(ANS - La Rioja) - 10 February 2017 was a memorable day for the Salesian Province of "Artemide Zatti", in Northern Argentina (ARN). "We are aware that the number of Salesians is always low and almost scarce, but we have, in our DNA, our Father Bosco's ability to dream and to progress," said Fr Gabriel Romero, ARN Provincial. After several months of work in La Rioja, the Salesians have made an assessment and state: "We want to share the fate of the road made in La Rioja these months."
(ANS - Madrid) - The “Recognize” Project (Reconce), promoted by the Don Bosco Youth Confederation, was selected among the top 50 of the 327 candidates for the “la Caixa” competition for Social Innovation 2017.
(ANS - Vatican City) - A New World Day to bring "an exquisitely evangelical element ... that is, the predilection of Jesus for the poor." It is the World Day of the Poor, expressly wanted by Pope Francis at the end of the Jubilee of Mercy. It will be celebrated for the first time on November 19, on the occasion of XXXIII Sunday in Ordinary Time, on the theme: "Let us love, not with words, but with deeds."
Perú - Fr Ernesto Sirani: "I dreamed of spending my life for the poor!"
(ANS - Ancash) - The name of Fr Ernesto Sirani resounds among the peaks of Peru's Andes. In a beautiful and exciting interview, Fr Sirani says: "I was fortunate enough to meet Fr Luigi Melesi, veteran of the first expedition 'Operation Mato Grosso' in 1967 and the many young people leaving for missions in Brazil, Ecuador and Bolivia. They talked about their experience with joy, and my heart was excited about listening to them. The contact with the poor had changed their way of thinking! So I decided to start as a missionary ... I dreamed of spending my life for the poor!"
Communicating hope and confidence in our time, a difficult task
22 May, 2017: It is 10:35 PM, local time. The concert of American pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester City Arena turns into a night of terror when a terrorist attack kills 22 people, many young; in the following days, repeated attacks in Egypt, Afghanistan, and even more recently in London, the number of victims tragically increases.
Angola - Educational-Pedagogical Project for the Reintegration of Children and Adolescents in and from the Streets
(ANS - Luanda) - Salesians in Angola, with the help of the NGO "International Voluntary Service for Development" (VIS), organized a round table on Friday, June 23, on "Advocacy for the Protection of Children in Risk Situations." The event was the occasion to present the Manual "Projecto Educativo-Pedagógico para Reinserção de Crianças e Adolescentes de e na Rua", or the Educational-Pedagogical Project for the Reintegration of Children and Adolescents of and on the Streets, which explains in detail the steps needed to pursue a path of (re) education and reintegration into society, according to the values and principles of the Preventive System.
RMG – Building a family, in the rituals of every day
(ANS - Rome) – "A life-long love begins again every day." Here is the essence of love, the essence that Fr A.M. Carré condensed into a single maxim that he would always repeat to couples during their wedding cerimony: "spouses forever, remaining engaged." And how do you manage to stay loyal to your spouse a whole lifetime? Through love in the rituals of every day: by a kiss, a greeting, a hug and a thousand gestures that are rituals and that should never become routine. The Rector Major in the Strenna for 2017 invites building a family through the rituals of every day, by living "a love that is faithful, everlasting and open to life."