John 23rd

Pope John XXIII, center right, begins the Mass on Oct. 11, 1959, at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

Upon becoming pope, John XXIII had plenty of energy and ideas. The Spirit was calling, and the pope, with a vision and hope and thinking of the past, present, and future, was going to answer this great call to the Church.

John — who today we call Pope Saint John XXIII — believed that Jesus’ love was for everybody in the world. He wanted the Church to be a strong voice proclaiming that love in modern times to modern people. His most famous encyclicals were Mother and Teacher (1961) and Peace on Earth (1963).

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