The Salesians in the world on the threshold of the 28th General Chapter
(Rome, 8 January 2020) - In view of the 28th General Chapter of the Congregation, the Salesians of Don Bosco convene a Press Conference to illustrate the different realities in which they operate throughout the world and what the strengths and challenges, new opportunities and risks for the Congregation in today's social and ecclesial context are. The invitation to journalists and media is for Thursday 23 January, 11:00 am, at the "Sacro Cuore" in Rome at Via Marsala 42, (near Termini Station).
Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, SDB, Superior General of the Salesian Congregation, will speak at length about what missionaries do in various parts of the world and in different religious, social and cultural contexts.
He will also be joined by Salesian cardinal Cristóbal López Romero, archbishop of Rabat (Morocco), who shall offer his views and specific knowledge on the work of the sons of Don Bosco in the Muslim context, as well as in Latin America, where he has served as a missionary, and in Spain, his country of origin.
On this same occasion, the objectives and expectations of the 28th General Chapter of the Congregation, scheduled in Turin from 16 February to 4 April 2020, will also be illustrated, its theme: "Which Salesians for today's young people?". Fr Stefano Vanoli, the Salesian coordinating the work of the Chapter, will be present.
The press conference will be moderated by Fr Giuseppe Costa, Salesian, journalist, former director of the Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LEV), the Vatican Publishing House.
At the end of the press conference, there will be time for a Q & A session and an aperitif.
Upon request, it will also be possible to reserve personal interviews.
For further information and to confirm your participation, please refer to the following contacts:
RMG – “Post-Chapter reflection”: the Rector Major gives the Congregation its “road map” for the 2020-2026 six-year period
(ANS – Rome) – It is called “Post-Chapter Reflection” instead of “Chapter Document”, as has been the custom, given that the General Chapter Assembly had not approved this document. GC28, instead, asked the Rector Major and his Council to accept the request to bring the work begun by the Assembly to a good conclusion. The purpose of these post-Chapter reflections, however, is the same: to guide the life of the Salesian Congregation over the six years from General Chapter 28 until the next Chapter in 2026. We are talking about the official document that the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, will officially release next Sunday, 16 August, on the 205th anniversary of Don Bosco’s birth.
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