The Rector Major and the General Council Members made a half-day retreat at the beginning of the Winter Plenum of the General Council Session, December 2012-January 2013, on 3rd December, feast of St. Francis Xavier. Early morning we were received by the Salesian Community of the Vatican and taken for the Eucharistic Celebration at the tomb of St. Peter, right below the canopied Papal Altar of Confession designed by Bernini in the middle of the magnificent Basilica. After breakfast the Rector Major introduced some documents he put at our disposal for reading, reflection and prayer connected to the great events being lived at present, namely the Year of Faith, the Synod of Bishops on New Evangelization, the Advent Season and the approaching General Chapter 27.
Towards mid-day the entire group gathered in front of the Bronze Statue of St. Peter, above which is the famous statue of Don Bosco, and professed our faith together according to the large formula pronounced by Pope Paul VI in 1968 at the end of the Year of Faith that commemorated the 19th Centenary of the Martyrdom of the two great aposltes of Rome, Peter and Paul. It was a heart-warming experience right at the centre of the Church. It gave all of us a time to reflect, pray and make our confession and profess our faith as a community.
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