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Hong Kong greets Don Bosco relics
Thousands turn out for glimpse of saint before casket heads to MacauWelcoming ceremony for Saint John Boscoâ€™s relics on March 25 (photo courtesy the Salesian Bulletin)
- ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
- Hong Kong
- March 28, 2011
The relics arrived to a welcoming ceremony at the Salesian Tang King Po School on March 25, officiated by Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun and Salesian provincial Father Simon Lam.
Over the weekend, there were four gatherings for primary schoolchildren, teenagers and adult Catholics, as well as an all-night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Lee King-to, a worker at the Salesian youth pastoral office, said many young people including non-Catholic students at Salesian schools know of the saintâ€™s life and his concern and love for youths from movies.
â€śSeeing his relics up close now affirms their appreciation for Saint Bosco,â€ť he said.
Hong Kong is the latest stage on a world tour of Saint John Boscoâ€™s relics organized by the Salesian society to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the saint's birth.
The relics, which contain the right metacarpal bone of the saint within a life-size wax replica of his body in a glass coffin, are touring all the schools and communities of the Salesian family in Hong Kong today and tomorrow. This part of the tour will end with a Mass at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception on March 31. Â The relics will then proceed to Macau.
Ma Tak-wai, a Salesian school alumna said getting the chance to see the relics was a moving experience.
â€śWe heard many stories about the saint. But it was wonderful to see the relics.â€ť
Saint John Bosco is also a familiar figure to Apple Joyce So. She said she appreciated the saintâ€™s joyful spirit and his way of leading youths.
Having seen the relics, the university student said she will tell her friends â€śBosco stories, as they are often unhappy with their academic results and family relationships.â€ť
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