In the "Globe" hall, Chamber of Deputies of Montecitorio

In the "Globe" hall, Chamber of Deputies of Montecitorio Rome (Italy). On October 23, Blessed Luigi Guanella, founder of the Servants of Charity and the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence, will be declared 'saint' at St. Peter's Square in Rome. Last Monday, September 12, in view of the canonization, the Guanellian congregations organized an interdisciplinary conference on the theme, “Holiness will Save the World: Dialogue between Theology, Philosophy, Medicine and Politics.”

The meeting place was the Palace of Montecitorio, at the Globe Hall, Chamber of Deputies. Why the choice of such a prestigious place? The motivation was explained by Sr. Michela Carrozzino, director of FSMP Research Center:

“The palace is used for research on strategies and conferences on the means to provide for the good of the nation and the citizens, particularly the most disadvantaged. We inherited a charism that makes us focus on the world of the marginalized: the disabled, the elderly and the “nobody.” From here we want to start and share the gift we received.”

Present in the event on behalf of Mother General, were Sr. Giuseppina Teruggi, the Councillor for Social Communication and Sr. Piera Cavaglià, Secretary General. In the three-hour talk, high-quality contents were given by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture; Prof. Adriano Pessina, philosophy professor of the Catholic University of Milan; Prof. Leonardi Matilde, head of SOSD "Neurology, Public Health, Disability"; and Prof. Alberto Monticone, historian. Fabio Zavattaro, vaticanist and TV host, was the moderator during the discussion. Many subsequent interventions came from the politicians, the Church authorities, and representatives in the fields of culture and medicine.

The choice of the theme of the meeting intended to show how attention to human promotion, his physical development, intellectual, psychological and social, cannot be overlooked by a vigilant eye, as well as the irrepressible needs of his spirituality, which must be constantly cultivated, until it reaches the maturity to which each one is called, be it in rapport with God, be it in relationship with each other.

Fr. Luigi Guanella was a Salesian for three years, from 1875 to 1878, and had always admired and venerated Don Bosco, even after he discovered and followed a different plan of God in his life. While not neglecting the school and young people, he turned his attention to the marginalized, favoring the mentally and physically disable.

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20/09/2011 - Sr Angela S.

Buonissima idea! E` necessario essere presenti là dove si decidono le sorti e proclamare ad alta voce la logica del Vangelo. Il Signore benedica e moltiplichi le energie di bene.

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