(ANS - Rome) - Pope Francis has offered the Amazonian Church, the universal Church and all men of good will the post-synodal document: Querida Amazonía. Below, Fr Martín Lasarte, who participated in the Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazon region, indicates only a few of the many significant points.
(ANS - Rome) - From the very beginning, humanity has cultivated the art of storytelling. Stories are an activity that is the basis of every human relationship. In recent years, the communication industry has taken this art into hand, making it known as "storytelling". On January 24, 2020, the feast of St. Francis of Sales, Pope Francis sent a message for the 54th World Communications Day, entitled: "That you may tell your children and grandchildren (Ex 10:2). Life becomes history". "I would like to dedicate this year's Message to the theme of storytelling," says the opening message.
Vatican City, Vatican - January 2020 - On the occasion of the feast of the Baptism of the Lord on January 12, Pope Francis baptized 32 children, accompanied by parents and relatives. During the brief homily, Pope Francis stressed that children must be baptized as infants so that they "grow up with the power of the Holy Spirit."
Vatican City, Vatican - January 2020 - On January 1, in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Father Francis presided over the celebration of the Solemnity of Mary Most Holy Mother of God on the octave of Christmas and on the occasion of the 53rd World Peace Day on the theme Peace as a path of hope: dialogue, reconciliation and ecological conversion.
(ANS – Tokyo) – During Pope Francis's recent visit to Japan, one Bosconian (Don Bosco Past Pupil), staff member of Don Bosco Publications and member of the Japan Province Social Communication team, a descendant of the “hidden Christians”, who have kept the faith for the past 470 years, provided a brief interview that can be found on the Vatican News website in Spanish (video) and in English (audio) with a shortened English version text:
Vatican City, Vatican - December 2019 - On December 19, at the end of the morning audience, Pope Francis met refugees who have recently arrived from Lesbos via humanitarian corridors. The Holy Father had a cross placed in the access to the Apostolic Palace from the Belvedere Courtyard in memory of migrants and refugees: "I decided to exhibit here this life jacket, 'crucifix' on this cross, to remind us that we must keep our eyes open, keep the heart open, to remind everyone of the mandatory effort to save every human life, a moral duty that unites believers and non-believers."
Italy – Listening to the voices of missionaries: Edwin Seminario Rivera, departing with the 153rd Salesian Missionary Expedition
(ANS - Castelnuovo Don Bosco) - With only one day left before the sending-off ceremony of the 153rd Salesian Missionary Expedition, we let Salesian cleric Edwin Seminario Rivera, a 24-year-old Peruvian destined for the Salesian missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, tell us about his missionary journey and future prospects in mission lands.
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 - Expo AgriCultura Lombriasco - "Hortus: Agriculture for Life": International Fair among Salesian Agricultural Schools in the world returns
(ANS - Lombriasco) - After the positive response of the first edition of Expo "AgriCultura" Lombriasco, the second edition entitled "Hortus: Agriculture for Life", with important new features, takes place from September 29 to October 2, 2022, at the Salesian Agricultural School of Lombriasco (Via San Giovanni Bosco, 7 - Lombriasco - Turin), in the land of St. John Bosco.
RMG - "Educating and Evangelizing Today in the Digital Habitat. Together with young people, toward the future": Part Two
(ANS – Rome) - Last month saw the presentation of the new series of articles by Fr. Gildasio Mendes, General Councilor for Social Communication, aimed at exploring the theme, "Educating and Evangelizing Today in the Digital Habitat. Together with young people, toward the future." Today, giving continuity to this series of reflections, the second contribution is published, through which Fr. Mendes invites us to deepen the principal question of this new series: how to educate and evangelize today in the digital environment?
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
“I BELIEVED, I PROMISED, I RECOVERED!”. Artemides Zatti: Gospel of vocation and a Church that cares
Letter from the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, a few days before the canonisation of Artemide Zatti (9 October 2022).