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:
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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.
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