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)

(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.

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Allister Fraser
May 11, 2014 11:30 PM CDT
Somehow these folks who run the Vatican have the best PR men in the world and the worst disconnect with normal folks. They make announcements like this and have no idea that 99% of the sane folks in the world are laughing more the George Carlin ever made them laugh, and he was the greatest.
May 11, 2014 9:51 PM CDT
Paul VI was the guy who tried to undo all of modern moves into the 20th century (then) by John XXIII through the Vatican Council II. He's the guy who wanted to go back into the dark ages. If there's a miracle to be attributed to him is is that he wasn't stoned to death by the good guys in the heirarchy. I'm seriously beginning to have my doubts about the new guy, Francis. He even just put the nuns into a third-class category.
May 11, 2014 8:48 PM CDT
It's a smart business move