“Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival”, skyrocketed participation and enthusiasm: deadline extended

17 September 2021 (ANS – Rome) – Hundreds of videos from all over the world have been submitted in less than two months, with extra requests for participation from pre-adolescents to adults. There is a growing and contagious enthusiasm surrounding the “Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival” (DBGYFF), which is already achieving fully its first objective, of igniting that positive spark of hope in the young people, which in turn can set ablaze the whole world on fire.  This being the reason, the organizers of the first global Salesian film festival have decided to extend the deadline for submission of entries. At this festival, promoted by the Salesians of Don Bosco through the foundation DON BOSCO NEL MONDO, all videos that are uploaded on the site by 15 October will be accepted- an extension of two more weeks has been made, with respect to the date that was announced before. This is not the only change. With less than two months to go for realization of the festival on 18-19 November 2021, scheduled to take place simultaneously in various locations around the world, there is a lot of work being done in the background, at a very progressive pace. The DBGYFF Technical head Fr. Maria Lawrence affirms: “The Film Festival portal www.dbgyff.com, has initiated a new chapter for our services towards the Youth. The front end of the portal website facilitates user access, while the custom built back-end web application uses cloud technology from multiple resources to automatically receive user profiles, films of various categories submitted by young people from across the globe, and assists the Jury spread across the world to evaluate them”. He moreover added, “A... read more

The New Things of the Kingdom of God…

A booklet to share “The new things of the Kingdom of God that emerged in the groups of the Salesian Family” during the pandemic 17 September 2021 (ANS – Rome) – On the threshold of the year 2021, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, invited the entire Salesian Family to revive the virtue of hope, and he did so through the traditional message of the Strenna, entitled: “Moved by hope. Behold, I am making all things new” (Rev 21,5). The expression reflects Don Bosco’s profound spirit of faith based on the ever faithful, creator and provident God, involved in the salvation of humanity. But it was also a response to the difficult world situation deriving from the Covid-19 pandemic, which has affected, and still affects, millions of people and has highlighted many other emergencies in the world, which which directly affect the poorer young people. How has the Salesian Family lived and continues to live this time? what “News of the Kingdom of God” is currently emerging in the various groups of our large family? This was the reflection proposed to the world leaders of the Groups gathered for the Advisory Board or Consulta of the Salesian Family, which took place online on 21, 22 and 23 May 2021. Undoubtedly it was worthwhile to deepen the meaning of Christian hope in such dramatic times as the present, to discover the face of God in them, opening up another way of looking at reality, helping each other to experience the Lord’s presence and creative action up close, and to follow – with Him – the new paths that Providence is showing us.... read more

Complete Synod 2023 Preparatory Document – Vatican News

  Synod 2023 Preparatory Document For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission 1. The Church of God is convoked in Synod. The path entitled “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission” will solemnly open on the 9th – 10th of October 2021 in Rome and on the following 17th of October in each particular Church. One fundamental stage will be the celebration of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, in October 2023,[1] which will be followed by the implementation phase that will again involve the particular Churches (cf. EC, arts. 19-21). With this convocation, Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission: “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.”[2] This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s “renewal” proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that has been made, the Church will be able to learn through Her experience which processes can help Her to live communion, to achieve participation, to open Herself to mission. Our “journeying together” is, in fact, what most effectively enacts and manifests the nature of the Church as the pilgrim and missionary People of God. 2. A basic question prompts and guides us: How does this “journeying together,” which takes place today on different levels (from the local level to the universal one), allow the Church to proclaim the Gospel in accordance with the mission entrusted to Her; and what steps does the Spirit invite us to take... read more

Listening to the Faithful: Vatican releases Synod Preparatory Document – Vatican News

File photo from the 2019 Synod of Bishops  (Vatican Media)TOWARDS THE SYNOD VATICAN SYNOD #SYNOD2023 CARDINALS BISHOPS LAITY DIOCESES Listening to the Faithful: Vatican releases Synod Preparatory Document The General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops presents the base text and “vademecum” – or handbook – to guide the journey of the Synod on Synodality. By Salvatore Cernuzio Listening without prejudice; speaking out with courage and parrhesia; dialoguing with the Church, with society, and with the other Christian confessions. The General Secretariat for the Synod has published the Preparatory Document, along with a Vademecum (or handbook) to indicate the guiding principles that will direct the path of the Synod on Synodality. The solemn opening of the Synod will take place in Rome on October 9-10, and in the particular Churches on October 17; and will conclude in the Vatican in 2023 with the assembly of bishops from around the world. The Preparatory Document, released on Tuesday, is intended above all to be an instrument facilitating the first phase of listening and consultation of the People of God in the particular Churches, which will take place from October 2021 to April 2022. Journeying together “In other words,” as the document says, “it constitutes a sort of construction site or pilot experience that makes it possible to immediately begin reaping the fruits of the dynamic that progressive synodal conversion introduces into the Christian community.” The text opens with a fundamental question: “How does this ‘journeying together,’ which takes place today on different levels (from the local level to the universal one), allow the Church to proclaim the Gospel in accordance with the mission entrusted to Her; and what steps... read more

