A True friend of Jesus: Blessed Teresa Bracco. Teresa was born on February 24, 1924 in the rural hamlet of Santa Giulia in the Piedmont province of Northern Italy. Theresa's early example of her diligence in helping her mother, her stellar behavior in the Santa Giulia church and the local school inspired the local priest Father Olivieri. When recieving the sacrament of Confirmation Teresa was touched upon reading the life of Saint John Bosco and embraced his motto: "Better to die than to sin". When the armistice was forged between the Allies and Italy in 1943, the German Third Reich sought to punish Italy for its "treason" by answering with severe repression. Teresa was a unwilling victim.