Pope Francis beatified the late Italian adolescent Carlo Acutis on Saturday. Acutis, a deeply religious boy who was skilled with computers, thus becomes the first ‘millennial’ to receive the honor.
Acutis was born in London in 1991 and died of leukemia in 2006. Two years ago he already received the status of venerable. Pope Francis ruled in February that Carlo Acutis had performed a miracle from his tomb. A Brazilian child miraculously recovered from a deadly pancreatic disease in 2013 after praying to Carlo Acutis.
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Recognition opened the door to Acutis’s beatification. Pope Francis had previously cited the deeply religious boy as an example for the youth.
Since World Youth Days in Rio in 2013, Acutis has been known to many Brazilian youthful believers as ‘the cyber apostle’. He was barely ten when he wrote programs and designed sites. At the age of eleven, he started a web encyclopedia of Catholic miracles from all over the world.
According to observers, Pope Francis is addressing the youth again with the beatification, whom he has warned several times in the past about the dangers of the internet and fake news.
Acutis’s beatification was already scheduled for June, but had to be postponed due to the corona pandemic.