(ANS - Santa Julia) - To the joy of all Salesians and the Salesian Family in Mexico, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Tenth Successor of Don Bosco, landed on Monday 8 May in Mexico City, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López. The Salesian Provincial of Mexico City, Fr Gabino Hernández Paleta, and various Salesian Family representatives, welcomed him warmly.
(ANS – Tokyo) – The 9th EAO Salesian Cooperators’ Congress began with Mass on Good Shepherd Sunday. The 327 participants - 250 Salesian Cooperators and Aspirants with 70+ young adults gathered in downtown Tokyo at Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku -, for 4 days (May 7-10) with the theme 'Journey Together - For the Young - With the Young'.
(ANS - Bogotà) - From 2-5 May, the Salesian Province of St. Peter Claver of Colombia-Bogotá (COB) had a visit from Fr Filiberto González, Councillor General for Social Communication. He was there to evaluate on behalf of the Rector Major, the implementation of the Roadmap produced at the Extraordinary Visit to the Province last year (August 16 - November 21, 2016).
Ecuador - In the footsteps of Fr "Yankuam Jintia"
(ANS - Quito) - On May 2, Fr Agustín Togo and the young Salesian Edwin Cárdenas had the opportunity to wander towards the neighboring village of Peru. The goal was to attend the reception ceremony of the remains of Fr Luigi Bolla in the villages of the Achuar indigenous people. The questions arise almost without thinking about them: "what led you to go on the trip? What experiences have you experienced in such a short time? Which message do you have received after having followed the footsteps of Fr Yankuam Jintia?”
The middle class of holiness
During a recent meeting in the Vatican of Salesian novices with Pope Francis, one of the novices asked for a few words about holiness. And the Pope replied: " 'Walk in my presence and be blameless.' This is the best definition of holiness. These are God's words addressed to Abraham. Dominic Savio was in the habit of living in God's presence and, even now, I believe that today we can be saints. There are heroic people, parents, grandparents, young people, hidden saints, or as someone of French origin, said: 'people who belong to the middle class of holiness' that you do not see but they are there."
Philippines – Salesianity Seminar for the East Asia-Oceania region
(ANS - Parañaque City) - A three-week Salesianity seminar was held between April and May in the Philippines, in Parañaque City; it is the first part of a three-year course that will be developed until 2019 under the themes such as History, Pedagogy and Spirituality. The purpose of the course, open to the participants throughout the Salesian region of East Asia-Oceania, was to produce a concrete document to be used to improve the initial training of the Salesians.
RMG - When Don Bosco started talking about the wish to honor the Virgin as "Auxilium Christianorum"
(ANS - Rome) - When did Don Bosco begin to talk and write about the wish to honor the Most Holy Virgin Mary, by invoking her with the title of Help of Christians? It is a question that comes back every time that this big feast is celebrated around the world.