Rome, Italy - June 28, 2019 - Friday, June 28, 2019, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the procession of the statue of the Sacred Heart took place on the main streets of the city of Rome. Accompanying her was Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education and titular cardinal of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, who blessed the faithful and places close to the basilica built by Don Bosco himself.
Fuerte Olimpo, Paraguay - August 16, 2017 – To celebrate the 202th anniversary of Don Bosco's birth, the "Don Bosco" chapel of the Fuerte Olimpo district organized a procession in honor of its patron. Salesian Bishop Mons. Gabriel Escobar, bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Chaco Paraguayo, also participated in the festivities.
Macas, Ecuador – 19 November 2016 - Over 1800 students from the "Fiscomisional Don Bosco" Educational Unit, along with their families and many of the faithful, joined in prayer to greet Our Lady Purissima di Macas in a procession through the streets of the city of Macas, which ended with a Eucharistic celebration.
Togo, Gbodjome August 2016- The Novice Master Fr. Paul Wogomebou, presented 16 candidates for Salesian life, who made their profession on 16 August. Seven of the new Salesians belong to the AFO Province and 9 to the ETA Province. The celebration was presided over by Father José Mariza, Provincial of AFO, surrounded by Salesians who had come for the occasion.
Santa Julia, Mexico - August 2016 - On 16 August in commemoration of the 201st anniversary of the birth of Don Bosco, in the Mary Help of Christians Shrine in Santa Julia, six young novices from the Vice-Province of Haiti and the Mexican Provinces (MEM and MEG) made their first profession. The MEM Provincial, Fr Gabino Hernández, presided over the celebration together with Fr Hugo Orozco (Provincial MEG) and Fr Ducange Sylvain, Superior of Haiti. Many Salesians and young people were present.
Breña Lima, Peru – 16 August 2016 - To celebrate the 201st anniversary of the birth of Don Bosco, the Salesian Family, with the members of the parish of Mary Help of Christians and students of the St Francis de Sales Salesian School, processed through the populous neighbourhood of Brena carrying the statue of the Saint of Youth.
Italy – GC28 - Fr Pascual Chávez: "There will be no other way to change society except through education"
(ANS - Turin) - The representatives of the Salesians from all over the world have gathered in Valdocco, there to experience General Chapter 28. They speak one single language and walk with one feeling: the young. The Salesian charism, the option for young people, the gift of a great Father, Don Bosco, throbs in their hearts. In an interview conducted by Fr Daniel García, SDB, Fr Pascual Chávez Villanueva, Rector Major emeritus, answers questions beginning from his experience of 12 years of service at the helm of the Congregation and of the last 6 years around the world, on issues touching the lives of the Salesians. His answers invite the Salesians to look to the Congregation from a current perspective "to continue to have efficacy and validity as Salesians of Don Bosco", and to collaborate to "give answers to a changing society and to a world and to a Church that expect, from us, an answer in favor of young people."
2020: "Young people on the front line"
Which young people should be the protagonists of history?
Young agnostics? Yes.
Young people who have a lukewarm faith? Yes.
Young people who have estranged themselves from the Church? Yes.
Every young person has something to say to others, to adults, to priests, to nuns, to bishops and to the Pope.
Italy – Card. Cristóbal López Romero, SDB, takes cardinal's possession of Title of San Leone I
(ANS - Rome) - On Sunday 16 February, during the celebration of the Eucharist, the Salesian Cristóbal López Romero, archbishop of Rabat (Morocco), took cardinal's possession of the title of San Leone I, which was granted to him by Pope Francis when he appointed him cardinal on 5 October 2019.
Italy – "In Valdocco everything speaks to us to continue to be apostles dedicated to the service of young people." Rector Major's homily for GC28's opening Mass
(ANS - Turin) - Docility, fidelity and hope: these are the three attitudes proposed to the Chapter members during the opening Mass of the 28th General Chapter, presided by the Rector Major, and which involved his Vicar, Fr Francesco Cereda, and Fr Enrico Stasi, Provincial of the Circumscription based in Turin, as first concelebrants. A Basilica crowded with many faithful participated in the solemn celebration.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE POWER OF LOVE
We are approaching the time of Lent which will prepare us for the Passover of the Lord. At this Season, the Church proposes to us prayer, fasting, and charity help us along our path to Easter. With this my greeting I am proposing to you a reflection that has a great deal to do with an excellent way to prepare for Easter: The way to live more and better at all times by LOVING – but truly loving, as they say colloquially, “until it hurts.”