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RMG - World Council of Salesian Cooperators: "Reflections on programmatic guidelines for 2018-2024 unite us"
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15 March 2019

(ANS - Rome) - "We meet with the objective of reflecting and initiating implementation processes in the daily tasks of our lay mission, and above all with the aim of deepening the programmatic guidelines of the six-year 2018-2024 period," said the World Coordinator of Salesian Cooperators, Antonio Boccia. The World Council of this group of the Salesian Family is formed by the leaders of the world's 11 regions and gathers from 13 to 17 March in Rome. Yesterday, Thursday 14, the participants received a visit from the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime.

The X Successor of Don Bosco greeted each of the representatives of the 11 regions, who are accompanied in their work by Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, and by delegates for Salesian Cooperators by the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, respectively Fr Giuseppe Casti and Sister Lesley Sándigo.

The objective of this meeting "is to review and plan the mission of the Salesian Cooperators starting from the programmatic guidelines elaborated in the World Congress for the six-year 2018-2024 period," said Fr Casti.

"What indications can the Rector Major offer us Salesian Cooperators from different parts of the world?," he asked. Fr A.F. Artime replied: "What I ask of you Salesian Cooperators is to live the guidelines you have for your six-year term, but I would like to add a further, topical element. Today, our world needs witnesses and to see credible witnesses. Live your identity as Salesian Cooperators wherever you are, and be authentic witnesses there.”

The Rector Major also insisted on a fundamental element such as and is the Salesian Family. "So that it is possible to walk together, Salesians and Salesian Cooperators, I ask you to make of the mission a reality among the young. Always remember that we are born to serve boys and girls, and all our actions must be directed to work for the neediest of young people."

"Furthermore," added the X Successor of Don Bosco, "I ask you to refer to the Church and a charismatic union with the Pope. Today we live in difficult times for the Church. It is true that the Holy Spirit guides the Church, but our presence with prayer and in harmony with the Pope, must show our communion and our adhesion to the Pope."

The work of the World Council will continue until Sunday 17th.

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