(ANS - Mexico City) - To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco, the Past Pupils active in Southern Mexico since July 2020 are organizing various digital video conferences. This series of events, entitled, for its weekly frequency, "Don Bosco's Tuesdays", has already made known every group of the Salesian Family present in Mexico, and has recently opened a new thematic cycle. The Salesian Family of Mexico, which participates en masse in these digital events, last February 14 also came together in condolences for the passing of Fr Rodolfo Sánchez Romo, an appreciated Salesian, which took place on the previous 12 February.
(ANS - Tokyo) - On Saturday 13 February, the Salesian Family of the Province of Japan (GIA) held the annual Seminar of Spirituality of the Salesian Family, inspired this year by the Strenna 2021 of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, entitled : «Moved by hope: "See, I am making all things new" (Rev 21,5)». Due to the current pandemic, the event took place online, both on the Facebook page of the Salesians of Japan and on its YouTube channel.
(ANS - Rome) - The meeting of the Salesian School of America of the Interprovincial Conference of Bolivarian Nations (CINAB) and the Andean Region took place online from 3 to 5 February 2021, and included the countries of: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.
(ANS - Montevideo) - The Salesian Family of Uruguay celebrated the feast day of its founder on Sunday 31 January, inviting people to "wink at hope" in the face of the pandemic that all humanity is having to deal with. This year, the traditional and crowded celebration was virtual, but kept all the usual ingredients: music, celebration of the Eucharist, and a space for joy and laughter.
(ANS - Cachoeira Paulista) - The Salesian Family is made up of various Catholic institutes, congregations and movements that try to follow the spirituality proposed by Don Bosco. On Thursday 21 January, the “Canção Nova” Community celebrated 12 years of admission to the Salesian Family. It was on that day in 2009 that the decision was made during a meeting of the Salesian General Council in Rome. That date remains one of the milestones in the history of the Community, which had obtained pontifical recognition in October 2008.
(ANS - Rome) - “The technical means will facilitate our meeting, but what unites us strongly is the great spiritual network of the living Salesian spirit among us all. And we are united by the message of hope that today's Don Bosco, Fr Ángel, addresses to us with this year's Strenna.” With these words, the Central Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, Fr Joan Lluís Playà, introduced the activities of the XXXIX edition of the Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family.
Italy – Fr Bruno Bertolazzi's 100th anniversary, a life worth telling
(ANS - Potenza) - One hundred years well spent, with numerous successful paths and many anecdotes to be shared. But above all, a hundred years of life given to others. They are those experienced by the Salesian Fr Bruno Bertolazzi, who passed from the military uniform, worn during the Second World War against the Nazis, to the “Don Bosco uniform”, in the service of young people and the Salesian Congregation. Today he resides in Potenza, still concelebrates Mass and uses Facebook to keep in touch with the many past pupils who still seek him.
Spain – "Salesian communication in Spain is a point of reference for the whole Congregation"
(ANS - Madrid) - The National Delegation of Social Communication held the VII Salesian Communication Day on Wednesday 24 February on the theme “From online content to communication”. This edition, which took place online, brought together more than 120 Delegates and those responsible for communication from the various Salesian presences and entities. The meeting's central moment revolved around the intervention of Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos, General Councilor for Social Communication.
France – Migrants and young people, Salesian network at the forefront
(ANS - Paris) - For many years, unaccompanied foreign minors (UASC) have been welcomed in the Homes of Children of a Social Character (MECS) of the “Don Bosco Action Social” network. But in the last five years this apostolate has received a clear acceleration, so much so that today there are almost a thousand UASCs accompanied by the Salesian network. Like? Where? Why? Here is the answer to all these questions.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
LORD, HELP ME NEVER STOP BEING AMAZED OR BECOME INURED TO REALITY
«This is my prayer after having visited over 100 nations around the world where there are Salesian presences... and where I came to know realities that are so incredible, fascinating, precious, and often times so painful».