(ANS – Manila) – Although at the moment the Taal Volcano in Batangas province (Philippines) is rather low profile and there are no major earthquakes, many people still suffer the life of internally displaced persons (IDP) due to these natural calamities. In Batangas and Canlubang, the Salesians and their lay mission partners are generously assisting with thousands of people with simple, but effective help.
(ANS – Hyderabad) – The Salesian Province of St. Joseph, Hyderabad (INH), last month welcomed a few representatives of the Salesian NGO “Missioni Don Bosco-Turin” to show them various social outreach programmes, institutions, schools and orphanages operated by the Province. Rev. Fr Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar SDB, Provincial of the Salesian Province of St. Joseph, Hyderabad, and Fr Bellamkonda Sudhakar SDB, Executive Director of the Planning and Development Office of the province, accompanied them in their visit to various communities in the province.
(ANS - Turin) - Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 February are the first days totally dedicated to chapter work. The days have begun to be lived with their ordinary pace. At 6:45 am, all the capitulars, divided into linguistic groups, begin the day with prayer: praise, meditation and the Eucharist, as if it were an ordinary day in community life, in the daily rhythm of the many geographical and cultural contexts.
Italy – CG28: the Regulator, Fr Stefano Vanoli speaks
(ANS - Turin) - In April 2018, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consensus of the General Council, appointed Fr Stefano Vanoli as General Chapter 28's Regulator: today Fr Vanoli illustrates the specific features of GC28.
2020: "Young people on the front line"
Which young people should be the protagonists of history?
Young agnostics? Yes.
Young people who have a lukewarm faith? Yes.
Young people who have estranged themselves from the Church? Yes.
Every young person has something to say to others, to adults, to priests, to nuns, to bishops and to the Pope.
Italy – Card. Cristóbal López Romero, SDB, takes cardinal's possession of Title of San Leone I
(ANS - Rome) - On Sunday 16 February, during the celebration of the Eucharist, the Salesian Cristóbal López Romero, archbishop of Rabat (Morocco), took cardinal's possession of the title of San Leone I, which was granted to him by Pope Francis when he appointed him cardinal on 5 October 2019.
Italy – "In Valdocco everything speaks to us to continue to be apostles dedicated to the service of young people." Rector Major's homily for GC28's opening Mass
(ANS - Turin) - Docility, fidelity and hope: these are the three attitudes proposed to the Chapter members during the opening Mass of the 28th General Chapter, presided by the Rector Major, and which involved his Vicar, Fr Francesco Cereda, and Fr Enrico Stasi, Provincial of the Circumscription based in Turin, as first concelebrants. A Basilica crowded with many faithful participated in the solemn celebration.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE POWER OF LOVE
We are approaching the time of Lent which will prepare us for the Passover of the Lord. At this Season, the Church proposes to us prayer, fasting, and charity help us along our path to Easter. With this my greeting I am proposing to you a reflection that has a great deal to do with an excellent way to prepare for Easter: The way to live more and better at all times by LOVING – but truly loving, as they say colloquially, “until it hurts.”