People following various faiths and belonging to all walks of life paid homage to Saint John Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco, at the Don Bosco School, Alaknanda, on Friday.
Students, parents and others thronged to catch a glimpse of the Italian saint’s relic. The relic — the hand of Don Bosco in a wax replica of his body housed in a fibreglass case — was brought to Don Bosco School and Holy Child Auxilium School, Vasant Vihar.
“I know I could never go to Turin and see the relic. I am very lucky (to have seen it),” said Maria, a Salesian Christian who works as a maid in Nizamuddin.
“Saints have no religion. They all preach the realisation of God. I am here for peace,” said Jayakumar, who lives in an old age home in Tughlaqabad.
Don Bosco was an Italian saint who founded the Society of St Francis de Sales. He was canonised in 1934.
The Salesians are now the third largest men’s order in the Catholic Church, with over 20,000 members in 130 countries.
The Salesian Sisters, known as the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, is the second largest order of religious women, with 14,000 members in 89 countries. The journey of the relic started from Turin, the saint’s birthplace, in January 2010.
In 2015, it will return to its parent church in Turin to celebrate the bicentenary of Don Bosco’s birth. In India, the relic has travelled to West Bengal, Assam and Orissa. After Delhi, the relic will be taken to Chandigarh and then to Mumbai.