(ANS – Rome) –As we approach the feast of St John Bosco in this Bicentennial year of his most famous dream at nine years of age, for the readers of ANS we would like to propose a trio of dreams among the best known, most significant and most "prophetic" for the Congregation and the whole Church. We begin today with the one that went down in history as "The Dream of the Two Columns" (Biographical Memoirs VII, 169-171), whose content, so truly ecclesial, is often cited and recalled in many different places and circumstances, even outside the Salesian world.
(ANS – Rome) – Many of the dreams that Don Bosco told his boys had obviously educational purposes, so much so that very often not even his biographers were able to clearly demarcate the boundary between dream, vision and pedagogical storytelling. Among these we can certainly include the one known as “the dream of the snake and the rosary” (Biographical Memoirs – VII 141-145). Occurring in the summer of 1862, it is a clear manifestation of how central Mary Help of Christians was not only in the saint's life, but in his pedagogical vision; and how Marian devotion was never in contrast to, but rather an encouragement for his boys to move towards a full experience of sacramental and ecclesial life.
(ANS – Lisbon) – The official anthem of the 9th International Congress of Mary Help of Christians has been presented in these days. With the text by Fr Simão Cruz, SDB, and music by António Ferreira, the hymn presents Mary as Mother and Protectress, who guides the paths of the Salesian Family and all its children.
(ANS – Fatima) – Fatima will host the 9th International Congress of Mary Help of Christians from 29 August to 1 September 2024. Promoted by the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) and aimed at all groups of the Salesian Family, it aims to make known, deepen and spread devotion to Mary Help of Christians.
There is a statue of Mary Help of Christians which was venerated by two saints: Saint John Bosco and Saint Louis Orione. This is the first statue of the Help of Christians that Don Bosco had in Valdocco and which now belongs to the family of Fr Orione.
(ANS – Nairobi) – The Marian Congress organised by the Salesians from the Province of East Africa (AFE) is taking place these days at the great Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, the Don Bosco Upper Hill community in Nairobi. The event brings together Catholics, especially young people, from the Salesian institutions in Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan and South Sudan, with the aim of thanking Mary for all the wonderful things she has accomplished in Africa through the Salesians.
RMG – Cardinal Fernández Artime: 'Young People Today Need Witnesses Above All'
(ANS - Rome) – To commemorate the feast of Don Bosco, Cardinal Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, gave an interview to the journalist Fabio Marchese Ragona from the MediaSet group, in front of the Basilica of St. Peter at Vatican. Topics such as young people, the Congregation, Don Bosco, the Church, the role of the laity, life of witness, his own personal vocational story as a Salesian... etc., featured during the conversation. The interview was broadcast on Sunday, 28 January 2024 on the Italian TV channel TGCOM24, as part of the "Stanze Vaticane" (From the Rooms of Vatican) column.
“Speaking with the Heart”: A great Antidote for the Ills of today’s world
‘Revolutionize the world with your kindness, by speaking with your heart’, is the dream that Pope Francis envisions for humanity through his 57th World Communication Day message, that falls on this Ascension Sunday, 21st May 2023. ‘Speak with your heart in truth and charity’, and this is the best antidote that can cure the ills of today’s society.
India – Sacred Heart College Celebrates its 73rd College Day with Splendor and Gratitude
(ANS – Tirupattur) - In a display of grandeur befitting its prestigious legacy, the Sacred Heart College (Autonomous) celebrated its 73rd College Day. The event, held on February 10th, 2024, at the picturesque College Grounds, witnessed a convergence of students, faculty, esteemed guests, and cherished alumni.
Vatican – Popes and Ashes, from dust to God
(ANS – Vatican City) – Return to the essentials, be small before God, fast from external needs, convert with all your heart. This is the path traced by the exhortations of Francis, John Paul I, Saint Paul VI and Saint John Paul II. Words, taken from their Pontificates, which in this Lenten journey are an intense exhortation addressed to the heart of every human being.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
CHEERFUL AND SERENE EVEN THOUGH LIVING IN A WHEELCHAIR
The Message of the Rector Major, Cardinal Angel Fernandez Artime, SDB
Encounters on Epiphany with amazing people who have good hearts and luminous faith