Recife, Brazil - November 2018 - The XXIII edition of the Salesian Youth Festival of the North-East, promoted by the Salesian Province of Recife (BRE), through the Salesian Youth Ministry and the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) took place from 16 to 18 November. The event was attended by a thousand young people who gave life to shows, choreography, songs, artistic and cultural expressions, with moments of prayer and reflection. Fr Nivaldo Pessinatti, BRE Provincial, was also present at the event.
Vatican City, Vatican - November 2018 - On the afternoon of November 16th, Pope Francis visited the Solidarity Medical Presidium in St. Peter's Square, set up last week in the heart of St. Peter's Square, on the occasion of the World Day of the Poor on November 18th . The Holy Father greeted all the poor people present and gave each one a blessed rosary, exchanging a few words with them. He then greeted the volunteers and the doctors of the various clinics.
Bydgoszcz, Poland - November 2018 - On November 9, at the Salesian school "Collegium Salesianum", the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the independence of Poland took place (11 November 1918). It all began with the prayer for the homeland, which was followed by the conference of prof. Sławomir Jóźwiak, of the University of Toruń, on the theme "Circumstances of the Constitution of the Second Republic of Poland", and the solemn Eucharist presided over by Fr Krzysztof Nestoruk, SDB, director of the school. After Mass everyone went to the school square, where they sang together the national anthem and the traditional "Rota" and also performed the dance "Polonez for Independence". On the exact day of the 100th anniversary of the independence of Poland, 11 November, a school representative went to Warsaw to take part in the national festivities.
Medellín, Colombia - November 2018 - From 8 to 12 November the Salesian Province of Colombia-Medellín (COM) received 13 members of the World Past Pupils Presidency and World Delegate Fr Raphael Jayapalan. As part of the annual management review and activity and results report, the members of the World Presidency had the opportunity to learn about the initiatives of the COM Province and its Federation of Past Pupils, led by Fr Mario Restrepo Botero. They were able to visit the great Salesian social center "Ciudad Don Bosco", directed by Fr Rafael Bejarano, which takes care of vulnerable children and young people where several past pupils work in the field of social assistance. The World Past Pupils President, Michal Hort, declared: "This was a meeting full of riches, communion and sharing experiences of life and work of the Past Pupils around the Salesian mission in the world."