Italy – What if Don Bosco wrote to you on WhatsApp? The first e-book of Salesians for Civil Society

17 January 2017

(ANS – Rome) – “Father, Teacher and Friend” is the trinomial that in the Salesians world immediately brings one’s thought to Don Bosco. Too often today there is a lack of paternity, of guidelines of reference, of true and real friendship. This is where even today Don Bosco can come to our help with his educative and benevolent word and his experience with the young. Being fully aware of this, the “Salesians for Civil Society - Federation SCS-CNOS” has launched its first: “Cosa ti direbbe lui? 30 cit.Azioni alla #DonBosco maniera”  (What would he tell you? 3o Quotes in the #DonBosco way), 30 pieces of advice of Don Bosco in a modern key.

The book is a publication planned and realized to celebrate the month dedicated to the Saint of the Young. It consists of 30 pieces of advice of Don Bosco, re-read in a modern key, suitable for any situation of the day.

At the origin of the text there is an idea, an intuition, a dream: that the protagonist of the situation might get in touch with or might me contacted on WhatsApp by Don Bosco, just as his boys did in Valdocco, to establish a dialogue with that father, teacher and friend who really cares for their happiness.

“We did not want to simply collect Don Bosco’s quotes, as others have already done, but we wanted these thoughts to speak to our daily life. So, why not do it with a modern means of communication like chats? The e-book contains 30 situations in which a person can find themselves, in any age of life”, is what we read in the presentation of the book.

The e-book was prepared by Mariana Ciavarro, a social educationalist and animator of the Salesian oratory of Sulmona (AQ), while the internal drawings have been done by Stefania Gagliano, a childhood illustrator and Salesian Co-operator.

“We thought of this e-book to celebrate our father, teacher and friend Don Bosco, the apostle of good publications, as he was defined – underscored Fr. Giovanni D’Andrea, President of the Salesians for Civil Society –. With the publication of this book we think we are at one time in the furrow of memory and innovation”.

Since last Friday, January 13th, the e-book can be downloaded for free on the site of the Salesians for Civil Society in ePub format (for readers of digital books) or in .pdf (for Windows or Macintosh).


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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