It was a symbolic morning at the Vatican which was led by three Popes: Pope Francis declared Paul VI blessed, accompanied by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
Benedict XVI, although frail, followed the ceremony attentively.
In front of thousands of people, the Pope inscribed Paul VI in the Book of Saints.
“…Ut Venerabilis Servus Dei Paulus VI, papa, Beati nomine in posterum appelletur.” (“We declare that the Venerable Servant of God Paul VI, Pope, shall henceforth be invoked as Blessed…”)
As is usual during beatifications, this tapestry was unveiled