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Vatican – The exhibition “Mater Amazonia - The deep breath of the world” to open

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Vatican – The exhibition “Mater Amazonia - The deep breath of the world” to open

(ANS - Vatican City) - On the occasion of the Special Synod for the Amazon called by Pope Francis, the exhibition "Mater Amazonia - The deep breath of the world" has been set up at the Vatican's Ethnological Museum "Anima Mundi" (Vatican Museums). The inauguration is scheduled for October 18th and it will be possible to visit the exhibition until 11 January 2020.

This is an important collaboration between the Consolata Missionary Institute and the Salesians of Don Bosco. The two Congregations participated through the loan of objects from the collections of the two respective museums: the "Missioni Consolata" Ethnographic and Natural Sciences Museum of Turin and the Ethnological Missionary Museum of Colle Don Bosco.

According to the scientific project outlined by Elisabetta Gatto, anthropologist, three themes were chosen to best narrate the environment and the populations of the Amazon: the river, the forest and the "maloca", or the community house.

Objects from the two museum collections that best represented these themes were selected. They are objects that speak of daily life, of ritual, but which also bear witness to the meeting with missionaries: a showcase, in fact, was dedicated to the theme of inculturation.

Within the framework of the exhibition are the portraits and names of some of the missionaries who lived with the Amazonian peoples. For the Salesian Congregation: Sister Maria Troncatti, FMA, missionary among the Shuar in Ecuador from 1922 to 1969; Fr Luigi Bolla, SDB, missionary since 1953 for 30 years with the Achuar in Ecuador and 30 years in Peru; Fr Luigi Cocco, SDB, a Salesian missionary who lived from 1951 to 1974 in the Sierra Parima, Venezuela.

The Indios Cappuccini Missionary Museum in Amazonia (MUMA) of Assisi and the Museum of Chinese and Ethnographic Art of Parma also collaborated with the loan, without forgetting the objects of the collection of the Vatican Ethnological Museum "Anima Mundi" which hosts this temporary exhibition.

{gallery}Mostra Mater Amazonia 2019{/gallery}

  • Vaticano
  • Arte e Cultura
  • Sinodo per la regione Panamazzonica
    Gian Francesco Romano

    RMG – CG28: Don Bosco statue in front of Basilica of Mary Help of Christians explained by Fr Bruno Ferrero

    1 week ago
    RMG – CG28: Don Bosco statue in front of Basilica of Mary Help of Christians explained by Fr Bruno Ferrero

    (ANS - Rome) - 129 days from the beginning of the 28th General Chapter, the interviews with members of the Valdocco Community continue, all leading us to discover the most significant places. This week, the “Interviews with the eyes of ...” features Fr Bruno Ferrero, SDB, Director of the Italian Salesian Bulletin.

    Fr Bruno Ferrero tells us about the statue of Don Bosco in front of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. “As soon as the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians was finished, here there was this clearing that was of beaten earth, very ugly,” Fr Ferrero explains in the video. “Already Don Bosco, looking at the facade, had said one day: 'Here a monument with Moses who strikes the rock and water gushing would be good.' In fact, the idea of the monument went forward,” he adds.

    The idea of building a monument dedicated to Don Bosco was put forward by a group of Past Pupils in 1911 at the First International Past Pupil Congress. A commission of architects was created for the project with the idea of inaugurating the statue within a couple of years. But, with the outbreak of the First World War, it was possible to inaugurate the work only in May 1920.

    The statue, by the sculptor Gaetano Cellini, shows Don Bosco together with a group of boys. The Saint jokes with them, looks at them with a loving expression and lifts one of them up. This last gesture is the representation of education, which raises children. At the foot of Don Bosco there is another sculptural group, which is always by Gaetano Cellini. This group represents the Faith that comforts man. On the sides of the statue, other scenes are depicted, which refer to Don Bosco's love for Mary Help of Christians, to missions and much more.

    “What Don Bosco wanted,” continues Fr Ferrero, “was to form good Christians and upright citizens and, after all, this monument expresses it very well.”

    Fr Ferrero's video, as well as Fr Lupano's published last week on ANS, wants to narrate the places of Valdocco, rediscovering our roots and our Salesian identity. At Valdocco the dream of Don Bosco began and, also through these videos, we want to continue to make this dream known throughout the world.

    Please note that all the videos of "Interviews with the eyes of ..." were produced by ANS in collaboration with the IMEComunicazione team and will be uploaded, once a week, to ANSChannel.

    • RMG
    • CG28
    • Don Bosco
    • Valdocco
    • Torino
    • Arte e Cultura
      Gian Francesco Romano

      RMG - Thanks to “Casa Don Bosco” project, historical Salesian sites come to light

      1 week 1 day ago
      RMG - Thanks to “Casa Don Bosco” project, historical Salesian sites come to light

      (ANS - Rome) - It was last May 24, the day of the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, when Giampietro Pettenon, president of Missioni Don Bosco, explained the project "Casa Don Bosco", a new space that will be inaugurated in 2020, to ANS.

      The pilgrims who arrived in Valdocco last May 24th had no doubt noticed the large construction site, which involved the bedrooms and the whole building of Casa Pinardi, including the church of San Francesco.

      The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, in fact, following the request of the 27th General Chapter, with the intention of adequately appreciating the value of Salesian historical sites, personally took up the commitment to build a new museum, precisely "Casa Don Bosco". It will rise right in the place and in the buildings that Don Bosco himself had built to welcome boys to Valdocco. A part of the museum will be opened during the GC28, while the other areas will be made available in the course of 2020. The opening of the new museum represents a unique opportunity to rediscover Salesian history and the places in which Don Bosco lived and worked.

      The recovery of these new spaces is told in two videos wherein Mr. Pettenon not only illustrates the project, but takes the viewer into the building site itself, where masons and workers are working to bring these places back to light, places fundamental to our Salesian roots. During the restoration work, which began in May of this year, the workers discovered a basement built by Don Bosco with his fellow Salesians and young people. In the videos, Mr. Pettenon shows us the elements that have remained intact, such as the oven, the well, the old pulley and even the ladder that connected the basement to the attic, where there were small rooms, daily traveled by Don Bosco, by Mamma Margherita, by Father Rua and St Domenico Savio.

