India – Fr Tom Uzhunnalil Released
(ANS - Bangalore) - Salesian Indian missionary Fr Thomas Uzhunnalil, seized more than 18 months ago in Yemen by a group of guerrillas, is released. According to the Indian media who announced the news, the Salesian religious is now in Muscat, Oman. Official confirmation came from a tweet by Sushma Swaraj, the Honourable Indian Foreign Minister.
Fr Uzhunnalil was kidnapped by a group of armed men on March 4, 2016, during an attack on the home of the Missionaries of Charity in Aden, Yemen, where 16 people died, including 4 religious.
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.”