Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati ended his journey through Polish cities on 23 July (Saturday). Krakow was his last stop and he will remain here until the end of the World Youth Day celebrations. The relics of Pier Giorgio were received at the Dominican monastery at 11:30am on Saturday.
Welcoming on Saturday
After the relics were received in the Dominican Basilica (Stolarska Street) at 11:30, there was a Holy Mass at noon. Then, all people gathered in the church had a chance to join a rosary prayer. At 2:00pm, there was worship time and prayer for the WYD volunteers. The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy led a special “Hour of Mercy” at 3:00pm. Afterwards, one hour was reserved for meditation over the letters of Frassati. At 4:00pm there was a meeting with Wanda Gawrońska, the niece of Blessed Pier Giorgio.
Events in the Dominican Basilica
Every day from 6:00am until midnight (except during liturgy) the worshippers will have the possibility to pray before the relics of the blessed. At the same time, a special exhibition titled “Man of the Eight Beatitudes,” devoted to Blessed Pier Giorgio and his work, will be available to all visitors to the monastery of the convent. Every day (apart from 26 July) at 3:00pm, a prayer in the intention of peace and mercy for the world called “An hour of Mercy with Blessed Pier Giorgio” will take place. Moreover, every day from 10:00am until 6:00pm, you can visit the monastery gardens, where “Café Frassati” will create a unique opportunity to meet with the Blessed over Italian coffee. Between 4:00pm and 5:00pm, there will be meetings with the friends of the Italian blessed.
Meetings with Frassati during Main Events
On Wednesday (27 July), starting at 7:30pm, there will be an all-night vigil, “A Night of Dominican Saints,” where Superior General of the Dominican Order, Bruno Cadoré OP, will join the youth in prayer. The figure of the Blessed will also be a part of the Youth Festival in Błonia, before the Way of the Cross. At 2:00pm on Friday, 29 July, on the stage on Piastowska Street, various artists and friends of Frassati will perform a musical-dance story about the life and holiness of the blessed.
The Man of the Eight Beatitudes
“Pier Giorgio Frassati was a young person, whom John Paul II called a man of the Beatitudes, and Pope Francis revealed him to youth as a model to follow in his message for WYD,” said Stanisław Tasiemski OP in a video invitation for the events. “In his short 24-year life, he lived the corporal and spiritual works of mercy to the max. one of his mottos to live and not vegetate is also a motto that Pope Francis delegated to youth. He was beatified by John Paul II in 1999.”More information regarding the peregrination of the relics of Bl. Frassati as well as details about their presence in Krakow can be found by visiting www.facebook.com/belikefrassati.