(ANS - Cova da Iria) - One of the best experiences of the Salesian Family in Portugal is the pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fatima, in the month that the whole Church dedicates to Mary, and the Salesians in particular to Mary Help of Christians. Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, presided at the closing Mass of the pilgrimage. He urged the pilgrims to live mercy as a fundamental and inherent dimension of the identity of every Christian.
(ANS - Rome) - The World Consultative Body of the Salesian Family is made up of representatives of the various groups born of the charism of Don Bosco. In the meeting they share projects and activities. They note how, each according to its own specific mission, they reflect and live the same "spiritual heritage and teaching of Don Bosco." From today 27 May until Sunday 29 May the members of the World Consultative Body of the Salesian Family gather at the Salesian Generalate for their annual meeting.
(ANS - Rome) – We are still in Bicentenary time! This year is the 200th anniversary of the first official celebration of the feast of Mary Help of Christians, which occurred on 24 May 1816. The previous September Pope Pius VII had officially established the feast. Don Bosco was among the most active propagators of this devotion: "Confide all things to Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament through Mary Help of Christians and you will see what miracles are," he used to say. This year also great celebrations are planned at Valdocco in her honour.
(ANS - Mogliano Veneto) - On the centenary of the First World War, with publications in progress and controversy in the interpretation of the same, the Italian Salesian Family presents the contribution it made to the country, both on the war front where there were dozens of deaths and serious injuries, and in the various hospitals where the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians did charitable works. Tomorrow, Saturday 14 May, in Mogliano Veneto there will be a national study congress on "Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians during the Great War".
(ANS - Rome) - Being alert and conscious communicators, knowing that presence on the Internet is one of the signs of the times to be accepted and used as a gift of God - this was the central theme of the 2016 Salesian Communication Days. This is now the fifth year of this initiative which took place in Rome at the Salesian Pontifical University on 29 and 30 April. Over 160 members of the Salesian Family in formation took part to study the Pope’s message for the 50th World Social Communications Day.
(ANS - Rome) - This year also, the theme of the Pope’s message for World Communications Day will be the topic of study and research for the members in formation of the Salesian Family. The Salesian Communication Days are scheduled to take place on 29 and 30 April at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome. They will involve listening, discussion and practice and are meant as a training opportunity for young religious and laity to be good communicators in a rapidly changing world.
(ANS - Panama City) - A relic of the patron of youth, S. John Bosco, arrived in Panama City on the morning of Saturday 16 April. Immediately, right from the airport of Tocumen, Don Bosco was welcomed by a long procession of hundreds of faithful, led by the Metropolitan Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa.
Gniezno-Poznań, Poland - April 2016 - From 14 to 16 April, in the oldest Polish capital, Gniezno, and in Poznań, solemn official, civil and religious celebrations are being held for the 1050th anniversary of the baptism of Poland The celebrations include the National Assembly of the two Houses of Parliament, with the participation of the President of the Republic. Also participating is the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin as papal legate.
(ANS - Rome) - The first ever seminar to promote the causes of beatification and canonization of the Salesian Family concluded on Sunday 10 April. Symbolically, the final act, was the chanting of the litany of the saints and blessed of the Salesian Family.
(ANS - Rome) - Salesian Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided yesterday, Thursday 8 April, at the concelebrated Mass that opened the second day of the seminar for the promotion of the causes of beatification and canonization in the Salesian family.