Celebrating Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI carried on ceremonial throne during closing liturgy of Second Vatican Council in St. Peter's Square at Vatican

Pope Paul VI is carried on the “sedia gestatoria,” a ceremonial throne, during the closing liturgy of the Second Vatican Council in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Dec. 8,1965. Pope Francis will beatify Pope Paul today on Oct. 19 during the closing Mass of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. The miracle needed for Pope Paul’s beatification involved the birth of a healthy baby to a mother in California after doctors had said both lives were at risk. (CNS photo/Giancarlo Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)

Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras attend prayer service in Jerusalem in January 1964

Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras attend a prayer service in Jerusalem in January 1964. (CNS photo/Giancarlo Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo) 

Pope Paul VI gives blessing before leaving for Istanbul in 1967

Pope Paul VI offers a blessing at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport before boarding a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, in 1967. 

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Pope Paul VI visits the Church of St. Leo the Great, 1968

File photo of Pope Paul VI greeting girl during Rome parish visit in 1968

Pope Paul VI greets a girl as he visits the Church of St. Leo the Great in Rome March 31, 1968. Pope Francis will beatify Pope Paul Oct. 19 during the closing Mass of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. (CNS photo/Giancarlo Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)

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Pope Paul VI waves starting flag for Tour of Italy, 1974

1974 PHOTO OF POPE PAUL VI SIGNALING START OF ITALIAN BIKE RACE

Pope Paul VI waves the starting flag for the Tour of Italy cycling race from the St. Damasus courtyard at the Vatican in this May 16, 1974, file photo. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano) 

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Pope Paul VI on the “sedia gestatoria”

Pope Paul VI carried on ceremonial throne during meeting of Second Vatican Council in 1964

Pope Paul VI is carried on the “sedia gestatoria,” a ceremonial throne, during a meeting of the Second Vatican Council in 1964. Pope Francis will beatify Pope Paul Oct. 19 during the closing Mass of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. The miracle needed for Pope Paul’s beatification involved the birth of a healthy baby to a mother in California after doctors had said both lives were at risk. (CNS photo/Giancarlo Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)

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Pope Paul VI appeals for world peace, 1965

Pope Paul VI  makes special appeal for world peace in 1965 at United Nations headquarters in New YorkPope Paul VI  makes a special appeal for world peace in 1965 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. “No more war, war never again,” he declared to the General Assembly. (CNS photo/Yutaka Nagata, U.N.)

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Paul VI meets Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, 1964

POPE PAUL VI GREETS ORTHODOX PATRIARCH DURING 1964 HOLY LAND TRIP

Pope Paul VI, right, greets Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople during the pontiff’s 1964 trip to the Holy Land. Pope Paul inaugurated many of the bilateral and multilateral ecumenical dialogues that continue today. (CNS file photo)

Want to learn more about the Church’s work to promote Christian Unity? Check out episode 8 of The Church Alive.

Pope Paul VI visits with President Kennedy

POPE PAUL VI RECEIVES PRESIDENT KENNEDY AT VATICAN IN 1963

President John F. Kennedy shakes hands with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican July 2, 1963. The White House called Kennedy’s meeting with Paul VI an “unofficial” visit, although the pope spoke to the president about race relations, space exploration, world peace and U.S. aid to developing nations. (CNS file photo)

Curious about the role Catholics are called to play in the political sphere? Find out more in Episode 6 of The Church Alive.

3 conversation starters about Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI seen in undated official portrait

Pope Paul VI is seen in an undated official portrait. Pope Francis will beatify Pope Paul Oct. 19 during the closing Mass of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. The miracle needed for Pope Paul’s beatification involved the birth of a healthy baby to a mother in California after doctors had said both lives were at risk. (CNS photo/Felici, Catholic Press Photo)

Paul VI is getting beatified and it’s big deal! Now, I’d like to think that we’re all going to be expounding on his virtues over some beers or a cup of coffee. But, somehow, I doubt this is going happen*. So here are three ways to get the conversation going…

But before I launch into my 3 points, there’s something I have to put on the table right away because it under-girds everything else I’m going to say. Although Saint Pope John XXIII convoked the Second Vatican Council in the Fall of 1962 it was Paul VI who re-convoked it after John XXIII died on June 3, 1963. In other words, it was Paul VI who gave the Council direction, priority and ultimately brought it to its conclusion. You could say that the Second Vatican Council is Paul VI’s baby, and the Church we see today is to a large extent a reflection of his pontificate. [Read more…]

The Church Alive visits the United Nations

Here’s one from the Salt and Light archives for you! Today’s photo comes from the United Nation’s General Assembly hall. Sebastian Gomes interviews Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United Nations in New York City. The interview was featured in Episode 6: Politics of The Church Alive, a show dedicated to the New Evangelization and the Second Vatican Council. The Church Alive show won the 2014 Gabriel Award for Best Religious Series.

Filming the Church Alive

George Hosek, D.O.P,  takes a closer look as we prepare to shoot biblical reflections for  The Church Alive. Here George examines the camera set-up in the chapel of Assumption University.