(ANS - Vatican City) – In recent days, Pope Francis urged to participate in the Laudato Sì Week, which will be held from tomorrow, May 16, until Sunday May 24; its theme: "Everything is connected."
(ANS - Rome) - Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, has recently sent a letter to his confreres, the members of the Salesian Family, the laity committed to the Salesian Mission, and the many young animators, educators and catechists with the heart of Don Bosco. The emblematic title of the letter is: "OUR 'SPECIAL' 28th GENERAL CHAPTER. Amid the heartache of the Coronavirus and the EASTER EXPERIENCE."
(ANS - Rome) - "The 28th General Chapter, a bit like Vatican Council I, will be remembered as an interrupted Chapter. Not by the Italian troops who entered Rome, but by an invisible and aggressive virus that has spread so quickly around the world that it has blocked everything." With this pointed similitude, Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, Director of the magazine Note di Pastorale Giovanile, who participated in the last two Synods of Bishops, opens his re-reading of the message that Pope Francis sent to the Salesians on the occasion of the Congregation's 28th General Chapter. His "meditative" analysis deeply delves into the papal text, "the word of a father that comes from the heart and asks everyone to start from Don Bosco, inviting us to achieve what he has repeatedly called the 'Valdocco Option'."
We invite you to read this commentary carefully.
Vatican City, Vatican - April 2020 - On April 5, Pope Francis presided over the Palm Sunday celebration broadcast in streaming and opened Holy Week with an invitation to look at the Crucifix: “The drama we are going through at this time pushes us to take seriously what is serious, not to get lost in trivial things; to rediscover that life is of no use if it is not served.” In front of the Altar of the Chair, Pope Francis led the celebration, accompanied only by the master of liturgical celebrations, Msgr. Guido Marini, and his collaborators. In the initial commemoration of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, he walked in procession through the central nave adorned with several potted olive trees, carrying a "parmurelo" of intertwined palm leaves, donated by the Italian Liguria region. Going up to the altar, the Pope incensed the image of Maria Salus Populi Romani, kept in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and, behind the altar, the miraculous crucifix of San Marcello al Corso.
Source: Vatican News
(ANS - Rabat) - "Pope Francis has taught us that being few [in number] is not a problem. Having no flavour is a problem." Salesian Cardinal Cristobal Lopez, archbishop of Rabat, looks back on Pope Francis' trip to Morocco, which took place just one year ago (30-31 March 2019). Since then, the small Moroccan Church has continued upon its path, also strengthened by Pope Francis' decision to make the archbishop of Rabat Cardinal. It is he who takes stock of the situation, one year after the Pope's visit.
Vatican City, Vatican - March 2020 - The General Audience of 18 March was celebrated by Pope Francis at 9.30 in the Library of the Vatican Apostolic Palace. It was streamed and broadcast live on television due to the health emergency. Continuing the cycle of catechesis on the Beatitudes, the Pope focused his meditation on the fifth beatitude: "Blessed are the merciful, because they will find mercy" (Mt 5,7). After special greetings to the faithful, Pope Francis launched an appeal for the celebration of the next initiative entitled: "24 hours for the Lord" (20-21 March 2020). Addressing the Italian-speaking faithful, the Holy Father said, "I make my own the appeal of the Italian Bishops who in this health emergency have promoted a moment of prayer for the whole country. Every family, every faithful, every religious community: all united spiritually tomorrow (today, Editor's note) at 9 pm in the recitation of the Rosary, with the Mysteries of light. I will accompany you from here." The General Audience ended with the recitation of the Pater Noster and the Apostolic Blessing.
Italy – Fr Bruno Bertolazzi's 100th anniversary, a life worth telling
(ANS - Potenza) - One hundred years well spent, with numerous successful paths and many anecdotes to be shared. But above all, a hundred years of life given to others. They are those experienced by the Salesian Fr Bruno Bertolazzi, who passed from the military uniform, worn during the Second World War against the Nazis, to the “Don Bosco uniform”, in the service of young people and the Salesian Congregation. Today he resides in Potenza, still concelebrates Mass and uses Facebook to keep in touch with the many past pupils who still seek him.
Spain – "Salesian communication in Spain is a point of reference for the whole Congregation"
(ANS - Madrid) - The National Delegation of Social Communication held the VII Salesian Communication Day on Wednesday 24 February on the theme “From online content to communication”. This edition, which took place online, brought together more than 120 Delegates and those responsible for communication from the various Salesian presences and entities. The meeting's central moment revolved around the intervention of Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos, General Councilor for Social Communication.
France – Migrants and young people, Salesian network at the forefront
(ANS - Paris) - For many years, unaccompanied foreign minors (UASC) have been welcomed in the Homes of Children of a Social Character (MECS) of the “Don Bosco Action Social” network. But in the last five years this apostolate has received a clear acceleration, so much so that today there are almost a thousand UASCs accompanied by the Salesian network. Like? Where? Why? Here is the answer to all these questions.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
LORD, HELP ME NEVER STOP BEING AMAZED OR BECOME INURED TO REALITY
«This is my prayer after having visited over 100 nations around the world where there are Salesian presences... and where I came to know realities that are so incredible, fascinating, precious, and often times so painful».