(ANS - Rome) – The funeral mass of Fr. Giuseppe Nicolussi, SDB (1938-2021), presided by the Rector Major F.r Ángel Fernández Artime, took place yesterday, 1st October, in the Sacred Heart Basilica, Rome. The funeral ceremony was well attended by many Salesians in Rome. The live streaming also made it possible for many people from all over the world, to accompany the last journey and pay fitting homage to a Salesian who was much loved in the Congregation, and beyond.
(ANS - Turin) - For the first time since the conclusion of the 28th General Chapter of the Salesian Congregation, a review meeting of the Provincials in the middle of their six-year term took place in Turin from 12 to 21 September. Chaired by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and coordinated by his Vicar, Fr Stefano Martoglio, with his secretary, Fr Saimy Ezhanikatt, the event represented a reason for hope and a sign of a gradual return to normalcy in the life of the Congregation after the hard times of the pandemic.
(ANS - Rome) - In the document "Post-Chapter Reflections" that the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, delivered to the Congregation, the fourth action plan develops the theme: "Formation to be SALESIAN PASTORS TODAY". Starting from today, the fourth video of the series “It's time for Chapter 28” is available online, in which Fr Á.F. Artime briefly illustrates just what all this means.
(ANS - Rome) - At 7 am today, 15 September, Ángel Fernández Fernández, the father of our Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, breathed his last after a long illness. Born in Luanco, Asturias, Spain, on 12 June 1932, he passed away after 89 years of life and 61 years of marriage, by the side of his mother Isabel Artime.
Pordenone, Italy - September 2021 - On Friday, 9 September, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, met with the Salesian community and the citizens of Pordenone, to celebrate the Holy Mass. It was a moment of great importance for all present. The Salesians arrived in Pordenone officially in 1924 with the first Rector, Fr Renato Ziggiotti. But the mission was already initiated in 1920 by Fr Giuseppe Marin, a priest of the diocese of Pordenone, who had started some youth work, setting up a first boarding school named after Don Bosco.
Realizing that he could not stop him, he told him, "I will not let you pass even if I have to give up my life." Thus, it was—the suicide bomber set off the charge.
Bolivia - A life at the service of the “Kameños”: interview with Fr Miguel Ángel Aimar Bruno
(ANS - Cochabamba) - Fr Miguel Angel Aimar Bruno, a Salesian, has been a missionary in Bolivia for 44 years. Born in 1945 in Busca, in the province of Cuneo, to an Argentine father and an Italian mother, he was ordained a priest on 28 June 1975 and is currently part of the Salesian Community of Kami (Cochabamba). Since arriving in Bolivia, he has dedicated his life in the service of the "Kameños".
Brazil – "UniSALESIANO" promotes 1st International Congress on Education Technology
(ANS - Araçatuba) - The "UniSALESIANO" Salesian Catholic University Center, belonging to the Brazil-Campo Grande Province (BCG) and with offices in Araçatuba and Lins, has organized its 1st International Congress on Educational Technology (ISCED) from 13 to 15 October. The goal of the event, which will take place digitally and which features over 90 conferences, is to offer interesting reflections and ideas for a truly transforming and enriching education, and which are of interest to those who always want to stay up to date in the latest technology and trends.
Colombia – Cali: Former child soldiers wear Don Bosco's "uniform"
(ANS - Cali) – Colombia’s guerrilla warfare began in 1952 and has caused over 300,000 deaths, while at the same time fueling the growth of powerful drug cartels. At the “Don Bosco Center” in Cali, however, young people who have known nothing but guerrillas and guerilla warfare are welcomed and accompanied on their path towards rehabilitation.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
AFTER THE TSUNAMI
The pandemic has changed the way in which we relate with the world, others, and ourselves. We need to rebuild and to begin again in greater solidarity and with greater awareness so as to rebound from a silent calamity marked by pain, confinement, struggle, and fear. What would Don Bosco do if he were alive today?