Pietro Stella – Don Bosco and the death of Charles

This essay, originally published as an appendix to “Don Bosco: Life and Works” by Pietro Stella, examines the application of scientific historical research to religious tradition.

Focusing on the Biographical Memoirs of St. John Bosco, a monumental work in nineteen volumes by Giovanni Battista Lemoyne, the author, Don Pietro Stella, explores one of the most remarkable miracles associated with Don Bosco: the temporary resurrection of a young man named Carlo.



  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • The Charles of tradition 
  • The historical Charles 
  • The resurrected youth of Don Bosco and similar ones in the tradition of Catholic hagiography 
  • Conclusion: Lemoyne’s use of sources for the MB account
  • Documentary Accounts 
  • Index

Reference time period: 1849

P. Stella, Don Bosco and the death of Charles, translated by John Drury, Don Bosco publications, New Rochelle, New York 1985.

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