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Fr. John Baptist Zen from CIN

By Fr. Ding Cortez, SDB

Pampanga, the Philippines, 27 September 2017 -- We thank Fr. John Baptist Zen, SDB (86 years, based in Taiwan - Tainan community, former provincial of China) for visiting our Don Bosco Academy school in Pampanga, together with Fr. Emil Santos, SDB who is looking for the collection of the testimonials in the beatification process.

Fr. John Baptist Zen gave his testimony on the holiness of Fr. Carlo Braga before the archdiocesan inquiry (San Fernando - Pampanga) on the process of beatification of the Servant of God. He was a Junior Aspirant when he met Fr. Braga for the first time.

After the testimonial Fr. Zen gave his priestly blessing as he prayed in our Don Bosco Academy school chapel. We pray, that this stage of testimonials and other historical documents would be concluded as soon as possible. Please, continue to pray with the Salesian of the Filipino provinces (FIN & FIS) the official prayer:

Prayer asking for the beatification and canonisation of Fr Charles Braga

Almighty and merciful Father

You called Fr Charles Braga to follow Christ

along the way traced out by St John Bosco,

to follow his example, inherit his spirit

and multiply his work in China and the Philippines,

for the poorest of the young people.

You have welcomed him into eternal joy as your faithful servant;

May he intercede generously for us.

Grant us the gift of his glorification,

so that he may become a joyful example of holiness

for the Salesian Family and anyone

who dedicates their life to needy young people.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary Help of Christians,

whom he loved and honoured with a filial heart,

and through the mediation of Jesus Christ Our Lord.


(With ecclesiastical approval)

For information and to indicate graces received

Postulator General, Fr. Pier Luigi Cameroni, SDB - Rome (

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  • Fr. John Baptist Zen 2017.09.29 17:42
    Dear Reverend Editor,
    Sorry, I am only 86, plus 4 months old, being born on 11 May 1931;
    I have been admitted to the Salesian aspirante of Shanghai by Fr. Braga, then the Provincial;I was only 11 years and 2  months old. Please pray also for me!
    Yours sincerely, Fr. John Baptist Zen, SDB
    NB: I am back to Tainan from Manila just to-day, 29 September, afternoon at 13:20

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