Rome Newsroom, Mar 17, 2021 / 17:00 pm
Relics of Carlo Acutis can now be found in a cathedral in Poland thanks to the initiative of a youth chaplain.
Fr. Adrian Sadowski, the diocesan youth chaplain for the Diocese of Ełk in northeast Poland, was looking for a way to inspire young people who consider themselves “spiritual, but not religious” to see the importance of the sacraments.
“In today’s world, many young people ask questions about faith and the Church. Many say, ‘God, yes, but the Church as an institution, no’ and some doubt eternity,” Fr. Sadowski said.
“Sometimes it is difficult for them to understand that the Church ‘is a hospital for sinners’ and only in it can one meet the living God in sacramental action. Blessed Carlo makes us aware of this.”
With this in mind, the Polish priest contacted the Vatican with the hope of obtaining a first class relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis for his diocese. The relic was officially installed in the Ełk Cathedral at a special Mass Feb. 23 offered by Bishop Jerzy Mazur of Ełk.
Bishop Manzur said in his homily that Acutis “had an extraordinary ability to convey the values he believed in and help people discover that God is close to us and that living with Him is something beautiful.”
“He wanted to attract as many people as possible to Jesus, becoming a preacher of the Gospel primarily through the example of his life.”