(ANS - Würzburg) - In 2016, the Salesian Family in Germany is celebrating a special anniversary. Exactly 100 years ago, in 1916, at the height of World War I, the first house of the Salesians of Don Bosco in the Germany of today was founded in Würzburg. For this reason the Salesians of the German Province are celebrating this important anniversary with a big party that will take place 3-5 June, precisely where the mission began in Wurzburg.
(ANS - Rawson) - Rawson is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and is the capital of the province of Chubut. Low temperatures in winter mean that sometimes the electrical system collapses, because many people who do not have gas heating use electric heaters. On 28 May the Don Bosco Institute conducted its sixth charity event to collect blankets to be donated to needy families and neighbouring communities on the plateau of the province.
(ANS - Luanda) - The pacifist revolutionary, politician and Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Nelson Mandela, said on one occasion that "a winner is simply a dreamer who never gave up." The Damas Salesianas are just that, women who never give up. And now they are active in Africa, in Angola.
Morocco - Monsignor Cristóbal Lopez, SDB: "We await the Holy Father as the servant of hope"
(ANS - Rabat) - Mgr Cristóbal López, archbishop of Rabat, Morocco, expresses in an interview his joy for the visit of Pope Francis to the country, scheduled for 30 – 31 March 2019.
It doesn't matter where we are, but let's not lose joy and "let's get loud!"
Young people lying in their bed, with their headphones on, staring at the phone, waiting for the day to pass and the next one to arrive. This is the image of millions of kids every Sunday afternoon. It is the reality that a great number of young people live today, in a situation of existential emptiness, as underlined by the Austrian psychiatrist Victor Frankl, referring to an existence without values. It is an evil that grows in our societies like an epidemic.
Spain - Transparency and anticipation, key factors in crisis management
(ANS - Barcelona) - More than 80 representatives of Salesian houses and organizations reflected on Crisis Communication in the current scenario during the 5th Salesian Days of Communication. In this edition, held at the Martí-Codolar center in Barcelona, on 20 and 21 February, crisis situations were analyzed, how to prevent them and how to deal with them, taking into account the current state of society and the means of communication.
Peru - "You can be a priest and a missionary. You will walk a lot in your life": Fr Luigi Bolla, a missionary who knew how to inculturate the Gospel
(ANS - Lima) - A few days ago, on 6 February, it was the anniversary of the death of Fr Luis (Luigi) Bolla, SDB. His memory, even with the passage of time, is still alive among the people for whom he spent his life. Fr Bolla spent over 50 years among the indigenous peoples, in an inhospitable area, difficult to access and in very harsh conditions, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
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I ask that the Salesians of Don Bosco and the entire Salesian Family throughout the world please make known how much good is being done everywhere – not just by us but also by many persons, groups, and institutions. We have to make the good known, to make it visible. For if we do not, only what is evil and egotistical is seen for this is made visible and known – but only for the selfish interests of a few.