Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old programmer who died of leukemia in 2006, is set to be the first millennial saint, according to a new report from the Catholic News Agency Thursday. Acutis created websites documenting purported miracles and has been dubbed “God’s influencer” since his death.

Anyone who’s going to become a saint in the Catholic Church needs to be recognized as having performed at least two miracles, even if those miracles happened after the saint’s death. Pope Francis acknowledged Acutis’s second miracle on Thursday, according to the Catholic News Agency.

The miracle involved a 21-year-old girl from Costa Rica named Valeria Valverde who was studying in Italy, where Acutis lived. Valverde suffered a head injury in 2022 from a bicycle accident and had to undergo surgery, but her mother went to pray at the tomb of Carlo Acutis, where his body is publicly displayed.

From the Catholic News Agency:

Six days after the accident, Valeria’s mother went on a pilgrimage to Assisi to pray for the healing of her daughter at the tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis, leaving a written note.

On that same day, Valeria began to breathe on her own and on the following day she recovered the use of her upper limbs and partly recovered her speech.

Valeria was discharged from the intensive care unit 10 days after her mother’s pilgrimage and underwent further tests that showed that the hemorrhagic right temporal cortical contusion in her brain had completely disappeared.

Contrary to medical predictions, Valeria spent only one week in physical therapy and on Sept. 2, 2022, two months after her accident, she went on a pilgrimage to Carlo Acutis’ tomb in Assisi with her mother to celebrate her complete healing.

The first miracle attributed to Acutis happened in 2013 and was recognized by the pope in 2020. That miracle involved a boy in Brazil who was reportedly healed of a rare pancreatic condition.

His tomb:

    • ᴇᴍᴘᴇʀᴏʀ 帝OPMA
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      827 days ago

      The Catholic Church: doing weird shit since 0AD.

      I have Thurston’s The Physical Phenomena of Mysticism" which shows that shit can get weirder. Even the book itself brought weirdness with it.

      • @Zip2
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        327 days ago

        People’s bodies are capable of some very weird things if the brain believes it.

        I’ve not read that book. Any good?

  • @ynazuma@lemmy.world
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    1127 days ago

    Today I prayed at a tree next to where I buried my childhood turtle. I prayed for rain. Hours later it started raining! That is 1/2 for my turtle!!!

  • Match!!
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    427 days ago

    god’s gamer got his second miracle let’s fucking goooo

  • @Zip2
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    227 days ago

    Genuine thinking out loud: a long time ago the bodies of saints were “broken up” and distributed to various locations as relics. Are they doing anything odd similair with the bodies of the newer saints?