May 10, 2014

Vatican announces that Pope Paul VI will be beatified



Staff report
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SPRINGFIELD -- The EWTN news website has reported this morning the announcement that Pope Paul VI will be beatified this October at the conclusion of the synod of bishops on the family.

On its website,, EWTN reports that the Holy See’s press office released a May 10 statement that read, “The Holy Father has authorised the dicastery to communicate that the rite of beatification of the Venerable Servant of God Paul VI will take place, in the Vatican, on October 19, 2014.”

Pope Paul VI is perhaps best-known for his encyclical, "Humanae Vitae," which spoke about the importance of generosity in married love and the principles of responsible parenthood.

The late pope was born Giovanni Battista Montini in the Lombardi region of Italy in 1897. He was ordained a priest in 1920, consecrated as a bishop in 1954 and appointed to the College of Cardinals in 1958.

At the age of 66, he was elected pope and "chose the name Paul VI in reference to the missionary spirit of the apostle Paul," according to the EWTN news story.

Pope Paul VI reconvoked the Second Vatican Council, which had automatically closed with the death of his predecessor, St. John XIII. Pope Paul VI was noted for improving ecumenical relations with the Orthodox Church.

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In a historic act in December 1965, Pope Paul VI and the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinople mutually lifted the excommunications that had been leveled against the leaders of both churches in 1054.