17 Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation reflects on Salesian Mission - Nirmala Carvalho

posted Jan 25, 2018, 9:42 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 9:42 AM ]
Spanish Father Ángel Fernández Artime, the Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation, was in Mumbai for the Diamond Jubilee of the iconic Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna and Platinum Jubilee of Don Bosco School.

The tenth successor of Saint Don Bosco said that the Salesian family is still dedicated to educating and helping young people, in India and around the world.

"Don Bosco worked for the deprived sections of the youth, and the Salesians continue the Mission of Don Bosco in the world today," said the Major Rector, adding that the Congregation is "still dedicated to educating and helping young people, in India and around the world."

The Rector Major spoke about the upcoming Synod of Bishops, centred on 'Young people, faith and vocational discernment' called by Pope Francis for 2018.

"For us Salesians, this Synod is a great gift of God through Pope Francis. In the 132 countries in which we Salesians are present, we are getting the youth ready for participation and contribution to the Synod. Salesians are interested in the opinion of young people, [because they] can express [useful] ideas to the Church and to the faith," said Don Artime.

"Pope Francis invited all of them – not only Catholics – to make their contribution, because theirs is a view from within society. It is very important to understand what young people think, what excites them, how they perceive society and life."

Sharing the methodology, Fr Artime explains :

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