(ANS – Kuching) – During the weekend, January 24-26, a 'Malaysia Adventure Team' of three Salesians carried out a second historical exploratory trip. This time the non-formal invitation to the Salesians came from Kuching Archbishop John Ha. The FIN provincial Fr Paul Bicomong, his Economer Fr Elu Ulandal, and Fr Noel Villafuerte, a Filipino missionary based in Surabaya (ITM), are happy with the fruits of this short visit.
By F. Noel Villafuerte, SDB
(ANS – Vatican City) – The Year dedicated to the Consecrated Life ended Tuesday, 2 February 2016, with a Eucharist celebrated by Pope Francis, in which more than 5000 consecrated persons – the Ordo Virginum and hermits, monks and cloistered nuns, apostolic religious men and women, secular institutes, and the new forms of consecrated life – filled St Peter’s Basilica and overflowed into the piazza outside.
(ANS - San Paolo) - In his message for World Youth Day, the Holy Father wrote to the young. "Dear young people, let us not fill our mouths with beautiful words about the poor! Let’s go and meet them! Let's listen to them! The poor are for us a real opportunity to encounter Christ himself, to touch his suffering flesh." Two young Brazilian women accepted his message and decided to leave as volunteers for Angola.
RMG - Pope of Peace in Egypt of Peace: Interview with Fr Maurizio Spreafico, SDB
(ANS - Rome) - Fr Maurizio Spreafico is currently on the formation staff of young Salesians in Rome. He has lived for almost ten years in the Middle East Province where he was Provincial. On the occasion of the Pope's trip to Egypt we asked him some questions
What plot, Lord, are you weaving?
On a day of protests and clashes in Venezuela, two young people were assassinated. Carlos José Moreno Barón was killed while on his way to a football pitch. He did not reach his destination. Paola Ramírez Gómez, 23, was killed while returning from a job interview as she was passing in front of San Carlos Square in San Cristóbal. Neither of them was participating in the protests.
Italy - Salesian Communication Days: being formed to Communicate Hope and Trust in Our Time
(ANS - Rome) - The Salesian Communication Days at the Salesian Pontifical University will begin this afternoon, Friday 28 April, and will continue tomorrow. About 160 young people in initial formation for the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and other members of the Salesian Family will study the Pope's message for the 51st World Social Communications Day.
Mexico – Kindness matters
(ANS – Tijuana) – Between May 2016 and January 2017, a Haitian tsunami hit Tijuana. These migrants arrived dizzy, exhausted, cold, hungry, and broke after their threemonth land journey from Brazil. Some were sick. Some had delivered babies or miscarried en route. Some had buried their dead along the way or watched helplessly as loved ones were swept away by swollen rivers. Some left their dead to rot in the woods. Some were stripsearched, robbed, raped, or exploited as they traveled through Central America.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
WHY WE HAVE LIFE IN ABUNDANCE
My thought goes to the Salesian presences around the world because our dream is that they might be true dispensers of life to so many young people, and a life in abundance, an authentic, true life which gives them dignity and helps them also experience the great gift that God is in their lives.