Blessed Paul VI, Pray for Us

Blessed Pope Paul VI

Today in Vatican City, Pope Francis has beatified his predecessor Pope Paul VI, who was pontiff from 1963 until his death in 1978.Beatification is the official recognition by the Church that the deceased is in heaven, and is the first step toward formally declaring the person a saint (called canonization).  According to rules laid down by the Catholic Church, one miracle must be believed to have taken place through the intercession of the person.How fitting that Pope Paul VI, author of … [Read more...]

Pope Paul VI To Be Beatified October 19

Pope Paul VI

Giovanni Battista Montini, Pope Paul VI, will likely be beatified--the first step toward sainthood--on October 19, according to a report by Andrea Tornielli published today in Vatican Insider.Back in December 2013, I had predicted an October date for the beatification, when a miracle attributed to the intercession of Paul VI was ruled "unexplainable" by Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.  The Congregation then referred the case to theologians and cardinals for f … [Read more...]

An Unexpected Privilege: The Day I Attended Mass with Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger

The faithful wait for Mass to begin at the great altar in St. Peter's Basilica, September 28, 2003

Talk about being in the right place at the right time!It was September 2003, and I was leading a pilgrimage to Rome for a group of Catholic CEOs, members of Legatus.  We were so busy--Every day of our pilgrimage was filled with tours of historic basilicas, meetings with Vatican officials, lunches and dinners and gelato stands and, of course, daily Mass.  In the entire week we were in Rome, I slept little.  There was only one "free" night, when members of our group were encouraged to explore t … [Read more...]