Pope Pius XII roundup

10 October 2008

Pope Prays for Pius XII Sainthood Process

Vatican No. 2: Pius protected Jews during WWII

Vatican defends Nazi-era pope after rabbi’s comments

Haifa Chief Rabbi At Vatican: Wartime Pope Let Jews Down

Top Historian Defends Pius XII

Vatican defends wartime Pope against Jewish charges

50 years on, Nazi-era pope stirs controversy

Pope Pius: A towering European saint

A full-court press from Benedict XVI in defense of Pius XII

Pope hopes wartime Pius can move towards sainthood

Pope Benedict prays sainthood cause of Pope Pius XII proceeds smoothly

Pope Benedict commemorates fiftieth anniversary of Pius XII’s death

Sainthood for the Holocaust Pope?

Pope says Pius XII tried to stop war, save Jews

Pius XII and His Bible Revolution

Debating sainthood for Pope Pius XII

Pope’s Holocaust Silence Remembered

Rabbi asks pope, synod leaders to speak out to defend Israel


Promulgation of Decrees on the Causes for Canonization

3 July 2008

On 3 July 2008 Pope Benedict XVI received in private audience Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins C.M.F., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and authorized the promulgation of decrees concerning the following causes:


  • Blessed Father Damian de Veuster, Belgian professed priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (1840-1889).
  • Blessed Bernardo Tolomei, Italian founder of the Olivetan Benedictine Congregation (1272-1348).
  • Blessed Nuno di Santa Maria Alvares Pereira (ne: Nuno), Portuguese professed layman of the Order of Friars of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel (1360-1431).
  • Servant of God Ludovico Martin, French lay man (1823-1894) and Servant of God Maria Zelia Guerin Martin, French lay woman (1831-1877), parents of Saint Therese de Lisieux


  • Servant of God Francesco Giovanni Bonifacio, Italian, killed in hatred of the faith at Villa Gardossi, Italy (1912-1946).


  • Blessed Nuno di Santa Maria Alvares Pereira (ne: Nuno), Portuguese professed layman of the Order of Friars of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel (1360-1431).
  • Servant of God Stephen Douayhy, Lebanese patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites (1630-1704).
  • Servant of God Bernardino Dal Vago da Portogruaro (ne: Giuseppe), Italian archbishop of the Order of Friars Minor (1822-1895).
  • Servant of God Giuseppe Di Donna, Italian bishop of Andria, of the Order of the Blessed Trinity (1901-1952).
  • Servant of God Maria Barbara of the Blessed Trinity Maix (nee: Barbara), Austrian foundress of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (1818-1873).
  • Servant of God Pius Keller (ne: Hans), German professed priest of the Order of St. Augustine (1825-1904).
  • Servant of God Andres Hibernon Garmendia (ne: Francisco Andres), Spanish professed brother of the Institute of Brothers of Christian Schools (1880-1969).
  • Servant of God Chiara Badano, young Italian lay woman (1971-1990).

  • Pope: Saint Paul – Dedication to Christ, Openness to Humanity

    2 July 2008

    Saint Paul the Apostle
    Pope: Saint Paul – Dedication to Christ, Openness to Humanity

    Pope launches new series of weekly talks on Saint Paul

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    Pope Benedict’s prayer intentions for July

    1 July 2008

    Pope Benedict XVI
    General prayer intention

    That there may be an increase in the number of those who, as volunteers, offer their services to the Christian community with generous and prompt availability.

    His mission intention

    That the World Youth Day held in Sydney, Australia, may awaken the fire of divine love in young people and make them sowers of hope for a new humanity.

    “Spe Salvi” available as audio and ebooks

    27 June 2008

    Pope Benedict XVI
    The Catholic news service h2oNews now has a free audio version of English translation of Spe Salvi, Pope Benedict XVI’s Encyclical Letter on Hope from November 2007.

    The text of the Encyclical is available on the Vatican web site, and can be downloaded in Microsoft Reader, MobiPocket or eReader formats from the e-books page at Saints.SQPN.com.

    Benedict XVI Blesses Saint Orione Statue

    25 June 2008

    Saint Luigi Orione
    Benedict XVI Blesses Saint Orione Statue

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    Pope: Saint Maximus teaches us to give courageous witness to Christ

    25 June 2008

    Saint Maximus the Theologian
    Pope: Saint Maximus teaches us to give courageous witness to Christ

    more about Saint Maximus the Theologian