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Vatican     POPE PIUS IX BIOGRAPHER REGRETS BEATIFICATION
The author of a three-volume biography of Pope Pius IX has commented following his decision to skip last Sunday's beatification of the controversial pontiff.
    "Let them go ahead. I told them more than 10 years ago that (beatification) wasn't a good idea, that it was inopportune. The pope listened to me then, but something happened to change his mind," Jesuit Fr Giacomo Martina said last week.
    Fr Martina's biography of Pope Pius is considered the authoritative work on the 19th-century pope by most scholars. Father Martina said that when the Vatican was considering the sainthood cause in the 1980s, he wrote a report that recommended against beatification, and the Vatican temporarily shelved the cause.
   
CNS
   
7 Sep 00



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