(ANS - Madrid) - A life dedicated to the missions and marked by simplicity, service to others and the example of his uncle Valentín, also a Salesian brother: this is the summary of the 91 years of life of Brother Severiano Sanz, SDB, who died last March 16th in Arévalo. He was clear about his Salesian vocation from an early age and, after 21 years spent as a missionary in Paraguay, he spent 43 years at the Mission Office in Madrid, of which he was one of its promoters.
(ANS - La Guaira) - "Our first duty is to accompany the people who are suffering: we cannot abandon them and to prevent this from happening we must support the priests in their pastoral service." Mons. Raúl Biord Castillo, a 55-year-old Salesian, now in his fifth year as bishop of La Guaira, does not hide the difficulties that the whole country and with it the Church of Venezuela are experiencing during this long-lasting political, social and economic crisis. And for this very same reason, he also has the courage to ask for help.
(ANS - Rome) - Ordinarily, in spring and in autumn, the Intermediate Council takes place, with the participation of the Rector Major, his Vicar, the Sector Councilors (Formation, Youth Ministry, Social Communication, Missions and Economics) and from time to time with a Regional Councilor. In said intermediate sessions, specific topics to be submitted to the General Council in the plenary sessions are studied, with the GCs scheduled in summer and in winter. However, from March 19 to 28, an intermediate session is currently in progress with the Rector Major and the whole General Council, the task of this session being to prepare the General Chapter XXVIII (GC28).
(ANS – Canberra) – The Australian Catholic Church, with the approval of Pope Francis, will hold a Plenary Council in 2020-2021 to discuss its way forward in light of the challenges it faces in contemporary society. It's the most significant Catholic Church gatherings after 1937. The Council in 2020 will address the way forward for the Church in Australia in light of the challenges it faces in contemporary society and will be presided by the Salesian Archbishop of Perth, Mgr. Timothy Costelloe.
(ANS - Rome) - On March 14, the Day of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) took place, a moment of sharing and community. Presided by Msgr. Fabio Fabene, Undersecretary of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, and Fr Mauro Mantovani, Rector Magnificus of the UPS, the day was presented by Sara Gugliersi and Andrea Santoni, students of the Faculty of Social Communication Sciences (FSC). The day began with the greetings of Fr Ivo Coelho, General Councilor for Formation, and the introduction of nine workshops.