Bishop Nicholas Hudson has celebrated a Pontifical Sung Mass at the unveiling and blessing of the newly-carved Shrine of Blessed Carlo Acutis, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Covent Garden.
The shrine, that contains a first class relic of Blessed Carlo, was unveiled on his feast day on Wednesday 12th October. First class relics are the earthly mortal remains of saints and can be any part of the body, for example bone, blood, or flesh.
In his homily, Bishop Hudson advised young people to look to Blessed Carlo as their inspiration to draw closer to Christ:
‘Ask him to be your guide in this life. There’s a roadmap, suggests Fr Anthony Figueiredo, in all that Carlo did and said which we should seek to make our own. It’s captured in Carlo’s own saying: “Always to be united with Jesus: this is my programme for life,” as he would say.’
The shrine was carved by Ferdinand Stuflesser in Italy, who carved the statues of Our Lady of Walsingham, St Anthony, Padre Pio and the Curé d’Ars.
Photos: mazur/cbcew.org.uk (for more photos, see the album here)