A Good Samaritan in Salesian Style – Brother Artemides Zatti

By our own correspondent Salesian world, 3 November 2020 — Some 44 years ago a Jesuit provincial in Argentina, Fr Jorge Maria Bergoglio, asked his confreres to pray through the intercession of Salesian Brother Artemide Zatti to obtain more new Jesuit Brother vocations. And already in those times, Brother Zatti ‘did the miracles’ and the Jesuits, a few years later, had dozens of solid Brothers in their province. Yes, Blessed Artemide Zatti is not just an ‘asset’ of the Salesian Family, he is among those many Saints – Blesseds – Venerables – declared by the Universal Church as models we follow and as our intercessors on our journey in this world. November 13, the liturgical memory of Brother Artemide Zatti is coming up. Maybe it’s a good chance for personal or community novena prayer for new Salesian Brother vocations. We already have many tools at hand (see Boscolink) including a Quiz, Biography, short movie and many photos. Blessed Artemide Zatti, pray for us! Short life-sketch of Blessed Artemide Zatti: 1880: Born in Boretto (Italy) three children, mother Albina Vecchi, father Luigi Zatti 1887: Sacrament of confirmation 1886: Elementary school (3 years only) in Boretto, while already working in the farm...

Good news for digital technology savvy Catholic youth

Beatification of Carlo Acutis (1991-2006) coming soon By our own correspondent Rome, 24 September 2020 — The beatification of 15-year-old Italian youngster Carlo Acutis on 10 October 2020 in Assisi is fast approaching. Born in London on 3 May 1991 he died of leukemia on 12 October 2006. He spent all his school life in Milan. Carlo was best known for documenting Eucharistic miracles around the world and cataloguing them all on a website that he himself created in the months before his death from leukemia, but he started the ‘collection’ of the Eucharistic miracles site when he was 11. The Eucharistic website is available today in 18 languages, including Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Tagalog. His simple, deeply convinced Christian life is characterized by his sayings: “Non io ma Dio” (Not me, but God), “Tutti nasciamo originali, molti moriamo fotocopie” (All of us are born as original, but many die as photocopies) and “L’Eucaristia è la mia autostrada per il cielo” (The Eucharist is my highway to heaven). He was good at football, but especially passionate as a digital native and a fervent but delicate apostle of his peers. Acutis was worried about those friends of his whose parents were...