Pope Francis has formally recognised a miracle attributed to the intercession of Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian teenager who the Pope has said is a role model for young men and women today. Source: Crux.
By Junno Arocho Esteves, CNS via Crux
In a meeting on Saturday with Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, the Pope advanced the sainthood causes of Carlo, as well as one woman and seven men, including Jesuit Fr Rutilio Grande and his two companions who were murdered in El Salvador in 1977.
The Vatican announced on Sunday that the Pope had signed the decrees.
Antonia Salzano, Carlo’s mother, said yesterday that the news of the Pope’s approval made her “really, really happy”.
“Pope Francis has always been close to Carlo; he quoted him in Christus Vivit, and this was a great privilege in that he cited him as an example for young people in the whole world,” Ms Salzano said.
In Christus Vivit (“Christ Lives”), Pope Francis’s exhortation on young people, he said the teen was a role model for young people today who are often tempted by the traps of “self-absorption, isolation and empty pleasure.”
“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,” the Pope wrote.
“Yet he knew how to use the new communications technology to transmit the Gospel, to communicate values and beauty,” he said.
Before his death from leukemia in 2006, Carlo was an average teen with an above-average knack for computers. He put that knowledge to use by creating an online database of Eucharistic miracles around the world.
The miracle approved by the Pope involved the healing of a young Brazilian boy afflicted with a rare congenital disease of the pancreas, Ms Salzano said.
For three days, the child’s family prayed a novena “with a priest who was devoted to Carlo. On the third day, the child said he wanted to eat” after days of not being able to eat solid foods, she said. The doctors later discovered that he was completely healed.