(ANS - Lahore) - Fr Gabriel Cruz is a Mexican Salesian with 23 years of Salesian religious life and 14 years of priesthood. He always wanted to be a missionary and the current Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, approved his application and assigned him to Pakistan in 2018. In recent months the coronavirus has blocked most of the Salesian activities in Pakistan as well, but the Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco nevertheless continued to serve the population and provide emergency aid.
(ANS – Jiwaka) – The congregation of Saint Michael the Archangel (CSMA), the “Michaelites”, the 21st group of the Salesian Family, celebrated fifty (50) years of humble service in PNG, at Kuli Parish, Jiwaka Province, Mt. Hagen Archdiocese. The three-day celebration commenced on 17th and concluded on 21st November, 2020.
(ANS - San Benigno Canavese) - After a past to be forgotten, a future to be discovered. It is the story of Siddhi, Cindy, Ritha… And not only them. Because for 22 women victims of trafficking today there is an opportunity for redemption, represented by formation courses in the hotel and restaurant sectors organized by the Italian Red Cross, in collaboration with the National Center of Salesian Works - Vocaional Training and Ongoing Education (CNOS-FAP).
Ukraine – Salesians and Ukrainian Church involved in initiative: "Feed the poor"
(ANS - Kiev) - The Ukrainian population continues to be crushed by the economic crisis, by the lack of food and now also by the coronavirus pandemic, always keeping in mind the repercussions of the ongoing conflict in the east of the country. From 25% to 45% of citizens are no longer able to provide for their own humanitarian needs; to respond to this dramatic situation, the Greek-Catholic Church has launched the "Feed the poor" initiative. The Salesian Fr Maksym Ryabukha, Vicar of the Ukrainian Vice Province (UKR) and Director of the Salesian House in Kiev, talks about the initiative of the Church and the social context.
Malta – SYM Europe and Middle East General Assembly 2020
(ANS - Sliema) - The Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) of Europe and the Middle East held its traditional General Assembly on November 20-21. Although it was planned to be hosted by Malta, the current situation required it to be done online. More than 60 young people, representatives of the various countries, accompanied by Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, participated in the meeting, which was always accompanied by the virtual presence of the General Councilors for Youth Ministry Sister Runita Borja, for the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, and Fr Miguel Ángel García Morcuende, for the Salesians. The theme of the Assembly revolved around the so-called 4 Cs": Crisis, Connectivity, Communion and “coinvolgimento”, i.e., Involvement.
Mongolia – “Just to be with the young is already a meaningful missionary action”
(ANS – Darkhan) – Darkhan Oratory in Mongolia is actually the first activity of the Salesian mission in Darkhan City, where the first two Salesians reached Darkhan in April 2005. One of them was Fr Andrew Nguyen Trung Tin, who today tells about the Salesian Mission in that land.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
DON BOSCO, THE MAN OF GOD WHO ALWAYS ASKED OTHERS FOR HELP
Dear friends of Don Bosco and his charism, I greet you almost at the end of 2020, this year which we have lived through and which we will remember as a hard year, painful in many ways. It is a year that has changed us – without intending to have done so – in our lifestyle, habits, and customs perhaps but, certainly, at least, in the rhythm of our personal, family, and community life. While thinking about all that a year means, I pondered on something that I keep very much in my heart. I don’t know if it is due to how I was raised or to my own nature but I have engraved into my very being the need to give thanks constantly and to be grateful for the so very many things that I receive in my life as a free gift, having nothing to do with personal merit. I don’t know if others feel this way. Maybe other people consider that everything they have is owed to them, even life itself, but this is not how I feel.