Blessed Carlo Acutis to be Canonised!

Blessed Carlo Acutis, born in London in 1991, to become the first millennial Saint

Friday, May 24, 2024
Naomi Archer-Roberts

Blessed Carlo Acutis to be Canonised!

It is with great joy that we received the news that Blessed Carlo Acutis will be canonised. Eagerly awaited by many, thisnmarks a significant milestone in our faith journey and serves as an inspiration for all, especially the youth.

The Life and Legacy of Carlo Acutis

Carlo Acutis, born on May 3, 1991, in London, was an Italian teenager known for his deep faith and extraordinary devotion to the Eucharist. Despite his short life - he passed away at the age of 15 due to leukemia - Carlo left an indelible mark on the world. His profound love for the Eucharist and his innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel message have made him a modern-day model of holiness.

From a young age, Carlo displayed a remarkable spirituality. He attended daily Mass, prayed the Rosary, and spent hours in Eucharistic adoration. Carlo’s passion for technology led him to create a website cataloguing Eucharistic miracles around the world. His work, done with the meticulousness of a scholar and the devotion of a saint, has inspired countless individuals to deepen their faith and appreciation for the Eucharist.

The Path to Sainthood

Carlo Acutis was beatified on October 10, 2020, in Assisi, Italy, where his remains, including a relic of his heart now lie. The beatification ceremony was a testament to his virtuous life and a miraculous healing attributed to his intercession. The miracle involved the healing of a Brazilian boy suffering from a rare and severe condition, which doctors could not explain scientifically.

Following his beatification, numerous reports of miracles attributed to Carlo’s intercession have been documented, leading the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints to recognise his sanctity further. Click here to read more about the process of investigation and decision making.

A Modern Saint for a Modern World

Blessed Carlo Acutis’s canonisation is a beacon of hope in our contemporary world. As a teenager who embraced modern technology to evangelise, Carlo serves as a patron for the digital age. Recently, the Nottingham Diocesan Catholic Education Service opened a chapel in his name, a nod to his relatability to the current generation of students and young teachers. His life teaches us that the internet and social media, when used wisely and ethically, can be powerful tools for spreading the Gospel and fostering community.

Carlo’s beatification homily described him as a “model of holiness” for today’s youth, highlighting his ability to connect with young people in a unique and relevant way. His witness encourages us to seek holiness in our everyday lives, no matter our age or circumstances.

Looking Forward

It is expected that more details will be announced in the coming months, with the canonisation likely to be live streamed via Vatican News.

Bishop Patrick spoke with BBC Radio East Midlands (Nottingham, Derby, Leicester) on Sunday 26th May, shorty after the announcement was made.

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