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4/12/2012 - RMG - General Council: Plenary session
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(ANS – Rome) – The winter plenary session of the General Council began yesterday, 3 December, following the now proven timing, rhythm for its procedures. The opening day started in the morning in an atmosphere of prayer and spiritual meeting and, in the afternoon, set the roadmap that will see the Rector Major and his Council committed until January 25.

Wanting to emphasize the particular circumstance of the Year of Faith, the General Council went, in the early morning, to the altar of Saint Peter's Tomb beneath the Vatican to celebrate the Eucharist. Then, still in the Basilica, the Rector Major proposed a reflection on  the Motu Proprio "The Door of Faith" by the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI and, at the end of the morning, in front of the altar of St Peter's Chair, the General Council renewed their Profession of faith using the text prepared by Pope Paul VI.

The General Council will be engaged in:

  • appointing new Superiors for the Vice-provinces of Southern Africa and for the Provinces of Mexico-Mexico, Warsaw, Poland and France-Belgium South;
  • studying the reports of Extraordinary Visits undertaken by some Regionals: Argentina South (Fr Natale Vitali), India New Delhi (Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga), English-speaking West Africa, and Haiti (Fr Guillermo Basañes), Bolivia (Fr Esteban Ortiz), Korea (Fr Andrew Wong), Czech Republic (Fr Marek Chrzan) and Barcelona, Spain (Fr José Miguel Nuñez Moreno);
  • reflecting on some issues such as the rethinking of Salesian Youth Ministry, the preparation of a proposal on Central Government structures of the Congregation, as requested by General Chapter 26, and reports to be prepared for the next General Chapter,
  • the distribution of funds for the missions and the definition of the 2013 budget.

The winter session programme of the General Council will feature events like the course for recently appointed Superiors (9 - 20 December), the celebration of the Rector Major's birthday (20 December) and the 31st Days of Spirituality of the Salesian Family (17 – 20 January, 2013).

Published 04/12/2012

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