GUWAHATI, June 24 � Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, the Vatican Ambassador to India presented the statue of the educator saint and friend of the young St John Bosco to the Salesian Provincial of Guwahati at a function held at the Don Bosco headquarters, Panbazar today.
This he did as a gesture of appreciation for the significant contribution of the Don Bosco family to the Northeast. He offered floral tributes to the statue of Don Bosco.
The Vatican Ambassador recalled the visit of the relic of Don Bosco to India. He said that the relic brought about a new spirit and vigour in the Salesian work.
�Today the Salesians have contributed significantly to the region, especially in the field of education and youth empowerment. The Salesians are being remembered with much love for their humanitarian services which have impacted almost every nook and corner of this region,� Archbishop Salvatore said.
Fr VM Thomas after receiving the statue from Archbishop Salvatore termed it as a matter of �great honour and pride� for the Salesian family to be recognized by the Church, especially during the bicentenary year of the birth of Don Bosco.
Archbishop Salvatore conveyed the greetings of Pope Francis who addressed the youth in Turin, the birth place of Don Bosco.
Earlier on Tuesday, Archbishop Salvatore was warmly received by the Salesians at the LGB International Airport, Guwahati, while he was on his way to Shillong.
At the airport, the visiting dignitary was presented with a plaque by the Salesian Provincial of Guwahati and the president of the Conference of Religious of India, Fr VM Thomas.