The pilgrim pope.
Blessed Paul VI, Giovanni Battista Montini was elected as Successor of Peter on the 21st June 1963. - Vatican Radio
I considered him the first Fatima pope.
The Holy Father in Jerusalem.
I also considered him 'my' pope - he was pope
when I fell away from the sacraments,
and he was pope when I returned.
I was happy to be in Rome a couple of summers
before his death. I was able to attend
some of his Masses.
I love him to this day
and rejoice he is beatified.
"For I decided to know nothing while I was with you
except Jesus Christ and Him crucified ..."
I loved the crucifix of Paul VI
and always wore a replica of it
while on pilgrimage.