Carlo Acutis’ grave (Project and Design)

Carlo Acutis (London / England, May 3, 1991- Monza / Italy, October 12, 2006). An Italian Catholic adolescent who died at the age of 15, has been proclaimed venerable by the Catholic Church in 2018 and will be beatified on October 10.

His love for the Eucharist and for the Virgin Mary stands out in his spiritual life.

Carlo was a very fun young man, he liked to play soccer and also ski. Many considered him a computer genius, he carried out research on Eucharistic miracles in the world and with this information designed a digital catalog of Eucharistic miracles.

Carlo loved Jesus the Eucharist, the Virgin Mary and also his neighbor, especially those most in need, he volunteered in a dining room for the Capuchin friars in Milan and spontaneously also did charity work with the homeless people he met in the Street.

In October 2006, he was diagnosed with leukemia of the M3 type (acute promyelocytic leukemia), this disease quickly led to death, he died on October 12 at the age of 15. His reputation for sanctity quickly spread.

In 2012 the process of canonization began, the Church already recognized a miracle of God through the intercession of Carlo, this means that he will be proclaimed blessed, this celebration will be next October 10 in Assisi.

Carlo’s Tomb

After celebrating the funeral mass on October 14, 2006, Carlo’s body was transferred to the Milan cemetery and in January 2007 he was transferred to the Assisi cemetery, to fulfill the wish that Carlo had expressed before he died.

Assisi Cemetery

On April 6, 2019, the body of the venerable Carlo was transferred to the “Sanctuary of Dispossession”.

“We are here to bury his mortal remains in this Shrine, so that its light may be found and merged with that which shone in Francis eight centuries ago and which makes Assisi a special city. Francisco and Carlo are now inextricably linked. Together, the singers of life and good, the germ of the horizon of a humanity marked by an epochal crisis, ”said Msgr. Sorrentino in his homily on this day.

Finally, the body was buried in a sepulchral monument in the sanctuary’s right nave.

The theme required for this project was very particular and moving because it was not limited only to the design and construction of the tomb of the venerable Carlo Acutis, but was above all to create a space, a place to “breathe” and contemplate the mystery. of the figure of a child who in his short life had captured the beauty of holiness.

In the sanctuary of the Shrine of Dispossession, the inspiration came almost immediately: to transmit the sensation of the elevation of Carlo’s body to Heaven, despite the use of heavy materials such as stone. And here is the exciting thing about the sarcophagus: that when separated from the ground, it seems to rise with its trapezoidal shape, which further highlights this suspension effect and lightness on the ascent.

The choice of material such as pink stone is almost natural and significant in Assisi, considering that many components of the church that houses Carlo’s remains (see floor) are of the same type and color.

To get acquainted and inspired by the figure of Carlo, many tiles of a large mosaic form the background and move irregularly, counting moments of life, friendly figures and passions of the venerable young man, which shows his great faith. They are represented with bas-reliefs in light stone and seem to come to life thanks to a light placed at the back of the sarcophagus … light that further amplifies this moment where mysticism and grace merge.

To seal this sacred place as a seal, we found engraved on the sarcophagus the symbol of the Eucharist, very dear to Carlo, whom he called: “My highway to Heaven”.