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Blessed Pope Paul VI
Papacy began June 21, 1963
Papacy ended August 6, 1978
Predecessor Pope John XXIII
Successor Pope John Paul I
Personal details
Birth name Giovanni Battista
Enrico Antonio
Maria Montini
Born September 26, 1897
Concesio, Italy
Died August 6, 1978
Castel Gandolfo, Italy
Motto Cum Ipso in Monte (With Him on the mount)
In Nomine Domini (In the name of the Lord)

Other Popes named Paul

Pope Paul VI (Latin: Paulus PP. VI; Italian: Paolo VI), born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini, was an Italian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 263rd Pope from from 1963 until his death in 1978.[1] Paul was a spiritual leader and the head of the church bureaucracy.[2]

Early life

Montini was born in Concesio. That is near Brescia in northern Italy. His father was editor of a Roman Catholic newspaper.[3] He received degrees in civil and canon law, theology and philosophy.[4]

Before the papacy

Montini was ordained and celebrated his first mass in 1920.[3] He worked in the Vatican diplomatic corps.[4] During World War II, he was in charge of the Vatican's work for refugees and prisoners of war.[4] He was made Archbishop of Milan in 1954.[4] Pope John XXIII made Montini a cardinal in 1958.[3]


Cardinal Montini was elected Pope in 1963.[3] Pope Paul continued the Second Vatican Council which was begun by Pope John XXIII.[5] His first encyclical is the only one in the Vatican archives which is in the handwriting of the pope who delivered it.[6] Paul VI was known as the "pilgrim" pope for his numerous travels.[7] He was the first pope to fly in an airplane.[8]

In 1964, Paul was the first pope to travel from Rome to the Holy Land.[4] He flew first to Amman in Jordan. Then he traveled by car to Jerusalem.[9] In 1970, the pope visited Australia, the Phillipines,[10] and Indonesia.[11] In 1975, Paul declared 1975 to be a "jubilee" year with themes of renewal and reconciliation.[12]

In 1978, Prime Minister Aldo Moro was kidnapped in Rome. Pope Paul VI made an offer to exchange his life for Moro's.[13] The offer was not accepted. Moro was killed 55 days later.[14]


At the age of 80, Pope Paul VI died at Castel Gandolfo, Italy, from a heart attack.[15]


The Pope Paul VI Hall is the modern building in which mass papal audiences are held.[16]

Related pages


The Coat of Arms of Paul VI
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-02.
  2. Briggs, Kenneth A. "Pope Paul VI Is Dead of a Heart Attack at 80; Guided the Church Through Era of Change," New York Times. August 7, 1978; retrieved 2011-10-30.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Cortesi, Arnaldo. "Cardinal Montini Elected Pope," The New York Times. June 22, 1963; retrieved 2011-10-30.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Faces of the Milennium: Pope Paul VI (1897-1978)," New York Times. 1999; retrieved 2011-10-30.
  5. Cortesi, Arnaldo. "Pope Says in Talk He Will Continue Vatican Council," New York Times. June 23, 1963; retrieved 2011-10-30.
  6. Doty, Robert C. "Pope Paul VI Completes Second Year of Reign," New York Times. June 21, 1965; retrieved 2011-10-30.
  7. "Roman Catholics: Pope as Pilgrim," Time. December 11, 1964; "Pope visited Ephesus and Virgin Mary House in Turkey"; excerpt, "Pope Benedict XVI is the third pope who became a 'pilgrim'.... Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II were the other two popes who visited the House of Virgin Mary and became 'pilgrims'."
  8. "Pilgrim Popes," Vatican Radio; retrieved 2011-10-30.
  9. Hoffmann, Paul. "Paul VI Starts Trip To the Holy Land," New York Times. January 4, 1964; retrieved 2011-10-30.
  10. Hoffman, Paul. "Pope Will Visit Philippines and Australia," New York Times. May 30, 1970; retrieved 2011-10-30.
  11. Kamm, Henry. "Moslems, Hindus and Buddhists Join Pope at Mass in Jakarta," New York Times. December 4, 1970; retrieved 2011-10-30.
  12. "The Jubilee in Church History," Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN); retrieved 2011-10-30.
  13. "Pope OKs miracle for Paul VI in sainthood process". The Japan Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  14. Holmes, J. Derek, and Bernard W. Bickers. A Short History of the Catholic Church. London: Burns and Oates, 1983. 291.
  15. Hebblethwaite 1993, p. 707.
  16. Hofmann, Paul. "When in Rome, How to Attend a Papal Audience," New York Times. February 11, 1979; retrieved 2011-10-30.

More reading

Serafian, Michael. (1964). The Pilgrim. New York: Farrar, Straus. OCLC 386084?

Other websites

Media related to Paulus VI at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Succeeded by
John Paul I