Italy - Venerable Fr. Andrea Beltrami is alive among his people

28 June 2022

(ANS - Omegna) - Saturday, 25 June 2022, in Omegna saw the conclusion of the canonical recognition process of the mortal remains of Venerable Andrea Beltrami (1870-1897), which were placed, after conservation treatment, in the shrine dedicated to him in the Collegiate Church of St. Ambrose. It was an event intensely attended by the ecclesial and civic community.

Explaining the meaning of the reconnaissance, the parish priest, Fr. Gianmario Lanfranchini, commenting on the parchment written on the occasion of the 1929 reconnaissance, which bore the Latin inscription Andrea vivas in Deo et memor sis nostri, commented on this expression: "Andrea vivas in Deo et memor sis nostri! These words indicate to us the devotion of the Omegnese to this beloved son of the City! This year marks the 125th anniversary of the death of Venerable Fr. Andrea Beltrami, a Salesian priest who died in concept of sanctity on Dec. 30, 1897, of tuberculosis. The canonical Recognition of the mortal remains, commissioned by the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints, has been completed. The report of the anatomical experts on the mortal remains of the Venerable from Omegna was carried out. This moment brings together the diocesan community and the Salesian Family in the memory of this "disciple of Don Bosco." Beltrami speaks to us, after the time of the Covid, of illness lived in the light of the Cross and in the hope of the resurrection, living his own suffering by uniting himself with Jesus: 'I offer what I suffer' is his fruitful teaching for our spiritual life even today."

In the homily of the Eucharistic celebration, Fr. Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General, presenting the testimony of Venerable Fr. Andrea Beltrami as a true disciple of Christ, who made God his only good, urged not to live this event only as a canonical procedure: "Fr. Beltrami invites us to a "spiritual and affective reconnaissance," that is, to feel him alive in the Christian and civil community of Omegna of which he was a son; to care for family relationships as the basis of social and ecclesial coexistence, just as he lived the relationships with his family of origin; to live that Eucharistic love that inflamed his existence in the generous offering of himself for the Salesian mission and expressed by the rose and the ears of wheat placed above the urn that guards his remains."

After the burial, the dedication of a room to the memory of Fr. Andrea Beltrami took place with the presence of the young animators at the Sacred Heart Oratory, as a reminder of his being a Salesian and a sign of his living memory and intercession for the new generations, for vocations and for those living in trial and illness.


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