This shrine was built by St John Bosco as a monument to the Virgin Mary, with  the title HELP OF CHRISTIANS, as the Mother Church and spiritual centre of Salesian Congregation.
What we present is a ‘virtual pilgrimage’ through the most important parts of Torino-Valdocco, sanctified by the presence of St John Bosco. Among these is the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. True devotion to Mary leads us to Christ and the brothers and  sisters within the church and the world.
The stages of every true pilgrimage must be:

    Like the disciples of Emmaus, we need to find eternal life, joy and hope through Jesus and his word.
    Without this, spirituality cannot grow and there can be no adherence to what the Lord has taught us with his  word and work. 2bma_navata
    With God and our brothers and sisters through the sacrament of   Reconciliation. Together with the Eucharist,  Confession was one of the pillars of the spiritual and educational building of St John Bosco.
    This must be the climax of every pilgrimage. With the Eucharist, we unite with Jesus, our Saviour, the meaning and guiding light of our lives.
    On the cross, Jesus gave us Mary as our mother. We trust her as our guide, taking her as a model and source of help on our path towards Christ and the Father.
    Everything ought to lead to a renewal of our faith in Jesus Christ. Christianity is, in fact, much more than a cultural tradition, a body of truth and dogma or a code of ethical behaviour. It is a Person, it is Jesus Christ, Alive, the Way, the Truth and the Life, the Definer of our life.
    The experiences of our pilgrimage, real or virtual, remains pointless if afterwards, within ourselves, we don’t feel impelled to a greater obligation of love for God and for our neigbour, within our family, our occupation and in society.

7 Responses to Basilica

  1. Geraldine hanes says:

    My son,markThomas Hanes from Rochelle Park NJ. USAgeraldineg was baptized in the Basillica in 1970-was the first American baptized in the Basillica. It was quite an honor for our family. My husband,Bob, was working at Olivetti at the time in Torino.

  2. Chapel of Mary Help of Christians, Valenzuela City, Philippines says:

    Carissimo Padre,


    We would like to make a follow-up on our humble request made last December. We already sent our formal letter and, as per follow-up, the letter had already sent to Italy. We would like to humbly request to please wait for the letter to arrive. We also made a follow-up e-mail sent to the official e-mail address of the Postulator, as well as to Fr. Cameroni himself. You can message us on the e-mail address given here.

    We hope that you would grant our humble request. Thank you very much. God bless the Salesians.


    • Web says:

      Good evening, I’m sure that Fr Cameroni will answue you and grant what you have requested… God bless, WEB

  3. Clement Anthonyraj says:

    I am salesian cooprator coming from India. I want to Visit Basilica of Donbosco. I booked tickets up to Turin porta nuvoa. How to come to Basilica.

    • Web says:

      Dear Clement, outside Porta Nuova, just take bus n.52 (on the other side of the road) and it will take you in front of The Basilica Maria Ausiliatrice (near Rondò della Forca)… Saluti, WEB

  4. Tom Crowell says:

    Dear brothers in Christ,
    From 1969 to 1982 my wife and I were missionary Bible translators in Brazil. We worked for a time with Padre Goncalo Ochoa, a Colombian priest who was translating the New Testament into the Bororo language.
    During this time we were given a copy of the Enciclopedia Bororo, written in Portuguese by two Salesian fathers named Colbacchini and Albisetti. It is a monumental book.
    We are now vacationing in Como and want to visit your headquarters. Is there anyone who knows about Colbacchini and Albisetti that we could talk with? We can come to Torino any day this week.
    Please help us by directing this message to the appropriate person. Thank you and may God continue to bless the wonderful work you do.
    In Christ’s love,
    Tom Crowell

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