Turin, Italy - June 2022 - On Saturday, June 25, at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Valdocco the presbyteral ordination of four Salesian deacons was celebrated: Marco Cazzato, Caius Tobechukwu Ugwu, Gerald Alakwe Oshiobugie, and Matteo Vignola. The ceremony was presided over by Msgr. Roberto Repole, Archbishop of Turin, and concelebrated by Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, his Vicar, Fr. Stefano Martoglio, Fr. Ivo Coelho, General Councilor for Formation, Fr. Leonardo Mancini, Superior of Piedmont and Aosta Valley Special Circumscription (ICP), and Fr. Jorge Mario Crisafulli, Africa Nigeria Niger (ANN) Provincial. Also present were other members of the General Council, numerous Salesians, faithful and youth.
(ANS - Turin) - Yesterday afternoon, Thursday, June 23, at the Mother House of the Salesians in Turin-Valdocco, the traditional meeting of dialogue, discussion, and Salesian fraternity between the General Councils of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) was renewed. The Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, flanked by the other members of his Council, warmly welcomed and hosted Mother Chiara Cazzuola, Mother General of the FMA, and her Councilors.
(ANS - Turin) - The Feast Day of Thanksgiving to the Rector Major by his Salesian confreres and all those who love Don Bosco was renewed once again this year, in the setting that is most proper to it: Valdocco. Originating exactly 152 years ago, on June 24, 1870, with the tribute of a coffee set to Don Bosco by Carlo Gastini and other former students of the Oratory, today the celebration constitutes a time for Salesians and members of the Salesian Family to thank Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, who is Don Bosco's tenth Successor, for his leadership and governance of the Congregation, as well as for his service of animation and his bearing witness.
Perugia, Italy - June 2022 - On Monday, June 20, the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, visited Perugia for the first centenary of the Salesian presence in the city. The Successor of Don Bosco, welcomed in the "Sala dei Notari," took part in the ceremony of the Salesian Institute’s inscription in the city’s register of Honor. Such inscriptions are made in favor of figures and realities that have brought prestige to the city. After the presentation of the certificate, the Rector Major was then received privately by the mayor, Andrea Romizi, who presented him with a gift from the civic administration.
(ANS - Perugia) - Yesterday, Monday, June 20, was a day of solemn festivity in Perugia: to mark the celebrations for the first centenary of the Salesian presence in the city, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, arrived for a visit.
Moncalieri, Italy - June 2022 - On June 16 and 17, the Monastery of the Visitation in Moncalieri hosted the relic of the heart of St. Francis de Sales normally kept in the monastery of Treviso, which sent it to celebrate the fourth centenary of the saint's death. Arriving from the monastery in Pinerolo, the relic stayed two days in Moncalieri, where it was welcomed and venerated by many Christians, religious men and women on Thursday evening in a celebration specially organized for them. On Friday, June 17, at 8:30 p.m. the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, presided over the solemn Mass concelebrated by ten priests, most of them Salesians, including the General Councilor for Formation, Fr. Ivo Coelho. A large choir animated the liturgical prayer and the Monastery church, which was packed with faithful, mostly belonging to the Salesian Family. In his homily, the Rector Major posed the question that forms the backdrop of a Christian life, "At what point is my faith?" and then reread it in the gestures of love that express it: love of God and neighbor, exactly as St. Francis de Sales educated his "Visitandine" by telling them, "In the love of God and in charity toward our neighbor this little congregation should be second to none." The community of nuns participated in every way, in the way that enclosure allowed them, but with the great closeness of affection to the people of God who had been convened. Prayer then gave way to ritual photos and personal greetings to the Visitandine nuns, who provided refreshments for all participants.
Ukraine – Msgr. Krivitskiy, SDB: "All this pain, all this death, hurts me!"
(ANS - Kyiv) - Among the most all-around active persons in supporting the needy in this time of war in Ukraine is certainly the Bishop of Kyiv-Žytomyr, Salesian Msgr. Vitaliy Krivitskiy, SDB. Today we are re-proposing a few of his statements made recently to RaiNews24.
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!