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...

Meeting of Salesian Cooperators of Interamerica Region

  Santiago, Chile – February 2021 – The “Fundación Don Bosco” of Chile continues to work for the most needy, especially in this time of pandemic. Thanks to the award of government projects, it will expand its offer of integral work in six new homes that shall welcome children and young people in situations of vulnerability. “Vuelve Casas Compartidas Domingo Savio” is a project that offers young people a transitory place for their social inclusion. There will be five houses that will allow them to live there, start their studies, look for work and achieve autonomy that will give them a permanent integration into society in Santiago. To these houses must be added the “Miguel Magone” Therapeutic Community, with 14 adolescents, and a residential system, which will be based in the municipality of Father Hurtado. Finally, the opening of a new program “Abriendo Caminos Mamá Margarita” is also planned with coverage of Santiago Centro, Central Station, Lo Prado and Quinta Normal. Source: Fundación Don Bosco Source: Meeting of Salesian Cooperators of Interamerica...