Pope Paul VI
Paul VI (Latin: Paulus PP. VI; Italian: Paolo VI), born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini (26 September 1897 – 6 August 1978), reigned as Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from 21 June 1963 until his death on 6 August 1978. Succeeding Pope John XXIII, who had convened the Second Vatican Council, he decided to continue it. He fostered improved ecumenical relations with Orthodox and Protestants, which resulted in many historic meetings and agreements.
Montini served in the Vatican's Secretariat of State from 1922 to 1954. While in the Secretariat of State, Montini and Domenico Tardini were considered as the closest and most influential co-workers of Pope Pius XII, who named him in 1954 Archbishop of Milan, the largest Italian diocese, yet denying him the Cardinal designation that traditionally accompanies being Archbishop of Milan, a function which made him automatically Secretary of the Italian Bishops Conference. John XXIII elevated him to the College of Cardinals in 1958, and after the death of John XXIII, Montini was considered one of his most likely successors.
He took on the name Paul to indicate a renewed worldwide mission to spread the message of Christ. He re-opened the Second Vatican Council, which was automatically closed with the death of John XXIII, and gave it priority and direction. After the Council concluded its work, Paul VI took charge of the interpretation and implementation of its mandates, often walking a thin line between the conflicting expectations of various groups within the Roman Catholic Church. The magnitude and depth of the reforms affecting all areas of Church life during his pontificate exceeded similar reform policies of his predecessors and successors.
Paul VI was a Marian devotee, speaking repeatedly to Marian congresses and mariological meetings, visiting Marian shrines and issuing three Marian encyclicals. Following his famous predecessor Ambrose of Milan, he named Mary as the Mother of the Church during the Vatican Council.
Paul VI sought dialogue with the world, with other Christians, other religions, and atheists, excluding nobody. He saw himself as a humble servant for a suffering humanity and demanded significant changes of the rich in America and Europe in favour of the poor in the Third World. His positions on birth control (see Humanae Vitae) and other issues were controversial in Western Europe and North America, but were applauded by people in Eastern and Southern Europe and Latin America.
His pontificate took place during sometimes revolutionary changes in the world, student revolts, the Vietnam War and other upheavals. Paul VI died on 6 August 1978, the Feast of the Transfiguration. The diocesan process for beatification of Paul VI began on 11 May 1993.
Other articles related to "pope paul vi, pope, paul vi":
... Pope Paul VI (1963–1978) made extensive contributions to mariology (theological teaching and devotions) during his pontificate ... encyclical Ecclesiam Suam (section below), the Pope called Mary the ideal of Christian perfection ... the Church, its spiritual parent, during the celebration of the Second Vatican Council, Paul VI taught that the rosary is a summary of gospel teachings ...
... to religious orders of men in which solemn vows are prescribed Romanos Pontifices (1881) by Pope Leo XIII 20th Century Bis Saeculari (1948), Pope Pius XII on Sodality ... Munificentissimus Deus (1950) Pope Pius XII's Dogmatic Constitution on the Assumption of Mary ... Exsul Familia (1952) Pope Pius XII's Constitution on Migration Veterum sapientia (1962) Blessed Pope John XXIII's Apostolic Constitution on the promotion of the study of Latin ...
... - Pope Paul VI's "Credo of the People of God" ... ” Pope Paul VI pronounced the title at the closing of the third phase of the council completely on his own ... A former archbishop of Milan, Paul VI used similar language to that of Saint Ambrose of Milan, calling Mary Model of the Church in light of her faith, love and complete unity with Christ and Mother of ...
... The Pope teaches that this doctrine of Christ on love and the uses of the body must always be joined with tolerance and charity ...
... and Otto Faller started on behalf of the Pope the official Pontificia Commissione di Assistenza ... Parallel to these efforts, Madre Pascalina was asked by the Pope to direct his personal charity efforts, the Magazino, officially under Monsignor Montini, later Pope Paul VI ... Vatican station to dozens of countries, Catholic, Protestant and Pagan” The Pope asked the faithful, bishops, governments and the United Nations for help ...
Famous quotes containing the words pope and/or paul:
“Lo, what huge heaps of littleness around!”
—Alexander Pope (16881744)
“Be not afraid!”
—John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla] (b. 1920)