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TOKYO: 8th August 2009

The first volume of Autobiografia dalle lettere di Don Cimatti (Autobiography of Don Cimatti, from his letters), edited by Fr Gaetano Compri, vice postulator for the Cimatti Cause, curator of the Cimatti Museum at Chofu, Tokyo, is now available. The tome (there is no other way to describe it!) is 421 pages, a case-wrap hardcover edition with full colour cover, replete with photos, all originals from the Cimatti era. The book costs €18 plus postage. It is in Italian.

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De Sales and Social Media

  08:54:22 pm, by SDB   , 556 words  

ROME (or should it be THONON?): 7th August 2009

While there is a lull in receiving news from around the region it may be worth drawing attention to an anniversary. Don't worry, it's not a 150th and not quite a 500th! I refer to the birthday of St Francis de Sales on 21st August 1567. We will draw attention to this principal Patron of ours, and after whom we are named (C. 4, 8) on sdb.org via a FOCUS to be published on 15th and which will be available until the end of the month. The photographic work for this Focus is the result of a member of our Region, Bro Hilario Seo from Korea.

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Brisbane Film festival invites Salesian into jury

  10:01:11 am, by SDB   , 250 words  

BRISBANE: 30th July 2009

The Brisbane International Film Festival, which began today, 30th July, in that city, the capital of the Australian State of Queensland, has gained worldwide interest, and even a little notoriety, given its decision to screen films that China regards as controversial - you can follow that debate in the daily papers.
So it becomes even more significant that Fr Joseph Pulinthanath, the Salesian filmmaker responsible for Roots, due to show on 2nd and 3rd August at the Festival, tells us he has been invited as Festival guest for the duration of the Festival (30th July - 9th August) and has been invited onto the Interfatih Jury for the Festival. Described as a 'cultural document', by Fr Pulinthanath of Kerala, India, Roots tells of the people displaced by the construction of the Dumbar Dam, which in 1979 submerged huge areas of arable land in the fertile Raima valley.
Musing on the success of Roots, and the fact that Salesians are involved worldwide in media of the kind, Fr Pulinthanath, in a recent letter to austraLasia, does a little thinking aloud: "Can we Salesians think of some mechanism that can exclusively focus on films? Maybe, a film subdepartment within the Communication (Social Communications) Department! And/or perhaps set up a Salesian Jury that will look out for a 'youth bias' in films? And7or perhaps a Salesian International Film Festival designed with youth in mind?....Why do youth need to go elsewhere when they want to 'see' a film?'.

Canlubang Seminary launches Blog

  08:51:02 am, by admin   , 194 words  

Link: http://www.dbseminary.org

CANLUBANG: 27th July 2009

Young people are out there in cyberspace and so are our aspirants and prenovices in the Philippine North Province. Yesterday, Filipino-Missions Sunday, Don Bosco Seminary, Canlubang, launched its blog entitled "plunge into the deep" inspired by the seminary motto duc in altum which was originally from Pope John Paul II's letter Tertio Milenio Adveniente. The ceremonial launching was led by Fr. Rolo Alcasid, Rector. The event was graced by the presence of Fr. Eli Cruz, the Provincial, who happen to be on one of his regular fraternal visits to the communities.

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ROME: 26th July 2009

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty" wrote John Keats, "That is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know". Two of the most celebrated and discussed lines of poetry, that one finds in his Ode on a Grecian Urn.

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