Pier Giorgio owes this title to one of his most well-known admirers: Pope Saint John Paul II. Thirty years ago, on March 27, 1977, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla attended a Pier Giorgio Frassati exhibit in Krakow, Poland. It was then -- before he was even beatified -- that he called him the "Man of the Eight Beatitudes."
He encouraged others to enjoy the exhibit with these words:
"Go and look at these photographs. Behold the man of the eight beatitudes who bears in himself the grace of the Gospel, the Good News, the joy of salvation offered to us by Christ..."