(ANS - Rome) – The entire issue, No. 68 (January-June 2017) of "Ricerche Storiche Salesiane” (Salesian Historical Research), the bimonthly magazine published by the Salesian Historical Institute (ISS), is devoted to a Salesian of the first missionary expedition: Fr Giuseppe Fagnano, SDB.
(ANS - Pugnid) - In the Pugnid area, near Gambela, Ethiopia, the rainy season has come. For many young people it is a time of school exams and the missionary activities are many and flourishing, as usual. The relative calm does not, however, eliminate problems, especially those with deep cultural roots, such as polygamy. Here is the testimony of Fr (abba) Filippo Perin, Salesian missionary.
(ANS - Rome) - In the proceedings of the General Council's Plenary Session, the Rector Major, Don Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consent of his Council, appointed two Provincials of the Vice Provinces of the Africa-Madagascar region: Fr Alphonse Owoudou, for Equatorial Tropical Africa (ATE), and Fr Joy Sebastian Thekumcherikunnel for South Africa (AFM).
Perú - Fr Ernesto Sirani: "I dreamed of spending my life for the poor!"
(ANS - Ancash) - The name of Fr Ernesto Sirani resounds among the peaks of Peru's Andes. In a beautiful and exciting interview, Fr Sirani says: "I was fortunate enough to meet Fr Luigi Melesi, veteran of the first expedition 'Operation Mato Grosso' in 1967 and the many young people leaving for missions in Brazil, Ecuador and Bolivia. They talked about their experience with joy, and my heart was excited about listening to them. The contact with the poor had changed their way of thinking! So I decided to start as a missionary ... I dreamed of spending my life for the poor!"
Communicating hope and confidence in our time, a difficult task
22 May, 2017: It is 10:35 PM, local time. The concert of American pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester City Arena turns into a night of terror when a terrorist attack kills 22 people, many young; in the following days, repeated attacks in Egypt, Afghanistan, and even more recently in London, the number of victims tragically increases.
Angola - Educational-Pedagogical Project for the Reintegration of Children and Adolescents in and from the Streets
(ANS - Luanda) - Salesians in Angola, with the help of the NGO "International Voluntary Service for Development" (VIS), organized a round table on Friday, June 23, on "Advocacy for the Protection of Children in Risk Situations." The event was the occasion to present the Manual "Projecto Educativo-Pedagógico para Reinserção de Crianças e Adolescentes de e na Rua", or the Educational-Pedagogical Project for the Reintegration of Children and Adolescents of and on the Streets, which explains in detail the steps needed to pursue a path of (re) education and reintegration into society, according to the values and principles of the Preventive System.
RMG – Building a family, in the rituals of every day
(ANS - Rome) – "A life-long love begins again every day." Here is the essence of love, the essence that Fr A.M. Carré condensed into a single maxim that he would always repeat to couples during their wedding cerimony: "spouses forever, remaining engaged." And how do you manage to stay loyal to your spouse a whole lifetime? Through love in the rituals of every day: by a kiss, a greeting, a hug and a thousand gestures that are rituals and that should never become routine. The Rector Major in the Strenna for 2017 invites building a family through the rituals of every day, by living "a love that is faithful, everlasting and open to life."