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Saint's relic to reach Kolkata for bicentenary

A relic of St John Bosco will arrive this week in Kolkata in time for the bicentenary of his birth, PTI reports.

Published: July 13, 2011 09:13 AM GMT

Updated: July 13, 2011 09:17 AM GMT

Saint's relic to reach Kolkata for bicentenary

A relic of St John Bosco, the 19th century Italian priest and educator popularly known as Don Bosco, will arrive in Kolkata, India on Friday to mark the bicentenary of his birth, according to a PTI report on IBN Live. The saint's right forearm, preserved in a life-size wax statue in a glass and steel casket, will arrive from Don Bosco School, Liluah, in Howrah district. In a journey that began from Valdocco in Italy on January 31, 2009, the relic is touring all the five continents. The relic will be taken to institutions under the Kolkata province of the Salesian Society founded by Don Bosco 150 years ago. "This is the very hand which Don Bosco used to bless countless youth, devotees and admirers. It is a rare and extrordinary chance to have a darshan of the relic of a saint," Salesian vice-provincial of Kolkata Fr Jose Pampadiyil told a press conference. "His relic visit reminds us of the single minded and dedicated life Don Bosco lived and the sacred principles that guided his work. Hence, this pilgrim journey of the relic aims at creating spiritual awareness and renewal," the donbosco.com website cites the vice-provincial saying. FULL STORYDon Bosco's relic to arrive in Kolkata on Jul 15 (IBN Live/PTI) Don Bosco Relic Visit to Kolkata Soon (donboscoindia.com) RELATED ARTICLESRelics themselves don’t do magic (ucanews.com) PHOTO CREDIT Image from on donboscoindia.com

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