Paul VI beatification to be streamed live in Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
When Paul VI is declared Blessed on Sunday 19 October in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican, the mass will be broadcast live from 10.30 on a large screen in Milan’s central Galleria Vittorio Emanuele on Piazza del Duomo.
Beatification – elevating to the rank of Blessed – is the third of four steps toward sainthood.
Paul VI is a particular favourite of the milanesi – he was their Archbishop Montini from 1954 until he was elected pope in 1963. Up to his death in August 1978, his pontificate saw many key events on the world stage, from the assassination of John F Kennedy, the involvement of the US in the Vietnam war, the 1968 protests in France and the Warsaw Pact invasion of the then Czechoslovakia. He survived an assassination attempt in the Phillipines during a pilgrimage in 1970.
For Roman Catholics he is best remembered for the part he played in the reforming Second Vatican Council and for his controversial encyclical Humanae Vitae in which he affirmed the Church's traditional teaching against artificial forms of birth control.
For Italians, he will arguably go down in history for his public plea to “the men of the Red Brigades” to release the kidnapped Christian Democrat leader Aldo Moro, a personal friend. A plea which went unheeded – Moro was found dead less than a month later.
On Wednesday 15 October at 18.00, the diocese of Milan will host a convention in Palazzo Marino on Piazza della Scala to discuss the life and work of Paul VI.