With the lifting of Italy’s former travel restrictions for tourists, many international pilgrims will now have the opportunity to see the young blessed for the first time.
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Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino shares the faithful legacy of young Blessed Carlo Acutis, who is buried in the hometown of St. Francis, and those who saved Jews in the Umbrian city during World War II.
At a recent event in New Rochelle sponsored by the Pave the Way Foundation, knowledgeable Jewish and Church leaders recounted the efforts that spared the lives of every Jew within diocesan borders in World War II.
A Feb. 24 appeal, co-signed by the city’s mayor and five priests, called for a return to dialogue and negotiation and expressed sympathy with people suffering the consequences of war.
In a brief speech, the Pope underlined the importance of encountering the poor face to face and learning from their witness to hope at a time when those on the margins largely face indifference.
The encounter will take place as part of the Catholic Church’s celebration of the 5th annual World Day of the Poor, which falls this year on Sunday, Nov. 14.
While unable to view his body, visitors can still pray at the closed tomb and venerate the first millennial to be beatified.
Acutis, who died of leukemia in 2006 at the age of 15, was known for his computer-programming skills, and love of the Eucharist and the Virgin Mary.
Acutis was aged 15 when he died of leukemia in 2006, offering his suffering for the pope and the Church.