Blessed John XXIII

Fidelity to Tradition: Bl. John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council

On Sunday, April 27, along with John Paul II, Pope Francis will canonize the beloved John XXIII, having quickly advanced him through the arduous process of saint-creation. One is tempted to call it the undercard of the match, or perhaps Pope Francis wanted some Italian presence in St. Peter’s square to offset the busloads of Poles descending on the eternal city. In any case, John XXIII was certainly no undercard in his lifetime. He was known as a congenial, pastoral, saintly, and affable man. The son of peasants, he was approachable and relatable in…

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