(ANS - Mato Grosso) - My name is Beatus Volkmar Tola. I come from Indonesia, the island of Flores. I arrived in Brazil in 2014 at the age of 26. My experience of the Salesian community and of the life of prayer in Indonesia was very beautiful. In fact, for me community life helps me a lot to grow every day through experience, the messages and testimonies of my brothers that I have seen and listened to.
(ANS - Naples) – Formation for Provincial animators/pre-animators (FxA) is by-now a set appointment for those young people involved in the journey of animation who come from the oratories of the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Campania, Basilicata, Puglia and Calabria.
(ANS - Iquique) - From 15 to 18 January, Pope Francis will visit Chile. On the last day, he will celebrate Mass in the city of Iquique, 1700 kilometers from the capital. The Holy Father will crown the image of the Virgin of Carmen de la Tirana, being exhibited together with the images of San José, who represents the first migrant, and of San Lorenzo de Tarapaca.
Moldova - Fr Baracco: "being missionary" among the youngsters of Chisinău
(ANS - Chisinău) - "It's a very beautiful center because in my opinion it gathers all four elements of Don Bosco's house: a house that welcomes and hosts the needy, through the foster home; the playground, where one meets others and is educated; the school, with vocational training courses; and a church, thanks to our small parish, which counts only about forty Catholics," says Salesian missionary Fr Tiziano Baracco about the Salesian house of Chisinău, in Moldavia.
"Life is fragile, precious, unpredictable."
We are in the first weeks of a new year, which means a blank page wherein to write a new chapter in our lives. With the new year, one makes resolutions and looks at the calendar thinking about commitments to be made and forthcoming holidays to enjoy. Surely none of us would stop for a moment to think about the possibility of not reaching the end of the year...
Italy - Rector Major to IUS: "The right direction is much more important than speed"
(ANS - Rome) - The Governing Board of the Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS) met at the Congregation's Central Office in Rome from 9 to 11 January, the aim to accompany the path of the IUS in each of the continents, follow up on the application of its common policies and programs, and strengthen the organizational and animation structures. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, spoke at the meeting, stating that "it is fundamental to have a strategic vision that adequately guides the processes of the Salesian institutions."
Spain - Salesians, busy with migrants and refugees: we welcome, protect, promote, integrate
(ANS - Madrid) – This new year Europe faces the same challenge of recent years: the refugee crisis. An unresolved problem that represents the tip of the iceberg of demographic movements. In the end, the challenge of welcoming and integrating migrants continues today. It is a challenge that cannot be foreign to the Church. In fact, for 104 years, it has promoted the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which was celebrated yesterday, Sunday, 14 January, under the motto: "Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees."
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
“DON BOSCO TAUGHT US THAT GOD WANTS US ALWAYS TO BE HAPPY”
It is most certain that Don Bosco is alive today, alive in so many different realities where thousands and thousands of people carry his dream forward, in the name of Jesus. And he is still alive because he continues to be their inspiration.