Pope John XXIII

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John XXIII (November 25, 1881June 3, 1963), born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, was elected the 261st Pope of the Catholic Church and sovereign of Vatican City on 28 October 1958. He called the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965) but did not live to see it to completion, dying two months after the completion of his final encyclical, Pacem in Terris. He was beatified on 3 September 2000. His feast day is 11 October in the Catholic Church. He is also commemorated on 3 June by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and on 4 June by the Anglican Church of Canada.

Quotes[edit]

We are not on earth as museum keepers, but to cultivate a flourishing garden of life and to prepare a glorious future.
  • From the saints I must take the substance, not the accidents of their virtues. I am not St. Aloysius, nor must I seek holiness in his particular way, but according to the requirements of my own nature, my own character and the different conditions of my life. I must not be the dry, bloodless reproduction of a model, however perfect. God desires us to follow the examples of the saints by absorbing the vital sap of their virtues and turning it into our own life-blood, adapting it to our own individual capacities and particular circumstances. If St. Aloysius had been as I am, he would have become holy in a different way.
    • Journal of a Soul (1903)
  • One of my favorite phrases that brings me great comfort: We are not on earth as museum keepers, but to cultivate a flourishing garden of life and to prepare a glorious future. The Pope is dead. Long live the Pope!
    • Journal entry on the day Pope Pius XII died (9 October 1958); published in Journal of a Soul (1965)
  • [Pacem esse] dicimus in veritate positam, ad iustitiae praecepta constitutam, caritate altam et expletam, libertate postremo auspice effectam.

Quotes about John XXIII[edit]

  • When a cardinal complained that a rise in Vatican salaries meant a particular usher earned as much as the cardinal, the pope remarked: "That usher has 10 children; I hope the cardinal doesn't."
    • Emily Antenucci and Carol Glatz, in "Jokes, quips, wisecracks: John XXIII lived with keen sense of humor" at Catholic News Service (24 March 2014)
  • Not long after he was elected pope, Blessed John was walking in the streets of Rome. A woman passed him and said to her friend, "My God, he's so fat!" Overhearing what she said, he turned around and replied, "Madame, I trust you understand that the papal conclave is not exactly a beauty contest."
    • Emily Antenucci and Carol Glatz, in "Jokes, quips, wisecracks: John XXIII lived with keen sense of humor" at Catholic News Service (24 March 2014)
  • When he was cardinal and patriarch of Venice, the future pope was talking with a wealthy city resident and told him, "You and I have one thing in common: money. You have a lot and I have nothing at all. The difference is I don't care about it."
    • Emily Antenucci and Carol Glatz, in "Jokes, quips, wisecracks: John XXIII lived with keen sense of humor" at Catholic News Service (24 March 2014)

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