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Pope considering push to canonize Pius XII?

August 01, 2013

Pope Francis is weighing the possibility of proceeding with the cause for canonization of Pope Pius XII, without waiting for the approval of a miracle, according to a report from the Catholic News Agency (CNA).

CNA cites an anonymous Vatican official as saying that Pope Francis has great admiration for Pope Pius XII, and could invoke his own authority to move forward with the cause for the wartime Pontiff. Pope Francis has already taken that step to proceed with the canonization of Pope John XXIII.

A papal decision to speed the cause of Pius XII would undoubtedly draw protests from some Jewish leaders, who have urged the Vatican not to proceed with the cause until scholars have an opportunity to study the Vatican archives from his pontificate. Those archives might be opened next year.


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  • Posted by: Bernadette - Aug. 25, 2013 1:04 AM ET USA

    I hope so! I was 13 years old when I first saw Pius XII. We had a private audience with him in the Vatican and he came into the room so simply. I was awe-struck by his presence, tall, thin, austere looking. But he spoke very kindly to me: "Are you a good girl?" and "Do you help your mother?" I will never forget this and have always held him in great esteem as he was the pope of my childhood and into my early twenties. He had a most difficult reign during WWII and risked much.

  • Posted by: Joseph Paul - Aug. 02, 2013 12:32 AM ET USA

    Santo Subito for Pope Pius XII!! The sooner the better.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Aug. 01, 2013 6:39 PM ET USA

    While I think that all canonizations should stick to the rules of two miracles attributed to the deceased saint-to be, I don't understand why Jewish leaders think they have the right ot dictate to the Pope or the Catholic Church as to who may be canonized. The Pope doesn't tell the Rabbis how to run Judaism, so what gives Jewish leaders the right to call the shots in the Catholic Church? The fact that the world seems to oppose Pius XII makes him all the more a saint to me.