(ANS - Rome) – Now near the beginning of the novena to Mary Help of Christians, the first resources relating to the World Novena proposed by the Rector Major to the whole Congregation and to all the groups that share the Salesian charism are being made available online. Accompanied by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, this year's focus for meditation shall be the "beatitudes of the Salesian Family".
(ANS - Lubumbashi) - Since last Friday, May 10th, until next Saturday, May 18th, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime is engaged in the animation of one of the most flourishing realities of the Salesian Congregation: the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Precisely because of its constant and ongoing development it has, since 2017, two circumscriptions: the "Central Africa" Province (AFC), based in Lubumbashi; and the Africa Congo Congo Vice-Province (ACC), based in Kinshasa.
(ANS - Torre Annunziata) - "To young people, especially the most fragile, it's not just a job that needs to be found; they must also be educated in that job by investing in their passions". These are the words of Fr Antonio Carbone, Vice-President of "Salesians per il Sociale", and current coordinator of the communities for minors "Mamma Matilde" and "Peppino Brancati" of Torre Annunziata, who every year welcome fragile minors, in a state of neglect or with problematic situations within the family of origin.
Mexico - "Young people are the reason for my being a Salesian": testimony of missionary Stephan Ajay Kumar
(ANS - Matagallinas) - A missionary is not only the one who leaves his place of origin and his affections to dedicate himself to other people, but he is also the one who entrusts himself completely to God. Of this, a concrete proof is the story of Stephan Ajay Kumar (Joseph), SDB. Originally from Kootapuli, a coastal village in India, Stephan is now a missionary ad gentes in Mexico and he wanted to share his experience.
Where your heart is, there is your treasure
The novel "Brave New World", written in 1932, is undoubtedly one of the literary visions that most clearly anticipate the events we are experiencing. Its author, Aldous Huxley, realized that to make a mass production system work instead of subjugating people by force, it was necessary to do so by delivering small but constant rewards. People should have the illusion of happiness in consumption, so as to be willing to sacrifice their own freedom as well.
Germany – Salesian and European community in practice: meeting of Salesian delegates for Social Communication
(ANS – Munich) – In the run-up to the elections at the end of May, there are many discussions in the media and in society about what Europe represents. During the meeting of the Salesian delegates for social communication (09/05-12/05/2019) in Munich it was already noticeable: community.
Thailand – Salesians joined in inauguration of 350th anniversary of Apostolic Vicariate of Siam Mission
(ANS – Sampran) – Salesian confreres and members of the Salesian Family joined in the Eucharistic Celebration at the inauguration of the 350th anniversary of the apostolic vicariate of Siam Mission [1669 - 2019 A.D.] on the 18th of May 2019. His Eminence Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, was the main celebrant. The celebration was held at St Pope John Paul II hall located within “St. Joseph Upatham School”, Sampran, Nakorn Pathom.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS STILL AT WORK
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER AND DON BOSCO. TWO GREAT MISSIONARIES YESTERDAY AND TODAY . Just a short while ago I was in Goa, India, where I saw how amid the palm trees and the fine sand of the sea there rise up cathedrals and churches built during the 16th and 17th centuries. One of these shrines is the Basilica of the Good Jesus, which has become a site for pilgrimages, especially for Christians but also for believers of other religions, because here lie the remains of St. Francis Xavier, the missionary from Navarre who evangelized the Far East and was a disciple of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Even though St. Francis Xavier died in China in 1552, his remains rest in this most beautiful basilica situated next to the cathedral and to the church of St. Francis of Assisi. This place in which his mortal remains rest was erected between 1594 and 1605. His body is conserved there. Its incorruptibility was the miracle for which St. Francis Xavier was canonized in 1622. Accompanied by other Salesians and some lay persons, I had the privilege of celebrating Holy Mass on the altar at the tomb of this great and holy Jesuit missionary.