Thursday, August 6, 2009

31st anniversary of the death of Pope Paul VI

It has been 31 years since the death of Pope Paul VI at Castelgandolfo.

Giovanni Battista Montini, the future Pope Paul VI, born in a town near Brescia, Italy in 1897. The young Montini entered the seminary in the town and received the ordination to the priesthood 23 years in Rome.

Diploma in Theology, Canon Law and Civil Law for several universities, in 1937 took over as substitute of the Secretariat of State to Pope Pius XI, as they also maintained with Pius XII.

In 1962 Pope John XXIII named him cardinal and joined the preparation of the Second Vatican Council. A council chair later after the sudden death of John XXIII.

Only one year after his appointment as cardinal was elected as successor of Peter for 66 years of age, and so only 18 days after the death of his predecessor.

The pontificate of Paul VI was clearly marked by the implementation of the changes of Vatican II.

Encyclicals 'Populorum Progressio' and 'Humanae Vitae' showed the importance of Paul VI gave to the problems of society at the time.

During the summer of 1978, health his health deteriorated very quickly. Until on August 6, which died at the papal residence of Castelgandolfo, the 81 years of age.

His process of beatification has been opened already.

1 comment:

Carlos Echevarria said...

He was the Pope when I was born and next to my bed is an official framed indulgence granted to our family, 5 years before i was actually born...