RMG – St. Francis de Sales, Don Bosco and the missions: next Sunday an entirely Salesian TV episode of "The journeys of the heart"

16 December 2021

(ANS - Rome) - Next Sunday, 19 December, at 9:00 (UTC + 1) an episode of the "Viaggi del cuore - Journeys of the Heart" TV program entirely dedicated to the Salesians will be broadcast on Italy’s national television channel Rete4. Fr Davide Banzato, spiritual assistant of the "Nuovi Orizzonti" association and well-known face of Italian TV, will introduce the topics offered by various guests who will deepen the figures of St. Francis de Sales and Don Bosco, and the value and significance of the Salesian missions, of yesteryear and today. In conclusion, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, will also speak.

The focus of the episode will be on Valdocco, the cradle of the Salesian charism, and on the 152nd Salesian Missionary Expedition, sent on 21 November last. But the focus on the subject will be extremely broad, and in the episode’s 45 minutes many aspects will be touched on.

Fr Bruno Ferrero, Director of the Salesian Bulletin and well-known author of books and short stories, will present Saint Francis de Sales in view of the 400th anniversary of the saint's death (1622-2022), and also focus on the missionary activity that sprang from Valdocco.

Fr Daniel Antúnez, President of "Missioni Don Bosco" of Turin, will speak of Patagonia, his homeland, the destination of the first missionaries, with mention of the Argentine saints and blessed.

Elisabetta Gatto, curator of the "Missioni Don Bosco" Ethnographic Museum, will present the Salesian epic at "land’s end" with reference to Fr Alberto De Agostini, Salesian and explorer of Tierra del Fuego.

Some missionaries who left this year, and the young Marco Fulgaro, a member of the Missions Sector of the Salesian Congregation, shall discuss current mission-related themes in today’s world.

In conclusion, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, will also speak, offering his vision on the meaning of the missionary vocation.

"A show not to be missed!" says the Missions Sector.

"I viaggi del cuore" is a cultural and religious study program conducted by Fr Davide Banzato, of the "Nuovi Orizzonti" community. The program is broadcast on Sunday morning on Rete 4. It was established in 2016, during the Jubilee Year, with the official logo of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy granted by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization of which it still has the patronage today. "Missioni Don Bosco" has been collaborating with the program since last year.


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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