Paul VI has been proclaimed a saint, October 14

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Paul VI has been proclaimed a saint, October 14

By Fr. Rif'at Bader

With the announcement made by Pope Francis regarding the proclamation of Paul VI a saint on Sunday, October 14, in the Vatican, the image depicting the second half of the 20th century will have been completed as it consequently includes several saints who have steered St. Peter's ship to safety, despite the pitfalls and howling gales that stood in the way which were surmounted efficiently without reliance on humans, but on the love of the Lord and His Holy Spirit.

Pope Montini (Paul VI) was born in Brescia in 1897. He succeeded Pope John XXIII. In the second half of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, he endorsed most of its resolutions particularly those related to the openness of the Church as well as its relations with the world and the followers of other religions.

We, the inhabitants of the Holy Land, take great pride in the proclamation of sainthood of the one who visited us in 1964, on the first visit of the Pope. All know how Rome bid farewell of the Pontiff who spent all his service within the historical walls of the Vatican. The winds of openness blew at the Ecumenical Council and the people of the Holy Land had the greatest opportunity in receiving the first Pontiff who embarked on a trip to another country.

Congratulation to the Catholic Church! This is the third Pope to be proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis.

Congratulations to the people of the Holy Land. A second saint visited them in the 20th century.

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