(ANS – Trivandrum) – East Fort Junction is one of the main hotspots for migrant workers in Trivandrum. From as early as 5.30 am, large numbers of migrant workers gather here daily, waiting for potential employers who might offer them the day’s work. You can hear hard bargaining for the day’s wages ranging from Rs.550 to Rs. 900. Not every day is lucky for many of them. Thinking of them, Don Bosco Veedu, Trivandrum, set up “Shramik Kalyan Kendr” (SKK), a help desk for the young migrant workers living in Trivandrum.
(ANS - Rome) - Work is continuing at the Team Visit of the Atlantic-German Area of the Central and Northern Europe Region. Wednesday 17 May began with Mass at which the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, presided. The homily was given by Fr Guillermo Basañes, Councillor General for the Missions. The subsequent sessions were led by the Councillor for Formation, Fr Ivo Coelho, and the Councillor for Youth Ministry, Fr Fabio Attard.
(ANS - Medellín) - The IV Congress of the Salesian School in America (ESA IV) has ended. It was attended by 360 people from all the provinces of the continent gathered under the motto: "With young people, a sign of hope and a proposal for the future."
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.