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 a prayer service in Jerusalem in January 1964. (CNS photo/Giancarlo Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)
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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