(ANS - Constanta) – A true Salesian Oratory spirit, gratitude from the local Church, civil authorities and people, and little signs that the charism is taking root - these were the main features of the Visit of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to Constanta, to mark the twentieth anniversary of Salesian presence in Romania and the Republic of Moldova.
(ANS - San Salvador) - Don Bosco University is a Salesian University in El Salvador, located in Soyapango, a city that is part of the Metropolitan Area of San Salvador. It is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the country, particularly in the technical and technological sector. In the past, the Faculty of Technology was attended mainly by boys but now the University has started a new initiative called the Science Camp for Girls.
(ANS - Rome) - On 3 October 2013, a boat carrying more than 500 people sank in the Mediterranean Sea a few miles from Lampedusa. The dead numbered 366 and about 20 were missing. These were people who had hoped to find a better life beyond the sea. And that was not the last of the disasters: in the first nine months of 2016 there were more than 3000 migrants lost at sea. Today Italy is celebrating the first National Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Immigration.
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.