St. John Bosco
St. John Bosco was born in 1815, in Castelnuovo d’Asti, northern Italy. In 1841 he was ordained priest and began his ministry in the city of Turin. It was there, because of his daily contact with orphans and abandoned youth, that he decided to found the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales. He died in 1888 leaving a vast work: the Salesian Family spread throughout the continents. He was canonized on April 1, 1934. His feast day is celebrated on January 31.
Symbol of the education and formation of young people, the book represents one of the fundamental missions that marked the apostolate of this saint.
Lord our God who,
through St. John Bosco, gave a father for your Church
and a teacher for youth,
grant that, inspired by the same love,
we may make WYD Lisbon 2023 a meeting for all young people
and give ourselves to your service by working for the salvation of humanity.
Through Christ our Lord.
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