Sunday, January 23, 2011

Don Bosco's Popes: Leo XIII

The following comes from the SDB.org site:

Vincenzo Gioachino Pecci was born in Carpineto (Frosinone) on the 2nd March 1810. He was elected Pope on the 20th February. 1878. He died on 20th July 1903.St. John Bosco had his first private audience with Leo XIII on 16th March 1878; the Pontiff agreed to become the first Salesian Cooperator. He always dealt warmly with the Saint, somewhat unusual for this Pope who was rather serious and reserved. It was due to the Pope that in 1884 the Salesian Society was granted all the privileges that the Redemptorists already had but which were usually granted only after many years of deserving work. These privileges, however, were absolutely necessary for Don Bosco’s Congregation as it rapidly, even prodigiously took shape. He erected the first Vicariate Apostolic entrusted to the Salesians, nominating the first bishop in the person of Bishop Cagliero (30th October 1883). In the first audience given to Don Rua (1888), he offered his belief that Don Bosco was a saint; he gave much advice to help consolidate the Society.

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