      With the opening of this construction site, therefore, more Salesian history emerges and the places of Don Bosco's everyday life uncovered. It is clearly a very important discovery for the Salesians and the Salesian Family from all over the world.

      There shall be two videos to explain the "Casa Don Bosco" project, both presented by Mr. Pettenon. To these a third will be added, which will instead focuses on Colle Don Bosco. The first video is already available in 5 languages ​​on ANSChannel which, as already mentioned, has been renewed. The videos will in fact be uploaded in the different channels, divided by language, so as to facilitate the user to find the audiovisual materials in the language they prefer.

      • RMG
      • Casa Don Bosco
      • Progetto Don Bosco
        Jesus Jurado

        Guatemala - "How did you move all my work from Valdocco to this distant place?": Valdocco of San Pedro Carchá

        1 week 1 day ago

        (ANS - San Pedro Carchá) – Over thirty years ago, in a desolate place in northern Guatemala, lived a young Salesian priest whose name we must never forget. His name is Antonio De Groot. From a faraway Australia he was brought by destiny - which we call Providence - to work in that hot and inhospitable corner of the third world. Like the magician of that story, he fascinated the young, not with a flute, but with a guitar and accordion.

        One day a young man appeared in his rudimentary house, almost like a native Bartolomeo Garelli, and made him a naive proposal: "Father, I want to live in your home so you can teach me to read."

        He was not a child, but a young man, illiterate and poor.

        Soon another young man arrived, and then another, and another. In a short time a group of enthusiasts formed, who wanted to learn. They settled here, worked the adjacent land and accompanied the priest on his visits to the villages. At night they were passionate about the mystery of those first letters.

        The small home of Father Antonio, little by little, had to be enlarged to accommodate those who continued to arrive. The small and singular "school" of just one single teacher began to take shape until it took on a new name: Don Bosco Center.

        Thirty-seven years later, that oratory in the style of Don Bosco became a giant tree with three huge branches: the first in Raxruhá, the second in San Juan Chamelco and the third in Tzacanihá, on the outskirts of San Pedro Carchá. The latter is the mother of the other two.


        The three colleges host 2,000 elementary and high school students. There, the children learn in the masonry, electricity, carpentry, carpentry, IT and music workshops.

        "A Salesian house without music is a body without a soul". In the Don Bosco Centers, in fact, music occupies a privileged place: there are three bands with 184 performers, numerous guitar groups, and choral songs for powerful voices with more than a thousand young people.

        This youth group is attended by extremely poor young people. Education is free, although some contribute modest amounts. The three centers also include 17 soccer fields, 10 basketball courts and 18 volleyball courts.


        To get a rough idea of ​​the size of these Salesian centers, suffice it to say that every day thirty thousand tortillas are consumed, the basic food of indigenous peoples, prepared by neighboring families.

        If Don Bosco were to visit this Salesian jewel, he would probably wonder: how did you move all my work from Valdocco to this distant place?

        by Heriberto Herrera

        • Guatemala
        • Giovani
        • San Pedro Carchà
          Jesus Jurado

          India - With "Childline", Don Bosco Ashalayam center reaches street children in danger

          1 week 1 day ago

          (ANS - New Delhi) - "Childline" is a toll-free telephone line, active 24 hours a day, reachable at number 1098, designed for street children in difficulty. The Saint John Bosco Salesian house in New Delhi, through the Salesian reception center "Don Bosco Ashalayam", runs "Childline" in the south-western district of Delhi. The operators of this line work tirelessly every day of the week, at any time, to guarantee the rights of children in difficulty and to give them special care and protection.

          The team answers to the needs of street children in situations of crisis and grave danger. With this line, they try to guarantee access to assistance in cases of emergency to every child in India. "Childline" also facilitates the rehabilitation of children, networking with organizations distributed across the country.

          Many children also come from other centers that collaborate with "Childline". Some of them, instead, are sent by the "Commission for the Well-being of Children" (CWC), by the police, by the NGOs and by other bodies. Don Bosco Ashalayam provides assistance and immediate protection to these children and also offers them a brief stay, at least until the CWC and the "Childline" team reintegrate the child into their own home.

          In recent years, Don Bosco Ashalayam has provided shelter to hundreds of children, has worked so that many have been admitted to schools and they have provided facilities for all those children who are transferred.


          The Salesian house of St. John Bosco in New Delhi, in collaboration with "Childline", collaborates with the police, with health care services, with the Juvenile Court, with the transport company, with the media and communication agencies and with local communities. Through this network, the aim is to create awareness on children's rights and, at the same time, to provide child protection services.


          With this line, moreover, they also seek to raise awareness about the problems of children and the importance of guaranteeing maximum safety for children.

          • India
          • Ashalayam
          • Ragazzi
            Jesus Jurado

            Vatican - Open letter to Synod Fathers by Fr Juan Bottasso

            1 week 1 day ago
            Vatican - Open letter to Synod Fathers by Fr Juan Bottasso

            (ANS - Vatican City) - One of the figures of intellectual, pastoral and missionary importance in the Synod of the Bishop for the Amazon is Fr Juan Bottasso, SDB. He is an anthropologist by profession, ordained a priest in 1963 and he has been in the Amazon for over half a century. In an open letter sent to the Synod Fathers gathered in the Vatican he presents two proposals: that "the Amazonian Church becomes aware and humbly apologizes" and makes "a solemn invitation to all Christian groups to stop dividing the Amazon peoples."

            Open letter to the Synod Fathers

            The Catholic Church has been present in the Amazon since the 16th century. Overcoming enormous difficulties to win over the barriers that impeded penetration into that immense region, hundreds and hundreds of men consecrated their entire lives to evangelize the human groups that inhabited and inhabit it. From the second half of the nineteenth century, an impressive group of women also consecrated themselves in the same mission. It is absolutely impossible to doubt the good faith that motivated them, nor the immense value of their sacrifice, but we must acknowledge that there was also something questionable at the center of their activities. Obviously it would be unfair to want to judge the past with the criteria of the present, but it can also be said that the Gospel has been unable to inspire a more prophetic vision. Missionary activity was generous but paternalistic. It tried hard to teach a lot, but did not have the patience to learn. More than dialogue there was indoctrination. The indigenous people were always considered as minors, underaged. The various States, not having personnel prepared and willing to live permanently in remote and enormously inconvenient areas, delegated the Church, through the Apostolic Vicariates and Prelatures, with the task of integrating the Amazon peoples to their own nationality. This commitment was taken up with enthusiasm, but not always respecting the cultural values ​​of the recipients. To convince oneself of this, it is sufficient to take a look at the language used by missionary magazines until a few decades ago. Since many indigenous people have studied and can access these readings, it is a bit embarrassing to see the impression that it causes them.

