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200th Birth Anniversary of don Bosco (Giovanni Melchior Bosco 1815 – 1888) Issue number
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Giovanni Bosco was born on August 16, 1815 in a small part of the Piemonte village Castelnuovo d’Asti (today Castelnuovo Don Bosco), called by its inhabitants Becchi. He grew up in a poor peasant family. He had almost no memory of his father Francis, since he became an orphan at the age of two. His mother, Margita Occhiena, raised him and his two older brothers alone. She set them a wise and moral life example which profoundly affected mainly the soul of young Giovanni. When he was nine, he had a dream which had a significant impact on his future life...

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