After beating Carlo Acutis on Saturday, Pope Francis invited the youth to see the late Italian teenager as a model of holiness. He urges Catholics to participate in a Rosary campaign led by the Church in need of assistance.
By Devin Watkins
Blessed Carlo Acutis was killed in the Italian city of Assisi on Saturday during a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Agostino Valini.
Pope Francis called the 15-year-old Italian teenager a “young man who loves the Eucharist”.
“He did not rest in a comfortable sedentary,” Pope said. “He understood the needs of his time, because he saw the weakest face of Christ.”
Blessed is the example of Carlo Acutis, he said, showing young people that “true happiness is found in putting God in the first place and serving us in our brothers and sisters.”
Children praying for peace
Pope Francis also looked forward to an initiative promoted by the Pontifical Foundation “Add to the Church in Need”.
The Catholic Aid Organization, which seeks to help persecuted Christians, is hosting an event on Sunday, October 18, called “One Million Children Praying the Rosy”.
“I encourage this beautiful initiative that includes children from all over the world, who will pray for difficult circumstances, especially because of the epidemic.”