Pope Francis authorised the Congregation for the Cause of Saints to promulgate a number of decrees with regard to eight men and a woman to be proclaimed Blessed or Saints. Amongst them is Carlo Acutis a 15-year old servant of God.
A miracle has been attributed to the intercession of this young man who died of lucemia at the age of 15.
Acutis was born on March 3, 1991. In London and died on the 12th October 2006 in Monza, Italy.
A press release by the Vatican’s press office states that Pope Francis received in audience, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the cause of Saints and authorised the Congregation to promulgate and publish the relative decree.
“The Blessed Carlo Acutis! The diocese of Assisi – Nocera Umbra, rejoice. The long expected news has arrived. The Pope approved the miracle that will shortly, in Spring, the Venerable Carlo Acutis, who is buried in Assisi will be elevated to the glory of the altar”.
Mons. Domenico Sorrentino, Bishop of the diocese of Nocera Umbra, wrote in a statement. “This is great news for this particular Church that saw Carlo Acutis follow in the path of Saint Francis, towards sainthood. He was baptised in this Church and accompanied him to his encounter with Jesus. This is great news for the many followers of Carlo throughout the world.”
This brings great happiness, particularly to youths who will find in him a model for life. Already, his slogans have become so popular. The most radical of which “Not I, but God”. This slogan was even chosen by Pope Francis in his letter to the youths of the world “Christus Vivit”. Another favourite say of this youngster was “The Eucharist is my highway to Heaven”.
“At the Sanctuary where Francis of Assisi, left everything, even his clothes to dedicate himself to Christ, Carlo Acutis is already attracting thousands of young people for all over the world.
Sainthood a vocation
The Bishop concluded his message with a wish that Carlo’s Beatification, will be a further point of reference end encouragement for sainthood. Sainthood is a vocation for all. Even for the young.
Carlo knew how to use the new communications technology to transmit the Gospel, to communicate values and beauty. Before his death from leukemia in 2006, Acutis was an average teen with an above-average knack for computers. He put that knowledge to use by creating an online database of Eucharistic miracles around the world.
His work, which included a traveling exhibition of eucharistic miracles, has been displayed “on every continent” and was the inspiration behind the documentary, “Segni” (“Signs”) which was produced by the Vatican Dicastery for Communication in October 2018.