(ANS - Vatican City) - On 16 December 2020, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints communicated to the Archbishop of Lima (Peru), Mons Carlo Castillo Mattasoglio, the authorization from the Holy See for the opening of the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Luigi Bolla (1932-2013), Professed Priest of the Society of St. Francis de Sales, missionary among the Shuar and Achuar of Ecuador and Peru. Similarly, dated January 13, 2021, the authorization was granted by the Holy See for the opening of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Mother Rosetta Marchese (1922-1984), Professed Sister of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and superior general. The communication was made to his eminence by Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Vicar General of His Holiness for the Diocese of Rome.
(ANS - Vatican City) - On January 1, at the beginning of each new year, the Church celebrates Mary Most Holy Mother of God and it is to her that the prayers and hopes of peace for the world have been entrusted in this 2021 which has just begun. In fact, January 1st is also the day on which World Day of Peace is celebrated.
(ANS - Vatican City) - The Congregation for the Causes of Saints, in the Ordinary Congress of 16 December 2020, after examining the Acts of the diocesan inquiry carried out, from 2018 to 2020, in the Diocese of Barra do Garças (Brazil) on the life and martyrdom, on the reputation of martyrdom and signs of the Servants of God Rodolfo Lunkenbein, professed priest of the Society of St. Francis de Sales, and of Simone Cristiano Koge Kudugodu, known as "Simão Bororo", replied in the "affirmative" as regards the legal validity of that investigation. The document, signed by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, confirms that the testification and documentary proofs have been collected according to the established norms.
Vatican City, Vatican - December 2020 - On December 24, Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.
(ANS - Vatican City) - On 21 December 2020, the Holy Father Francis received His Eminence Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, in audience. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the decree concerning the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Ignatius Stuchlý, professed priest of the Society of St. Francis de Sales; born on 14 December 1869 in Bolesław (now Poland), he died in Lukov (Czech Republic) on 17 January 1953.
Vatican City, Vatican - December 2020 - On the afternoon of 11 December in St. Peter's Square, the traditional ceremony of lighting the Christmas tree and the inauguration of the nativity scene took place. The event was chaired by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Governorate of the Vatican City State. The large spruce was donated by the Slovenian Republic, its second time, the first being in 1996. The nativity scene was created by the pupils and teachers of the public art school for design in Castelli, Abruzzo, one of the most important ceramic-craft-related cities in Europe.
Hong Kong – A nativity scene in times of pandemic
(ANS - Hong Kong) - Salesian Brother Paul Li, 85, Economer of the Salesian Missionary House in Hong Kong, is also known for his ability to decorate Salesian churches and houses on the occasion of various holidays. For Christmas 2020 he created a very current pandemic-themed nativity scene.
Italy – VII Don Bosco Conference: "Educating ... A choice that is a sign and bearer of hope"
(ANS - Sesto San Giovanni) - As usual, in view of the Feast Day of Don Bosco, the “Don Bosco” Social Works of Sesto San Giovanni are promoting a high-level educational conference. This year the organizers have chosen a theme that combines education, at the center of the Salesian charism, with the theme of hope, delivered by the Rector Major to the Salesian Family through the Strenna for 2021. Title of this seventh edition of the conference - which this year will not be in attendance, but in live streaming - is in fact: “Educating… A choice that is a sign and bearer of hope”. Leading the work sessions, on January 20, from 14:30 to 17:00 (UTC + 1), will be Fr Fabio Attard.
Democratic Republic of Congo – Jean-Claude Michaël Imani returns to family
(ANS - Bukavu) - Jean-Claude Michaël Imani is a young man born in 2003 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A problematic boy, who already around the age of seven was able to leave at will and at any time without saying goodbye and return after many days, was welcomed at the Don Bosco center in April 2019, after spending more than 7 years on the street. Recently, thanks to the Salesians and the commitment of many people, he has been able to reunite with his family.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
DON BOSCO – THE GENIUS WHO KNEW HOW TO MAKE HIS BOYS HAPPY
Dear readers and friends, this January issue coincides with the great worldwide celebration of Don Bosco’s feast on January 31. And there is something else: