The Eucharistic mystery stands at the heart and center of the liturgy since it is the fount of life by which we are cleansed and strengthened to live not for ourselves but for God and to be united in love among ourselves. — Pope Paul VI
Papal Artifacts remembers with gratitude the gift of Giovanni Montini to the Church on the anniversary of his ordination in 1920. A man of great piety and intellect he offered his life in service to a church who eventually elected him her successor to St. Peter. In 1963 he became Pope Paul VI and reigned until 1978.
Those who knew him best describe Pope Paul as a brilliant man, deeply spiritual, humble, and reserved and gentle, a man of ‘infinite courtesy.’ He was one of the most traveled popes in history and was the first to visit five continents. The wealth of intellectual information he left in his many addresses and letters as well as in all his major pronouncements is staggering.
He successfully concluded Vatican II, and in Church history he will be remembered for his rigorous reform of the Roman curia, for his address to the United Nations in 1965 and for his great attention to the many social problems apparent in the latter part of the 20th century.
Paul VI died August 6, 1978, the feast of the Transfiguration. His funeral was marked by its simplicity. In accordance with his wishes, there is no monument over his grave.
We rejoice with our Church over the announcement that Pope Paul VI was beatified on October 19, 2014.
Blessed Paul VI, pray for us!