United States – The B.E.S.T. of the “Don Bosco Prep”

Ramsey, United States – August 2021 – The Salesian house “Don Bosco Prep” recently held two one-week sessions of its program called “B.E.S.T.” (Brothers Eagerly Serving Together). Led by the Youth Ministry team, B.E.S.T. is a program for students who spend a week on campus and are committed to community service by strengthening their faith and bonds of brotherhood. Each session began with Mass in the Salesian community, followed by breakfast. The Project included, among other things, improvement activities for the “Don Bosco Prep”, the Marian Shrine of “Stony Point” and a day of volunteer work at the “Camp Echo Bay” in New Rochelle; leisure activities, on the other hand, included cinema, outdoor concerts, swimming, barbecues and games Source: United States – The B.E.S.T. of the “Don Bosco... read more

All set for Official Opening of 24th General Chapter of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

    Tomorrow, Friday 17 September 2021, the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) will celebrate the Official Opening of its XXIV General Chapter, which ends 24 October, at the Generalate in Rome. There will be two central moments of the day: at 7:00 (UTC + 2), the Eucharistic Celebration presided over by the Rector Major emeritus, Fr Pascual Chávez Villanueva; and at 9:30 am, the Official Opening of the General Chapter. Speaking of the Chapter, Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Mother General of the FMA, said: “It is an experience of faith and continuous discernment, to listen with a free and available heart to the calls of God present in history … We feel the responsibility to build the basis of the world of tomorrow with young people and young women.” The 172 participants in the Chapter, coming from all continents, shall be called to explore and discuss the theme: “’Do whatever He tells you’”(Jn 2,5). Communities that generate life in the heart of the contemporary world”. The Mass and the Official Opening of the General Chapter will be broadcast live on the institutional channels of the sisters: FACEBOOK – YOUTUBE. “That the XXIV General Chapter be a fruitful time of life and hope for the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians” is the wish that the entire Salesian Family shares. Source: Italy – All set for Official Opening of 24th General Chapter of Daughters of Mary Help of... read more

XXIV General Chapter of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

(ANS – Rome) – On Sunday 12 September, 2021, at the Generalate of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) in Rome, the 172 Chapter members from the five continents lived their first official meeting with a moment of presentations under the banner of fraternity and celebration. The day began with the Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr Mauro Mantovani, SDB, former Rector Magnificus of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS), who invited the religious to live this time of grace and blessing in opening up to the gift of the Holy Spirit and listening attentively to the Word. The icon of the banquet at Cana accompanied the moment of welcome and mutual acquaintance, animated by the General Councilors Sr. Silvia Boullosa, the Visiting Councilor, and Sr. Maria Helena Moreira, Sector Councilor for Communication. It is here that the miracle of the grace of unity in diversity took place, in which each of the participants manifested being a family in communion: the joy of meeting, of coming together, the life and mission of the 69 Provinces and 5 Vice Provinces represented, the names, the faces, countries and languages ​​ that are the sign of the beauty of the FMA Institutes in the world. Subsequently, the Capitulars in celebration, from the Theater reached the Chapter Hall, where the Regulator of the XXIV General Chapter, Sister Chiara Cazzuola, handed over the material and some useful information to guide the beginning of the joint journey; while Sister Vilma Tallone illustrated the anti-Covid-19 protocol. In the afternoon, Sister Moreira, Councilor of the Sector for Communication, after having presented the members of the Chapter Commission... read more

