Spreading Hope through Audio and Video

Spreading hope through audio and video by Jessica Oata & Abigail Seta Port Moresby: Media students from eight catholic agency schools in Port Moresby were part of the 3rd Media Education Seminar (MES) that aimed at spreading hope through audio and video productions. LINK TO RESOURCE MANUAL It was held at the Emmaus Conference Centre from 4th- 6th June under the theme ‘Hope amidst Covid-19’ with animation of the program by the Social Communications Commission (SOCOM) of the Catholic Bishops Conference. The program commenced on the evening of Friday, 4th June with the first session on creating school news bulletin boards. This was followed by a time of reflection and discussion of issues faced by young people today. The second day of the program focused on producing jingles to promote their schools and attract prospective students. Radio interviews was the second session of the day that had the students interviewing their teachers. Each of the productions were recorded and edited by Radio Maria. Following these, the third session gave the students the opportunity to speak on camera for 20 seconds on issues in PNG. Storyboard and film shooting were the final sessions on the third day of the program...

Inspiring young Catholic joins DB Indonesia’s YouTube channel to witness to his faith

By Fr. Peter Tukan, SDB         Jakarta, Indonesia, 7 June 2021 — Indonesia is one the few countries in the world that have been producing the world best badminton athletes. Today, the country has Jonatan Christie, 23 years old Catholic, who occupies the 7th position of the world men’s singles rankings according to the latest update of BWF World Rankings.        Jojo, as he is best known in Indonesia, spontaneously gave his quick response “yes” when he was asked to be the guest on the regular Thursday evening live show in Salesian Don Bosco Indonesia YouTube channel. He was asked just about 2 weeks before the show. He knew that the event was purely a religious activity as he was expected to share his faith experience to the majority Catholic audience.        The show was held on Thursday evening, 27 May 2021, at 19:00 Indonesian time. In that talk show, he was sharing  his understanding of the glory of God and how he lives in the spirit of gratitude for the greatness of the Lord that has been so vital for his life as a young Catholic and a national and international badminton player.  ...

“Education in love: affectivity and sexuality. How to accompany young people”

“Education in love: affectivity and sexuality. How to accompany young people” 08 June 2021 (ANS – Rome) – In the last two weeks of May and the first of June, delegates, consecrated persons and lay people from all the Provinces of the world participated in three formative sessions organized by the Youth Ministry Sector. This initiative was conceived in response to the need of the Provinces to form and share the pastoral and moral keys for the affective-sexual education of young people, thinking of educational criteria. The participation was very numerous and representative of the various realities: a total of about 580 people across three days. With great competence and skill, Professor Javier de la Torre introduced the participants to very delicate and significant issues on an educational-pastoral level, but also on a personal level. In the first meeting, the pastoral and moral keys for the affective sexual education of young people were provided. They started from a horizon in which there are insufficient models of sexuality education to arrive at principles of sexuality education that envisage a path of knowledge – as opposed to ignorance -, of openness and communication – as opposed to silence -, of attention and...

Plain Talks on Marriage

Don’t let worldly lies corrupt your marriage. Over 500,000 copies of Plain Talks on Marriage sold! Plain Talks on Marriage is back in print for the first time since the 1900s.  Society has suffered the devil’s many attacks on marriage and family since the last publication of Fr. Fulgence Meyer’s work. Sister Lucia, the Fatima visionary, even warned our times that “The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about Marriage and the Family.” Today, every major issue attacks marriage and the family. The Marriage of the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph As truth about the sanctity of marriage has been silenced, divorce has become rampant and same-sex unions have been legalized. Families have been severely injured by birth control and abortion. The straightforward truth Plain Talks on Marriage offers is a solution to the evils of the world. It contains practical counsel and wisdom relevant for every Catholic married couple. What’s Inside Plain Talks on Marriage? Plain Talks on Marriage contains the antidotal truth to the destructive lies society proclaims about marriage and family. Specifically, this book addresses the following: Chapter I: Happiness in Marriage Chapter II: The Nature of Marriage Chapter III: The Purposes and Privileges of Marriage Chapter IV: Sins Against Holy...

Global Day of Parents: Salesian Missions highlights educational and social development programs that support parents

01 June 2021 (ANS – New Rochelle) – Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and the international community in celebrating Global Day of Parents, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. The day, celebrated each year on June 1, honours parents throughout the world and provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents for their commitment to children. This year the U.N. is focused on the role that parents have played during the pandemic. The U.N noted, “As the anchors of the family and the foundation of our communities and societies, parents have the responsibility of sheltering their families from harm, caring for out-of-school children and, at the same time, continuing their work responsibilities. Without support from parents, children’s health, education and emotional well-being is at risk. By introducing family-friendly workplace policies and practices, companies and organizations will be in a better position to promote children’s safety and well-being and provide systematic support to employees.” In their work in more than 130 countries around the globe, Salesian missionaries provide support to the parents of the children in their programs. Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions, said, “Supporting...

Pope Francis: I establish the lay ministry of Catechist

Apostolic Letter issued “Motu Proprio” by the Supreme Pontiff Francis Antiquum ministerium, instituting the ministry of catechist, 10 May 2021 Francis Motu Proprio [ DE  – EN  – ES  – FR  – IT  – PL  – PT ] APOSTOLIC LETTER ISSUED “MOTU PROPRIO” BY THE SUPREME PONTIFF FRANCIS “ANTIQUUM MINISTERIUM” INSTITUTING THE MINISTRY OF CATECHIST   1. The ministry of Catechist in the Church is an ancient one. Theologians commonly hold that the first examples are already present in the writings of the New Testament. The service of catechesis may be traced back to those “teachers” mentioned by the Apostle in writing to the community of Corinth: “Some people God has designated in the Church to be, first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then, gifts of healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work mighty deeds? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way” (1 Cor 12:28-31). Saint Luke begins his Gospel by stating: “I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so...