St. John Bosco, Father and Teacher of the Youth


The memory of St. John Bosco did not go unnoticed at the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, especially so shortly after the beginning of the preparations for the next Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme of Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment.

Don Bosco, “Father and Teacher of the Youth” as today’s liturgy defined him, devoted his entire life as a priest to their salvation, and he was a great educator.

He was proclaimed a saint in 1934, on Easter Sunday, at the end of the Jubilee Year of Redemption. Fifty years later, at the conclusion of the 1984 Jubilee Year of the Redemption, on a new Palm Sunday, John Paul II entrusted to young people around the world the Cross of the Jubilee, now known as the WYD Cross.

May St John Bosco, accompany the Church on Her synodal journey with his intercession, as the WYD Cross prepares the ground in Central America for the big event to be held in Panama in 2019.








31 January 2017
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