(ANS - Rome) - Sister Alessandra Smerilli, religious of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, received the honor of Officer of the Order of the Star of Italy. The Embassy of Italy to the Holy See communicated the award in a statement in which it motivates the assignment with words of great praise for the nun.
(ANS - Rome) - The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has promulgated 2021 as a year dedicated to Fr Paolo Albera, the Successor of Don Bosco at the head of the Congregation, on the first centenary of his death (Turin Valdocco, 29 October 1921).
(ANS - Santiago) - The "Saint Gabriel Archangel" Salesian Province of Chile (CIL), the Institute of Youth Ministry of the Catholic University "Silva Henríquez", and the National Commission for Youth Ministry of the Chilean Episcopal Conference (CECh) is offering a new version of the Diploma in Youth Ministry in 2021 in response to the need for formation expressed in the various national meetings organized by the National Commission for Youth Ministry.
Hong Kong – A nativity scene in times of pandemic
(ANS - Hong Kong) - Salesian Brother Paul Li, 85, Economer of the Salesian Missionary House in Hong Kong, is also known for his ability to decorate Salesian churches and houses on the occasion of various holidays. For Christmas 2020 he created a very current pandemic-themed nativity scene.
Belgium – "Next Generation Edu - Education for the Future of Europe"
(ANS - Brussels) - In view of the annual celebrations for the feast day of Don Bosco, the body that represents the Salesians in European institutions, "Don Bosco International" (DBI), wishes to promote reflection on the role of education. For this reason it has organized for next Friday, January 29, 2021, an online conference entitled: “Next Generation Edu - Education for the Future of Europe”. Opening the meeting will be the President of the European Parliament, David Maria Sassoli, with a speech entitled "The role of education in the present and future of Europe" and the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel.
RMG – Seeds and sowers of hope: messages from Spirituality Days of Salesian Family
(ANS - Rome) - The Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family, which closed just over a week ago, in this year marked by the pandemic saw the involvement of numerous people and groups spread all over the world as a sign of hope. Through the organization of coordination by regions, a vast network of communion and sharing of contents and intentions has been created which has seen numerous seeds of hope manifest themselves through concrete proposals.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
DON BOSCO – THE GENIUS WHO KNEW HOW TO MAKE HIS BOYS HAPPY
Dear readers and friends, this January issue coincides with the great worldwide celebration of Don Bosco’s feast on January 31. And there is something else: