(ANS - Campo Grande) - On the occasion of the Feast of Don Bosco, on 31 January, the Salesian Youth Ministry of the Salesian Mission of Mato Grosso launched the "Juventude Salesian application", to spread the message of the Salesian charism to the youth in the new digital playgrounds.
(ANS - Sesto San Giovanni) - To further the education of his boys Don Bosco made use of all the tools of his time and did all he could to ensure that his students were at the forefront of technical knowledge. Heirs of his resourcefulness, the Salesian institutes of Italy are now among the forerunners of the phenomenon of digitization in the school.
(ANS – Monrovia) – The Rector Major, Father Angel Fernandez Artime, concluded his two day visit to Liberia yesterday, February 4th. In the morning he celebrated the holy Eucharist in honour of Mary Help of Christians at Our Lady of Lebanon, St. Joseph’s Parish in Monrovia which has been looked after by the Salesians of Don Bosco from the time they set up their presence in Monrovia.
Fr. Sony Joseph Pottenplackal, SDB
Burundi - Fr Jean Paul's mission for Rukago youth
(ANS - Rukago) – "'It is enough for you to be young for me to love you very much,' this is the phrase of Don Bosco I most prefer," says Fr Jean Paul Ndayikengurutse, a Salesian priest of Burundi. "I'm a priest with a young spirit. I love to play and chat, listen to and share the problems of so many young people who come to our community." Today, Fr Jean Paul's mission is to live and apply the Preventive System with the young people of Rukago, Burundi.
Comfort Zone: NO THANK YOU! "I prefer a wounded Church"
Some were astonished to see the face of Pope Francis injured during his visit to Colombia. The bruise on his eyebrow and on his cheekbone, the blood-stained white garment. A small accident on the Pope-mobile, which brought to mind the words of Bergoglio and inspired my ANS Editorial: "I prefer a Church that is bruised, wounded and dirty because it is going out into the streets, rather than a Church made sick by closure and the convenience of clinging to its own safety." (EG49)
Italy - 148th Salesian Missionary Expedition: "Without missionaries, many of us would not be here"
(ANS - Turin) - Yesterday, Sunday, 24 September, at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, 22 Salesians of Don Bosco and 15 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) received the Missionary Cross and prepared to depart to their assigned destinations as missionaries.
Democratic Republic of the Congo - "The child and the dugout canoe"
(ANS - Miti) - There are three maternal orphans abandoned by their fathers; there is Bora, a young woman who has faced more challenges in her 28 years than most people live through in an entire lifetime; there are the Bambuti Pygmies who, while being the region's oldest inhabitants, when Kahuzi Biega National Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, were expelled and now live on the margins: there are, alas, many poor people living in rural areas near Bukavu where the Salesian missionary Fr Piero Gavioli and Lydie Masoka, a Salesian Cooperator, are working as best as they can to help give a future to the area's children and most vulnerable teens.