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Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI, sends message about staying current
Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI, sends message about staying current

Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI on Sunday, and appeared to send a message to his conservative bishops by pointedly honoring Paul's attempt to make the Vatican move with the times in the 1960s. The beatification ceremony for Paul VI in St. Peter’s Square, which was attended by 70,000, followed the closure of a two-week synod on the family, at which hard-line prelates voted to sideline moves by Francis’ supporters to welcome gays into the church and consider ways to end a ban on Communion for divorced and remarried Roman Catholics. In his homily at the beatification Mass, Francis recalled how Paul VI had set up the first synod of bishops in 1965 and quoted him as...

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