Pope: “Blessed Carlo Acut is a witness of Christ for the younger generations”

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Following the beatification of Carlo Acutis on Saturday, Pope Francis invites young people to turn to the late Italian teenager as a model of holiness. He also urges Catholics to participate in a Rosary campaign led by Aid to the Church in Need.

Par Devin WatkinsBlessed Carlo Acutis was beatified on Saturday in the Italian city of Assisi during Mass celebrated by Cardinal Agostino Vallini.

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

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

The example of Blessed Carlo Acutis, he added, shows young people that “true happiness lies in putting God first and serving Him in our brothers and sisters.”

Children praying for peace

Pope Francis has also considered an initiative promoted by the Pontifical Foundation “Aid to the Church in Need”.

The Catholic humanitarian organization, which seeks to help persecuted Christians, is organizing an event on Sunday, October 18, entitled “One Million Children Praying the Rosary”.

“I encourage this great initiative which involves children from all over the world, who will pray above all for the difficult situation caused by the pandemic.”

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