            Of all this, it would be convenient that the Amazon Church acknowledge and humbly apologize

            But there is another theme that does not refer to the past, but is totally current.


            The indigenous population of all of the Amazon reaches perhaps two million individuals, but it is a constellation of peoples with enormously different languages, histories and cultures. Some have only a few hundred or just thousands of members. They are besieged by the surrounding society, deprived of their territories, threatened by the multinationals, disoriented by a globalization that levels everything uniformally. These poor groups, already enormously fragile in themselves, have been further weakened by Christians of all tendencies (Catholics, Protestants of various denominations), who exported between them the divisions born in their distant countries of origin. Jesus Christ, who wanted to be a bond of unity and communion, is preached in a way that divides.

            This Synod should constitute an opportunity to address a solemn invitation to all Christian groups to stop dividing the Amazon peoples.


            Let us preach Jesus as the only Savior; let us transmit His message that speaks of fraternity, solidarity, forgiveness and let us not place our theological differences at the center, although they are respectable. Let us combine all our strength to combat together the great battles that these brothers have to face, and their survival depends on this outcome: the defense of the environment, the conservation of their territory, the enhancement and appreciation of their culture. In this way they will notice not only that the followers of Jesus Christ are on their side, but that they themselves are part of a Church that wants nothing but their good.

            • Vaticano
            • Juan Bottasso
              Jesus Jurado

              India - With "Childline", Don Bosco Ashalayam center reaches street children in danger

              1 week 1 day ago

              (ANS - New Delhi) - "Childline" is a toll-free telephone line, active 24 hours a day, reachable at number 1098, designed for street children in difficulty. The Saint John Bosco Salesian house in New Delhi, through the Salesian reception center "Don Bosco Ashalayam", runs "Childline" in the south-western district of Delhi. The operators of this line work tirelessly every day of the week, at any time, to guarantee the rights of children in difficulty and to give them special care and protection.

              The team answers to the needs of street children in situations of crisis and grave danger. With this line, they try to guarantee access to assistance in cases of emergency to every child in India. "Childline" also facilitates the rehabilitation of children, networking with organizations distributed across the country.

              Many children also come from other centers that collaborate with "Childline". Some of them, instead, are sent by the "Commission for the Well-being of Children" (CWC), by the police, by the NGOs and by other bodies. Don Bosco Ashalayam provides assistance and immediate protection to these children and also offers them a brief stay, at least until the CWC and the "Childline" team reintegrate the child into their own home.

              In recent years, Don Bosco Ashalayam has provided shelter to hundreds of children, has worked so that many have been admitted to schools and they have provided facilities for all those children who are transferred.


              The Salesian house of St. John Bosco in New Delhi, in collaboration with "Childline", collaborates with the police, with health care services, with the Juvenile Court, with the transport company, with the media and communication agencies and with local communities. Through this network, the aim is to create awareness on children's rights and, at the same time, to provide child protection services.


              With this line, moreover, they also seek to raise awareness about the problems of children and the importance of guaranteeing maximum safety for children.

              • India
              • Ashalayam
              • Ragazzi
                Jesus Jurado

                Vatican - Open letter to Synod Fathers by Fr Juan Bottasso

                1 week 1 day ago
                Vatican - Open letter to Synod Fathers by Fr Juan Bottasso

                (ANS - Vatican City) - One of the figures of intellectual, pastoral and missionary importance in the Synod of the Bishop for the Amazon is Fr Juan Bottasso, SDB. He is an anthropologist by profession, ordained a priest in 1963 and he has been in the Amazon for over half a century. In an open letter sent to the Synod Fathers gathered in the Vatican he presents two proposals: that "the Amazonian Church becomes aware and humbly apologizes" and makes "a solemn invitation to all Christian groups to stop dividing the Amazon peoples."

                Open letter to the Synod Fathers

                The Catholic Church has been present in the Amazon since the 16th century. Overcoming enormous difficulties to win over the barriers that impeded penetration into that immense region, hundreds and hundreds of men consecrated their entire lives to evangelize the human groups that inhabited and inhabit it. From the second half of the nineteenth century, an impressive group of women also consecrated themselves in the same mission. It is absolutely impossible to doubt the good faith that motivated them, nor the immense value of their sacrifice, but we must acknowledge that there was also something questionable at the center of their activities. Obviously it would be unfair to want to judge the past with the criteria of the present, but it can also be said that the Gospel has been unable to inspire a more prophetic vision. Missionary activity was generous but paternalistic. It tried hard to teach a lot, but did not have the patience to learn. More than dialogue there was indoctrination. The indigenous people were always considered as minors, underaged. The various States, not having personnel prepared and willing to live permanently in remote and enormously inconvenient areas, delegated the Church, through the Apostolic Vicariates and Prelatures, with the task of integrating the Amazon peoples to their own nationality. This commitment was taken up with enthusiasm, but not always respecting the cultural values ​​of the recipients. To convince oneself of this, it is sufficient to take a look at the language used by missionary magazines until a few decades ago. Since many indigenous people have studied and can access these readings, it is a bit embarrassing to see the impression that it causes them.

                Of all this, it would be convenient that the Amazon Church acknowledge and humbly apologize

                But there is another theme that does not refer to the past, but is totally current.


                The indigenous population of all of the Amazon reaches perhaps two million individuals, but it is a constellation of peoples with enormously different languages, histories and cultures. Some have only a few hundred or just thousands of members. They are besieged by the surrounding society, deprived of their territories, threatened by the multinationals, disoriented by a globalization that levels everything uniformally. These poor groups, already enormously fragile in themselves, have been further weakened by Christians of all tendencies (Catholics, Protestants of various denominations), who exported between them the divisions born in their distant countries of origin. Jesus Christ, who wanted to be a bond of unity and communion, is preached in a way that divides.

