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 other places.
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.” He then asked his parents to start taking him to all the places of the Eucharistic miracles, and two and half years later the project was completed.
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.
He was declared Servant of God in 2016, not long after his death.
On July 5, 2018 his cause progressed and he was named Venerable Carlo Acutis. The next step, of course, is Sainthood.
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) in preparation for their translation to the Santuario della Spogliazione here in Assisi, scheduled for April 5-6, 2019.
Rumors that his body was found incorrupt have not been verified. On January 24, 2019, Nicola Gori…the Postulator of the cause of beatification and canonization…… has stated that “Any judgement on the state of the body’s preservation is premature as the necessary examinations by medical personnel are currently underway“.
You can visit the official website for the cause and beatification of Venerable Carlo Acutis here.