Rome, 2 February 2018
Prot. No. 18/0069
The Right Honorable
Prof. Sergio Mattarella
President of the Republic
Palazzo del Quirinale
Dear and most illustrious Mr. President of the Republic,
From the media, we have learned with joy of the statement you have made on the occasion of the Liturgical Feast of St. John Bosco, this January 31, it being 130 years since his death.
Your words have accurately and affectionately portrayed the figure of our Father and Holy Founder. His social commitment and evangelizing passion, primarily addressing the poor and young people who were poor and abandoned, of whom you, too, have spoken, are alive today in our Congregation and in the different groups of the Salesian Family.
Our constant work is, in communion with the Institutions and with the Church, to promote spaces and times of humanization, of progress and social cohesion, of encounters with the message of the Gospel. Historically, Don Bosco carried out his mission at a time, both rich and contradictory together, which led to the Unification of Italy. With his motto, "Good Christians and Honest Citizens", we believe Don Bosco has helped to foster that unique feeling of social passion that unifies the Italian people that you represent, and likewise, to make it known in the many countries the works of his charisms have reached.
We fervently hope and work constantly in order not to fail in the task left to us, providing our help to realize that common spirit, European and worldwide, of brotherhood, solidarity and cohesion, aimed at the progress of each person and consequently of all society.
Cordially in Don Bosco,
Fr Ángel Fernández Artime