Rome, Feb. 16, 2006 (CNA) - The Salesian congregation, founded by St. John Bosco, is celebrating 100 years of service to the young people of China.
According to the Fides news agency, Salesian superior Father Pascual Chavez recently visited the dioceses of Hong Kong and Macao, where Salesians first arrived a century ago led by Father Luigi Versiglia, and where they still have a significant presence.
In the city of Hong Kong, Father Chavez met with religious and young students of the Salesian schools, reaffirming the congregation’s commitment to the growth and development of young people in China.
In Macao, in the presence of the local Bishop Joseph Lau, over 2,000 young people gathered at Yuet Wah College for centenary celebrations with prayers and traditional dancing. Fr Chávez urged Chinese youth to be open to voluntary work and he answered their questions encouraging them to follow the example of St. John Bosco and to consider a Salesian vocation.
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