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Italian teenager Carlos Acutis to become first millennial saint after Pope recognizes second miracle

A London-born teenager who died at the age of 15 will become the Catholic Church first millennial saint after a second miracle was attributed to him Pope Francisco.

Carlos Acutis was a computer prodigy who became known as “God’s Influencer” for his work spreading Roman Catholic teaching online, before his sudden death from leukemia in 2006.

Acutis was born in London in 1991 before moving to Milan with his Italian parents, Andrea Acutis and Antonia Salzano, as a child.

An image of 15-year-old Carlo Acutis hangs at his beatification ceremony held by Cardinal Agostino Vallini at the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, Italy, on October 10, 2020. (AP)

Considered the “patron saint of the Internet,” Acutis created a website to catalog miracles and took charge of the websites of some local Catholic organizations in Italy.

While still in elementary school, Acutis taught himself how to code using a college computer science textbook and then learned how to edit videos and create animations.

The teenager became the youngest contemporary person to be beautified in 2020 after appearing to posthumously cure a Brazilian boy, Mattheus Vianna, of a serious birth defect that made feeding difficult.

The boy, who was on an all-liquid diet, attended a prayer service and asked for the intercession of teenager Acutis so that he “wouldn’t vomit so much.”

After the service, Mattheus told his mother that he felt “healed” and asked for solid food.

Cardinal Agostino Vallini hugs the mother and father of Carlo Acutis. (AP)

In the second miracle, a girl from Costa Rica studying in Italy was healed after suffering a head injury.

The boy reportedly healed her after her mother, Avvenire, invoked him, according to the newspaper of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI).

Of the 912 people canonized by Pope Francis, the most recent date of birth was 1926.

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