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Pope recognizes 2nd miracle of young “influencer of God”

Pope Francis attributed a second miracle to an Italian teenager who, in his short life, used his computer skills to spread the Catholic faith, paving the way for him to become the first saint of the Millennial generation.

Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia in 2006 at age 15, was informally known as “God’s influencer.” Born in London, he grew up in Milan, where he ran the website for his parish and, later, the website for a Vatican-based academy.

Pope Francis made the decision during a meeting with the head of the Vatican's department of saints, Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, said a statement published this Thursday (23).

Acutis was beatified in 2020 after a miracle was attributed to him. The attribution of a second miracle means he can now be elevated to sainthood, but the Vatican has not said when that would happen.

The liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church states that only God performs miracles, but that saints who are believed to be with God in heaven intercede on behalf of the people who pray to them. A miracle is usually the medically unexplained healing of a person.

Due to its “important role in evangelization through the internet”, Acutis was named patron of last year's World Youth Day in Lisbon, event organizers said.

Source: CNN Brasil

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