Can the ‘Millennial Saint’ Make the Church Cool Again?

Millennials, the much-maligned generation derided for their love of avocados and sense of entitlement, may be about to get their first saint. Last Saturday, in the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, technological whiz kid Carlo Acutis was beatified. The young man, who used the internet to spread his faith, died of leukemia in 2006 at the tender age of 15. Beatification is the final step before canonization, or sainthood.

Agostino Vallini standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Gregorio Borgia/AP

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Carlo was born in London in May 1991 to Italian Catholic parents but moved to Italy as an infant and spent most of his life in Milan. From a young age Carlo exhibited a great interest in technology and reportedly taught himself to code when he was very young. His mother, Antonia Salzano, described him as a “computer genius” to Vatican News. Though he was fond of Halo, Super Mario, and

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