(ANS – Shillong) – 27 October 2019: Indigo flight 6E 112 from Guwahati touched down at Agartala airport, almost 20 minutes ‘earlier than scheduled’. On board was the Salesian Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, on a four-day visit to Shillong Province (INS).
(ANS - Rome) - The Precapitular Commissions of the 28th General Chapter (GC28) of the Congregation, respectively on the theme of the Chapter and the one on juridical aspects, have completed the drafting phase of the "Work Tool" of the GC28. The document was prepared by the members of the Commissions during the two meetings held at the Salesian Headquarters in Rome last month (from 9 to 20 and from 23 to 30 September). It is currently being circulated to all the Provinces.
(ANS - Kuyuntsa) – Those who remember Fr Luis (Luigi) Bolla cannot but turn their gaze to "a culture that I love, and for which I have identified myself with the Achuar to the point of risking my life." When he left Ecuador and departed for Peru, he chose Kuyuntsa and Sanhiick as his residence, testifying that his only concern was to humanize, evangelize and educate. Today, five years after his departure for Heaven, Yánkuam'Jintia, as he was called, is still alive in the Salesians who continue his work and who today announce: "With joy, we can communicate that in Kuyuntsa we have inaugurated two internships, one for boys and the other for girls."
Argentina – VIII Congress of Mary Help of Christians will have Marian Shrine commissioned by Don Bosco as its center
(ANS - Buenos Aires) - Just one day before the start of the International Congress of Mary Help of Christians, we meet Fr Daniel Antúnez, Economer of the Province of South Argentina, who is part of the Congress organizing committee, scheduled in Buenos Aires from 7 to 10 November. "It will be a congress that will remind us of the great past of Argentine history and that deep love for the Virgin under the title of Help of Christians that the first Salesians brought us," he said.
150th Missionary Expedition, "If it's not outgoing, it's not Church"
In 1875, Don Bosco gathered around him a group of ten young people who were about to cross the Atlantic, a journey that for some would be without return. It was 4.00 pm, the shrine of Mary Help of Christians was full of people. At the foot of the image of Mary Help of Christians, Don Bosco greeted the young people soon departing with tears. He gave everyone a gift, a leaflet with "twenty special memories", memories of a father to those about to leave before the final embrace, writes Fr Ceria, symbol of his deep affection.
Italy – Protection and defense of children in the heart of the Don Bosco Mission
(ANS - Rome) – Taking place last October 30, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CDI), in the Aula Magna of the Generalate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Lasallians) in Rome, was the event: "Child Protection and prevention of all forms of violence". The Salesians also participated, invited for their specific and solid missionary work with vulnerable and at-risk youth in over 130 countries.
RMG – Don Bosco and door-to-door waste collection
(ANS - Rome) - Who'd have thought? Don Bosco, a proto-ecologist? Don Bosco, pioneer of home waste collection 140 years ago? Seems so, according to at least one of the letters recovered in recent years and which will be included in the IX volume of the correspondence being prepared: a letter of 1885, which in the Turin of the time anticipates and, obviously in its own way, "solved" one of the great problems that today's society has to deal with, namely waste, over-consumption and throwaway goods.