“Good Pope John” – Why you shouldn’t overlook Pope St. John XXIII

Enjoy my thoughts on John XXIII this week (via The Pilgrim Center of Hope blog, “Pilgrim Log”).

The Pilgrim Log

Despite my membership in the “John Paul II Generation,” I winced a few times leading up to Sunday, hearing questions like, “Are you going to watch the canonization? Of John Paul II and…uh…that other guy?”

Yes, this Divine Mercy Sunday – April 27, 2014 – two popes were added to the Canon of Saints: Pope Saint John Paul II, and Pope Saint John XXIII. It would be a tragedy to overlook jolly John, a simple yet revolutionary figure in the history of Catholicism. From the time I began learning about him, he quickly became one of my heroes.

In John Paul II’s homily for the Mass during which he declared John XXIII ‘Blessed’, he said:

Everyone remembers the image of Pope John’s smiling face and two outstretched arms embracing the whole world. How many people were won over by his simplicity of heart, combined with a broad experience of people…

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