(ANS - Argentina) - Argentina is suffering from the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the Salesians have not been standing still. In different parts of the country, Salesian works are dealing with the health and social emergency: they prepare and deliver meals, produce alcoholic gels and masks, bring supplies to poor families. The message sent by the Rector Major - "I believe these are moments to be lived with a great sensitivity towards the poor" - has permeated the whole Salesian Family in the world.
(ANS - Rome) - The Salesians are preparing for the worst case scenario. Warned of the situation in Europe, those who participated in the 28th General Chapter in Turin, once they returned home, voluntarily placed themselves in quarantine. Some communities have suffered Salesian losses due to Covid-19, especially in Spain and Italy where there have been communities with many infected and hospitalizations. All over the world, the Salesian communities have suspended normal activities. They have closed courtyards, playgrounds, temples, classrooms; but they haven't locked themselves in. They continue to take care of young people and people in difficulty, they continue to take care of them, to help and to accompany.
(ANS - Rome) - In the celebration of the World Advisory Council (Consulta) of the Salesian Family, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, invited to prepare a new edition of the book "The Salesian Family of Don Bosco", considering also that the previous edition of the year 2000 was by now outdated, deprived as it was of the presence of the new groups that had in the meantime entered the Family of Don Bosco. Fr Á.F. Artime also pointed out how this ecclesial entity had made a long and rich journey, with very significant changes. For this reason it seemed not only appropriate, but also necessary to produce a new edition of this precious volume, now finally available.
Hong Kong – Interview with GC28 invited observer: Ms. Phyllis Tang
(ANS – Hong Kong) – Phyllis Tang is a Lay Mission Partners who has been working in the Salesian Youth Ministry in Hong Kong for almost 10 years. She joined the XXVIII General Chapter in Turin as invited observer in order to share her perspective on the shared mission of the Laity and of the Salesians of Don Bosco as well as on the Salesians for the young today.
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.
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.
Brazil – How Don Bosco "fished"for his young people
(ANS - São Paulo) - Don Bosco's vocational journey, as in all vocational paths, was not all easy, carefree or to be taken for granted. Doubts and difficulties were present in his maturation and decision-making process. Don Bosco also had doubts. He dreamed of becoming a Franciscan. He persistently wondered what his mission would be, where he should carry out his pastoral task. His life was marked by indecisions and uncertainty, but in the midst of his life he knew that there was a "medicine" that God sent him: it was Father Cafasso, his spiritual director.