(ANS - Vatican City) - On 5 November 2019, during the special Congress of Theological Consultors at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, a positive opinion was given unanimously as regards the reputation of sanctity and the exercise of heroic virtues of the Servant of God Ignazio Stuchlý, Professed Priest of the Society of St. Francis de Sales (1869-1953).
(ANS - Vatican City) - The Salesian iNfo Agency met with Msgr. Edmundo Valenzuela, Salesian and archbishop of Asunción, Paraguay, currently in Rome to participate in the Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazon region. He presented us the main lines of the synodal works and, above all, the clamor of the millions of indigenous people living in the Amazon and who, from 6 to 27 October, the Synod Fathers wished to represent.
(ANS - Vatican City) - Sister Mariluce dos Santos Mesquita, of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, is one of the Brazilian women participating in the Synod for the Amazon, as an auditor. She is currently Coordinator of the FMA Community in the mission of Taracuá, on the banks of the Uaupés River, in the extreme northwest of the Amazon. In an interview with the Salesian Bulletin of Brazil she presented her vocation.
Vatican City, Vatican - October 2019 - On October 18, at the Vatican Museums, Pope Francis inaugurated and visited the first section of the new installation of the Vatican Ethnological Museum "Anima Mundi". To express closeness and participation in the Synod's important work on the Amazon, the event coincided with the presentation of an exhibition dedicated to the Amazon “Mater Amazonia - The deep breath of the world”, in the presence of the synod fathers. The exhibition is the fruit of a collaboration between the Istituto Missionari Consolata and the Salesians of Don Bosco. The two Congregations participated through the loan of objects from the collections of the two respective museums: the Ethnographic and Natural Sciences Museum "Missioni Consolata" of Turin, and the Ethnological Missionary Museum of Colle Don Bosco.
(ANS - Vatican City) - "Let's network for the Amazon": the echo of the current Synod in progess also reaches the 27th edition of the Christmas Concert in the Vatican, the event promoted by the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education in support of "Don Bosco Missions" and of the Pontifical Foundation "Scholas Occurrentes", presented Tuesday, October 15th, in the Sala Marconi of Palazzo Pio.
(ANS - Vatican City) - Today, October 18, Holy Father Francis has appointed Fr Lucas Jeimphaung Dau Ze, SDB, as Coadjutor Bishop. He is currently Counselor of the Mary Help of Christians Vice Province of Myanmar (MYM ) and Director of the Salesian Philosophy Department of Pyin Oo Lwin.
Thailand – Who is the Pope for the Thai Youth?
(ANS – Bangkok) – On 20-23 November 2019, His Holiness Pope Francis will visit Thailand, a country where 94.6% are Buddhists [the total population of the country is 69 million]. Following this are the Muslims with 4%. The Catholics are only 0.5% [380,000] of the population. Let us now listen to the views of the Thai youth on "Who is the Pope for the Thai Youth?" and "How do you feel that the Pope visits Thailand?"
India – South Asia Youth Ministry and Missionary Animation Delegates 2019 Meeting
(ANS – Shillong) – The regional meeting of the delegates for Youth Ministry and Missionary Animation of South Asia, animated by the Youth Ministry and Mission Departments from Rome, took place at the Don Bosco Provincial House in Shillong from 3 to 6 November 2019.
Peru – Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Lima: temple of the centenary, temple of the patriots
(ANS - Lima) - The Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, located in the Breña district, is one of the great jewels of the art of Lima. It marked a before and after in the Peruvian capital's religious architecture. Its facade features a large central tower - almost 60 meters high, the tallest structure in Lima until 1956 – which broke with the previous tradition of the era of the viceroys, with a retable facade and two large towers on the sides; its design decidedly influenced other temples in the city.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
A MISSIONARY DREAM THAT LIVES ON
The dream to which I refer, my dear friends of the Salesian charism, is the great missionary dream of Don Bosco. Even in the very first years of the foundation of the fragile, little Society of St. Francis de Sales (the Salesians), he sent out his first missionaries to Argentina (in the year 1875) with the intention of caring for the Italian immigrants who had reached those shores by the thousands.