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St. Paul VI relic up for veneration on June 29

St. Paul VI relic up for veneration on June 29

The relic of St. Paul VI will be up for public veneration at the Manila Cathedral on June 29. COURTESY OF THE MANILA CATHEDRAL

By CBCP News

June 17, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A relic of St. Paul VI enshrined at the Manila Cathedral will be exposed for the first time to the public before the end of the month.

The relic will be available for veneration on the feasts of Sts. Peter and Paul June 29, according to the cathedral.

“The Manila Cathedral was given a very precious and rare relic by the Vatican — a cuff from a shirt he wore,” it said.

With that of Paul VI, the church now houses three relics of saint-popes who have ties to the cathedral.

They are John XXIII, who was the pope during 1958 reconstruction of the cathedral; Paul VI, who celebrated Mass at the cathedral in 1970; and John Paul II, who celebrated Mass at the cathedral in 1981 and elevated it to a minor basilica.

The relics were given by the Vatican to honor the 60th anniversary of the post-war rebuilding of the Manila Cathedral.

St. Paul VI oversaw much of the Second Vatican Council, which had been opened by St. John XXIII, and in 1969 promulgated a new Roman Missal.

He died in 1978, and was canonized by Pope Francis Oct. 14, 2018.

Apart from his role in the council, Paul VI is known for his landmark encyclical Humane Vitae, which reaffirmed the church’s teachings against artificial contraception and reproductive ethics.