Highlights of the Holy Father’s Visit to Hungary and Slovakia 2021

Highlights of Pope Francis’ visit to Budapest and Slovakia A video roundup of Pope Francis’ 34th Apostolic Journey, a 4-day visit which took him first to Budapest to close the 52nd Eucharistic Congress and then to Slovakia for a whirlwind tour to strengthen the faith of the EU nation’s majority Catholic population. Pope at Mass upholds Mary to Slovaks as model of faith Celebrating his final Mass on Slovak soil near the National Marian Shrine of Šaštín on Wednesday, Pope Francis invites Slovaks to imitate Mary in her journey, her prophecy and her compassion. By Robin Gomes In what was the final public event of his 34th Apostolic Journey to Slovakia, Pope Francis Wednesday morning celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Sorrow with an open-air Mass in Šaštín.  The town, some 71 kilometers north of the Slovak capital Bratislava, is home to the National Marian Shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, the patroness of Slovakia.  Some 90 bishops and more than 500 priests concelebrated at the Mass, attended by some 60,000 faithful. Mary’s faith as a journey       In his homily, the Pope reflected on Mary’s faith as a journey, a prophecy and as compassion. Firstly, the Pope said, Mary’s faith sets her on a journey.  After hearing the message of the angel, she did not consider it a privilege to be chosen as the Mother of the Saviour; she did not lose the simple joy of her humility; she did not keep thinking about herself within the four walls of her house.  Rather, after experiencing the gift she had received as a mission to be carried out, she went... read more

Minori stranieri non accompagnati, Salesiani per il Sociale lancia la piattaforma digitale per la formazione e aggiornamento degli operatori – Salesiani Piemonte e Valle d’Aosta

Minori stranieri non accompagnati, Salesiani per il Sociale lancia la piattaforma digitale per la formazione e aggiornamento degli operatori 14 Settembre 2021/in Intorno a noi / Viene lanciato ufficialmente il Digital notebook, L’accompagnamento dei minori non accompagnati in Europa: le esperienze dei Professionisti del sociale che rappresenta un valido strumento per tutti gli operatori che lavorano sul campo a supporto dei minori stranieri non accompagnati. Già il 16 ottobre 2020 era stata lanciata la piattaforma inglese e francese, all’interno del webinar internazionale, Caring for unaccompanied minors in Europe e ad oggi è disponibile anche in italiano, greco e tedesco. La piattaforma è frutto del lavoro svolto all’interno del progetto Building knowledge from local practices: a solution for better care and support of unaccompanied minors in Europe, che ha coinvolto 7 partner europei: Apprentis d’Auteuil in Francia, in qualità di capofila, Salesiani per il Sociale APS in Italia, Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands in Germania, The Smile of a Child in Grecia e partner del campo di ricerca, Università di Ghent in Belgio, Università del Bedfordshire in Inghilterra e Osservatorio sulla migrazione dei minori – Università di Poitiers in Francia. Questo strumento offrirà agli operatori l’occasione di una formazione continua e la possibilità di confrontarsi con una community di esperti nel settore e con altri operatori che operano nei diversi paesi. Durante il corso online ci si focalizzerà sulle tre fasi del processo di accompagnamento nelle strutture d’accoglienza: in primo luogo, l’accoglienza all’arrivo, in secondo luogo, come prendersi cura di loro durante il loro soggiorno e in terzo luogo, come fornire loro  il giusto supporto quando dovranno lasciare la struttura che li ha accolti. Il corso può essere seguito con la massima flessibilità, scegliendo il modulo che si preferisce e in base... read more

Centenary of the death of Msgr. Giacomo Costamagna, SDB

15 September 2021 (ANS – Buenos Aires) – Giacomo Costamagna certainly plays a leading role among the missionary pioneers who have made the Salesian Congregation great, the first Salesian missionary to join the indigenous people of Ecuador, who was appointed Vicar Apostolic of Méndez y Gualaquiza, and who was above all a great animator and promoter of the whole Salesian mission in America. Because of the centenary of his death, which took place on 9 September 1921 in Bernal, Argentina, we commemorate his life and works. Born in Caramagna, 30 km from Turin, on 23 March 1846, he met Don Bosco at the age of 12, when he was sent to study in Turin. He entered the Oratory, attended his studies and perfected his musical skills with another key figure of the Salesian missions, Giovanni Cagliero. Sensing his priestly and Salesian vocation, he was sent to study in Lanzo, where he shared his life with other clerics who would later become friends and companions, even though at a distance, in the mission lands: Luigi Lasagna, apostle in Uruguay and Brazil; and Giuseppe Fagnano, a missionary in Tierra del Fuego and on the Magellanic coast. Ordained a priest on September 18, 1868, he made his perpetual vows on September 23, 1870. After having been the spiritual Director of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) in Mornese, he was entrusted with the leadership of the third Salesian Missionary Expedition, which in 1877 brought 17 Salesians and 6 FMA to Buenos Aires, including Sister Angela Vallese, also a great missionary in the Tierra del Fuego. After many adventures, and with the... read more