For those of us who were nurtured in the Faith as Anglicans the beatification of Pope Paul VI is special. He seemed to have a particular regard and concern for the Anglican Communion. It was expressed by one short sentence in his homily for the canonisation of the Uganda Martyrs, part of which we read each year on their feast day, 3rd June.
You will remember, perhaps, that among those young men killed during the years 1885-1887 were both Catholics and Anglicans. After speaking in his homily of the ancient Christian martyrs of Africa, to whom he was now adding St Charles Lwanga and his companions, Paul VI added:
Nor should we forget those others, of the Anglican Communion, who died for the sake of Christ.
We thank God today, as Pope Paul VI is beatified, for these words, so few but so rich in significance, which inspired many of us to continue longing and praying for the restoration of communion.