                This Synod should constitute an opportunity to address a solemn invitation to all Christian groups to stop dividing the Amazon peoples.


                Let us preach Jesus as the only Savior; let us transmit His message that speaks of fraternity, solidarity, forgiveness and let us not place our theological differences at the center, although they are respectable. Let us combine all our strength to combat together the great battles that these brothers have to face, and their survival depends on this outcome: the defense of the environment, the conservation of their territory, the enhancement and appreciation of their culture. In this way they will notice not only that the followers of Jesus Christ are on their side, but that they themselves are part of a Church that wants nothing but their good.

                • Vaticano
                • Juan Bottasso
                  Jesus Jurado

                  RMG - Thanks to “Casa Don Bosco” project, historical Salesian sites come to light

                  1 week 1 day ago
                  RMG - Thanks to “Casa Don Bosco” project, historical Salesian sites come to light

                  (ANS - Rome) - It was last May 24, the day of the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, when Giampietro Pettenon, president of Missioni Don Bosco, explained the project "Casa Don Bosco", a new space that will be inaugurated in 2020, to ANS.

                  The pilgrims who arrived in Valdocco last May 24th had no doubt noticed the large construction site, which involved the bedrooms and the whole building of Casa Pinardi, including the church of San Francesco.

                  The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, in fact, following the request of the 27th General Chapter, with the intention of adequately appreciating the value of Salesian historical sites, personally took up the commitment to build a new museum, precisely "Casa Don Bosco". It will rise right in the place and in the buildings that Don Bosco himself had built to welcome boys to Valdocco. A part of the museum will be opened during the GC28, while the other areas will be made available in the course of 2020. The opening of the new museum represents a unique opportunity to rediscover Salesian history and the places in which Don Bosco lived and worked.

                  The recovery of these new spaces is told in two videos wherein Mr. Pettenon not only illustrates the project, but takes the viewer into the building site itself, where masons and workers are working to bring these places back to light, places fundamental to our Salesian roots. During the restoration work, which began in May of this year, the workers discovered a basement built by Don Bosco with his fellow Salesians and young people. In the videos, Mr. Pettenon shows us the elements that have remained intact, such as the oven, the well, the old pulley and even the ladder that connected the basement to the attic, where there were small rooms, daily traveled by Don Bosco, by Mamma Margherita, by Father Rua and St Domenico Savio.

                  With the opening of this construction site, therefore, more Salesian history emerges and the places of Don Bosco's everyday life uncovered. It is clearly a very important discovery for the Salesians and the Salesian Family from all over the world.

                  There shall be two videos to explain the "Casa Don Bosco" project, both presented by Mr. Pettenon. To these a third will be added, which will instead focuses on Colle Don Bosco. The first video is already available in 5 languages ​​on ANSChannel which, as already mentioned, has been renewed. The videos will in fact be uploaded in the different channels, divided by language, so as to facilitate the user to find the audiovisual materials in the language they prefer.

                  • RMG
                  • Casa Don Bosco
                  • Progetto Don Bosco
                    Jesus Jurado

                    Guatemala - "How did you move all my work from Valdocco to this distant place?": Valdocco of San Pedro Carchá

                    1 week 1 day ago

                    (ANS - San Pedro Carchá) – Over thirty years ago, in a desolate place in northern Guatemala, lived a young Salesian priest whose name we must never forget. His name is Antonio De Groot. From a faraway Australia he was brought by destiny - which we call Providence - to work in that hot and inhospitable corner of the third world. Like the magician of that story, he fascinated the young, not with a flute, but with a guitar and accordion.

                    One day a young man appeared in his rudimentary house, almost like a native Bartolomeo Garelli, and made him a naive proposal: "Father, I want to live in your home so you can teach me to read."

                    He was not a child, but a young man, illiterate and poor.

                    Soon another young man arrived, and then another, and another. In a short time a group of enthusiasts formed, who wanted to learn. They settled here, worked the adjacent land and accompanied the priest on his visits to the villages. At night they were passionate about the mystery of those first letters.

                    The small home of Father Antonio, little by little, had to be enlarged to accommodate those who continued to arrive. The small and singular "school" of just one single teacher began to take shape until it took on a new name: Don Bosco Center.

                    Thirty-seven years later, that oratory in the style of Don Bosco became a giant tree with three huge branches: the first in Raxruhá, the second in San Juan Chamelco and the third in Tzacanihá, on the outskirts of San Pedro Carchá. The latter is the mother of the other two.


                    The three colleges host 2,000 elementary and high school students. There, the children learn in the masonry, electricity, carpentry, carpentry, IT and music workshops.

                    "A Salesian house without music is a body without a soul". In the Don Bosco Centers, in fact, music occupies a privileged place: there are three bands with 184 performers, numerous guitar groups, and choral songs for powerful voices with more than a thousand young people.

                    This youth group is attended by extremely poor young people. Education is free, although some contribute modest amounts. The three centers also include 17 soccer fields, 10 basketball courts and 18 volleyball courts.


                    To get a rough idea of ​​the size of these Salesian centers, suffice it to say that every day thirty thousand tortillas are consumed, the basic food of indigenous peoples, prepared by neighboring families.

                    If Don Bosco were to visit this Salesian jewel, he would probably wonder: how did you move all my work from Valdocco to this distant place?

                    by Heriberto Herrera

                    • Guatemala
                    • Giovani
                    • San Pedro Carchà
                      Jesus Jurado

                      Vatican - Cardinal Baldisseri: "An important Synod for the Church that lives in the Amazon and for the future of all humanity"

                      1 week 2 days ago

                      (ANS - Vatican City) - Those who leaf through the pages of the history of the great missionaries of the Amazon, find true stories of missionaries who live side by side with the tribes and the Amazonian communities. "The church has always been in the Amazon," said Fr Giovanni Botasso, SDB. "It is right," declared Cardinal Claudi Humes, speaker and President of the Synod,  "to remember, acknowledge and exalt, in this Synod, the history of heroism, and often of martyrdom, of all the missionaries of yesteryear, and also of those who today are in the Pan-Amazonic Region."

