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A teenager known as “God’s influencer” will officially become the Catholic Church’s first millennial saint. Carlo Acutis — who died from leukemia at 15 years old in 2006 — was known for using his computing skills to spread awareness of the Catholic faith. He also set up a website that documented miracles. 

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To become a saint, a person must have two miracles attributed to them. His first miracle was in 2020, when a Brazilian boy with a pancreatic birth defect healed after his mother prayed to Acutis. 

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The second was in 2022, when a mother said she prayed at Acutis’ tomb and her daughter recovered from a severe brain injury doctors didn’t think she’d survive. 

A date has not yet been set for the canonization ceremony, but the Vatican said it will likely be during the 2025 jubilee celebrations

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[KARAH RUCKER]

IT’S OFFICIAL – A TEENAGER KNOWN AS “GOD’S INFLUENCER” WILL BECOME THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S FIRST MILLENNIAL SAINT. 

CARLO ACUTIS – WHO DIED FROM LEUKEMIA AT 15 YEARS OLD IN 2006 – WAS KNOWN FOR USING HIS COMPUTING SKILLS TO SPREAD AWARENESS OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH. 

HE ALSO SET UP A WEBSITE THAT DOCUMENTED MIRACLES. 

TO BECOME A SAINT, A PERSON HAS TO HAVE TWO MIRACLES ATTRIBUTED TO THEM. 

HIS FIRST MIRACLE WAS IN 2020 – WHEN A BRAZILIAN BOY WITH A PANCREATIC BIRTH DEFECT HEALED AFTER HIS MOTHER PRAYED TO ACUTIS. 

THE SECOND WAS IN 2022 – WHEN A MOTHER SAYS SHE PRAYED AT ACUTIS’ TOMB AND HER DAUGHTER RECOVERED FROM A SEVERE BRAIN INJURY DOCTORS DIDN’T THINK SHE’D SURVIVE. 

A DATE HAS NOT YET BEEN SET FOR THE CANONIZATION CEREMONY – BUT THE VATICAN SAYS IT WILL LIKELY BE DURING THE 2025 JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS.