Maris Stella College (Thimbirigaskatuwa) Sri Lanka photography “Towards school” wins the “Children on the Move” photographic contest organized by the Marist Foundation for International Solidarity on the occasion of the 10th anniversary.

In second place, with equal merit, are “Juan, who dreamed of football”, of Augusto Cambón, Nicolás Altez, Avril Da Costa, Manuela Machado, Giuliana Barbero and Francisco Scarrone (Santa Maria school – Uruguay) and “Obstacles” of Brother Eugenio Sanz (School of Molouvibazar in Bangladesh). The winner will be awarded a trip to Geneva at the United Nations building, where the Universal Periodic Reviews on the Rights of the Child take place, to which FMSI actively participates.

The qualified jury, called to evaluate the shots in competition, was composed as follows: Mario Laporta, KontroLab photojournalist; Cristiano Minichiello, Agf photojournalist; Toni Capuozzo, war correspondent; Marco Bova, videomaker and journalist; Laura Aprati, producer, author and journalist; Emanuela Bonchino, Rai journalist; Marco Amato, photographer; Conor Ashleigh, photographer.

Alongside the quality jury, online voting was also held, which was extremely successful: over 20 thousand votes were collected on the Foundation’s website. Here the three most voted photos are: “The solitude” of Santiago Panizza, Rodrigo García, Florencia Fernández and Pilar Laffitte (Santa Maria, Uruguay), the “The suitcase” of Facundo Reboiras, Dalma Benítez, Belem Gadea, Mateo Hayek, Rosina Machuca, Maia Fernandez (Santa Maria, Uruguay) and “Juan, who dreamed of football” by Augusto Cambón, Nicolás Altez, Avril Da Costa, Manuela Machado, Giuliana Barbero, Francisco Scarrone (Santa Maria, Uruguay).

The photo contest was attended by children and adolescents from schools and Marist Centers all over the world. The boys, invited to take part in the competition, had to take photographs that immortalized moments of their everyday life: as a whole, the project aims to raise the issue of children’s and youth rights, fueling the debate on this front.

Finally, sixteen photos were chosen for the exhibition exhibited in the Galleria Alberto Sordi in Rome which, by popular demand, has been extended to a date to be allocated.

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The Institute of the Marist Brothers (FMS: Fratres Maristae a Scholis), founded in France in 1817 by St. Marcellin Champagnat, is the second largest congregation of Brothers in the Catholic Church.  

An encounter with a dying young man, Jean-Baptiste Montagne, who knew nothing of his faith and was barely able to read, proved to be the defining moment for Marcellin Champagnat.  Soon after the boy’s death, St. Marcellin put into motion his vision.  “We need brothers,” he said, who will give their lives in the service of children and young people, especially those most in need and neglected by society.  

Champagnat, a man of great faith and trust in God’s providence, dedicated his early followers to Mary, sending them among young people, especially those least favored, to “make Jesus known and loved.”  The initial focus of his work was to provide education for children in rural, areas since this was a pressing need at the time, and provided an opportunity for their faith development.  

Today the community numbers about 3,000 members.  They are joined by a network of nearly 40,000 lay people and reach over 700,000 children and young people in 80 countries.  You will find this Marist network working in schools and universities, pastoral and social centers, youth movements and youth programs and wherever they find young people most in need.

El Instituto de los Hermanos Maristas (FMS: Fratres Maristae a Scholis), fundado en Francia en 1817 por San Marcelino Champagnat, es la segunda congregación de hermanos más numerosa de la Iglesia Católica.

Un encuentro con un joven moribundo, Jean-Baptiste Montagne, que no sabía nada acerca de su fe y que era apenas capaz de leer, se reveló como el momento decisivo para Marcelino Champagnat. Inmediatamente después de la muerte del niño, San Marcelino puso en práctica su visión. “Necesitamos hermanos”, dijo, que den sus vidas al servicio de los niños y jóvenes, especialmente los más necesitados y olvidados por la sociedad.

Champagnat, un hombre de gran fe y confianza en la providencia de Dios, consagró sus primeros seguidores a María, enviándoles entre los jóvenes, especialmente los más desfavorecidos para “dar a conocer a Jesús y hacerlo amar”. El primer objetivo de su trabajo fue ofrecer una educación a los niños de las zonas rurales, porque era una necesidad urgente en aquel tiempo, ofreciéndoles así una oportunidad para crecer en la fe.

En la actualidad los miembros de la congregación son unos 3.000. Junto a ellos trabaja una red de unos 40.000 laicos que atienden a más de 700.000 niños y jóvenes en 80 países. Esta red marista trabaja en colegios y universidades, centros sociales y  pastorales, movimientos juveniles y programas de formación para la juventud y en cualquier lugar en el que encuentren jóvenes necesitados.

Congregazione dei Fratelli Maristi (FMS: Fratres Maristae a Scholis) fu fondata in Francia nel 1817 da S. Marcellino Champagnat ed è oggi la seconda congregazione maschile (di fratelli) della Chiesa per numero di professi.
L’incontro con Jean-Baptiste Montagne, un giovane di 17 anni in punto di morte, analfabeta e senza formazione religiosa, fu un momento cruciale per Marcellino Champagnat. Poco dopo la morte del giovane, egli volle dare seguito ad un’idea che gli era balenata in seminario. “Abbiamo bisogno di fratelli”, disse, “che diano la loro vita per il servizio ai bambini e ai giovani, specialmente quelli più bisognosi e dimenticati dalla società”.
Champagnat, un uomo di grande fede e fiducia nella Provvidenza divina, consacrò i suoi primi seguaci a Maria e li mandò tra i giovani, specialmente i più emarginati, per “far conoscere ed amare Gesú”. Fin dall’inizio la sua missione fu incentrata su bambini n età scolare delle zone rurali, poiché l’istruzione era una necessità urgente al tempo e poiché rappresentava una formidabile opportunità di evangelizzazione.
Oggi la Congregazione annovera circa 3.000 religiosi affiancati da quasi 40.000 laici; insieme essi assistono più di 700.000 bambini e giovani in 80 paesi del mondo.
I Maristi, religiosi e laici, prestano la loro opera in scuole e università, centri pastorali e sociali, movimenti e programmi giovanili e ovunque ci siano bambini e giovani bisognosi da assistere
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