(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.
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 – VII Salesian Communication Day: "From content to online communication"
(ANS - Madrid) - The Spanish National Communication Delegation presents the VII Salesian Communication Day, which will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 24 February, from 10:30 to 13:30 (UTC + 1), online. The event will develop the theme: "From content to online communication", and will see the participation of Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos, General Councilor for Social Communication of the Salesian Congregation.
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».