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80th Anniversary of the Coronation of Pope Pius XII

80 years ago Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected Pope, assuming the name Pope Pius XII. He was crowned on 12 March 1939.

Cardinal Pacelli was elected the 260th Supreme Pontiff of the Holy Roman Church on March 2, 1939. He headed the Catholic Church from 2 March 1976 to his death on 9 October 1958. 

The cause of canonization of Pope Pius XII was opened on 18 November 1965 by Pope Paul VI during the final session of the Second Vatican Council. He was declared Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI on 19 December 2009, the first step on the road to sainthood. 

12 March 2019, 10:57