(ANS - Rome) - A Salesian presence now fairly well established with the first works started in 1981, a hundred Salesians and 11 canonically erected houses: this is the situation the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, will meet on his visit to the Mary Immaculate Vice-Province of Madagascar from today 30 March to 4 April.
(ANS - Turin) - Two years of work, a network of contacts with companies, a wide range of samples from different professions, a test area between Turin and its suburbs and the province of Biella to explore concrete policies and actions for the transfer of skills between generations: this is in summary of the "OPEN" project (OPportunities between gENerations) promoted by CIOFS-FP, the Salesian Female Centre for Vocational Training in Piedmont.
(ANS - San José) - When Don Bosco asked John Cagliero to stay with him to found a religious congregation, we are told that Cagliero walked to and fro at Valdocco, in deep thought, not knowing what to say. Fr Lemoyne writes, "After much thought Cagliero came out with the saying: 'Monk or no monk, I'm staying with Don Bosco'". The Salesians are not just priests. There are Priest Salesians and Brother Salesians.
Brazil – “My greatest joy is to know that the seed is giving fruits”
(ANS – Maturacá) – “It was my grandmother who gave birth to my vocation to be a missionary among indigenous peoples. She had indigenous blood and, hence, I had a closeness to them right in my genes”. This is the testimony of the Salesian missionary Fr Lázaro Santos, SDB, Rector of the Salesian Mission in Maturacá.
Communicating hope and confidence in our time, a difficult task
22 May, 2017: It is 10:35 PM, local time. The concert of American pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester City Arena turns into a night of terror when a terrorist attack kills 22 people, many young; in the following days, repeated attacks in Egypt, Afghanistan, and even more recently in London, the number of victims tragically increases.
Belgium – 4 Salesian organizations join 250 NGOs launching Alternative Vision for Europe
(ANS – Bruxelles) – More than 250 non-governmental organizations from across Europe have released an alternative vision for a more democratic, just and sustainable Europe today, June 20, 2017. Intended to influence the debate on the future direction of Europe, this alternative vision is endorsed by organisations representing a multitude of public interest issues, including labour rights, culture, development, environment, health, women’s rights, youth, and anti-discrimination groups.
Italy - Hope beyond the waves: Ahmed's story
(ANS - Turin) - Ahmed comes from Egypt, is a Muslim and he arrived in Italy three years ago. The family did not want to let him go, for fear of losing him in the waves of the Mediterranean but, convinced by a friend, Ahmed decided to leave with the help of his father. Now he has started a new life in Turin, accompanied by the sons of Don Bosco. "The most beautiful and important lesson I learned is to live in peace with people of different countries and religions and the recent visit of the Pope to Cairo is a beautiful demonstration of how we can be brothers," says Ahmed.