...says a news story from Rome and I for one will be glad to have it confirmed, and to see the ceremony take place in Rome in this Year of Faith. Paul VI was a truly good and holy man, and one who suffered: his years fulfilling Peter's task were a sort of crucifixion for him. After the widespread opposition and denouncing of Humanae Vitae he must have felt horribly alone. And yet how true and prophetic and courageous that Encyclical was: today, we are watching Europe destroying itself: whole nations threatened with quiet, miserable, drawn-out disappearance, a refusal of new life, a big "No!" to the future by the simple and ghastly refusal to have children. Paul VI spoke with wisdom and dignity and valour. I remember, some time in the mid-1970s, recieving a letter from a priest who ended "...pray for the Holy Father in his Gethsemane."