Biography

Monsignor John Patrick Carroll-Abbing is born at Oldham, a small town near Manchester, the 11th of August 1912 his parents are of Irish origin. He spends his childhood and adolescence between England and Ireland until, at the age of 18, he decides to come to Rome to start his priesthood studies, a path which, in his initial intentions, should have soon brought him back amongst his people.

Not yet ordained priest, the young cleric is nominated English Language Secretary of the Postulation for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Pope Pio X, of whom he had written a biography. At the end of the theological studies, Monsignor Carroll decides to start studying law as well, obtaining a degree in Sacred Theology, Canonical Law and Civil Law, specializing in Criminology.

Passionate writer of alpinism, animated by a continuous thirst of knowledge and gifted with a brilliant intelligence, in 1936 he is called to collaborate in the Vatican offices were he distinguishes himself both for his culture and for his professionalism. It was due to his qualities that, at the start of World War II, Pope Pio XII, decided to assign him the management of assistance to the martyred populations of the war. The young priest never rests. His days are amongst the people without a home, the wounded and needy throughout Italy, where he goes to bring food and medicines, regardless of the grenades and bombardments.

With the encouragement of the Holy Father Pio XII, he tries to help all who are persecuted. Even the German authorities don’t try to prevent the brave work he carries on together with the groups of young Romans, bringing help to the civil population in the war areas.
At the end of the war, Monsignor conforms the organization instituted during the war to the new needs, he organizes places for the distribution of meals for the poor and the youngsters, centres for medical assistance, ambulatories for the assistance of the ill, dispensaries for the free distribution of medicines, and momentary centres of welcome for the youngsters without a home.

In 1945 he founded the “Opera per il Ragazzo della Strada” which will later become the “Opera Nazionale per le Città dei Ragazzi”, he also creates the “Istituto Internazionale per lo Studio dei Problemi della Gioventù Contemporanea”. From the Italian Government he receives the “Gran Croce al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.”
From other Governments and foreign organizations he receives the highest acknowledgements. In 1985 the “Associazione della Stampa Estera” of New York chooses him to receive in its First Edition the “Premio Umanitario Mondiale”. In 1988 he is a candidate to the Nobel Price for Peace.. The. UNICEF in Italy confers to him in its first Edition, the “Premio Mondo Domani”. In the 50° Anniversary of His Ordination as Priest the Major of Rome, by universal consent, proclaims him Honorary Citizen of Rome. He passed away on the 9th of July 2001 surrounded by his young people, by his big family, and the love of those who believed in his dream.

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