Canonization of John XXIII (1881-1963): “The Good pope,” Man of unity and peace

The figure of Pope John XXIII is remembered in the context of his canonization on April 27th, 2014
by Cardinal Paul Poupard | Source: www.review.humanitas.cl
The figure of Pope John XXIII is remembered in the context of his canonization on April 
27th, 2014. It is precisely this Pope, the man of unity and peace, the one who thrills us 
with the intimate confessions—written by his own hand—in Journal of a Soul, which 
he began at fourteen years of age and kept until 1962, a few months before his death at 
eighty-one. When he gave his old notebooks and ragged pages to his faithful secretary 
Monsignor Loris Capovilla, good Pope John entrusted them him with these words: “My 
soul is in those pages. I was a good innocent boy, a little shy. I wanted to love God above 
anything and only thought about becoming a priest in the service of simple souls that 
require patient and diligent care.” Then, he makes a moving confession related to the end 
of his pontificate: “Oh, Jesus, here I am before you, old as I am now, at the end of my 
service and my life. Keep me closely connected to your heart, in a single beat with mine.”







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