07 October - Our Lady of the Rosary is one of the many denominations of the Virgin Mary, given since she presented herself under this name to Saint Dominic in the 13th century at Prouilhe. The Dominican Order was an ardent propagator of the Rosary.

06 October - Bruno is believed to have been born in Cologne, Germany, to a high-ranking family of unknown name, probably 1030 and 1035. He would have been first canon perhaps in the collegiate church of Saint-Cunibert in his home town, which he left young enough to continue his studies in Reims.

05 October - Helena Kowalska was born in 1905 in the village of Głogowiec near Łódź, she is the third of ten children from a poor farming family. Helena first felt a call to religious life at the age of 7 (1912).

04 October - Francis of Assisi, born Giovanni di Pietro Bernardone in Assisi in 1181, was the son of a rich merchant family in Umbria. At his birth, while his father was in France, his mother had him baptized under the name Giovanni (John). On returning from his trip, his father gave him the name Francesco (Francis).

Words of welcome

Bishop Marie Fabien Raharilamboniaina, President of the Bishops' Conference of Madagascar, sent a letter of welcome to Bishop Tomasz Grysa, newly appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Madagascar. He assures him of fraternal cooperation.

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Love and Salvation

Christmas is a great joy, because it is the love of God that has come to us, proclaims Fr. Bizimana Innocent, Provincial Superior of the Salesians Don Bosco of Madagascar and Mauritius, presenting his Christmas greetings. Salvation is accomplished, so life is not in danger of disappearing. It is this love and this salvation that we wish to fill our life so that we have peace.

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“I believed, I promised, I recovered!”

Artemides Zatti: Gospel of vocation and a Church that cares — “The mosaic of our saints and blesseds, though rich enough in the categories represented – Founder, Co-founder, Rector Majors, missionaries, martyrs, priests and young people, still lacked the figure of a coadjutor brother. Now, even this gap is being filled.”1

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