Oct 12 - “St. John XXIII” © artwork by Brenda Nippert.
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Pope John XXIII won over the world with his loving good nature and proverbial wit. He convoked Vatican II and sent the Church into the future. Saint John XXIII was born Angelo Roncalli on June 3, 1881. He was ordained a priest in 1904. In World War 1, he was a chaplain and stretcher bearer. In 1925 he became a bishop and Papal diplomat. During World War II, he helped to save an estimated 24,000 Jewish people. In 1953, Angelo became Cardinal Roncalli and was named Patriarch of Venice. In 1958, at almost 78, he was elected Pope. He took John, his father’s name and became Pope John XXIII. He was known as “the Good Pope” and his humble endearing nature and proverbial wit was loved all over the world. He died in 1963 at the age of 81.
His feast day is October 11.