Posts Tagged ‘St John XXIII’

Pope jokes his successor will be called John XXIV

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

In a light-hearted quip Pope Francis has suggested his successor may be called  Pope John XXIV. St John XXIII’s feast day is not the day of his death, but October 11, the day he opened Vatican II.  Read more   Related Posts:A mistake to canonise popes like John Paul IISynodality is Pope Francis’ vehicle for Read more

Oldest member of College of Cardinals dies aged 100

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

The former secretary to St John XXIII and the oldest member of the College of Cardinals died on May 26 at the age of 100. Italian Cardinal Loris Capovilla, who served St John XXIII before and after he became pope, died in Bergamo, near Milan. Cardinal Capovilla was born in Pontelongo, Italy, in 1915, and Read more

Radical historian likes Francis’s soft power

Friday, February 27th, 2015

An eminent American historian has written that Pope Francis is making change in the Church by yielding his power. In an interview with, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills said Francis hasn’t asserted his power and to do so would be a “weakening” thing for him. “Instead, he’s yielding power constantly,” Mr Wills said. “He’s Read more

Israel’s Knesset honours St John XXIII

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

In an unprecedented event, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, has held a special session to commemorate St John XXIII. During the Second World War, Archbishop Angelo Roncalli’s efforts are believed to have helped save thousands of Jews from Nazi death camps Archbishop Roncalli was elected Pope in 1958 and took the name John XXIII. His pontificate Read more

Two new saints for the Jews

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

It is a poignant coincidence that Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized as Catholic saints on the eve of Yom Hashoah, the international day of Holocaust remembrance observed in Israel and by Jews around the world. These two popes’ personal narratives are inseparable from the Holocaust, and their reactions to the Read more

Unity theme of #2PopeSaints

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

[Sunday]’s canonisation of Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II drew 800,000 people to Rome. I spoke with a small fraction of the massive crowd that filled the streets near the Vatican, but every one of them agreed: Two popes, two saints, two more reasons to be happy. Much of the commentariat – and Read more

Miracles that led to Ss John XXIII, John Paul II

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Floribeth Mora Diaz fought back tears on Thursday (April 24) as she claimed that the late Pope John Paul II had saved her from an inoperable brain aneurysm three years ago. Mora will be on hand at Sunday’s historic ceremony in St Peter’s Square as Pope Francis canonizes both John Paul and Pope John XXIII, Read more

Pope Francis canonises Sts John XXIII and John Paul II

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Pope Francis has praised Sts John XXIII and John Paul II as men who modernised the Catholic Church in fidelity to its ancient traditions. The Pope said this during his homily at a canonisation Mass at St Peter’s Square on April 27 before an estimated 500,000 people. A few minutes earlier, he had formally declared Read more