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A 15-year-old Italian computer genius who died of leukemia in 2006 approached a possible holiness on Saturday with his beatification in the city 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

During the beatification ceremony in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, a portrait of Acutis was slowly unveiled, revealing a smiling teenager in a red polo shirt, his black curly hair illuminated by a halo of light Cardinal Agostino Vallini, papal legate of the Basilicas of Assisi, kissed each of the boy’s masked parents, Andrea Acutis and Antonia Salzano, after reading the proclamation decreed by Pope Francis

Already billed as the « patron saint of the Internet, » Acutis created a website to catalog miracles and took care of the websites of some local Catholic organizations While still in elementary school, Acutis taught himself to code using a college computer textbook, then learned to edit videos and create animations.

« Carlo used the Internet in the service of the Gospel, to reach as many people as possible, » the cardinal said during his homily, adding that the teenager saw the Web « as a place to be used with responsibility, without becoming a slave « 

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

Her curiosity prompted her to study theology in order to answer her questions, renewing her own faith

“Carlo saved me I was illiterate in faith I came back thanks to Father Ilio Carrai, Padre Pio of Bologna, otherwise I would have felt discredited in my parental authority It is a path that continues I at least hope to end up in purgatory, ”she told the Milan daily

He was put on the path to holiness after Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to Acutis: the healing of a 7-year-old Brazilian boy from a rare pancreatic disorder after coming into contact with a relic Acutis, a piece of one of his T-shirts

« I was sure he was already a saint when he was alive He healed a woman of cancer by praying to Our Lady of Pompeii, » his mother told Corriere

Another verified miracle is necessary for holiness, although Pope Francis has renounced it on rare occasions

Acutis was buried in Assisi at his own request, having become an admirer of St Francis of Assisi for his dedication to the poor The Umbrian town was one of his favorite travel destinations His body, clad in a tracksuit and sneakers, was exhibited for veneration in a city shrine, and his heart will be displayed in a reliquary in St. Francis Basilica

Acutis told his mother that he would give her many signs of his presence after death

« Before we left, I told him: if in heaven you find our four-legged friends, look for Billy, my childhood dog he never knew, » said the mother One day, she got a call from an aunt who was unaware of the mother-son pact, saying: « I saw Carlo in a dream tonight He was holding Billy in his arms »

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