The 75 years of the Salesians in the Vatican can be compared to a candlestick: holding the light of the Pope so that its light may be diffused all over. This was the image that Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Substitute of the Secretariat of State, decided to use in the introduction of his homily at Mass on Thursday morning, 31 January, in the Chapel of the Choir of the Vatican Basilica on the memorial of St John Bosco.
He recalled that in 1937 it was Pius XI who called the Salesians to the Vatican and entrusted to them the multi-language printing press and L'Osservatore Romano. The Archbishop also said that the community which “lives within the Leonine walls, continues the expertise and management by serving the widespread dissemination of the Word of God and of documents of the Papal Magisterium through publications that are carefully printed and translated in multiple languages”.
The Salesians and their collaborators are “serving the Word of God, instrument for its radiation”, the Archbishop underlined. Archbishop Becciu cited a few examples of the fundamental importance of the Word of God in St John Bosco's life. After Mass, a documentary was shown in the offices of the Vatican Printing Press. The video — for the 75th anniversary of the Salesians in the Vatican — was prepared by Domenico Nguyen Duc Nam. It included various historical photos and some short films of Pontiffs visiting the Printing Press. Archbishop Becciu then blessed the offices where the new digital printing press Meteor dp8700 xl della Mgi Digital Graphic Technology is located.