Beatification soon for Pope Paul VI, Vatican journalist reports
October 15, 2012
Pope Paul VI could be beatified before the end of 2013, according to the leading Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli.
Theologians commissioned by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved the cause of the late Pontiff, Tornielli reports. The entire Congregation will vote on the case at a meeting in December, and with their approval Pope Benedict could declare the “heroic virtue” of Pope Paul VI at a consistory at Christmas time.
At that point, the only remaining requirement for beatification of the Pope who led the Church through the turbulent years from 1963 to 1978 would be the approval of a miracle through his intercession. The postulator of his cause has already chosen a likely case: the inexplicable healing of an unborn child in California, whose mother was advised by doctors to abort the pregnancy. The mother rejected that advice and prayed for the intercession of the late Pope; the baby is now a healthy 16-year-old girl.
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