(ANS - Madrid) - The Salesian province of "St James Major", based in Madrid, has been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Several circumstances, unforeseen at the time they occurred, have caused widespread infections and the death of several Salesians. Several communities were then joined by infected religious who, in turn, infected other Salesians.
(ANS – Péliföldszentkereszt) – The Salesians in Hungary gave young people the chance to go on a virtual Lenten retreat. On March 21, four Salesians gathered in the Salesian Retreat House at Péliföldszentkereszt and animated the Lenten spiritual exercise online via a Facebook virtual community for those 60 young people who had registered but, due to the coronavirus situation, could not travel to the Retreat Center.
(ANS - Milan) - The Salesian Family reacts to the threats of Covid-19 by sustaining itself as a single body, as a vast movement of people committed to the salvation, not only of young people, but of every human being. It amply demonstrated this with the global and devoted participation in the extraordinary novena and the Act of Entrustment to Mary Help of Christians, with thousands of people worldwide who gathered - virtually and spiritually - around the Rector Major and his Councilors in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Rome; and it testifies to this with the practical and effective support of health aid.
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.