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Italian teenager beatified

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A 15-year-old computer whiz who loved playing soccer, Carlo Acutis, was beatified in the Italian town of Assisi on Saturday October 10.

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Carlo died of leukaemia in 2006 after using his computer knowledge and talents to create a website documenting Eucharistic miracles (www.miracolieucaristici.org).

Pope Francis recalled the 15-year-old Italian teenager as “a young man in love with the Eucharist.”

“He did not rest in comfortable immobility,” said the Pope. “He grasped the needs of his time, because he saw the face of Christ in the weakest.”

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ example, he added, shows young people that “true happiness is found in putting God in the first place and serving Him in our brothers and sisters.”

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