By: ISDA Staff
Carlo Acutis, who died of Leukemia in 2006 at age 15, has already been dubbed “the patron saint of the internet.”
And, he’s also on his way to becoming the first millennial to be recognized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, according to the BBC.
Acutis, a technology whiz kid, taught himself computer science and web design at age 9; he then built.a site that cataloged miracles around the globe, and ran websites for Catholic organizations.
“Carlo was the light answer to the dark side of the web,” his mother told The New York Times, adding that some admirers have called him an “influencer for God.”
On Saturday, he was beatified at a ceremony in the town of Assisi and moved one step closer to sainthood.
In a letter, Pope Francis called him “blessed.”
This past winter, Pope Francis attributed a miracle to Acutis after a boy with a malformed pancreas came in contact with one of his shirts and was inexplicably healed.
Acutis would need one more miracle before he’s canonized.
Roughly 10,000 saints have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, but just 120 died as children or teenagers, the National Catholic Register reported in 2017.