“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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...