Joseph Cardijn

Joseph cardinal Cardijn (* 13. November 1882 in Schaerbeck with Brussels; † 25. July 1967) was a Roman-catholic clergyman and the founder of the international Christian worker youth (CAJ).


the emergency and the problems of the working youth, which he observed in his environment, induced it, to become priests. Therefore it received the Sakrament of the Priesterweihe after the study of catholic theology in the year 1906 and began 1912 as Kaplan in Laeken with the structure of the CAJ. Many failures and difficulties accompanied these first attempts. 1924 could be justified the national federation of the Belgian CAJ. 1925 received Pope Pius XI. Cardijn in audience and said to it:

„I the segne CAJ, I do not only make her my request “.

With this support the increasing development of the international CAJ began. Within 40 years it spreads in over 100 countries in the world. Cardijn was located in at the point of this development and supervised it personally in many different states. On the Diözesantag 1961 in the diocese Münster, which he often visited, he was stormily celebrated by 13.000 young humans.

Pope Paul VI. appointed Cardijn to 15. February 1965 to the Titularerzbischof of Tusuros and took it to 22. February of the same yearly as a cardinal deacon with the Titeldiakonie San Michele Arcangelo into the Kardinalskollegium up, after the archbishop of Mechelen Brussels , Léon Joseph cardinal Suenens, had donated to it one day before the Bischofsweihe.

Cardijn died to 25. July 1967. Briefly before its death he said as last words: “We must begin… We stand only at the beginning ". He was buried in the dear woman church to Laeken, Brussels.

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