(ANS - Córdoba) – Even centuries apart, looking deeply at Don Bosco, it is possible to ask oneself: "What or how would Don Bosco feel? What was inside him? Who did Don Bosco love?" The answer is so clear and transparent that there could be no mistake: the Lord, the young, the desire for their Salvation, his profound love for them. In fact, one of the programmatic articles of the Salesian Constitutions states: "Our vocation has the seal of a special gift of God: the predilection for young people."
(ANS – San Francisco) – According to the well-known American anthropologist and writer Gary Chapman, the languages of love are five. Expressing love through words is just one of these languages, and it is not always the most effective. In many circumstances it is indeed appropriate to resort to other forms. Here is a testimony to that effect.
(ANS - Rome) - Caterina Pezzi, 26, grew up in the neighborhood and in the Don Bosco oratory of Cinecittà, Rome, which she has always attended. For ten years, she was animator at the Summer Camp for boys and catechists. She attended the course of Professional Community Educator at the Roma Tre University, and then a specialist course in Social Pedagogy at the UPS. We report her experience of service to others in the "XteStudio" project.
(ANS - Campo Grande) - The request of the Samaritan woman who appears in the biblical story in the Gospel of Saint John (4, 13-15) confers a decisive change during the intense dialogue with Jesus, which takes place near Jacob's well. From this meeting, a change is born, a testimony of faith is born. In the same way our youth is called to meet with Jesus and fill their place of God.
In this way the theme of the "Salesian Youth Day" is born. The proposal presented to follow this theme is that today's youth are thirsty and thirsting for God.