«Thank you because you have come to share the Faith with us.  We used to think that maybe God had forgotten us but now we see that this is not so». I greet you most cordially, dear readers of the Salesian Bulletin, in the light of this holy Christmas which is approaching quickly.  Certainly, the Son of God is born in every place on earth and for all humanity, but I wish to emphasize just how much this is also true and how much it is felt in Siberia, Mongolia, and Myanmar – in these peripheries of the world which, as a gift from the Lord, I have had the grace to visit recently.

The 147th Missionary Expedition proclaims that the Lord continues to love the Humanity that He willed and created and that we, the Salesian Family, feel filled with God's tenderness in a special way. It is precisely this fullness of love that seeks to "brim over" to all around us and calls forth from us a response of fidelity which is demanding.

My heart is still filled with joy over the friendliness of the young, their genuine joy, and their extraordinary capacity to adapt themselves in any situation – whether pleasant or unpleasant – all with a smile on their lips.


We are Salesian Family, bearers of a charism which is firmly rooted in the certainty that our God shows a special tenderness towards his children, for the youth of the world, and, in particular, for those who, up until today, have had fewer opportunities

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