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Disposiciones para la Congregación Salesiana tras el nombramiento del Rector Mayor Padre Ángel Fernández Artime como Cardenal
Disposiciones para la Congregación Salesiana tras el nombramiento del Rector Mayor Padre Ángel Fernández Artime como Cardenal


(ANS – Roma) – Following the unexpected announcement by Pope Francis of the appointment of Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation, as Cardinal, the Rector Major himself has written a letter to Salesians and the Salesian Family, sharing what the future foresees for governance of the Congregation.


Fr Á.F. Artime began by stressing that the news was completely “unexpected” for him, and that he welcomed it as a “gift that Pope Francis has given us as a Salesian Congregation and as the Family of Don Bosco“.


“How much the Pope loves us!!!” the Rector Major writes.


Pope Francis himself, recounts the 10th Successor of Don Bosco, summoned Fr Á.F. Artime to the Vatican on Tuesday 11 July, for an appointment that he wanted, with fatherly attention, “to agree on the necessary timing of my service as Rector Major, for the good of the Congregation.”


At the end of the conversation with the Rector Major, the Holy Father, who “was attentive, warm and a profound admirer of Don Bosco’s charism and particularly affectionate”, has decided that Fr Á.F. Artime continue his service as Rector Major and Cardinal at the same time, for one year. He will then convene a General Chapter – the Congregation’s 29th – to be held in February 2025,during which a new Rector Major will be elected. He will offer his resignation from governance of the Congregation on 31 July 2024. From that point on his Vicar, Fr Stefano Martoglio, will assume governance of the Congregation ad interim, and it will be he who presides at GC29.


The Rector Major states in his communique that when his resignation becomes effective, he will take up the task entrusted to him by the Holy Father, a task he is not yet aware of. And he asks the Salesians and the Salesian Family to intensify their prayers for the Pope and also for himself “faced with the prospect of this new service in the Church which, as a son of Don Bosco, I accept in obedience, without having sought it, nor wanted it.”


The complete letter of the Rector Major is available at the bottom of the page in Italian, English, Spanish (Spain), Latin American Spanish, French and Portuguese.


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Nomina_Cardinale_ITA.pdf (537 Downloads) 

Nomina_cardinale_ENG.pdf (339 Downloads) 

Nomina_Cardinale_ESP.pdf (97 Downloads) 

Nomina_Cardinale_LAT_AM.pdf (125 Downloads) 

Nomina_Cardinale_FRA.pdf (56 Downloads) 

Nomina_Cardinale_POR.pdf (54 Downloads)


Source  ANS – “Agencia iNfo Salesiana”