Carlo Acutis Italian Teenager Could Be First Millennial Saint


Carlo Acutis Italian Teenager Could Be First Millennial Saint

An Italian teenager who used the internet to spread his faith is on a path to becoming the Catholic Church’s first millennial saint.

Carlo Acutis, who died of leukaemia in 2006 aged 15, has already been dubbed “the patron saint of the internet”.

On Saturday, he was beatified at a ceremony in the town of Assisi and moved one step closer to sainthood.

The teenager recorded purported miracles online and helped run websites for Catholic organisations.

Acutis was placed on the path to sainthood after the Vatican ruled he had miraculously saved another boy’s life.

The Church claimed he interceded from heaven in 2013 to cure a Brazilian boy who was suffering from a rare pancreatic disease.

He is believed to be the youngest contemporary person to be beatified – the last stage before sainthood.

A ceremony was held in the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi on Saturday and a portrait of Acutis was unveiled. Those gathered also praised Acutis for his charity work.

“Carlo used the internet in service of the Gospel, to reach as many people as possible,” Cardinal Agostino Vallini said at the ceremony.

“Young people might have been tired of a pastoral ministry that’s maybe a bit out of step with the times despite all its efforts,” Church spokesman Enzo Fortunato said, according to the AFP news agency.

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“But the Lord intervenes in history and human affairs and gives us these guiding lights,” he added.

For Acutis to become a saint, the Vatican would have to verify a second miracle in his name. But Pope Francis has waived this requirement on previous occasions.

Acutis was born in London in May 1991 to Italian parents. The family soon moved to Milan, and he spent the majority of his life in the city.

“There was in him a natural predisposition for the sacred,” his mother, Antonia Salzano, told the Corriere della Sera newspaper earlier this year.

Carlo Acutis Italian Teenager Could Be First Millennial Saint



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