(ANS – New Delhi) – “The entire Catholic Church and especially the Church in India are very worried for Fr. Tom”. Thus is written in a communiqué released on January 14th by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI). To this purpose, the Indian Bishops promoted a Day of Prayer at national level, to be held in all the dioceses of the Country, as per convenience, between January 21st and 22nd, to invoke the release of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, the Indian Salesian missionary abducted in Aden, Yemen, on March 4th, 2016.
(ANS – Rome) – “Father, Teacher and Friend” is the trinomial that in the Salesians world immediately brings one’s thought to Don Bosco. Too often today there is a lack of paternity, of guidelines of reference, of true and real friendship. This is where even today Don Bosco can come to our help with his educative and benevolent word and his experience with the young. Being fully aware of this, the “Salesians for Civil Society - Federation SCS-CNOS” has launched its first: “Cosa ti direbbe lui? 30 cit.Azioni alla #DonBosco maniera” (What would he tell you? 3o Quotes in the #DonBosco way), 30 pieces of advice of Don Bosco in a modern key.
(ANS – Tonj) – Don Bosco Mission Tonj commemorated the seventh death anniversary of the Salesian Missionary from South Korea Fr. John Lee Tae-Suk (1962-2010). He was a medical doctor by profession, left his work to become a priest, joined the Salesian congregation and spent his life as a missionary in South Sudan. His priestly life was very short yet intense, and he he dedicated it for the people of Tonj, South Sudan.
France – “ALIVE: Death Does Not Stop Life”. A Multi-award Winning Short Film by a Young Salesian Missionary
(ANS – Paris) – John Paul Swaminathan is a young Salesian missionary in France, who pursues masters in film direction and producing movies for European televisions at the “EICAR” (École Internationale de Création Audiovisuelle et de Réalisation), the International Film School of Paris. His short film project “ALIVE: Death Does Not Stop Life” received three main awards last December: the Albert R. Broccoli Award, the Best Student Short Film and the Best Sound Awards, at the film fest organized by EICAR, in collaboration with “La Cinématheque Française” and the Ministry of Culture and Development in France.
Living Christmas in the Salesian Style
Current times are times of crisis. They present situations that regretfully are in contrast with the festive message of Christmas and that, naturally, are greatly disheartening. The message of the Gospel invites us to celebrate Christmas with a different view of reality and to be filled with hope in this time we are living. This is what we express through our Christmas wishes, when for instance we tell our friends “May the light of Christ illumine us”, “May the mystery of love flood your lives” or when we speak of the “great feast of sharing”.
It is appropriate that these expressions we repeat every year may be understood in their true meaning.
RMG – GSFS2017: “Salesian Family: Born to be witnesses of God!”
(ANS – Rome) – “We are 21 groups of the Salesian Family here present on these Days, and I am very happy for this. But I want to say something that is fundamental: Salesian Family: We are born to be witnesses of God!” With there words Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, invited to live the 35th edition of the Days of Spirituality of the Salesian Family, that is being held from January 19th to 22nd at the General House and at the “Salesianum”.
RMG – GSFS2017: Many Families in the Salesian Family
(ANS – Rome) – The fundamental link between Youth Ministry and Family Ministry was put again at the centre of Salesian reflection by the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, with the Strenna 2017. But it is quite some time that diverse realities of the Salesian Family realise paths and proposals to accompany the families in today’s challenges. Some of these initiatives are being presented now at the Days of Spirituality of the Salesian Family 2017.