(ANS – Bruxelles) – Don Bosco International (DBI) recently issued a public statement on the European Union’s (EU) New Pact on Migration and Asylum, through a set of documents that have been co-drafted together with Caritas Europa, Churche’s Commission for Migrants in Europe -CCME, Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in the EU - COMECE, Community of Sant'Egidio, Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, Eurodiaconia, International Catholic Migration Commission – ICMC and the Jesuit Refugee Service - JRS.
(ANS - New Delhi) - India's situation in the face of a new wave of Covid-19 infections is worrying at a global level: according to the Indian Ministry of Health, the country today recorded another 3,645 deaths from the coronavirus - a new, very sad record, an increase of more than 350 compared to yesterday - and the total casualties in India since the start of the pandemic thus rise to 204,832. Obviously this reality is also having a massive impact on the over 360 schools and 500 structures managed by the Salesian network in the country.
(ANS – Lusaka) – After two months of the Extraordinary Visitation of ZMB Vice Province (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Malawi) the Visitor, Fr Václav Klement, spent quality time, in the central week of April, with the 14 Rectors and the Provincial Council of the “Mary Help of Christians” Vice Province leaders for its annual retreat and two days of formation sessions. During the remaining three weeks he follows the visitation in Namibia and Zimbabwe, with the conclusion meetings in Zambia.
Rwanda – Bro. Muller, SDB, to young people: "Use your time to learn, build friendships and think together for a better future"
(ANS - Kigali) - From 15 to 26 April, the Economer General of the Salesian Congregation, Salesian Brother Jean Paul Muller, visited various Salesian works in Uganda and Rwanda, in the "Saint Charles Lwanga" Vice Province of Africa Great Lakes (AGL). In addition to supervising various projects in progress, he also granted an interview to the Communications Office of the Vice Province, in which he spoke about the promising works started in the Vice Province and also offered his vision and suggestions to young people.
Vatican – "Christmas Contest" gives voice to young people and their music
(ANS - Vatican City) - On Wednesday 28 April, in the Marconi Hall of Vatican Radio, the press conference was held for the presentation of the "Christmas Contest", a music competition sponsored by the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (SIAE) and promoted by “Missioni Don Bosco” and the Pontifical Gravissimum Educationis Foundation. The initiative, in support of the charity project "Congo is the heart of Africa - help us make it beat", includes a singing competition aimed at young people aged between 16 and 35, called to propose an unpublished song on the Christmas theme, and to compete to perform, together with the great artists of Italian and international music, at the Christmas concert 2021 in the Vatican. The Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, also spoke at the press conference.
Spain – Greater effort towards decent jobs for young people: request of Salesian organizations
(ANS - Madrid) - Young people in Spain are more pessimistic about the job situation today than they were a year ago. The pandemic has hit an already disadvantaged social group. Young people today are much more educated than their parents, but they have worse prospects and if they are asked their opinion on their future, their vision goes from strongly negative ("Work today is precarious and hinders the life plans of many people") to those who see the only possibility in their own personal commitment to changing things ("It's a frustrating time but we young people have an obligation to persevere and not give up").
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My friends, readers of the Salesian Bulletin, I greet you again with all cordiality by means of this Salesian magazine founded by Don Bosco himself. It was his intention to use this bulletin to convey to the laity the reality of his young Salesian Congregation, which sought to be faithful to God as it was growing little by little. As we read in the 1877 issue, it "is published to give a report of things done or to be done according to the purpose of the Salesian mission, which is the care of souls and the good of civil society."