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With the beatification of Carlo Acutis in Assisi on Saturday, the Catholic Church now has its first “Blessed” who loved Super Mario and Pokémon, but not as much as he loved the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

« To be always united to Jesus is my program of life », wrote Carlo Acutis at the age of seven

The young Italian computer genius, who died of leukemia at the age of 15 while offering his sufferings to the Pope and the Church, was beatified in October 10 in a mass at the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

Born in 1991, Acutis is the first millennial to be beatified by the Catholic Church The teenager with skills in computer programming is now one step away from canonization

“Since he was a child… he had looked towards Jesus Love for the Eucharist was the foundation that kept his relationship with God alive. He often said:“ The Eucharist is my way to heaven ”, declared Cardinal Agostino Vallini in his homily for the beatification

« Carlo felt a strong need to help people discover that God is close to us and that it is beautiful to be with him to enjoy his friendship and his grace, » said Vallini

During the beatification mass, Acutis’ parents treated behind a relic of their son’s heart that was placed near the altar An apostolic letter from Pope Francis was read aloud in which the Pope spoke declared that Carlo Acutis’ party will be held every year in October 12, anniversary of his death in Milan in 2006

Masked pilgrims spread out in front of the Basilica of St Francis and in the various squares of Assisi to watch Mass on large screens because only a limited number of people were allowed to enter

The beatification of Acutis drew around 3,000 people to Assisi, including people who knew Acutis personally and many other young people inspired by his testimony

Mattia Pastorelli, 28, was a childhood friend of Acutis, who first met him when they were both around five. He recalls playing video games, including Halo, with Carlo (Acutis’ mother also told CNA that Super Mario and Pokémon were Carlo’s favorites)

« Having a friend who is about to become a saint is a very strange emotion, » Pastorelli told CNA Oct 10 « I knew he was different from the others, but now I realize how special he was »

« I watched him while he was programming websites… He was really an amazing talent, » he added

In his homily, Cardinal Vallini, papal legate of the Basilica of St. Francis, hailed Acutis as a model of how young people can use technology in the service of the Gospel to « reach as many people as possible and help them to know the beauty of friendship with the Lord »

For Carlo, Jesus was « the strength of his life and the goal of everything he did », declared the cardinal

« He was convinced that in order to love people and do them good, it was necessary to draw the energy of the Lord. In this spirit, he was very devoted to Notre-Dame », he added

« His ardent desire was also to attract as many people as possible to Jesus, making himself above all a herald of the Gospel by the example of life »

At a young age, Acutis himself learned to program and continued to create websites cataloging Eucharistic miracles and Marian apparitions around the world.

<p "And Carlo" went "and brought the fruit of holiness, showing it as an objective accessible to all and not as something abstract and reserved for a few", declared the cardinal

« He was an ordinary boy, simple, spontaneous, sympathetic… he loved nature and animals, he played football, he had many friends his age, he was attracted to modern means of social communication. , computer enthusiast and self-taught, he built websites to transmit the Gospel, to communicate values ​​and beauty, ”he said

Assisi celebrates the beatification of Carlo Acutis with over two weeks of liturgies and events Oct 1-17 Meanwhile, images of a young Acutis standing with a giant monstrance containing the Eucharist can be seen in front of the churches all around the town of St Francis and St Clare

People lined up to pray in front of Carlo Acutis’ tomb, located in the Sanctuary of the Spoliation of Assisi in the Church of St Mary Major The church extended its hours until midnight throughout the beatification weekend to allow as many people as possible to worship Acutis, with social distancing measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

Fr Boniface Lopez, a Franciscan Capuchin based at the church, told CNA that he noted that many people who visited Acutis’ tomb also took the opportunity to go to confession, which is offered in many languages ​​during the 17 days Acutis body is visible for venation

“A lot of people come to see Carlo to ask for his blessing… also a lot of young people; they come for confessions, they come because they want to change their life and they want to approach God and really experience God ” Lopez said

During a youth vigil on the eve of the beatification, the pilgrims gathered in front of the Basilica of Saint-Assisi Mary of the Angels while the priests heard confessions inside

People gathered outside the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels as priests heard confessions inside

Lopez said he had also met many nuns and priests who came on pilgrimage to see Actutis « Religious come here to ask for his blessing to help them cultivate a greater love for the Eucharist »

As Acutis said: « When we face the sun we tan but when we stand before Jesus in the Eucharist we become saints »

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