John Bosco

1815 - 1888

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John Melchior Bosco (Italian: Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco; 16 August 1815, Piedmontese: Gioann Melchior Bòsch – 31 January 1888), popularly known as Don Bosco [ˈdɔm ˈbɔsko, bo-], was an Italian Catholic priest, educator, and writer of the 19th century. While working in Turin, where the population suffered many of the ill-effects of industrialization and urbanization, he dedicated his life to the betterment and education of street children, juvenile delinquents, and other disadvantaged youth. He developed teaching methods based on love rather than punishment, a method that became known as the Salesian Preventive System.A follower of the spirituality and philosophy of Francis de Sales, Bosco was an ardent devotee of Mary, mother of Jesus, under the title Mary Help of Christians. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Bosco has received more than 1,383,053 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). John Bosco is the 182nd most popular religious figure (down from 168th in 2019), the 220th most popular biography from Italy (down from 191st in 2019) and the 74th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

John Bosco was a Catholic priest who is most famous for founding a religious order called the Salesians of Don Bosco. The Salesians of Don Bosco are a religious order that helps youth and young adults in need.

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Among religious figures, John Bosco ranks 182 out of 2,272Before him are Agnes of Rome, Pope Innocent XIII, Pope Clement IX, Rachel, Pope Joan, and Pope Innocent XII. After him are Pope Leo III, Pope Gregory XIV, John of Nepomuk, Hagar, Saint Patrick, and Pope Marcellus II.

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Among people born in 1815, John Bosco ranks 2Before him is Otto von Bismarck. After him are Ada Lovelace, George Boole, Karl Weierstrass, Otto of Greece, Adolph Menzel, Johann Jakob Bachofen, Thomas Couture, Ildefons Cerdà, Louis-Jules Trochu, and Julia Margaret Cameron. Among people deceased in 1888, John Bosco ranks 3Before him are William I, German Emperor and Frederick III, German Emperor. After him are Rudolf Clausius, Carl Zeiss, Louisa May Alcott, Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria, John Stith Pemberton, Nikolay Przhevalsky, Charles-Valentin Alkan, François Achille Bazaine, and Ascanio Sobrero.

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Among people born in Italy, John Bosco ranks 220 out of 4,088Before him are Agnes of Rome (291), Pope Innocent XIII (1655), Pope Clement IX (1600), Otho (32), Marie de' Medici (1575), and Pope Innocent XII (1615). After him are Pope Leo III (750), Bernardo Bertolucci (1941), Pope Gregory XIV (1535), Cesare Lombroso (1835), Gerolamo Cardano (1501), and Gina Lollobrigida (1927).


Among religious figures born in Italy, John Bosco ranks 74Before him are Padre Pio (1887), Pope Innocent VIII (1432), Agnes of Rome (291), Pope Innocent XIII (1655), Pope Clement IX (1600), and Pope Innocent XII (1615). After him are Pope Leo III (750), Pope Gregory XIV (1535), Pope Marcellus II (1501), Pope Benedict XI (1240), Pope Clement X (1590), and Pope Alexander I (100).