(ANS - Rome) - 2020 presents itself as a year of major projects and expectations. FAO has declared 2020 as the "International Year of Plant Health", a unique opportunity to raise awareness across the globe of how the protection of vegetation can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment and stimulate economic development. The Pope launched a global event for this year: "Global Compact on Education." And in this context the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, offered the Salesian Family a very topical reflection through his Strenna on the theme: "Good Christians and Upright Citizens."
(ANS – Seoul) – In forthcoming days, and then throughout 2020, South Korea will remember the 10th anniversary of the death of their most famous Salesian missionary, the late Fr John Lee Tae Sok. He was sent by the superiors to South Sudan in Africa as a Salesian missionary priest, as a medical doctor and educator and spent 8 years working in Tonj. Fr John passed away after a year-long battle with cancer and is now called the ‘Don Bosco of Tonj’.
(ANS - Asunción) - "A great man is gone, friend of all, who has done so much for the children of Chaco ... a great priest, a great bishop," said Msgr. Gabriel Escobar, SDB, Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Chaco Paraguayo, in dismayed comment on the death of Salesian Msgr. Zacarías Ortiz Rolón, Apostolic Vicar emeritus of Chaco Paraguayo and Emeritus Bishop of Concepción-Amambay. The prelate died yesterday, 6 January 2020, at the Central Hospital of Asunción.
Italy – Religious publishing. Fr Costa, SDB: "Against the crisis: cultural initiatives and education to reading"
(ANS - Catania) - "It is possible to sell books in different versions and formats, but the problem of the (current) crisis is in the drop in the number of readers," said Fr Giuseppe Costa, a Salesian, professor and publishing expert, for ten years the director of the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, the Vatican publishing company, who discusses the current state of the book market in the Catholic world, amid challenges and new proposals.
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.