Italian computer whizz-kid to be beatified | The Canberra Times

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Carlo Acutis, an Italian teenager informally known as “God’s influencer,” is set to be beatified by the Catholic Church. Beatification is one step removed from sainthood, or canonisation. Acutis, who died from leukaemia aged 15 in 2006, was a deeply religious computer whizz-kid from Milan, who saw the internet as a way to spread the Catholic faith. According to Nicola Gori, the man who is promoting Acutis’ sainthood cause, he was “a normal boy like many others” who liked playing football and hanging out with friends. But Acutis also helped priests set up websites for their parishes and created an online exhibition on religious miracles from around the world. His mother Antonia Salzano told Vatican News her son was “considered a computer genius because he knew logarithms, he knew how to make programs and read university texts on these topics”. Acutis also used to go out at night

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