(ANS - Rio do Sul) - A group of students of the "Don Bosco School" of Rio do Sul, Brazil, has seen that their questions were among those selected to be used in the search for candidates to the office of the new Secretary General of the United Nations. Because of this, a student and a teacher of the school had traveled up to the UN Building in New York, from July 12 to 15, where they participated in a face-to-face session to elect a new secretary.
(ANS - Campo Grande) - Forty years ago, the land of the Bororo saw one of its favourite sons shed his blood. As a young man recalls: "Fr Rudolf saved our people and our land. He loved children and fought for us when we were running a great risk of losing our land, our culture, our lives and our dreams." He died defending his people, killed by landowners in the Meruri mission, of which he was Rector. "When Simão Bororo saw the weapons he went directly to Fr Rudolf and stood in the middle, dying to defend his friend, the priest." On 15 July the 40th anniversary of their martyrdom was celebrated in Meruri.
(ANS – Calauan) – On 16 July 2016 Her Excellency Maria Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo, Vice-President of the Philippines and Chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, visited Southville 7, Site 2 more popularly known as Don Bosco Calauan, a resettlement area of the National Housing Authority in Laguna, a province south of Metro Manila. Since 2009 it has slowly become a piece of heaven on earth for about 6,000 families who have been relocated here from homes in danger zones in Metro Manila or who were displaced by natural calamities.
Italy - From ugly episode, light shines: a year from Don Bosco relic retrieval
(ANS - Castelnuovo Don Bosco) - A theft that arouses the attention of the whole world, two weeks of apprehension and investigation, finally the finding that restores relief to all the devotees of Don Bosco: it was exactly a year ago, 15 June 2017, when the Carabinieri of Asti recovered the ampoule holding a part of the brain of the Saint of the Young. Twelve months later, popular devotion has increased. As witnessed by the Director of Colle Don Bosco, Fr Luca Barone.
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?"
Panama - 2nd Preparatory Meeting for World Youth Day 2019
(ANS - Panama City) - From 6 to 10 June, 2018, about 250 representatives of the youth pastoral offices of the Episcopal Conferences, Movements and Ecclesial Associations from all over the world met in Panama for the Second preparatory meeting for the next World Youth Day (WYD), to be held in Panama from 22 to 27 January, 2019. Representing the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) were Renato Cursi, of the Salesian Youth Ministry Department, and Sr. Maria del Carmen Indurán, Coordinator of the Youth Ministry of the Central South America Province, of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA).
Italy – For 70 years, an investment in hope
(ANS - Rome) – Fr Stefano Aspettati, recently appointed Provincial of the Salesian Circumscription of Central Italy (ICC), has been witness to the growth of the "Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco" for seven years. This is how he describes the evolution of the educational experience at the Borgo, in the 70 years of the Salesian center.
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.)