Pope Paul VI became the first pope to visit six continents, and was the most traveled pope in history to that time, earning the nickname "the Pilgrim Pope". On October 4, 1965, the pope visited New York City and met with President Lyndon Johnson, addressed the United Nations General Assembly, celebrated Mass at Yankee Stadium, and visited the New York World's Fair.
Paul VI is also remembered for the encyclical Humanae Vitae (Latin "Of Human Life"). Published July 25, 1968, the letter (subtitled "On the Regulation of Birth"), re-affirms the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church regarding abortion, contraception, and other issues pertaining to human life.
He was beatified on October 19, 2014.
- The text of Prolegomenon To Any Future Visit Of A Pope To America, the second chapter of Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, is written as notes found in the desk of a New York advertising executive that reflects on the good and bad of Paul VI's visit to York and speculates on things one could do to improve and promote subsequent papal visits.
- The son of I.H. Samsonite claims he endorsed the United Nations by his visit (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 49).
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