Pastor Angelicus

On this blessed Solemnity of the Princes of the Apostles, let us remember the most gentle Venerable Pope Pius XII (r. 1939–1958). Besides the edifying account of his papacy, we also see in this documentary – which the good Pope had graciously agreed to its filming – the magnificent papal ceremonies and traditional Catholic customs that were commonplace prior to the Second Vatican Council.

Let us pray for the speedy canonisation of Ven. Pope Pius XII:

O Jesus, Eternal High Priest, Who didst deign to raise Thy faithful servant, Pius XII, to the supreme dignity of Thy Vicar on earth and to grant him the grace to be a fearless defender of the faith, a valiant champion of justice and peace, zealous in proclaiming the glory of Thy Most Holy Mother, a shining example of charity and all virtues: deign now to grant us, in view of his merits, the graces we ask of Thee; so that, made certain of his efficacious intercession with Thee, we may one day see him raised to the honours of our altars. Amen.

† Petrus Canisius van Lierde
Vicar General of His Holiness for Vatican City
8 December 1958

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