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Now 'Venerable,' Paul VI moves closer to beatification

Catholic World News - December 20, 2012

Pope Paul VI has moved closer to beatification, as Pope Benedict XVI approved a decree proclaiming the “heroic virtue” of the Pontiff who closed Vatican II and wrote the landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae.

Pope Paul VI will now be titled “Venerable,” and will be eligible for beatification if the Vatican approves a miracle accomplished through his intercession.

The decree regarding Venerable Paul VI was one of 23 decrees authorized by Pope Benedict during a private audience on December 20 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The decrees advanced the causes of 52 candidates for beatification or canonization, nearly all of them priests or religious—including a large number of martyrs from the years of the Spanish Civil War.

The decrees approved by that Congregation:

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  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Dec. 21, 2012 10:43 AM ET USA

    The Spanish Civil War presages what is going on today in America, only it is lots more sophisticated. The "mob" as in French Revolution wants to make the rules. It was Paul VI who stated that "the smoke of Satan has entered the Vatican". He may have been holy but he was extremely naive especially in regard to the "misguided" aims of Communism. He was directly involved in secret negotiations with them and disciplined by Pius XII.

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