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Relic of St John Bosco in city for a week

“The term ‘God is in our midst’ has a whole new meaning today. I’ve been waiting for this day for two years now,” said Dominic Mathew.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi |
July 29, 2011 1:08:29 am

“The term ‘God is in our midst’ has a whole new meaning today. I’ve been waiting for this day for two years now,” said Dominic Mathew.

The feeling was shared by many who congregated at the Masigarh Church to pay their obeisance to the relic of Christian Saint John Bosco. The relic,the right hand of the saint along with a wax replica of the body,arrived in the city on Thursday.

It is in the city as part of a 130-country tour,across institutions run by the Salesian Order. These institutions are popularly known as the Don Bosco set of institutions.

John Bosco was born on August 16,1815 in Becchi,Italy. He dedicated his life to the cause of educating children. In 1859,he formed ‘The Society of St Francis De Sales’,now known as the Salesian Order.

He was declared “blessed” in 1929,and canonised in 1934 and given the title of ‘Father and Teacher of Youth’.

Father Paul,rector of Provincial House in Okhla,said,“The saint is credited with the preventive system of education based on three aspects — Reason,Love for God,and Loving kindness. These are practised in Don Bosco schools throughout the world.”

“On August 15,2015,there will be grand celebrations in Turin. Since 2009,the relic has been going around in the countries where his teachings are spread. India is a big part of that,and all 10 Salesian Provinces in the country will be visited,” said Father Paul.

The glass casket,in which the relic and the wax figure is contained,has been designed by Gianpiero Zoncu.

The casket came to India on May 1 at Dimapur,Assam. The relic will be in Delhi till August 3,and then head to Chandigarh. It will leave India in November and will be flown to Sri Lanka.

In India,the casket is travelling in a special Italian van. “The relic is very precious and fragile. So we have arranged for a special van,which insulates the relic from shocks while it is on the road,” said Father Paul.

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