Friday, November 01, 2013

Vatican contemplates the beatification of tech savvy teen




November 1, 2013. (Romereports.com) This Italian teenager was only 15 years old. He was passionate about animals and computers. In October 2006, he passed away from leukemia. The teens name was Carlo Acutis, and in a matter of years, he could be declared a saint.  

FRANCESCA CONSOLINI
Office of the Causes of Saints of Milan (Italy)
“There's a difference in the virtue you can expect at 15 or 12 year old, compared to someone who is 30 or 50, because their life responsibilities, their roles and tasks change.”

Carlo Acutis was not raised in a Christian environment. According to his parents and his classmates, the teen helped them better live out their faith, by earning their respect through his coherent approach to life.

FRANCESCA CONSOLINI
Office of the Causes of Saints of Milan (Italy)
“He was not ashamed to share convictions with others. But those people would not make fun of him, because they understood that his conviction were real, they came from inside him. It wasn't something artificial that should be made fun of. He was completely clean and calm.”

One of the standout attributes Carlo had was his devotion to the Eucharist. He would go to Mass each day. He also used his computing knowledge to create a web page that assembled Eucharistic miracles from all across the world.

But before sainthood, there are still many steps ahead. For now, the Vatican is looking into his life. If they determine that he lived his life of heroic virtue, according to his age and circumstances, he will be declared venerable.

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