(ANS - Turin) - An occasion to show the accompaniment of the Congregation's leaders towards local contexts and to ensure the proper advancement of the various Provinces in a common Salesian and ecclesial journey: this is the meaning of the mid-term Meeting for the Provincials at the middle of their six-year term, a verification meeting the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime is attending in Turin.
(ANS - Vatican City) - On September 7, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints communicated to Msgr. Protógenes José Luft, SdC, bishop of Barra do Garças (Brazil), the Holy See's approval for the cause of martyrdom of the Servants of God, Salesian priest Rodolfo Lunkenbein, and Simão Bororo, layperson, both killed in hatred for the faith on 15 July 1976 in the Salesian mission of Meruri (Mato Grosso - Brazil), two men who gave their lives for God, the people, land rights, prophets of the Kingdom, defenders of the poor.
(ANS - Turin) - Less than a week to the 148th Salesian Missionary Expedition: On Sunday, September 24, there will be the usual consignment of the crosses to the missionaries leaving for the first time: Fr Ángel Fernández Artime shall officiate at Mass in Turin's Basilica of Mary Help of Christians and, as X Successor of Don Bosco, and togheter with Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, will send the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians to their countries of destination. For them, a new path and journey is about to begin. The missionaries of the Salesian Family are still, as always, protagonists.
Comfort Zone: NO THANK YOU! "I prefer a wounded Church"
Some were astonished to see the face of Pope Francis injured during his visit to Colombia. The bruise on his eyebrow and on his cheekbone, the blood-stained white garment. A small accident on the Pope-mobile, which brought to mind the words of Bergoglio and inspired my ANS Editorial: "I prefer a Church that is bruised, wounded and dirty because it is going out into the streets, rather than a Church made sick by closure and the convenience of clinging to its own safety." (EG49)
RMG - Father Tom: "I am what I am today because God has taken care of me"
(ANS - Rome) - A serene man, in peace with God and with everyone, including the kidnappers, and also able to joke about the experience he lived through. This is the image the world's journalists and media saw in Fr Tom Uzhunnalil the morning of Saturday 16 September at the "Salesianum" in Rome where they heard in person the touching tale of captivity and liberation, both experiences lived with great faith in God.
Italy – Life of St. John Bosco narrated in Italian Public TV History Channel
(ANS - Rome) - A documentary on the life of St John Bosco aired on the Rai Storia channel in August. Produced with material from Teche Rai (Radiotelevisione Italiana), it was based on biographical notes suggested by guests Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Marco Pizzo and Domenico Agasso.