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12
Oct
2020
Posted in internet

Italian teen on track to become ‘patron saint of the Internet’

Oct. 12 (UPI) — An Italian teen who died of leukemia at age 15 is on track to become the first Millennial saint. Carlo Acutis, who died in 2006, was beatified by Cardinal Agostino Vallini in his hometown of Assisi, Italy this week.

Pope Francis praised Acutis as “a young man in love with the Eucharist.” The pope said Acutis showed an example for young people that, “true happiness is found in putting God in the first place and serving Him in our brothers and sisters.”

Acutis was an amateur computer coder and built several Catholic websites that are said to have drawn internet users to explore the Catholic Church.

The teen was not raised in a devout Catholic family but became interested in eucharistic miracles, according to the Vatican News. Acutis also demonstrated love for his fellow people by buying a sleeping bag for a homeless man, the church said.

Acutis considered becoming a priest as a teen, but died of leukemia while in high school.

In a ceremony Saturday, a large portrait of the curly-haired teen wearing a red polo shirt was unveiled behind the altar of the St Francis Basilica, where the relics of St. Francis of Assissi are housed. Acutis’ parents and siblings accompanied a relic of the teen’s heart in a ceremonial reliquary that will be displayed around the world.

The teen’s body, wearing Nike sneakers and a tracksuit, was exhumed and is temporarily on display in a glass tomb until Saturday in Assisi for visitors to venerate.

“For the first time in history we will see a saint dressed in jeans, sneakers, and a sweater,” rector Fr. Carlos Acácio Gonçalves Ferreira said.

In the Catholic church’s beatification process, those who are to be considered for sainthood are considered after having performed a series of

11
Oct
2020
Posted in computer

Italian teenage computer whiz beatified by Catholic Church

ASSISI, Italy (AP) — A 15-year-old Italian computer whiz who died of leukemia in 2006 moved a step closer to possible sainthood Saturday with his beatification in the town of Assisi, where he is buried.

Carlo Acutis is the youngest contemporary person to be beatified, a path taken by two Portuguese shepherd children living in the early 1900s who were proclaimed Catholic saints in 2017.

At the beatification ceremony in the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, a portrait of Acutis was slowly unveiled, revealing a smiling teen in a red polo shirt, his curly dark hair illuminated by a halo of light. Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the papal legate for the Assisi basilicas, kissed each of the boy’s mask-wearing parents, Andrea Acutis and Antonia Salzano, after reading the proclamation decreed by Pope Francis.

Already touted as the “patron saint of the internet,” Acutis created a website to catalog miracles and took care of websites for some local Catholic organizations. While still in elementary school, Acutis taught himself to code using a university computer science textbook, and then learned how to edit videos and create animation.

“Carlo used the internet in service of the Gospel, to reach as many people as possible,’’ the cardinal said during his homily, adding that the teen saw the web “as a place to use with responsibility, without becoming enslaved.”


Acutis was born in London on May 3, 1991, to Italian parents and moved to Milan as a child. Already as a small child, he showed a strong religious devotion that surprised his non-practicing parents. His mother told the Corriere della Sera newspaper that from age 3 he would ask to visit churches they passed in Milan, and by age 7 had asked to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion, winning an exception to the customary