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...

Sierra Leone – Urgent aid for hundreds of children who have lost everything in a fire

(ANS – Freetown) – The capital of Sierra Leone is once again the scene of a tragedy of immense proportions: a vast fire that broke out on Wednesday night in the suburb of Susan Bay, near the bay of Freetown, destroyed more than 10 hectares of land covered with shacks and huts in wood and sheet metal. Over 500 of these houses are reduced to ashes and more than 5,000 people have lost everything, including more than 600 minors, boys and girls, beneficiaries of the socio-educational programs of the Salesian “Don Bosco Fambul”. The Salesians have already announced that their doors are open to welcome, help and protect, especially children, adolescents and mothers with small children. “We have lost everything. We got out as fast as possible as soon as we heard the shouts ‘Fire, fire!’ We were on the street, without food since that day and without knowing where to go, because I am taking care of my grandmother who is very old,” says Yaikain, one of the girls hosted at “Don Bosco Fambul” and who, like hundreds of children, urgently needs help. In just four hours, and for reasons still unknown, the fire spread through the wood and...

Homeless people to receive Covid-19 vaccines in the Vatican during Holy Week – Vatican News

Homeless people to receive Covid-19 vaccines in the Vatican during Holy Week The Office of Papal Charities is working to ensure that the vulnerable and marginalized in society have access to Covid-19 vaccines. 1200 people will have the opportunity of being vaccinated in the Vatican during Holy Week. By Vatican News staff writer As the world continues to adopt measures to combat the ongoing health emergency, the Office of Papal Charities, in response to Pope Francis’s numerous appeals that no one be excluded from receiving the Covid-19 vaccines, is taking action to accompany the most vulnerable. A statement released on Friday said that during Holy Week, 1200 of the poorest and most marginalized people will have the opportunity of getting vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine – the same vaccine administered to the Pope and the employees of the Holy See. The vaccines will be administered in a specially designed facility inside the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican. The medical doctors and health workers involved in the process include volunteers who work in the “Madre di Misericordia” mobile health clinic located under the Bernini colonnade, employees of the Vatican’s Directorate of Health and Hygiene, as well as volunteers from...

“RSB-Social” Notebook series completed

Photo by: don Agnaldo Soares Lima (ANS – Brasilia) – The series of Papers, or Notebooks, of the Salesian Network of Social Action Brazil (RSB-Social) was finally completed in these first months of 2021. The series offers guides containing support material to achieve alignment and coordinated networking of the works and presences that make up RSB-Social. By proposing a model of approach and integration of social works, respecting the diversity and particularity of each one, the Notebooks offer a guide and a reflection on the elements present in the proposed Reference Framework. As practical tools, they serve to guide the entire RSB-Social in its purposes and to support alignment with the principles, to provide a basis for conducting training processes, to guide a renewed action built on interaction with the territory, and to open local presences to the much-needed re-defining of their educational offers to children, adolescents, young people and their families. The preparation of the Notebooks is the result of a whole process of collective reflection and construction on how to create a methodology for articulating the Social Works of the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in view of coordinated online action. Once the path...