Santo Papa Declared the First Millennial to Enter Heaven

With the beatification of Carlo Acutis in Assisi Saturday, the Catholic Church now has it's first “Blessed” who loved Super Mario and Pokémon, but not as much as he loved the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Beatification is the step right before sainthood. By beatifying someone, the Church proclaims that the person in question is definitely in Heaven, and definitely able to plead to God on your behalf if you pray to him. This is theoretically true for any other Christians in Heaven, too. But beatification is meant to be a rigorous process in order to prove this is the case.

Carlo Acutis died at the age of 15 of galloping leukemia, leaving in the memory of all those who knew him a great feeling of emptiness and great admiration for his brief but intense testimony of authentic Christian life.





From the day he received his First Communion at the age of 7,  he never missed an appointment with daily Holy Mass.  He always tried, either before or after the Eucharistic celebration, to pause before the Tabernacle to adore the Lord, always truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Our Lady was his great confidant and he never failed to honor her by reciting the Holy Rosary every day. Carlo’s modern and up-to-date ways combined perfectly with his profound Eucharistic life and Marian devotion, which helped to make him that very special boy who everyone admires and loves.



Acutis’ beatification drew an estimated 3,000 people to Assisi, including people who personally knew Acutis and many other young people inspired by his witness.

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