Message of the Rector Major on the situation in Venezuela
(Kakuma - Kenya, April 27, 2017) - Faced with the delicate situation in Venezuela, the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, in a statement sent from Kenya, expresses his support for the Salesians in Venezuela and the Venezuelan people. In a fraternal message he says, "You are not alone. We, in the different parts of the Salesian world, are worried about you. We are attentive to what you are experiencing and well aware of everything that happens to you.
"Below is the text of the message:
I am on a visit these days to the Salesian work in Kakuma (Kenya), where my Salesian confreres have been living for years in the United Nations refugee camp, sharing the lives and the fate of these 150,000 people. Our simple vocational school helps young people to learn a job for when they leave the camp. They are mostly young people and families from South Sudan, Rwanda, Congo and other countries. They have come here, to this place in the north of Kenya, and they continue to come, fleeing conflict in their own countries, the lack of security, the instability in their villages and the hunger that these situations create.
In this context, I have seen the video recorded personally by Fr Francisco Méndez, Superior of the Salesian Province of Venezuela, in which he states that he had to make this video because he felt in his conscience that he could not remain silent.
With these words of mine, I want to express fully my total support for Fr Francisco Méndez and all my Salesian confreres in Venezuela, and also my total support for the great Salesian Family in Venezuela.
As Superior General of the Salesians of Don Bosco in the world, I want to tell Fr Francisco and my confreres, that we are with you, we are by your side. We can sense the pain you feel and the tiredness you are experiencing. For a long time, we have been praying for this beautiful country and its good people. We have prayed for the dead of recent weeks, some of them close to the Salesian work.
Today I want to express our affection and our support and help. I want to say to Fr Francisco and to the Salesians and the Salesian Family in Venezuela, that you are not alone, and that from various parts of the Salesian world we care for you, we are attentive to what you are experiencing and well aware of all that happens to you. Today we are close to you more than ever.
I pray for all of you and for your people that you may have Peace, that Peace that is possible always and everywhere in the world only if it comes from the hand of Justice and Respect for the most inviolable human rights of each person.
And I ask the Good God to give you that inner and spiritual strength that comes from Him.
With true affection,
Fr Ángel Fernández A., SDB
Great Britain – An update from Fr Mykhaylo Chaban, the Superior of the Salesian vice-province of Ukraine
(ANS – Bolton) – Last week, the Salesians of the province of Great Britain (GBR) had a visit from the, Fr Mykhaylo Chaban, Superior of the Salesian vice-province “Mary Help of Christians” of the Greek-Catholic Ukraine. He had travelled there to meet with students of Thornleigh Salesian College and he was able to sit with them to give an update of the situation in Ukraine.
“Speaking with the Heart”: A great Antidote for the Ills of today’s world
‘Revolutionize the world with your kindness, by speaking with your heart’, is the dream that Pope Francis envisions for humanity through his 57th World Communication Day message, that falls on this Ascension Sunday, 21st May 2023. ‘Speak with your heart in truth and charity’, and this is the best antidote that can cure the ills of today’s society.
Italy - An event to celebrate Federico Fellini, one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema
(ANS - Rome) - "I need to believe. It is a need neither alive nor mature, to tell the truth, a childish need to feel protected, to be judged benevolently, understood, and possibly forgiven," Federico Fellini said in a conversation with journalist and friend Sergio Zavoli. The "need" to remember one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema prompted the organization of a double event - a seminar and a gala evening - at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome. The appointment, titled "Fellini tra Cielo e Terra. Testimonianze and Studi sul Sacro in Federico Fellini," takes place on Friday, May 5, 2023, and will celebrate the meaning of the Sacred in the work of the great director.
United States – WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY: Salesian Missions highlights environmental initiatives at Salesian schools and parishes
(ANS – New Rochelle) – Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and the international community in celebrating World Environment Day held annually on June 5. This year, World Environment Day has the theme of #BeatPlasticPollution.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS IN THE “CITY OF ETERNAL HEAT”
THE MESSAGE OF THE RECTOR MAJOR Don Ángel Fernández Artime
“Once again in my travels around the Salesian world I was able to see for myself that Mary Help of Christians—as Don Bosco promised—is a beacon that illuminates, a safe harbor, and maternal love for her Son and for all of us, her sons and daughters.”