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India – Unaccompanied minors, migrants, the elderly and homeless: Salesian support during pandemic ...

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Cambodia – Life-Sharing: an attractive way of Salesian communicating

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Salesian Missionaries in the World: A Global Commitment

20 October 2017

(Rome - October 20, 2017) - There are many people around the world who, inspired by Don Bosco, spend their lives far from their homeland to devote themselves to the mission of evangelization and the human development of other peoples. On the occasion of World Mission Day, celebrated Sunday, October 22, we want to remember some examples.

In the first continent Salesian missionaries reached, the primary goal remains to be among the poor young people to provide educational, human and spiritual support. "I was fortunate enough to know Fr Luigi Melesi, back from the first expedition 'Operation Mato Grosso' in 1967. He would talk about his experience with joy, and my heart would beat with excitement in hearing about it. So I decided to leave as a missionary ... I dreamed of spending my life for the poor," says Fr Ernesto Sirani, today a pastor of 15,000 souls in the Peruvian Andes.

Love for the recipients of one's mission is what is also perceived in an orphanage of Inharrime, Mozambique, where Sister Lucia Teixeira, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), has lived and worked for 42 years. "Our little girls have no mothers or fathers, but they have found a family: they are happy to have us and we are happy to have them, because Salesian life makes sense only because they exist," she says.

Simon Mühlbauer, a 19-year-old German, decided to take part in the "Don Bosco Volunteers" program. Now he invites his German friends to volunteering as missionaries and wants to promote an inverse program where young people from developing countries are sent to Germany as guests of the Salesian communities. Of his experience, he says: "In my service, more than teaching I learned, and learning is something that concerns everyone."

Usually when thinking of missions, the countries of the South of the world come to mind. But there is also a great need for missionary support in Europe. José Liano, a Guatemalan Salesian, is now a missionary in Gjilan, Kosovo. When he decided to leave, some confreres said, "why go away, leave, if we have a lot of work to do here?" "True, there is a lot to do," he replied. "But if the first Salesians had not gone beyond, how would we have known God, Don Bosco and our vocation?"

As Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, and Successor of Don Bosco, has repeatedly stated, "we cannot forget our origins and our charismatic identity," that of a Congregation that is missionary by nature.

INTERVIEWS

  • Italy – "We're lucky to be six." Pandemic experienced in the family

    (ANS - Rome) - It is not easy to deal with emergencies and social confinement with four children under the age of 10 at home. Yet there are those who do so with creativity and prudence, considering the large family an added value in this moment of great difficulty. To offer a similar testimony are Marta and Nicola, two Salesian animators linked to the Valdocco of Rome, the Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco.

EDITORIAL

  • Amidst fear and hope

    It is noon. We are in Rome in the Salesian house of the "Sacred Heart", located in front of Termini Station, Italy's most important railway station. Half a million people normally pass by here every day, but today there are only about twenty people moving about, their faces covered in masks.

EVENTS

  • RMG – March 24, 2020: Act of Entrustment of Salesian Family to Mary Help of Christians

    (ANS - Rome) - At the end of the extraordinary novena to Mary Help of Christians, prayed throughout the Salesian world, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, invites us to make an Act of Entrustment, renewing our trust in Our Lady, with the heart of Don Bosco, in this hour of trial and suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic.

SPECIAL REPORTS

  • Brazil – "Salesian School has helped me to become a true citizen and a committed Christian"

    (ANS - Belém) - "More than starting professionally well-trained teenagers and young people into society, the ability to prepare them for a transforming commitment is required," say the directors of the Salesian School in Brazil. Among the Fundamental Commitments that the social dimension of the Salesian Brazil Network has assumed there is, in fact, the "Development of Life Skills (soft skills) among the new generations."

MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR

  • THE POLITICS OF THE OUR FATHER

    Fruit of the Salesian Family Spirituality Days: a beautiful “Our Father” to live every moment of each day

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