A portrait of Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia at age 15, was unveiled at the beatification ceremony at the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy. Assisi bishop Domenico Sorrentino said this month that a soup kitchen for the poor would be opened in Acutis's honor. The next step would be canonization.
"There was a natural tendency for its sacred", his mum defined. With his beatification, Acutis is named Blessed.
Another verified miracle is necessary for sainthood, although Pope Francis has waived that on rare occasions.
He asked to be buried at Assisi because of his love for St. Francis.
Although it is rare for someone who died so young to be declared a saint, two Portuguese shepherd children living in the early 1900s who reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary were canonized in 2017 at the Shrine of Fatima in Portugal.
Skilled in film editing and computer programming, Carlo set up a website where he researched and documented miracles attributed to the Eucharist. He remembers playing video games, including Halo, with Carlo. "I knew he was different from others, but now I realize just how special he was".
"With his life, Carlo made me see that despite the small or even great difficulties - like his illness - that we could live a full and happy life if we keep our eyes looking up toward heaven", said 19-year-old Rosanna, who was among those attending the beatification.
"He was convinced that to love people and do them good you need to draw energy from the Lord".
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Already touted because the "patron saint of the web", Acutis created an internet site to catalog miracles and took care of internet sites for some native Catholic organizations.
The Church rejoices, because in this very young Blessed the Lord's words are fulfilled: "I have chosen you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit.' And Carlo 'went" and brought the fruit of holiness, showing it as a goal reachable by all and not as something abstract and reserved for a few.
The teenager had a passion for computers and reportedly taught himself to code at a young age.
"My whole family in Argentina were very excited and asked me to pray for them, and for Carlo too".
Acutis' heart, which now serves as a relic, was placed near the altar of the church.
"He did not get involved in comfortable immobility, but understood the needs of his time because he saw the face of Christ weakest", said Pope Francis on Sunday.
Many young men and women came to Assisi for the beatification. Acutis could be the Catholic church's first millennial saint following his beatification on October 10, 2020.