Throughout January live Masses from Rome’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart

31 December 2021 (ANS – Rome) – 2022 opens with good news for the Salesian Family and all the sympathizers and friends of Don Bosco: starting tomorrow, 1 January, and until the feast of Don Bosco, 31 January, TV2000 will broadcast Mass live every day from the Salesian Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Rome. Furthermore, on Sundays throughout the month, Canale 5 will also broadcast the Mass from the same basilica. Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, TV2000, the television broadcaster of the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI), has decided to strengthen the religious events broadcast on its frequencies in order to accompany and render a service to viewers and faithful. For this reason, every month the Eucharistic celebration is broadcast live from a different parish or shrine in Italy, every day, in three different time slots. For the month of January, the Salesian month, the choice fell on the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, located in the heart of Rome and part of the same complex that today houses the Salesian Headquarters. Starting tomorrow, therefore, TV2000 (channel 28 of the Digital Terrestrial, 157 of the Sky platform) will broadcast live Masses at 7, 8:30 and 19 (UTC + 1) every day...

A pilgrimage to Orvieto, the hilltop town of a Eucharistic miracle

V. M. Traverso – published on 11/17/21 Just one hour from Rome, Orvieto is a living testament to the town’s vibrant Catholic history. Built on top of a volcanic cliff in rural Umbria, Orvieto is one of central Italy’s most charming hilltop towns. Its name derives from Latin urbs vetus (“old city”), referring to the early human settlements built here dating back to Paleolithic times.  The Christian history of the city officially started in the 11th century with the construction of San Giovenale Church (1004), built on a pre-existing paleo-Christian church that was built on the site of an even earlier Etruscan temple. Indeed, most buildings in Orvieto are built over pre-existing Etruscan sites. The city was actually constructed over an intricate system of Etruscan era cave tunnels dating back 2,500 years. Some historians believe that early Christians used some of these underground structures to celebrate Mass away from the public eye back when Christianity was forbidden.  During the 12th century the town signed an agreement with the pope and became part of the Vatican State, and Pope Urban IV (1195-1264) temporarily moved his residency to Orvieto.  It was during this time that one of the most significant events for the...

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati’s Apostolate of Charity

SOURCE: https://catholicexchange.com/blessed-pier-giorgio-frassatis-apostolate-of-charity NOVEMBER 10, 2021 CHRISTINE M. WOHAR Every one of you knows that the foundation of our religion is Charity. — Pier Giorgio Frassati In the moving account of the death of Pier Giorgio Frassati writ­ten by his sister Luciana, his actions in his final hours showed the depth of his compassion for the poor and sick whom he took care of regularly. It was Friday, July 3, 1925. He would have normally gone that day to the weekly meeting of his Conference of St. Vincent de Paul. Instead, he was bedridden with a fatal diagnosis of polio and surrounded by his grieving family. Almost completely paralyzed at this point, he asked his sister to bring some items from his study and then wrote these barely legible instructions: These are the injec­tions for Converso. The pawn ticket belongs to Sappa; I had forgotten it, renew it on my account. Unnoticed Acts of Giving Requests like these would not have come as a surprise to his friend who received this note. After all, this was how Pier Giorgio spent so much of his life — doing one unnoticed act of charity after another. Providing medicine, schoolbooks, bus tickets, food, and...

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...

Colle Don Bosco Ethnological Missionary Museum: To Learn and Visit

28 October 2021 (ANS – Castelnuovo Don Bosco) – New projects have been created at the Ethnological Missionary Museum (MEM) of Colle Don Bosco through two web channels of the Piedmont Region: “Mèmora” and ” L’arte con chi ne fa parte – Art with those who belong to it”. “Mèmora” is a showcase for the cultural heritage of museums, cultural institutes and historical archives in the Piedmont region. It is a virtual place where resources can be shared and where, through in-depth thematic studies, the heritage itself can be read by a wide audience, not just specialists in the field. The platform can be used free of charge by students, tourists or professionals, who can use it in a variety of ways, finding a museum, an archive, a photographic and natural heritage as well as various thematic and in-depth tours. In Mèmora the MEM presents 92 objects selected from those kept in the permanent exhibition showcases and two routes linked to the theme of games and music among ethnic groups. By selecting the various menus, it is possible to gain new knowledge about the great cultural heritage that includes the collection of not only that of Colle Don Bosco Museum...

Casa Don Bosco Museum in the heart of “Art with those who are part of it”

12 October 2021 (ANS – Turin) – The “Abbonamento Musei” (Museum Pass) association, which links some of the most prestigious and characteristic cultural centers of Piedmont, Lombardy and Valle d’Aosta, has launched a new initiative to accompany tourists and people interested in history, art and culture in their adventures of discovery: it is “L’Arte con chi ne fa parte – Art with those who are part of it”, a proposal that will allow you to visit the participating museums with a new vision altogether, because it will be the founders, the first collectors, the entrepreneurs, the nobles and the sovereigns who will guide you along the evocative visits and routes. The Don Bosco House Museum also takes part in the initiative, which has completed little more than a year after its inauguration, and having now completed its final layout, can thus become a key player thanks to the presentation of the figure of Don Bosco. Within the project, the Don Bosco House Museum offers two guided tours: The first package – Saturday 16 October 2021, at 15:30 – tells of a life marked by “Salesian” dreams that have changed the lives of millions of young people all over the world. A visit...