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Pope puts Paul VI on first step to sainthood – Vatican

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09:02 PM December 20th, 2012

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI signed a decree on Thursday recognising the “heroic virtues” of late pope Paul VI, putting him on the first step to sainthood, the Vatican said.

Italian-born Giovanni Battista Montini was elected pope in 1963 and reigned until 1978.

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