Pope offers assistance to Catholic charity in southern Italy – Vatican News

Pope offers assistance to Catholic charity in southern Italy Cardinal Konrad Krajiewski, papal almoner, offers the support of Pope Francis to a local Catholic charity in San Severo in the province of Foggia, southern Italy opening its doors to families in difficulty due to the pandemic. By Giancarlo La Vella “Solidarity spent well” is the slogan of the “Don Felice Canelli” Emporio della Solidarietà Catholic charity promoted by the diocesan Caritas of San Severo, a larger town in the Foggia area, which opened Saturday. All families in difficulty due to the pandemic are able to receive needed assistance. Present at the inauguration was Bishop Giovanni Checchinato of San Severo, Msgr. Francesco Soddu, director of Caritas Italiana, Fr. Andrea Pupilla, director of Caritas of San Severo; the mayor, Francesco Miglio, and Simona Venditti, municipal councillor for Social Policies. Cardinal Konrad Krajiewski, papal almoner, surprised the group with his personal visit to share the Pope’s good wishes and support for the initiative to the joy of all those present. The Church of San Severo is also celebrating one of its own priests, an apostle and friend of the poor, don Felice Canelli, who was recently declared venerable by the Holy See....

Salesian Missions and Laudato Si’

The New Rochelle-based “Salesian Missions”, a private, nonprofit organization that operates as a non-governmental organization (NGO), is dedicated to raising money for and helping projects to advance the third world. “In 2020, we helped 67 provinces, who received $8.5 million for over 100 projects,” Fr. Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions, explained. “We have been doing this for 75 years, during which we’ve raised over $637 million.” In the special year dedicated to the Encyclical Laudato Sì, (May 24, 2020-2021), the Mission Office oversaw, among its numerous projects, numerous programs on the environmental theme. Salesian Missions provides aid through education, health, humanitarian assistance, church building, and the Salesian Lay Missioners (SLM) program. A recent example of how Salesian Missions helped moral and spiritual development through education is how they raised 1,000 bibles through the Koch Foundation. Additionally, their chapel projects under church building saw 35 chapels assigned during 2020 and raised a total of $607,475 to support the cause. Moreover, one way that Salesian Missions has participated in the fifth anniversary of Laudato Sì is how they introduced a renewable energy training program in Tanzania that serves over 480 students per year. With funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Don...

SALESIAN MISSIONS USA – “Loaves and Fishes”: a campaign to support critical aid shipments to programs around the globe

“Loaves and Fishes”: a campaign to support critical aid shipments to programs around the globe 11 May 2021 (ANS – New Rochelle) – “Salesian Missions”, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, recently launched its annual “Loaves and Fishes” fundraiser which raises funds to ship life-saving aid to more than 130 countries around the globe. Because the cost of shipping critical aid is far less than its value, donations are multiplied many times over. For every dollar donated, Salesian Missions is able to ship $14 worth of critical goods to its programs. The fundraising appeal runs through the end of June 2021. Aimed at maximizing the impact of donor-assisted programs and answering the call for emergency aid deliveries, the Salesian Missions Property and Logistics Program is made possible by generous assistance from government and private sector partners. Millions of dollars in U.S. government-issued excess property and corporate in-kind donations are leveraged by an annual award to Salesian Missions from the USAID Ocean Freight Reimbursement Grant for humanitarian aid shipments. This award enables the Salesian Missions Office for International Programs to transport shipments of humanitarian aid and development commodities at low to no cost. Salesian Missions also maintains...

France – New learning platform takes Don Bosco’s educational mission online

New learning platform takes Don Bosco’s educational mission online 26 April 2021 (ANS – Paris) – In Don Bosco’s time, once a school was founded, the main technological challenge consisted in guaranteeing the quality and distribution of printed material. Today the challenge is for every student to have access to a digital learning platform with all the essential features required for high-quality online education. To address this challenge, Don Bosco Intuition Entertainers Media, an international NGO, has been commissioned by the province of FRB, headed by provincial, Daniel Federspiel, to develop several digital solutions. Along with their partner Cagliero Creative Solutions, they have developed CaglieroLMS, a learning management system platform specifically designed for state-of-the-art online education. The presentation of this innovative project is scheduled for next May 1st and will see the participation of the General Councilor for Social Communication, Fr Gildásio Mendes.   “Cagliero Creative Solutions” is quickly gaining international recognition having already developed products for various companies and organizations, co-producing products with entities like BoscoSoft and EsaCineTech. CaglieroLMS was designed specifically for the Don Bosco Network of Schools and Technical Centers and is capable of managing a single school or a network of institutions. The platform has the power to take the Don Bosco mission online, giving our...