Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, head of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Causes of Saints, recently announced at the Italian Catholic Action’s national assembly that Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati’s canonization could occur during the Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year.

“The canonization of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati is now clearly on the horizon and is in sight for the coming Jubilee Year,” said Cardinal Semeraro.

Pier Giorgio Frassati, born in 1901 in Turin, Italy, died at the age of 24 from polio, which he contracted while ministering to the sick. Known for his deep spiritual life and commitment to the poor, he was an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and a lay Dominican.

During his beatification in 1990, Pope John Paul II described Frassati as a “man of the Beatitudes,” and that his life was “entirely immersed in the mystery of God.”

The cardinal’s announcement comes as preparations for the Jubilee Year 2025 are underway, a time when the Church focuses on renewal and pilgrimage. Frassati’s proposed canonization is planned to coincide with the Jubilee of Youth which will gather young Catholics from around the world in Rome.

This canonization would mark the culmination of a cause that began shortly after his death in 1925.

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