(ANS - Rome) - Devotion to Mary Help of Christians, prior to Don Bosco, has become a distinctive feature of the Salesian charism. Yesterday, May 24, Pope Francis also sent a message of greeting and thanks to the Salesian Family for the feast day of Mary Help of Christians, aware of how important it is for those inspired by the Turin-born saint. Despite the limitations due to the pandemic, the "Our Lady of Don Bosco" was widely celebrated all over the world.
(ANS – Manila) – Tondo is the heart of the metropolis and known as the most populous district in the city of Manila, making up 38.0% of the total population of the city and without a doubt also the abode of the poorest of the poor. Take for example the homes of Tondo Brgy. 115 interspersed among little alleys that zig-zag haphazardly, causing diseases and sickness to spread easily. Keeping this data in mind, they are the ones who are most affected by this Luzon lockdown, for most of them, if not all, are contractual workers, sidewalk vendors, street dwellers, and the like. When the nation practically stopped, their lives became endangered as well, for they do not know where to find the money that can brook their families’ daily needs to live.
(ANS – Turin) – The feast day of Mary Help of Christians occurs next Sunday, 24 May. Normally the feast day in Turin has always been marked by many celebrations and an evening procession among the city's most heartfelt and participatory. But this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the party will be "special" and it will become even more important to be able to participate while staying "at a distance". Here is the live broadcast/streaming schedule:
Cambodia – What does it mean to live and work with lay missionary volunteers?
(ANS – Poipet) – The Cambodia Delegation has the largest number of volunteers within the East Asia - Oceania region. Hundreds of volunteers since 1991 served there, bringing great benefit to the Salesian mission in the country. Fr John Bok Nam is a Salesian in charge of the Poipet community, that consists of two Salesians and one Salesian Cooperator-Priest, living together every year with many lay missionary volunteers and carrying on a Primary school, a Secondary technical education and a boarding house. Here he tells us his experience about the shared mission with young lay missionary volunteers.
Thanks for being so impulsive
In general, we hear that young people are: passionate, fearless, idealistic, reckless. Young people are indeed like this, sometimes it could be an advantage or a danger. But, on a cold December 1859, in the silence of the outskirts of Turin, in a modest room, 19 young people listened attentively to the words of a dreamer priest and made a covenant: they promised to give themselves entirely to God and to help young people throughout their lives. And to be like Don Bosco, that priest who above all loved them.
RMG – Don Bosco Network General Assembly and Working Group meetings
(ANS – Rome) – On 26 and 27 May 2020, members and partners of the Don Bosco Network (DBN) – including the Councilor for Missions Fr Alfred Maravilla, Councilor for Youth Ministry Fr Miguel Ángel García Morcuende, Economer General Bro Jean Paul Muller and the Coordinator of Mission Offices Fr George Menamparampil – took part in the annual General Assembly and Working Group meetings online.
Chile – When our frailty becomes viral: the God to whom we cry does not abandon us!
(ANS - Santiago) - "Do you think what is happening with coronavirus in the world will happen here too?" I remember a colleague asked me about it on Friday 13 March 2020. Two days earlier the World Health Organization (WHO) had officially declared a pandemic as cases had already been reported in 114 countries on four continents. The virus was identified as Sars-Cov-2, and its effects are the acute respiratory disease Covid-19.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE GREATEST OF ALL IS LOVE
"In moments of difficult trials such as these, it is love that gives us life"
Dear Friends and Readers of the Salesian Bulletin:
Receive my cordial greeting at a time when all our minds are overwhelmed. I am writing these words on April 1st, thinking about the month of May, the month of our Mother. We have entrusted ourselves to her throughout the Salesian world during this very painful period of the Covid-19, or “coronavirus”, pandemic. From all parts of the world, we have raised up prayers – and continue to do so – to ask the Lord through the intercession of our Mother for help and comfort in these terrible hours for us all, with the loss of so many lives, even while knowing that later, also, there will be other difficulties that we will have to face.