(ANS - Bratislava) – Fr Ernest Macák, Provincial in Slovakia from 1993 to 1999, died on 13 October at 96 years of age, 80 years of religious life and 70 years of priesthood. In 2008, retracing his life marked by many trials, he wrote: "Everything is a grace and a gift. O God, my life was worthwhile. Thank you! Thank you! Confreres, forgive me not loving you more! "
(ANS - Yangon) - "Freedom to believe and follow one’s conscience in determining one's faith is a sacred principle that is violated in Asia at the present time, not only in theocratic societies, but also in democratic countries where there are persecutions against minorities.” So said the Salesian Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, speaking at the launch of a book on the situation of religious minorities in Asian countries.
(ANS - Vatican City) – On Sunday 16 October Pope Francis added seven new witnesses to the catalogue of saints. Among them was St Lodovico Pavoni (1784-1849) from Brescia in Northern Italy. Lodovico Pavoni realized that the education of young people was the most urgent need of his time. The figure of Pavoni is of a saint who made a great impact by his work on behalf of youth and persons most in need of support (deaf, disabled, orphans, and the poor) while also contributing to the renewal of contemplative life. His story is very relevant in this jubilee year, because the founder of the Sons of Mary Immaculate was an authentic witness of God's mercy to the younger generation.
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.
RMG - Online meeting of the Salesian publishers of America
(ANS - Rome) - From 17 to 19 September 2020 the meeting of the Salesian publishers of the America South Cone and Interamerica regions took place via videoconference. It brought together those in charge for the sector from Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Chile, Argentina. The event was chaired by Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos, General Councilor for Social Communication, with presentations by Fr Hugo Orozco, Councilor for the Interamerica Region, and Fr Gabriel Romero, Councilor for the America South Cone Region. Also present was Marta Palomares, coordinator of the Salesian publishers in Europe.
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.