Quito, Ecuador - October 1957 - The Salesian school "Cardenal Spellman" was founded on 1 October 1957. The institute was born on the initiative of the then Archbishop of Quito, Cardinal Carlos María De la Torre, who, together with Msgr. Cándido Rada, SDB, managed the project and got in touch with Cardinal Francis Spellman, then archbishop of New York; the latter made available the resources to carry out the work, why, as a token of gratitude, the institute took his name. Subsequently, the school changed its seat, passing from the district of Girón to Cumbayá; in 2000, it officially became the "Cardinal Spellman Salesian Educational Unit."
The first Salesian cardinal was Giovanni Cagliero, created in 1915 by Pope Benedict XV.
On October 5, Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals, including Mons. Cristóbal López Romero, SDB.
Now there are 9 Salesians members of the College of Cardinals.
(ANS - Vatican City) - On 5 October Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals; among them, a Salesian bishop, missionary in essence, a son of Don Bosco who departed as an apostle in Paraguay, then was sent as a provincial in Bolivia. After Bolivia, he returned to serve as a provincial in his country of origin: Spain. While serving in Seville, he received the "missionary" assignment to serve as Pastor in Morocco. In all his interviews, he says he is proud to be Pastor of a country that has only 0.08% of Catholics. "The Catholic Church exists in Morocco!" he exclaims. "It is a living Church, young, full of grace and eager to bear witness."
(ANS - Rabat) - When he, newly elected archbishop of Rabat, greeted the Pope for the first time in Rome, Francis told him in a playful tone: "I nominated you after having well studied who you were, but without knowing your face. When I saw your picture in the magazine Vida Nueva, I calmed down a bit." That initial joke was the starting point of an exercise in trust that was reinforced by the papal trip to Morocco last March, which the Salesian organized in various stages, having now become a good connoisseur of the country.
(ANS - Vatican City) - On the sidelines of yesterday's Angelus, 1 September, Pope Francis announced a Consistory for the creation of 10 new Cardinals. Among them, the Pontiff also appointed Salesian Cristóbal López Romero, archbishop of Rabat, Morocco. His comment as regards the appointment: "I repeat what I already explained when I was appointed bishop: my highest title and diploma is to be 'son of God', and I obtained it through baptism. They are already at the top (like most of you); I cannot go higher or be promoted, because one cannot be more than a child of God."
(ANS – Yangon) – On the Feast Day of the Assumption of Mary (15 August), Cardinal Charles Bo, SDB, published his passionate and personal reflection on the “Love of God for the people and Nations of Asia”.
Argentina – VIII Congress of Mary Help of Christians will have Marian Shrine commissioned by Don Bosco as its center
(ANS - Buenos Aires) - Just one day before the start of the International Congress of Mary Help of Christians, we meet Fr Daniel Antúnez, Economer of the Province of South Argentina, who is part of the Congress organizing committee, scheduled in Buenos Aires from 7 to 10 November. "It will be a congress that will remind us of the great past of Argentine history and that deep love for the Virgin under the title of Help of Christians that the first Salesians brought us," he said.
150th Missionary Expedition, "If it's not outgoing, it's not Church"
In 1875, Don Bosco gathered around him a group of ten young people who were about to cross the Atlantic, a journey that for some would be without return. It was 4.00 pm, the shrine of Mary Help of Christians was full of people. At the foot of the image of Mary Help of Christians, Don Bosco greeted the young people soon departing with tears. He gave everyone a gift, a leaflet with "twenty special memories", memories of a father to those about to leave before the final embrace, writes Fr Ceria, symbol of his deep affection.
Italy – Protection and defense of children in the heart of the Don Bosco Mission
(ANS - Rome) – Taking place last October 30, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CDI), in the Aula Magna of the Generalate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Lasallians) in Rome, was the event: "Child Protection and prevention of all forms of violence". The Salesians also participated, invited for their specific and solid missionary work with vulnerable and at-risk youth in over 130 countries.
RMG – Don Bosco and door-to-door waste collection
(ANS - Rome) - Who'd have thought? Don Bosco, a proto-ecologist? Don Bosco, pioneer of home waste collection 140 years ago? Seems so, according to at least one of the letters recovered in recent years and which will be included in the IX volume of the correspondence being prepared: a letter of 1885, which in the Turin of the time anticipates and, obviously in its own way, "solved" one of the great problems that today's society has to deal with, namely waste, over-consumption and throwaway goods.