Vatican – Pope calls two Salesians and a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians among Consultors of CIVCSVA

12 April 2021 (ANS – Vatican City) – On Saturday 10 April, the Press Office of the Holy See announced the names of the new Consultors of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA) appointed by the Holy Father. Among the 19 chosen, three members of the Salesian Family. They are: Fr David Ricardo Albornoz Pavisic, SDB, Judge of the National Ecclesiastical Court of Appeal of Santiago de Chile. Born in Punta Arenas on 4 November 1963, he has been a professed Salesian since 1989 and was ordained a priest in 1996. For the Chilean Province, he is currently also Provincial Vicar, Delegate for the Salesian Family and the Salesian Bulletin; Fr Mario Oscar Llanos, SDB, Dean of the Faculty of Education at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. Argentine, from Córdoba, he was born on 17 April 1959, and has been a professed Salesian since 1978 and a priest since 1987; Sister Pina del Core, FMA, Director of the Institute of Psychological Research in the Educational Field of the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences Auxilium in Rome and former Dean of the “Auxilium” for nine years. In 2016, she had already been appointed by Pope...

Fr Caputa introduces Simone Srugi

09 April 2021 Simone Srugi, second from the left (ANS – Beitgemal) – The Salesian Fr Giovanni Caputa, former professor of Theology in Cremisan and Jerusalem (1980-2017), has since 2014 been a collaborator in the cause of beatification of Venerable Simone Srugi, a Salesian brother who was a central figure for the Salesians of the Middle East. Fr Caputa recently wrote a new book in Italian on Simone Srugi (Simone Srugi nella storia di Betgamāl), and today he illustrates the history of the Venerable and the value of this publication. It is not your first book on Srugi. What’s new in this one? In 2018 I published Vita e scritti di Simone Srugi (Life and Writings), which contains all the documentation. In this last book, I better frame one and the others in their historical context, that is, the hundred years between the reconstitution of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem (1847) and the partition of Palestine (1947). It was part of a region that during that century completely changed aspect, from a political, socio-economic, cultural and religious point of view … The maps and the “photo gallery”, which complete the volume, help to offer a better picture. Against that background, the life...

Don Bosco debtor of St. Francis de Sales: educational relevance of thought and example of saintly bishop of Geneva

(ANS – Turin) – Without the action and the person of Francis de Sales, would there ever have been the Don Bosco of the Preventive System? And why did the Saint of Youth choose him as a source of spirituality for the congregation he gave life to? Even more radically: “Was Don Bosco a true SALESian?” These questions were answered by Fr Gianni Ghiglione, one of the greatest connoisseurs of St. Francis de Sales’ thought. For Fr Ghiglione some expressions that embody the Preventive System – “it is necessary to win the hearts of young people”; “To be authoritative you need to be loved”; “Let us form good Christians and upright citizens” – even if they spring from the heart of Don Bosco, they started from the mind of Saint Francis de Sales. These roots take nothing away from the genius of Don Bosco, who was able to translate the intuitions and innovative methodologies making them the cornerstone of his service to young people, especially the most “at risk”. And when it is necessary, as in this time, to face the educational emergency, the search for those roots and their extension to the present is a commitment to be assumed...