Public Veneration of St. Carlo Acutis

Carlo Acutis’ tomb is opened for public veneration in Assisi, Italy, Oct. 1, 2020. Photos courtesy of Assisi diocese.
Carlo Acutis’ tomb is opened for public veneration in Assisi, Italy, Oct. 1, 2020. Photos courtesy of Assisi diocese.

This month, is the month of the Holy Rosary. The month of the 17-day celebration of St. Carlo Acutis’ beatification in Assisi from October 1-17, 2020 [1]. However, in the US, October started with a very sad news due to the COVID-19 positive test result of Pres. Trump and First Lady Melania [2] on October 1st. What a coincidence?

St. Carlo Acutis died of leukemia in 2006 at the age of 15. When he was diagnosed of acute and untreatable leukemia, Carlo wasn’t upset. He told his mother, “I can die happy, because I haven’t wasted even a minute on things that aren’t pleasing to God.” [3]

In this challenging time, with the increase of COVID19 cases and dying people, St. Carlo Acutis has shown the beauty of optimism, hope, kindness and love for God.

REFERENCES:

  1. Mares, Courtney. “Tomb of Carlo Acutis is opened for veneration ahead of beatification”. Catholic News Agency. Oct 1, 2020. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/tomb-of-carlo-acutis-is-opened-for-veneration-ahead-of-beatification-29642
  2. Clark, Dartunorro, Jackson, Hallie and Helsel, Phil. “Trump, first lady test positive for Covid-19”. NBC UNIVERSAL. Oct. 1, 2020. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-first-lady-test-positive-covid-19-n1241769
  3. “Who was Carlo Acutis?” Oct 1, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdoTQmFyXgE&feature=youtu.be&list=UUPLAYER_catholicnewsagency
  4. Hunter-Kilmer, Meg. “With a miracle approved, beatification awaits computer programmer Carlo Acutis”. Our Sunday Visitor News. February 24, 2020. https://www.osvnews.com/2020/02/24/with-a-miracle-approved-beatification-awaits-computer-programer-carlo-acutis

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