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
In this file photo from June 30, 1963, Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani and Pope Paul VI during his inaugural.   (AP Photo/Luigi Felici)
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(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.