(ANS – Vatican City) –The Vatican is placing its flagship sustainability push, the Laudato Si' Action Platform, front and center during Laudato Si' Week 2022, with the hope that a week highlighting the multiyear initiative will inspire more Catholics and church institutions to sign up.
Vatican City, Vatican - May 2022 - In the Vatican Gardens, at the Bastion of the Master, on the morning of May 17, a ceremony was held to bless and unveil a mosaic depicting the Virgin of the Thirty-Three. Sister Raffaella Petrini, Secretary-General of the Governorate of Vatican City State, recalled during the ceremony that the Virgin of the Thirty-Three was proclaimed Patroness of Uruguay by John XXIII in 1962 at the request of the bishops and the government. Among others present at the ceremony were Cardinal Daniel Sturla, SDB, Archbishop of Montevideo, and Msgr. Enrico dal Covolo, SDB. The mosaic was donated by the Uruguayan Embassy to the Holy See.
(ANS - Vatican City) - Acknowledge and welcome one's own vulnerability in order to know how to bow to those of others. This is the message that Pope Francis left yesterday, May 5, to the Superiors General gathered in Rome for the XII Plenary Assembly of the UISG (International Union of Superiors General): a message he was not afraid to exemplify in the first person, arriving at the meeting in a wheelchair, due to persistent knee pain.
(ANS - Vatican City) - Just as after a fast one eats more to recover lost energy, so St. Peter's Square, after abstinence from crowded celebrations due to the pandemic, was filled yesterday, Easter Monday, April 18, 2022, with a flood of Italian teenagers - about 100,000, according to estimates - who came on pilgrimage to Rome from all the dioceses of the peninsula. It was Pope Francis himself, with the simple and engaging language he uses with teens, who used the metaphor of fasting at the opening of his friendly and fatherly address to the participants.
(ANS - Civitavecchia) - For the sixth time in his pontificate, and for the first time since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Pope Francis celebrated Holy Thursday Mass in Coena Domini in a prison. Yesterday, April 14, 2022, after presiding over the Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in the morning, he did so at the Borgata Aurelia Penitentiary in Civitavecchia. In the course of the homily, delivered off the cuff, the Pontiff recalled that "God forgives everything and always", and that we are all called to mutual service and "without interest", personal gain or advantage.
(ANS - Valletta) - It was made in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul, the 36th apostolic journey of the Successor of Peter, Pope Francis, to Malta. A short trip, the time of a weekend, but full of appointments, meetings, moments of great meaning and value; as well as clear words on many issues: hospitality, evangelization, care for one's roots, and all that is happening in these days in the world.
Czech Republic – Ukrainian children need to talk about the war
(ANS - České Budějovice) – The Salesian Youth Centre in České Budějovice employs two Ukrainian women to run programs for Ukrainian children. Masha Shumkova is a teacher and Olena Halushka is a psychologist. Both of them used to work at a children's centre in Zaporizhia, Ukraine. What is the situation of Ukrainian children? What do they have to deal with? And how can we help people fleeing the war? Olena answered these and other questions.
Ecuador – VI International Seminar and Plenary Session of IUS Education Group
(ANS - Quito) - The VI International Seminar and Plenary Session of the IUS Education Group of the Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS) took place from April 26th to 28th, at the Quito campus of the Salesian Polytechnic University of Ecuador with the participation of authorities, professors, and researchers from 22 Salesian universities from America, Asia, and Europe.
Eritrea – "Remember Dekhemare!" Fr Viganò's invitation is still relevant today
(ANS - Asmara) - The Salesian presence in Eritrea has strong roots and a future yet to be written. Started almost three decades ago, it represents a small but significant reality of the Salesian Congregation, which fully expresses that closeness to the neediest youth that has always characterized the mission of the Sons of Don Bosco.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE MESSAGE OF THE RECTOR MAJOR: THE SDB GOOD SAMARITAN — A SAINT!
In the Salesian Family, in the Church of Argentina, especially in the Viedma Diocese, in Italy, in the Reggio Emilia Diocese, and especially in Boretto, his birthplace, there reigns great enthusiasm: Artemides Zatti will be declared a Saint.