The Diocese of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino (Italy) reported this June 1 that the body of the young Blessed Carlo Acutis will be permanently exhibited in the Santuario della Spogliazione (Dispossession) of Assisi where he rests.
According to a statement from the Diocese of Assisi, the local Bishop, Msgr. Domenico Sorrentino, was the one who decided to reopen the tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis to the public, so that your body is permanently exposed.
This was indicated by the Prelate at Mass this afternoon in the Sanctuary, a few days after the reopening of the “door of San Francisco”, the place where Saint Francis of Assisi, more than 800 years ago, stripped himself of all his material goods. .
“The places of Francis and the body of Blessed Carlo Acutis are ways to find the Lord”, said the Bishop. “Their images of him, placed together at the entrance to the Sanctuary, point to Jesus.”
Bishop Sorrentino hoped that “this awareness encourages all the pilgrims who come to the Shrine, encouraging them to open themselves to the light of the Gospel and to have a deep experience of faith”.
Given that the body of the Blessed will remain on permanent display, those responsible for the Fundación Santuario del Despojo ask the faithful to avoid crowds on the busiest days.
Who is Blessed Carlo Acutis?
Carlo Acutis was born on May 3, 1991 in London (England) where his parents worked. Some months later he and his family moved to Milan (Italy).
As a teenager he was diagnosed with leukemia and he prayed his sufferings “for the Lord, the Pope and the Church”.
From an early age, Carlo showed a special love for God, although his parents were not very devout. He also loved to pray the Rosary. He went to Mass frequently and prayed at Holy Hour. He went to confession once a week.
He promoted Eucharistic miracles, especially through a website he created. He said that the Eucharist was his “highway to heaven”.
He died on October 12, 2006, the day of the Virgen del Pilar, when he was only 15 years old.. On that date the Church celebrates its liturgical memory.
He was buried in Assisi at his request, due to the great love he had for Saint Francis.
His cause for beatification was opened in 2013. He was declared venerable in 2018 and was beatified on October 10, 2020.