Argentina – Thousands of faithful and Rector Major will participate in Viedma in pilgrimage in honor of St. Artemide Zatti

01 March 2023

(ANS - Viedma) - The IX Pilgrimage to Viedma in honor of Artemide Zatti, SDB, the first following his Canonization, will take place on Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19, 2023; its motto: "Like Br. Zatti, let us not leave to tomorrow the good we can do today".  The event will commemorate the 72nd anniversary of his death in Viedma, which took place on March 15, 1951. Thousands of faithful will gather to pray and thank God in the town where the "relative of the poor" carried out his work and where his remains rest today; among the faithful, the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime.

This year the traditional pilgrimage in Br. Zatti's honor has a very special value. First, because the pilgrims arriving in the capital of the Province of Río Negro shall be venerating a Saint this year; and then because of the already announced presence of the 10th Successor of Don Bosco, who will also set out, along with thousands of pilgrims, in the footsteps of the nurse saint, to thank God for the gift of his life and his witness, to holiness, of the validity of the Salesian charism and the evangelical option for the poorest.

"Don Bosco" parish and the Diocese of Viedma have released the program for these days and provided useful information for faithful and devotees who would like to participate in the pilgrimage. Here is the program:

Saturday, March 18, 2023

14:30 (UTC-3) Arrival of the Rector Major. Reception on 140 Ituzaingó Boulevard (in front of Don Bosco Parish):

17:00 Conference and meeting with the Salesian Family and pilgrims at the Municipal Cultural Center;

19:30 Eucharist at the Cathedral of Viedma;

21:30 Pilgrims' vigil and celebration in the "Zatti" Institute;

Sunday, March 19, 2023

8:30 Moment of prayer in the courtyard of the old "San Francisco" Institute (next to Viedma Cathedral) followed by a pilgrimage to "Don Bosco" parish with the urn containing the relics of Br. Zatti;

11:00 a.m. Solemn Eucharist on the square in front of the parish church.

Lodging, dinner on Saturday 18, and breakfast on Sunday 19 will be offered free of charge to all pilgrims who register in advance at The deadline for registration is March 11, 2023. Youth delegations can be accommodated in school classrooms, while delegations of Salesians and adults can rest in the Retreat House.

For any concerns, questions, or information, please contact the organizers by e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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