Who are the Waldensians? They are the oldest sect of heretical Protestantism, which is so old it originated four centuries before the word Protestant was coined!
Peter Waldo, Valdo, Valdes, or Waldes ,
also Pierre Vaudès or de Vaux (1140 AD – 1205 AD)
The inscription over the entrance reads, "Believe in Jesus Chrit and you will be saved."
Tempio Valdese, Torino, Italia which Francis will visit.
Francis is scheduled to meet Waldensian dignitaries in the Tempio Valdese for one hour and a half. Sometime in that period all parties involved will publicly pray the Lord's Prayer together. In August 2014, Francis reached out to the group by sending a message to the Waldensian Methodist Synod in Italy. What make this whole thing interesting is that the Waldensians are opposed to the veneration of any relics as well as all the saints and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Remember, Francis' reason for going to Turin is to see the Shroud. Francis will probably chalk it up to the 'god of surprises' he believes in. We feel if St. John Bosco were alive today, he would chase Francis from the city limits of Turin unless his faithful dog Grigio had beat him to it. St. John Bosco was not known for his tenderness towards the Waldensians. The reason for this besides them being heretics is the Waldensians made several unsuccessful attempts at assassinating St. John Bosco.
St. John Bosco died in Turin & his major shrine, the Basilica
of Our Lady Help of Christians, is located there.