Joseph-Léon Cardijn


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founder of the Jocists. He had long been concerned about the alienation from the Church of young workers in industrialized society; after he was appointed assistant priest in a suburb of Brussels in 1912 and put in charge of the Christian social work in the city in 1915, he organized groups of young factory-workers to evangelize their colleagues. In the face of opposition, in 1925 he appealed to Pius XI who approved the movement, now called ‘Jeunesse Ouvrière Chrétienne’; Cardijn spent most of the rest of his life organizing it on a world-wide basis. He attended the Second Vatican Council as an adviser and in 1965 he was made a cardinal.

Subjects: Christianity.

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