(ANS - Krakow) - "You speak many languages. But from now on between us we will all use the language of the Gospel, the language of love, the language of fraternity, solidarity and peace."
(ANS - Rome) - At the end of the summer session of the General Council, one of the most important issues was the revision of the Provincial Chapters. The Vicar General, Fr Francesco Cereda, sent a letter to all the Provinces and Vice-Provinces in which he expresses thanks for the work of all the Salesians. He writes: "We are pleased with the work that the provinces have done and we thank them for that. For us, this study has been challenging, but we are aware that this will help in the growth of the charism of Don Bosco wherever we are present."
(ANS - Cairo) - On 19 July, ten young people from the Salesian houses in the Central District of Italy (ICC) left with three Salesians for a missionary experience in the two Salesian houses in Cairo, Rod El Farag and Zeitun. It will be a month of solidarity, sharing and availability for service in the various activities of the Salesian works.
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.