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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.


Written by Luke Coppen

December 19, 2009 at 1:42 pm

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  1. This is wonderful news, indeed. Though we will likely not see the beatification of John Paul in 2010, we will probably see the beatification of Pius XII in 2011. Praised be Jesus Christ.


    December 19, 2009 at 8:03 pm

  2. Laudetur Jesus Christus!! Pius XII was a very Holy man. What a very joyous day!!


    December 21, 2009 at 8:53 pm

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