Vatican City - November 28, 2020 - With that of November 28, Pope Francis presided over his seventh Consistory and created a total of 101 cardinals, 73 of whom currently sit among those with the right to vote in the Conclave. The thirteen new cardinals, who had been announced last October 25 at the end of the Angelus prayer, are: Mario Grech, Marcello Semeraro, Paolo Augusto Lojudice, Mauro Gambetti, Wilton D. Gregory, Antoine Kambanda, José F. Advincula, Celestino Aos Braco, Cornelius Sim, Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, Silvano M. Tomasi, Enrico Feroci and Raniero Cantalamessa. The latter four, aged over 80, are non-voters.
(ANS - Santiago) - Last 27 September was the anniversary of the birth of Cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez (1907-1999), an emblematic figure of the Chilean Church and society of the second half of the twentieth century. Lawyer, Salesian of Don Bosco and bishop, first as ordinary of the diocese of Valparaíso and then, for over twenty years, as archbishop of Santiago (1961-1983) and Primate of Chile. An ecclesial and civil figure of reference in a time of profound socio-cultural, political and economic changes in Chilean society and Church.
(ANS - Yangon) - Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Salesian, archbishop of Yangon and President of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), retraced the months marked by the pandemic in Myanmar, underlining the constant commitment of the Church. In a report addressed to friends and benefactors, the Cardinal briefly explained what the main interventions of the Church have been in these difficult times.
(ANS - Hong Kong) - "On behalf of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, I call on Christians of all traditions and people of all faiths, throughout Asia and the world, to pray for Hong Kong, indeed for China and all her people, with great insistence." Thus began the heartfelt invitation to prayer of Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Salesian, archbishop of Yangon and President of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC).
Hong Kong - July 2020 - Last Saturday, July 4, the Salesian deacon Anthony Pun Ming Chi was ordained a priest in the church of Saint Anthony, the same where he was baptized, confirmed and where he served as an altar boy during his childhood and youth. Cardinal John Tong Hon, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Hong Kong, presided over the ordination Mass, flanked by Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze Kiun, SDB, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, Fr Joseph Ng Chi Yuen, Provincial of the “Mary Help of Christians Province” of China, and 27 Salesian, religious and diocesan priests. After Communion, two representatives of the youths shared the expectations of the newly ordained with the Salesians, hoping they and other Salesians will live the charism of St. John Bosco by accompanying young people and putting themselves at the service of society, especially in the difficult moment they are facing.
(ANS - Yangon) - "If humanity is divided, the pandemic crisis cannot be overcome. If no one is left out, it is possible to heal a planet. For the good of all, let's take care of the refugees. If people continue to be forced to abandon their homes, we will remain a world in crisis." With this heartfelt but lucid analysis, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Salesian, archbishop of Yangon and President of the Federation of Bishops' Conferences of Asia (FABC), made an appeal to the international community so that the crisis generated by Covid-19 be not heaved with all its painful weight on the shoulders of the weakest, who are migrants, refugees and displaced persons; rather, it must become an opportunity to build a more supportive world.
Italy – Rector Major: "Where we are, our task to give hope and work for justice"
(ANS - Rome) - A few days after the closure of the Salesian Family Spirituality Days 2021, held online for the first time, the Rector Major Fr Àngel Fernàndez Artime speaks. “This pandemic that is afflicting our humanity will end but there are other chronic pandemics that as Christians we have a duty to help eradicate: wars, mafias, hunger, poverty that is dehumanizing those forced to immigrate to give a future to their children and are tortured or die in the cold, youth unemployment ... Here, then, is our task where as the Salesian Family we are called to be present: to give hope and work for justice to 'give more to those who have had less', as Don Bosco recommended and Pope Francis reminds us.”
Belgium – "Next Generation Edu - Education for the Future of Europe"
(ANS - Brussels) - In view of the annual celebrations for the feast day of Don Bosco, the body that represents the Salesians in European institutions, "Don Bosco International" (DBI), wishes to promote reflection on the role of education. For this reason it has organized for next Friday, January 29, 2021, an online conference entitled: “Next Generation Edu - Education for the Future of Europe”. Opening the meeting will be the President of the European Parliament, David Maria Sassoli, with a speech entitled "The role of education in the present and future of Europe" and the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel.
RMG – Seeds and sowers of hope: messages from Spirituality Days of Salesian Family
(ANS - Rome) - The Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family, which closed just over a week ago, in this year marked by the pandemic saw the involvement of numerous people and groups spread all over the world as a sign of hope. Through the organization of coordination by regions, a vast network of communion and sharing of contents and intentions has been created which has seen numerous seeds of hope manifest themselves through concrete proposals.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
DON BOSCO – THE GENIUS WHO KNEW HOW TO MAKE HIS BOYS HAPPY
Dear readers and friends, this January issue coincides with the great worldwide celebration of Don Bosco’s feast on January 31. And there is something else: