(ANS - Vatican City) - On Saturday 22 May 2021, Holy Father Francis received in audience Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and during the audience authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the Decree concerning the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Felice Canelli (1880-1977), Priest of the Diocese of San Severo (Foggia, Italy), Salesian Cooperator.
(ANS - Vatican City) - On Wednesday 28 April, in the Marconi Hall of Vatican Radio, the press conference was held for the presentation of the "Christmas Contest", a music competition sponsored by the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (SIAE) and promoted by “Missioni Don Bosco” and the Pontifical Gravissimum Educationis Foundation. The initiative, in support of the charity project "Congo is the heart of Africa - help us make it beat", includes a singing competition aimed at young people aged between 16 and 35, called to propose an unpublished song on the Christmas theme, and to compete to perform, together with the great artists of Italian and international music, at the Christmas concert 2021 in the Vatican. The Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, also spoke at the press conference.
Vatican City - May 2021 - On 1 May, at the Madonna del Soccorso in the Gregorian Chapel of the Vatican Basilica, Holy Father Francis presided over the recitation of the Holy Rosary that opened the prayer marathon on the theme “From the whole Church the prayer to God went up unceasingly. (Acts 12,5)” to invoke the end of the pandemic. The initiative, born at the Pope's wish, is promoted by the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization and involves thirty Marian shrines from all over the world; each, for each day of the month of May, traditionally the Marian month, will lead the prayer of the Rosary for the whole Church. On May 31, Pope Francis will lead the recitation of the Rosary in the Vatican Gardens at the end of the prayer marathon.
(ANS - Vatican City) - Despite the current pandemic situation, and potential future changes in compliance with public health decisions, the second edition of "Youth Summer Camp in the Vatican" is set to start. The initiative promoted by the Governorate of the Vatican City State, also sees the Salesian Family involved and at the forefront.
(ANS - Vatican City) - Yesterday, 27 April 2021, the volume of the Positio super Vita, Virtutibus et Fama Sanctitatis of the Servant of God Antonio de Almeida Lustosa, of the Society of St. Francesco de Sales, Archbishop of Fortaleza (Brazil), was consigned.
(ANS - Vatican City) - The Press Office of the Holy See announced today, 27 April 2021, that the Holy Father Francis has erected the new diocese of Gracias, in Honduras, and has appointed the Salesian Msgr. Walter Guillén Soto, who just last November had been appointed titular bishop of Nasbinca and auxiliary of Tegucigalpa.
Poland – A new work for Krakow Province 5
(ANS - Szczyrk) - On 5 June 2021 a new building for the Krakow Province (PLS) was inaugurated and blessed: "Dom Rekolekcyjno-Wypoczynkowy dla Młodzieży Górka" (Retreat and Recreation House for Youth), located in Szczyrk, in Southern Poland. Presenting it today is Fr Gabriel Stawowy, Economer of the PLS Province and the intitiative's principal Coordinator.
RMG – "Moved by the hope of working in the Salesian network"
(ANS - Rome) - For the first time in the Congregation's history, a world meeting has been convened where the representatives of the Mission Sector, the Youth Ministry Sector, the NGOs for Development and the Salesian Mission Offices directly at the service of the Congregation, along with the provincial representatives of the Planning and Development Offices (PDOs), the Mission Offices, and the Salesian Social Sector from all over America, gathered - from 23 American countries and 6 countries in Europe - to get to know each other better and strengthen the foundations of a common path in and as a network.
United States – Funding supports most vulnerable during pandemic with food and prevention measures
(ANS – New Rochelle) – When the global COVID-19 pandemic struck and countries began lockdowns, Salesian missionaries around the globe went into action ensuring that those who were impacted in their local communities had the food and hygiene supplies they needed. Missionaries also quickly began to shift how they worked with poor children and their families, including working to provide education online when possible. To aid these efforts, significant funding was needed.