On Sunday, Oct. 19, at St. Peter Basilica in Rome, Pope Francis will beatify Pope Paul VI, recommending him as an example to the whole Church.
The following day the high school that bears the beatified pope’s name will celebrate this elevation with a Mass to begin at 9:30 a.m. The Oct. 20 Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Dennis Sullivan at Paul VI High School, 901 Hopkins Road, Haddonfield.
In addition to the Mass, Paul VI students are preparing artwork and video projects to celebrate the life of Blessed Paul VI. The school community is also finding creative ways to discuss how Pope Paul VI influenced the subjects they study on a daily basis.
Pope Paul VI reigned as pope from 1963 to 1978. He helped implement the vision of Vatican Council II and became known as a tireless advocate for peace and the poor of the world.
He was the first pope to visit six continents and, in 1965, he became the first reigning pope to visit the United States, where he addressed the United Nations in New York City.