Fr Filiberto González, General Councilor for Social Communications of the Salesian Congregation, presented the orientations of the Consultation, the challenges of the meeting, the proposals and the working methodology.
Each of the Consulta's participants takes an active part in the work with a report prepared in advance which aims to help the Salesians to discuss and deepen the current theme: Communication in a Digital World.
"The Consulta is composed of consecrated and lay Salesians from the seven regions of the Congregation," said Fr González. "In general, not only different cultures are represented, but also particular ways of living the youth and the mission inherited from Don Bosco. In fact, the participants in this World Consulta belong to the five continents, and each of them has a different cultural background in the field of communication, which will be a treasure for the Congregation that works in 132 countries."
At another moment of the presentation, Fr González affirmed that the objective of this Consulta is basically to "offer the profile of a Salesian who can testify Jesus in a society dominated by the digital world."
The work has been subdivided by regions, to promote cultural enrichment.
At the end of the afternoon, the participants gathered to thank God for the gift of this meeting and to listen to the Good Night, offered by Fr Javier Valiente, from the Province of Spain-St James Major, who also spoke on the "Communication of Crisis" the Province is experimenting with.
"As we conclude the day," said Fr González, "let us remember that it is important to always be authentic, because this is the best way to tell the world that our lives have value. The means left to us by Don Bosco are still valid today: prayer and spiritual life. And it is important to know how to observe our social and youthful reality with the eyes of Don Bosco, to offer a proposal that leads us to communicate Jesus Christ among young people in a digital world."