Patron Saint of Youth and Computer Programmers
An Italian teenager who used the internet to spread his faith is on a path to becoming the Catholic Church’s first millennial saint. Carlo Acutis, who sadly died of leukaemia on October 12th 2006 at just age 15, has already been dubbed “the patron saint of the internet”.
On October 10th 2020 Carlo was elevated to “Blessed Carlo Acutis” by Pope Francis at a Beatification Mass in Assisi.
As well as being a devout Catholic who attended Mass daily, Carlo was avidly interested in computers, video games and the internet. He began a project designing a webpage that lists miracles across the globe associated with the Eucharist, the bread and wine consecrated at Mass.
After Carlo’s death, people began to attribute miracles to his intercession. This included the birth of twins to his own mother four years to the day after his death. Carlo’s case was submitted to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, an office in the Curia, papal administrative structure of the Catholic Church, who began the process of his official canonisation in the Roman Catholic Church.
Here is a link to one of the many YouTube videos of Blessed Carlo Acutis.