“For our Gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit, and with much conviction” (1 Thessalonians 1:5)
Today in Rome Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI. He was elected pope on June 21, 1963, and took the name “Paul” in honor of the missionary labors of Saint Paul. In 1964 he went to Jerusalem to meet with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I. In 1965 he came to the United States and addressed the United Nations in New York, pleading for peace. He also went to India, Portugal, Colombia, Uganda, Australia, the Philippines, and Iran – the most traveled pope in history up to that time. He canonized 84 saints including two Americans – Saint Elizabeth Seton and Saint John Neumann.
In 1970 he proclaimed the first two women as doctors of the church – Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint Catherine of Siena. Pope Paul said, “The Church looks at the world with profound understanding, with sincere admiration, and with the sincere intention … of serving it.” He lived out the words of his namesake, Saint Paul, heard today at Mass: “For our Gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit, and with much conviction”.
– Father McLaughlin