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Pope Paul VI (born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini) (1897-1978), reigned from June 21, 1963 until his death as the 262 Pope of the Catholic Church.  Succeeding Pope John XXIII, he continued the Second Vatican Council which he closed in 1965, implementing its numerous reforms, and fostered improved ecumenical relations with Eastern Orthodox and Protestants, which resulted in many historic meetings and agreements[1].

Pope Paul VI became the first pope to visit six continents, and was the most traveled pope in history to that time, earning the nickname "the Pilgrim Pope".  On October 4, 1965, the pope visited New York City and met with President Lyndon Johnson, addressed the United Nations General Assembly, celebrated Mass at Yankee Stadium, and visited the New York World's Fair[2].

Paul VI is also remembered for the encyclical Humanae Vitae (Latin "Of Human Life").  Published July 25, 1968, the letter (subtitled "On the Regulation of Birth"), re-affirms the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church regarding abortion, contraception, and other issues pertaining to human life.

He was beatified on October 19, 2014.

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Reference

  1. Wikipedia: Pope Paul VI
  2. Vatican.va: Visit to the United Nations, 1965
2. Prolegomenon To Any Future Visit Of A Pope To America

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