(ANS - Rome) - On Friday 10 January 2020, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the consensus of the General Council, appointed Fr Rafael Bernardo Montenegro Latouche as Provincial of the "San Luca" Province of Venezuela.
(ANS - Port-au-Prince) – On Sunday, 12 January 2020, the Salesians of the "Blessed Philip Rinaldi" Vice Province of Haiti gathered around their Provincial, Fr Jean-Paul Mésidor, to celebrate the Eucharist in the chapel of St John Bosco in Pétion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince. The celebration was an opportunity to remember the approximately 250,000 people, including three Salesians, who died in the earthquake of January 12, 2010.
(ANS - Rome) - Relating to July-December 2019, issue 73 of Ricerche Storiche Salesiane (RSS), the Salesian bimonthly magazine of religious and civil history, has been published by the Salesian Historical Institute (ISS). Among the main contributions, we'd like to point out three essays: the third part of the study on "Kristu Jyoti College" of Bangalore; the essay on the cardinal protectors of the Salesian Congregation; and the first years of formation of Fr Mario Marega, a fundamental figure of the Salesian mission in Japan.
Mongolia – Cl. Kanayochukwu, SDB: “My expectation is to encounter Christ with the youngsters”
(ANS – Ulaanbaatar) – “The presence of the Salesians in Nigeria has been a blessing to many youngsters. I appreciate so much, their closeness to the young, their openness and willingness to assist the young, the family and the welcoming spirit they create and most especially their simplicity of life.” This is Cl. Mbanu David, a young Salesian cleric who has accepted the call to be missionary ad gentes and is destined to serve young people in Mongolia.
2020: "Young people on the front line"
Which young people should be the protagonists of history?
Young agnostics? Yes.
Young people who have a lukewarm faith? Yes.
Young people who have estranged themselves from the Church? Yes.
Every young person has something to say to others, to adults, to priests, to nuns, to bishops and to the Pope.
India – Sacred Heart Novitiate turns 25 in Province of St Joseph, Hyderabad
(ANS – Manoharabad) – The Sacred Heart Novitiate Manoharabad of the Province of St. Joseph Hyderabad celebrated its Silver Jubilee on 11th January 2020. Celebrations started with the Holy Eucharist presided by Most Rev. Thumma Bala, the Archbishop of Hyderabad diocese, concelebrated by Rev. Father Thathireddy Vijaya Bhasker, Provincial, Fr Jose Mathew, the delegate for formation of South Asia, Fr John Samala, the first Novice Master, Fr K.M. Sebastian and Fr Sebastian John, the latter Novice Masters, Fr Noel, the 3rd Provincial of Hyderabad Province, other Priests who worked in the Novitiate as administrators, as well as other Salesian Priests, priests, other religious.
Italy – Head, heart and hands for deeply human communication
(ANS - Rome) - Our communication is increasingly mediated by electronic devices that connect us to the network and that modify our perception not only of reality, but also of interpersonal relationships. More and more various types of Artificial Intelligence manage many of our activities, get to know us by tracing our network activities and are used to influence our behavior. It is no wonder that economic-financial and political powers are interested in using the cognitive, analytical and predictive power of algorithms.