Thieves Steal Relic Of The Brain Of St. John Bosco
The relic of the brain of Saint John Bosco has been stolen by thieves posing as pilgrims. The thieves, according to police made their way into the Basilica fo Saint John Bosco in Castelnuove, near Turin and stole a glass case wherein the relic of the saint was.
St. John Bosco was a 19th Century Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church who reached out to young people to remedy their lack of education, opportunities and faith. As a Saint, he is celebrated every Jan. 31.
St. John Bosco is venerated for having dedicated his life to helping poor, deprived children. Born in Castelnuovo in 1815, he founded the Salesian religious order. He died in 1888 and was canonized in 1934.
Police worry the thief may seek a ransom for the return of the saint’s brain and there has also been speculation in the Italian media that it may be used for a satanic ritual.
The Rev. Moreno Filipetto, a spokesman for the Salesians in northern Italy, told Vatican Radio: “You can take away a relic of Don Bosco, but you can’t take away Don Bosco from the church or the world.”
Police are continuing their investigation. Please pray for the return of this sacred relic!