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Death of Salesian Superior General

News has just come in of the death of Fr. Juan Edmundo Vecchi, Superior General of the Salesians of Don Bosco on the vigil of the Feast of St. Francis de Sales. Fr. Vecchi, an Argentinian by birth, had suffered for 19 months with a brain tumour, but only in very recent months had this prevented him from regularly communicating with the 18,000 members of the Salesians (SDB) and a similar number of Salesian Sisters. Fr. Vecchi's last letter, written by his own hand to all the Salesian Family, was a meditation on illness and suffering. A precious legacy. A close relative of Fr. Vecchi, Bro. Artemide Zatti of Viedma, Argentina, will be beatified in April by Pope John Paul II. Fr. Vecchi had dearly hoped to 'be there'. In a real sense he will be. - RelPacNews

Zenit: Fr Julian Fox/RelPacNews by email