(ANS - Mohernando) - The new Councilor for the Mediterranean Region, Fr Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy, has written, for the first time since his appointment, a letter to all the Salesians in the Region. For the new Counselor, it is an opportunity to present his vision on what awaits him in this new service: the region's available talents, the challenges to overcome.
(ANS - Oud-Heverlee) – In this time of a worldwide emergency related to a Virus that is making the world slow down a bit, but also provokes loneliness and sadness, Don Bosco Youth-Net ivzw, the European network of Salesian youth organisations, together with other European Salesian organizations, invite us to not lose our hope and faith. “Did you know that in the Bible, there is written ‘do not fear’ for 365 times?” the DBYN explain.
(ANS - Quito) The coronavirus pandemic has not only caused thousands of infections and deaths worldwide, but has also dealt a severe blow to the economy in countries where poverty and misery abound, because of the period of isolation and the paralysis of production activities at all levels; so, too, in Ecuador. According to the BBC website, Ecuador has the highest number of COVID-19 infections and deaths compared to the local population in the context of Latin America; and at the same time, the Ecuadorian embassy in Madrid reports that there are currently 422,000 Ecuadorians in Spain, which makes it the largest Latin American community in the country.
Hong Kong – Interview with GC28 invited observer: Ms. Phyllis Tang
(ANS – Hong Kong) – Phyllis Tang is a Lay Mission Partners who has been working in the Salesian Youth Ministry in Hong Kong for almost 10 years. She joined the XXVIII General Chapter in Turin as invited observer in order to share her perspective on the shared mission of the Laity and of the Salesians of Don Bosco as well as on the Salesians for the young today.
Amidst fear and hope
It is noon. We are in Rome in the Salesian house of the "Sacred Heart", located in front of Termini Station, Italy's most important railway station. Half a million people normally pass by here every day, but today there are only about twenty people moving about, their faces covered in masks.
RMG – March 24, 2020: Act of Entrustment of Salesian Family to Mary Help of Christians
(ANS - Rome) - At the end of the extraordinary novena to Mary Help of Christians, prayed throughout the Salesian world, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, invites us to make an Act of Entrustment, renewing our trust in Our Lady, with the heart of Don Bosco, in this hour of trial and suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Brazil – How Don Bosco "fished"for his young people
(ANS - São Paulo) - Don Bosco's vocational journey, as in all vocational paths, was not all easy, carefree or to be taken for granted. Doubts and difficulties were present in his maturation and decision-making process. Don Bosco also had doubts. He dreamed of becoming a Franciscan. He persistently wondered what his mission would be, where he should carry out his pastoral task. His life was marked by indecisions and uncertainty, but in the midst of his life he knew that there was a "medicine" that God sent him: it was Father Cafasso, his spiritual director.