(ANS - Turin) – This year the restrictions imposed for the containment of Covid-19 prevent the "Race of the Saints" - the sporting and solidarity event promoted by the Salesians on the occasion of the Feast of All Saints - from taking place in the manner that previously characterized it. Nonetheless, the event, promoted by "Missioni Don Bosco", the Salesian Mission Office of Turin, has been scheduled, albeit in a different form, and fully respecting the inspiring principles that have always guided it: as a collective celebration, sporting event and instrument of solidarity. The 2020 edition will, in fact, be a "virtual race": from 7:00 on 30 October 2020 to 20:00 on 3 November 2020 (UTC +1), anyone can participate in the event by running 10 kilometers on any track.
(ANS – Hong Kong) – The COVID-19 pandemic has brought both challenges and opportunities to Hong Kong, especially for the Salesian Vocation Office in CIN. It forces us to stay at home to avoid the spreading of COVID-19, and it also forces us to change to a new style of entering the digital platform. More than 20 students, coming from our Salesian Schools and Parish, join our Salesian Vocation camp once a month regularly. The Theme of the year is to know more and learn intensely about the holiness and virtues of our Salesian Saints, especially Bl. Artemide Zatti, St. Louis Versiglia and St. Dominic Savio.
(ANS - Rukago) - As part of the new evangelization paths that call for the creation of new frontiers of the apostolate, the Salesian parish of Rukago has started a new branch: assistance to people with disabilities.
South Sudan – Don Bosco Health Centre at Gumbo, Juba
(ANS – Juba) – At the Don Bosco centre at Juba (South Sudan), where Salesians have a school, a Vocational Training Centre (TVET), a Parish, a Refugee Camp for 15,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP), the “Caritas Sisters of Jesus” run a health centre that serves the beneficiaries of all our large work in Gumbo. “Caritas Sisters of Jesus” are a member of the Salesian Family since 1986, the Japan born Sisters Congregation (1937) with almost 1000 members is witnessing the Gospel in 16 different countries in all five continents.
Portugal - 34th National Pilgrimage of the Salesian Family
(ANS - Mogofores) - "With Mary, in thanksgiving for the 125 years of Salesian presence in Portugal" was the theme of the 34th Pilgrimage of the Salesian Family to the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Mogofores, Portugal, which this year, due to the pandemic, took place in mixed mode with the physical presence of some representatives of the various groups on site, and the digital participation of most of the other members of the Portuguese Salesian Family.
Brazil – Digital citizenship in Salesian education
(ANS - Brasilia) - From its origins, the Salesian charism has set itself the objective of "forming good Christians and upright citizens". This implies the creation of processes that lead the person to act responsibly, critically and consistently in every situation. With the advent of digital culture, formation in digital citizenship is an immediate consequence for Salesian educational action.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
FROM VALDOCCO TO THE WHOLE WORLD
Today the invitation is made to everyone: Come! Get to know Valdocco. Browse around. Experience this place. Be still and listen to what the “walls are saying” because “at Valdocco, everything speaks”... What has taken place in transforming this space is much more than the mere remodeling of walls and rooms. A dream has come to life.