit to coincide with the Feast of Don Bosco and to animate the Salesian Family in the country.
(ANS – Monrovia) – Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, arrived to a grand welcome at Roberts’ International Airport, Monrovia, Liberia today (2 February). He was received at the airport by the rectors of the two communities in Monrovia, and by Mr Lawrence Felix Amajie, Deputy Chief of Protocol, Republic of Liberia, young people, and representatives from the Salesian parish.
(ANS - Kazipet) - Even little children are capable of great gestures: the children who attend the Club of Human Rights in the States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have decided to put aside some of their money to support their peers in Chennai, who were severely tested by the floods last December.
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.
South Korea – Korea's only Salesian parish: Guro 3 Dong
(ANS – Seoul) – The Catholic Church in Korea is grateful to God for the steadfast growth of the past 50 years. Among South Korea's population of 53 million, there are 5.7 million baptized Catholic - 10.9% of the total population. Its 1,719 parishes and 740 mission stations are mainly ministered by the diocesan clergy - 4,264 priests. Religious and missionary society priests are only 898. Also, in Seoul, the capital city, with its 229 parishes and 1.5 million Catholics, there are only 3 parishes entrusted to the religious congregation – and only one of them, to the Salesians.
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.