Sunday, April 19, 2009

BIS #1359 - PILGRIMAGE OF DON BOSCO'S CASKET TO BEGIN

ANS News TURIN, APRIL 19, 2009: The casket containing a special relic of Don Bosco will be blessed on April 25, at Valdocco, Turin, in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians before setting out to visit over the next few years the countries in which the Salesians are present. The pilgrimage of the casket, which will cross the five continents, is the idea of the Rector Major Fr Pascual Chávez, in preparation for the bi-centenary of the birth of Don Bosco to be celebrated in 2015. The presentation and the blessing of the casket will take place together with the celebration of the Thanksgiving Feast day of the Special Circumscription of Piedmont and the Val d’Aosta (ICP). After presiding at the Mass, Fr Pascual Chávez will bless the casket which will be carried in procession from the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians to the courtyard outside. From the courtyard where the Saint from Turin worked for the benefit of so many boys, the casket will begin its pilgrimage around the world. The casket will be in the South Asia Region between May and November 2011.

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