ARTEMIDE ZATTI

Buenos Aires, Argentina - December 2022 - On the evening of Thursday, December 1, the first episode of a new documentary entitled "Artemide Zatti, the Nurse of the Poor," a production of the Salesian Bulletin of Argentina, with the support of the two Argentine Provinces and the entire Salesian Congregation, was released in Argentina. The documentary, which can be viewed on the Argentine Salesian Bulletin's YouTube channel, includes numerous interviews and never-before-seen historical material. Filmed between Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Viedma, and Boretto, the documentary allows us to learn more about the man who dedicated himself to caring for the poorest of Argentina's Patagonia, directing one of the first hospitals in the region at a time when public health care did not yet exist. This new work shows that the canonization on Oct. 9 was the beginning of a new journey, introducing the world to this new saint, who showed his way of living the faith and left a legacy of concrete actions so that everyone can follow a simple spiritual path focused on caring for the poorest.

(ANS – Hong Kong) – On different times, dates, and places (in Chinese we call these various places: Three Lands and Two Shores), but with one heart and one soul, the CIN Salesians (Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan) celebrated their thanksgiving to God for the wonderful holiness of Salesian Brother Artemide Zatti.

(ANS - Castelnuovo Don Bosco) - Thanks to research carried out by Br. Sante Simioni, Salesian coadjutor, the pilgrim archives of Colle Don Bosco show that Artemide Zatti, canonized on 9 October last, passed by the Colle on 18 March 1934. In the register, it is signed as follows: Artemide Zatti Salesian missionary in Viedma, Patagonia, Argentina.

(ANS - Tucumán) - "El WhatsApp de Don Zatti" is an artistic project that came about because of Artemide Zatti’s canonization and the joy of being able to celebrate it, which has sparked a great movement of joy and enthusiasm among young Argentines. The Salesians of Tucumán Germán Díaz and Mariano Bressan, with their pastoral team, thus launched an initiative aimed at presenting the figure of Br. Zatti, the new Italo-Argentine saint; in the end, they decided to create a theatrical performance with content that was meaningful and suitable for today's youth culture.

Dili, East Timor – November 2022 - On Saturday, 12 November 2022, one day before the feast day of the newly canonized saint, the Salesian Family in TLS Vice-Province celebrated a thanksgiving Mass presided by His Eminence Cardinal Virgílio do Carmo da Silva, SDB, Archbishop of Dili. It was a pleasure for the Salesian Family to gather on such an occasion to celebrate the goodness of God showered upon the Church and the Salesian Family through this newly canonized saint, a nurse, and a lay Salesian brother. The Mass was being celebrated in Mary Help of Christians parish Comoro. The holiness of life that Zatti has shown to the world and us, as highlighted by Pope Francis consists of his dedication to the sick, the poor, and the abandoned. With Zatti’s canonization, the way is now opened to all of us to fulfill our final purpose of life as Christians: to become a saint, added the Salesian Cardinal in his homily. However, as mentioned in the Gospel reading, the second question posted by a scholar of the law to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”, as members of the Salesian Family, all are invited to treat others (the strangers, the poor and the abandoned, those in need) as our neighbors, as our brothers. Being our neighbor or our brothers means those whom we must love with our goodwill and this love must be shown in concrete acts. Just like Zatti, after giving up his dream of becoming a priest, rather than choosing to become a lay brother, he dedicated himself totally to the care of the sick. This choice of Zatti did not come overnight, rather it came out with full confidence and trust in God’s plan. He got tuberculosis, a sickness that would bring him to give up his plan, and to get cured he relied on God’s power. He believed that he would get cured through the intercession of Mary Help of Christians. He made a promise that after getting healed, he will offer his life for taking care of the sick. And indeed, he was healed of tuberculosis. He became a model, like the good Samaritan, Jesus himself, to show compassion and love from God to others, especially the sick. All members of the Salesian Family were present: SDB, FMA sisters, Salesian Cooperators, ADMA, Past Pupils, and young people. Most of the rectors of the Salesian communities in TLS and other Salesian priests concelebrated in the Eucharist. Meanwhile, the former Provincial of ITM, Fr. Andres Calleja, SDB graced the event with his presence and shared his missionary experience in Istanbul with all participants after the Mass.
(J.Mota, SDB)

Tan Ha, Vietnam - November 2022 - The canonization of Br. Artemide Zatti, SDB, is a great joy and a gift God has given to the Church and the Salesian Family. With this certainty, the Salesians of the Tan Ha community in Vietnam solemnly celebrated the feast of St. Artemide Zatti on Nov. 12 and 13. In the presence of young people, students, and benefactors of the community, Mass was celebrated on Nov. 12, presided over by Fr. Barnabas Le An Phong, Superior of the Salesian Province of Vietnam (VIE). After Mass, the community gathered for lunch and to watch some artistic and musical performances put on by the students. Afterward, the children and teachers took part in a football tournament. The festivities, which continued into the next day, ended in an atmosphere of cheerfulness and familiarity.

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