Vatican – Holy See grants authorization for the cause of Fr Silvio Galli, SDB

05 March 2020

(ANS - Vatican City) – On 19 February 2020, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints communicated to the Bishop of Brescia, Msgr. Pietrantonio Tremolada, the go-ahead from the Holy See to the opening of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Fr Silvio Galli (1927-2012), professed priest of the Society of St. Francis of Sales. After the favorable opinion of the Lombard Episcopal Conference, with this communication, the Diocesan Inquiry on the life, virtue, fame of holiness and signs will come alive, with listening to witnesses and the collection of documentary material.

Salesian Fr Silvio Galli was born on 10 September 1927 in Palazzolo Milanese and lived, as a religious and priest, at the "San Bernardino" of Chiari (Brescia) for over 50 years, first as a teacher of Classics, then as a Dean, finally as a priest of “the last” - an inspirer and guide of the "Auxilium" for the relief of material and moral poverty -, confessor and exorcist.

The fame of holiness and the conspicuous fame of signs that had accompanied him already in life found confirmation at the moment of death and continues from the moment of death to the present day: in less than 8 years, several large notebooks have been collected, full of requests for intercession and reports of graces written by those who had gone to his cemetery grave, notebooks to which other, numerous, reports of favors have continued to be added. Furthermore, still alive today, the experience of assisting the poor he wanted and entrusted to the "Auxilium" remains active, a sign of how much of what he had taught and transmitted has remained alive and has its fruitfulness that continues even after the passage of time.

The bishop of Brescia has established that the opening of the diocesan inquiry of the Servant of God will take place in the Cathedral of Chiari on 12 June, the eighth anniversary of the death of Father Silvio Galli.


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