(ANS - La Paz) - Despite the widespread myth that young people no longer read today, it can be said that boys and teens continue to read, guided by families and social networks. "No doubt, young people read. For years they have been stigmatized, but the truth is that they simply do not read what they used to read in past epochs. Time passes and reading and reading habits change; this is the explanation. Children and teen literature continues to grow and occupy an increasing market share," says Florence Ure, communications manager of the Penguin Random House publishing house. Based on these premises, "Editorial Don Bosco" and the Salesian University of Bolivia have launched a project in favor of children: "Reading on the fly: elevate your dreams."
(ANS - Esztergom) - The care for individual spirituality, the courage to leave room for laity, outreach, missionary endeavor ... These are some of the Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime's concluding remarks to the Salesians gathered in Esztergom this past Saturday, August 12, during the Team Visit to the East Sector of North Central Europe region.
Italy - Don Bosco's relic, Fr Attard: "It is not spiritualism, but a projection towards the sacred"
(ANS - Castelnuovo Don Bosco) - The relic of Don Bosco, stolen last 2 June and recovered after a few days by the Carabinieri, was returned to the Basilico of Colle Don Bosco on 16 August. Here is how Fr. Fabio Attard, General Councilor for Youth Ministry, expresses his thanks to the Carabinieri and the sense of the Sanit's "presence."
"In extreme cases, extreme means must be used"
"Lift up your hearts! No more complaint and fear! It well may be some happier hour will find this memory fair.” These are the words with which Aeneas encourageed his companions in the adversity of fate and dangers. (Virgil, Aeneid, I, 203)
RMG - 450 years since the Birth of Saint Francis of Sales
In his name and spirit, Don Bosco was inspired in founding the Salesian congregation and the Salesian Family, whose main focus regarded the growth and education of young generations, with special attention to the care of children from less-affluent classes; he, furthermore, preferred the method of dialogue and gentleness based on happiness, kindness and love.
Democratic Republic of the Congo - Ishara's story, a boy in the street
(ANS - Bukavu) - In their message of last May 13, the Bishops of Northern and Southern Kivu, members of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Bukavu, once again denounced: "The number of street children are growing at an alarming rate." The Salesians active in Bukavu, such as Fr Piero Gavioli, deal with this situation on a daily basis: not statistical data, but real children, innocent victims. On the example of their founder, the Children of Don Bosco still succeed in giving hope, dignity and opportunities for the future.