Don Bosco relic in Legazpi pilgrim tour

LEGAZPI CITY — The worldwide relic pilgrimage of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesian mission, will be in this city on Dec. 28-30 for vigil and public viewing.

The Salesian community and lay mission partners of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish of Naga City, together with the Don Bosco Agro-Mechanical Technology Center –Legazpi and the Don Bosco Training Center-Naga, are inviting the Bicolano faithful and pilgrims to come and venerate the saint during its 2-day visit here.

The relic will be enshrined at the St. Gregory the Great Cathedral in Legazpi City on Dec. 28 and at the Aquinas University Dome on Dec. 29. It will be flown to Manila at 5:00 a.m. after a torch parade on Dec. 30.

The Catholic Church calls as relics the remains of the saints after their death. Relics can either be the entire body or just part of it. In the case of St. John Bosco, it is the right hand carefully preserved and placed inside a special case.

St. John Bosco was born in a small hamlet in the old kingdom of Piedmont, north of Italy. They know him as the Saint of the Young because of his dedication, especially for the poorest. He labored all his life for their education and evangelization.

The visit here is part of the worldwide tour of the saint’s relic which started from Valdocco, Turin in Italy on April 29, 2009.

Don Bosco founded the Society of St. Francis of Sales on Dec. 18, 1859, now known as the Salesians of Don Bosco.

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