(ANS - Goma) – For 35 years the Spanish Salesian Brother Honorato Alonso has been organizing the most popular Youth Soccer League in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Honorato always responds with a shy smile and a slight movement of the chin when he is greeted by the bus drivers, the women selling roasted peanuts and boys who struggle with life in the corners of the city. Schoolchildren in uniform returning home on foot and the men unloading sacks from a truck also recognize him. All the Congolese know Honorato because he is one of them!
(ANS - Kandi) - In many parts of the world school has become a place for the elite who have economic opportunities. Research done by UNESCO contains some distressing data: "In the world there are 124 million children and young people who are not in school: 52.9 million in sub-Saharan Africa, 50.9 million in Asia and the Pacific, 6.6 million in America, Latin America and the Caribbean, 8.7 million in the Arab States and 5 million scattered in other parts of the world." For the Salesians this situation constitutes a call to think and to work on what Don Bosco did for the needy and poor youth, which was to educate them.
(ANS - Hong Kong) - While Pope Francis in St Peter's Square was reminding the teenagers who had come to celebrate the Youth Jubilee that "happiness is not an app that is downloaded on the mobile phone", in Hong Kong other boys and girls were celebrating their "Jubilee of Mercy – Teens Carnival" in a party that, even though it was thousands of kilometres away, had the same ingredients: joy, excitement, spirituality and sharing.
East Timor – Lay person, Japanese Past-Pupil, Salesian Cooperator: she works hard for Timorese youngsters
(ANS – Dili) – Teresa Nao Tsujimura was a student at the Salesian Polytechnic in Tokyo when she joined a volunteer group led by a Salesian, Fr. Julien Sleuyter, and visited East Timor for the first time. After many visits in the following years as a volunteer, she is now fully committed as an expert in international cooperation, already rooted in East Timor for 15 years. The Social Communication Office of the Japanese Province interviewed her to get a glimpse of her life among the East Timorese people as a past pupil and a Salesian Cooperator.
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?"
India – A seminar-workshop for teachers on love, family and pastoral care
(ANS – Mumbai) – Eighty teachers from four Salesian schools in the Mumbai district attended a workshop-seminar conducted by Father Francis Gustilo, SDB, and Joanna Marie Oliva, from the Philippines. It took place on June 11-12 at the Don Bosco Matunga campus in Mumbai. The event, organised by the Mumbai province, aimed to echo what both speakers shared during the Salesian International Congress on Youth Ministry and Family held in Madrid in November 2017.
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.)