Pope Francis declares Canonization of the first millennial saint

Pope Francis declared Blessed Carlo Acutis as a saint after a miracle was associated with the young millennial.

The promulgation was announced by Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints, in relation to the canonization of several men and women of the Church.

According to Vatican News, the miracle was associated with a woman from Costa Rica named Liliana, who prayed to the millennial saint’s tomb in Assisi, Italy.

Prior to Liliana’s visit, her daughter Valeria, who attends university in Florence, fell from a bicycle and suffered head trauma, and needed craniotomy surgery. In order to reduce brain pressure, her right occipital bone was removed, which lowered her chances of survival.

On July 8, 2022, as Liliana embarked on a pilgrimage to Assisi, she prayed for Valeria’s healing. She received information from the hospital the same day that her daughter began to ‘breathe spontaneously,’ started moving, and regained her speech.

A CAT scan was initiated on July 18, 2022 resulting in the disappearance of Valeria’s hemorrhage, which progressed to rehabilitation therapy. Hence, Liliana returned to Italy on September 2 to thank Blessed Carlo’s intercession for her daughter Valeria.

Born in London, England on May 31, 1991, Blessed Acutis has a profound love for computers and immense devotion to the Holy Eucharist which inspired his creation of a Catholic website specifically for documented and approved Marian apparitions and Eucharistic miracles. He is recognized as the patron of the youth and computer programmers.

Blessed Acutis died on October 12, 2006 at Monza, Italy. Cardinal Vallini beatified Blessed Acutis, on the Pope’s behalf, on October 10, 2020 at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Italy.

(By Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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