Although it seems that it is almost impossible for a modern pope to escape canonization, Pope Francis does appear to make one exception: Pius XII.
Without a miracle on his record, the beatification of Second World War-era pontiff Pius XII is stalled, says Pope Francis.
During a news conference held as Francis returned Monday from a three-day trip to the Holy Land, the pope said that the file on Pius XII is still open.
“There is still no miracle,” said Francis. “If there are no miracles we cannot go forward”.
Go here to read the rest. Well, PopeWatch supports the miracle requirement for non-martyr canonizations and if anything wishes that it were far more stringent. However, over the years numerous miracles have been attributed to the intercession of Pius XII. Considering the somewhat sketchy nature of some miracles that have been accepted for sainthood, PopeWatch wonders if it is truly a lack of miracles that is keeping the hero Pope of World War II, who clandestinely personally saved thousands of lives during World War II and sponsored efforts that saved hundreds of thousands of lives, from canonization or other factors. This is in a saint making environment where Pope Francis waived the second miracle normally required for canonization for Pope John XXIII.