Vatican – Pope Francis to young people of IUSVE: thank you "for having prepared an Advent journey"

27 November 2020

(ANS - Vatican City) - “I express my appreciation to the young people of the Salesian University Institute who are part of Cube Radio, for preparing an Advent journey inspired by the Word of God for each Sunday and by the encyclical Laudato si’.  I invite you to involve other young people and users of the network in preparing for a holy Christmas by spreading – also through the social media accounts of Vatican News – the Word of God and inviting them to care for our common home. I pray for you and you pray for me.” Thus Pope Francis, in a video message, released yesterday, November 26, thanked the young people of IUSVE for their “Advent Green Dream” project.

The initiative of the Salesian University Institute of Venice (IUSVE) intends to develop a daily accompaniment for Advent in the light of Laudato Si' through 26 phrases extracted from the Encyclical Letter and as many icons that narrate a salient aspect with fresh and current graphics, together with a question that helps to concretize the care of the Common Home in one's life.

The path, which thanks to the collaboration with the "Don Bosco Green Alliance" will be shared through the social channels of the institution - also in English, Portuguese and Spanish - is divided into four macro-themes, one for each Sunday of Advent, and shall also accompanied by a short video and a verse taken from Sacred Scripture.

All information to join the Advent itinerary can be found on the website

“We are experimenting with a new way of doing pastoral communication through images and symbolic language,” explains Marco Sanavio, Director of Cube Radio. “The encouragement of Pope Francis prompts us to commit ourselves further on the front of care for the environment and people, which also reveals our way of keeping hope alive in such a difficult time as the one we are going through.”

The working group that worked on the project includes professors Luca Chiavegato and Federico Gottardo, Jasmine Pagliarusco, social media manager of Cube Radio, and the communication student Marica Padoan, author of the icons, and is coordinated by Marco Sanavio, Director of the academic broadcaster, as well as by Michele Lunardi, head of the Coordinated Communication Office. The theological consultant is Professor Carlo Meneghetti.

“Great was the joy and honor in having received a video message of thanks from Pope Francis for our initiative,” added Fr Nicola Giacopini, Director of IUSVE. “Our students and all collaborators were moved by the attention and affection shown that we reciprocate with the commitment to disseminate the videos prepared by Cube Radio on social networks and in digital places, especially with the involvement of young people from all over the world. We welcome with passion and creativity the invitation to guard and take care of the Common Home so that this Advent and this Christmas we prepare to welcome the Holy Child into our hearts and into the world with hope and peace. Thank you Pope Francis, we will not fail to pray for you.”



ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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