“Walking through News and Events – Forty Years of Journalism”. Don Giuseppe Costa withdraws his long militancy

An anthological collection of articles tells and documents the call for communication of Salesian Don Giuseppe Costa, journalist, originally from Gela, head of the SEI school publication and religious LDC, for several years director of the LEV – Libreria Editor Vaticana.

Published by Nemapress edizioni, the full volume of about 300 pages “Wandering between Chronicles and Events – Forty Years of Journalism”, documents the Salesian Charism, presents articles on “St. John Bosco, Saint of Young People”, published in 1988 by ” Il Popolo “and by Osservatore Romano, commemorates Easter 1934, when at the end of the Holy Year Don Bosco was declared a saint and his statue dominated above the artistic bronze that St. .

In the articles, which also refer to the presentation of books about the founders of the Salesians, the function of the oratorio, archetype and radiation center of the “pedagogical laboratory”, which consecrates the preventive method and educational art of Don Bosco.
In several articles, published in Avvenire in 1991 and in L’Osservatore Romano in the years 2000-2002, Don Giuseppe Costa presents the many faces of Christopher Columbus, the company of the discovery of America and the events that d ‘History marked and in particular the September 11, 2001 attack and the collapse of the Twin Towers.

In an article published in “La Sicilia” March 27, 1992, Don Costa, interviewing Furio Colombo, President of the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, addresses the question of Italian culture for America, a real “laboratory” for multiculturalism, underlined the Italian publishers who publish texts and works of art, while the diffusion of American culture penetrates the various sectors of cinema, literature and scientific research.

In the anthology, which almost becomes a biography, the author collects articles written during missions, church conferences, journalism and publishing, trips to Madagascar, India, Egypt, Israel, Poland and Germany. The focus is always on social and cultural issues, published, libraries, such as a visit to the sixteenth-century castle of Blutensburg the largest library of youth literature houses.

Original is also the article “The Weekend Who Invented It” (L’Osservatore Romano May 2001) in which he describes the long lines of cars on May 1, the maxi-eddies of every weekend that do not have the bucolic taste have.a romantic of traveling out of town, but “staying in line for hours tastes of social alienation rather than free choice”.

The reduction of working hours, the weekly rest, the short week at school, and then again the expectation of the Sunday Mass on Saturday evening has led to a change of style in the social organization, which today is basically oriented towards consumerism, favored.
As a Salesian, paying attention to the young, Fr ​​Costa has in the anthology collection articles on the associations of the youth movements of various Christian Democratic parties, Socialist, Communist, Republican parties, and then again on Communion and Liberation. Articles published in Salesian Magazine “New Dimensions” and “Avvenire” cover issues related to youth ministry and the title of an article seems to be original: “The Gospel Puts on Jeans” comments on the document for the education of the US Episcopal Conference which talks about youth ministries in America.
Particular attention to youth is drawn to the author and the article on page 192 is also very current: “But can peace be taught in school?” (Il Popolo January 2, 1986)

Refers to the progress of the seminar “Peace Education”, the need for a response to the provocations of history, identified by some in the proposal of the time of peace and school, as pedagogical stimulation for it in the complexity of the problem. The quote from educator Pietro Gianola states that “the problem is at the heart of international diplomacy, political debate, moral reflection, daily discourse, social communication, better youth awareness, anthropological research, individual and group therapy, of spiritual discourse. of the Church ”.

Political will is nurtured by moral will for peace, and its various dimensions, though many, require pedagogical intervention and can not be turned off, “Peace must in fact be individual, moral, cultural, social, political and religious”,
School education for peace involves a global project of global education of man and its primacy and youth volunteering is a sign of hope.
Bringing these reflections, small pearls of palpitating news to the surface from the archives of newspaper libraries, is a necessary service of proper social communication and Don Giuseppe Costa completes the valuable anthology of articles with a collection on the Mediterranean, on Sicily, tells “The Golden Centuries of the Ancient Greek Colony”, the artistic exhibitions at Ursino Castle, the Diocesan Museum of Catania, the Museum of Caltanissetta and Gela and also to the attention of the Roman Observer the magnificent Marian Sanctuaries of the island bring.

The last section of the volume is devoted to journalism, and welcomes with satisfaction the Faculty of “Communication Sciences”, which is not only “a piece of the kaleidoscopic world of academia”, but rather fixes a tradition in the social fabric, which by Training, perpetuates the wealth of knowledge needed to support a series of social functions that are destined to be reproduced over time ”.

As we read in the back cover: “For the many young people who come to journalism courses in search of a future job, increasingly difficult and rare, it must be said that the journalist is not the man of entertainment and of the image, but to be built by a professional with good studies and so much practice “.

In fact, the communication of knowledge is nurtured and only through the path of quality, social responsibility, objectivity, conscience and truth, does journalism grow in professionalism and art, as evidenced by the epistemological status of the communication sciences.

Giuseppe Adernò for AetnaNet.org

Pictured above: Fr Giuseppe Costa, a Salesian religion. In November 2020, the Rector Major of Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, invited him to collaborate in his Secretariat, also with the task of being Co-Speaker of the Congregation.

Don Giuseppe Costa is already known in the field of communication for his many and esteemed services in the church and in the congregation.

He was a lecturer at Salesian Pontifical University. He also studied with Luiss and Lumsa. In the United States, at Marquette University in Milwaukee, he earned a two-year master’s degree in journalism.

For ten years he was the director of LEV – Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

From 1983 to 1991 he was Director of the Salesian Bulletin, and again under the auspices of the Congregation Director of the SEI – International Publishing Company.

He is the author of publications with specific attention to religious publication and the reality of young people.

Most recently, he participated in the 28th General Chapter of the Congregation.

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