The saints rejuvenate and are no longer responsible only for remote miracles. Carlo Acutis ascended the altar of the blessed, the first step towards his sanctification, wearing jeans and Nike sneakers. The young man, who died at the age of 15 from a sudden leukemia, was beatified on the 10th in Assisi, Italy, opening the possibility of becoming the first saint millenial. The alleged ascension to the skies of a boy who loved communication, computers and social networks connects fully with a generation of Catholics inevitably removed from some of the myths of sanctification. THE “influence de Deus ”or“ patron saint of the Internet ”, as he is known by the thousands of devotees who had already followed him before the beatification ceremony, inaugurates a new era in the worship of Catholic idols. His story, for various reasons, went around the world last week.
Carlo Acutis was born in 1991 in London, where his parents, a family from the upper bourgeoisie of Turin, had moved for work reasons. However, the boy grew up and developed his passions (computers and faith) in Milan. His work on social networks and on the Internet in favor of the Church made him a well-known figure in the world of Catholic youth. The Pope himself referred to him and that characteristic of a messenger last week, noting that the young man “knew how to use new communication techniques to transmit the Gospel, communicate values and beauty”. For Cardinal Angelo Becciu, then prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints – now fallen from grace due to the scandals that affect the Holy See – it was “an example of faith for young people”. “He created a computer project on matters of faith, he had a site about Eucharistic miracles. Therefore, this young man lived his faith to the fullest, ”said Becciu.
Computing talent is not enough to attract the Congregation’s attention to the Causes of Saints. The miracle attributed to Acutis and necessary for his beatification happened in 2013, when, according to the version accepted by the Church, he saved the life of a Brazilian child “with a rare congenital anatomical anomaly” known as the annular pancreas. The boy was born in 2010 in Campo Grande with an injury that divided the organ into two parts, for which he theoretically needed surgery. His family, however, asked for the intercession of Acutis, who had already died. Basically, a prayer was celebrated by a priest in front of a piece of the blessed future’s pajamas, which the boy touched. The surgery was never performed because the child recovered without an apparent medical explanation. A fact that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints recognized as the necessary miracle for the beatification of Acutis.
The last surprise came when the devotees who attended the 10th day ceremony in Assisi – the place where he asked to be buried – saw how apparently the young man’s body was uncorrupted. That is, practically intact. Another supposed sign of the singularity of Acutis. When a beatification or canonization is carried out, the body of the candidate for the altars is always exhumed and a check is made. But that of Acutis was not exhumed in the state that was later shown, said Bishop Domenico Sorrentino of the Diocese of Assisi. “It was found in the normal state of transformation typical of the condition post mortem”, He pointed out. “The body, although transformed, but with several parts still in its anatomical connection, was treated with conservation and integration techniques normally practiced to expose the bodies of the blessed and the saints with dignity to the veneration of the faithful. Reconstruction of the face with a silicone mask was particularly successful. ” The image of the young man lying in his grave in jeans, Nike sneakers and a sports shirt made a huge impact. The symbol of a new generation of saints.
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