Carlo Acutis was born in London in 1991, but his parents moved to Milan not long after his birth. From an early age he recited frequent rosaries and received his First Communion at the age of 7 in the Convent of Saints Amrogio and Neumus in Milan. He made the effort to go to daily Mass and to spend time in front of the Tabernacle in addition to weekly Confession. His high school studies were under the Jesuits at the Istituto Leone XIII. He defended the rights of the disabled and defended disabled peers at school when bullies picked on them. He loved traveling …..but loved to visit Assisi more than any other place.
He contracted Leukemia at a young age, and although he had requested that his parents take him on pilgrimages to the sites of all the known Eucharistic miracles in the world, his failing health prevented that.
He had a passion for computers: everything including computer programming, film editing, website creation, editing and layout of comics, and volunteering for those most in need — children and the elderly.
Perhaps his most significant computer venture was cataloguing all the Eucharistic miracles of the world. He started the project when he was 11 years old and wrote at the time, “The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on this earth we will have a foretaste of Heaven.”
Acutis researched over 136 Eucharistic miracles that occurred over the centuries in different countries around the world, and have been acknowledged by the Church and collected them into a virtual museum. Besides creating a website to house this virtual museum, he helped create panel presentations that have traveled around the world.
According to the introductory panel, “In the United States alone, thanks to assistance from the Knights of Columbus, The Cardinal Newman Society and The Real Presence Association and Education, with the support of Cardinal Edmond Burke, it has been hosted in thousands of parishes and more than 100 universities.” The panels have traveled to all five continents and have inspired many by their amazing photographs and beautiful stories.
You can find the website with his Miracles List here.
He died from M3 fulminant leukemia on 12 October 2006 at the age of 15.
Cause for Beatification and Canonization for Carlo Acutis:
He was declared Servant of God in 2016, not long after his death. This is the first step on the path to sainthood.
On July 5, 2018 his cause progressed and he was named Venerable Carlo Acutis. The next step, of course, is to be named Blessed.
On February 22, 2020, the Vatican announced the approval of a miracle attributed to his intercession.
The miracle involved the healing of a Brazilian child suffering from a rare congenital anatomic anomaly of the pancreas in 2013. The Medical Council of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes gave a positive opinion of the miracle in November 2019.
With Pope Francis’ approval of the miracle, Acutis can now be beatified. He was Beatfied on October 10, 2020 and is now Blessed Carlo Acutis.
The Grave of Carlo Acutis in Assisi:
He was buried in the cemetery in Assisi in accordance with his wishes. In January 2019, the mortal remains of the Venerable Carlo Acutis, were exhumed in accord with Canon Law and transferred to a suitable location (reportedly the Capuchin Monastery here in Assisi). Then on April 6, 2019 his body was moved to its permanent place inside the Church of Saint Mary Major (not the one in Rome…this one is in Assisi) in a chapel Santuario della Spogliazione (the Shrine of the Stripping). His tomb remains there at this time.
His body was embalmed and is not incorrupt. Bishop of Assisi Mons. Domenico Sorrentino has stated:
“To the act of the exhumation in the cemetery of Assisi, happened January 23, 2019 in sight of the translation to the Sanctuary, it was found in the normal state of just transformation of the cadaveric condition.
Not being however many the years of the burial, the body, although transformed, but with the various parts still in their anatomical connection, was treated with those techniques of conservation and integration usually practiced to expose with dignity to the veneration of the faithful the bodies of the blessed and saints.
An operation that was carried out with art and love. Particularly successful was the reconstruction of the face with silicone mask.
With specific treatment it was possible to recover the precious relic of the heart that will be used on the day of beatification”.
Please note: although his body has been available for viewing during the beatification process, it has now been covered by the marble shown in the photos…..but you are still welcome to pray at his tomb.
You can visit the official website for the cause and beatification of Venerable Carlo Acutis here.