Pontiff Offers Example of St. John Bosco

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VATICAN CITY, FEB. 1, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI encouraged youth, newlyweds and the ill to model the founder of the Salesians in living their Christian vocation with authenticity.



The Holy Father presented St. John Bosco (1815-1888) as a role model in living one's faith on Wednesday, the saint's feast day, at the general audience held in Paul VI Hall.

"Today the liturgy remembers St. John Bosco, father and teacher of youth, to whom he proclaimed the Gospel with tireless ardor," the Pope said. "May his example encourage you, beloved young people, to live the Christian vocation authentically."

Turning to the sick, some of whom were in wheelchairs, the Pontiff encouraged them to contemplate the Italian saint's testimony of Christian life "to offer your sufferings in union with Christ for the salvation of humanity."

Benedict XVI prayed that St. John Bosco's example might support the newlyweds, some attired in their wedding garments, "in the mutual commitment to build your family faithful to the love of God and of brothers."