Pope Paul VI inches closer to sainthood

The Pope published the encyclical Humanae Vitae in 1968, which reaffirmed the Church’s teaching against contraception

The Pope published the encyclical Humanae Vitae in 1968, which reaffirmed the Church’s teaching against contraception

Vatican City: The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the second miracle needed for the canonization of Blessed Pope Paul VI.

The canonization of the Second Vatican Council Pope may take place later this year, Vatican sources say.

According to Vatican Insider, the pontifical congregation approved the miracle by a unanimous vote Feb. 6. The next step is for Pope Francis to give his approval, with an official decree from the Vatican. Then the date for the canonization can be set.

The miracle attributed to the cause of Paul VI is the healing of an unborn child in the fifth month of pregnancy. The case was brought forward in 2014 for study.

The mother, originally from the province of Verona, Italy, had an illness that risked her own life and the life of her unborn child, and was advised to have an abortion.

A few days after the beatification of Paul VI on October 19, 2014, she went to pray to him at the Shrine of Holy Mary of Grace in the town of Brescia. The baby girl was later born in good health, and remains in good health today.

The healing was first ruled as medically inexplicable by the medical council of the congregation last year, while the congregation’s consulting theologians agreed that the healing occurred through the late pope’s intercession.

The latest meeting with cardinals was the final step before Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the congregation, will take the miracle to Pope Francis, who has the final say in its approval.

The date of the canonization will be announced during a consistory. According to Vatican Insider, the canonization may take place in October, during the Synod of Bishops on the youth.

The miracle for Paul VI’s canonization echoes that of his beatification. That first miracle took place in the 1990s in California. A then-unborn child was found to have a serious health problem that posed a high risk of brain damage. Physicians advised that the child be aborted, but the mother entrusted her pregnancy to Paul VI.

The child was born without problems and is now a healthy adolescent. He is considered to be completely healed.

Pope Paul’s cause for canonization was opened in 1993. In December 2012, Pope Benedict XVI recognized the “heroic virtue” of Paul VI, giving him the title “venerable.”

Paul VI was born Giovanni Montini in 1897 in the town of Concesio in the Lombardy region of Italy. He was ordained a priest at the age of 22. He served as Archbishop of Milan before his election as Pope in 1963. He died in 1978.

As pope, he oversaw much of the Second Vatican Council, which had been opened by Pope St. John XXIII. He also promulgated a new Roman Missal in 1969.

Paul VI published the encyclical Humanae Vitae in 1968, which reaffirmed the Church’s teaching against contraception and reaffirmed the merits of priestly celibacy.

(Source: catholicnewsagency.com)

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  1. Pope Paul VI had a history of suffering and sickness, but he has played a very cardinal role in the era of ecumenism to have fellowship withe the Protestant Churches. He was a very compassionate-caring and giving person.

    I do recollect that when he came to India in 1964, he had a Lincoln Continental car donated by a rich Catholic believer in the U.S. to be used in the domestic travel. But, he gave that car as a gift to Mother Teresa leaving at the Bombay.

    Mother Teresa got the news while she was taking care of the dying people in Calcutta. She was in need of 5 lakh Rs to build an old age home. Tried to sell the car and the best offer was Rs. 100000.00, while the price of the Fiat and Ambassador was less than Rs. 20000.00.

    GOD gave her an idea. She wanted to give away the car as a lottery deal. Rs. 100.00 or more/ticket.

    Rs. 450000 worth of tickets were sold. One fairly rich lady got the Lincoln lottery. When she relayed the message to her son studying abroad, his response was ” he doesn’t want a huge gas hustling car”.

    The winner decided to sell the car, and took half of the money and came to meet Mother Teresa. While the winner was narrating the whole story, Mother Teresa asked her, what to do with the half of the money? She replied with a smile, for you. Thus exactly Mother Teresa got the full amount RS. 500000.00.

    While reading the histories of great humanitarians of the modern history, in my personal life, two people have greatly inspired me. One George Muller of Bristol England, one Brethren Church believer who had massive orphanage ministry; but never sent an appeal and mentioned the financial needs to anybody, but only to GOD. Likewise, Mother Teresa never sent an appeal for raising money promising prosperity; but looked to GOD as her full source. Money came from rich and poor, and a great ministry was carried on by simple faith in GOD.

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