Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio was born April 13, 1817, in Pescara, Abruzzi, Italy. He was an apprentice blacksmith and a layman. As a youth, he is said to have been pious, chaste and patient. He died young, at the age of 19, on May 5, 1836, in Naples, Italy. Pope Paul VI beatified Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio Dec. 1, 1963.