(ANS - Brasilia) - In 2009, the relics of the Saint of the Young began their peregrination across the globe. For five years, they were brought to the many places Salesians work at the service of young people who are poor and needy. In 2015, to celebrate the the 200th anniversary of Don Bosco's birth, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, decided that five relics would be placed in five important Salesian locations in the world, and one of the chosen locations was: Brasilia.
(ANS - Rome) - From July 31st to August 3rd, the Salesian Team Visit regarding the new Mediterranean region was held at the General House in Rome. Led by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, his Vicar Fr Francesco Cereda and some members of the General Council, other participants included: the Provincials and their respective councils of the Provinces of Italy, Portugal, Spain and the Middle East. The purpose of the Team Visit was the Verification and Programming of the Congregation's various Sectors of Animation via various reports delivered by the Councilors of the Sector and of the Regional Councilor to the assembly.
(ANS – Hong Kong) – "I have been working in Aberdeen Technical School (ATS), as a principal for 11 months. I am happy that I can feel the Salesian loving kindness and the great blessings from God through working this school. Running a school in Hong Kong is not easy, partly due to the declining in birth rates over the past 10 years and partly due to many social problems in the society, like social changes, huge differences between the rich and poor, small and expensive living places and increase in divorce rate, etc .
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)
Thailand – EAO and South Asia Regions Seminar on Initial Proclamation
(ANS – Sam Phran) – The Missionary Animation and Formation Seminar: “Initial Proclamation and the Salesian Mission” is being held this week from August 14 to August 20 in Ban Than Praphon (FMA retreat house), Sam Phran, Thailand. Every six years, the Mission Sectors of SDB and FMA prepare a Seminar for their provincial-level missionary animators.
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.