KOCHI, (C.M. Paul) – The 21-day pilgrimage of Don Bosco Relic in Kerala (a part of Bangalore Karnataka province) seems to have created record in the number of stops made for relic veneration in any Indian province to date, as well as number of parishes and dioceses visited in any province. The relic tour which started in north Kerala on 23rd September concluded in southern tip of Kerala today (13 October) when the relics were handed over to Tiruchy province of Tamilnadu.
In all, Don Bosco relic stopped for veneration in 82 places in Kerala covering 12 districts and 22 dioceses including Latin, Syro Malabar and Syro Malankara rite dioceses mostly where there are no Salesian presence at all.
The people turned up in huge numbers far beyond the calculations of the organizers. The cooperation of local clergy and bishops was more than any one could ask for.
The local news papers, especially the district editions and television channels gave extensive news coverage of Don Bosco Relic pilgrimage.
“We made a video for every place Don Bosco Relic visited and it total up to more than 130 videos,” says director of Don Bosco Image Kochi Fr Jiji Kalavanal who dispatched two VJs along with the casket to film every stop of the relic.
Videos made for Salesian institutions where DB Relic visited have introduction to its activities.
Though brutally edited to fit the YouTube and deadline requirements, the original video rushes are available with the provincial Economer Fr George Mathew.
“When we worked on the project we had one aim in mind,” notes Fr Jiji, “to give visibility to the different kind of works of the province and tell the viewers the activity of the house where Don Bosco visited.”
The Don Bosco Relic’s India tour which started in Imphal, Manipur, on 29 April 2011 is scheduled to end on 18 November 2011 when the casket will leave for Sri Lanka.
The DB Relic videos may be viewed in the following link: http://www.youtube.com/user/dbbangalore#p/u