Denver Newsroom, Jul 4, 2021 / 01:00 am
Pier Giorgio Frassati, born on April 6, 1901 to a prominent and wealthy Italian family, became a popular role model very soon after he died on July 4th of 1925 at age 24.
According to the website dedicated to him by the USCCB, for years he has been “a significant global patron for youth and young adults - and has a special place in the hearts of young people across the United States as well. St. John Paul II declared him a patron for World Youth Days and deemed him 'the man of the beatitudes' as he exemplified those blessings in his everyday life.”
These are 12 amazing facts of his short but very intense life:
- Despite being raised by agnostic parents, Pier Giorgio's inclinations to help others manifested in his childhood. Once as a child, he answered the door to find a mother begging with her son who was shoeless. He took off his own shoes and gave them to the child.