Who's Carlo Acutis?

Blessed Carlo Acutis, an Italian teenager who died at the age of 15 of leukemia in 2006, used the internet to spread his faith.  He has been named the official patron of the National Eucharistic Revival, and has (unofficially) been dubbed by many as the "patron saint of the internet".  The following biographical text is from the official website of the CARLO ACUTIS Association and the Cause of Canonization of Blessed Carlo Acutis:

Carlo Acutis dies at age of 15 due to of fulminant leukemia, leaving in the memory of all those who knew him a great void and a deep admiration for what was his a brief but intense testimony of an authentic Christian life. Since he received his First Communion at 7 years old, he never missed an appointment with daily Mass. He always tried before or after the Mass to pray in front of the tabernacle to worship the Lord, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Our Lady was his great confidant and never failed to honour her daily by reciting the Rosary. Carlo’s Modernity combines perfectly with his deep Eucharistic life and Marian devotion, which have helped to make him the most special guy who is admired and loved by everyone.

To quote Carlo’s words: "Our aim has to be the infinite and not the finite. The Infinite is our homeland. We have always been expected in Heaven." His famous quote is: "All people are born as originals but many die as photocopies." To move towards this destination and not “die as photocopies” Carlo said that our compass has to be the Word of God, that we have to face constantly. But extreme means are required to reach such a lofty destination: the sacraments and prayer. In particular Carlo put the Sacrament of the Eucharist at the centre of his life and he called it "my highway to heaven".

Carlo was gifted at anything related to computers so that his friends, and the adults with computer engineering degrees considered him a genius. Everyone was amazed by his ability to understand the computer secrets that are normally accessible only to those who have completed university. Carlo’s interests included computer programming, film editing, website creation, editing and layout of comics, and volunteering for those most in need -- children and the elderly.

It was a mystery to the young faithful of the diocese of Milan, that before his death he could offer his sufferings for the Pope and for the Church.  [Text from: http://www.carloacutis.com/it/association/

From the foreword by Cardinal Angelo Comastri:  To always be close to Jesus, that’s my life plan”.  With these few words Carlo Acutis, the boy who died of leukaemia, outlines the distinguishing feature of his brief existence: to live with Jesus, for Jesus, and in Jesus. (…)“I'm happy to die because I've lived my life without wasting even a minute of it doing things that wouldn't have pleased God”. Carlo also asks the same thing of us - to emulate the Gospel with our life, so that we can be a beacon lighting the way for others.


Click HERE to learn more about this amazing young man on the official website of the CARLO ACUTIS Association and the Cause of Canonization of Blessed Carlo Acutis.


Click HERE to watch a 25 minute video on YouTube about Carlo, presented by EWTN - Blessed Carlo Acutis, The Tech Teen who found Jesus