Vatican confirms canonization of Paul VI set for Late October

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, announced on Tuesday that the Canonization Rite for Blessed Pope Paul VI is set for the end of October. Although a “definite” October date was not included in Parolin’s announcement, he indicated that the service would be held at the close of the Synod of Bishops in October. The Synod of Bishops was established by Pope Paul VI in September 1965.

During his years as Pope from 1963 to 1978, Pope Paul VI steered the Catholic Church through the closing of the Second Vatican Council and the significant ecclesiastical changes that followed.

Pope Paul VI was beatified in 2014 after a first miracle was attributed to him. On February 6, 2018, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the second miracle needed for his canonization. He will be the third Pope canonized by Pope Francis since his election, including St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II in 2014.

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