The “Acts” abundantly attest to the celebrated episodes of Bishop Scalabrini’s charity, like the ones that occurred during the 1879 famine: the sale of a pair of horses given him for his pastoral visits, and the pawning of the precious chalice given him by Pius IX. ”And let’s not forget,” Mons Torta added, “that same pair of horses was sold twice.”
Reading the testimonies dealing with this chapter on charity is a truly moving experience. The witnesses, too, feel especially moved, like this surveyor who candidly states: ”Scalabrini was always full of charity during his entire episcopate. However, during the terrible winter of 1879-1880, he went into a frenzy: he sold his horses and pawned his golden chalice; and his episcopal residence became one of the centers for the feeding of the poor of the city.”
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