Pope Paul VI


Gianbattista Montini was elected Pope in 1963 upon the death of John XXIII. The new Pope took the name of Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, because of Paul’s role to the proclamation of the Gospel to the four corners of the earth. It fell to Pope Paul VI to complete the work of the Second Vatican Council and to see that Vatican II’s teaching was implemented in the life of the Church. Though less jovial and humorous than his predecessor, Pope Paul VI was an inspiration in his relentless energy in serving the Lord. It was he who began the international Papal travel that was taken up so effectively by Pope John Paul II and subsequent popes. Pope Paul VI died in 1978 and was succeeded by Pope John Paul I.  He was canonized a saint by Pope Francis on October 14, 2018.   Biography by Dr. Italy