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Dimapur welcomes St. Bosco relic

The casket of St. Don Bosco’s relic at the reception ceremony at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Dimapur on Saturday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAY 21 (NPN):
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Published on 22 May. 2011 12:06 AM IST
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The much awaited relic of St. Don Bosco finally arrived Dimapur on Saturday. The casket containing the bone of the right hand of St. Don Bosco inserted in the chest of Don Bosco’s statue was received at Nagaland gate and escorted to Don Bosco Higher Secondary School Dimapur for public reception led by police escort, motor cyclists, Nagas adorned in traditional attire, officials, Salesian family members, faithful and well-wishers.
Thousands of people thronged the reception to welcome the relic of Don Bosco, the great educationist, father, teacher and friend of youth including deputy commissioner, Moangwati Aier, Zekhotso Mero, SP Dimapur, DIGP (Range) Dimapur, PF Zeliang, Mhathung Kithan, IAS, commissioner & secretary, school education/SCERT, Francis P. Solo, commissioner and secretary, higher and technical education who is also the provincial president of Don Bosco alumni, Nikashe Sema, CEO, DMC, Savi Liegise, president, Naga Council, Rev. Fr. James Poonthuruthil sdb, provincial, Dimapur Province, priests, faithful, Salesian family of Dimapur Province, students and well wishers.
Extending warm welcome to the relic of St. Don Bosco on behalf of Dimapur citizens, deputy commissioner Dimapur, Moangwati Aier extolled the noble deeds and works of St. Don Bosco carried out during his life time, by fighting for the rights of people during the ‘Industrial Revolution’ in Europe and how much Don Bosco had contributed for the world.
Stressing on the condition of the poor and young people who were abandoned and impoverished amidst turmoil, poverty and desolation due to the spread of Industrial Revolution, Moangwati said, Don Bosco had contributed much for the exploited poor and young people in the field of education, which was visible today.
Appreciating the noble deeds, love and contribution of Don Bosco for the young people and the priests, sisters and Salesian family especially in the field of education, Aier said Don Bosco’s presence can be felt even today.
Speaking on the occasion, Rev. Fr. James Poonthuruthil sdb, provincial, Dimapur Province explained on the life of Don Bosco and how his legacy is being carried out by his sons and daughters.
Rev. Fr. James said August 16, 1815 was a ‘red letter day’ in the history for two landmark occasions - end of the reign of terror with the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte, the man who tried to conquer the world in the ‘Battle of Waterloo’ and the birth of Don Bosco who later changed the destiny of the poor and marginalized youth.
Rev. Fr. James also said it was with his right hand that Don Bosco blessed the people, worked and extended help to the poor and comforted the young.
Extending words of appreciation, FP Solo said Don Bosco institutions have produced many capable and able leaders who are serving the society with commitment for justice.
Meanwhile, DC Dimapur has approved the installation of a life-size statue of Don Bosco in Dimapur at Walford area which the Salesian family of Dimapur Province planned to set-up to commemorate the visit of the relic at Dimapur.
On Sunday, the relic will be available for paying homage and veneration at Don Bosco Vocational Training Centre, 3rd Mile at 6:30am and then leave for Holy Cross Church at 8am, followed by a visit to the Auxilium at 6.45pm.

 
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