Pope Francis is considering whether he will make Pope Pius XII a saint, in the same way that he approved the cause of John XXIII, reports the Catholic News Agency.
A source who works at the Vatican’s Congregation for Causes of Saints, who asked for anonymity, told CNA last week that “just as Pope Francis moved ahead with John XXIII’s canonisation, he is considering the same thing for Pius XII.”
According to the normal procedures, Pius XII would be beatified once a miracle attributed to his intercession is officially certified by a team of doctors and recognized by a commission of cardinals.
But if Pope Francis decides to go ahead without a miracle, he could “even canonize him with the formula of scientia certa (certainty in knowledge), thereby jumping over the step of beatification,” the source said. “Only the Pope is able to do it, and he will, if he wants to.”
Pope Francis is very interested in Pius XII because “he considers him ‘a great,’ in the same way as John XXIII is, even if for different reasons,” the source explained.
But there is also a historical reason that Pope Francis is interested in Pius XII. When Pope Paul VI started the beatification and canonisation process in 1967, nine years after Pius XII’s death, he formed a committee of historians to conduct an in-depth study of his predecessor’s life and behavior, giving particular attention to the events of World War II.
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