Delivery of “Positio super virtutibus” of Servant of God Antonio de Almeida Lustosa, Salesian Bishop

28 April 2021 (ANS – Vatican City) – Yesterday, 27 April 2021, the volume of the Positio super Vita, Virtutibus et Fama Sanctitatis of the Servant of God Antonio de Almeida Lustosa, of the Society of St. Francesco de Sales, Archbishop of Fortaleza (Brazil), was consigned. Monsignor Maurizio Tagliaferri was the Rapporteur of the Positio, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, SDB, was the Postulator, and Dr. Cristiana Marinelli was the Collaborator. The structural elements of the “Positio” are: a brief presentation by the Rapporteur; the Informatio super virtutibus, that is, the theological part in which the virtuous life of the Servant of God is demonstrated; the two Summarium with the testimonial and documentary evidence; the Biographia ex Documentis; the final Sessions and the iconographic apparatus. Antônio de Almeida Lustosa was born in the city of São João del Rei, State of Minas Gerais (Brazil), on 11 February 1886. From his parents, João Baptista Pimentel Lustosa and Delphina Eugênia de Almeida Magalhães, exemplary Christians, he received a good Christian and human formation. An intelligent boy with a good and generous disposition, at sixteen he entered the Salesian College of Cachoeira do Campo (Minas Gerais); three years later he is in Lorraine as a novice and assistant to his companions. After...

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,...