Welcome pope fans!
The body of an inspirational Catholic who died in 1925 has arrived in Sydney for World Youth Day.
The body of Pier Giorgio Frassati, who was beatified in 1990 by Pope John Paul II, has been transported from the Turin Cathedral to Sydney following a farewell mass.
Mr Frassati was only 24 when, after a one-week illness, he died of polio.
He became a role model for young Catholics because of his fervent faith and sunny nature and was noted for his charity.
At his funeral the poor turned out in force, beginning a devotion that has spread around the world.
On Wednesday at 12pm (AEST) his body will be transported to St Benedict’s Church in Chippendale in inner Sydney where it will remain in the church for veneration until July 10.
The following Thursday his body will be moved to St Mary’s Cathedral for a pilgrimage.
The coffin will remain on display in the cathedral until July 22.
The transportation of his remains was organised by Sydney Archbishop George Pell and World Youth Day co-ordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher in conjunction with the Vatican Council for the Causes of Saints.
A possible road to sainthood has been propelled by a vigorous campaign by Mr Frassati’s sister, Luciana, who wrote books about him.
It is the first time the body of Mr Frassati has visited Australia.
Seriously. This is some sick stuff. Add international trafficking in human body parts to the litany.
I wonder if we’ll get our $86 million worth of tourism publicity out of this ghastly spectacle.
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