Carlo Acutis


Carlo Acutis
Layman
BornCarlo Acutis
(1991-05-03)3 May 1991
London, United Kingdom
Died12 October 2006(2006-10-12) (aged 15)
Monza, Italy
Resting placeSanta Maria Maggiore (Sanctuary of the Spoliation)
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Beatified10 October 2020, Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Assisi, Italy, by Agostino Vallini
Major shrineSanta Maria Maggiore (Sanctuary of the Spoliation)
Feast12 October
AttributesLaptop
Rosary
Blessed Sacrament
Patronage

Blessed Carlo Acutis (3 May 1991 – 12 October 2006) was an Italian Catholic computer programmer.[3] He was best known for documenting Eucharistic miracles around the world and cataloguing them all onto a website that he created in the months before his death from leukemia.[3] He was noted for his cheerfulness and his computer skills as well as for his deep devotion to the Eucharist, which became a core theme of his life.[4] He was beatified on 10 October 2020.

Life

Carlo Acutis was born in London on 3 May 1991 to a wealthy Italian family.[4][5] His parents, Andrea Acutis and Antonia Salzano, worked in London and Germany, settling in Milan not long after their son's birth in September 1991.[3][4] He became a frequent communicant after the reception of his First Communion (aged seven at the convent of St. Ambrogio ad Nemus) and made the effort either before or after Mass to reflect in front of the tabernacle. Acutis also made his confession once a week. Those around him knew he had a passion for computers.[4][3] He spent his school education in Milan and his high school studies were under the Jesuits at the Instituto Leone XIII. He also had several models as his guides for life: Saint Francis of Assisi,[3] Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto, Saint Dominic Savio, Saint Tarcisius, and Saint Bernadette Soubirous.[3]

Acutis was worried about those friends of his whose parents were divorcing and so he would invite those friends to his home to support them. He defended the rights of the disabled and defended disabled peers at school when bullies mocked them. He loved travelling but loved to visit Assisi more than other places.[4]

He contracted leukemia and offered his pain for both Pope Benedict XVI and for the Universal Church in which he said that "I offer all the suffering I will have to suffer for the Lord, for the Pope, and the Church".[6] He had asked his parents to take him on pilgrimages to the sites of all the known Eucharistic miracles in the world but his worsening health prevented this from happening. Being passionate about computers led Acutis to make a website dedicated to careful cataloging of each reported miracle and he did this in 2005 (he had cataloged each case since he was eleven). He appreciated Blessed Giacomo Alberione's initiatives to use the media to evangelize and proclaim the Gospel and aimed to do this with the website that he had created. He also liked film and comic editing. It was on the website that he said: "the more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on this earth we will have a foretaste of heaven".[citation needed] The doctor treating him asked him if he was suffering much pain and he responded that "there are people who suffer much more than me".[4] He died on 12 October 2006 at 6:45am from M3 fulminant leukemia and he was buried in Assisi in accordance with his wishes.[3]

Legacy

Carlo's mother Antonia attributes to his intercession the fact that, at the age of 44, she gave birth to twins—born exactly four years to the day since his death.[7] After the recognition of the miracle in 2020 she told the newspapers that her son had appeared to her in dreams informing that he will not only be beatified but also canonised a saint in the future.[8]

Both Raffaello Martinelli and Angelo Comastri helped in organizing a travelling photo exhibition of all the Eucharistic miracle sites in Carlo's honor. It has since travelled to dozens of different countries across five continents.[9]

Beatification

A call for him to be beatified began not long after Acutis' death. The campaign gained momentum in 2013 after he was named a Servant of God, the first stage on the path towards sainthood.[3][10] The Lombard Episcopal Conference approved the petition for the canonization cause to be introduced at their meeting in 2013.[10] The opening of the diocesan investigation was held on 15 February 2013, with Cardinal Angelo Scola inaugurating the process, and then concluding it later on 24 November 2016. The formal introduction to the cause came on 13 May 2013, and Acutis became titled as a Servant of God. Pope Francis confirmed his life of heroic virtue on 5 July 2018, and named him as Venerable.[11]

On 14 November 2019, the Medical Council of the Congregation for Saints' Causes expressed a positive opinion about a miracle in Brazil attributed to Acutis' intercession.[citation needed] Luchiana Vianna had taken her son Mattheus, who was born with a pancreatic defect that made eating difficult, to a prayer service. Beforehand, Vianna had already prayed a novena asking for Acutis' intercession, while during the service her son simply asked that he wouldn't "throw up so much". Immediately following the service, Mattheus informed his mother of the healing, and asked for solid food when he came home, as he had been on an all-liquid diet.[12][13] After investigation, Pope Francis confirmed the miracle's authenticity in a decree on 21 February 2020, enabling Acutis' beatification.

Within a month of the decree, Italy experienced its first wave of COVID-19 cases, which caused the beatification ceremony to be postponed while the country was on lockdown. It was rescheduled for 10 October 2020 and was held at the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy, with Cardinal Agostino Vallini presiding on the pope's behalf.[14][15]

As of 2019, the postulator for Acutis' cause is Francesca Consolini.[16][needs update]

See also

References

  1. ^ Adam Cassandra (9 December 2016). "Young Creator of 'Eucharistic Miracles' Exhibit Can Be Role Model for Students". The Cardinal Newman Society. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ Rousselle, Christine. "Millennial and Gen Z Catholics love Carlo Acutis. Here's why". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Servant of God Carlo Acutis". Santi e Beati. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Italy moved by teen who offers life for the Church and the Pope". Catholic News Agency. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Carlo Acutis 'Always Lived in the Presence of God'". NCR.
  6. ^ "Carlo Acutis: Millennial generation has a Blessed - Vatican News". www.vaticannews.va. 10 October 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Mom of Carlo Acutis says son led her back to the Catholic faith". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Carlo Acutis futuro beato. La mamma: "Ha aiutato tante anime ad avvicinarsi a Dio"". Agensir (in Italian). Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  9. ^ Jean Ko Din (4 June 2016). "Photo exhibit chronicles the miracle of the Eucharist". The Catholic Register. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Cause of beatification starts!". Associazione Amici di Carlo Acutis. 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Venerable Carlo Acutis: A patron of computer programmers?". Catholic News Agency.
  12. ^ ""The Miracle Attributed to Carlo Acutis' Prayers", National Catholic Register, 10 Oct 2020".
  13. ^ "With a miracle approved, beatification awaits computer programmer Carlo Acutis". 24 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Beatification of Carlo Acutis: The First Millennial Is Declared 'Blessed'". NCR. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  15. ^ Gomes, Robin (22 February 2020). "Indian martyr, Devasahayam, cleared for sainthood". Vatican News.
  16. ^ "Venerable Teenager". www.messengersaintanthony.com. 30 July 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2020.

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