Don Vaclav Klement, SDB, Named Superior of South Africa Vice-Province 2023-2029

Let us keep him and all in his Vice-Province in prayer. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude for constantly keeping us abreast of the publication in English of the Strenna, of the videos of the Spirituality Days, and of so much more. His dedication to growing and strengthening the Salesian Family of the East Asia and Oceania Region has borne much fruit and has helped so many of us in our efforts, as well! God bless him and all in AFM. By our own correspondent Valdocco, Turin, 23 December 2022 — On 22nd December, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consent of the General Council, appointed Fr Václav KLEMENT as Superior of the Southern Africa: South Africa-Lesotho-Eswatini (AFM) ‘Blessed Michael Rua’ Vice-province for the period of 6 years 2023-2029. The consultation for the new Superior was guided by the Africa-Madagascar Regional Councilor, Fr Alphonse Owoudou. Fr. Václav was born on October 7, 1958 in Brno, Czechoslovakia and started his Salesian consecrated life during the former totalitarian regime, made his first profession in 1982, then left his home country for Italy, crossing the Alps mountains to pursue his second vocation as a missionary ad gentes for...

Validity of Diocesan Inquiry into Cause of Servant of God Vera Grita, Salesian Cooperator

Vatican – 21 December 2022 (ANS – Vatican City) – The Postulator General for the Causes of the Saints of the Salesian Family, Fr. Pierluigi Cameroni, has transmitted to the Bishop of Savona-Noli, Bishop Calogero Marino, and the Coordinator of the Study Center Opera dei Tabernacoli Viventi, dr. Maria Rita Scrimieri, the news that the Dicastery of the Causes of Saints in its Ordinary Congress of Dec. 14, 2022, gave juridical validity to the diocesan inquiry for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Vera Grita, Lay, Salesian Cooperator, (1923-1969), which closed in Savona last May 15, 2022. This was following the verification carried out regarding the formal aspects of the procedural Acts and the consistency of the evidentiary apparatus: number and quality of witnesses, and documents collected. The Postulator General, Fr. Cameroni, emphasizes that “this is a great achievement, the fruit of the work done with passion and competence since the day of the presentation of the Supplice Libellus, December 22, 2019, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of the Servant of God. Special thanks to the members of the Tribunal and those who have contributed, especially the Historical Commission and the Theological...

Pope Francis’ prayer on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Let us join our Holy Father in his prayer for Peace: Our Immaculate Mother, today the people of Rome gather around you. The flowers, laid at your feet from so many urban realities, express their love and devotion for you who watch over us all. And you also see and welcome those invisible flowers that are so many invocations, so many silent supplications, sometimes stifled, hidden, but not from you, who are Mother. After two years in which I came alone to pay homage to you at the dawning of the day, today I return to you together with the people of this Church and this City. And I bring you the thanks and supplications of all your children, near and far. From Heaven where God has welcomed you, you see earthly things far better than we do; but as Mother you listen to our invocations to present them to your Son, to His Heart full of mercy. First of all I bring you the filial love of countless men and women, not only Christians, who nourish for you the greatest gratitude for your beauty, full of grace and humility: for in the midst of so many dark clouds...

An Ecological and Spiritual Advent Calendar

25 November 2022 (ANS – Rome) – To prepare ourselves for Christmas, the Youth Ministry sector at headquarters is proposing an Ecological and Spiritual Advent Calendar for everyone: four weeks of reflection and action on four themes that will lead us to live a more authentic Christmas, in harmony with ourselves, with others, with the Creation and with God. The proposed themes are: 1.           Let us contemplate and care for our Common Home 2.           Let us seek inner peace 3.           We nurture relationships with others 4.           To live a truly ecological and sustainable Christmas The Gospel and the proposal of a concrete commitment will accompany us every day. The calendar is available in: ITALIAN, ENGLISH, SPANISH, FRENCH, PORTUGUESE AND POLISH, and can be downloaded here. For any information, please contact the person responsible for Integral Ecology, Emanuela...