Film on Don Bosco made in 1935 returns to light

01 December 2021 (ANS – Turin) – As part of the 39th Turin Film Festival, the Experimental Center of Cinematography – National Cinema Impresa Archive and the Salesian Headquarters presented the digitally restored version of the feature film “Don Bosco”, directed in 1935 by Goffredo Alessandrini and produced by Riccardo Gualino for the nascent Lux Film. The religious film tells the life of the Piedmontese saint from his childhood in the Monferrato countryside up to his seminary days. It also presents the educational and social activity carried out in Turin with the children of the humblest of the social strata to the foundation of the Salesian Work leading up to his canonization. In the era of digital films, the restoration of old films remains the last opportunity to literally handle those long strips of celluloid that have made generations of spectators dream. It is super-specialized work, which only film libraries and archives are able to do. The Torino Film Festival has built a section around it titled: “Back to Life”, which this year presents five gems from the past that have indeed been brought back to life. The oldest is the film “Don Bosco”, produced in 1935 by Goffredo Alessandrini...

The Valdocco Printing Press

COME SEE IT WITH US IN PERSON ON PILGRIMAGE 2022! In October 1861, Don Bosco started the procedure for the opening of a Printing Press at the Oratory. The government raised various obstacles and objections but ultimately granted the necessary permission. The School of Printing Press immediately became a training ground, published numerous volumes and booklets. In 1876 Don Bosco also founded its “extension-branch” in Genoa-Sampierdarena and in August 1877 he officially launched the Salesian Bulletin. After its initial days, the first real Printing Press was built in 1883, where the editions hitherto printed outside Turin were produced. The printing house was operational until 2012, the year in which it was closed, the day after the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of its foundation. Since 2013, the ancient machines have been exhibited, so as to recreate the environment of a printing press, as it was in Don Bosco’s time. RELATED ARTICLE(S) The Bell of the Oratory Italy – The Church is the daughter of Mary Help of Christians RMG – Many innovations in new volume of Don Bosco’s Letters Italy – The “Valdocco Shop” goes...

Colle Don Bosco Ethnological Missionary Museum: To Learn and Visit

28 October 2021 (ANS – Castelnuovo Don Bosco) – New projects have been created at the Ethnological Missionary Museum (MEM) of Colle Don Bosco through two web channels of the Piedmont Region: “Mèmora” and ” L’arte con chi ne fa parte – Art with those who belong to it”. “Mèmora” is a showcase for the cultural heritage of museums, cultural institutes and historical archives in the Piedmont region. It is a virtual place where resources can be shared and where, through in-depth thematic studies, the heritage itself can be read by a wide audience, not just specialists in the field. The platform can be used free of charge by students, tourists or professionals, who can use it in a variety of ways, finding a museum, an archive, a photographic and natural heritage as well as various thematic and in-depth tours. In Mèmora the MEM presents 92 objects selected from those kept in the permanent exhibition showcases and two routes linked to the theme of games and music among ethnic groups. By selecting the various menus, it is possible to gain new knowledge about the great cultural heritage that includes the collection of not only that of Colle Don Bosco Museum...

AFTER THE TSUNAMI

15 October 2021 The pandemic has changed the way in which we relate with the world, others, and ourselves. We need to rebuild and to begin again in greater solidarity and with greater awareness so as to rebound from a silent calamity marked by pain, confinement, struggle, and fear. What would Don Bosco do if he were alive today? Dear Friends and readers, Let me begin my letter today with a short wisdom story: A tightrope walker stretched out his rope, at a discreet height, over a bustling marketplace. Some jugglers put on their act before his, but when their show lasted longer than expected, the square was enveloped in darkness. The tightrope walker would have to put on his show using reflected light. In the subdued light of the twilight hour, the tightrope artist did not realize that a little boy had tranquilly followed him up the ladder. When he took his first steps on the rope, he realized the boy was behind him. “What are you doing up here?” he asked the boy. “I want to walk the rope with you.” “Are you not afraid?” “As long as I am with you, no.” The spectators held their...

Casa Don Bosco Museum in the heart of “Art with those who are part of it”

12 October 2021 (ANS – Turin) – The “Abbonamento Musei” (Museum Pass) association, which links some of the most prestigious and characteristic cultural centers of Piedmont, Lombardy and Valle d’Aosta, has launched a new initiative to accompany tourists and people interested in history, art and culture in their adventures of discovery: it is “L’Arte con chi ne fa parte – Art with those who are part of it”, a proposal that will allow you to visit the participating museums with a new vision altogether, because it will be the founders, the first collectors, the entrepreneurs, the nobles and the sovereigns who will guide you along the evocative visits and routes. The Don Bosco House Museum also takes part in the initiative, which has completed little more than a year after its inauguration, and having now completed its final layout, can thus become a key player thanks to the presentation of the figure of Don Bosco. Within the project, the Don Bosco House Museum offers two guided tours: The first package – Saturday 16 October 2021, at 15:30 – tells of a life marked by “Salesian” dreams that have changed the lives of millions of young people all over the world. A visit...

“Grigio – Gray”, the dog who protected Don Bosco

“Gray”, èl Gris’, in Piedmontese, was a mysterious dog that accompanied St. John Bosco for more than thirty years, protecting him from dangers. In the 1850s, Don Bosco was the victim of frequent attacks and it was in those years that this dog began to appear, always protecting the Saint of Youth. Don Bosco wrote that he saw Gray for the last time in 1866, then he mysteriously disappeared. Don Bosco was asked several times for his opinion on the nature of that animal and he once replied: “To say that it is an angel would make us smile, but we cannot even say that it is a common dog.“ Some nuns also said they were protected by “Gray”. In particular it appeared: – in 1893 while two Salesian sisters were returning from Assisi to Cannara; – in 1930 in Barranquilla, Colombia, while the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians were building their school; – between 1898 and 1900 in France, in Navarre, while some nuns went to the quest for chestnuts. RELATED ARTICLE(S) RMG – Don Bosco’s devotion to Saint Joseph RMG – Many innovations in new volume of Don Bosco’s Letters Italy – Don Bosco in the Eternal City. A guide and a...