World News – US – Carlo Acutis’ grave is open for veneration before beatification


The tomb of Venerable Carlo Acutis was opened for public worship on Thursday before the beatification of the teenage computer programmer

A spokesperson for Acutis’ beatification told CNA the whole body was present, but « not incorruptible »

“Today we… see him again in his mortal body A body that has passed, during the years of burial in Assisi, through the normal process of decomposition, which is the legacy of the human condition after the sin took him from God, source of life But this mortal body is destined for the resurrection, ”Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi said during a mass at the opening of the tomb Oct 1

The teenager’s body will be available for worship in a glass tomb until October 17, during a celebration of Acutis’s life in Assisi

Acutis, who died of leukemia in 2006 at the age of 15, was known for his computer programming skills and his love of the Eucharist and the Virgin Mary

The heart of Acutis, which can now be considered a relic, will be on display in a reliquary in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi His mother said her family wanted to donate their organs when she died, but that she couldn’t do it because of the leukemia

« Carlo is a boy of our time A boy of the Internet age and a model of holiness in the digital age, as Pope Francis presented him in his letter to young people around the world The computer … Has become a means of traversing the streets of the world, like the first disciples of Jesus, to bring to hearts and homes the announcement of true peace, that which stifles the thirst for the infinite which inhabits the human heart ” Sorrentino said

The rector of the Sanctuary of Spoliation in Assisi, where Acutis’ tomb is located, told EWTN that reconstruction work on Acutis’s face was needed before the tomb’s public visit

Acutis had a cerebral hemorrhage at the time of his death, and he offered his suffering to the Pope and to the Church

« It was discovered that her body was totally integral, not intact, but integral, having all of her organs. Work was done on her face » Carlos Acácio Gonçalves Ferreira said

« In a certain way, his earthly face will be seen again But this face – let us not forget – does not point to itself, but to God », declared Bishop Sorrentino

Acutis’ tomb is open for public veneration October 1-17 in Assisi to allow as many people as possible to make a prayer visit in the weeks before and after his beatification Oct 10, despite the measures of coronavirus limiting attendance

In her interview with EWTN, Ferreira praised Acutis as a witness that holiness is achievable for adolescents

In the grave, Acutis is dressed in the casual clothes he wore on a daily basis Although he was not buried in these clothes, it is hoped that they will bear witness to the teenager’s life

« For the first time in history, we will see a saint dressed in jeans, sneakers and a sweater, » said the rector

« This is a great message for us, we can feel holiness not as something far away but as something very accessible to all because the Lord is the Lord of all »

In the year before his death, the Italian teenager researched Eucharistic miracles to create a website cataloging and sharing this information with others

As part of the 17-day celebration of Acutis’ beatification in Assisi, two churches host exhibitions on Eucharistic miracles and Marian apparitions cataloged by Acutis

The tomb of Acutis is in the sanctuary of the spoliation of Assisi, where a young St. Francis of Assisi is said to have abandoned his rich clothes in favor of a bad habit

« Carlo Acutis, like St Francis, had in common, in addition to love for Jesus and in particular for the Eucharist, a great love for the poor », declared Bishop Sorrentino, announcing Oct 1 that a soup kitchen would be opened near the shrine of the spoliation in memory of Acutis

Carlo’s mother Antonia Salzano (pictured above) said she was very moved by the opening of her son’s grave for public veneration

« We are delighted that Carlo’s tomb has finally been opened, especially because the devotees Carlo has scattered around the world will be able to see and worship him in a stronger and more engaging way, » she said. declared

“We hope that through the exhibition of Carlo’s body, the faithful will be able to raise their prayers to God with more fervor and faith who, through Carlo, invites us all to have more faith, hope and love for him, and for our brothers just as Carlo did in his earthly life We pray that Carlo intercedes for all of us with God and obtains many graces for us « 

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