Today we remeber the death of Pope Paul VI. He died 30 years ago today. Giovanni Battista Montini was born on September 26, 1897 and was ordained a priest on May 29, 1920. In 1953 Pope Paul VI was appointed Archbishop of Milan without the title of cardinal. He revitalized the local Church of Milan and was selected to help prepare for Vatican II. He was elected pope on June 21, 1963, and was determined to hold firm to basic Catholic teaching on faith.
He will always be remembered for his last encyclical Humanae vitae which was published on July 24, 1968. He proved to be a prophetic Pope in so many ways. You can read Janet Smith's article on the subject here.
Pope Paul VI died on the Feast of the Transfiguration, August 6, 1978, at the pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. He is remembered as a humble, brilliant and deeply spiritual man who led the Church during difficult days.
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