Item 03 - Papal Bull - papal seal

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GB ARCHON 2913 DEA-00-00-01-03


Papal Bull - papal seal


  • 13 March 1976 (Creation)

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Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini was the second child of Giorgio and Giuditta Alghisi, Giovanni Battista Montini was born in Concesio, Brescia, on 26 September 1897. He was ordained on 19 May 1920. He studied philosophy, civil law and canon law. In 1923 he was appointed attaché at the Apostolic Nunciature in Warsaw and a year served in the Vatican's Secretariat of State. During his service to the Holy See, he also taught the history of papal diplomacy at the Lateran University, until 13 December 1937 when Pius XI appointed him Substitute of the Secretariat of State. In November 1952 he was appointed Pro-Secretary of State for General Affairs and two years later appointed Archbishop of Milan. On 21 June 1963 he was elected pope and took the name Paul VI.
After a brief illness, he died on 6 August 1978 in Castel Gandolfo.
Pope Francis beatified him on 19 October 2014.
He was canonised on 14 October 2018 by Pope Francis.

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Image of the framed Papal Bull erecting the Diocese of East Anglia. Close up of papal seal.

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