Togo - Another step in the journey of world animation

05 March 2018

(ANS - Lomé) - Another country is added to the long list of nations visited by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, in his service of animation to the entire Salesian Congregation across the globe: Togo is the latest country reached by the X Successor of Don Bosco, accompanied by his Secretary, Fr Horacio López, and by the Councilor for Africa-Madagascar, Fr Américo Chaquisse, on Saturday 3 March.

Before flying to the Togolese capital, Lomé, Fr Á.F. Artime completed his visit to Burkina Faso. At Bobo-Dioulasso, the Rector Major visited the Salesian "Foyer Don Bosco", which houses a literacy center, a vocational training center and a formation center. There, addressing the children present, he urged them to dedicate themselves to their studies so that through education they could guarantee themselves and their loved ones a dignified future.

During the rest of the day, full of cultural and artistic performances offered by Foyer Don Bosco students in honor of their illustrious guest, the Rector Major also met the Salesian prenovices, animating them on the path of discernment and deepening of their faith.

As is typical, iFr Á.F. Artime received his first, joyful reception at the Togo airport. Then, escorted by a group of young people, he was taken to the "Don Bosco" house in Lomé, where he received the traditional homage of the whole community and the welcoming words of the center's Director, Fr Adolphe Akpoué Koffi. In the afternoon, there was one of the set appointments of the Animation Visits of the Rector Major: the meeting reserved for Salesians; here, on this occasion, all the Sons of Don Bosco of the Country participated, plus the Salesians of Benin.

Yesterday, Sunday 4 March, the Rector Major visited the Salesian parish "Mary Help of Christians", also in Lomé, and presided over a solemn Eucharist, followed by a warm meeting with the local Salesian Family. In the afternoon, he met with young people and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

Finally, this morning, he celebrated the Eucharist with the students of the Higher Institute of Philosophy, Human Sciences and Social Communication. This afternoon, he has a meeting with formators.

All the photos of the visit are available on ANSFlickr.


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