Pope St. Paul VI served as 261st successor of St. Peter from 1963-78, during what many would regard as turbulent times for the Church and the world. He shepherded the Church through a time of reform and renewal, and he maintained a relevant voice for the Gospel in a rapidly changing society.
A cause for Pope Paul VI’s canonization was opened in 1993. In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI declared his life of heroic virtue to be worthy of veneration, and he was beatified by Pope Francis in 2014. The two miracles that paved the way for his 2018 canonization involved children still in the womb.