29 October - Michel Rua was born on 9 June 1837. He is the youngest of nine siblings. In 1852 he entered the Oratorio of Valdocco. One day, Don Bosco told him that they were complementary. He was one of the first to whom Don Bosco told of his plan to found the Salesian congregation.

October 28 - These two Apostles have their feast on the same day because they worked together for the conversion of the Gentiles. Saint Simon, who was originally from Canaan, was given the nickname Canaanite, to distinguish him from Simon Peter. Saint Jude was the brother of Saint James the Minor and Saint Simeon, Bishop of Jerusalem.

27th October - Emeline was a holy woman who joined the Cistercian order at Boulancourt in the diocese of Troyes in Champagne. She lived there in the 12th century. This monastery was very popular at the time.

26th October - Greek by birth, Evarist was however a Jewish. It is not known when he embraced the faith and how he came to Rome, but it is known that, having become a priest, he greatly edified the faithful by his example, his charity and his instructions.

Visitatio ad limina Apostolorum

The Episcopal Conference of Madagascar carries out a pilgrimage visit called "Visitatio ad limina". This visit is held in the Basilicas of the Apostles in Rome every five years where the bishops pray, meet and talk with the Holy Father and visit the different dicasteries and congregations of the Vatican for the good of the life of the Church and the people of God. Jean Séraphin Rafanomezantsoa, Secretary of Coordination, Episcopal Conference of Madagascar.

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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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Zatti, our brother

The short film "Zatti, our brother" (Argentina, 2020) focuses on one of the most difficult episodes of his life. We are in Viedma, in 1941: at the age of 60, Zatti is forced to leave the hospital he has attended for decades. His faith and strength are tested.

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