(Vatican Radio) The relics of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati will be brought to Krakow for the 2016 World Youth Day.
The native of the Italian city of Turin was a member of several Catholic youth movements in the early 20th century, and a strong opponent of the fascist regime. He died from polio at the age of 24 in 1925.
He was was beatified by Pope St. John Paul II in 1990.
In his Message for the 2016 World Youth Day, Pope Francis spoke of the example of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.
“Pier Giorgio was a young man who understood what it means to have a merciful heart that responds to those most in need,” Pope Francis wrote.
“He gave them far more than material goods” – the Holy Father continued – “He gave himself by giving his time, his words and his capacity to listen. He served the poor very quietly and unassumingly.”
Pope Francis said Blessed Pier Giorgio did what the Gospel tells us to do, and kept his almsgiving a secret.
“Imagine that, on the day before his death when he was gravely ill, he was giving directions on how his friends in need should be helped,” he said.
“At his funeral, his family and friends were stunned by the presence of so many poor people unknown to them,” the Holy Father said. “They had been befriended and helped by the young Pier Giorgio.”
The relics of the Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati will be exposed during World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow at the Basilica of the Holy Trinity of the Dominican Fathers.
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