(ANS - Rome) - New logo, new interface, better integration between text, images and video, a renewed focus on the socialization of messages ... Since 15 March last the site of the Salesian Info Agency has changed radically. Alongside the innovations there are still a few proven instruments, such as the photographic archive "IMAGE BANK". The mission is the same: "to share the good things" that the Salesians are doing in the world and in this way to be a tool for the spread of the charism.
(ANS - Santiago) - For some time now in Chile we have been witnessing a series of attacks against Catholic churches. To date five churches have been set on fire. Bishop Héctor Vargas, SDB, of Temucho, stated emphatically that the church fires "are not an attack on the Church, but on the feelings of the community and the simple people, who with love and sacrifice built their spaces of prayer and transcendence". A few days ago there was an attempt to set fire to the doors of the National Temple of Gratitude which is entrusted to the Salesians. According to police, unknown individuals "sprayed a liquid but failed to damage the temple."
(ANS – Guwahati) – After three month of visiting the thirty three houses and personal tete-a-tete with the confreres, Fr Guillermo Basanes, SDB General Councillor for the Missions, concluded the extraordinary visitation on 25 May in the Province of Guwahati, in the name of the Rector Major, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime.
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)
RMG - 450 years since the Birth of Saint Francis of Sales
In his name and spirit, Don Bosco was inspired in founding the Salesian congregation and the Salesian Family, whose main focus regarded the growth and education of young generations, with special attention to the care of children from less-affluent classes; he, furthermore, preferred the method of dialogue and gentleness based on happiness, kindness and love.
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.