RMG – Postulation 2020 Dossier published

28 January 2021

(ANS - Rome) - “From now on let it be our motto: let the holiness of the children be the proof of the holiness of the father," wrote Fr Rua after the death of Don Bosco. This wish has found particular confirmation over time. In fact, from Don Bosco to the present day a tradition of holiness is attested which deserves attention, because it is the incarnation of the charism that originated from him and which expressed itself in a plurality of states of life and forms, which made the Salesian charism shine of particular light and constitutes a patrimony for the Salesian Family, the community of believers and men of good will. Moreover, it is necessary to express deep gratitude and praise to God for the sanctity already recognized in the Salesian Family and for that in the process of being recognized. The Salesian Postulation involves 173 Saints (9), Blessed (118), Venerables (18), Servants of God (28). The Causes followed directly by the Postulation are 58 (plus 5 extra).

The Dossier, where the list and status of each Cause is reported, presents the events that took place in 2020, among which the following deserve to be remembered: the extraordinary fact of the consenst given by Pope Francis to the opening of the Cause of Mons. Giuseppe Cognata, the closure of the diocesan Inquiry of Fr Rudolph Lunkenbein and Simão Bororo, the opening of the Diocesan Inquiry of Fr Silvio Galli, and the venerability of Fr Ignatius Stuchlý.

Then follows the presentation of some dimensions of Salesian holiness, with the offer of good practices.

Finally, the call to spread the knowledge, imitation and intercession of the members of the Salesian Family candidates for holiness, valuing and taking care of various aspects: liturgical-celebratory, spiritual, pastoral, ecclesial, educational, cultural, historical, social, missionary ...

The pastoral aspect touches on the effectiveness of the figures of Saints, Blessed, Venerable and Servants of God as successful examples of Christianity lived in the particular socio-cultural situations of the Church and the Salesian Family. The spiritual aspect implies the invitation to imitate their virtues as a source of inspiration and planning or life-project. The accompaniment and promotion of a Cause are an authentic form of the pedagogy of holiness, to which, by virtue of the charism, we are called to be especially sensitive and attentive.

The journey of holiness is a journey to be made together, in the company of the saints. Holiness is experienced together and achieved together. The saints are always in company: where there is one, we always find many others. The sanctity of everyday life makes communion flourish and is a “relational” generator. Holiness is nourished by relationships, trust, communion. Truly, as the Church's liturgy affirms in the preface of the saints: “In their life you offer us an example, in intercession a help, in the communion of grace a bond of brotherly love. Comforted by their testimony, we face the good fight of faith, to share the same crown of glory beyond death.”

At the bottom of the page it is possible to download the Poster and the Dossier of the Postulation - in Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese - updated to 31 December 2020.


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