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Blessed Carlo: first beatified millennial, the ‘sweat and sneaker saint’

PALM BEACH GARDENS  |  Even though Italian Carlo Acutis was young when he died, he is moving steadily toward sainthood. His life was the subject of a presentation Oct. 16 at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola.  

The Central Deanery Palm Beach Diocesan Council of Catholic Women held its fall meeting that included continental breakfast, Mass, lunch and a presentation on Blessed Carlo, who died in 2006 of leukemia at age 15.

“Blessed Carlo Acutis is an example for our young people to believe that Jesus is really present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. That is our belief as Catholics, and that makes us unique,” said Dorothy Harper, newly elected Central Deanery president.  

Father Mark Mlay, parochial vicar at St. Clare Parish in North Palm Beach and Central Deanery spiritual advisor, who presided at Mass, said, “The children need an example. They need someone to say to them it is possible to be just like him (Blessed Carlo).”

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