Mother’s ‘great joy’ as video-game loving son becomes set for sainthood

The mother of an Italian teenager set to become the Catholic Church’s first millennial saint has told of her “great joy” as she portrayed her son as an otherwise ordinary boy who enjoyed video games and pets.

Carlo Acutis – whose computing skill helped him spread the message of the Catholic Church and earned him the nickname “God’s Influencer” – died from leukemia in 2006 aged 15. . . . . . . . . .

A second miracle attributed to Acutis has been recognized by Pope Francis, paving the way for him to be made a saint. Candidates normally need to have two miracles attributed to them before they can be canonized.

Speaking to CNN, his mother,

Antonia Salzano, said that the news of the approval of the second miracle was a “great joy”, and that Carlo is a “sign of hope” who shows that holiness is possible today.

“As I did: you too can become holy” she said. “Nevertheless, [with] all the media the technologies it seems sometimes that holiness is something that belongs to the past. Instead, holiness is also something nowadays in this modern time.”

She said her son was bought a PlayStation when he was eight. but limited himself to one hour a week of gaming as he was wary. That it could become addictive and that he knew the “dangers of the internet”. Along with his computing and gaming. Carlo played the saxophone, enjoyed soccer. loved animals and would make short, humorous films of his dogs.

Ms Salzano said her son used his computer skills “not to do things for earning money or to become famous but to spread the Gospel [the message of Jesus Christ], to help people,” and was “full of joy.”

While he had similar interests to other kids, the soon-to-be-saint was unafraid to stand out from the crowd. gdsb gdsb gdsb gdsb gdsb gdsb gdsb gdsb gdsb

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