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Pope recognizes miracles attributed to Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Romero

Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonizations of Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero. They are pictured in undated combination photos.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonizations of Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero.

At a meeting March 6 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, Pope Francis signed decrees for the causes of 13 men and women — among them a pope, an archbishop, two young laywomen and a number of priests and nuns.

Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the 'great helmsman' of Vatican II

A tapestry of Blessed Paul VI hungfrom the facade of St. Peter's Basilica during his beatification Mass celebrated by Pope Francis Oct. 19 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The Mass also concluded the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. B lessed Paul, who served as pope from 1963-1978, is most remembered for his 1968 encyclical, "Humanae Vitae," which affirmed the Church's teaching against artificial contraception.

VATICAN CITY -- Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and His Church."

The pope spoke in a homily Oct. 19 in St. Peter's Square at a Mass for more than 30,000 people, under a sunny sky on an unseasonably warm.

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