A motto and a logo on the road to canonization of Artemides Zatti

02 September 2022 (ANS – Rome) – Animating a historic event for the Salesian Congregation and Family, such as the canonization of Artemide Zatti, requires an image and a phrase that are able to accompany on the path of preparation and during the event itself. Thus, on the part of the General Postulation of the Congregation, Fr. Pierluigi Cameroni invited a team of Salesians and lay people, both from Italy and Argentina, to think together about a motto and a logo that would express as clearly as possible the radiant and at the same time simple figure of Artemide Zatti. After several suggestions of possible mottos, the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, together with the Postulator General, Fr. Pierluigi Cameroni, presented the canonization motto “I believed, I promised, I was healed”. Almost all of the proposals had as a common basis these three words uttered by the future saint when bearing witness to his miraculous recovery from tuberculosis and, consequently, the origin of his vocation to serve the sick and the poor. They are three verbs that mark a spiritual journey of abandonment into God’s hands and dedication to the good of others. He, who was healed, would now...

Argentina – The believing Br. Zatti

06 September 2022 (ANS – Buenos Aires) – In view of the canonization of Artemides Zatti, SDB, we share some articles of reflection and investigation on some traits of the future saint, prepared by the Salesian Bulletin of Argentina, the country where “the relative of the poor” lived his entire Salesian life. “There are as many stories of faith as there are believers, since each one gives himself with his own personality.” Romano Guardini (The Life of Faith) The vital act of faith is the personal story of the believer. If we say that at the roots of faith is a gift from God, we must also make sure that this gift is received by a person. Therefore, we need to know who the person is and his or her personality, because that is where his or her faith resides. Faith as personal adherence to God has been a personal story for Zatti, leading him to holiness in concrete work, in caring for the sick, in the world of health care. “I believed, I promised, I was healed” Zatti’s Christian faith began with his baptism in Boretto, near Reggio Emilia, in the basilica of San Marco on the same...

Beginning of the Diocesan Inquiry of the Servant of God Akash Bashir

By Fr. Gabriel Cruz SDB        Lahore, Pakistan, 15 March 2022 — The 7th anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Akash Bashir, a past pupil of Don Bosco. The Christian community of Pakistan gathered today in a historic event, the formal beginning of the Diocesan Inquiry for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God, Akash Bashir, a Past Pupil of Don Bosco. The first Pakistani citizen in the process of Beatification and Canonization. The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the city of Lahore could not contain the crowd of faithful who gathered for the opening ceremony of the diocesan phase, as well as the solemn Eucharistic celebration. In an atmosphere of immense joy, devotion, and expectation, those present listened attentively to the memory of the death of the Servant of God Akash Bashir, which took place just 7 years ago. The three members of the Tribunal and the Vice-Postulator, Fr. Gabriel Cruz SDB, took the public oath required for this ceremony. The message sent by the World President of the Confederation of Alumni of Don Bosco, Mr. Bryan Magro, was also read. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by the...

Akash Bashir, Who Died Protecting Catholic Worshippers in Pakistan, Named a Servant of God

Bashir died on March 15, 2015, when suicide bombers attacked St. John’s Catholic Church and Christ Church of the Church of Pakistan. By Reprint of article by Katie Yoder/CNA World and NCR        2 February 2022 Lahore, Pakistan — When a suicide bomber attempted to enter a Catholic church in Pakistan in 2015, a 20-year-old volunteer security guard blocked him.        “I will die but I will not let you go in,” he reportedly told the terrorist armed with explosives. The attacker then set off a bomb, immediately killing himself and the man now recognized as a candidate for canonization: Akash Bashir.        Because of his actions, the church — with more than 1,000 Catholics inside — was saved from a direct blast.        Bashir died on March 15, 2015, when suicide bombers attacked St. John’s Catholic Church and Christ Church of the Church of Pakistan. Located in Lahore, the churches stand in one of the country’s largest Christian neighborhoods.        Terrorist group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTP-JA) later claimed the attacks that killed 17 people and injured more than 70, Vatican News reported.        Those numbers might...

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,...