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VATICAN – Bishop Scalabrini and layman Zatti will be canonized on October 9th

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – Pope Francis presided over the canonization of Blesseds Giovanni Battista Scalabrini (Bishop of Piacenza), founder of the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo and of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo and Artemide Ziatti (Salesians), and declared that the Blesseds would be included in the list of saints on Sunday, October 9, 2022.
“The announcement of Giovanni Battista Scalabrini’s canonization date fills us Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters in joy,” wrote Sister Neusa di Fatima Mariano/Scalabrini, Superior General of Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo/Scalabrini via a note to Fides. “This period will be joyful until the day when he is proclaimed Saint. He, the father to migrants, is a testimony of a Christian commitment towards protecting the last. This voice is just as important and relevant today. “The whole Congregation – underlines the nun – is living this moment in communion with the entire Scalabrinian family, with all migrants and refugees, aware that the legacy of Blessed Scalabrini is the mission among migrants, a charism for today. Scalabrini will soon be a saint, and his path to holiness was for and together with migrants.

Fr. Leonir Chiarello had spoken to Fides shortly after the announcement about the canonization for Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini (1839-1905). Pius X Scalabrini had expressed concern for migrants to the Church, but the Holy Father now wants to emphasize the importance of this pastoral concern.
Blessed Artemide Zatti (October 12, 1880 in Boretto (Italy) – March 15, 1951 in Viedma (Argentina), was a lay member of The Society of St. John Bosco. He will be the first collaborator of Salesians of Don Bosco. In early 1897, the Zatti family emigrated to Argentina and settled in Bahìa Blanca. Artemide was a young man who began to attend Don Bosco’s community. At the age 20 he was admitted to the Salesian aspirantate in Bernal. He also contracted the disease while caring for a young priest suffering from tuberculosis. He was then transferred to Father Evarisio Garrone’s Mission Hospital in Viedma. Artemide, who was also with him, asked Mary for the grace of healing and received the promise to dedicate his entire life to caring to the sick. He kept his promise after he was healed. He took his vows in 1908. He was a nurse and pharmacist who devoted his life to the sick. He was a great manager and a great Christian for the hospital staff. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 29/8/2022)



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