(ANS - Vatican City) - From November 23rd to 25th, on the occasion of the feast of Saint Cecilia, Patron of music and musicians, the 3rd International Meeting of Chorales took place in the Vatican, organized by the "Nova Opera Onlus" association in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. Remembering the importance always attributed to music by their founder, St. John Bosco, the Salesians could not miss such an appointment. Among those melodious voices was, in fact, also the choir of the Salesian Youth Movement of Spain.
(ANS - Trelew) - The Salesian house "Padre Juan Muzio" is preparing for the first edition of the competition called "Trelew runs for young people" , which wants to replicate the similar initiative "Buenos Aires corre por los jóvenes." The event, which will be held on Saturday 8 December at Laguna Chiquichano, includes two different races of 5 and 10 km and a relay competition.
(ANS - Battambang) – A few weeks ago, the vocational training courses at the Don Bosco Technical Institute Salabalath of Battambang, in Cambogia, started the school year once again and new students were joyfully welcomed by their teachers.
Ecuador - Nader Torena, volunteer: "I met Jesus in my work with children and youth"
(ANS - Esmeraldas) - During his year of international volunteering in Ecuador, the young Uruguayan Nader Torena worked as a teacher and catechist but, above all, he became a friend of the hundreds of children and young people he worked with on a daily basis in the city of Esmeraldas. There he could feel the living presence of Jesus and understand why God had sent him to that location.
Communicating in the network: a language to learn again
It is a fact that digital communication is a challenge for the Church. In the last Synod of Bishops, the network is spoken of as a space of evangelization, like a continent to explore, like a new place to live. The old "information highways" have now become true "constellations of content", with about 1,400 million websites on the network and their number grows exponentially, while every day new virtual communities of meetings and discussions arise according to the different tastes and needs of people.
Belgium - Salesians playing an active role in advocating for Migrants and Refugees
(ANS – Brussels) – In the framework of the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, taking place in Marrakech, Morocco, on 10 and 11 December 2018, there have been numerous conferences and activities wherein Salesian organisations have played an active role.
Peru - Lessons left by Fr Ugo de Censi
(ANS - Lima) - We cannot but be more grateful and, at the same time, saddened by the departure of Fr Ugo de Censi, who leaves us a bit orphans. But we know that he is in the Oratory of Heaven, next to Don Bosco, illuminated by the luminous face of that God he so desired.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
GOOD NEWS STILL EXISTS!
I am writing to you, my dear friends, just a few hours after having bestowed the missionary cross on a group of ten Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and twenty-five Salesians of Don Bosco who will leave in this 149th missionary expedition. We count the number of expeditions from the very first one prepared by Don Bosco himself for November 11, 1875. On that occasion, the first ten Salesian missionaries were sent to Argentina: six young priests and four Salesian brothers. Those first ones have been followed by about 11,000 Salesians and 2,500 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, 2,000 of them Italian FMAs who left Europe for the world.