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643Finally, a conclusion was reached by the Congregationof Rites on 23 July. In response to the question on the appropriateness of introducing thecause of beatification and canonisation of Don Bosco, the vote of the cardinals and theirconsultants was affirmative. The following day Pius X signed the document, which wasdated 28 July 1907. An exultant Fr Marenco wrote to Fr Rua on the day the Popesigned, ‘Now you can beat the drums and ring the bells!’644The decree Supremus humanae familiae ratifying the introduction of the cause ‘forthe beatification and canonisation of the Ven. Servant of God, John Bosco, priest andfounder of the Pious Salesian Society’ signed by the Cardinal Prefect, Serafino Cretoni,situated his life and work in the wake of the holy priest educators of modern times: As in former times, so in our own day, God the supreme author of the human family,watches over Christian society with particular care, coming to its aid with opportunehelp and remedies, in the persons of outstanding men, illustrious for resplendent andpractical virtues. During their lives they seemed to communicate to all, their own spiritand their own life-giving fervour. Among those, in the last century, divine Providencesent as an ornament and defence of his Church the priest John Bosco who, following inthe footsteps of holy men such as Joseph Calasanz, Vincent de Paul, John Baptist de laSalle and other similar saints, together with the Pious Salesian Society which hefounded and with other works, consecrated himself entirely to the salvation of souls andespecially to the education of the young in piety, humanities and trades, becoming allthings to all men, so as to lead all to salvation.645There was no reference in this document to Don Bosco’s miraculous gifts eitherduring his life or after his death. His whole life and works were simply to be consideredas a sort of ‘theophany’, reserved to the Church in difficult times, as Peter Stella writes641Carlo Salotti’s long defence (81 pages), called the Responsio, dated 10 April 1907, appears as anappendix to the Positio super Introductione Causae, 1907.642Letter of G Marenco to M Rua, Rome, 7 January 1907, in FdR 3830D3-4.643Letter of G Marenco to M Rua, Rome,10 April 1907, in FdR 3830D12-E3.644Letter of G Marenco to M Rua, Rome, 24 July 1907, in FdR 3831A1-4.645This long Latin decree with a translation beside it was published in the September 1907 issue ofthe Bollettino Salesiano,260-265.292
with insight and critical acumen.646Fr.Marenco lost no time in telegraphing the news on 24 July, he then went to Turin togive the document personally to Fr Rua. The Rector Major was jubilant. The documentsanctioned the ‘Venerability’ of Don Bosco. Overflowing with joy, on 6 August hecirculated among the Salesians a letter completely dedicated to the event.