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									Periodico Bisettimanale Registrazione n.517/97 (19/9/97)

N.55/08 Settembre 2003 Edizione del Lunedì
Via della Pisana,1111–00163 Roma 06 65612579 Fax: 06 65612709 Indirizzo e-mail: ans@sdb.org Sito Internet: www.sdb.org/ans

English edition

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News publication for the salesian community

S U M M A R Y S U M M A R Y
India – Bishops: hold a national celebration for Mother Teresa Chile – 1000 voices for the solemn Te Deum at Valdivia Iraq – 4 Salesians and an exciting summer adventure United States – Confucianism and Catholicism: love of one’s neighbour Sri Lanka – Through the children, the “miracle” of peace Chile - XIII Salesian Song Festival Italy – Fr Chavez in Milan for a Salesian Day for Schools and Technical Institutes Italy – Unification of the two Salesian Provinces in north east Italy Taiwan – Preparations for the XIII Congress of Religious in Asia and Oceania Vietnam – The Government invites the Salesians to open technical schools Vatican – Fr Vittorio Gambino consultor of the Congregation of the Clergy

Agenzia Internazionale Salesiana di Informazione Consigliere Generale per la comunicazione sociale: Tarcisio Scaramussa Direttore Responsabile: Antonio Martinelli Capo redattore: Renato Butera Redattore: Marino Galdiero Segretario: Alessandro Parrozzani

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India – Bishops: hold a national celebration for Mother Teresa (ANS – New Delhi, 4 September 2003) - 19 October to be a National Holiday? The Indian Bishops’ Conference has made an official proposal to the Federal Government, published yesterday by the FIDES Agency, to make the day of Mother Teresa’s beatification a National Celebration. In a meeting with the Federal Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Mgr. Concessao (Vicepresident of the Bishops’ Conference) handed him a letter requesting that 19 October be declared a National Holiday. While awaiting the reply from the Prime Minister, the Catholic Communities in India are making the same request to all the Governors of the different States. “The ceremony is a great occasion for all the citizens of India,” the letter declares. The Bishops are also asking for a live television broadcast of the beatification on Indian National Television and have asked the Prime Minister to send a high ranking official to Rome as the representative of the State for the celebration. They have also requested that a portrait of the Religious Sister be placed in the central hall of the Indian Parliament Building and that a Fund be set up – with public and private contributions from Christians and all those who wish to support it – to provide homes for orphans and abandoned children.

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Chile – 1000 voices for the solemn Te Deum at Valdivia (ANS – Valdivia, 4 September 2003) - Last Saturday 23 August, in the Coliseo Municipal in the city of Valdivia (800 km south of Santiago), a solemn Te Deum of thanksgiving was sung to mark the centenary of the Salesian Institute in the Chilean city. It is estimated that 3500 people were present. Taking part were students, parents, teachers, civil and ecclesiastical authorities, benefactors and friends of the Salesian College; as well as priests and all the Rectors of the Salesian Houses in Chile. The former Bishop of Valdivia, Mgr. Ricardo Ezzati (a Salesian, now auxiliary bishop of Santiago) presided, and in his homily praised the education provided by the Institute and by the family of Don Bosco. He also emphasised how the young people educated in the Salesian Family have become good Christians and honest citizens, bringing up sound families and contributing to the development of Chilean society with a “special social awareness” learned in Don Bosco’s house and put into practice in different areas of life such as, for example, that of justice, education and culture. Among the special guests were the Bishop of Valdivia, Mgr. Ignacio Ducasse, and the District Governor, Signora Marta Meza. The singing of the Te Deum was performed by 1000 pupils from the Institute, accompanied by the Municipal Orchestra, and greatly impressed the thousands present.

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Iraq – 4 Salesians and an exciting summer adventure (ANS – Baghdad, 4 September 2003) - This year too the Salesians have organised a summer for youngsters in Iraq, and this time it really is a case of saying Thank God! The Salesians in the Middle East have been organising these splendid summers for youngsters since 1988, for young Iraqis in need of everything, and during the past twenty years victims of two wars and a pitiless international embargo. The activities last a month and take place at Moussoul-Ninive, in the Caldean parish of Our Lady of Help (Help of Christians). Everything went extremely well except for the journey from Amman to Baghdad by the 4 Salesians involved. The Provincial of the Middle East Fr Gianmaria Giannazza with the confreres was ambushed on 27 June “by three bandits armed with pistols, revolvers and machine guns,” as he told ANS. “They pointed their guns at us and demanded all the money we were carrying. Thinking of the famous expression “Your money or your life” I took out the money that Divine Providence in his generosity had sent me to help the poor. Getting over our first fright we said the Rosary, thanking Mary for having saved our lives, and following Our Lord’s teaching we prayed for the highway robbers.” Fr Giannazza added: “We could have been killed. We could have been thrown out of the bus, lost all our possessions and left standing on the road about 150-200 km from Baghdad. Thanks be to God, things went well.”

