(ANS - Rome) - "The education received in the past cannot be just a memory, but must become a force that stimulates the influence of the Past Pupils in the world, so that they can transform it and make it more human." So said the Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime to the Past Pupils of Don Bosco. "There are about 100,000 members worldwide. They are lay people who have taken on responsibly their task in the Church and in society, becoming light of the world and salt of the earth" says Fr José Pastor Ramírez, World Delegate for the Past Pupils.
(ANS - Freetown) - On the evening of Sunday 31 January, the Rector Major met the Salesian Cooperators and the Past Pupils of Don Bosco, and spoke of his joy at the celebration of the Eucharist that morning. Yesterday, Monday 1 February, the Rector Major went to the beach with the Confreres from Sierra Leone and held a dialogue with them.
(ANS – Long Beach) – On Wednesday, January 27, St. John Bosco High School students visited Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Students are part of the Biomedical Pathway at St. John Bosco High School. During their course of study, students gain exposure to many of the major concepts of human medicine and aspire to pursue higher education leading to a career in health care.
RMG - Fr Pallithanam: on the streets or in the office, always close to the poor
(ANS - Rome) – Fr Thomas Pallithanam is an active missionary in a small Salesian community in Ravulapalem in Andhra Pradesh. He is also the coordinator of one of the most important organizations of Indian civil society, "Wada Na Todo Abhiyan". The two cornerstones of his work are a global vision and local initiatives. He now speaks about his work in an interview with ANS.
A rich man who helped Lazarus
In his letter for Lent this year, Pope Francis invites us to be generous with the needy, stressing that this generosity should lead us not to give what is left over but to give of our very own. In this regard, the example set by Chuck Feeney, an 85-year-old man who donated all his possessions to charity, well represents the phrase: "He did not give the crumbs. He gave the whole bread."
Chile - The Rector of the Don Bosco University in El Salvador inaugurates the academic year at the Silva Henríquez Catholic University
(ANS - Santiago) - On 21 March there was the opening ceremony of the academic year at the Silva Henríquez Catholic University (UCSH). It was attended by Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, Archbishop of Santiago, and the Secretary for Social Services of the Ministry of Social Development, Juan Eduardo Faúndez Molina.
RMG – World Down Syndrome Day: a change in approach is needed
(ANS - Rome) – Even small gestures can bring changes in the way we consider those who are different from ourselves. Yesterday, 21 March, was International Down Syndrome Day. In Cartagena in Spain, the students of "San Juan Bosco" primary school, were invited to do drawings to express how they see their companions with this syndrome. The intention was to break stereotypes and discover the positive contributions that people with Down syndrome can make.