Blessed Paul VI to be canonised at close of synod, cardinal says
Blessed Paul VI will be declared a saint in late October at the end of the Synod of Bishops on youth and discernment, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.
After mentioning the late pope in a speech to the International Catholic Migration Commission on 6th March, Cardinal Parolin confirmed to reporters that the canonisation will take place at the end of the synod, which is scheduled from 3rd to 28th October. Pope Paul revived the synod after the Second Vatican Council.
The cardinals and bishops who are members of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes reportedly voted on 6th February to recognise as a miracle the healing of an unborn baby and helping her reach full term. The baby’s mother, who was told she had a very high risk of miscarrying the baby, had prayed for Blessed Paul’s intercession a few days after his beatification by Pope Francis in 2014.
Blessed Paul, who was born Giovanni Battista Montini, was pope from 1963 to 1978.
Picture: Blessed Paul VI will be canonised a saint in late October, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state on 6th March. Pope Paul VI is seen in this portrait made in early 1969. (CNS photo).Tags: Blessed Paul VI, canonisation, canonised, Cardinal Parolin, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Giovanni Battista Montini, Pope