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...

Primacy and infallibility: 150 years after Vatican I – Vatican News

Primacy and infallibility: 150 years after Vatican I After lengthy discussions, the dogmas of the Pope’s primacy over the universal Church and of the infallibility of the papal magisterium were approved at Vatican Council I. What is the significance of these dogmas of the Church? [FYI – Don Bosco played a key role in this at Vatican Council I] By Sergio Centofanti One hundred fifty years ago, on 18 July 1870, the Constitution Pastor Aeternus, which defined the two dogmas of the primacy of the Pope and papal infallibility, was promulgated. Long and heated discussions The Dogmatic Constitution was approved unanimously by the 535 Council Fathers present “after long, fierce, and heated discussions,” as Paul VI said during a general audience in 1969. He described that day as “a dramatic page in the life of the Church, but for all that, no less clear and definitive. Eighty-three Council Fathers did not take part in the vote. The approval of the text came on the last day of the First Vatican Council, which was suspended the following day because of the start of the Franco-Prussian war. Following the capture of Rome by Italian troops on 20 September 1870 – which effectively...

 Interview with the World President of Don Bosco Past Pupils

Interview with the World President of Don Bosco Past Pupils ceteratolle Views 60 Comment 0 Celebrate with your family and Renew your commitment! From Newsflash (Quarterly newsletter of the World Confederation) Past Pupils of Don Bosco Rome, 24 June 2020 — Wishing the Past pupils of Don Bosco a happy 150th birthday, we note their ‘Newsflash’ no. 38 (June 24, 2020) – quarterly magazine with many inspiring articles from the Rector Major, the World president, the old (Fr Raphael Jayapalan) and new (Br. Dominic Nam) World delegates – all in 5 languages available on the central website. We report here two of the 7 questions addressed by Mr Michal Hort on the occasion of the 150th Jubilee Year (June 2020-June 2021): What is the current situation of the World Confederation? ‘I would use the word “constantly growing”; as you may remember, our biggest challenge in 2015 was to get in touch not only with those 100,000 registered past pupils, but with past pupils and friends of Don Bosco all over the world. Now, after 5 years I can say it’s a tough one. Having in mind and heart millions of past pupils that passed thorough the hands of more than 14,000 Salesians in...

SDB PAST PUPILS’ 150TH – JUNE 24, 2020: CELEBRATE WITH YOUR FAMILY AND RENEW YOUR COMMITMENT!

Celebrate with your family and Renew your commitment! By Mr. Michal Hort, World President Br. Dominic Nam, World Delegate On the eve of the Don Bosco Alumni Jubilee Year the President of the World Confederation Mr Michal Hort and the newly appointed World Delegate, Br. Dominic Nam are sending simple messages on how to start this Jubilee Year of our Past Pupils: 24 June 2020 – 24 June 2021: Celebrate with your family and Renew your commitment! Both video messages are available in English and soon in other languages on the Salesian Family digital platforms. Message of Michal Hort “Dear Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco. Today, 24th of June 2020 we celebrate special anniversary of 150 years from our foundation by Don Bosco. When Carlo Gastini and his fellows came to congratulate Don Bosco for his feast day at 24th of 1870, Don Bosco said he love past pupils even more than when they have been with him in Valdocco oratory. Today it is 150 years from that special moment and we enter Jubilee year of Past Pupils. Rejoice and celebrate our great father Don Bosco, our founder Carlo Gastini and all our predecessor past pupils. Because of...