The Holy Father has certainly been busy this month, giving us more new saints! February 6. the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the second miracle needed for the canonization of BLESSED POPE PAUL VI, (See BLOG 5/15/2014) allowing his canonization to take place, possibly later this year.
The next step is for Pope Francis to also give his approval, with an official decree from the
Then the date for the canonization can be set. The canonization may take place
in October of this year, during the Synod of Bishops on the youth. Vatican
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, , had an illness that risked
her own life and the life of her unborn child, and was advised to have an
A few days after the beatification of Paul VI on Oct. 19, 2014, she went to pray to him at the Shrine of Holy Mary of Grace in the town of
. The baby girl was later born in good
health, and remains in good health today. Brescia
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 miracle for Paul VI's canonization echoes that of his beatification. That first miracle took place in the 1990s in
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. California
The child was born without problems and is now a healthy adolescent. He is considered to be completely healed.
Pope Paul VI was born Giovanni Montini in 1897 in the town of
in the Lombardy region of .
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. Italy
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.
Pope Paul VI published the encyclical Humanae Vitae in 1968, which reaffirmed the Church’s teaching against contraception and reaffirmed the merits of priestly celibacy.