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The Church of Saints Anthony Abbot and Vincent de Paul is inside the Little House of Divine Providence, Institute of Charity founded in Turin in 1832 by St. Joseph Cottolengo (Bra * 3 May 1786 - Chieri + 30 April 1842) The benefactors brothers Farinelli built the primitive hospital with a dedicated church "Divis Antonio Abbati ac Vincentio a Paulo" which was consecrated on October 5, 1834, and was then donated to Cottolengo in 1837. The primitive church, corresponding to the entrance roundabout, which can be accessed from the neoclassical entrance of Via San Pietro in Vincoli, was gradually enlarged: in 1842 the Chapel of the Rosary was built, in 1896 the Canon Giuseppe Anglesio entrusted the enlargement of the Church to the architect Vincenzo Capuccio who designed the current form of Basilica in eclectic Romanesque-Lombard style, with three naves and four bays, with matroneo and ambulatory, Some elements in the neo-Gothic style are present in the apse and in the side chapels, and we also see some hints of neo-baroque style in the chapel dedicated to San Giuseppe Cottolengo. The windows of the chapels are the work of the maestro Enrico Reffo. The Church was consecrated on April 23, 1898. The Crucifix on the High Altar particularly confirms the faith and the Cottolengine spirituality; The dying Christ has his eyes and mouth open, thus representing all the Words of Jesus pronounced on the Cross and also the Painful Mystery: "... He uttered a loud cry, spiró" (Mt 27.50 - Mk 15.37 ) Therefore, exhorting all of us to always recognize the face of Christ in every suffering human being, To listen to every cry of pain concretely making one neighbor of the other And to confirm that any work has been done to the world of Charity and Mercy, both corporal and spiritual, it is a particular manifestation of the love of God that comes down on us, and it is at the same time also a material proof of our Love offered to God. Our Sisters and Brothers from Cottolengo thus live the Gospel message: "everything you did to one of the younger brothers, you did it to Me ..." (Mt 25,40) During the extraordinary Jubilee of 2015/16 in the Archdiocese of Turin, in addition to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, only this Church had the privilege of opening the "Holy Door" for Plenary Indulgence; This Holy Door in this Church built in our earthly reality symbolizes a fundamental passage towards the Remission of sins and Salvation: And the Crucifix and the Holy Door together remind us that God has opened to all of us the Gate of Heaven, incarnating himself, preaching and suffering an abyss of pain and anguish for the Love of all mankind; therefore let us open the door of our heart to our neighbor; This passage in our journey of Life, which can make us enter the Kingdom of Heaven, just as the Holy Door allows us to enter the church, the house of God, it is the work of loving Charity, a reflection of Divine Mercy, that we offered to our neighbor. Our visit to the Church of Saints Anthony the Abbot and Vincent de Paul calls us therefore this particular meditation on the promise that Christ has given us in Mt 25.40 (all that you have done ... you did it to Me ... ) and the Mysteries of Pain This meditation, with the help of the Lord, turns into the concrete commitment in our life to overcome our fears, closures and repulsions to meet Our Lord Jesus Christ, always recognizing a significant aspect of His Divine Presence in suffering humanity. . "I am the Gate of Heaven, if one enters through me he will be saved" (Jn 10: 9)
Stupendously decorated church, a place where the last two popes prayed, as we read in an inscription placed inside, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.
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