Boy Will Become First Millennial Saint After Performing Miracles After Death, Being Called ‘God’s Influencer’

Boy Will Become First Millennial Saint After Performing Miracles After Death, Being Called ‘God’s Influencer’

Carlo Acutis, a London-born computer prodigy who passed away from leukemia at age 15, is set to become the Catholic Church’s first millennial saint. Known as “God’s influencer” and “the patron saint of the internet,” Carlo was devoted to promoting Christianity online before his death in 2006. His body is on display in Assisi, dressed in his favorite Nike trainers, jeans, and a sweatshirt. Born in the UK to an Italian mother and a half-English, half-Italian father, Carlo’s family moved to Milan, where he showed a remarkable dedication to helping the poor and supporting his community from a young age.

Shortly before his death, Carlo expressed contentment with his life, saying, “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.” Pope Francis has recognized miracles attributed to Carlo, including a 2022 incident where the mother of a critically injured Costa Rican woman prayed at his tomb, leading to her daughter’s unexpected recovery from a severe brain hemorrhage.


Carlo’s path to sainthood includes another miracle in 2013, where he is said to have interceded from heaven to cure a Brazilian boy with a rare pancreatic disease. These events have been thoroughly investigated by the Vatican, which has attributed the miraculous recoveries to prayers made in Carlo’s name.

His mother, Antonia Salzano, recalled Carlo’s compassion and dedication, noting his support for bullied classmates and his efforts to help the homeless. Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi and the Archbishop of Birmingham have both celebrated Carlo’s legacy, with the latter establishing the Parish of Blessed Carlo Acutis in his honor.

Carlo’s impending canonization marks a significant moment for the Catholic Church, highlighting the ongoing impact of his life and faith. While no date has been set for the canonization ceremony, it is expected to attract thousands of pilgrims, celebrating the life of a young man whose devotion and miracles continue to inspire.