(ANS - Cuenca) - Amazonian geography was a challenge for Maffeo Panteghini, a young Italian Salesian missionary who arrived in Ecuador in 1968. He settled in the villages of Cuchanza, Canton Mendez and Morona Santiago, between the Shuar and Achuar communities and for nine years he taught them the art of carpentry. Their stories remain as part of a past that is still alive.
(ANS - Turin) - "If at the end of my life my hands are dirty and worn, it means that my life was worth living." These are the words used by some volunteers of the Oratory of St Aloysius in Turin, the second oratory founded by Don Bosco, to describe the activities that take place today in San Salvario.
(ANS – Lilongwe) – Edna from Malawi proudly says that he is achieving a lot in his career. “In everything I do, whatever award I get… is not just me, but it also goes to DON BOSCO,” said Edna Chimpeni. This young employee in World Bank Malawi is a past pupil of Don Bosco Youth Technical Institute, Lilongwe, Malawi. He studied the IT course from this institution. “Wherever I go, and whatever I achieve,” Edna proudly mentioned, “all these happened only because of this institution.”
France - Elyes and Valentin, interns at "Valdocco"
(ANS - Lyon) - Elyes, a young Muslim, and Valentin, an atheist teenager, are two students of France's polytechnic schools who have decided to pursue their mandatory semester of human formation at the "Valdocco" Salesian Association center in Lyon, part of the "Don Bosco" Social Action Network. Below, their impressions.
THE DARK FACE OF INTERNET
If we wanted to find a metaphor to fully describe the revolution caused to society since the introduction and use of the Internet, we could certainly compare this phenomenon to the discovery of a new planet, a new continent, a territory continuously being explored that we cannot manage to fully fathom, one we repeatedly marvel at, that surprises us with ever-new aspects and unexpressed potential.
Spain - Youth Ministry and Family: a Congress to study and share the path
(ANS - Madrid) - “Descriptions of Good Practices and Mini Courses” are published on the website of the International Youth Ministry and Family Congress. The courses will be offered to about 300 participants. Representing all the Provinces of the Salesian Congregation, participants are due to meet in Madrid from 27 November to 1 December, 2017.
Italy - Salesians, Sports and Soccer: Success Stories
(ANS - Ferrara) - "Since the Oratory was the first of Don Bosco's initiatives, and the kind of initiative on which all the others are modeled, this combination of "catechesis and play" has been passed on to almost all the Salesian works. There is not even one Salesian school that does not, at least as a complementary activity, have recreational and sporting activities." Thus wrote Fr Juan E. Vecchi, VIII Successor of Don Bosco, in describing the Salesian's inherent attention to the world of sports. Attention from which sports teams, minor league and Serie A teams, amateur and pro players, emerged and came into being.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
ONE MISSIONARY RETURNS, ANOTHER 34 LEAVE FOR THE MISSIONS
I chose this enigmatic title for my greeting this month because I want to make reference to one Salesian who spent 18 months in captivity and another 34 SDBs and FMAs who will leave for the missions in various parts of the world. Ever since the very first one on November 11, 1875, there have been 148 missionary expeditions for our Salesian Family. These evoke the profound feeling that grace is at work.