Pope Francis formally approves canonization of first-ever millennial saint, teen Carlo Acutis

Pope Francis formally approves canonization of first-ever millennial saint, teen Carlo Acutis

Relic of millennial considered for sainthood at Astoria church


Rome — A 15-year-old Italian web designer is set to become the Catholic Church’s first saint from the millennial generation. On Monday, in a ceremony called an Ordinary Public Consistory, Pope Francis and the cardinals residing in Rome formally approved the canonization of Carlo Acutis, along with 14 others. 

No specific date has been set for the canonization of Acutis, who was dubbed “God’s Influencer” for his work spreading Catholicism online, but he’s likely to be proclaimed a saint in 2025.

Monday’s consistory was merely a formality, as Acutis’ cause for sainthood had already been thoroughly examined and approved by the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Causes of the Saints. The initial announcement came in May.

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An image of 15-year-old Carlo Acutis, an Italian boy who died in 2006 of leukemia, is seen during his beatification ceremony celebrated by Cardinal Agostino Vallini, center, in the St. Francis Basilica, in Assisi, Italy, Oct. 10, 2020.

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Acutis was born to wealthy Italian parents in London in 1991, but the family moved to northern Italy shortly after his birth. His family have said he was a pious child, asking at the age of 7 to receive the first communion.

a relic of Acutis.

In order to be declared a saint, a second miracle — this one posthumous — needed to be approved. It came in 2022, when a woman prayed at Acutis’ tomb for her daughter, who just six days earlier had fallen from her bicycle in Florence, causing severe head trauma.

She required a craniotomy and had a very low chance of survival, according to doctors. On the day of the mother’s pilgrimage to Acutis’ tomb, the daughter began to breathe spontaneously. Just a few days later, the hemorrhage disappeared completely.

Along with Acutis, the canonizations of 14 other people were approved Monday, including 11 people who were killed in Syria in 1860, during the Syrian Civil War, which saw thousands of Christians killed.


Source: cbsnews.com