If you were hoping your Peep Show meme account would eventually put you in the running for a sainthood, think again, because the title of Patron Saint of the Internet has just been taken by a 15-year-old Italian “computer whizz”.
Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia in 2006, was beatified on Saturday (October 10) by the Catholic Church after the Pope deemed him responsible for a miracle. Born in 1991, Acutis first caught the Church’s attention as an 11-year-old after he created a website to document miracles.
According to Insider, Pope Francis previously described the teen as having used the internet to “communicate values and beauty”, while last week at the beatification ceremony, Cardinal Agostino Vallini said Acutis “used the internet in service of the Gospel, to reach as many people as possible”.
Beatification is the first step towards sainthood, and is a declaration that a person has entered heaven and can now guide those who pray to them. Acutis’ beatification was first announced in June, after the teen was said to have conducted his first miracle in February. According to Pope Francis, a seven-year-old boy in Brazil was healed of his rare pancreatic disorder after praying to Acutis and coming into contact with one of his t-shirts.
As reported by Associated Press, Acutis is the youngest person to be beatified in the modern day. In 2017, two Portugese children, aged nine and ten, who lived in the early 1900s were declared saints after they reported seeing the Virgin Mary while tending sheep.
Because two confirmed miracles are needed for someone to become a saint, Acutis has one left to conduct – though Pope Francis does have the ability to waive this rule.
A 15-year-old is about the become the Patron Saint of the Internet – Dazed