                      The words of Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, are therefore representative: "I sincerely thank Your Holiness for having wanted to entrust to the Synod of Bishops the reflection on a subject of such extraordinary magnitude for the Church that lives in Panamazzonia and for the present and the future of all humanity."

                      At the beginning of the Synod, it was emphasized that the history of the Amazon was marked by martyrs, who gave their lives to announce the Gospel and denounce injustices. The Salesian Rodolfo Lunkenbein and the lay Simão Bororo (1976) are commemorated, but we cannot forget the names of Marçal de Souza Tupãi (1983); Ezequiel Ramin (1985); Cleusa Carolina Rody (1985); Josimo Moraes Tavavavares (1986); Vicente Cañas (1987); Alejandro Labaka and Inés Arango (1987); Chico Mendes (1988); Galdino Jesus dos Santos (1997); Ademir Federici (2001); Dorothy Stang (2005) and with them the thousands of lay people, religious and priests who give their lives every day.

                      The Synod is "walking together" under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, as the Holy Father recalled. "The Holy Spirit is the main actor of the synod," said Pope Francis, who then added: "And now we walk under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Now we must allow the Holy Spirit to express itself in this assembly."

                      Yesterday afternoon, 7 October, the 176 members of the Synod elected the members of the various Commissions. Monsignor José Ángel Divassón Cilveti, a Salesian from the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Ayacucho (Venezuela) was also elected to the Information Commission.

                      This event has four dimensions on which to reflect: the pastoral, the cultural, the social and the ecological. Among these, the Pope said, "the first, the pastoral dimension, is the essential one, the one that includes everything. We face it with a Christian heart and look at the reality of the Amazon with the eyes of a disciple to understand it and interpret it with the eyes of a disciple of Jesus."


                      At the end of the afternoon, Sister Teresa Cediel Castillo, of the missionaries of Mother Laura, emphasized that the presence of women in the Amazon is essential to proclaim Jesus Christ "because there are few priests ... and we are a constant presence."

                      • Vaticano
                      • Sinodo per la regione Panamazzonica
                        Jesus Jurado

                        Argentina - "Zatti, our brother": the testimony of a Salesian Brother on the big screen

                        1 week 2 days ago

                        (ANS - Córdoba) - The Salesian Coadjutor Brother Artemide Zatti, beatified in 2002, has his film. Salesian Argentina is in fact working on post-production to give birth to one of the first film productions.

                        The idea of ​​producing a film emerged within the context of the "2nd Seminar on the Causes of Canonization of the members of the Salesian Family", held in Rome in April 2018. At that appointment, Salesians Pedro Narambuena and Ricardo Cámpoli participated as delegates of Argentina and, before the news that an alleged miracle of the blessed Zatti was being studied, they thought about the possibility of making a short film to spread the knowledge of this prominent figure.

                        The Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, who became aware of the initiative, encouraged its production, with the contribution of the "Misiones Salesianas" of Spain, which collected most of the necessary funds.

                        In 2018, Fr Cámpoli, Delegate for Social Communication of Northern Argentina (ARN) and recently graduated in Film and Audiovisual Production, gave shape to the script. In June it was proposed to the Argentine Salesian Bulletin to participate as a producer, making the short film a production of "Don Bosco Argentina", and associating the two Salesian Provinces of the North and South of the Country in the project, thus giving a significant contribution of people and means. The title chosen: “Zatti, hermano nuestro - Zatti, our brother).”

                        The following months were dedicated to pre-production, with the casting and selection of 25 actors and the choice of directions for photography, sound and art. Mercedes Baxzos, ARS Delegate for Social Communication, wrote to Juan José Campanella, director, winner of the Oscar for the film "El secreto de sus ojos - Secret in their eyes", who exchanged opinions with Fr Cámpoli and provided valuable suggestions.

                        On March 25, shooting began, lasting 8 days, and with the presence of about 50 people, including committed laymen, Salesians and professionals from the entertainment world, especially from the theater. Filming was completed on Friday 5 April. Juan José Chiappetti, Executive Director of the Salesian Bulletin, Fr Fernando Canigia, SB Director, and Matías Audisio, Santiago Valdemoros, Exequiel Herrero, Matías Imaz and Santiago Viskatis, were happy and satisfied with their participation in the work. Special mention also for the dedication and work offered by Natalia Wasinski, Nahuel Medina, Gabriel Osorio, SDB, and Richard Godoy, SDB.

                        The film trailer shall be screened for the first time at the "VIII World Congress of Mary Help of Christians" to be held in Buenos Aires next November in the presence of hundreds of participants of the Salesian Family, of the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco and of the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. The short film will be officially presented as a preview at the 28th General Chapter of the Salesian Congregation, which will take place in Turin in 2020.

                        Ricardo CÁMPOLI 

                        • Argentina
                        • ARN
                        • ARS
                        • Artemide Zatti
                        • Cinema
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                          Mexico - "If Don Bosco was in the oratories of Ciudad Juárez he'd be sunburned, without a cassock"

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                          (ANS - Ciudad Juárez) - The image of the Valdocco oratory at the time of Don Bosco is very present in Ciudad Juárez. The Salesians of this city on the border with the United States are not responsible for schools or parishes, but for three oratories with several hectares of land, each in different parts of the city. Over 5,000 people visit every week, and the oratories offer countless activities for all ages.

                          "If Don Bosco was in the oratories of Ciudad Juárez, he would be without a cassock and sunburned, but he would undoubtedly like seeing the courtyards full and with activities suitable for children and young people of the 21st century," emphasizes Juan Carlos Quirarte, Salesian, who for seven years directed these centers in Mexico and who is now responsible for the Planning and Development Office of the Mexico-Guadalajara Province.


                          The Salesians arrived in Ciudad Juárez 28 years ago and built their first oratory, "San Juan Bosco", on land that was once a landfill. Years later, the "Domingo Savio" oratory arrived, practically dug on a rock, and finally the "Lupita", abbreviation of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

                          Ten years ago, Ciudad Juárez was the world's most violent city with more than 300 murders a month. Drug cartels, killers and migration had become a deadly mix for thousands of young people.


