(ANS - Dili) - Each event in the East Asia-Oceania Region proves to be a precious charismatic experience, a source of inspiration and wisdom. The recent XII Congress of Don Bosco's Past Pupils of Asia and Oceania, held on June 25 and 26, was no exception.
(ANS - Brasilia) - Yesterday, 14 July, the 138th anniversary of the arrival of the first Salesians in Brazil occurred on that date in 1883. In truth, “The first American land on which the Salesians set foot was Brazil. This happened in 1875, when the so-called First Missionary Expedition, which Don Bosco sent to Argentina, passed through Rio de Janeiro, the capital of the Brazilian Empire" (Os Salesianos No Brasil, Fr. Luiz MARCIGAGLIA, 1955, p.13). 14 July 1883, however, remains an important date in history because, that time, the Salesians came to stay.
(ANS – Rome) – The Provincial who receives a new missionary in his Province has the obligation to ensure that he has formal language course of at least six months, which can be extended if the new missionary needs it. Today’s youth generally speak a foreign language, besides their national language. Thus, as pastor-educator of the young, bilingualism is a reality every Salesian in every context is challenged to face.
(ANS - Madrid) - When we talk about the foundation of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco there is a figure of undoubted importance that deserves to be duly known and studied: Carlo Gastini, one of the first young people raised in Valdocco by the Saint of Youth. Due to the recent 150th anniversary of the symbolic birth of the Past Pupils (1870-2020), a biography has been produced. The text, published in Spanish, is entitled: "Carlo Gastini - El poeta de Valdocco".