Tags: pope | paul | sainthood | benedict

Pope Benedict Puts Late Pope Paul VI on First Step to Sainthood

Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 05:02 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican moved the late Pope Paul VI  — who died in 1978 after leading the Roman Catholic Church for 15 years and oversaw the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council in 1965 — a step closer on Thursday to sainthood.

The Vatican said Pope Benedict had approved a decree recognizing the "heroic virtues" of Paul VI, who was born Giovanni Battista Montini in 1897, and held numerous high positions in the church before he became Pope in 1963.

The recognition of heroic virtues, which means the person lived a exemplary Christian life, is an early step in the sainthood process.

The move means that Paul VI could be beatified if the Vatican ascertains that a miracle can be attributed to his intercession with God.

Another miracle would be necessary after the beatification in order for him to be made a saint.

Paul VI oversaw the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council in 1965. The council was one of the most important events in modern church history, introducing major changes in liturgy and in Catholic dialogue with other religions.

He also led the church in one of its most turbulent periods in modern history, as deep cultural changes took root around the world in the 1960s.

Paul VI is also remembered for his major encyclical "Humane Vitae" in 1978, which banned artificial birth control.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAXWORLD.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved