(ANS - Brasilia) - In an atmosphere of joy and fraternity, the Animation Visit of the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, to the Salesian Province "St. John Bosco" of Belo Horizonte, began yesterday; it continues until next August 29.
(ANS - Belo Horizonte) - The Salesian Province "St. John Bosco" of Belo Horizonte awaits the arrival of the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, with joy and enthusiasm. He shall be in Brazil from August 25 to 29 for a new Animation Visit.
(ANS - Castelnuovo Don Bosco) - From July 4-30, an Italian course was held at Colle Don Bosco for the prenovices of Europe who are preparing to begin their novitiate in September at Colle Don Bosco in Italy.
(ANS - Turin) - The 2022 edition of Campobosco, a pilgrimage to the Salesian Places and a journey of discernment and inner discovery for the young animators of the Salesian Youth Movement of Spain and Portugal, closes today with the return to Barcelona of the approximately 800 young participants. During these last few days, the participants experienced some of the most significant moments of their journey, with stops in Mornese, Turin, and Valdocco, and words of animation from the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Mother Chiara Cazzuola, and Don Bosco's 10th Successor, Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime.
The land of sorrow and death today hosts a house of affectionate rebirth and well-founded hope thanks to the sons of Don Bosco.
(ANS - Rome) - The Rector Major of the Salesians Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, who is the Father and Center of Unity of the Salesian Family, after a phase of consultation and discernment with the Salesian Family Leaders, experts and members of the General Council, today unveiled the theme and guidelines of his Strenna message for 2023: "AS THE YEAST IN TODAY'S HUMAN FAMILY. The lay dimension in the Family of Don Bosco."
Ukraine - Msgr. Ryabukha, SDB, auxiliary bishop-elect of Donetsk: "Don Bosco will be close to me in my service"
(ANS - Donetsk) - "I believe that my people will achieve peace; with God at their side, nothing is impossible": expressing himself in this way is Fr. Maksim Ryabukha, SDB, recently elected by the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church as auxiliary bishop of Donetsk, an election to which the Holy Father gave his assent assigning the title of Stefaniac to the Salesian. Msgr. Ryabukha, 42, has already spoken on several occasions about the horrors of war and the commitment of the Church and the Salesian Family to help those most in need; today he does so again, with the knowledge that he has been called to even greater service to his people.
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”.
India – International Symposium on Salesian Charism concluded
(ANS – Shillong) – The International Symposium on the Salesian Charism and Don Bosco in Northeast India was held at the “Sacred Heart Theological College”, Mawlai, from 20th –23rd September, 2022. The Symposium was held as part of the centenary celebration of the first arrival of the Salesians of Don Bosco to Northeast India in 1922. The three full days Symposium was packed with many resource persons from different parts of the mission of the three Salesian provinces of Guwahati, Dimapur, and Shillong of Northeast India.
Argentina – Br. Zatti, Salesian. A joyful response that harkens back to Don Bosco
(ANS - Buenos Aires) - We are in Viedma, around 1940. For a few years now, Salesian coadjutor Artemide Zatti has been the soul of the "San José" hospital that the Salesians have been running since the end of the 19th century in this city in Argentina's Patagonia. A place where the care of life is not limited to physical health but is offered to people in an integral way ... to all people.
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).