                          Oratories currently open their doors at 8.30 am and close late at night, offering a series of uninterrupted activities, seven days a week, 365 days a year. In the morning, activities and workshops are held for mothers while children are at school; in the afternoon, parents get a break, while children are entertained and offered a chance to learn. There are sports schools, martial arts sessions for children and adults, dance, circus workshops, painting and writing workshops, skateboarding lessons, parkour, free-climbing, zip line and even a game of their own invention, the "three-way soccer", with three teams of three participants each, the team receiving the least goals winning.


                          Many of the children raised in the oratories are now the educators and volunteers who give life to the activities taking place throughout the city and which have also been exported to other parts of the country and the American continent. Don Bosco is still very much alive in the world, but in this border town of Mexico, in particular, children and young people from the peripheries have a guarantee of the future thanks to the tools provided by the Salesians.

                                                                                                    by Alberto López, Misiones Salesianas

                          • Messico
                          • Oratorio
                          • Ciudad Juarez
                          • Giovani
                          • Don Bosco
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                            Spain - "Sister Eusebia Palomino" Spirituality Center inaugurated

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                            (ANS - Salamanca) - The inauguration of the Spirituality Center named after her was held on 29 September in Cantalpino (Salamanca), the birthplace of Blessed Eusebia Palomino, FMA. It was a great day for Cantalpino, which began with a solemn Eucharist in the parish of San Pedro de Cantalpino, which pilgrims filled.

                            The Eucharist was presided by Fr Eugenio Alburquerque, SDB. He thanked all the participants and especially Blessed Eusebia Palomino for being present when, five years ago and after two serious operations, the doctors had given him little hope of life.

                            The Mass was concelebrated by Fr Samuel Segura, SDB, Vicar of the “St. James the Greater” Province, and Fr José Antonio Hernández, SDB, Delegate for the Salesian Family, together with the Salesian directors of the two communities of Salamanca.

                            Hundreds of pilgrims, belonging to the various groups of the Salesian Family, came from many different places, from Lugo to Fuenlabrada.

                            After the Eucharist, full of gestures and signs towards the people and pilgrims, the participants went to the square of the "Blessed Eusebia Palomino", giving life to what was the first pilgrimage. The local Cantalpino press reported the most significant moments of this pilgrimage.

                            After the official proclamation and blessing of the new premises, a visit was made to the new Spirituality Center. "We were so many that it took a long time for all of us to see what we already knew and discover what was new, especially the Chapel and the many memories that fill the walls, recalling the most famous Daughter in the city," said Fr José Antonio Hernández, Delegate for the Salesian Family.

                            Sister Isabel Pérez, Vicar of the FMA, thanked all the people who collaborated to make the Center a reality, even if many details are still missing and everyone's contribution is still needed. Among the many names that deserve to be remembered, Sister Feli Ruano and Sister Nati Postigo, "as visible hearts of this gift to the life and history of the Salesian Family in Spain and in the world," concluded Sister Isabel.

                            After a simple moment of sharing, the inauguration ended with representatives involved in the project who shared a fraternal meal together. "May Blessed Eusebia Palomino, as many of us say when we get behind the steering wheel, accompany us on the road," said the Delegate for the Salesian Family when he left Cantalpino.

                            • Spagna
                            • Centro
                            • Spiritualità Salesiana
                            • Eusebia Palomino
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                              Italy - Marian Day 2019 – ADMA's 150th anniversary

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                              Italy - Marian Day 2019 – ADMA's 150th anniversary

                              (ANS - Turin) – Meeting to "Share grace" under the gaze of the Help of Christians was the much-felt experience of over 600 participants in the ADMA Marian Day, which was held in Turin on Sunday 6 October with the presence of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime. Not only were thanks expressed for the 150 years of ADMA's history, but one also experienced the first Italian national meeting with numerous members from different regions: besides Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta, Liguria, Lombardy, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Puglia, Sicily. A day prepared by the ADMA Primary of Turin with the guidance of President Renato Valera.

                              The youth of ADMA shared ADMA'S origins with a curated and highly appreciated show, presenting snapshots of the presence of Mary Help of Christians in the life and mission of Don Bosco, in the construction of the Church of Turin and in the foundation of the Association of Devotees of Mary Help of Christians.


                              The Rector Major shared some of the contents of the Letter written for this special year, "Entrust, have trust, smile", emphasizing how the Association's current experience highlights "the beauty and complementarity between the various states of life in a perspective to be welcomed and valued also in a vocational key: priests, consecrated men and women, and lay people who share a journey of faith and Salesian apostolic commitment. He also underscored how "the Salesian charism in the animation of the family returns to its origins and the family in the encounter with the spirit of Don Bosco acquires dynamism and evangelical joy and experiences how the Family and Youth Ministry should be opened one to the other and walk together." He also urged to promote ADMA: "We promote the opening of this Association in places where it is not yet present, with pastoral creativity, even if 150 years have passed since its foundation. Mary Help of Christians will do the rest."

                              A powerful moment of "sharing of grace" were the experiences of the family of Domenico and Letizia of ADMA Valle d'Aosta who narrated how, following Domenico's suffering a severe aneurysm, Mary's help was experienced through a network of friendship, solidarity, closeness on the part of many families. The story presented by Maria Russo, Salesian Cooperator, pediatrician, who shared the human and Christian story of her grandmother Maria, a "small and simple woman", who in difficult personal and historical situations did not shut herself off, but made life blossom in a gift of love and help for many: even the door of her house was always open to everyone until the end. Also, the story of Sister Luigina Silvestrin, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, who shared how grace has accompanied her since she was a child and brought her to the choices of life and to live her vocation in joy and in communion.

                              In the afternoon, in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, was the much-participated Eucharistic celebration presided by the Rector Major, during which 55 aspirants shared the joy and grace of joining the ADMA and the Salesian Family.

                              This truly special Day has placed in our hearts that we can all share the grace we have received in our lives with our brothers and sisters: the grace of faith, the grace of being part of a big charismatic family that sustains us, the grace of living under the mantle of Mary, the grace of being accompanied by the Spirit, the grace of the small and great miracles we witness in our lives, the grace of small daily resurrections with the commitment to share this grace in our families, communities, oratories, workplaces, in the places where we live.

