John XXIII Biography

Pope John XXIII, born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, reigned from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963, canonised in 2014 and known to Catholics as Pope Saint John XXIII.

Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was the fourth of fourteen children born to a family of sharecroppers that lived in a village in Lombardy. He was ordained a priest on 10 August 1904 and served in a number of posts, including papal nuncio in France and a delegate to Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. In a consistory on 12 January 1953 Pope Pius XII made Roncalli a cardinal as the Cardinal-Priest of Santa Prisca in addition to naming him the Patriarch of Venice.

Roncalli was elected pope on 28 October 1958 at age 76 after 11 ballots. His selection was unexpected, and Roncalli himself had come to Rome with a return train ticket to Venice. He was the first pope to take the pontifical name of "John" upon election in more than 500 years, and his choice settled the complicated question of official numbering attached to this papal name due to the antipope of this name.

Pope John XXIII surprised those who expected him to be a caretaker pope by calling the historic Second Vatican Council, the first session opening on 11 October 1962. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
John XXIII
Full Name:
Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli
Nationality:
Italy
Profession:
Clergy, Writer, Author
Religion:
Catholicism
Date of Birth:
November 25, 1881
Astrological Sign:
Sagittarius
Date of Death:
June 3, 1963
Age at Death:
81
Cause of Death:
Peritonitis
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