By Leslie Ann Aquino
The faithful will have the opportunity to venerate the relic of Pope Saint Paul VI at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila.
In a Facebook post, the Manila Cathedral announced that the relic of the saint will have its first public veneration on June 29, 2019, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul and Pope’s Day celebration.
It was November of last year when the cathedral was given a very precious and rare relic by the Vatican – a cuff from a shirt that Pope Paul VI wore.
In a previous interview, Father Reginald Malicdem, rector of the Manila Cathedral, said it was in 2017 when they wrote the Vatican to request for relics of three important Popes who are closely connected to the cathedral.
He said they are St. Pope John XXIII, who was the pope during the rebuilding and dedication of the cathedral in 1958; then Blessed Pope Paul VI, who celebrated Mass at the cathedral in 1970 while St. Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at the cathedral in 1981 and was also the one who elevated it to a Minor Basilica.
Paul VI was born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini on September 26, 1897 in Concesio, Italy
He was the 263rd successor to the See of Peter from 1963 until his death in 1978.
Paul VI continued the Second Vatican Council which Good Pope John XXIII started in 1962.
Dubbed the “pilgrim pope” and the “pope of firsts,” Paul VI was the first pope to take a plane, the first since St. Peter to visit the Holy Land.
He died in 1978 from a heart attack. He was 80.
Paul VI was beatified in October 2014 and canonized in October 2018.