(ANS - Turin) - An occasion to show the accompaniment of the Congregation's leaders towards local contexts and to ensure the proper advancement of the various Provinces in a common Salesian and ecclesial journey: this is the meaning of the mid-term Meeting for the Provincials at the middle of their six-year term, a verification meeting the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime is attending in Turin.
(ANS - Vatican City) - On September 7, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints communicated to Msgr. Protógenes José Luft, SdC, bishop of Barra do Garças (Brazil), the Holy See's approval for the cause of martyrdom of the Servants of God, Salesian priest Rodolfo Lunkenbein, and Simão Bororo, layperson, both killed in hatred for the faith on 15 July 1976 in the Salesian mission of Meruri (Mato Grosso - Brazil), two men who gave their lives for God, the people, land rights, prophets of the Kingdom, defenders of the poor.
(ANS - Turin) - Less than a week to the 148th Salesian Missionary Expedition: On Sunday, September 24, there will be the usual consignment of the crosses to the missionaries leaving for the first time: Fr Ángel Fernández Artime shall officiate at Mass in Turin's Basilica of Mary Help of Christians and, as X Successor of Don Bosco, and togheter with Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, will send the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians to their countries of destination. For them, a new path and journey is about to begin. The missionaries of the Salesian Family are still, as always, protagonists.
(ANS - Rome) – The Indian Salesian Missionary Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, seized in Yemen in March 2016, was released on 12 September. Liberation and consignment took place through a humanitarian operator, who worked closely with the Sultanate of Oman, and thanks also to Pope Francis's personal commitment and influence.
(ANS - Sunyani) - Shata is a street child who was abandoned at birth by his parents when they realized he was disabled. Shata does not speak English, but understands the local language and can make himself understood. He has a head deformity and leg problems, but he runs and jumps like any child. He was found and taken from the streets of Sunyani by Father "Uba", as the Salesian Ubaldino Andrade is called by hundreds of young people.
(ANS - Vatican City) - A concrete manifestation of closeness and affection by the Rector Major to "a confrere who was lost, far from us, and who was able to return among us," this the purpose of Fr Ángel Fernández Artime's donating his Salesian Cross to Fr Thomas Uzhunnalil at the end of their meeting at the Salesian community in the Vatican yesterday, September 13.