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Pope Francis Declares Late Italian Computer Genius Youngest Saint

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15-year-old Italian computer whizz Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia in 2006, is headed to become the Patron Saint of the internet. Pope Francis has deemed Acutis responsible of a miracle, and for that reason, he is beatifying Acutis as the youngest person to hold the status. Beatification suggests that a person has entered paradise and the person can now become a saint. The church first announced that Acutis was to be beatified in June 2020.


An incident in February 2020 led Pope Frances to grant Acutis the honor. A 7-year-old boy in Brazil was suffering from a rare type of pancreatic disorder deemed to be lethal. But then he came into contact with Acutis’ t-shirt. And the Pope believes that it was the reason that caused the boy to become healed. But to become a saint, two miracles need to be associated with a person. But occasionally, the requirement for a second miracle has been dropped by some pontiffs.



Acutis had first caught Pope Francis attention in 2002 when he created a website to document and list miracles. Francis has since been in praises of the late comp-whizz, often mentioning how Acutis used the internet to communicate values and beauty.


Acutis — born in London in May 1991 to Italian parents who moved to Milan soon after — is buried in a tomb in Assisi. While he is the youngest person to be beatified in the modern era, he will not be the youngest saint if he receives the title. In 2019, Pope Francis canonized Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two Portuguese children aged 10 and 9, who died during the 1918 influenza pandemic.


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