(ANS - Rome) - Observing the gestures and words of the Pope in Lesvos, and before that in Lampedusa and on many other occasions, Fr Fabio Attard, Councillor for Salesian Youth Ministry, invites us to approach the phenomenon of migration today not from the point of view of "a threat on the part of those called to share with those who have nothing," but with the understanding of the situation of despair of those who leave "a land that is home to go to a strange land."
Lesvos, Greece - April 16, 2016 – On Saturday 16 April Pope Francis paid a visit to Lesvos in Greece, where he was welcomed by the Prime Minister, by His Holiness Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, and by His Beatitude Ieronymos, Archbishop of Athens and all Greece. Subsequently, the Holy Father went to the Moria refugee camp to visit the refugees. Archbishop Ieronymos, Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis spoke from the podium in the refugee registration courtyard. They then signed a joint statement calling on the international community to respond with courage to this enormous humanitarian crisis and the causes underlying it, through diplomatic, political and charitable initiatives, and through joint efforts in the Middle East and Europe.
(Photo courtesy of L'Osservatore Romano")
On Friday 8 April the Holy See published the Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris Laetitia" (AL), "The joy of love: love in the family". The document written by Pope is surprising for its beauty and style of communication.
(ANS - Vatican City) - Pope Francis has added his voice to the many calls from around the world asking for the release of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil. On 4 March last the Indian Salesian missionary was kidnapped in Aden in Yemen during a terrorist attack on the community of the Missionaries of Charity. The Pope raised his prayer for Fr Tom and all victims of kidnapping in war zones immediately after the recitation of the "Regina Coeli" yesterday, Sunday 10 April 2016.
(ANS - Chiapas) - Chiapas is one of the states of Mexico with the greatest cultural diversity, because of the number of indigenous groups living in its territory. The Pope arrived in Chiapas on Monday 15 February, landing in Tuxtla Gutierrez.
RMG – General Council and Don Bosco: firsthand voices, testimonies. A word with Fr. Pérez Godoy
(ANS - Rome) - With the celebration of the 207th birthday of the Father and Teacher of Youth just four days away, we talk to the Councilor for the Mediterranean Region about his personal relationship with Don Bosco.
Listening With Our Heart
Little John was watching the television and the sight of the African children being shown in utter poverty made him cry, and after sobbing in desperation he got up and pulled out a few slices of bread and went near the television and started pushing those slices in every small little hole on the back of the television. In his simplicity, he thought he was offering a little bread to those hungry children. The little boy expresses best what it means to listen with the heart.
The attentive gaze of a mother by the side of her child, and the slightest cry or movement of the child makes her respond immediately with a gentle touch or a caress, and this too is perhaps another example of what it means to listen with the heart. The mother feels what the child needs.
Listening with the heart is the experience of a noble, loving, compassionate person. Looking around, we see millions of people who suffer in silence every day. Everyone longs to be heard and listened to. But the raging fire and chaos, noise and humdrums have caused so much of deafness within, and we only listen to some sounds. We have lost the quality to empathize, to listen and to feel.
The call to listen with the ear of one’s heart, is the invitation of Pope Francis in light of the 56th World Communications Day, that is popularly celebrated on the Ascension Sunday every year. Are we really truly listening? Why do we struggle to listen? How can we listen with our heart? These can be some areas of introspection as we ponder on this theme of the World Communications Day – “Listening with the ear of the heart”.
Spain – Campobosco 2022, "Dare, trust, live!"
(ANS - Barcelona) - Under the motto "Dare, trust, live!", a new edition of "Campobosco," a Salesian youth spirituality meeting that this year brings together 774 participants, aged 19 and older, belonging to the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) of the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians of Spain and Portugal, began last Saturday, July 30.
United States – International Youth Day: the Salesian programs that support and educate youth
(ANS – New Rochelle) – Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and countries around the globe in recognizing International Youth Day. 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.