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Assisi: grave of Carlo Acutis

Carlo AcutisAbout Carlo Acutis:

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 ColumbusThe 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.

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17 thoughts on “Assisi: grave of Carlo Acutis”

  1. I am praying, asking for Blessed Carlo’s interceding prayers for my Mom who is sick with pancreatic cancer. I am praying that my mother will be restored to health and that her healing is another miracle to be attributed to Blessed Carlo’s intercession and cause for his canonization. Blessed Carlo Acutis, pray for us!

  2. I pray to Blessed Carlo Acutis for my grandchild Louis who is 4 years old that he may be able to improve his speaking ability

    • No, not all bodies in Italy. After the cause for sainthood has been initiated by the local bishop and approved by Rome, at which time the person is given the title “Servant of God”. The body of the Servant of God is then exhumed not just to exhibit it, and certainly not to disturb it, but primarily to protect it and reserve it for proper veneration.

  3. Blessed Carlos body was burried but then why later exhumed and brought to the current pl.
    Did anyone predict he will be a saint or what?
    Many people question pl get me an answer

  4. Here is a link to a new video inspired by the work of the now to be Blessed Carlos Acutis and detailing 3 Eucharistic miracles which have undergone the latest forensic investigation by top independent pathologists. The results are clear and really astonishing. All 3 miracles show living heart tissue within the host and come from a heart which is physically distressed and all come from someone with type AB blood which is shared by only 7% of the world’s population and which has also been found on the Shroud of Turin.

    I share this small contribution as a gift for Carlos today on his Beatification day 10 October 2020 – you inspired many during your short life and you continue to do so through your important work cataloguing Eucharistic miracles which continues to illuminate both believers and non believers and bears fruit through exhibitions and videos.

  5. God bless this young man who lost his life far too young. I have 3 children , 2 of whom have developmental delays and disabilities and I will make praying to Carlo part of my routine to hopefully work a miracle and help my children.


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