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Monday, February 17, 2014

Don Bosco celebrated again in the Holy Land


BETHLEHEM – On Sunday, February 9, 2014, the faithful celebrated the feast of St. John Bosco, friend of the young, in the Church of the Salesian Fathers. Bishop Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem, was the principal celebrant of the Mass.

After the solemn celebration which was held on January 31, 2014 in Ratisbonne, Jerusalem, the Salesians of Bethlehem also celebrated their holy founder, Don Bosco, surrounded by their friends in the city of the Nativity of the Lord and in their environment.

Bishop William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem, was the principal celebrant of the Mass, with Fr. Jamal Khader, Seminary Rector, and a large number of con-celebrant priests, surrounded by the seminarians of Beit Jala.

Thanks to the Salesian Youth band, under the direction of a Salesian priest, the Mass was a time of great praise and grace. The harmony singing with musical accompaniment delighted the hearts of the faithful participants.

At the end of the Mass, all proceeded to the theater, where a sketch of the life of Don Bosco was presented.

The Salesian fathers have been present in the Holy Land since the 19th century. And in Bethlehem, they direct a technical school that offers vocational training to young people who seek to practice a trade.

Five months after the visit of the relics of St. John Bosco to the Holy Land in September 2013, the Saint is again remembered through the liturgy of the Church as it celebrates his memory.

Firas Abedrabbo


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