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Blessed Carlo Acutis (

Pope Francis has recognised a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Carlo Acutis, paving the way for him to become the first millennial saint. Source: CNA.

The Italian computer-coding teenager who died of cancer in 2006 is known for his great devotion to the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

The recognition of the second miracle attributed to Blessed Carlo’s intercession makes it possible that he could be canonised during the Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year.

In a decree yesterday, Pope Francis approved the miraculous healing of a 21-year-old girl from Costa Rica named Valeria Valverde who was near death after seriously injuring her head in a bicycle accident while studying in Florence in 2022.

After Ms Valverde underwent an emergency craniotomy to reduce intracranial pressure, the family was told that her situation was very critical and that she could die at any moment, according to the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Causes of Saints.

Six days after the accident, Ms Valverde’s mother went on a pilgrimage to Assisi to pray for the healing of her daughter at the tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis, leaving a written note.

On that same day, Ms Valverde began to breathe on her own and on the following day she recovered the use of her upper limbs and partly recovered her speech.

Ms Valverde was discharged from the intensive care unit 10 days after her mother’s pilgrimage and underwent further tests that showed that the haemorrhagic right temporal cortical contusion in her brain had completely disappeared.

Contrary to medical predictions, Ms Valverde spent only one week in physical therapy and on September 2, 2022, two months after her accident, she went on a pilgrimage to Blessed Carlo Acutis’ tomb in Assisi with her mother to celebrate her complete healing.

Born in 1991, Blessed Carlo Acutis was the first millennial to be beatified by the Church. Thousands of people visited his tomb in Assisi following his beatification in the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi on October 10, 2020.


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