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6/7/2010 - Vatican - Don Luigi Guanella soon a saint
(ANS – Vatican City) – Blessed Luigi Guanella, one of the “Saints of charity” in 19th century Turin whose life was closely linked with Don Bosco will soon be canonised.

On Thursday 1 July in the course of an audience with the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Archbishop  Angelo Amato, Benedict XVI also signed the decrees for the promulgation of the recognition of miracles for four future Blesseds and the martyrdom of a number of priests, and religious men and women, for the most part killed during the Spanish Civil War and under the Nazi regime in Germany.

Don Bosco, Don Guanella, Don Orione.

Don Guanella, came from a place near Sondrio, where he was born in 1842. Ordained a priest he dedicated himself to the young with great zeal, in school and in giving new life to Catholic Action. He met Don Bosco in Turin and was caught up in his charitable work, becoming a Salesian in 1875 and placed in charge of the “San Luigi” Oratory in Turin and later appointed Rector of the “Dupraz” College in Trinità, in the Province of Cuneo. Three years later he was recalled to the diocese  by his Bishop. In 1881, he founded the Servants of Charity and the Daughters of Our Lady ot Providence which from  Como soon spread through the rest of Italy and beyond in America, Asia, Africa.

In January 1915, the area of Marsica, in Abruzzo, was devastated by a serious earthquake. Don Guanella was there, and at the side of Don Orione did what he could to help. A few months later he died  at Como. He was beatified by Paul VI in 1964.

Published 06/07/2010

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