The Legacy of 9/11 – Vatican News

A survivor stands in front of the wreckage of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001  (AFP or licensors) VATICAN TERRORISM ANNIVERSARY PEACE UNITED STATES ATTACK The Legacy of 9/11 Twenty years on from the terrorist attack that changed the course of history. By Alessandro Gisotti What remains 20 years after the bloodiest attack in history? First and foremost, an immense sense of loss. In those terrible hours of September 11, 2001, the lives of three thousand people were cut short. Mothers, fathers, children and friends were torn forever from the embrace of their loved ones. Lives cut short by a murderous madness that made real something hitherto unimaginable: turning airliners into missiles to sow death and destruction. In the 20 years since that tragic morning on the East Coast of the United States, young people have grown up orphaned and parents continue to mourn children who never came home. What strikes us, today as then, as we scroll through the names of the victims are the more than 70 nationalities to which they belong. It was thus an attack on the United States, but at the same time on the whole world, on all humanity. This is...

‘A sleeping giant’ celebrates 150 years

Interview with Mr Michal Hort, Past Pupil of Don Bosco President of the World Confederation (2015-2021)        Slovakia, 11 June 2021 — The interview below was actually conducted in May, but given the upcoming Regional online meeting of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco this month, now is an appropriate time to publish it. Can you share briefly about your life journey with Don Bosco, your job and family?   ​​​​​​​       My name is Michal Hort, I am 43 years old and married. With my wife Martina we have 3 kids: Therese, Philip and Matthew, who are 10, 8 ad 4 years old respectively. I am an entrepreneur, with a consultancy company in the sector of EU funding. My company currently has 10 employees and we help our clients to get grants for their development and investment projects.   ​​​​​​​       I grew up in a family of 5 children (being the oldest), where both my parents are past pupils of Don Bosco. My father always taught me to help the Salesians. I studied at the Salesian high school in Sastin (Slovakia) and then at the Bologna University (Italy). So, I have been raised...

80th anniversary of death of 4 Salesians in Auschwitz extermination camp

24 June 2021 (ANS – Rome) – 27 June 2021 marks the 80th anniversary of the martyrdom of four of the twelve Salesians, belonging to the St Hyacinth Province of Krakow, arrested on the night of 23 May 1941 by Gestapo officials. They are Fr Jan Świerc, 64, parish priest; Fr Ignacy Dobiasz, 61, parish vicar; Fr Franciszek Harazim, 56, professor of Theology; Fr Kazimierz Wojciechowski, 37, catechist. After a summary interrogation, although completely uninvolved with any form of political propaganda, they were accused of participating in clandestine organizations and, even more serious, of promoting the national culture – to the detriment of Nazi Germany – among young people, exploiting the influence deriving from their priesthood. That was enough to deserve the torture and the Auschwitz concentration camp. Deprived even of their name, they were forced to wear the bloody rags of those who, before them, had not survived the terrible penal company to which the accused of serious crimes were destined. Almost suffocated by the nauseating fumes of the burnt corpses that rose from the crematorium chimney, beaten and exhausted by the inhuman work, in a short time they fell by the hands of the SS men. Fr Jan...

The Thai Salesian Past Pupils at the 12th Asia-Oceania Don Bosco Past Pupils’ Congress

Bangkok, Thailand, 29 June 2021 — Bro. Thanad Anan, SDB, the Salesian delegate for the past pupils of Thailand, together with 3 representatives of the past pupils, joined the online 12th Congress of the Salesian Past Pupils of Asia-Oceania Region from 25-26 June 2021, under the theme “Moved By Hope”.        On this occasion, the past pupils of Thailand were privileged to be given the technical responsibility for the online linkages together with the alumni of Japan and the Philippine Provinces. Bro. Thanad assigned Mr. Poonyawee Manosantipap to lead the technicians from the Thai side together with two others, namely, Mr. Nattawut Watcharasakpaisan and Mr. Phuwadon Chaisomboon, with Fr. Ekasit Talhakultorn as adviser for planning and management.        After the initial meeting with Fr. Ekasit, the working team chose Saeng Thong Vitthaya School – Hatyai as the main technical base for the live broadcast, connecting 3 languages, namely, Bahasa Indonesia, Tetun – Timor L’este, and Thai. This base was chosen for convenience since Bro. Thanad and Mr. Poonyawee work in this school. They put up the technical team, composed of:        Thai Technical Team: 1. Mr.Poonyawee Manosantipap 2. Mr.Monton Uerwongprawit 3. Mr.Eakkasit Janpeng...

GREETINGS TO THE SALESIAN COOPERATORS: 145 YEARS!

Dear brothers and sisters, Salesian Cooperators,As a Family, we are happy to be able to celebrate together the Anniversary of our Association of Salesian Cooperators which is so dear to Don Bosco. On this occasion, we, the two World Delegates, in two voices but with the same sentiment, would like to send a common greeting to each Regional Councilor, and through each of them, we want to reach out to each of the 30,000 members of the Association.  Even though we have only been serving this mission for a short time, both of us could see the profound identity and acknowledge the great apostolic commitment that the Association is engaging. In fact, it is through you that the Salesian charism is more evident, more contagious, more dynamic and actual. We have identified in you some traits that are present in all the Regions: – You are people rich in humanity, an element typical of St. Francis de Sales’ humanism, which helps you to have a positive outlook of yourselves, of the world and of the Church. We know well that you are trying to live to the full the art of seeing God in everything, and of contemplating it...