(ANS - San José de Evinayong) - It was 16 June 1976 when in Soweto, South Africa, clashes developed between the black students and the segregationist police due to the imposition of Afrikaans, the language of the white minority, even in the schools in which the black majority of the population was segregated. Among the many victims were several young demonstrators who also died in the clashes; in their name the "International Day of the African Child" was born, a day celebrated every year to draw attention to the living conditions and rights of children and young people on the African continent.
(ANS - Caracas) - A few days ago, at 107 years of age, Fr Giuseppe (José) Berno, the oldest Salesian of the Congregation, died. No one would have thought that after having joyfully dedicated his long life to God and to the most needy, he would not be able to rest in peace at the cemetery, and that it would become necessary to proceed to his cremation.
(ANS – Sydney) – Cardinal Charles Bo, SDB, the Archbishop of Yangon, was in Sydney on June 10 as a part of a tour arranged by “Catholic Mission”, Pontifical Mission Societies in Australia, whose major Church Appeal in 2018 is raising funds for innovative education programs backed by the cardinal in his native Myanmar. Cardinal Bo celebrated a public mass at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney and here we share his inspiring homily.
Italy - From ugly episode, light shines: a year from Don Bosco relic retrieval
(ANS - Castelnuovo Don Bosco) - A theft that arouses the attention of the whole world, two weeks of apprehension and investigation, finally the finding that restores relief to all the devotees of Don Bosco: it was exactly a year ago, 15 June 2017, when the Carabinieri of Asti recovered the ampoule holding a part of the brain of the Saint of the Young. Twelve months later, popular devotion has increased. As witnessed by the Director of Colle Don Bosco, Fr Luca Barone.
28th General Chapter: the same questions that pushed Don Bosco
With the letter addressed to all the Salesians of the world, the Rector Major set off the journey towards the forthcoming 28th General Chapter (GC28), a chapter presenting two interesting novelties: the return to Valdocco, 62 years after the last one the Salesian “Mother House” hosted, the CG18; and, above all, the approach. In fact, it is the first time that a General Chapter of the Salesians takes its name from a question: "What kind of Salesians for the youth of today?"
Panama - 2nd Preparatory Meeting for World Youth Day 2019
(ANS - Panama City) - From 6 to 10 June, 2018, about 250 representatives of the youth pastoral offices of the Episcopal Conferences, Movements and Ecclesial Associations from all over the world met in Panama for the Second preparatory meeting for the next World Youth Day (WYD), to be held in Panama from 22 to 27 January, 2019. Representing the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) were Renato Cursi, of the Salesian Youth Ministry Department, and Sr. Maria del Carmen Indurán, Coordinator of the Youth Ministry of the Central South America Province, of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA).
Italy – For 70 years, an investment in hope
(ANS - Rome) – Fr Stefano Aspettati, recently appointed Provincial of the Salesian Circumscription of Central Italy (ICC), has been witness to the growth of the "Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco" for seven years. This is how he describes the evolution of the educational experience at the Borgo, in the 70 years of the Salesian center.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
I HAVE SEEN AND HAVE LIVED DON BOSCO’S MISSIONARY DREAM
My dear friends, I greet you all most cordially as I write this to you – though I am very late as regards preparation of the Salesian Bulletin. (I make the editor sweat because very often the deadline for submission is upon me as I sit down to write my message – which happens with everything else that bears my name and is penned in my own hand.)