(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.
(ANS - Tegucigalpa) - Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, celebrated his 50 years of priesthood last Sunday, June 28, with a Mass behind closed doors in the minor Basilica of Suyapa. During the Eucharist, the Cardinal expressed what the priestly ministry consists of and asked the faithful to walk the path of generosity, to work in the service of others, to be in solidarity, to fight for justice and to be faithful to the will of God.
RMG – Rector Major's Vicar: "May the Congregation continue to be alive and prophetic"
(ANS - Rome) - At first he led the Special Circumscription "Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta" as Provincial, then he accepted the challenge of animating a newly established Region - the Mediterranean, after the GC27, as Councilor: Fr Stefano Martoglio, today Vicar of the Rector Major, is a Salesian with a lengthy résumé, a Salesian who takes on his responsibilities full on. Today he tells ANS about his recent past and his dreams for the future.
Italy – UPS new academic year opens under banner of "shared and convergent research"
(ANS - Rome) - Yesterday, Thursday 15 October, the inauguration of the new academic year of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) was held; its theme: “Shared and convergent research”. The event, which also marked the end of the celebrations for the 80th anniversary of its foundation, saw the participation of numerous authorities and illustrious guests.
Italy – Strength of missionary action must come from oratory
(ANS - Turin) - The month of October, the mission month, carries within itself the germ of reciprocity and the spontaneous act of giving to the other, to one's brother in difficulty. For the Salesian Mission Office in Turin, "Missioni Don Bosco", October is a time to celebrate the importance of being united as Christians in the name of solidarity and brotherhood. On this issue, the Pope has just signed the document on social friendship and fraternity, and with this third Encyclical, the Pope wants to give a strong message in this historical moment in which health is added to a socio-economic and ecological crisis, due to the coronavirus.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
FROM VALDOCCO TO THE WHOLE WORLD
Today the invitation is made to everyone: Come! Get to know Valdocco. Browse around. Experience this place. Be still and listen to what the “walls are saying” because “at Valdocco, everything speaks”... What has taken place in transforming this space is much more than the mere remodeling of walls and rooms. A dream has come to life.