CANONIZATION OF JOHN XXIII

CANONIZATION OF JOHN XXIII  

On 27 April 2014 His Holiness Pope Francis will proclaim John XXIII a saint. Blessed Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli is commonly known as “Good Pope John”. The name recalls not only the physical features of his face, remembered affectionately by so many faithful, but also his nature as a caring shepherd who never missed an opportunity to offer consolation with just a few simple words for those needing it. His fundamental historical inspiration was to convoke the Second Vatican Council, which he strongly desired and opened on 11 October 1962. The Council marked a turning point in the Church’s history. Pope John XXIII died on 3 June 1963. It was during the sad days of bidding him farewell that it became clear how widely he was loved and how pivotal his Magisterium was. The Philatelic and Numismatic Office will mark the celebration of 27 April with a postage stamp series and a mini sheet, the latter which depicts John XXIII together with John Paul II, both who will be canonized on the same day and celebrated as saints of the Catholic Church.