Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the 'great helmsman' of Vatican II

VATICAN CITY - Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church."

A long-suffering servant gets his due

When Pope Francis on Oct. 19 formally declared Pope Paul VI “Blessed,” the event recalled a painful period in church history together with the long-suffering servant-pope who stood at the helm when the storm was at its worst.

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