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Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Member of Catholic Action, St Vincent de Paul Society & Third Order of St Dominic - from Turin in Italy
Born on 6 April 1901 - died on 4 July 1925
After his young death, it was the poor of Turin who petitioned for the cause of his canonization to be opened.
Dubbed by JPII the 'Man of the Eight Beatitudes' & one of the patrons of World Youth Day.
Beatified in 1990 by Pope St John Paul II
Feast day - 4th July

Benedict, from England chose Pier Giorgio on The Incredibles      

"Recently for my 25th birthday my mother bought me a book on Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati and at the time all I knew about him was that he’d died at 24 … Reading the book really actually changed my life, encountering this young man who was truly burning with love for the poor and for the needy. He grew up in a wealthy family but with parents who had no real living faith and he was in a very difficult environment in which he wanted to live out his faith and yet his heart was just so different and so burning with desire for God. In politics during his lifetime and fascism, just the way he held so firmly to what he believed and wasn’t afraid .. he knew the truth and he lived it out as best he could. That really touched me, this determination that he had. And his love for the Eucharist. .. And then to think about how many of the poor and disabled and those who were struggling in poverty, how amazingly he touched their lives. He is an incredible witness of charity in action and really going out into where other people don’t want to go and meeting people and bringing the light of Christ into their lives."