A tech-savvy teenager is now on his way to becoming a saint!
Italy’s Carlo Acutis was declared as Venerable on July 5, 2019, by Pope Francis himself. Now, he is scheduled for beatification on October 10. This brings him only one step away from sainthood—and he will be called Blessed Carlo Acutis. (Read: This 25yo Cebuano Makes It His Mission to Make Potable Water Accessible to Remote Areas in the Philippines)
Carlo’s tomb has been opened for public veneration from October 1 to 17.
A Life of Devotion
Born on May 3, 1991, Carlo was diagnosed with leukemia in his teenage years.
Before his death, he used his technological skills to spread the Word of God. And since he was skilled in computer programming, film editing, and designing websites, he created a website about Eucharistic miracles so other people can read about it.
Carlo, who was popularly known for his saying, “I offer all the suffering I will have to suffer for the Lord, for the Pope, and the Church,” died on October 12, 2006, at the age of 15. He was buried in Assisi—at his request—because of his love for St. Francis of Assisi.
According to those who were close to him, Carlo was fond of praying the rosary when he was a child. After his First Communion, he went to Mass as often as he could and made Holy Hours before or after Mass. He also reportedly went to confession weekly. (Read: My Pope celebrates the lives of three modern-day saints)
The heart of Carlo is now considered a relic and will be on display in a reliquary in the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. According to his mother, the family wanted to donate his organs when he died but were unable to do so because of his leukemia.
“Carlo is a boy of our time. A boy of the internet age, and a model of the holiness of the digital age, as Pope Francis presented him in his letter to young people around the world,” Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi said at a Mass at the opening of the tomb October 1.
“The computer … has become a way of going through the streets of the world, like the first disciples of Jesus, to bring to hearts and homes the announcement of true peace, that which quenches the thirst for the infinite that inhabits the human heart,” he added.