Carlo Acutis was an Italian computer programmer. He was Catholic and he dedicated his life to catechism, music, philanthropy and technology.
Moreover, Acutis was a pet lover. He had two cats, four dogs and many goldfish.
“He was a normal boy in many ways so he was not perfect but he had a very strong will and with this will, he improved himself in many ways,” Acutis’s mother told the National Catholic Register in February 2020. “He would say, “What does it matter if you can win a thousand battles if you cannot win against your own corrupt passions? It doesn’t matter. The real battle is with ourselves.”
In October 2006, Acutis became ill with flu and was diagnosed with leukemia. He died just days after the diagnosis.
Acutis loved football, action films, PlayStation and the fictional character Pokémon. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He was born in London, England, United Kingdom on May 3, 1991 to wealthy Italian parents Andrea Acutis and Antonia Salzano. His parents were in London on business at the time. He was their only child.
- He was baptized on May 18, 1991 at Our Lady of Dolours Church in London. His baptismal name was Carlo Maria Antonio.
- In September 1991, he and his parents returned to Milan, Italy.
- In 1994, he and his family moved to a building on Via Arosto in Milan.
- In 1995, he entered preschool.
- From elementary to middle school, he went to the Institute of the Marcelline Sisters in Piazza Tommaseo in Milan.
- For his secondary education, he was taught by the Jesuits at the Leo XIII Classical Lyceum in Milan.
- In 1998, he asked to receive his first communion. On June 16, 1998, he received the Eucharist in silence of the Bernaga monastery, which is near Lecco, Italy. Since his first communion in 1998, he became a frequent communicant and religiously reflected in front of the tabernacle before or after mass.
- He inspired Raejsh, a Hindu who cleaned at his house, to decide to be baptized in the Catholic church.
- In 2002, he started visiting Eucharistic miracles all over the world with his parents. He documented all of them and the Catholic church recognized 136 of these miracles across five continents.
- In 2005, he created a Eucharistic Miracle display that would tour the world along with a website.
- On October 12, 2006, he died of chronic myeloid leukemia while he was in a hospital in Monza, Italy. On October 12, 2010, his mother, who was born in 1976, gave birth to fraternal twins Francesca Acutis and Michele Acutis.
- On October 10, 2020, he was beautified at the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy. Cardinal Agostino Vallini presided on behalf of Pope Francis.