The first stone was laid on 27 April 1865, in the presence of Prince Amedeo di Savoia;
On September 23, 1866 the great dome was finished;
In 1867 the statue of the Madonna was placed at the end of the dome;
(ANS - Lecce) - On May 6 the whole Salesian Congregation commemorates that great model of youthful holiness that is Saint Domenico Savio. In Lecce, however, it is celebrated in a special way because in Lecce is the only basilica in the world dedicated to him. It is custodian to a relic of the saint and is a visible sign, for the Leccesi and for the Salesian Province of Southern Italy, of a proposal of authentic Christian life lived in the typical style of Domenico Savio: friendship with the Lord and joyful relationships with peers.
43 different countries of origin
(ANS - Turin) - The 2019 Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family (GSFS) officially opened on the afternoon of Thursday, 10 January. Participants experienced their first moment of reflection in the grand theater of Valdocco, listening to the words of the Father and the center of unity of the Salesian Family, the Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, who deepened and presented the message of the Strenna 2019: "'So that my joy be in you' (Jn 15,11). Holiness for you too."
The three most distant places where there is a Salesian presence are:
- Massey, New Zealand: it is 18,576 km away.
- Suva, Fiji: 16,834 km.
- Engadine, Sydney, Australia: 16,669 km.
(ANS - Turin) - Starting yesterday, Monday, December 3, the so-called "rooms of Don Bosco" in Turin, that is the rooms in which Saint Giovanni Bosco lived near Valdocco, are closed for restoration. The work shall last at least for the whole of 2019: the intention is to proceed with a complete reorganization of the Pinardi House, in view of the General Chapter 28, to be celebrated in Valdocco from February 16th to April 4th 2020.
Cambodia – Diocesan priest and Salesian Cooperator: Fr Kai Thmey
(ANS – Poi Pet) – Fr. Lawrence Phongnirand Numkanisorn, locallyknown as Fr. Kai Thmey, is a 61 years Thai Diocesan Priest, Salesian Cooperator and Missionary in Cambodia. He has become a member and local Economer of the SDB community in Poi Pet, Cambodia, living together with Fr. John Visser (Dutch missionary) and Fr. John Boknam (Korean missionary). The only ASC Center in the Cambodia delegation is in Phnom Penh, with two ASC living in Poi Pet.
Sometimes it's necessary to do a "reset" and clean up our malicious programs
Man pushes cotton swab too far into ear and resets to factory settings
Bolivia – Social networks as protagonists of Salesian Social Communication Days
(ANS - Cochabamba) - "We are members of one another (Eph 4:25). From social network communities to the human community" was the theme proposed by Pope Francis for the 2019 World Communications Day, and in Bolivia the Provincial Delegate for Social Communications and his support team had the task of spreading this message in Bolivia's 'Our Lady of Copacabana' Province.
Spain - 158 million enslaved children in the world
(ANS - Madrid) - They can't go to school, they barely have time to eat, they don't even rest on weekends and they don't know what it's like to play with other children. This is the life that 158 million children around the world lead, victims of child labor who should, instead, be at school and in the playground rather than employed doing adult activities. Without considering that, in almost half of the cases (73 million) they are engaged in activities dangerous to their health. Pope Francis, recalling the World Day against the Exploitation of Child Labor, writes: "Children must be able to play, study and grow up in a peaceful environment. Woe to those who suffocate in them the joyful impulse of hope!"
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS STILL AT WORK
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER AND DON BOSCO. TWO GREAT MISSIONARIES YESTERDAY AND TODAY . Just a short while ago I was in Goa, India, where I saw how amid the palm trees and the fine sand of the sea there rise up cathedrals and churches built during the 16th and 17th centuries. One of these shrines is the Basilica of the Good Jesus, which has become a site for pilgrimages, especially for Christians but also for believers of other religions, because here lie the remains of St. Francis Xavier, the missionary from Navarre who evangelized the Far East and was a disciple of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Even though St. Francis Xavier died in China in 1552, his remains rest in this most beautiful basilica situated next to the cathedral and to the church of St. Francis of Assisi. This place in which his mortal remains rest was erected between 1594 and 1605. His body is conserved there. Its incorruptibility was the miracle for which St. Francis Xavier was canonized in 1622. Accompanied by other Salesians and some lay persons, I had the privilege of celebrating Holy Mass on the altar at the tomb of this great and holy Jesuit missionary.