(ANS – Kochi) – Continuing the chorus of pleas for the release of Salesian Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, Catholic bishops in his native Kerala state in southern India came together to pray for the priest kidnapped in Yemen last March. The Syro-Malabar Church, the Eastern Catholic church in India, introduced a special prayer for the priest during daily Mass.
(ANS – Lahore) – With 450,000 Catholics, the archdiocese of Lahore is Pakistan’s largest. The city, sadly, is known for having been the location of various violent attacks: like the one at Easter 2016 that killed 78 people e wounded 300, most of them Christians; or like the double attacks of March 15, 2015, against Protestant and Catholic churches in the Youhannabad neighborhood. In that last case, a young Salesian past pupil, Akash Bashir, sacrificed his life to prevent a massacre of the faithful gathered in St. John’s Catholic Church. Now the vicar general of the archdiocese has asked that his cause as a martyr be opened.
(ANS - Madrid) - For the whole Salesian Family January is the month dedicated to Don Bosco (1815-1888), its founder. In Salesian centres he is remembered with various activities of all kinds: religious, sporting, cultural, and so on. Among the most important initiatives in the Province of St James the Greater in Spain this year there is a vocations campaign to help young people to reflect on how they want to live their lives.
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.