VATICAN: Pope Beatifies Paul VI at Closing Mass for the Synod
VATICAN CITY, OCTOBER 17, 2014(CISA)– Pope Francis on Sunday October 19 beatified Pope Paul VI, while celebrating the Closing Mass for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family.
In his homily the pontiff described Pope Paul VI as a “great Pope,” a “courageous Christian” and a “tireless apostle” reported Vatican Radio.
Pope Francis noted that it was Pope Paul VI who established the Synod of Bishops.
“When we look to this great Pope,” he said we cannot but say in the sight of God a word as simple as it is heartfelt and important: thanks! Thank you, our dear and beloved Pope Paul VI! Thank you for your humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his Church!”
“Paul VI truly ‘rendered to God what is God’s’ by devoting his whole life to the ‘sacred, solemn and grave task of continuing in history and extending on earth the mission of Christ,’ loving the Church and leading her so that she might be ‘a loving mother of the whole human family and at the same time the minister of its salvation,’” said the Pope.
While recalling the experiences of the Synod, a word which means “journeying together” Pope Francis said, “pastors and lay people from every part of the world have come to Rome, bringing the voice of their particular Churches in order to help today’s families walk the path the Gospel with their gaze fixed on Jesus.”
The pontiff gave thanks to God for the work of the Synod, and invoked the Holy Spirit to continue to guide the process as it moves toward the Ordinary Synod of Bishops set to take place in October next year.