Fr. Lombardi, spokesman for the Holy See, has said that the Holy Father has not signed the decree of beatification of Pius XII.
Città del Vaticano, 9 October (Apcom)
The Pope hasn’t signed any decree for the beatification of Pope Pacelli. Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See’s Press Office clarified this in a note, commenting on the words of Ratzinger during the solemn Mass for the 50th anniversary of the death of Pius XII.
"With those words pronounced during the homily about the cause of beatification of Servant of God Pius XII, presently underway," Fr. Lombardi explained, "the Pope intended to show explicitly his spiritual unity and a hope widespread amongst God’s people. However, nothing was expressed about the next steps in the cause or their timing, namely, the signing of the decree of recognition of heroic virtues, which is in its turn the premise for introducing the next stage for the recognition of a miracle."
The Vatican spokesman recalled that the Congregation of cardinals and bishops of the Congregation for Causes of Saints on 8 May 2007 unaninimously ruled on the heroic virtue of the Servant of God. "However, the Pope has not yet signed the relative decree, considering a period of time of reflection to be opportune."