(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).
(ANS – New Rochelle) – Celebrated each year on Aug. 12, International Youth Day was established by the United Nations to raise awareness of issues affecting young people around the world. The theme of International Youth Day 2021 is “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health,” highlighting that the success of global efforts must involve the participation of youth.
(ANS – New Delhi) – National Youth Sunday is a day observed by the Church in India as an opportunity to celebrate young people, recognise young people as a gift in the Church and affirm their contribution to the Church and those who collaborate with them. It was celebrated on Sunday, 8 August, and all over the country there were significant activities and events.
Yesterday, July 15, we celebrated World Youth Skills Day. Unfortunately, the pandemic has negatively affected the education and work of young people.
Democratic Republic of Congo – Fr Martoglio: "This region has the right to a great future"
(ANS - Goma) - As part of his visit to the Province of Central Africa (8-19 November 2021), Fr Stefano Martoglio, Vicar of the Rector Major, gave an exclusive interview in Goma to the newspaper JAMBO VIJANA, a magazine for the youth of the Salesian Presences of Don Bosco of the East Delegation (AFC-EST).
Italy – Birth Centenary Conference on Ven. Fr Giuseppe Quadrio, SDB
(ANS - Turin) – On Saturday, 27 November, a conference will be held on the figure of the venerable Salesian Fr Giuseppe Quadrio in the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Theology of the Crocetta in Turin on the occasion of the centenary of his birth.
RMG – “How Don Bosco greatly inspired people and developed a personal and effective relationship in educating the young”
(ANS - Rome) - The third of the ten monthly articles presented by the General Councillor for Social Communication, Fr Gildasio Mendes, on the theme "Don Bosco and the Digital and Virtual Reality", deals with yet another peculiar aspect of the communication of the Saint of Youth, namely, on how he was able to inspire so many people thanks to the development of meaningful personal relationships. Here is Fr Mendes' reflection: