(ANS - Rome) – Starting today, the complete text of the presentation of the Rector Major's Strenna for 2021, entitled "Moved by hope: 'Behold, I make all things new' (Rev 21, 5)" is available from today also in English, on the website sdb.org.
(ANS - Rome) - The coronavirus epidemic has spread everywhere, but in some areas of the planet its impact has been more devastating than elsewhere, due to the fragility of their economic and health contexts. The operators of the Salesian NGO "Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo - International Volunteer Service for Development" (VIS), based in Rome, have chosen to remain in mission countries to stay close to those in need and to try to curb the advance of Covid-19. With the motto "resto@attivo nel mondo" they want to give expression to their efforts, so they can tell firsthand what they are doing.
(ANS - Batatais) - Bishop Pedro Casaldáliga, 92, prelate emeritus of São Félix, State of Mato Grosso, belonging to the Congregation of the missionaries Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians), passed away on Saturday 8 August in Batatais, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Fr Casaldáliga, born in Balsareny, Catalonia, prelate of São Félix from 1971 to 2005, was a well-known bishop and a point of reference for his battles in favor of human rights, indigenous rights and creation.
Vietnam – New Councilor for East Asia-Ocenia: "to serve the poorer, respond to urgent needs of poor young people is my dream and challenge"
(ANS - Ho Chi Minh City) - He did not participate in the 28th General Chapter and due to the Covid-19 restrictions, he still resides in Vietnam. But as regards his new position Fr Joseph Nguyen Thinh Phuoc, the new Councilor for the East Asia-Oceania region, has very clear ideas. And today he illustrates them to us.
Italy – 150th anniversary of birth of Fr Pietro Ricaldone
(ANS - Mirabello Monferrato) – Being celebrated - in addition to the centenary of the birth of Fr Egidio Viganò, VII Successor of Don Bosco at the head of the Salesian Congregation - is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Fr Pietro Ricaldone. Rector Major from 1932 to 1951, he was born in Mirabello Monferrato on July 27, 1870. For this occasion, his hometown remembered him with two days of celebration.
Brazil – The great meeting: Don Bosco and ECA's 30 years
(ANS - San Paolo) - Education is a thing of the heart, said Don Bosco. It is an extremely appropriate paradigm to celebrate the 30 years of the Statute of the Child and Adolescent (ECA, in Portuguese), a set of rules of the Brazilian legal system aimed at the integral protection of children and adolescents, which in July celebrated its thirtieth anniversary.