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...

Another important post in Roman Curia for Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA

(ANS – Vatican City) – Yesterday, Wednesday 24 March, Pope Francis appointed Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, Under-Secretary for the Faith and Development Sector of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. “I feel grateful to the Holy Father and to the prefect of my dicastery, Cardinal Turkson, to all those who work in the dicastery who show trust in me. I hope to be able to do my part,” commented the nun. Yesterday’s appointment is only the last important task that the Holy Father entrusts to the religious of the Salesian Family. Sister Smerilli, who holds a PhD in Political Economy from the “La Sapienza” University of Rome and a PhD in Economics from the “East Anglia University” in Norwich (Great Britain), is full Professor of Political Economy at the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences “Auxilium” in Rome. In the last two years, Pope Francis has also appointed her as Councilor of the Vatican City State, Consultor of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, as well as Coordinator of the Economics Task Force of the Vatican Commission for Covid-19. The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development was established by Pope Francis on 1...

Sixth Anniversary of martyrdom of Akash Bashir, Pakistani past pupil

Sixth Anniversary of martyrdom of Akash Bashir, Pakistani past pupil By Sunil Iqbal        Lahore Pakistan, 15 March 2021 — Akash Bashir’s final words as he was martyred were: “I will die but I will not let you to go”. Pakistan’s Salesian Community celebrated Mass on 15 March, the 6th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Akash Bashir, the Pakistani Salesian Past Pupil who saved hundreds of people inside the Church by embracing a suicide bomber and offered his own life. We humbly ask all of you to pray for our Pakistani Christian community.        “Faith in Jesus and in the power of His Holy Name is the greatest spiritual force in the world today. It is a source of joy and inspiration in our youth; of strength in our manhood, when only His Holy Name and His grace, can enable us to overcome temptation; of hope, consolation and confidence at the hour of our death, when more than ever before, we realize, that the meaning of Jesus is ‘Lord, the Savior.’ We should bow in reverence to His Name and submission to His Holy Will.” Source: Sixth Anniversary of martyrdom of Akash Bashir, Pakistani past...

Delivery of “Positio super virtutibus” of Servant of God Fr Carlo Crespi, SDB

15 March 2021 (ANS – Vatican City) – On 12 March 2021 the volume of the Positio super Vita, Virtutibus et Fama Sanctitatis of the Servant of God Carlo Crespi Croci, Professed Priest of the Society of St. Francis de Sales, was delivered to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in the Vatican. The Positio had as speaker Msgr. José Jaime Brosel Gavilá, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni as Postulator, and Dr. Mariafrancesca Oggianu as Collaborator. Structural elements of the “Positio” – which presents in an articulated and in-depth manner the entire documentary and testifying apparatus of evidence regarding the virtuous life of the Servant of God – are: a brief presentation by the Speaker; the Informatio super virtutibus, that is, the theological part in which the virtuous life of the Servant of God is demonstrated; the two Summarium with textual and documentary proofs; the Biographia ex Documentis; the latest Sessions and the iconographic apparatus. After delivery, the Positio will be examined by the Theological Consultors of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Then it will be studied by the Cardinals and Bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints: these articulated stages of study and evaluation will allow the Supreme Pontiff, in the event...

4th Extraordinary Chapter of the Secular Institute of the Daughters of the Queenship of Mary

4th Extraordinary Chapter of the Secular Institute of the Daughters of the Queenship of Mary ceteratolle Views 142 Comment 0 By Teresa Rawiwan Buakharn        Bangkok, Thailand, 4 March 2021 — From 25-28 February 2021, 35 members of the Secular Institute of the Daughters of the Queenship of Mary gathered for the 4th Extraordinary Chapter at the mother house of the Institute in Sathorn Road, Bangkok. The opening was graced by the presence of Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovitwanich, the Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Bangkok. He presided at the opening liturgical service and gave a homily. This special chapter was called to improve the 2011 Constitutions and Regulations of the Institute. That book was approved by the local ordinary of the Diocese of Bangkok as temporary guideline for practice for 10 years. That would allow the members to live according to this law of the Church for the same length of time. And this experimenting period was about to end.        Mary Kesorn Chaikaew, the General Moderator, acting as the highest superior of the Institute announced the assembly of the 4th Extraordinary Chapter. This opened a new page to the history of the Institute, a moment of...