IT MAY BE SOONER THAN YOU THINK
VIGOROUS efforts are being made in Rome to carry out as quickly as possible the steps for the introduction of the late Holy Father's beatification cause and, later, his canonisation, and for the collection of the necessary evidence, reports the Rome correspondent of the Viennese daily Die Presse
Considerable attention has been paid to the action of Bishop van Lierde, Vicar General of the Vatican City and the Pope's Sacristan, who has given the imprimatur to the prayer which beseeches Our Lord to admit among the saints "the faithful, virtuous, fearless Servant of God and Defender of the Faith Pius XII" and in which Our Lady is asked for her intercession to this end.
On enquiry, Bishop van Lierde explained he had received the commission to do this "from his Superiors". Considering the high and important position the bishop holds in the Vatican, it may be conjectured that the or der for bestowing the Imprimatur emanates from Pope John XXIII himself.
The responsibility for the introduction of the beatification process has been assumed by the movement "For a Better World", which has its headquarterrs at the Pius XII International Centre for a Better World at Castelgandolfo and which is headed by Fr. Riccardo Lombardi, S.J.
The text of the prayer reads:
"0 Jesus, Eternal Pontiff, who deigned to raise your faithful servant Pius XII to the supreme dignity of Your Vicar here on earth and to whom You gave the grace of being the intrepid defender of faith, a courageous proclaimer of justice and peace, a devoted glorifier of Your Most Blessed Mother and a luminous model of charity and of all the virtues, deign now, in view of all his merits, to grant us the grace we ask of You, so that, being certain of his efficacious intercession with You, we may one day see him in the glory of the altars, Amen."
Priests at the Pius Mil Centre for it Better World have reported that several sick persons claimed to have received important graces through Pius Xll's intercession. Many others have asked to have. even if only for a short period, some article that belonged to him, the Centre said.
The Centre warned that any judgment of the authenticity and value of the claimed miracles is reserved solely to the Church.