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United States – Confucianism and Catholicism: love of one’s neighbour (ANS – Los Angeles, 4 September 2003) - More than 100 people including diocesan priests, religious and lay people are meeting together at the Mater Dolorosa Center in Sierra Madre between 2 and 5 September for the second Worldwide Overseas Chinese Pastoral and Evangelization Convention. The Salesian Fr Joseph Cheng, Director of the St. Bridget Chinese Center in Los Angeles, who was present at the first WOCPEC, held in Rome during the Jubilee Year, says that the different Catholic Chinese communities in Southern California have

Agenzia Internazionale Salesiana di Informazione Consigliere Generale per la comunicazione sociale: Tarcisio Scaramussa Direttore Responsabile: Antonio Martinelli Capo redattore: Renato Butera Redattore: Marino Galdiero Segretario: Alessandro Parrozzani

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worked together to host the event. Present at the Convention are representatives from all parts of the world: North and South America, Europe, China, New Zealand, Malesya, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan. The them of the meeting is “Confucianism, a prelude to the Gospel”. Giving addresses are the Franciscan Fr Paul P. Pang, Director of the Holy See's Worldwide Overseas Chinese Apostolate, Fr Thomas Sung, Head of the Chinese Cursillo Movement (with its headquarters in New York), and Sr Maria Ko, FMA teacher of theology at the Auxilium in Rome. Those taking part have examined the common values of Confucianism and Catholicism, such as for example, love of one’s neighbour “Several principles of Confucianism -Fr Cheng says- are very close to the Gospel.”

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Sri Lanka – Through the children, the “miracle” of peace (ANS – Batticaloa, 4 September 2003) - The Jesuits who are working in Sri Lanka have launched a reconciliation programme for Singalese and Tamil youngsters in the north of the country where for years there has been fighting between the regular army and the Tamil guerrillas. Father Paul Satkunanayagam told the FIDES Agency that “at Batticaloa there is a miraculous process or reconciliation taking place.” The social programme established by the Jesuits in collaboration with the University of Canada, has the aim of helping the people to get to know each other and to establish friendly links between Singalese and Tamil children living in the area of the civil war. It has been called “Butterfly Garden”. Youngsters aged between 6 and 16 will meet together once a week in small groups for a period of nine months working together in theatrical, musical and artistic projects, holding discussions with the help of experts in training for solving conflicts. Recently the Bishops on the Island asked the Government and the Tamil people to work towards a peace settlement, which, according to Government sources, after a period of suspension should be resumed this month. For some time the Church has been organising especially for the young people and the children at local level in the parishes and schools educational programmes aimed at leading to dialogue. The civil war in Sri Lanka began in 1983 and has cost over 65,000 lives, and forced over a million people to leave their homes. According to Father Satkunanayagam “peace begins with the children, with their ability to offer affection and friendship with a smile.”

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Chile - XIII Salesian Song Festival (ANS – Valdivia, 5 September 2003) - On 29 and 30 August the XIII Salesian Song Festival took place at which 9 colleges in the city of Valdivia took part: María Auxiliadora, Inmaculada Concepción, Instituto Alemán, Domus Mater, Liceo de Niñas Santa María la Blanca, Liceo Armando Robles, Camilo Henríquez and the Salesian Institute. There were two sections: Instituto and Inter Colegios. On the first evening 4 songs were chosen in the first section Instituto, and six in the second Inter Colegios. The jury was made up of Fr Ángel Mercado, who was the chairman, Prof. Eugenia Daruich of the Austral University, Andrés Sepúlveda the representative of the Asociacion Musicos Rock, Beatriz Hermosilla representative of the Asociacion Musicos Santa Cecilia, Milton Bitelbick from the MP3 site, and the winner of the previous competition. The festival, one of the most important events in the city of Valdivia, will be broadcast by VTR Cable.

