Rome, Italy - December 2021 - On 6 December at Villa Bonaparte, the seat of the French embassy to the Holy See, the intervention of the students of the National Center for Salesian Works of Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco in Rome was particularly appreciated. The Ambassador, H.E. Mrs. Elisabeth Beton Delègue, during the celebration of the feast day of St. Nicholas of Mira, patron saint of Lorraine, in the presence of Cardinal H.E. Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg, donated to the guests the "Boxemaennchen" offered by H.E. Mrs. Michèle Pranchère - Tomassini, Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to Rome. Also present was Bro. Jean Paul Muller, SDB, Economer General of the Salesian Congregation. The typical biscuits for the feast of St. Nicholas were made by the students of the “Cooking Technicians” course of the Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco Vocational Training School, who practiced and experimented with their production for weeks. The fact that they were able to meet a world of diplomats and dignitaries unknown to them, in the French embassy, was an extraordinary challenge that they mastered very well, thanks also to their teachers who accompanied them.
(ANS - Corigliano d’Otranto) - Last Saturday, 4 December 2021, the Salesian house in Corigliano d’Otranto turned 120 years old. To celebrate this anniversary, the educational and city community gathered for a Mass of thanksgiving to God, which was followed by two other important events: the inauguration of the "Buona Stoffa" Day Center - realized thanks to the support of the Association of Social Promotion “Piccoli Passi Grandi Sogni” and to numerous donors involved in the project - and of the multipurpose hall of the Salesian Youth Sports Clubs; and, later, the conference entitled: “120 years with Don Bosco and with young people”. The Councilor for the Mediterranean Region, Fr Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy, also took part in the day of celebration.
(ANS - Messina) - The 23th National Refresher Course for Teachers of the Catholic Religion with focus on e-learning is being held from 1 to 4 December at the Theological Institute "San Tommaso" in Messina – part of the Faculty of Theology of the Salesian Pontifical University of Rome. Animated by Fr Antonino Romano SDB, the course is being attended by professors from state universities and specialists in higher education such as Fr Giuseppe Costa, Co-spokesman of the Salesian Congregation, and Fr Miguel Angel García Morcuende, General Councilor for Youth Ministry who presented their keynote addresses.
(ANS - Turin) - On Saturday, 27 November 2021, a conference was held at the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Theology at Crocetta in Turin, to study the spiritual figure of the Venerable Salesian, Fr Giuseppe Quadrio, on the occasion of the centenary of his birth in Vervio, in the province of Sondrio, Italy, on November 28, 1922.
(ANS - Rome) - Next Sunday, December 5, at 8:50 p.m. on "TV2000", the popular Catholic TV Chennel in Italy, the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, will be the guest of the show "Soul", the television program conceived and conducted by journalist Monica Mondo. In half an hour of frank and open dialogue, the 10th Successor of Don Bosco shall talk about his life, his ministry, the Congregation, and the Church.
(ANS – Rome) – On 30 November 2021, in Rome, at Villa Bonaparte, seat of the French Embassy to the Holy See, the special ceremony for the awarding of the Medal of Officer of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic to Sr. Yvonne Reungoat, Mother General Emeritus of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, founded on 5 August 1872 by St. John Bosco and St. Maria Domenica Mazzarello in Italy and present in France since 1877.
RMG – After the 152nd Salesian Missionary Expedition: Grégoire Maloba
(ANS - Rome) - "I have chosen the missionary life to respond freely and consciously to the call of God who sends us all over the world to announce the good news, and who remains with us until the end of the world (Mt 28.19- 20), and to work in collaboration with the confreres of my new Province where the Lord is sending me.” Speaking with such conviction is the young Congolese Salesian Grégoire Maloba sent, with the 152nd Salesian Missionary Expedition, to his new mission land, Portugal.
Belgium – Our hope for Europe: Conference on the Future of Europe
(ANS – Bruxelles) – The event “Our hope for Europe: Conference on the Future of Europe” will be held on 7 December 2021, 19:00 – 21:00 (CET) at the Chapel for Europe, Brussels, Belgium. The Executive Secretary of Don Bosco International, Mr Renato Cursi, is joining the conversation in the event’s second session. The event is part of the churches’ contribution to the ongoing Conference on the Future of Europe.
RMG – Listening to the Congregation: an experience of synodality
(ANS – Rome) – “Synodality is the watchword in the Church at the moment. In the last two weeks of November 2021, we here in the ‘Sede Centrale Salesiana’ lived a particularly intense moment of what can only be described as a synodal experience, an experience of walking together as brothers”. The General Councillor for Formation, Fr. Ivo Coelho, today offers ANS readers his reflection on the experience of the meeting for the revision of the Salesian Ratio, held in Rome from November 15 to 28, 2021.