ucanews.com reporter, Hong KongUpdated: March 31, 2016 07:58 AM GMT
Catholics throng around Don Bosco's casket as it enters Hong Kong's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in 2011. (Photo by ucanews.com)
One of seven containers containing relics of St. John Bosco is to remain in Macau permanently.
The relics were part of a six-year world tour from 2009-2015 to mark the 200th anniversary of the Salesian founder's birth.
A casket containing bones from Don Bosco's right hand was displayed in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan in 2011 as part of the tour.
A relic from that casket "is returning among us to stay" in Macau, said Father Lanfranco M. Fedrigotti, provincial of the China Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco.
The relic will likely be housed in the Mother House of the China Province and of the East Asia Oceanic Region, at the Instituto Salesiano Macau, a Salesian-run school.
St. Louis Versiglia, an Italian Salesian priest who along with five companions, was martyred in China in 1906, founded the school.
Building work is currently under way to expand the school.
Nelson Wong, president of the alumni association of Instituto Salesiano, said the whole Salesian family in Macau is very excited.
"We hope the school building expansion project can be completed as soon as possible and provide a suitable space for the relic, so that we can stay close and honor Don Bosco," Wong said.