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“Certificate of Excellence 2019” for the Catacombs of Saint Callisto
- Since 1930 they have been entrusted to the Salesians of Don Bosco.
- They cover about 15 hectares.
- They were used as a cemetery from the 2nd to the 5th century.
- In the 3rd century they were the official cemetery of the Church of Rome.
- Half a million Christians were buried there.
- 16 Pontiffs are buried in the catacombs.
- The care of the catacombs today is entrusted to 15 Salesians and 15 laity.
- The pilgrim guide service is offered in 5 official languages and in more than 20 unofficial languages.
Salesian Oblates of the Sacred Heart: history
The Salesian Oblates of the Sacred Heart (SOSC) were founded on 8 December 1933 in the very small diocese of Bova, in Calabria.
The founder is Msgr. Giuseppe Cognata, then bishop of that diocese.
In 1935 the novitiate was opened in Bova Marina and on 8 December of the same year the first professions were celebrated.
In July 1952 the novitiate from Bova was transferred to Tivoli and the position of mother teacher passed to Sister Bice Giuseppina Carini.
Basilicas: 4 interesting facts to know
The name basilica derives from the Greek βασιλική (phonetically basilikè), a word meaning "royal" or "regal", an ellipse of the complete expression basilikè oikìa, which means "royal house".
The Pope is the only person who has the power to grant the title of basilica to a temple.