27 February 2020
Laity

Teenager Carlo Acutis to be beatified

Pope Francis authorizes the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree approving the beatification

During the most recent audience with Angelo Becciu, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis authorized the promulgation of the decree regarding the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God, Carlo Acutis, who is now to be beatified.

Carlo, who died in Monza in 2006 from an aggressive leukemia when he was only fifteen years old, was a very normal teenager, yet filled with faith and love for his neighbor. He served as a catechist helping his friends in trouble, he dedicated himself to helping the homeless, and he volunteered in soup kitchens serving the poor. Moreover, making the most of his passion for informational technology in the service of evangelization, he created the website “Miracoli Eucaristici” (“Eucharistic Miracles”).

Since 6 April 2019, his relics have been located in the Santuario della Spogliazione in Assisi, where every day many young people pray, finding in Venerable Carlo a true role model. The miraculous healing attributed to his intercession occurred in 2013 and concerns a Brazilian child who suffered from very grave digestive disorders.

In the same audience, Pope Francis also approved the beatification of the Jesuit priest Rutilio Grande Garcia and two lay companions, who were killed in 1977 in El Salvador out of contempt for the faith.