Young people today live in a globalized world, a network of interconnections and relationships. Goods, information, electronic images, songs, entertainment and fads spread almost instantly throughout the planet. Social networks have become their natural habitat and it is through them that the surrounding world is known. The Salesian Ariel Fresia presents an original point of view on the understanding of these hyperconnected natives.
A few days ago I saw a group of young people in St. Peter's Square in Rome with the flag of one of our Salesian schools. I was struck by the affectionate and cheerful relationship of the children with their teachers and, on the contrary, by the coldness with which they treated the Salesian who was with them: they did not talk to him, they did not approach him ... The Salesian walked alone. For them, he did not exist, he was a ghost.
The Pope's appeal to "Proclaiming the Gospel of mercy to all peoples ... through the means of communication that the new digital cultural context makes available to our contemporaries" is a great challenge.
With the letter addressed to all the Salesians of the world, the Rector Major set off the journey towards the forthcoming 28th General Chapter (GC28), a chapter presenting two interesting novelties: the return to Valdocco, 62 years after the last one the Salesian “Mother House” hosted, the CG18; and, above all, the approach. In fact, it is the first time that a General Chapter of the Salesians takes its name from a question: "What kind of Salesians for the youth of today?"