Italy – Fr Felice Canelli, a “universal brother” for the needy

(ANS – San Severo) – “Religion is the interpenetration of the needs of others”; “What is our altar? The Tabernacle of the Temple and the hand of the poor”. These are two expressions of Fr Felice Canelli, priest of the diocese of San Severo (Foggia, Italy) and Salesian Cooperator, today recognized by the Church as a Servant of God. They are two mottos that he himself lived first: for almost a century (1880-1977), moved by his faith in Jesus, he was the “universal brother” – using an expression of Pope Francis – of many poor, young, abandoned people who resorted to him. It was precisely faith that made him sensitive to material and spiritual needs because whoever follows Jesus does not alienate himself from concrete life or theorize about solidarity, but on the contrary, becomes more human. Why he was everywhere: first on the altar in profound dialogue with God, then in the hovels of the poor around the city outskirts, in the homes of the rich to ask for economic aid for his many charitable works, on the stage of a political rally, as secretary of the Partito Popolare to ask for just laws for everyone starting with the...

Spain – A digital and inclusive school for the disadvantaged: “Don Bosco F5”

(ANS – Sevilla) – “Don Bosco F5” will be a digital, inclusive and supportive school, the first to be developed in Andalusia under the “Simplon.co” pedagogical model. It has already selected the first 25 participants who will be educated in the new technologies according to this model. This is a project born from the collaboration between the “Fundación Don Bosco” and the “Factoría F5”, which will be financed by the “Endesa” energy company. It is part of the activities developed by the “Fundación Don Bosco” in the “Polígono Sur” area of ​​Seville, considered one of Spain’s most vulnerable areas, where a large number of minors, young people and families are immersed in highly vulnerable situations, especially in terms of employment. The “Don Bosco F5” school project was born as a response to the crisis generated by Covid-19 to seek a strategic alliance between three leading realities in educational and social intervention, technological training and entrepreneurial commitment; and without forgetting that currently in Spain there are 12.3 million people in a situation of social exclusion (data from the tenth report on the population at risk of poverty or exclusion – AROPE) while there are over 56,000 vacancies in the technology sector...