RMG – Communicating Peace and Solidarity: interview with Fr. Gildasio Mendes

25 March 2022

(ANS - Rome) - During his animation visit to the Delegates of Social Communication of Poland on March 15 in Warsaw, Fr. Gildasio Mendes, General Councilor for Social Communication, gave an interview to the editorial staff of a Catholic TV show on Polish television, during which he spoke about the role of the Salesians and the Salesian media in the ongoing war in Ukraine and commented on the Rector Major’s letter on the situation in that country, to promote communication based on solidarity at the service of peace.

The interview was coordinated by Fr Maciej Makula, Coordinator of the religious program of the Polish state TV station, and conducted by Fr Mariusz Jawny, Communications Coordinator for the Central and Northern Europe Region.

During the interview Fr Mendes spoke of the importance of promoting - with great clarity and institutional unity, with the Church and the entire Salesian Congregation - concrete policy and action in the field of communication for the building of peace in today's world. "Don Bosco was an educator who promoted peace...," he stated.

In a clear and direct manner, the General Councilor added that it is urgent to stop the war in Ukraine and to open a path of dialogue starting from just and united political and economic ethics.

Fr Mendes also highlighted the immense work being done by the Salesians in Poland through the Salesian Mission Office in Warsaw and in the many Salesian communities that welcome refugees in Salesian homes with fraternity and solidarity, as well as throughout the world, thanks to the international Coordination of the Salesian response to emergencies.

In his message, the General Councilor for Social Communication then makes an appeal for Communications Delegates and media managers to promote an ethic of communication for the building of peace and solidarity in Ukraine, as in Haiti, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Myanmar... and throughout the world.

The full interview with Father Mendes, which will be broadcast on Polish TV on Sunday, March 27, is available on ANSChannel in English, and with subtitles in Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. 


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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