Eduardo Francisco Pironio
Roman Catholic Church in Argentina
Argentines of Italian descent
Argentine cardinals Forum
Eduardo Francisco Pironio, Servant of God (3 December 1920 5 February 1998) was a Roman Catholic Cardinal-Bishop. On 30 June 2006 the Diocese of Rome began requesting testimonies about the life and sanctity of Cardinal Pironio.
Eduardo Pironio was the youngest of 22 children. Months before his death, in an interview he stated that: "I am the twenty-second child, the last born, and I have to recognize that the story is somewhat miraculous. My parents were Italians. The only reason they went to Argentina was to get married. When their first son was born, my mother was only 18 years old, and she became gravely ill. She was in bed for six months, unable to move. When she recovered, the doctors told her that she would not be able to have more children, and that if she did, her life would be in grave danger."
He was appointed by Pope John Paul II on 8 April 1984 as President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. In that position, together with Pope John Paul II, Pironio was a promoter of the first World Youth Day.
Co-founder of World Youth Day Is Remembered
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