The Vatican has recognised a supposed miracle attributed to Paul VI's intercession and will beatify the late Italian pope in October, a Vatican source said on Tuesday.
According to the Italian news agency ANSA, the apparent miracle identified by the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints was the healing of an unborn baby from an otherwise incurable illness.
ANSA said the beatification could occur on 19 October after the synod of bishops' meeting.
Paul VI, who reigned between 1963 and 1978, was praised for his efforts to seek closer ties with other Christian denominations but his 1968 encyclical was controversial for spelling out a ban on all forms of artificial contraception.
CNS has further details about the miracle:
The miracle being considered involves the birth of a baby in California in the 1990s, although to protect the family's privacy, the child's name and city have not been released. Credere said the mother's pregnancy was at risk, and with it the life and health of the baby. Doctors advised her to terminate the pregnancy, but instead she sought prayers from an Italian nun who was a family friend. Praying, the nun placed on the woman's belly a holy card with Pope Paul's photograph and a piece of his vestment.
The baby was born healthy. For Pope Paul's sainthood cause, physicians continued monitoring the child's health up to the age of 12 and everything was normal, Credere reported.