«While straightening my papers and notes, I found an envelope with a letter inside. A young woman had given it to me when I made my visit to the house called “Americana” in Brazil, in the Salesian Province of São Paolo.»
(ANS - Rome) - The basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Rome is an oasis of peace to pray, enjoy the sacrament of forgiveness and the Eucharist for many people, also due to its location, adjacent to the city's central train station. The church has always been entrusted to the Salesians, as it was built by Don Bosco himself on the mandate of Pope Leo XIII. On the sidelines of last Friday's patronal feast, with the Mass presided by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, we asked Fr Javier Ortiz, from the community that animates the parish, and Fr Guido Novella, parish priest, to comment on the celebrations and on the meaning of this Salesian presence in the heart of the city.
Rome, Italy - June 11, 2021 - On Friday June 11, when the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was celebrated, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, presided at Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart's courtyard, in Rome. In compliance with anti-Covid norms, many faithful participated in the celebrations to live together this Solemnity, so important for the whole Salesian Family.
The Salesian communities all over the world have been celebrating the feast day of Mary Help of Christians. Devotion to the Help of Christians is a distinctive trait of the Salesian charism and for this reason, Salesians, young people and families have paid homage to her. If last year we witnessed many "virtual" celebrations, perhaps through the screens of a smartphone or a computer, this year many faithful were able to return to celebrate this very significant date in person. Thus, in every part of the world, from Valdocco to the Palabek refugee camp, the one who “did everything” was celebrated.
(ANS - Turin) – From 21 to 23 May, the world leaders of the 32 groups of the Salesian Family met online with the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, present in Valdocco, in what is called the “World Consulta of the Salesian Family”. The digital meeting mode allowed everyone to meet for two-hour sessions a day around the Father and Center of Unity of the Salesian Family, the Rector Major, in a space animated and guided by the Central Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, Fr Joan Lluis Playá.
(ANS - Turin) - It ended with an embrace to the world - to the countries where Covid-19 is making the poor pay the highest price, such as India, Brazil, Argentina - the greeting of the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, on the Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians, celebrated in the basilica of Valdocco on Monday 24 May 2021.
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?