FUTURE HEIGHTS — Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of the Diocese of Assisi-Nocera was recently commissioned by the Diocese of Brooklyn with the October 15 edition of the Tablet depicting the dedication of the statue of Blessed Carlo Acutis.
The tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis is located in the Sanctuary of Renunciation, part of the Church of St. Mary Major in Assisi, Italy, in the diocese served by Archbishop Sorrentino.
Vincent LeVien, director of external affairs for DeSales Media Group, Ministry of Communications and Technology and parent company of The Tablet, visited Assisi on October 16 and met with Archbishop Sorrentino a few days later.
It was during that meeting that LeVien gave him a copy of the newspaper.
“He looked at the first page of the newspaper and then opened it and read it. He asked me, “Can I keep it?” he asked. “I said, of course,” LeVien recalled.
Archbishop Sorrentino also asked to be photographed holding the paper. He was grateful that the American Catholic newspaper Blass Carlo Acutist was providing such outstanding material, LeVien said.
A statue of Blessed Carlo Acutis appears on the front of the tablet officially opened Oct. 2 during the celebration of the Diocese of the Italian Apostolate of Brooklyn at the Church of the Miraculous Medal in Ridgewood.
Since then, the statue has been moved to its permanent home at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg.
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Archbishop Sorrentino arrived in the United States in April with a first-class relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis – a piece of the membrane surrounding his heart – and The Diocese of Brooklyn was among the places he visited with the relic.
“Open the way” fundA New York-based group working to promote interfaith cultural and educational exchanges helped organize Archbishop Sorrentino’s visit to the United States.
During his visit, he presented the relic at a prayer service at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Astoria on April 4 and at a high school rally at Holy Family Church in Fresh Meadows on April 6.
“I think seeing the youth of our diocese connect with Blessed Carlo has had an impact on him,” LeVien said.