Venerable Servant of God Carlo Acutis was born May 3rd, 1991 to Italian parents in London who moved back to Milan shortly after his birth. A pious child, he attended daily Mass, frequently prayed the rosary, made weekly confessions, and had a deep devotion to the Eucharist.
“Jesus was the center of his day. Carlo really had Jesus in his heart, really the pureness – when you are really pure of heart, you really touch people’s hearts.” – Antonia Salzano, Acutis’ mother.
When he contracted leukemia, he said: “I offer all the suffering I will have to suffer for the Lord, for the Pope, and the Church.” When the doctor treating him asked if he was suffering, he replied “there are people who suffer much more than me.”
Exceptionally gifted in computer programming, Acutis’ developed a website dedicating to meticulously cataloging all reported Eucharistic miracles in the months before he passed in October of 2006.
“The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on this earth we will have a foretaste of heaven.” – A quote from Acutis featured on his website.
Last Friday, Pope Francis signed a decree confirming a miracle attributed to his intercession, the miraculous healing of a Brazilian child with a rare congenital disease of the pancreas in 2013. The beatification is expected to take place sometime this year at Assisi, where Acutis is currently buried at in Assisi’s Church of St. Mary Major.
Pope Francis said of Acutis in his apostolic exhortation on young people, Christus Vivit, Christ Lives:
“Carlo was well-aware that the whole apparatus of communications, advertising and social networking can be used to lull us, to make us addicted to consumerism and buying the latest thing on the market, obsessed with our free time, caught up in negativity. Yet he knew how to use the new communications technology to transmit the Gospel, to communicate values and beauty.”