(ANS - Turin) – On 1 September 1911, at the International Congress of Past Pupils, attended by people from 22 countries, the idea of erecting a Monument to Don Bosco as a solemn expression of gratitude to the great educator from those who had benefited by his charisma, came about. The idea was to inaugurate it in 1915, in memory of the centenary of his birth, but the First World War delayed the inauguration, which took place on May 23, 1920, on the eve of the feast day of Mary Help of Christians and the solemnity of Pentecost. From tomorrow, it will be 100 years that it welcomes faithful and members of the Salesian Family when they come on pilgrimage to the Salesian Mother House.
(ANS - Turin) - The restoration work on the ancient altar frontal in the church of San Giovanni Bosco in Mirafiori has been completed. Yesterday, Monday 18 May, on the centenary of John Paul II's birth, the first Mass on the renewed altar was also celebrated.
(ANS - Turin) - The artist Andrea de Simone was presented during the Triduum prayer vigil to Don Bosco in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Valdocco on Wednesday, 29 January. Before the gaze of hundreds of people and with his "sand art", the artist depicted the affectionate face of Don Bosco as seen by an artist who met the Saint of Youth in his preparation of the artistic exhibition. The presentation only needed two things: passion for art and a little sand.
(ANS – Mawlai) – “Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures” or popularly known as Don Bosco Museum at Mawlai, or DBCIC, has been on the path of progress and has arrived at another historical landmark. On 28 January 2020, Mr. Charles Pyngrope MLA inaugurated an exhibition of artefacts donated by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi to Don Bosco Museum.
(ANS - Foggia) - On the day when Mary Immaculate is celebrated and the birth of the Salesian oratory is commemorated, in the city of Foggia, in the outlying district of Candelaro, the large mural representing Don Bosco, by Jorit, the famous street artist, was inaugurated.
"Where Candelaro crosses with Via Lucera,
I see you...
and that's enough to enflame the heart."
RMG – Not dropped from above, but made in synodality. Fr Attard and project for ongoing Salesian and lay formation in Europe
(ANS - Rome) - "It's a frontier that needs a lot of reflection, a lot of prayer and also a commitment to study the existing opportunities well, to offer proposals that meet the needs of those who ask to be accompanied and trained". This is how Fr Fabio Attard, General Councilor for Youth Ministry for 12 years, frames the new task entrusted to him - one previously non-existent: Director for the ongoing formation of Salesians and lay people in Europe.
Thanks for being so impulsive
In general, we hear that young people are: passionate, fearless, idealistic, reckless. Young people are indeed like this, sometimes it could be an advantage or a danger. But, on a cold December 1859, in the silence of the outskirts of Turin, in a modest room, 19 young people listened attentively to the words of a dreamer priest and made a covenant: they promised to give themselves entirely to God and to help young people throughout their lives. And to be like Don Bosco, that priest who above all loved them.
Italy – In time of crisis, celebration of "Our Lady of difficult times"
(ANS - Turin) - "Our Lady of difficult times": this is the definition that yesterday, Sunday 24 May, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, offered in the homily delivered during the Eucharist dedicated to young people for the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, celebrated in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin-Valdocco.
RMG – Narrating beautiful stories of life: World Social Communications Day 2020
(ANS - Rome) - In this historical moment, with the pandemic raging in many parts of the world and which confines millions of people to live in seclusion, Pope Francis reminds us to "weave stories". "The act of telling is essentially human. We feel the need to tell what happens to us and to others to find the meaning of life," writes S. Kohan. The Pope, for his part, invites us to tell "stories that help us rediscover our roots and the strength to go forward together"; moreover he encourages us “to tell and share constructive stories that help us understand that we are all part of a bigger story than ourselves.”
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE GREATEST OF ALL IS LOVE
"In moments of difficult trials such as these, it is love that gives us life"
Dear Friends and Readers of the Salesian Bulletin:
Receive my cordial greeting at a time when all our minds are overwhelmed. I am writing these words on April 1st, thinking about the month of May, the month of our Mother. We have entrusted ourselves to her throughout the Salesian world during this very painful period of the Covid-19, or “coronavirus”, pandemic. From all parts of the world, we have raised up prayers – and continue to do so – to ask the Lord through the intercession of our Mother for help and comfort in these terrible hours for us all, with the loss of so many lives, even while knowing that later, also, there will be other difficulties that we will have to face.