Vatican to beatify Pope Paul VI in October

Saturday 10 May 2014 12.31
Pope Paul VI reigned between 1963 and 1978 and presided over reforms from the Second Vatican Council
Pope Paul VI reigned between 1963 and 1978 and presided over reforms from the Second Vatican Council

The Vatican has said it will beatify the late Pope Paul VI on 19 October following the Catholic Church's recognition of a supposed miracle attributed to him, which will leave him one step from sainthood.

The apparent miracle identified by the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints was the healing of a foetus from an otherwise incurable illness.

Italian Giovanni Montini reigned between 1963 and 1978 and presided over reforms from the Second Vatican Council, which aimed to modernise Catholicism.

He was praised for his efforts to seek closer ties with other Christian denominations but his 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae was controversial for spelling out a ban on all forms of artificial contraception.

Catholic Church procedures require one miracle attributed for beatification, which confers the status of "blessed", and two miracles for canonisation to join the ranks of saints.

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