TURIN, Italy — Pope Francis is a Jesuit, but he has Salesian roots.
A Salesian priest was the matchmaker for Pope Francis’ parents and baptized the future pope, while Francis owes his priestly vocation to a Salesian priest.
Pope Francis recently visited Turin to celebrate the 200th anniversary of St. John Bosco’s birth. Father Elio Cesari, who is responsible for the Salesian Youth in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna, said there is a strong connection between the 19th-century saint and the 21st-century pope.
“St. John Bosco was a prophet, and the Pope was imbued with his thought, as he studied in Salesian schools; and he owes his vocation to a Salesian priest,...READ MORE