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Teenager Carlo To Become First Millennial Catholic Saint After Miracle Attributed To Him

  • May 27, 2024
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Teenager Carlo To Become First Millennial Catholic Saint After Miracle Attributed To Him

An Italian teenager, affectionately dubbed “God’s Influencer” for his adept use of computer skills to propagate the Catholic faith, is poised to become the first saint of the millennial generation, as announced by the Vatican.

Carlo Acutis, who succumbed to leukemia in 2006 at the tender age of 15, left a profound mark on the digital landscape of Catholicism. Originally from London, Acutis spent his formative years in Milan, where he took charge of his parish’s website and later undertook the management of a Vatican-based academy’s online platform. His technological prowess was further evidenced by the creation of an extensive database cataloging Eucharistic miracles worldwide.

Beatified in 2020, the initial step on the path to sainthood, Acutis was recognized following the attribution of a miracle. This miracle involved the healing of a Brazilian child afflicted with a congenital pancreatic ailment, attributed to Acutis’s intercession.

In a significant development on Thursday, Pope Francis attributed a second miracle to Acutis during a meeting with Cardinal Marcello Semararo, head of the Vatican’s saint-making department. This second miracle pertained to the recovery of a university student in Florence, who experienced a brain bleed following head trauma.

With the acknowledgment of this second miracle, Acutis is now eligible for canonization, though the Vatican has yet to specify a timeline for this momentous event.

Acutis, who passed away in Monza, Italy, saw his remains transferred to Assisi a year posthumously, where they are prominently displayed alongside relics associated with him. Honored as the patron of the 2023 World Youth Day in Lisbon, Acutis’s pivotal role in digital evangelization earned him this distinction.

In addition to Acutis’s impending sainthood, Pope Francis also advanced the causes for sainthood of six men and one woman, underscoring the continued recognition of exemplary lives within the Catholic faith.

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