Vatican City, Vatican – 7 January 2018 – On Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated the Eucharist and baptized 34 children. "They too have their own dialect which does, and makes us feel, good!", the Pope exclaimed. "We must not forget this language of children, who speak as best they can, but it is the language Jesus likes so much." Then he invited the audience: "In your prayers be as simple as children. Tell Jesus what comes from your heart, as they do. They will do so today, by crying, yes, like children. (...) The dialect of parents is the love to transmit faith, and the children's dialect is to be welcomed by the parents to grow in faith."
(ANS - Santiago) – A few days from now, the Holy Father will visit two Latin American countries: Chile and Peru. In these nations, the Salesians work together with the people in difficult situations of conflict. Chile proposed as a theme: "My peace I give you", a phrase Jesus addressed to his disciples at the Last Supper. Two Salesian bishops will welcome the Holy Father in their respective dioceses: Bishop Héctor Vargas Bastidas, SDB, bishop of Temuco, and the Archbishop of Santiago, Cardenal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, SDB, who sent a message to all the congregations motivating the Pope Francis' visit to Chile:
(ANS - Iquique) - From 15 to 18 January, Pope Francis will visit Chile. On the last day, he will celebrate Mass in the city of Iquique, 1700 kilometers from the capital. The Holy Father will crown the image of the Virgin of Carmen de la Tirana, being exhibited together with the images of San José, who represents the first migrant, and of San Lorenzo de Tarapaca.
(ANS - Vatican City) - World Day of Peace 2018, a 51-year initiative of courage and prophecy of the Catholic Church. Established by Paul VI with a message dated 8 December 1967, it was first celebrated on 1 January 1968. Since then, the Pope sends a message to the heads of nations and to all men of good that calls for reflection on the theme of peace, disarmament, justice and development.
Vatican City, Vatican - 15 December 2017 - On the morning of Friday, December 15, Holy Father Francis met the artists taking part in the 2017 Christmas Concert, an event that supports two projects: the fight against the exploitation of children in the mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a project of the DON BOSCO IN THE WORLD Foundation, and the fight against cyberbullying, a campaign promoted by Scholas Occurrentes. Present at the meeting: the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, who greeted the Holy Father and presented Fr Albert Kitungwa, SDB, of the Central Africa Province (AFC), where the project is being implemented.
(ANS - Madrid) - Interviewed by the online newspaper "Religión Digital" Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, also spoke about Pope Francis and the Church, with decisive answers and declarations. The Salesian is convinced that with Pope Francis "the Church is living through a beautiful spring."
Moldova - Fr Baracco: "being missionary" among the youngsters of Chisinău
(ANS - Chisinău) - "It's a very beautiful center because in my opinion it gathers all four elements of Don Bosco's house: a house that welcomes and hosts the needy, through the foster home; the playground, where one meets others and is educated; the school, with vocational training courses; and a church, thanks to our small parish, which counts only about forty Catholics," says Salesian missionary Fr Tiziano Baracco about the Salesian house of Chisinău, in Moldavia.
"Life is fragile, precious, unpredictable."
We are in the first weeks of a new year, which means a blank page wherein to write a new chapter in our lives. With the new year, one makes resolutions and looks at the calendar thinking about commitments to be made and forthcoming holidays to enjoy. Surely none of us would stop for a moment to think about the possibility of not reaching the end of the year...
Italy - Rector Major to IUS: "The right direction is much more important than speed"
(ANS - Rome) - The Governing Board of the Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS) met at the Congregation's Central Office in Rome from 9 to 11 January, the aim to accompany the path of the IUS in each of the continents, follow up on the application of its common policies and programs, and strengthen the organizational and animation structures. The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, spoke at the meeting, stating that "it is fundamental to have a strategic vision that adequately guides the processes of the Salesian institutions."
Spain - Salesians, busy with migrants and refugees: we welcome, protect, promote, integrate
(ANS - Madrid) – This new year Europe faces the same challenge of recent years: the refugee crisis. An unresolved problem that represents the tip of the iceberg of demographic movements. In the end, the challenge of welcoming and integrating migrants continues today. It is a challenge that cannot be foreign to the Church. In fact, for 104 years, it has promoted the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which was celebrated yesterday, Sunday, 14 January, under the motto: "Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees."
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
“DON BOSCO TAUGHT US THAT GOD WANTS US ALWAYS TO BE HAPPY”
It is most certain that Don Bosco is alive today, alive in so many different realities where thousands and thousands of people carry his dream forward, in the name of Jesus. And he is still alive because he continues to be their inspiration.