Vatican City, Vatican - March 2020 - On March 18, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet, SDB, Archbishop of Montevideo, Uruguay, as a member of the Commission of Cardinals of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA).
(ANS - Tegucigalpa) - During the Mass celebrated on Sunday 8 March in the cathedral of Tegucigalpa, Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga addressed the faithful, alluded to the current crisis generated by the coronavirus, saying that it brought a world "full of pride" to its knees.
(ANS - Bari) – This past week, Bari was the center of the Mediterranean: in fact, from 19 to 23 February, it gathered 58 bishops of the 20 Mediterranean churches for the meeting "Mediterranean, frontier of peace." In Bari, the Salesian work "Santissimo Redentore" has been active for over a century, a true educational oasis for youth in the working class district of "Libertà", which hosted one of the participants in the Bishops' meeting, namely Salesian Cardinal Cristóbal López Romero, archbishop of Rabat (Morocco).
(ANS - Turin) - The official opening of the 28th General Chapter took place on Saturday, 22 February, to which Salesian bishops and cardinals of the world were invited. Among those who arrived in Turin-Valdocco was Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, who, in addition to having a grateful heart for the "Mother Congregation", as he stated in his interview, is one of the members of the Council of the Cardinals of Pope Francis. In this interview, conducted by Antonio Labanca, the cardinal sees an exciting future.
(ANS - Turin) - Don Bosco is certainly happy and rejoices at hearing the expressions uttered on the official opening morning of General Chapter 28.
(ANS - Turin) - To bring the contents and spirit of the 28th General Chapter of the Salesian Congregation to all the Salesian houses across the globe, there is nothing better than making it possible for everyone to access Valdocco, at least online. For this reason, also considering the popular results obtained, the live broadcasts on ANS Facebook page have multiplied: already tonight, 20 February, at 7 PM (UTC+1) it will be possible to listen to the Salesian "Good Night" of the Postulator General of the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni; while on Saturday 22, the Mass and the official opening session of the GC28 will be broadcast.
Italy – Livia, past pupil and nurse: "In moments of dejection, I hear my teachers again and what they transmitted to me"
(ANS - Turin) - Livia Borello is a young mother and a nurse at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus, a past pupil of the Salesian Classics Lyceum "Valsalice" in Turin. Family, work and education are three dimensions intertwined in her life, which she talks about in the following interview.
Amidst fear and hope
It is noon. We are in Rome in the Salesian house of the "Sacred Heart", located in front of Termini Station, Italy's most important railway station. Half a million people normally pass by here every day, but today there are only about twenty people moving about, their faces covered in masks.
RMG – March 24, 2020: Act of Entrustment of Salesian Family to Mary Help of Christians
(ANS - Rome) - At the end of the extraordinary novena to Mary Help of Christians, prayed throughout the Salesian world, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, invites us to make an Act of Entrustment, renewing our trust in Our Lady, with the heart of Don Bosco, in this hour of trial and suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Brazil – How Don Bosco "fished"for his young people
(ANS - São Paulo) - Don Bosco's vocational journey, as in all vocational paths, was not all easy, carefree or to be taken for granted. Doubts and difficulties were present in his maturation and decision-making process. Don Bosco also had doubts. He dreamed of becoming a Franciscan. He persistently wondered what his mission would be, where he should carry out his pastoral task. His life was marked by indecisions and uncertainty, but in the midst of his life he knew that there was a "medicine" that God sent him: it was Father Cafasso, his spiritual director.