Rome Newsroom, Oct 20, 2020 / 06:30 am
More than 41,000 people visited Bl. Carlo Acutis’ tomb during the 19-day celebration of the Italian teen’s beatification, according to the Diocese of Assisi.
A daily average of 2,170 people visited Bl. Carlo’s tomb, in the Sanctuary of the Spoliation in Assisi’s Church of St. Mary Major, from Oct. 1 to Oct. 19, despite tight restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic. There they saw a young person on the path to sainthood, lying in repose in jeans and a pair of Nike tennis shoes.
During these 19 days, a glass allowed Acutis’ intact body to be viewed for veneration. On the evening of Oct. 19, a Mass was celebrated and the glass covered by a piece of marble, marking the end of the official beatification celebrations.
During the covering of the tomb, Bishop Marcello Semeraro, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, indicated that the glass may be uncovered again in the future, and the body displayed.
“In the meantime, the sanctuary remains open for the ordinary attendance of the faithful,” he said. At the sanctuary, visitors will still be able to pray before Acutis’ closed tomb.
Bishop Semeraro gave thanks to the Lord for the previous weeks filled with “wonderful days that are truly unimaginable, incredible, truly beautiful.”
“What we have lived is truly a time of grace which will bring flowers and fruits in the future,” he added. “The large participation of the faithful is the sign that Carlo is the saint among us.”
In his homily at the Oct. 19 Mass, Semeraro, said “today we have before our eyes the image of a young man who risked his life by focusing on Christ. There are many aspects that make his figure fascinating.”