(ANS - Bangalore) - Nearly one hundred thousand (97,900) children educated about their rights, through 907 special clubs and courses in schools; 13,900 minors benefitting from supplementary education; 1571 dropouts brought back to school; 1144 taken from work and 1,473 street children helped to social reintegration; 172 early marriages prevented – these are some of the statistics from the first phase (2012-2016) of the CREAM project (Child Rights Education and Action Movement - Action Movement and Education on Rights of Children) sponsored by the Office of Development of the Province of Bangalore (BREADS - Bangalore Rural Education And Development Society).
(ANS - Juba) - The situation remains tense in the country in the aftermath of the ceasefire between the two warring factions. New details are emerging about the three days of violence that marred the celebrations of the 5th anniversary of independence and the consequences for the frightened population. The Salesians report:
(ANS - Juba) - A fragile truce has been declared by both sides in the struggle for power in South Sudan, those loyal to President Salva Kiir and those of his deputy and traditional opponent Riek Machar. However, it is not yet time to breathe a sigh of relief. The Salesians from Juba, the capital of the country, send this report: "Our country is plunged back into disorder. There has been heavy shooting for three days. Hundreds of people have been killed and the damage is severe. Many essential goods are lacking. Continue to pray for us, we are experiencing a very serious humanitarian crisis in our country. "
Czech Republic - Dialogue between the Rector Major and young people
(ANS - Brno) – One's own vocational journey, the current state of the Salesian charism for Europe, the Salesian response to the challenges of migration ... Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime discussed this and other issues with the local youth in Brno a few weeks ago during his animation visit to the Czech Republic. Below, a few extracts from their conversation:
We want to LISTEN to your desires, your expectations and your uncertainties!
They call us YOUTH experts. I do not know if we are experts, but one thing is certain: we Salesians have youth in our DNA since the moment Don Bosco dreamed of us, thought of us. Our identity is so tied to them that one cannot conceive a Salesian as being far away from young people.
Spain - Youth Ministry and Family: a Congress that comes from afar
(ANS - Madrid) – Just slightly over a month to go to the start of the International Youth Ministry and Family Congress being held in Madrid, Spain, from 27 November to 1 December, 2017. Preparations for the Congress - animated by the Youth Ministry Dicastery in the wake of the 2014 and 2015 Synods of Bishops on Family - has involved the entire Salesian Congregation over the past two years through a consultation of Provincial Councils on this important theme.
RMG - Salesian Missionaries in the World: A Global Commitment
(ANS - Rome) - There are many people around the world who, inspired by Don Bosco, spend their lives far from their homeland to devote themselves to the mission of evangelization and the human development of other peoples. On the occasion of World Mission Day, celebrated Sunday, October 22, we want to remember some examples.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
HAVING DEEP ROOTS, BEING FLEXIBLE, AND BEING RICH IN WHAT IS ESSENTIAL
I shall never forget the wise life lesson which the fir trees of the beautiful forest of Vallombrosa gave me. My cordial greetings, dear readers, and all the members of our dear Salesian Family. I wish to offer you a reflection that I made from a very concrete experience that I had recently – a lesson from nature.