(ANS – Touba) – The Republic of Mali is a country without access to the sea of West Africa. Mali is the seventh largest African country, in terms of surface, but it is one of the countries where children suffer more from hunger and malnutrition. 75% of the population in Mali depend on agriculture, but rains are not regular, and normally there is a drought every 10 to 15 years. Poverty and destitution are not limited to lack of food, but they also concern the lack of instruction and of expectations for the future. Yet, despite all this indigence, the Salesians believe in a promising future, starting from education.
(ANS – Vitoria) – In the night of August 9th, Msgr. Miguel Asurmendi, SDB, Bishop emeritus of Vitoria, passed away in his house in Pamplona, due to a heart attack. He was 76.
(ANS – Soyapango) – The Association of Salesian Students for Thought and Civic Education (AESPEC) and the Salesian Association of Students of Aeronautics (ASEA) of “Universidad Don Bosco” (UDB) in El Salvador recently launched the “Sin Barreras -UDB” (Without Barriers UDB), an initiative that aims at promoting social integration of hearing impaired students in the University, through a series of activities, the first of which is a course of American Sign Language (ASL).
Ecuador - Exchanges teaching Math to studying Psychology, thanks to passion for working with youth: the "Chilean"
(ANS - Quito) - After serving for nine months as a volunteer missionary in the Salesian project "Chicos de la Calle", 26-year-old Gonzalo Peralta returned to his native country, Chile, with a decision: not to continue the post-graduate program in Mathematics he had in mind, but follow a Master's degree in Psychology in work with young people. This choice has materialized because of his recent experience with the children and young people of the Educational Unit of San Patricio (UESPA) and of the "Mi Caleta" reception center, based in Quito.
Subjectivity, networks and forms of connection
Young people today live in a globalized world, a network of interconnections and relationships. Goods, information, electronic images, songs, entertainment and fads spread almost instantly throughout the planet. Social networks have become their natural habitat and it is through them that the surrounding world is known. The Salesian Ariel Fresia presents an original point of view on the understanding of these hyperconnected natives.
Italy - "We are Church, we are family, we are for young people and this is precisely our mission"
(ANS - Rome) – "Let us humanize, evangelize, educate and be courageous in challenges and proposals because the Church invites us today to be forward-looking on young people." With these words, transmitted through a video message, the Rector Major, Fr Àngel Fernández Artime, indicated the high road to participants of the International Congress "Youth and Life Choices: Educational Perspectives", which ended yesterday, Sunday 23 September, at the Salesian Pontifical University of Rome.
Spain - Vocational animation, a dynamism that does not stop
(ANS - Seville) - The vocational project "Ven y verás" (Come and See), the guiding thread of the last 12 months of the Salesian Province of "Spain-Mary Help of Christians", and which aims to focus Salesian Youth Ministry in this perspective, continues to be active and to encourage the development of a life project among young people. This commitment, which proceeds together with the efforts of the whole Church and of the Salesian Congregation, also in the light of the seminary on vocational animation held in Sanlúcar la Mayor (Seville), opens the way for the recipients of Salesian action to find their way to be Christians and to be accompanied towards discovering their specific vocation: lay, marriage, priesthood or consecrated life.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
I believe that this is what we have most at heart, dear readers – to feel that we are living a life that is full. It seems that this is a very human aspiration. It is with this thought that I must tell you that I have come to know in my life many persons who live and have lived full lives. I propose to follow this path myself.