Miracle Attributable to Pope Pius XII Under Investigation

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

The Vatican has confirmed that a “presumed miracle” attributed to Pope Pius XII is now under investigation.

The Catholic News Agency (CNA) is reporting that Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, confirmed in a telephone interview on Monday that a possible miracle attributable to the intercession of Pope Pius XII is under investigation.

The case involves the cure of a patient from Castellammare di Stabia, a town near Naples, Italy, who was suffering from an incurable form of cancer. According to Sorrento & Dintorni, a local online publication, the person was found to be cured after praying for the intercession of Pope Pius XII. Doctors were unable to give any scientific explanation for the cure.
The publication also reported that when questioned about the cure, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Sorrento, Fr. Carmine Giudici, said, “It’s all true.” He confirmed that the Holy See had been alerted to the miracle by the recipient of the cure and has been in contact with the diocese.

A controversy has long surrounded Pope Pius XII by many who claim he didn’t do enough to protect the Jews during the Nazi holocaust in spite of much evidence to the contrary.

He was declared a Servant of God by Pope John Paul II in 1990 and Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed him eligible for beatification in a decree issued on December 19, 2009.

After confirming the existence of the possible miracle to CNA, Cardinal Saraiva Martins warned that there is a big difference between a “presumed” miracle and a “confirmed” miracle.

He also said it would be impossible to estimate the amount of time it would take for the process of confirmation to be carried out.

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