(ANS - Kigali) - Among the hardest hit by the lockdown on activities, in different ways and at different times, practically globally, are young people: young people who inevitably have dreams, plans, expectations ... All things that have been stopped or at least suspended at this stage. At the "Don Bosco" Youth Center in Gatenga, in Kigali, the Director and several young people met to elaborate past problems with awareness and identify prospects of hope in and for the future.
(ANS - Rome) - Devotion to Mary Help of Christians, prior to Don Bosco, has become a distinctive feature of the Salesian charism. Yesterday, May 24, Pope Francis also sent a message of greeting and thanks to the Salesian Family for the feast day of Mary Help of Christians, aware of how important it is for those inspired by the Turin-born saint. Despite the limitations due to the pandemic, the "Our Lady of Don Bosco" was widely celebrated all over the world.
(ANS – Manila) – Tondo is the heart of the metropolis and known as the most populous district in the city of Manila, making up 38.0% of the total population of the city and without a doubt also the abode of the poorest of the poor. Take for example the homes of Tondo Brgy. 115 interspersed among little alleys that zig-zag haphazardly, causing diseases and sickness to spread easily. Keeping this data in mind, they are the ones who are most affected by this Luzon lockdown, for most of them, if not all, are contractual workers, sidewalk vendors, street dwellers, and the like. When the nation practically stopped, their lives became endangered as well, for they do not know where to find the money that can brook their families’ daily needs to live.
Japan – Fr Compri: Salesian in footsteps of Venerable Cimatti
(ANS - Tokyo) - Fr Gaetano Compri, a Salesian missionary, a pupil of Venerable Vincenzo Cimatti, says of his years of mission in Japan: "I learned from Fr Cimatti that to evangelize Japan you need to love it, live it and understand it." Also emerging from his experience, a key to reading the coronavirus phenomenon: "a time to reflect and return to God."
Thanks for being so impulsive
In general, we hear that young people are: passionate, fearless, idealistic, reckless. Young people are indeed like this, sometimes it could be an advantage or a danger. But, on a cold December 1859, in the silence of the outskirts of Turin, in a modest room, 19 young people listened attentively to the words of a dreamer priest and made a covenant: they promised to give themselves entirely to God and to help young people throughout their lives. And to be like Don Bosco, that priest who above all loved them.
Italy – In time of crisis, celebration of "Our Lady of difficult times"
(ANS - Turin) - "Our Lady of difficult times": this is the definition that yesterday, Sunday 24 May, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, offered in the homily delivered during the Eucharist dedicated to young people for the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, celebrated in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin-Valdocco.
RMG – Narrating beautiful stories of life: World Social Communications Day 2020
(ANS - Rome) - In this historical moment, with the pandemic raging in many parts of the world and which confines millions of people to live in seclusion, Pope Francis reminds us to "weave stories". "The act of telling is essentially human. We feel the need to tell what happens to us and to others to find the meaning of life," writes S. Kohan. The Pope, for his part, invites us to tell "stories that help us rediscover our roots and the strength to go forward together"; moreover he encourages us “to tell and share constructive stories that help us understand that we are all part of a bigger story than ourselves.”
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE GREATEST OF ALL IS LOVE
"In moments of difficult trials such as these, it is love that gives us life"
Dear Friends and Readers of the Salesian Bulletin:
Receive my cordial greeting at a time when all our minds are overwhelmed. I am writing these words on April 1st, thinking about the month of May, the month of our Mother. We have entrusted ourselves to her throughout the Salesian world during this very painful period of the Covid-19, or “coronavirus”, pandemic. From all parts of the world, we have raised up prayers – and continue to do so – to ask the Lord through the intercession of our Mother for help and comfort in these terrible hours for us all, with the loss of so many lives, even while knowing that later, also, there will be other difficulties that we will have to face.