Italy – Sunday, June 12, 2022: Closing of Diocesan Inquiry of the Cause of Canonization of Fr. Silvio Galli, SDB

09 June 2022

(ANS - Chiari) - Next Sunday, June 12, 2022, on the tenth anniversary of the birth to Heaven of the Servant of God Fr. Silvio Galli, SDB, (Palazzolo Milanese, Sept. 10, 1927 - Chiari, June 12, 2012) the Diocesan Inquiry into the life, virtues, and reputation for holiness and signs of the Servant of God will officially conclude in Chiari: an Inquiry that, after the necessary preliminary acts, had opened in Chiari Cathedral on Oct. 11, 2020, and which represents a first, fundamental stage in the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Fr. Galli.

For this important date, the Salesian General Postulation, in agreement with the Salesians and the local Church, has prepared a triduum of events:

-      Tomorrow, Friday, June 10, at the Salesian institute "San Bernardino" in Chiari, from 8:30 p.m. local time (UTC+2) a prayer cenacle for the Cause of Fr. Galli will be held, animated by Fr. Pier Luigi Cameroni, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family.

-      On Saturday, June 11, also at the Salesian Institute in Chiari and again at 8:30 p.m., an outreach meeting on the figure of the Servant of God is scheduled, entitled: "The Spirit Makes Saints. The path of Fr. Silvio Galli's Cause for Canonization." Dr. Lodovica Maria Zanet, collaborator of the Salesian General Postulation, will speak.

-      Finally, on Sunday, June 12, at 6 p.m., at the Tettoia of the "San Bernardino" Institute, the fundamental act will take place, with the Closing Session of the Diocesan Inquiry of the Cause of Canonization of the Servant of God Fr. Silvio Galli, the Eucharist presided over by the Bishop of Brescia, Msgr. Pierantonio Tremolada, and a closing greeting by the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime.

The celebration can be watched in live streaming on the YouTube channel of the diocesan weekly of Brescia, "La Voce del Popolo.

If one imagines a Cause as a "heart" (with diastole in which blood is collected in the cardiac cavities, and systole in which it is pumped and thus released into the bloodstream), one can think of the Diocesan Inquest as the "diastole" moment because it is first and foremost in charge of collecting documentary and testimonial evidence. At the end of the diocesan Inquiry, such evidence is taken to Rome to be studied and finalized: thus begins the "Roman Phase," in which first the Congregation for the Causes of Saints studies the juridical validity of the procedural Acts of the diocesan Inquiry; then, the Postulation, under the guidance of a Vatican "Relator," demonstrates the heroic virtues of Fr. Silvio's life by writing a full-bodied and articulate treatment, the "Positio." One can thus think of the "Roman Phase" as the moment of "systole," in which what is collected in the diocese is "entered" there where the Church itself demonstrates and evaluates the holiness of its Servants and Servants of God.

The "Positio," in fact, once presented in the Vatican, will first be voted on by a group of theological Consultors of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints; then, by a group of Cardinals and Bishops of the Congregation itself, thanks in particular to its presentation by a "Cardinal Prefect." The Postulation stands ready, at each step, to respond to any objections, integrate, clarify.

If the process concludes positively, the Pope can then, upon the proposal of the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, grant that the Decree of Venerability of Fr. Silvio Galli be promulgated: he will then be able to become a "Venerable" Servant of God.


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