                               

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                              • Italia
                              • Giornata Mariana
                              • ADMA
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                                Vatican - Cardinal Baldisseri: "An important Synod for the Church that lives in the Amazon and for the future of all humanity"

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                                (ANS - Vatican City) - Those who leaf through the pages of the history of the great missionaries of the Amazon, find true stories of missionaries who live side by side with the tribes and the Amazonian communities. "The church has always been in the Amazon," said Fr Giovanni Botasso, SDB. "It is right," declared Cardinal Claudi Humes, speaker and President of the Synod,  "to remember, acknowledge and exalt, in this Synod, the history of heroism, and often of martyrdom, of all the missionaries of yesteryear, and also of those who today are in the Pan-Amazonic Region."

                                The words of Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, are therefore representative: "I sincerely thank Your Holiness for having wanted to entrust to the Synod of Bishops the reflection on a subject of such extraordinary magnitude for the Church that lives in Panamazzonia and for the present and the future of all humanity."

                                At the beginning of the Synod, it was emphasized that the history of the Amazon was marked by martyrs, who gave their lives to announce the Gospel and denounce injustices. The Salesian Rodolfo Lunkenbein and the lay Simão Bororo (1976) are commemorated, but we cannot forget the names of Marçal de Souza Tupãi (1983); Ezequiel Ramin (1985); Cleusa Carolina Rody (1985); Josimo Moraes Tavavavares (1986); Vicente Cañas (1987); Alejandro Labaka and Inés Arango (1987); Chico Mendes (1988); Galdino Jesus dos Santos (1997); Ademir Federici (2001); Dorothy Stang (2005) and with them the thousands of lay people, religious and priests who give their lives every day.

                                The Synod is "walking together" under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, as the Holy Father recalled. "The Holy Spirit is the main actor of the synod," said Pope Francis, who then added: "And now we walk under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Now we must allow the Holy Spirit to express itself in this assembly."

                                Yesterday afternoon, 7 October, the 176 members of the Synod elected the members of the various Commissions. Monsignor José Ángel Divassón Cilveti, a Salesian from the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Ayacucho (Venezuela) was also elected to the Information Commission.

                                This event has four dimensions on which to reflect: the pastoral, the cultural, the social and the ecological. Among these, the Pope said, "the first, the pastoral dimension, is the essential one, the one that includes everything. We face it with a Christian heart and look at the reality of the Amazon with the eyes of a disciple to understand it and interpret it with the eyes of a disciple of Jesus."


                                At the end of the afternoon, Sister Teresa Cediel Castillo, of the missionaries of Mother Laura, emphasized that the presence of women in the Amazon is essential to proclaim Jesus Christ "because there are few priests ... and we are a constant presence."

                                • Vaticano
                                • Sinodo per la regione Panamazzonica
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                                  Vatican - Msgr. Cristóbal López Romero, SDB, receives cardinal's hat: "I want humanity to become one big family"

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                                  (ANS - Vatican City) - On 5 October Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals; among them, a Salesian bishop, missionary in essence, a son of Don Bosco who departed as an apostle in Paraguay, then was sent as a provincial in Bolivia. After Bolivia, he returned to serve as a provincial in his country of origin: Spain. While serving in Seville, he received the "missionary" assignment to serve as Pastor in Morocco. In all his interviews, he says he is proud to be Pastor of a country that has only 0.08% of Catholics. "The Catholic Church exists in Morocco!" he exclaims. "It is a living Church, young, full of grace and eager to bear witness."

                                  Pope Francis, in his homily of the Ceremony of the Sixth Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of new cardinals, said, "Compassion is a key word in the Gospel...It is forever written in the heart of God. Lord's compassion is not an occasional, sporadic attitude, but is constant, indeed, it seems to be the attitude of his heart, in which the mercy of God was incarnated." To the new cardinals: "Is this awareness alive in you? To have been and to be always preceded and accompanied by His mercy? This consciousness was the permanent state of the immaculate heart of the Virgin Mary, who praised God as 'her savior" who "looked upon the humility of His servant" (Lk 1:48).

                                  Cardinal Cristóbal remains the same: simple, kind, close and above all a serene man as he knows that God is the one who guides his small diocese of Rabat. In fact, when asked "Why do you think the Pope elected you cardinal?" he replies: "I am convinced that it is not a decision that concerns me, but a great gesture of consideration by the Pope towards the Church of Morocco and the whole Maghreb. The Pope wanted to make visible these ecclesiastical realities that were almost invisible. And then, to promote interreligious dialogue, especially Islamic-Christian dialogue, and work on behalf of migrants."

                                  This appointment to my person "is considered a sign of gratitude by the Pope to King Mohammed VI for three reasons: the reception he received during his visit last March; the practice and dissemination of a moderate, balanced and open Islam; the attention paid to those who are forced to emigrate," emphasized Cardinal Cristóbal.

                                  The Ceremony of the Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of new cardinals was attended by Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, a group of Salesians from Spain, Italy, Paraguay, friends and family and Moroccan authorities including the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Islam of Morocco, the ambassador of Morocco to the Holy See, Ms Rajae Naji El Mekkaoui, a delegation of the Ecumenical Church Committee and the Official Delegation of the Church of Morocco.


                                  The Cardinal's desire is that "Faith should no longer be one of the causes of world tensions, but should become the solution to these problems. We are called to propagate the gazes of brotherhood. United among us, we must sow reconciliation and justice. In such a way that humanity becomes one big family."

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                                  • Cristóbal López
                                  • Cardinali
                                  • Famiglia
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                                    South Africa - "If I could travel through time, I would change that part of my life": Zuko, from gang member to youth leader

                                    1 week 3 days ago

                                    (ANS - Cape Town) - Zuko Mabene is a 19-year-old South African living in Cape Town. The loss of his mother, economic hardships at home and his subsequent ill-treatment by his stepmother led Zuko to seek refuge, for a short time, in the streets and become a member of a gang. He thought he would be more respected that way, but he wasn't meant to hurt anyone and suffered when he did have to take part in fights. Fortunately, he soon understood what he was doing and now, thanks to the Salesian "Life Choice" program, he has become a youth leader and a model for others.

                                    At the age of two, he was too young to remember his mother's death, but he feels the lack of affection due to her absence. Then his father's new marriage meant ill-treatment for him and his brother. Both spent more time in the streets than at home.

