Today is the Feast day of Georgio Frassati SVDP

In 1990, Pope John Paul II beatified Pier Giorgio Frassati in Rome. He was born in Turin, Italy on Holy Saturday, April 6, 1901. His parents were Alfredo Frassati, founder of ‘La Stampa’ Italian newspaper, and Adelaide Ametis, well-known painter. In 1918 Frassati joined Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. In the same time he decided to study mining engineering in order, in his words, “to serve Christ better among miners”. In late June, 1925, Pier Giorgio became acutely ill with poliomyelitis. He died on July 4, 1925 at the age of 24. Thousands of residents of Turin, knowing of his seven years of service to the poor, stood in the streets to pay respects as the cortege passed. These were the people who petitioned for his canonization; a cause was opened in 1932.

Check out the Vincentitan Encylopedia  article with more information on the life of Pier Giorgio Frassati for more details.

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