“We make Holiness consist in always being joyful,” said Don Bosco, and joy is certainly not lacking in all those Salesian courtyards which, in recent weeks, are being populated for the Youth Summer Camps. Many young people, after a difficult year marked by restrictions, have returned to fill the Salesian centers in every part of the world, to play, have fun and spend time together. Always respecting the safety measures, the kids are ready to live to the fullest this summer 2021.
Rome, Italy - June 11, 2021 - On Friday June 11, when the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was celebrated, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, presided at Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart's courtyard, in Rome. In compliance with anti-Covid norms, many faithful participated in the celebrations to live together this Solemnity, so important for the whole Salesian Family.
The Salesian communities all over the world have been celebrating the feast day of Mary Help of Christians. Devotion to the Help of Christians is a distinctive trait of the Salesian charism and for this reason, Salesians, young people and families have paid homage to her. If last year we witnessed many "virtual" celebrations, perhaps through the screens of a smartphone or a computer, this year many faithful were able to return to celebrate this very significant date in person. Thus, in every part of the world, from Valdocco to the Palabek refugee camp, the one who “did everything” was celebrated.
Turin, Italy - May 2021 - Yesterday, Monday 24 May, starting at 6.30 pm, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, presided over the Mass of the Feast Day of Mary Help of Christians in the Basilica dedicated to her in Turin. At the end of the Mass, the statue of the Help of Christians was brought to the square in front of the basilica, and here the Rector Major prayed and consecrated the city to Mary Help of Christians. For the first time, the image of Mary Help of Christians found itself without the many faithful who every year came from all over the world to pay homage to it. But, despite their physical absence, the Help of Christians was certainly not alone: from everywhere, the faithful connected to pray to her and to entrust themselves to her.