(ANS – Chosica) – Chosica is a city in Peru located at half an hour’s drive from the Capital, Lima. But if Lima is typically known for its depressing climate and cloudy sky, Chosica on the contrary is known as “the beautiful villa of the Sun” for its sunny climate throughout the year. Nevertheless, this year torrential rains flooded many houses and some rooms of the Salesian parish dedicated to “St. John Bosco”, one of the Salesians presences in the city, together with the “Don Bosco home” for spiritual retreats, the old Salesian Novitiate and the “Tabor” Hospitality Centre.
(ANS – Mansa) – In Zambia, the word “Muzungu” means “Gringo”. This how children call Monica Chudzynska, a young lady working as a volunteer for the programme of “Don Bosco International Volunteer Service - Poland”, when they forget her name. Monica has been working for 4 months in Mansa, Zambia, capital of Luapula province, and fills many roles in the local mission of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMAs).
(ANS – New Delhi) – “The entire Catholic Church and especially the Church in India are very worried for Fr. Tom”. Thus is written in a communiqué released on January 14th by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI). To this purpose, the Indian Bishops promoted a Day of Prayer at national level, to be held in all the dioceses of the Country, as per convenience, between January 21st and 22nd, to invoke the release of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, the Indian Salesian missionary abducted in Aden, Yemen, on March 4th, 2016.
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.