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...

Way of the Cross: suffering seen through the eyes of children – Vatican News

Way of the Cross: suffering seen through the eyes of children The briefing for the Vatican’s worldwide telecasts of Holy Week and Easter celebrations offers background information on the liturgies, especially this year’s Way of the Cross meditations authored by children. More than 170 broadcast networks and outlets globally will be linked for the celebrations. By Vatican News Pope Francis has called on the faithful to look at the sufferings of humanity through the eyes of children by entrusting them this year with the meditations for the Way of the Cross.  He asks us to consider more deeply their perspective of the world today, especially in this tragic time of the pandemic. The presenters at the worldwide telecasts briefing highlighted these dimensions during the Good Friday morning meeting held in the Sala Marconi of Palazzo Pio, home of Vatican News and Vatican Radio. Deputy editorial director of Vatican Media, Alessandro Gisotti, and Roberto Romolo, head of the International Relations Office of Vatican Media, hosting the meeting, remembered that today marks the 16th anniversary of the death of St. John Paul II, who participated spiritually in his last Way of the Cross on March 25, 2005, an unforgettable moment captured on video...

St. Joseph’s Lessons on Abstinence & NFP in Marriage

MARCH 24, 2021 St. Joseph’s Lessons on Abstinence & NFP in Marriage MICHELE CHRONISTER Natural Family Planning (or NFP, as it is more commonly called) is a natural, scientifically based method of child-spacing that is effective, morally acceptable, and… hard. Any couple who practices NFP can tell you both stories of how NFP has blessed their marriage as well as stories of how NFP has been a cross at times. Promoting regular communication between spouses and focused on supporting the health of a woman, its benefits are numerous. The harder side of NFP, though, is not unique to couples who practice Natural Family Planning—periods of abstinence. In any marriage (even in marriages not using NFP), periodic abstinence may be required. Abstinence is necessary in the weeks after childbirth, for example. It may also be required when a spouse is ill, or one of them needs to travel for work or the military. Abstinence might be necessary before or after surgery, and it may also need to be practiced during all or part of a woman’s menstruation.  The great lie of contraception is that it can prevent times of abstinence. That is not possible. Abstinence is part of every marriage.  What makes...

Service to children first of all and in all circumstances. Digital experience of “DonBoScuola”

(ANS – Macerata) – At exactly 3 pm, for many years, every afternoon, at the Salesian oratory-youth center in Macerata, many children and young people gather for the “DonBoScuola”, a project that aims, on the one hand, to providing scholastic support to children who suffer from educational and non-educational poverty, with the aim of ensuring that they are accompanied in their daily study; and on the other, to increase the dynamics of socialization and inclusion through workshops and games. Even the “DonBoScuola” was affected by the pandemic and its consequences. But it hasn’t stopped them at all. As long as the situation allowed it, DonBoScuola continued its traditional activities in person: of the fifty children and young people enrolled, in compliance with all the regulations and safety requirements, thirty were welcomed every day, thanks to the daily support of five volunteers who supported the children in study and play. But on Macerata being deemed a “red zone” meant that the children could no longer reach the Salesian House. For this reason the Salesian educative-pastoral community, from Tuesday 9 March, has put all the energies available to start “DonBoScuola” in remote or distance mode: it has involved children aged 16 to...

US Bishops: Equality Act discriminates against people of faith and threatens unborn life – Vatican News

US Bishops: Equality Act discriminates against people of faith and threatens unborn life In a letter to Congress, several committee chairmen of the US Bishops’ Conference have expressed their opposition to proposed legislation, warning that it poses legal and social threats to citizens. By Vatican News staff writer Five US Bishop committee chairmen have expressed their opposition to the recent reintroduction of the Equality Act (H. R. 5), scheduled to be voted upon by the House of Representatives in coming days. In a letter jointly signed by the chairs of the USCCB committees on Religious Liberty, Pro-Life, Marriage, Catholic Education and Domestic Justice, they highlight threats posed by the proposed law to both people of faith and of no faith, to the right of freedom of speech, as well as to faith-based charities and health-care workers with conscience objections, among others. Gender discrimination, abortion and the Equality Act The Bishops warned that the Equality Act, while purporting to protect people experiencing same-sex attraction or gender discordance from discrimination, rather represents an imposition by Congress “of novel and divisive viewpoints regarding ‘gender’ on individuals and organizations;” including dismissing sexual difference and falsely presenting “gender” as a social construct. Re-echoing Pope...