Teenager “God’s Influencer” Carlo Acutis on Path to Become First Millennial Saint

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Car­lo Acutis, a teenag­er born in Lon­don to Ital­ian par­ents, is on the path to becom­ing the Catholic Church’s first mil­len­ni­al saint. Despite a young life cut short by leukemia at 15 in 2006, Acutis’ unwa­ver­ing faith and inno­v­a­tive spir­it left a last­ing impact.

Nick­named “God’s Influ­encer,” Acutis used his tech skills to spread the Catholic faith online. He designed and cre­at­ed a web­site doc­u­ment­ing “The Eucharis­tic Mir­a­cles of the World,” inspir­ing many even after his pass­ing. This dig­i­tal lega­cy, cou­pled with his devout life, has fueled his poten­tial saint­hood and the pos­si­bil­i­ty of becom­ing the Patron Saint of the Internet.

Known for his piety and gen­eros­i­ty, Acutis lived a sim­ple life, vol­un­teer­ing at soup kitchens and donat­ing to the less for­tu­nate. Deeply reli­gious, he attend­ed dai­ly Mass and received his first Holy Com­mu­nion at age seven.

Fol­low­ing his death, the Arch­dio­cese of Milan opened his can­on­iza­tion cause in 2012. In 2020, Acutis was beat­i­fied after the Church rec­og­nized a mir­a­cle attrib­uted to his inter­ces­sion. With a sec­ond mir­a­cle recent­ly approved by the Pope, Acutis is one step clos­er to sainthood.

Today, Acutis’ remains lie in a glass-front­ed tomb in Assisi, Italy, attract­ing pil­grims dai­ly. His sto­ry and ded­i­ca­tion to the dig­i­tal world res­onate with young Catholics, solid­i­fy­ing his poten­tial role as the Patron Saint of the Internet.

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