Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII

Pope Saint John XXIII (25 November 1881 – 3 June 1963) reigned as Pope from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963 and was canonized on 27 April 2014. 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. 

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The true and solid peace of nations consists not in equality of arms, but in mutual trust alone.

Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.

See everything overlook a great deal correct a little.

A peaceful man does more good than a learned one.

It is now for the Catholic Church to bend herself to her work with calmness and generosity. It is for you to observe her with renewed and friendly attention.

The family is the first essential cell of human society.

Every man has the right to life to bodily integrity.

It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope.

I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart.

Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar but the best improve with age.

Here I am at the end of the road and at the top of the heap.

The council now beginning rises in the Church like the daybreak a forerunner of most splendid light.

Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways women gambling and farming. My family chose the slowest one.

The feelings of my smallness and my nothingness always kept me good company.

Born poor but of honored and humble people I am particularly proud to die poor.

I am able to follow my own death step by step. Now I move softly towards the end.

Anybody can be Pope, the proof of this is that I have become one.