Blessed Pope John XXIII
The Church has always had leaders who have helped
us in our search for God in a special way. Pope John XXIII was one of
those leaders. Pope John XXIII was pope from 1958 until he died in 1963.
Angelo Roncalli was born November 25, 1881, in Northern Italy. Even when
Angelo was a young boy, his parents knew that he was not like his brothers
and sisters. Angelo would not grow up to be the farmer his father wished
for. The local priest, Father Francesco Rebuzzini, guided young Angelo.
Angelo became a priest in 1904. As pope, he took the name John, his father’s
Pope John XXIII is most remembered for calling the Second Vatican Council
in 1962. This was a meeting of all the bishops of the Church. Pope John
XXIII wanted them to help the whole Church. The work of this council was
to help Christians to live as followers of Christ.
Pope John XXIII is also remembered for his great love and compassion for
all of God’s people.