January 13

1862: Pope’s love for Don Bosco

Towards the end of 1861, Don Bosco wrote to Pius IX for several spiritual favours, such as a plenary indulgence on the day of the Exercise for a Happy Death. The Holy Father wrote back a per. 31 letter: We were very happy to receive your letter of December 25 a, behalf also of your many priests, clerics, and lay members d,-.81. were gratified by the reverence and affection which you and the aforesaid ecclesiastics and lay members profess for us and this Holy See… We heartily congratulate all of you and exhort you to continue in upholding the cause of our divine religion with ever-increasing ardour. We earnestly hope you and yours will offer unceasing, most fervent prayers to our merciful God that He rise to the defense of His cause and assist and aid His Church with His most powerful help. The enclosed rescript will show how willingly we have granted all your request…. (BM VII, 33f) 

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