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John Paul II and Pius XII are declared Venerable

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Photo: Pope John Paul II visits Uganda in February 1993 (CNS photo from L’Osservatore Romano, Arturo Mari)

It’s official: Benedict XVI has approved a degree attesting to his immediate predecessor’s heroic virtues. Greg Burke advises you to book your hotel now for John Paul II’s beatification.

In a move that’s likely to be controversial, he has also declared the wartime pope Pius XII Venerable. Philip Pullella of Reuters assesses the impact of the Pius XII decision, as does John Allen. Bear in mind that Pope Benedict is due to visit the Great Synagogue in Rome on January 17.

Three other notable Causes making progress today were those of Fr Jerzy Popiełuszko, Mary MacKillop and Mary Ward.

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Written by Luke Coppen

December 19, 2009 at 1:42 pm