(ANS - Mumbai) – While Fr Tom Uzhunnalil's return is celebrated in a rich and festive series of official appointments in the Indian state of Kerala, news of a prestigious tribute is announced, an honor to the Salesian missionary's work: the assignment of the "Mother Teresa Award 2017" for his "compassion" and "the dedication and commitment" of his work "in a place of great danger."
(ANS - Butare) - From September 13 to 15, Rango's "Don Bosco" Technical & Vocational Center, in Butare, Rwanda, and the local NGO "LUTI", organized an exhibition and a sales event to present the local products made by some of the vulnerable groups benefiting from their activities, the aim: to provide and guarantee a certain financial autonomy. The exhibition, organized in front of the local market, had the same vulnerable young people as protagonists and key players.
(ANS - Aibonito) - A few days after Hurricane Maria, the news of the catastrophe this natural disaster has caused in Puerto Rico continues to travel around the globe. The worst part, they say, was not the hurricane, but the floods, destruction and lack of communications. The authorities have warned that it may take months to restore the entire power grid and yet more months to restore infrastructure.
Czech Republic - Dialogue between the Rector Major and young people
(ANS - Brno) – One's own vocational journey, the current state of the Salesian charism for Europe, the Salesian response to the challenges of migration ... Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime discussed this and other issues with the local youth in Brno a few weeks ago during his animation visit to the Czech Republic. Below, a few extracts from their conversation:
We want to LISTEN to your desires, your expectations and your uncertainties!
They call us YOUTH experts. I do not know if we are experts, but one thing is certain: we Salesians have youth in our DNA since the moment Don Bosco dreamed of us, thought of us. Our identity is so tied to them that one cannot conceive a Salesian as being far away from young people.
Spain - Youth Ministry and Family: a Congress that comes from afar
(ANS - Madrid) – Just slightly over a month to go to the start of the International Youth Ministry and Family Congress being held in Madrid, Spain, from 27 November to 1 December, 2017. Preparations for the Congress - animated by the Youth Ministry Dicastery in the wake of the 2014 and 2015 Synods of Bishops on Family - has involved the entire Salesian Congregation over the past two years through a consultation of Provincial Councils on this important theme.
RMG - Salesian Missionaries in the World: A Global Commitment
(ANS - Rome) - There are many people around the world who, inspired by Don Bosco, spend their lives far from their homeland to devote themselves to the mission of evangelization and the human development of other peoples. On the occasion of World Mission Day, celebrated Sunday, October 22, we want to remember some examples.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
HAVING DEEP ROOTS, BEING FLEXIBLE, AND BEING RICH IN WHAT IS ESSENTIAL
I shall never forget the wise life lesson which the fir trees of the beautiful forest of Vallombrosa gave me. My cordial greetings, dear readers, and all the members of our dear Salesian Family. I wish to offer you a reflection that I made from a very concrete experience that I had recently – a lesson from nature.