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From the age of 14 until his death at the age of 82, Pope John XXIII kept what he called his Journal of a Soul, jotting down in school exercise books and on odd pieces of paper the record of his growth in holiness. Elected Pope at the age of 78 he astonished the world by his breadth of mind, his simplicity and the love which shone out of him for the whole world.
Pope John XXIII was Papal Representative in Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and France and Cardinal Patriarch of Venice before becoming Pope. He summoned the Second Vatican Council in 1962, and has recently been beatified.
Charles Middleburgh: One of my true spiritual heroes is Angelo Roncalli, the beloved Pope John XXIII, who died when I was on a visit to Venice with my parents. Even today, some 51 years later, I recall walking across a wet St Mark’s Square and pausing as my father, seeing a black-edged newspaper and reading the front cover, started to cry. As a child of 7 I asked my father why he was crying, and he said, ‘The pope has died, and he was a very great man’. This is one of the keenest memories of my childhood.
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