Sixth Anniversary of martyrdom of Akash Bashir, Pakistani past pupil

Sixth Anniversary of martyrdom of Akash Bashir, Pakistani past pupil By Sunil Iqbal        Lahore Pakistan, 15 March 2021 — Akash Bashir’s final words as he was martyred were: “I will die but I will not let you to go”. Pakistan’s Salesian Community celebrated Mass on 15 March, the 6th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Akash Bashir, the Pakistani Salesian Past Pupil who saved hundreds of people inside the Church by embracing a suicide bomber and offered his own life. We humbly ask all of you to pray for our Pakistani Christian community.        “Faith in Jesus and in the power of His Holy Name is the greatest spiritual force in the world today. It is a source of joy and inspiration in our youth; of strength in our manhood, when only His Holy Name and His grace, can enable us to overcome temptation; of hope, consolation and confidence at the hour of our death, when more than ever before, we realize, that the meaning of Jesus is ‘Lord, the Savior.’ We should bow in reverence to His Name and submission to His Holy Will.” Source: Sixth Anniversary of martyrdom of Akash Bashir, Pakistani past...

New books for Youngsters on Sts. Bishop Luigi Versiglia & Fr. Callisto Caravario, Salesian Proto Martyrs

It was February 25th 1930, Bishop Versiglia and Fr. Caravario were on the pastoral visitation of the Linchow mission along with a few young companions. During the journey, a group of pirates stopped and raided the Bishop’s boat, trying to seize three young catechists. To shield the safety and the purity of the three young Christian women, the Bishop and Fr. Caravario confronted them with all their strength. They were forcibly beaten and shot at Lai Tau Tsui, in the bamboo forest near the Lin Chow River. Pope St. Paul VI recognised their martyrdom in 1973.  They were included by Pope St. John Paul II among the Blessed on May 15th 1983 and canonised on October 1st 2000. In year 2016 and 2019, “Vox Amica Pres” wrote and published for youngsters the books on Saint Louis Versiglia and Saint Callistus Caravario respectively in Chinese. To celebrate the special anniversary of 2020 – 90th Anniversary of Martyrdom (1930-2020) and 20th Anniversary of Canonization (2000-2020) – last November the Salesian publisher released the two books into English. In the current time of enjoyment culture, social instability and ever changing environment, bombardment with information and different opinions, God’s will and His plan,...

Keeping alive the memory of two Salesian Martyrs in China

  Oliva Gessi – Hong Kong – Dili – Bangalore, 7 September 2020 — Not only for the provinces of China, Indonesia (St Louis Versiglia) and Timor Leste (St Callisto Caravario) – but for the whole Salesian Congregation, this year is a good opportunity to treasure the memory of our first two martyrs – St Louis Versiglia and St Callisto Caravario – 90 years after their death in China and 20 years after their canonization at the Vatican. And we experience that our martyrs’ memory lifts our missionary spirit! After the EAO pilgrimage to the Birthplace of St Louis Versiglia, Oliva Gessi (Pavia-Northern Italy), last February 2020, communication channels between the Versiglia compatriots and the Salesians of our region were strengthened. The monthly parish newsletter ‘Oliva Mese’ has already featured the EAO pilgrimage on three occasions. They are looking ahead to the 100th anniversary of Bishop’s Versiglia episcopal ordination (January 2021) and new publication and video about ‘their’ martyr! Two years after the successful translation of ‘Martiri in Cina’ (ed. LDC – Torino, 1976) into English, both the Chinese version (Hong Kong, CIN) and the English version (Bangalore, INK) will be published in the near future as the contribution...