Pope Paul VI was Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from 1963 to 1978. He fostered
improved ecumenical relations with Orthodox, Anglicans and Protestants, which resulted
in a number of historic meetings and agreements.
POPE PAUL VI
Pope Paul VI (born Giovanni Montini) became the first pope to visit six continents,
and was the most travelled pope in history at that time, earning him the nickname
"the Pilgrim Pope".
In 1970 he was the target of an assassination attempt at Manila International Airport
in the Philippines. As Paul and President Marcos pushed through throngs of admirers,
a man in gray clerical garb, holding a crucifix, rushed forward. Suddenly he slipped
a foot-long Malay dagger out of his sleeve and lunged. Churchmen around the Pope
blocked the assailant, and security men swiftly wrestled him out of the way. The
would-be assassin, was a Bolivian painter, Benjamin Mendoza.
26 September 1897
to 6 August 1978
First Anniversary (in 1971) of the Visit of Pope Paul VI and for his 75th Birthday