(ANS – Rome) - Since last 2004 the provincials of Europe came already for the sixth time for their regular biennial meeting with the Rector Major and his council, three days encounter (December 2-4) in Salesianum, Rome. These meetings help to bridge the distance between the two regions and many languages of Europe, to share some good practices and especially to discern some priorities of common journey in Europe.
(ANS - Cape Town) - "Happy in time and eternity." This was the desire of Don Bosco fo his boys. Even today, all over the world his Salesians are doing everything to ensure their students, together with human and spiritual formation, receive the skills needed to achieve a good job and a decent life. It is in this framework that the Don Bosco Salesian Institute in Cape Town has signed a memorandum of understanding with the famous car brand Porsche and the Car Import Company "LSM Distributors", for the formation and work-training of young people in difficulty.
(ANS - Corumbá) - Charity is "the force that changes the world", for God is love, as Pope Benedict XVI said a few years ago as he was distributing food to hundreds of poor people in the Vatican. And Pope Francis also said: "Love is simple: worship God and serve others! And this testimony builds up the Church." In Brazil, for fifty years we have been trying to create a different Christmas, a Christmas for all, in which the poor can receive a gift, a bit of food and something to share.
Brazil – “The young helped me open my heart”
(ANS – São Paulo) – “I was born in Vietnam, in a diocesan parish, and I had the desire to be a priest. I read a biography of Dominic Savio and I loved the priest who had shaped his life. I was impressed by the film on Don Bosco. I said to myself, ‘That is the type of priest I would like to be.’” This is the Vietnamese Salesian missionary Joseph Tran Van Lich.
Young people are moving and what do we do?
"We are a traveling species. We have no property, but luggage. (...)
We are alive because we are moving. We are never still.
We are transhumant (...) If you want something to die, leave it alone."
(Jorge Drexler, Movimiento, 2017)
Young people always move towards unprecedented possibilities, unsuspected futures. But beyond physical mobility and territorial displacement, young people show a great capacity for flux or change and mobilization in current societies, strengthened by new communication technologies, and networks.
Bolivia - Project to enhance skills for PDOs and TVET centers
(ANS - Cochabamba) – Taking place from Monday 21 to today, Friday, May 25, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is an initiative of strengthening and enhancing skills for members of the Provincial Development Offices and Salesians involved in the world of vocational training for young people at risk in Latin America. Participants included representatives of the Salesian Family from 15 countries in the Salesian regions of Interamerica and America South Cone, and European and US NGOs.
RMG - The devotion of Pope Paul VI for Mary Help of Christians
(ANS - Rome) - The blessed, and soon Saint, Pope Paul VI was full of benevolence towards the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco. This predilection, exhibited in many circumstances of his life and his pontificate, was also manifested in the devotion to Mary Help of Christians and in the attention to her anniversaries.