The smiling boy who is set to be a saint

Hero: “Carlo was young and handsome and always smiling,” said his mother, Antonia. @ Acutis family

Do we need more modern-day saints? Carlo Acutis was a teenager and computer programmer who spent his life doing good. He died in 2006. Now he is on his way to becoming a Catholic saint.

What’s happening

Carlo Acutis was 15 years old when he died from leukaemia. He said he was not afraid because he had not wasted his life by “doing things that wouldn’t have pleased God.”

Now he is on his way to being named the “patron saint of the internet” by Pope Francis.

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Becoming a saint is not easy. The person must have been a devout Catholic who spent their life doing good. They also need to have performed at least two miracles.

Carlo certainly passed the first test. He went to church every day, and confession every week. He helped the homeless and stood up for classmates who were being bullied.

He also built a website which recorded miracles. After he died, people said they were healed when they prayed to him.

Do we need more saints?

Some say…

Yes. Saints are good role models, and Carlo was clearly a good person. If he becomes a saint, he can be remembered forever, like St. Francis of Assisi or Mother Teresa.

Others think…

We do not need more saints. Even if you believe in miracles, they are impossible to prove. Carlo does not need to be a saint in order to be a hero to young people.

You Decide

  1. Do you believe in miracles?


  1. In your own words, write a definition of the term “miracle”. Discuss with the rest of the class.

Some People Say...

“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!”

St. Catherine of Siena

What do you think?

Word Watch

Patron saint
A saint who is seen as the protector of a certain thing or place.
Totally committed to a religion.
An amazing event which cannot be explained by science.
Admitting what you have done wrong. Catholics confess their sins to priests in order to be forgiven by God.
Francis of Assisi
An Italian friar who loved, and could communicate with, animals.
Mother Teresa
A nun who cared for sick and poor people in India. She was made a saint in 2016.

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