(ANS – Uvira) – Salesian missionaries in Uvira, within South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, are providing young children and older youth an opportunity to go to school. Many of these young students are former child soldiers, street children, children accused of witchcraft, abused women and single mothers who have had their rights violated and been denied a chance to gain an education – leaving them particularly vulnerable to violence and exploitation.
(ANS – Hamamatsu) – Fr. Evaristo Higa is a very committed and creative Brazilian Salesian missionary, the founder of the Salesian parish in Hamamatsu. During past 10 years the Hamamatsu intercultural parish community became a point of reference for the migrant ministry at diocesan and national level.
(ANS – Rome) – No. 67 (July-December) of "Ricerche Storiche Salesiane" (RSS) (Salesian Historical Researches), the six-monthly magazine of Religious and Civil History, published by the Salesian Historical Institute (Istituto Storico Salesiano - ISS).
France – “ALIVE: Death Does Not Stop Life”. A Multi-award Winning Short Film by a Young Salesian Missionary
(ANS – Paris) – John Paul Swaminathan is a young Salesian missionary in France, who pursues masters in film direction and producing movies for European televisions at the “EICAR” (École Internationale de Création Audiovisuelle et de Réalisation), the International Film School of Paris. His short film project “ALIVE: Death Does Not Stop Life” received three main awards last December: the Albert R. Broccoli Award, the Best Student Short Film and the Best Sound Awards, at the film fest organized by EICAR, in collaboration with “La Cinématheque Française” and the Ministry of Culture and Development in France.
Living Christmas in the Salesian Style
Current times are times of crisis. They present situations that regretfully are in contrast with the festive message of Christmas and that, naturally, are greatly disheartening. The message of the Gospel invites us to celebrate Christmas with a different view of reality and to be filled with hope in this time we are living. This is what we express through our Christmas wishes, when for instance we tell our friends “May the light of Christ illumine us”, “May the mystery of love flood your lives” or when we speak of the “great feast of sharing”.
It is appropriate that these expressions we repeat every year may be understood in their true meaning.
RMG – GSFS2017: “Salesian Family: Born to be witnesses of God!”
(ANS – Rome) – “We are 21 groups of the Salesian Family here present on these Days, and I am very happy for this. But I want to say something that is fundamental: Salesian Family: We are born to be witnesses of God!” With there words Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, invited to live the 35th edition of the Days of Spirituality of the Salesian Family, that is being held from January 19th to 22nd at the General House and at the “Salesianum”.
RMG – GSFS2017: Many Families in the Salesian Family
(ANS – Rome) – The fundamental link between Youth Ministry and Family Ministry was put again at the centre of Salesian reflection by the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, with the Strenna 2017. But it is quite some time that diverse realities of the Salesian Family realise paths and proposals to accompany the families in today’s challenges. Some of these initiatives are being presented now at the Days of Spirituality of the Salesian Family 2017.