(ANS - Vatican City) - "It was an extremely interesting surprise, a wonderful experience!" Fr Renato dos Santos, a Brazilian Salesian priest, serving at the Vatican's Dicastery for Communication, enthusiastically narrates the episode he witnessed last Saturday, July 14, at the church "Santo Stefano degli Abissini" in the Vatican: the Pope who, to everyone's surprise, decides to celebrate the marriage of a Swiss guard and his Brazilian girlfriend.
(ANS - Leuven) - The "St John Berchmans" Province of Northern Belgium and the Netherlands (BEN) launched its new website on July 13th. "With this site we want to bring into the network, as an image of our Province, what is our core business: to be a family at the service of young people," explained the provincial leaders of communication.
(ANS - Guadalajara) - Last April, when Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, visited the Province of Mexico-Guadalajara, only a few days had passed since his previous visit to the young people and Salesians of Syria.
Venezuela - Fr Méndez: "The Salesians have not surrendered and will not give up, because we are many united to God"
(ANS - Caracas) - Fr Francisco Méndez is in his fifth year as the Provincial of the Salesian Province of Venezuela. In the country's current situation, his task is – difficult, stimulating - to animate, encourage and give hope to the Salesians in the midst of the difficult conditions facing Venezuela and its people.
Communicating in the network: "this is the problem"
The Pope's appeal to "Proclaiming the Gospel of mercy to all peoples ... through the means of communication that the new digital cultural context makes available to our contemporaries" is a great challenge.
Belarus - Salesian Youth Pilgrimage of Evangelization 2018
(ANS - Budslau) - A small Belorussian village, Budslau, has become known all over the world because of the miraculous icon of the Mother of God of Budslau, patron saint of Belarus. Pilgrimages to the Budslau National Shrine are a centuries-old tradition in Belarus, back in vogue after the fall of the communist regime. Every year, thousands of pilgrims reach the village: on foot, by bicycle, by car or by train, especially during the "Budslau Festival"; and among these pilgrims this year there were also 110 participants in the Salesian Youth Pilgrimage of Evangelization (SMEP).
RMG - Salesian consecrated life: two forms, but one single vocation
(ANS - Rome) - Clarifying ideas on discernment of the two forms of consecrated Salesian life, with the dual purpose of helping the formators to present correctly the Salesian identity, and to accompany the young in the process of vocational orientation: this was the objective that the Dicastery for Formation pursued through the Seminar on the Discernment of the two forms of the Salesian vocation, organized in recent weeks at the "San Callisto" in Rome. From these reflections many ideas emerged, now being transmitted to the entire Congregation.