30 July - Peter Chrysologus, or Peter of Ravenna, born around 380 in Imola, is a theologian, adviser to Pope Leo I. Above all a pastor, he preached a lot, which earned him the name Chrysologus (Golden Word). He was declared Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XIII in 1729.

The date of birth of Pierre de Ravenna is hypothetical, but as his episcopal consecration took place around 424, it seems likely to evoke a birth around 380: at that time the episcopal office was entrusted to men who were generally in their forties. Born near Ravenna (at Imola), the nickname of Chrysologus "with the golden word" was not attributed to Peter until the ninth century, probably to propose to Ravenna an emulator of the famous John Chrysostom, bishop of Constantinople. It was in Imola that he was deacon to Bishop Cornelius.

His early education had been well cared for, as attested by the ease and elegance of his expression, his perfect knowledge of the rules of rhetoric and classical literature. At the beginning of the 5th century, Ravenna was the main city of the Empire, due to the siege of Alaric I and the capture of Rome in 410. The city enjoyed peace and the arts and sciences developed there. Peter's predecessor, Honorius, died in 423. Ravenna is said to have received the title of Christian metropolis in 431, which made Peter Chrysologus a metropolitan or archbishop. Many sermons of him and some letters have been preserved. He played an important role in the Church of the 5th century and has been one of the Doctors of the Church since 1729. Popular piety invoked him against fevers and rabies.

The fourth bishop of Tsiroanomandidy

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Gabriel Randrianantenaina bishop of the diocese of Tsiroanomadidy in the region of Bongolava. Four years ago, Mgr Gustavo Bombin Espino, former bishop of this diocese, was appointed bishop of Maintirano so the diocese in question did not have a bishop. The episcopal ordination took place on Sunday July 11, 2021 at the Public High School of the city Tsiroanomandidy.

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What kind of Salesians?

From February 16 to April 04 2020, The Salesian Congregation will hold the 28th General Chapter (GC 28) in Turin-Valdocco. This chapter presents 2 messages: the return to Valdocco, the Motherhouse of Salesian, after 62 years, the last was the CG18 and the general chapter which takes its title from a question: "What kind of Salesians for the youth of today?"

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Animated by hope

On December 29th, the official commentary of the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, on the Strenna 2021 "Moved by hope: 'Behold, I make all things new' (Rev 21, 5) was published in five languages: Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

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