Saturday, December 19, 2009

SPECIAL: Popes Pius XII, John Paul II declared 'venerable'

Catholic World News
December 19, 2009

In a series of decrees issued on December 19, the Vatican has approved miracles allowing for the canonization of five people and the beatification of five others. The Vatican also recognized the 1984 murder of Father Jerzy Popieluszko by Communist intelligence officers as a martyrdom, preparing the way for his beatification.

The decrees, approved by Pope Benedict XVI during a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, also proclaimed that ten other candidates for sainthood had lived lives of heroic virtue. Those decrees make the candidates eligible for beatification if a miracle is attributed to their intercession.

The two decrees commanding the greatest public attention were those recognizing the heroic virtue of Pope Pius XII, who reigned from 1939 to 1958, and Pope John Paul II, who reigned from 1978 to 2005.

See also:

From CNA, "Holy Father declares World War II Pope is Venerable"

From Inside the Vatican Newsflash, "Pope Pius XII Declared Venerable"

From the AFP, "Pope moves wartime pontiff closer to sainthood"

From CNS Blog, "John Paul II and Pius XII move closer to sainthood"

From Fox News, "Pope John Paul II a Step Closer to Sainthood"

From the Times Online, "John Paul II closes in on sainthood at a miraculous pace"

And from YouTube-Vatican's Channel:

Pope Benedict signs decrees for the Causes of Saints
December 19, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI: evangelize through the saints
December 19, 2009


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