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RMG – Winter session of the General Council

11 December 2020

(ANS - Rome) - The winter session of the General Council is currently underway at the Salesian Headquarters. During this session, which began on 1 December and will end on 28 January 2021, the General Council is dwelling on the appointment of several new Provincials, on the study of various branches of the Congregation, on the Council's own formation, and on the collegial review in implementing the six-year Program of the Rector Major and of the General Council - program which has just been published in the Acts of the General Council n° 434, currently in Italian and English, soon also in other languages.

In the Rector Major's accompanying Letter to the Program, he wrote the six-year term called for audacity, prophecy and fidelity. He also examines the current "time of precariousness" and then invites the Congregation to use "a believing way of looking at reality and the world". Then follows a presentation, almost "by concentric centers" of the programmatic lines of action of the Rector Major and his Council for the six-year term with a precise definition of the "clear priorities". All this, taking care to follow up on the invitation left by Pope Francis at the 28th General Chapter: "dream ... and make others dream".

The winter plenary session of the General Council sees the in-person participation of almost all its members: only the General Councilor for Social Communication, Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos, continues to participate in the meetings in digital mode.

In addition to dedicating itself to the animation and governance of the Congregation, with its gaze projected over the entire six-year period, the General Council is also involved in another type of activity at this time: in these days of plenary session, the environments of the Salesian Headquarters and the spaces are being re-arranged so that all the Councilors have adequate spaces for their animation service.

The six-year program of the Rector Major and the General Council is currently available in Italian and English on the sdb.org website.

 

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