The Salesian Bulletin is an institutional magazine; as such it was born and developed in the mind of Don Bosco. In the beginning this magazine made visible to all its members, sympathizers and potential friends what it was and what a nascent Congregation did. For an institution that was established and developed in such a surprising way, that has a grand mission and many needs, it is fundamental to make oneself known, to make oneself visible to public opinion in order to involve many people in the youth and popular mission of Don Bosco.
"The Salesian Bulletin undoubtedly made Don Bosco known outside of Valdocco and Turin," said Fr Filiberto González, General Councilor for Social Communication. "He presented the identity and image of his mission. Among the various works of Don Bosco as a communicator is the Salesian Bulletin, a magazine which makes visible to society his work in favour of the most needy young people and ad gentes missions."
Participants arrive at the La Salle house in Rome on 25 May. The meeting opens with the celebration of Mass with Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, on Sunday 26 May. Specialists from different countries, with preparation and experience in the publishing sector, shall be offering their ideas so that "Don Bosco's magazine" not only continues to be valid, current, and fulfill its mission among readers, but also, with quality and professionalism, continues to take the appropriate steps to move from print to the editions and languages of digital readers.
On Wednesday 29 May, the Directors of the Salesian Bulletin will gather to celebrate the Eucharist in the church of San Pellegrino, inside the Vatican State, and will later participate in the general audience with Pope Francis.
The meeting itself aims to broaden the mind and action of the directors of the Salesian Bulletin to the future, as clearly emerges from the theme: "Communicating to involve in the mission, between the press and digital culture".
In an interview, the Rector Major said: "Don Bosco was certain that the Salesian Bulletin was to be a means to communicate the good that was being done ... And also to be involved in the great educational revolution in favor of young people and popular classes within the Salesian mission."