Pope Francis told priests in the Diocese of Rome that Blessed Paul VI would be canonised this year.
The pope’s announcement came at the end of a question-and-answer session with the priests on 15th February; the Vatican released the text of the exchange three days later.
Archbishop Angelo De Donatis, papal vicar for Rome, had told the priests that they would be receiving a book of “meditations” about priesthood drawn from speeches from each pope, from Blessed Paul VI to Pope Francis.
That prompted Pope Francis to comment, “There are two (recent) bishops of Rome who already are saints,” Ss John XXIII and John Paul II. “Paul VI will be a saint this year.”
The sainthood cause of Pope John Paul I is open, he noted, before adding, “Benedict (XVI) and I are on the waiting list; pray for us.”
Picture: A mosaic of Blessed Paul VI is seen in the Trinity Dome at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. He visited the shrine as an archbishop in 1960. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn).