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The Basilica of Mary Help of Christians of Turin-Valdocco: historical notes

The first stone was laid on 27 April 1865, in the presence of Prince Amedeo di Savoia;
On September 23, 1866 the great dome was finished;
In 1867 the statue of the Madonna was placed at the end of the dome;

5 things to know about the Feast of Mary Help of Christians

- The first Christians in Greece, Egypt, Antioch, Ephesus, Alexandria and Athens called the Blessed Virgin Mary with the name of "Help of Christians";

- Mary Help of Christians interceded in the battles of Lepanto and Vienna;

Salesian Vocational Training Centers: some data

Salesian vocational training centers in the world: 830
Number of students attending them: 200,300
Number of teachers and trainers employed: 15,000
Percentage of students employed at the end of the courses: 85%
Percentage of employees - in the same company - after 4 years: 65%

After the attack in Sri Lanka, the number of Christians killed for the faith rises

The 2019 report on religious freedom indicated that 4035 Christians had been killed for the faith.
This number is now joined by over 300 deaths in the Easter attack in Sri Lanka.


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