(ANS - Madrid) - Last weekend, on 13 and 14 November 2021, in the Salesian Provincial House of Madrid, the First Initial Formation Meeting for the animators of the "Valdocco Communities" took place.
Madrid, Spain - November 2021 - About 30 young representatives of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) from all over Spain participated along with the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in the 7th annual Forum which took place from 12 to 14 November in “El Plantío "(Madrid) on the theme "Self-Identification". Through various formative sessions, the participants reflected on current issues in the light of the mission of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello. The program also had a slot for socialization among the young people, which was led by David Arduengo, Coordinator of the "Confederación Don Bosco". It was followed by a moment to share group experiences on the "Popular Youth Mission" and at the panel discussion on the theme of "Salesian Heart." Furthermore, the participants were able to learn the central elements of “Salesian Spirituality”, share moments of fraternity, and participate in the prayer-concert of the group “El Árbol de Zaqueo”. The meeting concluded with a group discussion on the theme: "Towards the mission, vision and values" and the Eucharistic celebration.
Spain - October 2021 - The Organizing Committee of the World Youth Day which will take place in Lisbon in 2023 has brought the symbols of the Youth Cross and the Icon of Our Lady Salus Populi Romani to Spain, to be taken on pilgrimage. The symbols have received a special welcome from young people from the various Salesian presences since their arrival in September in the parish of "Mary Help of Christians" in Fuentes de Oñoro, in the diocese of Ciudad Rodrigo. Of special importance was the welcome accorded at the Salesian House of "Trinidad" in Seville, where Fr Jordi Lleixá, Delegate for Youth Ministry of the "Spain-Mary Help of Christians" (SMX) Province, presided over the Eucharist. A large number of young people took part at the reception in Huesca, Monzón and Malaga. Replicas of the Cross and Icon were welcomed in other Spanish Salesian presences such as in Madrid, at the houses of Atocha, Paseo, Estrecho, Granada, among others. While in Ciudad Real, the local Salesian Family accompanied the WYD Cross in the welcome celebration in the city's Cathedral. October 29 was the last day of the pilgrimage of the symbols of WYD before their return to Portugal.
(ANS - Valladolid) - The last day of the visit of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to Valladolid focused on the thanksgiving Eucharist for 50 years of Salesian presence. The parish church dedicated to Mary Help of Christians was filled with the faithful for the celebration, which was animated by the musical group and the parish choir dressed in typical Castilian costumes. Many of the songs, in fact, had a Castilian rhythm and flavor and the Rector Major spoke of this "flavor" in his homily.
(ANS - Valladolid) - The celebration of 50 years of Salesian presence in Valladolid, in particular in the districts of Pajarillos and Las Flores, was the main reason for the visit of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to the city of León. On Saturday 16 October, as part of the anniversary celebrations, the "Don Bosco Park", located next to the Salesian presence, was inaugurated in Valladolid and a commemorative monument was also blessed.
Spain - October 2021 - The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, visited Spain from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 October. On 15 October, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco had a meeting with the Salesian Family of the city of León and with the Salesians of the house of health in Santiago el Mayor. The following day, Saturday 16 October, the Rector Major inaugurated the Don Bosco Park and blessed a commemorative monument to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Salesian presence in the city of Valladolid. On the same day, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime met the Archbishop of Valladolid, Cardinal Ricardo Blázquez. Fr Fernando García, Provincial of the "St James the Greater" Province, and Fr Rogelio Arenal, Rector of the house in Valladolid were also present. Finally, on the last day, the Rector Major celebrated the Eucharist for the 50th anniversary of Salesian presence in the parish of Mary Help of Christians.
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: