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Thousands greet St Don Bosco relicsYoung and old united to welcome St Don Bosco
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- March 10, 2011
Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo of Jakarta led a special Mass held at the community house in Sunter, North Jakarta, yesterday, two days after the relics arrived from Dili, Timor Leste.
About 3,000 Catholics attended the evening Mass.
â€śSaint Don Bosco is a blessing for Catholic Church. I believe he was blessed because he made Godâ€™s love real,â€ť the prelate said in his homily.
He said the saint wanted Catholics, particularly young people, to be willing to face difficult situations at any time.
He also thanked Salesian missioners for their contribution to the growth of faith among Catholics, particularly young people.
Maria Fransisca, 16, praised the saint for looking upon youths as the Churchâ€™s next generation.
â€śHe taught young people not to lose hope and to get themselves closer to God by praying and attending Masses,â€ť said the girl studying at Don Bosco Senior High School in Jakarta.
The relic tour is aimed at â€śinviting Catholics, particularly young people, to understand the saintâ€™s charisma, to bring them closer to God, and to find their identity within the Church,â€ť Salesian Father Andy Wibowo said.
The event is also to mark the 150th anniversary of the congregationâ€™s founding and the 200th anniversary of Saint Don Boscoâ€™s birth, he added.
Since the saintâ€™s relics were put on display around 7,000 Catholics have come and prayed.
â€śWe hope more Catholics will recognize Saint Don Boscoâ€™s mission of love,â€ť Father Wibowo said.
The relics will be on display until tomorrow, before being taken to China on March 12.
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