(ANS - Córdoba) – It is only to be expected that a bored teacher will bore the students, and an enthusiastic teacher will generate enthusiasm. A week after starting school one 14-year-old girl from the Centre in Cordoba said, "Now I like getting up in the morning, I get out of bed happy, even if I have had a bad dream.’’ And one of her companions said, ‘’Last year I was often absent, or I used to doze off in class. I avoided answering questions and I rebelled against the teachers in the school. Now I get up happy."
(ANS - Cusco) - Piazza Maggiore in Cusco, the Imperial City of the Incas, holds the largest art and costumes fair in Peru. Hundreds of artisans display beautiful and original works of art that will later adorn cribs in family homes and public institutions. The fair is called "Santurantikuy" (Santu, saints and Ticuy, sales).
(ANS - Garo) - Bangladesh is one of the most populous countries of the world. According to United Nations data, the population density is 1,114 people per square kilometre. A considerable part of the population, about 70%, live in villages. The living conditions are very difficult, not just on account of the hard work. Wild animals make everyday life complicated Tigers and elephants sometimes attack people. It often happens that an elephant enters a village, destroying homes and buildings and even people. The Salesians carry out a fruitful mission among these people through the presence of Fr Paul Kociolek.
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: the Family of Don Bosco at work for the Families
(ANS – Rome) – One day is left to the great appointment of the Days of Spirituality of the Salesian Family (GSFS). The event, which this year reaches its 35th edition, begins tomorrow, January 19th, and finishes on Sunday 22nd. As per tradition, the theme of the works is the Strenna of the Rector Major, which for 2017 is: “We are Family! Every Home a School of Life and Love”.
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.