(ANS - Pajok) - Robert Ocan is 33 years old. He studied Computer Science in South Sudan and was a professor of Chemistry and Mathematics in his city, Pajok, 15 kilometers from the border with Uganda, when the war reached the almost 50,000 people living there. In April 2017, it was the second time he had to flee for the same reason, but this time he didn't do so alone.
(ANS - Turin) - The offer of the "This is my home" program of the Salesians of Turin doubles: the inauguration of the new temporary residential shelter for young adults and of the new Caritas premises took place last Saturday, 1st February, at the Salesian oratory "San Paolo".
(ANS - Rome) - In his recent meeting with journalists in view of the Congregation's 28th General Chapter, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, was asked what the Salesians are doing in Venezuela. The Rector Major replied by talking about the concrete, even financial, help being offered to needy families and clarified: "The Salesians always remain at the side of the population in times of difficulty." To show even more the closeness of the whole Congregation to the Venezuelan people, exhausted by years of suffering, starting tomorrow, Thursday 6 February, until Tuesday 10, Fr Á.F. Artime will be on an Animation Visit to Venezuela.
Italy – GC28 - Fr Pascual Chávez: "There will be no other way to change society except through education"
(ANS - Turin) - The representatives of the Salesians from all over the world have gathered in Valdocco, there to experience General Chapter 28. They speak one single language and walk with one feeling: the young. The Salesian charism, the option for young people, the gift of a great Father, Don Bosco, throbs in their hearts. In an interview conducted by Fr Daniel García, SDB, Fr Pascual Chávez Villanueva, Rector Major emeritus, answers questions beginning from his experience of 12 years of service at the helm of the Congregation and of the last 6 years around the world, on issues touching the lives of the Salesians. His answers invite the Salesians to look to the Congregation from a current perspective "to continue to have efficacy and validity as Salesians of Don Bosco", and to collaborate to "give answers to a changing society and to a world and to a Church that expect, from us, an answer in favor of young people."
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.
Italy – Card. Cristóbal López Romero, SDB, takes cardinal's possession of Title of San Leone I
(ANS - Rome) - On Sunday 16 February, during the celebration of the Eucharist, the Salesian Cristóbal López Romero, archbishop of Rabat (Morocco), took cardinal's possession of the title of San Leone I, which was granted to him by Pope Francis when he appointed him cardinal on 5 October 2019.
Italy – "In Valdocco everything speaks to us to continue to be apostles dedicated to the service of young people." Rector Major's homily for GC28's opening Mass
(ANS - Turin) - Docility, fidelity and hope: these are the three attitudes proposed to the Chapter members during the opening Mass of the 28th General Chapter, presided by the Rector Major, and which involved his Vicar, Fr Francesco Cereda, and Fr Enrico Stasi, Provincial of the Circumscription based in Turin, as first concelebrants. A Basilica crowded with many faithful participated in the solemn celebration.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE POWER OF LOVE
We are approaching the time of Lent which will prepare us for the Passover of the Lord. At this Season, the Church proposes to us prayer, fasting, and charity help us along our path to Easter. With this my greeting I am proposing to you a reflection that has a great deal to do with an excellent way to prepare for Easter: The way to live more and better at all times by LOVING – but truly loving, as they say colloquially, “until it hurts.”