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...]

Approved Miracle Sets Paul VI on the Road to Sainthood

Pope Paul VI

Last week Venerable Pope Paul VI moved one step closer to canonization, when the consulting theologians from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved a miracle attributed to his intercession.In December, I reported that the Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, headed by the Pope's personal physician, had declared that the former pope’s healing of an unborn child is “unexplainable” and had forwarded the case to theologians for review before the case goes t … [Read more...]