Looking at Don Bosco: Pope Francis’ greeting and the Rector Major’s homily

31 January 2022 Archive Photo (ANS – Turin) – Among the hundreds of thousands of faithful who yesterday morning, January 30, 2022, watched the Rai 1 live TV broadcast of the Mass presided over by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, from Valdocco, there was also Pope Francis. He said it himself, overlooking St. Peter’s Square, immediately after the recitation of the Angelus: “On the eve of the feast day of St. John Bosco, I’d like to greet the Salesians, who do so much good in the Church. I followed the Mass celebrated in the shrine of Mary Help of Christians by the Rector Major, Ángel Fernández Artime; I prayed with him for everyone.” With this particular homage, the Holy Father wished to renew once again his closeness to the whole Salesian Family and his personal devotion to the Saint of Youth. He then added: “Let us think of this great Saint, Father and Teacher of youth. He did not shut himself up in the sacristy, he did not shut himself up in his things. He went out into the streets looking for young people with that creativity that was his hallmark. Best wishes to all Salesians, men and women!” The...

Francis de Sales, Don Bosco, the Blessed Sacrament, & Saints!

Saint Francis de Sales inspiring paths of holiness (ANS – Rome) – During the Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family 2022, dedicated to the spiritual and pastoral study of the Rector Major’s Strenna centered on St. Francis de Sales, Fr. Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, offered a contribution that highlights how “our journey to holiness and the promotion of the Causes of Beatification and Canonization of our Salesian Family draw great inspiration and strong motivation from him.” In fact, from his person and his doctrine emanate an impression of rare fullness, demonstrated in the serenity of his intellectual research, but also in the richness of his affections, in the “sweetness” of his teachings that have had a great influence on the Christian conscience. One could say, then, that Francis de Sales, both in his most representative works (Introduction to the Devout Life and Treatise on the Love of God) and in his continuous pastoral praxis, presents himself on the scene of the history of the Church as one of the most representative forerunners of what Vatican II calls the “universal vocation to holiness” (chapter 5 of the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium). In his major works,...

Young people narrate Don Bosco. Three videos on “Memoirs of the Oratory”

05 February 2021 (ANS – Alcamo) – The Salesian Oratory of Alcamo, belonging to the Sicilian Province (ISI), has produced, with the participation of the children of the oratory, three short videos based on several phases of Don Bosco’s life, drawing inspiration from the “Memoirs of the Oratory”. Born to give voice to the Strenna 2021, which is entitled “Moved by hope”, the project intends to speak of hope, highlighting its meaning in a few events that marked Don Bosco’s life profoundly. “This is not a simple chronological succession, but a rereading of the saint’s writing in which the great example of hope that is offered is tangible,” explained the young Salesian in formation Orazio Moschetti, from the community of Alcamo. The first video is entitled “La vita marchiata da un sogno – Life marked by a dream” and tells of the years from 1815 to 1835. Already in the first years of the saint’s life, hope always accompanied Giovannino and you can see it in the great example witnessed by mother Margherita, from the meeting with Fr Calosso and Fr Cafasso, from the commitment and effort shown in his studies, from the human relationships that the young saint easily managed...

The Salesian Bulletin at the time of Don Bosco

The Salesian Bulletin is an original creation by Don Bosco who founded it in August 1877. Don Bosco himself was it’s first director. The first “official” issue of the Bulletin opens with a letter from Don Bosco: “To the Salesian Cooperators”. In the first draft of the regulation of the Cooperators, Don Bosco wrote: “Each month, the members will be given an overview of the things proposed, done or that they intend to do through a printed Bulletin or leaflet.” (Biographical Memoirs XI, 538). In 1879, it was published for the first time in French and in 1881 in Buenos Aires, the first “Boletín Salesiano” was published in Spanish. Today it is present in all 5 continents, with 59 editorial offices around the world. RELATED ARTICLE(S) The Valdocco printing press RMG – Fr. Gildasio Mendes: “The Internet is a vast network of human and cultural rituals” Italy – Young people narrate Don Bosco. Three videos on “Memoirs of the...

Film on Don Bosco made in 1935 returns to light

01 December 2021 (ANS – Turin) – As part of the 39th Turin Film Festival, the Experimental Center of Cinematography – National Cinema Impresa Archive and the Salesian Headquarters presented the digitally restored version of the feature film “Don Bosco”, directed in 1935 by Goffredo Alessandrini and produced by Riccardo Gualino for the nascent Lux Film. The religious film tells the life of the Piedmontese saint from his childhood in the Monferrato countryside up to his seminary days. It also presents the educational and social activity carried out in Turin with the children of the humblest of the social strata to the foundation of the Salesian Work leading up to his canonization. In the era of digital films, the restoration of old films remains the last opportunity to literally handle those long strips of celluloid that have made generations of spectators dream. It is super-specialized work, which only film libraries and archives are able to do. The Torino Film Festival has built a section around it titled: “Back to Life”, which this year presents five gems from the past that have indeed been brought back to life. The oldest is the film “Don Bosco”, produced in 1935 by Goffredo Alessandrini...

The Valdocco Printing Press

COME SEE IT WITH US IN PERSON ON PILGRIMAGE 2022! In October 1861, Don Bosco started the procedure for the opening of a Printing Press at the Oratory. The government raised various obstacles and objections but ultimately granted the necessary permission. The School of Printing Press immediately became a training ground, published numerous volumes and booklets. In 1876 Don Bosco also founded its “extension-branch” in Genoa-Sampierdarena and in August 1877 he officially launched the Salesian Bulletin. After its initial days, the first real Printing Press was built in 1883, where the editions hitherto printed outside Turin were produced. The printing house was operational until 2012, the year in which it was closed, the day after the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of its foundation. Since 2013, the ancient machines have been exhibited, so as to recreate the environment of a printing press, as it was in Don Bosco’s time. RELATED ARTICLE(S) The Bell of the Oratory Italy – The Church is the daughter of Mary Help of Christians RMG – Many innovations in new volume of Don Bosco’s Letters Italy – The “Valdocco Shop” goes...