(ANS - Vatican City) - "WITH A FATHER'S HEART: this is how Joseph loved Jesus, called in all four Gospels 'the son of Joseph'." Pope Francis begins with these incisive words in his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde, published on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Quemadmodum Deus decree, with which on December 8, 1870, Blessed Pius IX declared Saint Joseph Patron of the Catholic Church. And to worthily celebrate the anniversary, the Holy Father has also announced a special jubilee year in honor of St. Joseph. The news also filled the Salesian Congregation with joy and satisfaction, which also boasts the Artisan of Nazareth, the Carpenter, among its Patrons.
Vatican City - November 28, 2020 - With that of November 28, Pope Francis presided over his seventh Consistory and created a total of 101 cardinals, 73 of whom currently sit among those with the right to vote in the Conclave. The thirteen new cardinals, who had been announced last October 25 at the end of the Angelus prayer, are: Mario Grech, Marcello Semeraro, Paolo Augusto Lojudice, Mauro Gambetti, Wilton D. Gregory, Antoine Kambanda, José F. Advincula, Celestino Aos Braco, Cornelius Sim, Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, Silvano M. Tomasi, Enrico Feroci and Raniero Cantalamessa. The latter four, aged over 80, are non-voters.
(ANS - Vatican City) - “I express my appreciation to the young people of the Salesian University Institute who are part of Cube Radio, for preparing an Advent journey inspired by the Word of God for each Sunday and by the encyclical Laudato si’. I invite you to involve other young people and users of the network in preparing for a holy Christmas by spreading – also through the social media accounts of Vatican News – the Word of God and inviting them to care for our common home. I pray for you and you pray for me.” Thus Pope Francis, in a video message, released yesterday, November 26, thanked the young people of IUSVE for their “Advent Green Dream” project.
(ANS – Assisi) – The Economy of Francesco (EoF), a global online event that engaged young people, entrepreneurs and economists was held from 19 to 21 November, from Assisi in Italy. It was called for by Pope Francis in 2019 through a public letter of invitation, in which he hoped to promote: “a process of global change. One in which not only believers but all men and women of good will, beyond differences of creed and nationality, can participate, inspired by an ideal of fraternity attentive above all to the poor and excluded.” Don Bosco Green Alliance participated in the “EoF Marathon”, which was held as part of the overall Economy of Francesco event.
(ANS - Vatican City) - In his message to the Seminar promoted by the Union of General Superiors and the International Union of General Superiors on the challenge of "rebuilding the global educational pact", held online from 12 to 14 November, the Holy Father thanks the avant-garde work in the field of education carried out by consecrated persons in the world, and, in history, as they do today with “so much commitment and enthusiasm”.
Vatican City, Vatican - November 2020 - On the occasion of the "World Day of the Poor", the health center under the colonnade of St. Peter's, by the Apostolic Charity, carried out 50 swabs a day for two weeks, in addition to the flu vaccine for the poor who have access to the dormitory or for those who intend to repatriate. Mons.Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, explained that despite the pandemic, the World Day of the Poor, established four years ago by Pope Francis, was celebrated with solemnity and with concrete initiatives compatible with the restrictive prescriptions set. Among the initiatives, with the support of various sponsors, the sending of 5,000 packages of food to the families of about 60 Roman parishes; 2.5 tons of pasta destined for family homes and charitable associations; 350,000 masks for school students, especially from the large peripheries.
RMG – 150 years ago Fr. Orione, light of charity in the world, was born
(ANS - Rome) - St. Luigi Orione was born in Pontecurone, in the province of Alessandria, Italy, on June 23, 1872. For three years, from October 1886 to August 1889, he was a student at the Valdocco Oratory in Turin. Don Bosco, who soon noticed his human qualities, counted him among his favorites, assuring him, "We will always be friends." During his time in Turin, he also became acquainted with the charitable works of St. Giuseppe Benedetto Cottolengo, close to the Salesian oratory, until he later started his "Little Work of Divine Providence." On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of "don Orione," as he is universally known, we post an interview with Father Tarcisio Vieira, who has just been confirmed by the General Chapter of the Oriones as the Congregation's Director-General.
Listening With Our Heart
Little John was watching the television and the sight of the African children being shown in utter poverty made him cry, and after sobbing in desperation he got up and pulled out a few slices of bread and went near the television and started pushing those slices in every small little hole on the back of the television. In his simplicity, he thought he was offering a little bread to those hungry children. The little boy expresses best what it means to listen with the heart.
The attentive gaze of a mother by the side of her child, and the slightest cry or movement of the child makes her respond immediately with a gentle touch or a caress, and this too is perhaps another example of what it means to listen with the heart. The mother feels what the child needs.
Listening with the heart is the experience of a noble, loving, compassionate person. Looking around, we see millions of people who suffer in silence every day. Everyone longs to be heard and listened to. But the raging fire and chaos, noise and humdrums have caused so much of deafness within, and we only listen to some sounds. We have lost the quality to empathize, to listen and to feel.
The call to listen with the ear of one’s heart, is the invitation of Pope Francis in light of the 56th World Communications Day, that is popularly celebrated on the Ascension Sunday every year. Are we really truly listening? Why do we struggle to listen? How can we listen with our heart? These can be some areas of introspection as we ponder on this theme of the World Communications Day – “Listening with the ear of the heart”.
Italy – "Auxilium Faculty: female perspectives for Rome as an educating city"
(ANS - Rome) - An event on the theme "Auxilium Faculty: female perspectives for Rome as an Educating City" was held yesterday, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in the Sala della Protomoteca on the Capitol Hill in Rome, organized by the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences "Auxilium," in collaboration with the Municipalities XIII and XIV of the Municipality of Rome, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (1872-2022).
RMG – "Communication, Management and Governance": the latest article by Fr. Gildasio Mendes in the series "St. Francis de Sales Communicator. Inner pilgrimage, wisdom in the art of communication."
(ANS - Rome) - On the day of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a devotion closely linked to the figure of St. Francis de Sales, we publish the last of six articles written by Fr. Gildasio Mendes, General Councilor for Social Communication, on the theme, "St. Francis de Sales Communicator. Inner Pilgrimage, Wisdom in the Art of Communication."
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
«MY NAME IS SEAN CAYD». The Story of an Unimaginable Gift
Dear Readers, friends and most especially friends of Don Bosco's charism, I send you my affectionate greeting. They always come with gratitude for the sympathy you have towards Don Bosco, the saint of the world's youth, and the closeness, respect, or curiosity you feel towards those of us who try to continue his mission in the Church and the world. With all my heart, I thank you!