EAO Good Night Talk (34)
Seoul - Korea
January 1, 2017
Stop all War! Make 2017 the Year of Peace!
Dear friends and confreres,
At the beginning of this year, I entrust all important encounters with the Salesians to the guidance and protection of our Mother. Especially the three visits and encounters with the 10th Successor of Don Bosco in our Region – in Vietnam, in Thailand and during the four days of the Team Visit in Hua Hin with our provincial councils!
During this Christmas season, celebrating New Year 2017 my heart is deeply touched by numerous war and violence (37 armed conflict zones) around the world, in the Middle East, many African countries as well in Asia. Also the Rector Major, Fr Ángel invites us in his 2016 Christmas message to pray in very concrete way for peace!
During recent visits in Myanmar I witnessed again the impact of domestic war that lasts more than 60 years. It’s probably the longest civil war in the world. Not less than 75 different armed groups already signed a peace-treaty but the violent clashes are never ending. Let’s take the heartbreaking invitation of our fellow Salesian bishop to our New Year Day Eucharist! May Mary, Mother of the Church help to build more peace!
Fr. Václav Klement, SDB
EAO Regional councillor