(ANS – Vatican City) –The Vatican is placing its flagship sustainability push, the Laudato Si' Action Platform, front and center during Laudato Si' Week 2022, with the hope that a week highlighting the multiyear initiative will inspire more Catholics and church institutions to sign up.
Vatican City, Vatican - May 2022 - In the Vatican Gardens, at the Bastion of the Master, on the morning of May 17, a ceremony was held to bless and unveil a mosaic depicting the Virgin of the Thirty-Three. Sister Raffaella Petrini, Secretary-General of the Governorate of Vatican City State, recalled during the ceremony that the Virgin of the Thirty-Three was proclaimed Patroness of Uruguay by John XXIII in 1962 at the request of the bishops and the government. Among others present at the ceremony were Cardinal Daniel Sturla, SDB, Archbishop of Montevideo, and Msgr. Enrico dal Covolo, SDB. The mosaic was donated by the Uruguayan Embassy to the Holy See.
(ANS - Vatican City) - Acknowledge and welcome one's own vulnerability in order to know how to bow to those of others. This is the message that Pope Francis left yesterday, May 5, to the Superiors General gathered in Rome for the XII Plenary Assembly of the UISG (International Union of Superiors General): a message he was not afraid to exemplify in the first person, arriving at the meeting in a wheelchair, due to persistent knee pain.
(ANS - Vatican City) - The Holy See Press Office announced today that the Holy Father Pope Francis has nominated Fr. Nirmol Vincent Gomes, SDB, as Bishop of the Diocese of Krishnagar, India, who is currently the Vicar of the Novitiate in Dhajea, Darjeeling, belonging to the Province of Calcutta - India (INC).
(ANS - Vatican City) - Just as after a fast one eats more to recover lost energy, so St. Peter's Square, after abstinence from crowded celebrations due to the pandemic, was filled yesterday, Easter Monday, April 18, 2022, with a flood of Italian teenagers - about 100,000, according to estimates - who came on pilgrimage to Rome from all the dioceses of the peninsula. It was Pope Francis himself, with the simple and engaging language he uses with teens, who used the metaphor of fasting at the opening of his friendly and fatherly address to the participants.
(ANS - Vatican) - On 9 April 2022, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the Audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized him to promulgate the Decree concerning:
- the miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Artemide Zatti, Professed Layman of the Salesian Society of St John Bosco; born on 12 October 1880 in Boretto (Italy) and died on 15 March 1951 in Viedma (Argentina).
This act of the Holy Father opens the way for the Canonization of Blessed Artemide Zatti. The date of the Canonization will be decided by the Supreme Pontiff during an ordinary Consistory.
Czech Republic – Ukrainian children need to talk about the war
(ANS - České Budějovice) – The Salesian Youth Centre in České Budějovice employs two Ukrainian women to run programs for Ukrainian children. Masha Shumkova is a teacher and Olena Halushka is a psychologist. Both of them used to work at a children's centre in Zaporizhia, Ukraine. What is the situation of Ukrainian children? What do they have to deal with? And how can we help people fleeing the war? Olena answered these and other questions.
Ecuador – VI International Seminar and Plenary Session of IUS Education Group
(ANS - Quito) - The VI International Seminar and Plenary Session of the IUS Education Group of the Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS) took place from April 26th to 28th, at the Quito campus of the Salesian Polytechnic University of Ecuador with the participation of authorities, professors, and researchers from 22 Salesian universities from America, Asia, and Europe.
Eritrea – "Remember Dekhemare!" Fr Viganò's invitation is still relevant today
(ANS - Asmara) - The Salesian presence in Eritrea has strong roots and a future yet to be written. Started almost three decades ago, it represents a small but significant reality of the Salesian Congregation, which fully expresses that closeness to the neediest youth that has always characterized the mission of the Sons of Don Bosco.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE MESSAGE OF THE RECTOR MAJOR: THE SDB GOOD SAMARITAN — A SAINT!
In the Salesian Family, in the Church of Argentina, especially in the Viedma Diocese, in Italy, in the Reggio Emilia Diocese, and especially in Boretto, his birthplace, there reigns great enthusiasm: Artemides Zatti will be declared a Saint.