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Popes John Paul II, Pius XII Move Closer to Catholic Sainthood

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    Popes John Paul II, Pius XII Move Closer to Catholic Sainthood
    By Flavia Krause-Jackson


    Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) --

    Pope John Paul II and Pope Pius XII, who was pontiff during World War II, were brought a step closer to sainthood when their successor Benedict XVI signed a decree today recognizing their "heroic values."

    The decree paves the way for their beatification, which requires one proven miracle, according to a statement released by the Vatican on its Web Site. Once blessed, they can be considered for canonization as saints.

    Benedict already put John Paul on the fast track to sainthood by waiving the usual five-year waiting period. Church officials are examining a report that outlines his case and sets out to prove he miraculously cured a French nun with Parkinson's disease. The death of John Paul in April 2005 was greeted with cries from the faithful of "Santo Subito," or "Sainthood Now."

    Pius XII is a controversial figure, praised by some for protecting Jews from persecution during the war, and criticized by others who say he did not do enough to denounce and stop the Holocaust. His pontificate lasted from the outset of the war in 1939 until 1958.

     
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