Sunday, October 29, 2006

Blessed John xxiii


Today in 1958 the patriarch of Venice, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, was elected Pope, and took the name John XXIII
On 3 September 2000, Pope John Paul II proclaimed him "Blessed John XXIII."
The "Good Pope" loved the liturgy of the Church, especially the pomp and ancient ceremonial surrounding the Papacy.
I remember as a little protestant child being so impressed by the pomp and splendour of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the Urbi et Orbi when it was shown on television.

6 comments:

Paulinus said...

My sister once said John XXII was like a man walking into a bar shouting "The drinks are on me!" and walking out without paying. Bit harsh as he comes across as suffused with the love of Christ and his Church from his diaries.

Paulinus said...

That's John XXIII, obviously

Fr Ray Blake said...

I think your sister is being a little unfair. John XXIII died rather than walked out.

Paulinus said...

She can be like that, bless her. Always one to call a spade a bloody shovel, but then we are from Yorkshire.....

Andrew said...

How John XXIII would weep over what is done in his name. He can't have been proud of his sucessor.

Fr Pancras Cluny said...

Is the little Protestant child in that picture?