July 24

1870: Two Turkish boys at the Oratory

Don Bosco was known and esteemed in Constantinople. When part of the city was destroyed by fire, Unit() Cattolica had launched a relief drive.
The first list of contributors was published on July 24, and with it a brief note: “Well-deserving Don Bosco has offered to accept two boys gratis for life in his Oratory, regardless of their faith.” (BM IX, 430)

1907: Don Bosco ‘Venerable’

Pope Pius X promulgated the decree for the beatification and canonization of Don Bosco. Thus the servant of God became ‘Venerable’. After the papal audience, the Cardinal Postulator, Vives y Tuto, went to the Institute of the Sacred Heart, Rome, and held a discourse, for the Salesians on the new Venerable. (cfr. MB XIX, 54)

1936: Father Anthony Torrero, Martyr (Spanish)

– aged 48, a salesian for 29 years and a priest for 23 – martyred at Ronda, cause introduced on January 26, 1956. (cfr. CDB, 276)

1936: Father Henry Canut, Martyr (Spanish)

– a salesian for 41 years and a priest for 35 – martyred at Ronda, cause introduced on January 26, 1956. (cfr. CDB. 277)

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