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Pope Francis Approves Miracle for Paul VI

Sat, 10 May 2014 17:21:11 +0000

Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) -- Pope Francis set a date for the beatification of the late Paul VI, who served as pope from 1963 to 1978.

The approval is the last formal step before possible sainthood and comes shortly after the canonisation of popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

A key marker of Paul VI's reign as leader of the Catholic Church is his 1968 decision confirming a ban on artificial contraception for Catholics, in spite of a church commission's recommendation for change.

The beatification ceremony will be held on Oct. 19 at the Vatican.

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