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Italy – Fr Chavez in Milan for a Salesian Day for Schools and Technical Institutes (ANS – Milan, 5 September 2003) - The Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Pascual Chavez, arrived at 9.10 this morning at Linate airport on his way to the St Ambrose Institute in Milan where the Salesian Day for Schools and Technical Institutes is being held. After being greeted by the Provincial, Fr Eugenio Riva, Fr Chavez gave a talk about the school as “a welcome presence that builds community, educates and evangelises, accompanies and opens up vocational choices.” Taking part in the Day are Salesians and lay people who are working in the Schools and Technical Institutes in the Province, and also parents who are members of the Schools’ Councils and Social Committees. In the afternoon the Rector Major will drive to North Vicenza to visit the sick confreres in the Mgr. Cognata House and in the evening will arrive in Mestre in order to take part tomorrow in the setting up of the INE Province of St Mark, the result of the unification of the two Ventetian Provinces (IVE – IVO)

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Italy – Unification of the two Salesian Provinces in north east Italy (ANS – Mestre, 5 September 2003) - Tomorrow the two Venetian Provinces (IVO – IVE) will become the single Province of North East Italy. They were set up separately in 1959. Before that they formed a single large Province that also included Austria. The reunification is taking place in the context of the rationalisation in Italy of forces and resources, as has already happened in Piedmont. The aim as always is to provide a better service for the young. The unification process has been prepared for slowly, to assist the assimilation and overcome any difficulties between the former Provinces, and has followed a common plan. The Rector Major will be present for the occasion. In the morning he will meet the confreres for a day of recollection with the theme: Moses and the burning bush. In the afternoon he will meet members of the Salesian Family and preside at Mass, at the end of which the decree of unification will be read. On Sunday 7 September a Meeting with the young people is planned during which Fr Chavez will receive the perpetual professions of eight young Salesians and a Salesian Sister.

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Taiwan – Preparations for the XIII Congress of Religious in Asia and Oceania (ANS – Taipei, 5 September 2003) - Religious in Asia and Oceania are preparing for their Intercontinental Congress which will take place between 20 and 30 October in Taiwan. It is being called AMOR XIII (acronym for Asian-Oceania Meeting of Religious). The theme chosen is “Reweaving the network of Life”. At present final preparations are being made for the locations of the meetings, the programmes and the material for the meetings and celebrations, publicity and information material. The Asian-Oceania Meeting of Religious takes place every three years and brings together religious from the two continents with the aim of fostering sharing and mutual support, exchanges of experiences and discussions on topics regarding mission and evangelisation. The Congress is hosted by countries which make up the major regions and moves around on each occasion. The event can be followed on-line on the Internet site www.catholic.org.tw/amor13tw. The use made of symbolic colours for the logo for AMOR XIII is interesting: a multicoloured vortex (representing the communion between God, the heavens, the earth and humanity) leading to creation and the Holy Spirit Who brings order out of chaos. Blue symbolising God, white the Spirit that breathes over the water; red the human race receiving life from God.

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Vietnam – The Government invites the Salesians to open technical schools (ANS – Ho Chi Min, 5 September 2003) - The Salesians in Vietnam are preparing to move into the area of technical education on a large scale in the region of the Central Mekong Delta, which has a particular significance for them. In fact it is close to the sanctuary of Mary Help of Christians. In an interview with AustraLasia, the Salesian Fr John Nguyen Van Ti, who has recently completed his time as Provincial says that since 1975 their work was concentrated exclusively in parishes with small informal centres. In the 90s two attempts were made to reach an agreement with the Government to set up schools, “but the conditions and the restrictions proposed were unacceptable,” Fr Nguyen Van Ti says. Things began to change in 2000, thanks to a change in Government policy regarding private schools, when the Salesians began moving out into centres away from the main cities and providing education for youngsters without other opportunities. The expansion of the Salesians, the former Provincial says, led to an increase in esteem for their work, as a result of which the new opening in the Central Mekong Delta was offered them by the local authorities who have provided the land and exempted them from paying taxes.

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Vatican – Fr Vittorio Gambino consultor of the Congregation of the Clergy (ANS – Vatican City, 5 September 2003) - John Paul II has appoionted 21 consultors for the Congregation of the Clergy; among them is the Salesian Fr Vittorio Gambino, professor in the Institute of Ongoing Formation at the Pontifical Salesian University Other consultors include formation personnel in seminaries or professors in Pontifical Universities such as the Franciscan Fr Nikolaus Schöch, Vice Rector of the Antonianum in Rome and William E. May, professor at John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Washington D.C. Also included are some priests belonging to new ecclesial charisms such as Monsignor Massimo Camisasca, superior and founder of the Priestly Fraternity of the St. Charles Borromeo Missionaries, whose roots are linked

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to the Communion and Liberation movement; Monsignor Fernando Ocariz, vicar general of the Opus Dei Personal Prelature; and Father Luis Garza Medina, vicar general of the Legionaries of Christ. The episcopal consultors are: Mgr. Daniel Buechlein, Archbishop of Indianapolis (United States); Mgr. Raymond Burke bishop of La Crosse (United States); Mgr. Flavio Calle Zapata Archbishop of Ibague (Colombia): and Mgr Seamus Hegarty bishop of Derry (Ireland).

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