(ANS - Turin) - The Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians in Turin has finally returned to being what it always was: a celebration of the people, even before being a Salesian feast. Yesterday, May 24, the city of Don Bosco once again gathered safely under the mantle of the Help of Christians, to celebrate and honor her. "Mary always precedes us in faith and in the trusting and generous response to God in our lives, and she is a solid support for our faith," said the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, in the homily of the Mass he presided over in the afternoon in the Salesian basilica of Valdocco.
(ANS – Hatyai) – Today, 18 May 2022, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, the Rector Major, concluded his animation visit to the Salesian mission in Thailand. In fact, in the early hours of tomorrow morning, 19 May, he is scheduled to fly back to Italy, nearly after 15 days spent in the country, first preaching the retreat to the Councils of the Provinces, Visitations and Delegations of the East Asia - Oceania Region, and then animating the presences of the Salesian Family throughout Thailand.
(ANS – Surat Thani) – In the morning of 17 May 2022, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime and Fr. Joseph Phuoc, the Regional Councilor, led by Fr. Dheparat Pitisant, the Provincial, travelled to St. Raphael’s Cathedral, Surat Thani, in order to meet the Salesian confreres working in the pastoral areas of the diocese.
(ANS – Bangsak) The afternoon of 16 May 2022 witnessed the paternal gaze and heart of the Rector Major as he visited the Don Bosco Home, Bangsak along with the Regional, led by the provincial Fr. Dheparat Pitisant.
Khao Lak, Thailand – may 2022 – The visit to the "Surveillance Ship No. 813" and the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial by the Rector Major, the Regional Councilor and the Provincial rekindled memories of Thailand’s worst losses from the Tsunami disaster of 26 December 2004. The visit to the Tsunami memorial was part of the itinerary of the Rector Major, on his journey to the Salesian missions in the South of Thailand. It is located at a village along Thailand’s Andaman coast, in the Khao Lak District of Phangnga Province. This “Surveillance Ship No. 813” belonged to the Police department and was aimed at providing safety and security to the people, and was moored in the sea. When the powerful Tsunami waves hit the shores, the ship weighing 60 tons was carried to about two kilometers from the coast. The Ship today remains as a monument in that place, and it is reminiscent of how even a 60 tons ship could not stand the ferocity of nature. The Rector Major also visited the tsunami memorial at Ban Nam Khem, which bears the names and faces of some of the 3,500 Thais and foreigners who lost their lives during this worst disaster. He also visited the nameless cemetery at Ban Maruan as well, where the mortal remains of nearly 400 unidentified victims of the tsunami are kept. It is very significant to note, that this disaster prompted the Salesians of Thailand to establish the Don Bosco Home at Bangsak, to help the poor and orphaned children.
(ANS - Bangkok) - The Rector Major's Animation Visit to Thailand, proceeds on a very enthusiastic note which echoes in the positive vibes seen among the Salesians, members of the Salesian Family and young people. Infact, Thailand is the 106th country visited by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime since he was elected to lead the Salesian Congregation.
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.