The late Italian teenager Carlo Acutis was beatified in the Italian town of Assisi on Saturday, October 10, in a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Agostino Vallini.
Following his beatification, Pope Francis then on Sunday invites the young generation to look to the late Italian teenager as a model of holiness.
Pope Francis recalled the 15-year-old as “a young man in love with the Eucharist.”
“He did not rest in comfortable immobility,” said the Pope. “He grasped the needs of his time because he saw the face of Christ in the weakest.”
Blessed Carlo Acutis’ example, he added, shows young people that “true happiness is found in putting God in the first place and serving Him in our brothers and sisters.”
The 15-year-old Italian teenager was a Catholic teen with a gift for computer programming. He also has a great devotion to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. On October 10, he became the first millennial to be declared as ‘Blessed’.
At 15, Acutis was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006.
Pope Francis first presented Acutis as an example for young people in post-synodal apostolic exhortation on young people, Christus Vivit.
The Pope wrote that the Acutis provided a model of how young people can use the internet and technology to spread the Gospel.
“It is true that the digital world can expose you to the risk of self-absorption, isolation, and empty pleasure. But don’t forget that there are young people even there who show creativity and even genius. That was the case with Venerable Carlo Acutis,” the Pope wrote in 2018.
“Carlo was well aware that the whole apparatus of communications, advertising, and social networking can be used to lull us, to make us addicted to consumerism and buying the latest thing on the market, obsessed with our free time, caught up in negativity. Yet he knew how to use the new communications technology to transmit the Gospel, to communicate values and beauty.”
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