(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.
(ANS - Buenos Aires) - In the year 1841, Don Bosco, driven by the force of his charism and the courage of his spiritual insight, founded the Oratory as a large young family which was the beginning of the Pious Society of St Francis de Sales. This is how the journey to form "good Christians and honest citizens" began. The oratory was a place of activity and prayer, where young people were formed by learning to think, work and pray together.
(ANS – Iauaretê) – The Salesian mission of Iauaretê is located in the deep West of Brazilian Amazonia, at the border with Colombia, and is one of the farthest and most difficult missions to reach. It normally takes three days to get there, one on a motorboat, going up Rio Negro and then continuing towards Colombia sailing in Rio Uaupes. As can be guessed, Iauaretê is far away from everything, institutions, built-up areas and regretfully also far away from minimum subsistence services, such as hospitals and health centres.
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.