(ANS - Rome) – An International Congress on Youth and Family Ministry will be held in Madrid, Spain, from 27 November to 1 December 2017. It will involve delegations from all the Provinces of the Salesian Congregation. How did the initiative for this International Congress come about? In what context will it take place and what are the objectives? Fr Fabio Attard, Councillor General for Salesian Youth Ministry, answers these questions in a short video.
(ANS – Mafinga) – The second day of the Rector Major’s Visit to East Africa began with the Holy Eucharist with Salesians, students, youth, past pupils, FMA and SMI at Don Bosco Oyster Bay. Everything in the morning was in a rush as the special chartered flight was to leave at 9.00 from Dar es Salaam Airport.
(ANS - Lima) – Fr Jorge Mauchi is a Salesian of the Province of Peru (PER) creator of one of the best known drawings of Don Bosco's face. It's a very simple work of art, with bold strokes depicting the gentle, serene and peaceful face of the Saint of Youth. Today the Province is launching an exhibition of Fr Mauchi’s works of art, as a tribute to his extraordinary and interesting career as an artist from 1955.
El Salvador - Archbishop Rivera Damas, SDB: the silent and humble friend of Archbishop Romero
(ANS - San Salvador) – Martyrdom was the fate destined for Archbishop Óscar Romero. His first successor, the Salesian Archbishop Arturo Rivera Damas, was destined to die a quiet death in a hospital bed. Now they are both buried in the cathedral in San Salvador, one in a large sepulchral monument, the other portrayed on the wall behind the Romero mausoleum. Even in life he was always behind Romero, silent and humble.
Paula Figueroa, who worked with both of them, speaks about the figure of the Salesian Archbishop.
What plot, Lord, are you weaving?
On a day of protests and clashes in Venezuela, two young people were assassinated. Carlos José Moreno Barón was killed while on his way to a football pitch. He did not reach his destination. Paola Ramírez Gómez, 23, was killed while returning from a job interview as she was passing in front of San Carlos Square in San Cristóbal. Neither of them was participating in the protests.
Czech Republic - Meeting of Salesian Publishers from Europe
(ANS - Prague) - Representatives of 11 Salesian Publishers from all over Europe met in Prague from 20 to 23 April to analyse the current situation and plan activities in response to new challenges arising from the new type of readers, Salesian pastoral approach, the economic situation and the market.
Mexico – Kindness matters
(ANS – Tijuana) – Between May 2016 and January 2017, a Haitian tsunami hit Tijuana. These migrants arrived dizzy, exhausted, cold, hungry, and broke after their threemonth land journey from Brazil. Some were sick. Some had delivered babies or miscarried en route. Some had buried their dead along the way or watched helplessly as loved ones were swept away by swollen rivers. Some left their dead to rot in the woods. Some were stripsearched, robbed, raped, or exploited as they traveled through Central America.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
WHY WE HAVE LIFE IN ABUNDANCE
My thought goes to the Salesian presences around the world because our dream is that they might be true dispensers of life to so many young people, and a life in abundance, an authentic, true life which gives them dignity and helps them also experience the great gift that God is in their lives.