“A Boy of the in­ter­net age and a model of ho­li­ness of the dig­i­tal age” - Pope Fran­cis “First Saint dressed in Jeans, Sneak­ers and a sweater”

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FEATURES - By Anton Abeye­sek­era

The tomb of Carlo Acutis was opened in As­sisi, his home­town prior to be­at­i­fi­ca­tion and was found to be in­tact but not in-cor­rupt. The fol­low­ing is the state­ment of Arch­bishop Sor­rentino of As­sisi on Oc­to­ber 1.

“To­day we see him again in his mor­tal body. A body that has passed in the years of burial through the nor­mal process of de­cay, which is the legacy of the hu­man con­di­tion af­ter sin has re­moved it from God, the source of life. But this mor­tal body is des­tined for res­ur­rec­tion”. Carlo who was con­ferred the ti­tle Blessed on Oc­to­ber 10 was a vic­tim of the dreaded dis­ease leukemia at the age of 15 and died in 2006. The teen was known for be­ing a Com­puter wizard pro­fi­cient in pro­gram­ming and did not have other in­ter­ests which teenagers nor­mally have. He was a very re­li­gious per­son from his early years, at­tended daily mass and had an in­tense love for Je­sus and Vir­gin Mary. The heart of Acutis which is con­sid­ered a Relic will be dis­played in a glass reli­quary in the basil­ica of St. Fran­cis in As­sisi. Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, a cer­tain amount of re­con­struc­tion work was nec­es­sary on the face be­fore dis­play as Acutis had brain hem­or­rhage at the time of death. It is also men­tioned that as a con­se­quence he was in in­tense pain and he had of­fered his suf­fer­ings to God. Acutis’ tomb will be avail­able for pub­lic ven­er­a­tion from the Oc­to­ber 1-17 de­spite the re­stric­tions im­posed by the health author­i­ties in view of the Corona pan­demic.

He used his Com­puter skills to great ad­van­tage by in­ves­ti­gat­ing and com­pil­ing the il­lus­trated de­tails of Eucharis­tic Mir­a­cles around the World and there­after to­gether with his Mother An­to­nia Salzano pro­duced the first Vat­i­can Eucharis­tic Mir­a­cles Ex­hi­bi­tion in 2004. Fol­low­ing this Ex­hi­bi­tion it was also dis­played in many coun­tries in­clud­ing Sri Lanka and por­trayed colour­ful ex­hibits with de­tailed de­scrip­tions which was in fact a ful­fill­ment at least in part of the pro­gram of new evan­ge­liza­tion of the world pro­posed by Pope John Paul II. These ex­hibits were also shown in a web­site con­structed by Carlo “Mira­coli Eucharis­tici” so that ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion was pos­si­ble world­wide. In this web­site in­ci­den­tally de­scrip­tions of the Mir­a­cles cur­rently are also avail­able in Sin­halese and Tamil as well due to the feed­back pro­vided by us. Pope Fran­cis de­scribed him as fol­lows “Carlo is a boy of our time. A Boy of the in­ter­net age and a model of ho­li­ness of the dig­i­tal age.” A spokesper­son in As­sisi said. For the first time we will see a Saint dressed in jeans, sneak­ers and a sweater.” Ac­cord­ing to the Catholic News Agency, Carlo’s Mother An­to­nia, ex­pressed that she was very much moved at see­ing the Son’s body and fur­ther said “We hope that through the ex­po­si­tion of the Carlo’s body, the faith­ful can raise their prayers to God with greater fer­vor and faith who through Carlo in­vites us all to have more faith hope and love in Je­sus and of­fer our prayers for all our broth­ers and sis­ters just as Carlo did in his earthly life. We pray that Carlo will in­ter­cede for all of us with God and ob­tain many Grace for us”. Carlo will ide­ally be a role Model for the Catholic youth all over the world. His love for Je­sus and Vir­gin Mary and daily at­ten­dance at Holy Mass in the ma­te­ri­al­is­tic world of to­day is in­deed a wor­thy act to fol­low.


Im­age of 15-year-old Carlo Acutis, who died in 2006 of leukemia, is un­veiled dur­ing his be­at­i­fi­ca­tion cer­e­mony cel­e­brated by Car­di­nal Agostino Vallini in the St. Fran­cis Basil­ica in Italy

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