~from AP via Herald Tribune
A panel of bishops and cardinals at the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved a declaration on Pius' virtues Tuesday, passing the dossier to Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican spokesman Rev. Ciro Benedettini said.
If Benedict signs the document, it will be the first major step toward possible beatification for Pius. The Vatican would then have to confirm a miracle attributed to Pius' intercession for him to be beatified, and a second miracle for him to be made a saint.
It was not immediately known when or whether Benedict would act.