December 26

1863: Prediction

On December 26, clerics and priests asked Don Bosco to tell them something of the future. lie made these predictions: “Before we keep two more feast of the Immaculate Conception, Italy’s political situation will be settled.” He had said the same thing at Tortona on October in the presence of the bishop and several priests…Don Bosco went on: “We shall have war, plague, and famine. Possibly, though, by this Lord may mean other things than we do, but that’s the way He spoke.” He also that a solemn Te Deum would be sung here on earth…. As a matter of fact, the future of the Veneto region was settled in 1865, and a treaty between Italy and Prussia further proved the accuracy of Don Bosco’s prediction… War broke out in 1866, and cholera in 1865,1866, and 1867; famine swept Italy in 1866 and 1867 and was amply described by the contemporary press. A solemn Te Deum was sung in 1867 at the Vatican at the close of the centennial of the martyrdom of SS.Peter and Paul in the presence of more than five hundred bishops.” (BM VII, 349-350) 

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