(ANS - Lahore) - "An abominable attack, which caused the massacre of so many innocent persons”, the Pope said yesterday, referring to the attack by a suicide bomber in Lahore, Pakistan, on the afternoon of Easter Sunday. According to the latest updates it caused 72 deaths and over 320 injured, including many Christians and many children who were celebrating outdoors the most important Christian feast.
(ANS - Rome) - According to the EU Statistical Office (Eurostat), at the end of 2014 there were 122.3 million people in Europe at risk of poverty or social exclusion, equal to 24.4% of the total population of the 28 EU member countries. According to Eurostat in 2020 "it is expected to reduce poverty to 20 million people." But what is the reality of poverty in Europe? What is the position of the Salesians with regard to the high rate of poverty among children, adolescents and young people present also in "rich" Europe?
(ANS - Granada) - Research on global leadership says that what is most important for the success of a leader is “not good judgment or crisis management, nor decision-making, nor their collaborators, nor the understanding of the problems, nor the strength of convictions, nor experience or charisma, but leadership skills." According to N. Portugal, “A leader is one who exerts influence on people." The Province of Central America held a leadership school which will ensure the present and the future of the World Confederation of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco.
Ecuador - In the footsteps of Fr "Yankuam Jintia"
(ANS - Quito) - On May 2, Fr Agustín Togo and the young Salesian Edwin Cárdenas had the opportunity to wander towards the neighboring village of Peru. The goal was to attend the reception ceremony of the remains of Fr Luigi Bolla in the villages of the Achuar indigenous people. The questions arise almost without thinking about them: "what led you to go on the trip? What experiences have you experienced in such a short time? Which message do you have received after having followed the footsteps of Fr Yankuam Jintia?”
The middle class of holiness
During a recent meeting in the Vatican of Salesian novices with Pope Francis, one of the novices asked for a few words about holiness. And the Pope replied: " 'Walk in my presence and be blameless.' This is the best definition of holiness. These are God's words addressed to Abraham. Dominic Savio was in the habit of living in God's presence and, even now, I believe that today we can be saints. There are heroic people, parents, grandparents, young people, hidden saints, or as someone of French origin, said: 'people who belong to the middle class of holiness' that you do not see but they are there."
Philippines – Salesianity Seminar for the East Asia-Oceania region
(ANS - Parañaque City) - A three-week Salesianity seminar was held between April and May in the Philippines, in Parañaque City; it is the first part of a three-year course that will be developed until 2019 under the themes such as History, Pedagogy and Spirituality. The purpose of the course, open to the participants throughout the Salesian region of East Asia-Oceania, was to produce a concrete document to be used to improve the initial training of the Salesians.
RMG - When Don Bosco started talking about the wish to honor the Virgin as "Auxilium Christianorum"
(ANS - Rome) - When did Don Bosco begin to talk and write about the wish to honor the Most Holy Virgin Mary, by invoking her with the title of Help of Christians? It is a question that comes back every time that this big feast is celebrated around the world.