(ANS - Rome) - Remembering Saint Domenico Savio in this special year that the Church dedicates to young people is significant because not only was he a model and an example for his companions at the Valdocco oratory, but he also knew how to embody the role of a team captain or leader, a sort of teacher in the ways of God (as Don Bosco also saw him in the dream of Lanzo in 1876). The confirmation of this comes from the life of various Blesseds, Venerables and Servants of God who made the proposals of Domenico their own: Laura Vicuña, Zephirino Namuncurà, Giuseppe Kowlaski, Alberto Marvelli, Giuseppe Quadrio, Ottavio Ortiz Arrieta.
Valdocco, Torino - 1856 - In questo coretto, il giovane san Domenico Savio, allievo di don Bosco, fu trovato un giorno dal Santo Educatore come rapito in estasi alle due del pomeriggio. Stava in piedi, una mano appoggiata ad un vecchio antifonario, gli occhi fissi alla porticina posteriore del tabernacolo. Si era raccolto qui dopo la comunione del mattino, verso le ore 8 a fare il suo ringraziamento, e non si era più mosso.
Mondonio, Italy – This photograph is one of the oldest in the photographic archives of the Generalate. It shows the house where "at 10.00 p.m. on 9 March 1857, Dominic Savio died a holy death, exclaiming: 'Oh! What a beautiful thing I see! '". This inscription is recorded on the wall of the room where the saint died.
(ANS - Genova) - The committee for the anniversaries of the birth and death of St Dominic Savio has planned a generous calendar of events for the celebrations of the 175th anniversary of the birth and the 160th anniversary of the death of Saint Dominic Savio. They want to keep alive the memory of the one whom Pius XI defined as "among the first and most beautiful fruits of the exquisite educative work of Don Bosco".
(ANS - Rome) – Dominic Savio was born on 2 April 1842 in the village of San Giovanni di Riva near Chieri, Turin. He was the second of 10 siblings, son of Charles, a blacksmith, and Bridget, a seamstress. Dominic was baptized on the day of his birth in the parish church of Riva near Chieri.
(ANS - Rome) - Today is the 160th anniversary of the death of Saint Dominic Savio, He died in Mondonio on 9 March 1857. His figure is well known almost everywhere in the Catholic world, thanks to the life written by Don Bosco in 1859, which has had numerous editions, reprints and translations.
Venezuela - Fr Méndez: "The Salesians have not surrendered and will not give up, because we are many united to God"
(ANS - Caracas) - Fr Francisco Méndez is in his fifth year as the Provincial of the Salesian Province of Venezuela. In the country's current situation, his task is – difficult, stimulating - to animate, encourage and give hope to the Salesians in the midst of the difficult conditions facing Venezuela and its people.
Communicating in the network: "this is the problem"
The Pope's appeal to "Proclaiming the Gospel of mercy to all peoples ... through the means of communication that the new digital cultural context makes available to our contemporaries" is a great challenge.
India – The workshop marking 25 years of BOSCOM South Asia
(ANS – Mumbai) – On 18 and 19 July, a group of citizen journalists from 42 centres in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh participated in a two-day media workshop on “fake news and journalism for peace”. Organized by the Bosco Information Service (BIS) of Mumbai Salesian province, the event marked the 25 years of BOSCOM South Asia.
Italy - Renewed efforts to fight Poverty
(ANS - Rome) - It is not enough to be part of the G7 to be able to claim to have defeated poverty. In Italy, on the contrary, it increases and involves more and more people, with trends and indicators for growth, cause for deep concern, as stated by the National Statistical Institute (ISTAT).