(ANS - Ramapuram) - Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, SDB, has gone to visit the family of Fr Uzhunnalil, the Salesian kidnapped in Yemen on 4 March. Archbishop Menamparampil is currently Apostolic Administrator of Jowai and Archbishop Emeritus of Guwahati in India. He knows the kidnapped Salesian personally and has gone to visit the Uzhunnalil family to bring consolation, solidarity and hope.
(ANS - Asunción) – This year families living along the Paraguay River, in Asunción, the capital and largest city of the country, received emergency food aid, since the region has suffered the worst floods in 50 years. Last December the country's authorities declared a state of emergency and forced about 130,000 people to abandon their homes.
(ANS - Vatican City) - Pope Francis has added his voice to the many calls from around the world asking for the release of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil. On 4 March last the Indian Salesian missionary was kidnapped in Aden in Yemen during a terrorist attack on the community of the Missionaries of Charity. The Pope raised his prayer for Fr Tom and all victims of kidnapping in war zones immediately after the recitation of the "Regina Coeli" yesterday, Sunday 10 April 2016.
RMG – SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES - HIS ART OF SPEAKING TO THE HUMAN HEART AND BUILDING UNITY IN DIVERSITY
(ANS - Rome) - Interview with the General Councilor for Social Communication, Fr. Gildasio Mendes. The publication of the series of articles by Fr. Gildasio Mendes, General Councilor for Social Communication, on the theme "Don Bosco and digital and virtual reality" continues. In the contribution proposed today, the Feast Day of St. Francis de Sales, the focus is on the Valdocco Oratory: virtual reality and "immersion," a new way of communicating. On January 24 we celebrate with the whole Church the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of Catholic journalists and writers, titular and patron of the Society of St. Francis de Sales. To give even more meaning to this occasion, we interviewed Fr. Gildasio Mendes, General Councilor for Social Communication, who states: "The Bishop of Geneva and Doctor of the Church was one of the great communicators of the Church and of humanity because he knew how to put the person at the center of the human relationship, listening, dialoguing and creating trust in the relationship with people."
Listening With Our Heart
Little John was watching the television and the sight of the African children being shown in utter poverty made him cry, and after sobbing in desperation he got up and pulled out a few slices of bread and went near the television and started pushing those slices in every small little hole on the back of the television. In his simplicity, he thought he was offering a little bread to those hungry children. The little boy expresses best what it means to listen with the heart.
The attentive gaze of a mother by the side of her child, and the slightest cry or movement of the child makes her respond immediately with a gentle touch or a caress, and this too is perhaps another example of what it means to listen with the heart. The mother feels what the child needs.
Listening with the heart is the experience of a noble, loving, compassionate person. Looking around, we see millions of people who suffer in silence every day. Everyone longs to be heard and listened to. But the raging fire and chaos, noise and humdrums have caused so much of deafness within, and we only listen to some sounds. We have lost the quality to empathize, to listen and to feel.
The call to listen with the ear of one’s heart, is the invitation of Pope Francis in light of the 56th World Communications Day, that is popularly celebrated on the Ascension Sunday every year. Are we really truly listening? Why do we struggle to listen? How can we listen with our heart? These can be some areas of introspection as we ponder on this theme of the World Communications Day – “Listening with the ear of the heart”.
Italy – Centenary of Proclamation of St. Francis de Sales as Patron of Journalists
(ANS - Padua) - An event to celebrate the centenary of the proclamation of St. Francis de Sales as Patron Saint of Journalists and Writers will take place in Padua on January 28, 2023, organized by the Italian Catholic Press Union (UCSI) and the Salesian International Higher Institute of Educational Research (ISRE). Scheduled at the Theological Study Hall of the Basilica of St. Anthony, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (UTC+1), the event shall also contribute to an in-depth discussion of some of the themes proposed by Pope Francis in his recent apostolic letter "Totum amoris est" (Everything pertains to love) on the figure of the holy bishop of Geneva.
RMG – Getting to know Don Bosco: some of the musicals and shows dedicated to him
(ANS - Rome) - The life of a dreamer, educator, pedagogue, writer, communicator, saint... who started out in the poverty of the Piedmont countryside, but involved and positively turned upside down the existences of thousands and thousands of people in more than one country, could not fail to be an interesting subject for those who tread theater stages. That is why the story of Don Bosco has also been told in many shows, often combining different languages and arts: acting, music, song and dance - as if to signify that one expressive medium for the Father and Master of Youth could not suffice.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
That Young Man Said to Me: “MY PASSION IS CHRIST”
MESSAGE OF THE RECTOR MAJOR Fr Ángel Fernández Artime
I think it has been many years since I have heard that expression from any young person, in such a casual context, and in the presence of his classmates (since some others had approached as we were speaking).