Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Pilgrimage of Don Bosco Finishes in Columbia

The following comes from the Salesian News Agency:

The city of Cúcuta was the last place in Colombia to host and pay homage to Don Bosco’s casket with crowds of youngsters and the faithful taking part in all the activities organised for the occasion.
The presence of Don Bosco’s casket in Cúcuta brought everyone together for a great celebration on the night of Sunday 23 May when all the Catholics in the capital of the Department of Norte de Santander welcomed the saint of youth with a Mass at which the Bishop of the city Jaime Prieto Amaya presided in the Cathedral of St Joseph.

At the end of the welcoming Mass for the relics, thousands of youngsters from the various institutes in the city together with the faithful lined up for a torchlight procession to accompany the casket from the Cathedral to the Salesian Institute. Here, during the night there was a firework display expressing joy at the presence of the relics of Don Bosco and honouring them.

“The very impressive special welcome given by the people of Cúcuta to Don Bosco, makes us feel really appreciated. The welcome given in other places the casket has visited has been great, but this one in Cúcuta is bigger, not only because of the number of those present but also because of the crowds of youngsters we have found” the Salesian Fr Edgar Palacios declared. The presence of the youngsters with their songs and joyful excitement made the whole city aware of the presence of Don Bosco in Cúcuta.

Today, 25 May Don Bosco’s casket begins its travels around Venezuela, in the city of San Antonio di Táchira, and from there it will go to the various Salesian centres in the “Saint Luke” Province until 17 June. Present at the handing over ceremony for the casket will be Fr Luciano Stefani, Provincial of Venezuela.

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