                                    At the age of 13, Zuko was fascinated by gangs fighting in the streets on a daily basis. "Everyone was afraid of them and it was normal to even see stabbings. It would be the way everyone recognized me," he recalls.

                                    Zuko never had the soul of a hooligan or violent person, but it was time to show the rest of the group that he too was a "big gangster". In a fight he stabbed another young man. "I felt weird, I saw everything in slow motion. I had blood on my hands and when I got home I prayed he wouldn't die."

                                    But the episode that changed his life was when, in another fight, his great friend Shipo was struck down. Zuko hesitated between helping Shipo or saving his own life and he chose the latter. He later learned that his friend had been beaten to death. The young man felt guilty and isolated from the rest of the gang for abandoning him in the fight. It was not difficult to choose to leave that world of violence.

                                    "If I could travel through time, I'd change that part of my life. I can't remember any good and that's why I now dedicate myself to advising and helping young people, but also adults, to be more attentive to their children. We need the wisdom of adults not to lose hope and find answers to our youth problems," says Zuko, who today has become a youth leader and a reference model thanks to Don Bosco's charism and the opportunity that the "Life Choice " has given him.

                                    • Sudafrica
                                    • Zuko
                                    • Giovani
                                    • Vita
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                                      Vatican - With Mass in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis opens Amazon Synod

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                                      Vatican - With Mass in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis opens Amazon Synod

                                      (ANS - Vatican City) - "When peoples and cultures are devoured without love and without respect," said Pope Francis, "it is not God’s fire but that of the world. Yet how many times the gift of God has not been offered but imposed, how many times there has been colonization rather than evangelization! May God preserve us from the greed of the new colonialisms." These are the words of Pope Francis from Sunday 6 October in the homily of the opening of the special Synod for the Amazon.

                                      With the Synod, the themes of evangelization in a difficult region will be brought to the Vatican for the next three weeks, as will the themes of the custody of Creation and the defense of human dignity.

                                      Also concelebrating the opening Mass of the Synod were the new cardinals, created by Pope Francis on Saturday 5 October. Indeed, the Pontiff's reflection was based precisely on the theme of the gift that the Spirit gives to priests and bishops. "We are bishops because we have received a gift of God," said the Holy Father. "We received a gift so that we might become a gift. Gifts are not bought, traded or sold; they are received and given away," he added.

                                       

                                      Pope Francis urged to feed the fire of the Spirit which, if not kept alive, goes out and is covered by ashes. And while the fire of faith must be fed, there is another fire that must be avoided: the fire set by profits. This, on the contrary, is a devouring fire, a fire that destroys, like the one that has devastated the Amazon in recent months. This fire, warned Pope Francis, "blazes up when people want to promote only their own ideas… in the attempt to make everyone and everything uniform."

                                      Pope Francis underlined the importance of martyrdom for the faith and thanked God for the presence of several cardinal martyrs in the College of Cardinals. It is in the heart of Jesus Crucified, in fact, that we must turn our gaze, feeling ourselves summoned, all of us, to give our lives, he said.

                                      In conclusion, Pope Francis addressed a thought to "our brothers and sisters in Amazonia who are bearing heavy crosses and awaiting the liberating consolation of the Gospel, the Church’s caress of love."

                                      Finally, he recalled the words of Cardinal Hummes, who regularly visits the graves of martyr missionaries in the small towns of the Amazon, who said to the Pope: "'Don't forget them! They deserve to be canonized.'" "For them and with them," the Holy Father concluded, "for these [people] who are giving their life now, for those who have poured out their life, and with them, let us journey together."

                                      • Vaticano
                                      • San Pietro
                                      • Papa Francesco
                                      • Amazzonia
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                                        Vatican - Mons. Augusto Cesare Bertazzoni declared Venerable

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                                        Vatican - Mons. Augusto Cesare Bertazzoni declared Venerable

                                        (ANS - Vatican) - On 2 October 2019, the Holy Father Francis received Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, in audience with His Most Reverend Eminence. During the Audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the Decree concerning the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Augusto Cesare Bertazzoni, titular Archbishop of Temuniana, former Bishop of Potenza and Marsico; born January 10, 1876 in Polesine di Pegognaga (Italy) he died August 30, 1972 in Potenza (Italy).

                                        As a boy, Augusto Bertazzoni was a disciple in Turin of Saint Giovanni Bosco and was among those who, in 1887, offered their lives for the salvation of the saint of youth, who had also prophesied the episcopal miter to the young Augusto. He was a friend of Luigi Orione and of Fr Giovanni Calabria, priests, today saints. He entered the seminary of Mantua, when Mons. Giuseppe Sarto, today St. Pius X, was rector, with the great desire to become a priest. He was appointed archpriest-parish priest of San Benedetto Po, where he exercised his ministry from 30 April 1904 to 30 June 1930.

                                        Raised by Pius XI to the episcopal chair of Potenza and Marsico, consecrated on 15 August 1930, on 29 October he entered the Diocese. In the entrance speech he said "to bring peace, the peace of Christ in all hearts". He took care of vocations, renewed the clergy, engaged the laity in catechesis, in the Azione Cattolica association, in works of charity, culture, social solidarity. A far-sighted educator of the young, he urged the educational commitment of his priests, as well as of men and women religious, to whom he recommended having a spirit of paternity for the new generations.
                                         
                                        During the Second World War, when bombs destroyed the episcopate of Potenza, he decided to remain close to his flock: he did his best to help the Jews and political dissidents. After the war he was a figure of balance between the various political forces and dedicated himself to healing the wounds of the world conflict and to the arduous and generous work of rebirth and the spiritual, moral and material reconstruction of the diocese. He was Conciliar Father of the Second Vatican Council.

                                        Monsignor Bertazzoni, a true man of God, a man of faith and prayer, was attentive to the spiritual needs of the faithful and also of non-believers, for whom he spent himself to the end. The characteristics of his episcopate can be summarized in love for God and neighbor without distinction, in obedience to the Pope and the Church, in the paternal attitude towards priests and seminarians, in ardent pastoral zeal. He led a life of simplicity, marked by humility, poverty and a spirit of sacrifice. He was a witness of the supernatural and passionate desire to bring God back into history at every level: personal, family, social.

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                                        • Augusto Cesare Bertazzoni
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