(ANS - Turin) - Fr Domenico Ricca, a Salesian, is chaplain of the "Ferrante Aporti" Penal Institute for minors in Turin. He has held numerous national and regional positions in favor of the most vulnerable children. He is President of the "Amici di Don Bosco" (Friends of Don Bosco) association and Ecclesiastical Councilor of the ACLI of the Province of Turin. Below is an excerpt from his interview with “La Voce e il Tempo”.
(ANS - Palabek) - The Salesian missionaries who live and work in the refugee camp in Palabek, Uganda, provide adequate education to refugee children, also thanks to donors from "Salesian Missions", the Salesian Mission Office headquartered in New Rochelle, United States.
(ANS - Rome) - On 21 September 2021, after the presentation of the Report on the Life of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), a time to study and reflect on it began for the Chapter members, which was also enriched with moments of fraternity and sharing. In the evening, during the Salesian “Goodnight”, Chapter members listened to the messages of the young, representing the different provincial realities of the five Continents, who also participated in the Provincial Chapters to prepare for the XXIV General Chapter.
(ANS - Rome) - Hundreds of videos from all over the world have been submitted in less than two months, with extra requests for participation from pre-adolescents to adults. There is a growing and contagious enthusiasm surrounding the “Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival” (DBGYFF), which is already achieving fully its first objective, of igniting that positive spark of hope in the young people, which in turn can set ablaze the whole world on fire. This being the reason, the organizers of the first global Salesian film festival have decided to extend the deadline for submission of entries.
Bratislava, Slovakia - September 2021 - Pope Francis returned to Rome, concluding his 34th Apostolic Journey, which began on 12 September. Among many significant moments of this journey, the meeting with young Slovakians at the Lokomotiva Stadium in Košice deserves a special mention. The Holy Father urged the new generations not to allow themselves to be conformists but instead to be unique and free. The words of Pope Francis imprinted themselves in eyes full of hope and oriented towards the future. The story of Blessed Anna Kolesárová, killed during the Second World War to defend her purity, also served as a background to the Pope's meeting with young people.
(ANS - Bled) - Over the span of more than 15 years, the Bled Strategic Forum has become one of the main international conferences in central and south-eastern Europe, which brings together participants from different spheres and sectors of Europe and the world every year. This year, the 16th edition of the Forum, entitled "The future of Europe", took place on 1-2 September 2021 and, on the sidelines of the main event, on 31 August and 1 September the youth strategy forum took place (Young BSF). It was attended by Maja Žibert, past pupil of the Salesian school in Želimlje and head of the Development Office of “Fundacija Don Bosko”, of the Slovenian Province (SLO).
Guatemala – Fr Coelho: "Learning to live and grow as consecrated Salesians in a totally digital world is a formidable challenge"
(ANS - Guatemala City) - Fr Ivo Coelho, General Councilor for Formation, visited the formation houses of the Central American Province (CAM) in the past few weeks. On the occasion, he gave an interview to the local Salesian Bulletin, in which he spoke not only of his views on the reality of Salesian formation in the CAM Province, but also on topics of general interest, such as the formation of formators, the challenges of initial formation today, the importance of forming the young salesians in communication, and the beauty of the Salesian vocation.
Brazil – "UniSALESIANO" promotes 1st International Congress on Education Technology
(ANS - Araçatuba) - The "UniSALESIANO" Salesian Catholic University Center, belonging to the Brazil-Campo Grande Province (BCG) and with offices in Araçatuba and Lins, has organized its 1st International Congress on Educational Technology (ISCED) from 13 to 15 October. The goal of the event, which will take place digitally and which features over 90 conferences, is to offer interesting reflections and ideas for a truly transforming and enriching education, and which are of interest to those who always want to stay up to date in the latest technology and trends.
Peru – "Communion in diversity": expression of Trinitarian Love for young people
(ANS – Lima) – "One of the updated expressions of the Salesian charism is to make visible the challenge and beauty of communion. It is Jesus who calls each of us, from our different realities and personal histories, to form in his name a community that manifests God's Trinitarian love to young people". This is what Fr Hugo Orozco, SDB, Councillor for the Interamerica Region, shared in a reflection arising out of the Extraordinary Visit that he is carrying out, on behalf of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to the Salesian houses of the Province of Peru. Here is his report:
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
AFTER THE TSUNAMI
The pandemic has changed the way in which we relate with the world, others, and ourselves. We need to rebuild and to begin again in greater solidarity and with greater awareness so as to rebound from a silent calamity marked by pain, confinement, struggle, and fear. What would Don Bosco do if he were alive today?