Ethiopian authorities release some Salesian missionaries

People displaced by conflict in Ethiopia receive basic humanitarian aid  CHURCH ETHIOPIA WAR HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY MISSIONARIES RELIGIOUS POLITICAL VIOLENCE A group of religious and lay members of a Salesian missionary organization who were arrested and detained 10 days ago by government forces has been released. Many others remain held in custody. By Vatican News staff writer There are 14 people still held in custody by the Ethiopian police, including Salesian religious, brothers, laity, employees. According to Fides news agency, seven other Salesians, plus an employed woman, were released by the police on Saturday morning. On Monday they reportedly appeared before a court and should be released on bail. State of Emergency and crackdown Amid a recently declared state of emergency, Ethiopian authorities have begun a crackdown on people that the government says are “supporters” of the rebellious Tigrayan forces. The arrests have included Salesian missionaries, as well as 72 humanitarian aid truck drivers and 16 other UN humanitarian staffers.   READ ALSO 11/11/2021 Ethiopia: Salesian missionaries arrested in Addis Ababa The raid on 5 November was carried out on a centre in Gottera in Addis Ababa, and the 17 people who were arrested were taken to an unknown destination....

Ethiopia: Salesian missionaries arrested in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian soldiers  CHURCH ETHIOPIA WAR UN RELIGIOUS Amid a recently declared state of emergency, Ethiopian authorities have begun a crackdown on people that the government says are “supporters” of the rebellious Tigrayan forces. The arrests have included Salesian missionaries, as well as 72 humanitarian aid truck drivers and 16 other UN humanitarian staffers. By Vatican News staff writer Government forces in Ethiopia raided a centre run by the Salesians of Don Bosco in Addis Ababa and arrested 17 people, including priests, religious brothers, and employees, amid a general climate of uncertainty and tension in the country brought about by the year-long war between the government and Tigrayan forces. Reports say that the raid was carried out on 5 November on a centre in Gottera, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, and the 17 people who were arrested were taken to an unknown destination. The motive for their arrest remains unclear. Meanwhile, the Salesians, who have worked in Ethiopia since 1975, are continuing to pray for peace and unity in the country, and for the safe return of their arrested brothers. Tense situation The war in Ethiopia has not spared civilians, as thousands have died and millions have been displaced, forced...

Orientation Course for New Missionaries – including our own Br. Dan Glass

09 November 2021 Rome, RMG – November 2021 – The preparation of the departing missionaries for the 152nd Missionary Expedition is currently underway. Unfortunately, due to travel restrictions, only 8 of the 23 members of this year’s missionary expedition have arrived in Rome. Maybe three more will be able to come in the over the next few days. In the meantime, the Orientation Course for New Missionaries in the Salesian Headquarters began on 4 November, animated by the team of the Missions Sector. After the introductory sessions and the meeting with the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, they will reach Colle Don Bosco for the second part of the course. Eventually, when it becomes easier to travel, a special course will be organized for missionaries who have not been able to attend the present course. The official dispatch of the SDB and FMA missionaries will take place on November 21 in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. After the celebration, the missionary cross of those who were unable to participate will be sent to their Provincials, who will hand it over in the name of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime. RELATED ARTICLE(S) RMG – New Missionaries:...

Colle Don Bosco Ethnological Missionary Museum: To Learn and Visit

28 October 2021 (ANS – Castelnuovo Don Bosco) – New projects have been created at the Ethnological Missionary Museum (MEM) of Colle Don Bosco through two web channels of the Piedmont Region: “Mèmora” and ” L’arte con chi ne fa parte – Art with those who belong to it”. “Mèmora” is a showcase for the cultural heritage of museums, cultural institutes and historical archives in the Piedmont region. It is a virtual place where resources can be shared and where, through in-depth thematic studies, the heritage itself can be read by a wide audience, not just specialists in the field. The platform can be used free of charge by students, tourists or professionals, who can use it in a variety of ways, finding a museum, an archive, a photographic and natural heritage as well as various thematic and in-depth tours. In Mèmora the MEM presents 92 objects selected from those kept in the permanent exhibition showcases and two routes linked to the theme of games and music among ethnic groups. By selecting the various menus, it is possible to gain new knowledge about the great cultural heritage that includes the collection of not only that of Colle Don Bosco Museum...

New Missionaries: Strength and Weakness Go Together

02 November 2021 (ANS – Rome) – “It gives us great joy to see the 23 new missionaries who form the 152nd Salesian Missionary Expedition: we thank the Lord for this great gift. We know that it is not at all easy, especially in the last two years, to opt to be a missionary ad gentes and, often having to wait many months before actually being able to leave. As always, a missionary is required to be strong, robust and humble because such high expectations from so many are placed on his shoulders,” says Fr Pavel Ženíšek, SDB, a member of the Sector for the Missions, in a reflection on the missions with an eye on the map of the Salesian missionaries of the forthcoming Salesian Missionary Expedition. Fr Ženíšek continues his reasoning: “What if, despite sincere discernment and honest preparation, he does not come up to the expectations; what if he does not make it? What do we do? Pope Francis’ prayer intention this month is for those suffering from depression or burnout. (Let us pray that people suffering from depression or burnout will find support and a light from all to open them to life). The General Councilor for Youth...

Lay People and Salesians as Missionary Disciples

By Fr. Alfred Maravilla SDB General Councillor for Missions        RMG, 10 October 2021 — Through the Sacrament of Baptism, all Christians are part of the people of God and share in the mission of the Church. The Second Vatican Council emphasised in a special way that every baptised person and all Christian communities share in the missionary task of the Church of broadening the boundaries of faith (Ad Gentes, 2, 6). Therefore, every disciple and every Christian community is challenged, and invited to be missionary by making its own, the mandate entrusted by Jesus to the Apostles, to be his “witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1,8). Thus, Pope Francis insisted that for every baptised member of the Church “we no longer say that we are ‘disciples’ and ‘missionaries’ but rather that we are always ‘missionary disciples’” (Evangelii Gaudium, 120).        As consecrated persons, our Salesian religious profession is a unique and fruitful deepening of our baptismal consecration in view of our particular mission in the Church. As Salesians, we are, everywhere, true missionaries of the young and youth is our mission land. We live our...