04 August - Jean-Marie Vianney, known as the Curé d'Ars or the holy Curé d'Ars, born on 8 May 1786 in Dardilly (near Lyon). He was the parish priest of Ars (then Ars-en-Dombes, now Ars-sur-Formans) for 41 years.

03 August - Lydia of Thyatira was a purple trader based in Philippes, Macedonia. Initially a Greek Jewess, she "clung to the words of the apostle Paul" (Acts 16, 14). Together with her family, she received baptism and offered hospitality to Paul. She is not mentioned elsewhere in the New Testament texts.

02 August - Eldest son of Prince Władysław Czartoryski and grandson of Adam Jerzy Czartoryski, August was born on 12 August 1858 in Paris at the Hotel Lambert on the Île Saint-Louis, where his family had emigrated for political reasons thirty years earlier.

1 August - Alfonse was born on 27 September 1696 in Marianella, a suburb of Naples. On the following September 29th he is baptized in the church of Santa Maria dei Vergini and receives the baptismal names of Alfonse, Mary, Anthony, John, Francis, Cosme and Damien, Michel and Gaspard.

The fourth bishop of Tsiroanomandidy

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Gabriel Randrianantenaina bishop of the diocese of Tsiroanomadidy in the region of Bongolava. Four years ago, Mgr Gustavo Bombin Espino, former bishop of this diocese, was appointed bishop of Maintirano so the diocese in question did not have a bishop. The episcopal ordination took place on Sunday July 11, 2021 at the Public High School of the city Tsiroanomandidy.

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What kind of Salesians?

From February 16 to April 04 2020, The Salesian Congregation will hold the 28th General Chapter (GC 28) in Turin-Valdocco. This chapter presents 2 messages: the return to Valdocco, the Motherhouse of Salesian, after 62 years, the last was the CG18 and the general chapter which takes its title from a question: "What kind of Salesians for the youth of today?"

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Animated by hope

On December 29th, the official commentary of the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, on the Strenna 2021 "Moved by hope: 'Behold, I make all things new' (Rev 21, 5) was published in five languages: Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

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