TIL about Carlo Acutis, an Italian schoolboy who helped spread Roman Catholic teaching online before dying of leukemia in 2006, and is dubbed the “patron Saint of the Internet”. He was already beatified last October 2020, one step away from Sainthood.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54507064

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  1. No matter what I read about Catholicism, I still find myself unable to understand this aspect of it all. I understand the *process* of beatification and later canonization, but the reasoning for particular individuals to be beatified makes no sense to me.

    Like, in this case, a kid sadly died of leukaemia cancer. In life he ran websites for the church and recorded reports of miracles online. So basically he was like an informal internet librarian.

    How does the church get from that (internet librarian dies of cancer) to believing that this kid, after death, miracled away a pancreatic disease? It’s not even like the miracle was curing someone’s cancer, it’s a completely unrelated disease to both the cancer that killed him and also his lifetime activities (internet librarian).

    Even if you believe miracles can and do happen, I just don’t see how the link happens. How does the Church know it was this kid interceding and not one of the many other saints? How do they know it wasn’t Saint Cosmas or Saint Damian (patron saints of medical doctors) or [one of the others on this list](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patron_saints_of_ailments,_illness,_and_dangers)?

    It just seems political to me. Here’s a kid who did stuff for the church, who was clearly a believer, who died. Beatification seems more like a reward for lifetime service to the church rather than an honest belief that the specific individual did a miracle after death. Did this kid actually manifest a miracle, or was it decided that because of public pressure he needed beatifying so a “miracle” needed to be found?

    I just don’t understand it, nor how Catholics can believe it, even when I suspend as much of my disbelief as possible and accept for the exercise that miracles can happen.

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