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A relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis on display in Sydney last weekend (The Catholic Weekly/George Al-Akiki)

An international exhibition and first-class relic of Carlo Acutis has stopped by Sydney on its way to a Tasmanian tour, giving young people a chance to connect with the soon-to-be canonised Italian. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Our Lady of Fatima Caringbah parishioner Brad McKinnon organised for the Vatican exhibition titled “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World,” and relic, a strand of Acutis’ hair, to be on display in the neighbouring De La Salle College Hall last weekend. 

“When I found out about Carlo’s exhibition a couple of years ago, I started thinking about how I could get it to come here. I wrote to people in Italy and they wrote back to me with all the processes,” he said. 

“A lot of people are really interested in Carlo. He’s a phenomenal boy and obviously had a gift, but it’s the miracles themselves he documented I find so striking.  

“In them you can actually see evidence of God’s kingdom, that outside the scriptures there is that evidence for the existence of God.” 

Acutis, who died at the age of 15 in 2006, designed websites and published information on Eucharist-related miracles based on his own research. 

More than 140 of those from 22 different countries, all recognised by the Church, are documented in a photographic display for exhibition viewers to explore. 

Mr McKinnon contacted the college’s assistant principal and dean of mission Angela Porro, who last year visited Carlo’s tomb in Assisi, about hosting it in Sydney.  

“Kids hear of other, older saints but they oftentimes don’t resonate with them, whereas this is a living example,” he said. 

“They see that he had the same interests that they have. He had a PlayStation, he loved soccer, Pokémon and animals, but at the same time he also had a love for God.  

The exhibition and relic will be on display in Rouse Hill this weekend before heading to Tasmania. 


Acutis a model of faith for new generations (By George Al-Akiki, The Catholic Weekly)