“I am pleased to announce that on October 7, the day that begins the assembly of the Synod of Bishops, I will proclaim St. John of Avila and St. Hildegard of Bingen Doctors of the Church.”
The title of Doctor of the Church is given to saints whose theological teaching is valid for all time.
Paul VI named only two doctors of the Church: St. Teresa of Avila and St. Catherine of Siena. John Paul II named one, St. Therese of Lisieux in 1997. When Benedict XVI names the next two in October, there will be a total of 35 Doctors of the Church.