This is a very unique photo and blessing of Pope Paul VI while he was the Archbishop of Milan. It is dated May 16th, 1955. His actual baptismal name, Giovanni Battista Montini is used.
There are three lines written in his own hand on this photograph. It is a blessing for a priest’s twenty-fifth anniversary.
This is a very unique portrait of him prior to his pontificate and the only one Father Kunst has seen like this for Paul VI.
When referring to a blessing, these are normally photos of a pope with fancy calligraphy by another hand. They are then signed by the pope with a few extra lines written in their own hand as is the case with this one.
Pope Francis approved the promulgation of the decree for the cause of beatification of his predecessor, Pope Paul VI. The beatification ceremony took place on October 19, 2014, at the conclusion of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the family.
All items associated with Pope Paul VI take on even greater relevance because of his beatification. And soon we will have word of the date of his canonization, which will be in October 2018.
Please pray with us in gratitude for the gift of his life to our Church.
Blessed Paul VI, pray for us!