The birth of St John Bosco commemorated by Malta Post

August 21st, 2015 got to know that Malta Post has issued a stamp that features the portrait of St. John Bosco. The item commemorated the Bicentenary of the birth of St John Bosco and was put into circulation on the 14th of August.

John Melchior Bosco was born on August 16, 1815 in the hamlet of Becchi within the district of Morialdo, a provincial town of Castelnuovo d'Asti (known today as Castelnuovo Don Bosco) in Italy. He dedicated his life to help and educate abandoned youth of his time and founded the Salesian Congregation and the Salesian Sisters. He also founded schools and was a pioneer in trade and education. Don Bosco left a significant mark on the Catholic and civil history of Italy.

He is considered a great educator, promoter of reading and a defender of the Catholic faith. Indeed, he is considered as one of the great Italian saints of the nineteenth century. Today, the Salesians of Don Bosco continue to serve the Church and the young in many parts of the world, including Malta.

The stamp is part of a painting which is held at Savio College Dingli painted by Austin Camilleri and was issued in sheets of 10 stamps.