"Patience in humility, diligence in the care of young people, fidelity to the three vows of religious life": this is the content of the message of Mgr Rosario Vella, Salesian bishop, one of the Salesian pioneers in Madagascar, during the ceremony opening of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Madagascar.

From April 5 to 13 we lived a special Holy Week, not like the others. In the midst of the Coronavirus crisis, every celebration, from Palm Sunday to Easter, was held at home, in our community chapel.

Since the Coronavirus pandemic first appeared in Madagascar, containment measures have been taken virtually throughout the country.

In recent years, it has become a tradition for Catholic schools to organize a recollection for their students. Last March 19, the Don Bosco Ivato Oratorio School organized a spiritual retreat for its students.

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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