Miracle Credited to Pope Paul VI

He's set for beatification in October

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 11, 2014 9:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – No Pope Left Behind? Francis is rapidly shuffling his predecessors toward sainthood, yesterday attributing a miracle to Pope Paul VI in a move that puts him on the path to canonization—just after last month's canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII. Paul, who was elected in 1963 and died in 1978, will now be beatified in October, reports Reuters. His miracle? A California woman in the 1990s who was advised to abort her fetus after it was found to be at high risk of dying in utero; instead, she prayed to Paul, and the child, now an adult, was born healthy. Paul, who oversaw Vatican II and is credited with solidifying the Church's stance against birth control, isn't without controversy. He needs one more miracle for sainthood.

In this file photo from June 30, 1963, Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani and Pope Paul VI during his inaugural.   (AP Photo/Luigi Felici)
This file photo from June 21, 1963, shows Pope Paul VI after his election. Pope Francis has approved a miracle credited Paul VI and set the date for his beatification for Oct. 19.   (AP Photo/Luigi Felici)
In this file photo, taken on July 3, 1963, President Kennedy is shown at the Vatican in an audience with Pope Paul VI.   (AP Photo)
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