(ANS - Seville) - On Monday 7 September, the Council of Spokespersons of the City of Seville made public its awarding honorary distinctions of the city for people and institutions for 2020: among these, there is also the "San Juan Bosco" Institute. The honors will be awarded on 23 September in Fibes as the health crisis caused by Covid-19 has prevented the traditional institutional event which is held every year on May 30 in the Lope de Vega theater on the occasion of the feast day of San Ferdinando, the city's patron saint.
(ANS - Campo Grande) - Even if his case is not canonically recognized as martyrdom and there is no ongoing Cause, the life story and circumstances of the death of the German Salesian missionary Fr José (Josef) Thannhuber are remembered and celebrated as clear examples of self-giving, holiness and the giving of one's blood in the name of faith and for the salvation of the souls entrusted to him. For this reason, on the occasion of the centenary of his birth in Heaven, the Salesians of his Province wanted to remember him.
(ANS - Rome) - Last Saturday, 5 September, during a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians and Grand Chancellor of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS), Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga was appointed as the new Superior of the Vice Province "Maria Sede della Sapienza” of the UPS.
RMG – In conversation with the General Councilor for Formation, Fr Ivo Coelho
(ANS - Rome) - The 28th General Chapter confirmed Fr Ivo Coelho in his position as General Councilor for Formation, to which he was called in 2014. After six years of activity, he still has important objectives that he intends to pursue to promote the quality of formation of today's Salesians. Today he illustrates the path followed and the prospects for the future.
Costa Rica – Restructuring of mausoleum of Blessed Maria Romero, FMA
(ANS - San José) – Taking place last Saturday, 12 September, feast day of the Name of Mary, at the House of Mary Help of Christians, "Sister Maria Romero Social Works", in San José, Costa Rica, was the blessing of the renovated Mausoleum of the Blessed Maria Romero, religious of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA). The archbishop of San José, Msgr. José Rafael Quirós, presided over the solemn ceremony.
Italy – Simply priests
(ANS - Rome) - On 15 September 1993, in Palermo, Fr Pino Puglisi was brutally killed by the mafia. A symbolic coincidence, on the same day of this year Fr Roberto Malgesini was killed. Fr Puglisi was bothersome because he distanced young people from the world of crime, removed from the street those boys who, without his help, would have been sucked into the life of organized crime, used for small robberies and drug dealing. Fr Malgesini had always been involved in helping people in difficulty, the poorest people. For years he translated the Christian message into practice, bringing breakfast to the poor, accompanying them to doctors himself, managing the municipal canteen and dormitory, welcoming people, mainly migrants.