Rome, Italy - 20 October 2020 - The international meeting "Nobody is saved alone - Peace and Fraternity", promoted by the Community of Sant’Egidio, took place yesterday in Rome. Present at the meeting, summoned to implore the gift of peace, Pope Francis and representatives of all major religions: the patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, the chief rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, the general secretary of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity (Islam), Mohamed Abdelsalam Abdellatif, the Buddhist Shoten Minegishi. Also present was the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella. Religions have stressed that no people can save themselves by themselves, especially in the face of the wounds of humanity and the Covid-19 pandemic, which has made peoples more fragile and poorer. Hence, the appeal to rulers around the world to be peacemakers, open to dialogue and always ready to support the needs of humanity.
Wroclaw, Poland - August 2020 - The "Salesian Youth Voluntary Missionary Service for the World" in Wroclaw launched the "UNITY vs COVID-19" campaign, with the aim of responding to the recent requests of the Salesian missionaries of Gambia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Cameroon, South Sudan, Mongolia and India. As part of this campaign, the volunteers photographed several African women, portrayed as they carry vegetables, water, firewood, fruit and much more on their heads. This mode of transport is not a choice, but a necessity dictated by the environmental and topographical conditions. By wearing or carrying items on their head, the women free their hands for the trip.
Rome, Italy - June 24, 2020 - The name day of Saint John Bosco occurs on June 24. Yesterday, continuing an ongoing tradition of 150 years, the Salesian Community thanked the Rector Major, the Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime. For Salesians at the Generalate, the Central Office, 24 June is also the day on which significant anniversaries of priestly ordination or religious profession are celebrated. Thus, this year, because of the 150th anniversary of the gift of Carlo Gastini and the first Past Pupils to Don Bosco, a set of coffee cups was also delivered to the Rector Major.
Rome, Italy - On 2 May 1959 the Basilica of San Giovanni Bosco was solemnly consecrated by Cardinal Benedetto Aloisi Masella. The following day Pope John XXIII came to visit it. He began to pray in front of the remains of Don Bosco, which had arrived from Turin for the occasion. Behind the high altar there is the large mosaic made up of 15 million tiles, which reproduce the theme of the Glory of St John Bosco. The Basilica not only houses the large mosaic, but also an infinity of other works of art, by artists such as Marcello Avenali, Tommaso Bertolino, Lorenzo Gigotti, Emilio Notte and Baccio Bacci.