Pope Paul VI: One Step Closer to Sainthood

Photo credit: U.N. Photo

Photo credit: U.N. Photo

A miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI has been approved by both the medical commission and the theologians of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. This moves the late pontiff one step closer to beatification – the third of the four steps in the canonization process.

The miraculous healing in question involved a then-unborn baby in California who  was discovered to have a condition with a high risk of brain damage. Despite doctors’ suggestions to abort the baby, the mother entrusted the child to the intercession of Pope Paul VI, and the baby was born without any health problems. Now an adolescent, the child remains in good health and is considered to be completely (and miraculously) healed.

Pope Paul VI served as pope from 1963 until his death in 1978. During his pontificate he oversaw much of the Second Vatican Council and published the encyclical Humanae Vitae, which re-affirmed the Church’s teaching on contraception.

For more, read the full article at the National Catholic Register.

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