The Basilica of The Holy Trinity of the Dominican Fathers (Bazylika Św. Trójcy) will host the exposition of the relics of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati during World Youth Day, July 25 -31, 2016 in Krakow, Poland.
Beatified in 1990, Blessed Pier Giorigio Frassati was called the “Man of the Eight Beatitudes” by Pope John Paul II. Blessed Pier was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, among several other Catholic organizations and dedicated his life to living his faith by helping the poor and suffering. At 24 he contracted poliomyelitis, which he likely caught from the sick he tended. On his deathbed he scribbled a note with his paralyzed hand that the medication that was meant for him should be given to a sick man he had been visiting.
Blessed Pier had a profound spiritual life which he shared openly with his friends. He went to adoration and received communion daily, which was rare at the time. He was also an active mountain climber. There was a photo taken approximately a month before his death that showed him holding onto a rock and gazing up towards his goal. On the back of the photo he had written “towards the top,” which was the summation of his life – constantly striving to do better, to be better, and eventually to become a saint. Blessed Pier is, in fact, on his way to sainthood.
During the beatification process, Blessed Pier’s body was exhumed and found to be perfectly incorrupt so no first class relics were taken. His body is the only existing first class relic and the opportunity for exposition and veneration is a gift during this Year of Mercy.
The cost of bringing the incorrupt body of Blessed Pier to from Turin, Italy to Krakow, Poland is significant and donations are being gratefully accepted to help defray the costs. If you would like to help you can make your donation here.
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, pray for us!
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