Sunday 25 January 2015

A Don Bosco Panjim story

Fr Joseph Casti was telling us how, in Panjim, Moja and he had sent away all the other salesians to the villages, and the two of them had remained behind, with guns, to protect the property against the "Indians" who were "invading" Goa in 1961. The extraordinary thing is that they heard a knock, they warned the chap to go away, when they heard him say: "Father, open the door. I am a past pupil of Don Bosco, and I have come with a garrison to protect you. Nobody will touch you." They opened the door, and with the garrison around, Don Bosco was not touched.

Once again, the past pupils seem to have saved Panjim. The other story I have heard is about Fedrigotti coming to Goa to close this work that had begun without permission. At the layover in Karachi, he met two past pupils who spoke so glowingly of the work, that he began to waver in his decision. When he came to Goa and saw the work, he decided the work had to stay. And so it did. 

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