A Beloved Pope Is Humble.
May 11th, 2008
Santa Cruz, California
Received by FAB
I am here, Angelo Roncalli.
I prefer my birth name rather than my formal papal title because I am humble, and I was also humble on earth.
Nomination to the papacy surprised me, and I determined to use my high position to do good, as I always desired.
I must say that I changed many of my ideas fairly quickly over here. I was greeted by my beloved parents. They had seen what I had become and gave me a lot of praise, which surprised me. I just felt I was doing God’s will and didn’t perceive that I needed to be singled out for praise.
I met the challenges of my time successfully. Now it is a new time with great challenges, and these challenges will also be successfully addressed, with divine providence as a continuous guide.
Blessed Pope John XXIII born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (November 25, 1881 – June 3, 1963), known as Blessed John XXIII since his beatification, was elected as the 261st Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and sovereign of Vatican City on October 28, 1958. He called the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965) but did not live to see it to completion, dying on June 3, 1963, two months after the completion of his final encyclical, Pacem in Terris. He was beatified on September 3, 2000, along with Pope Pius IX, the first popes since Pope Innocent XI to receive this honor. His feast day is October 11 in the Catholic Church, the day that Vatican II’s first session opened. He is also commemorated on June 3 by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and on June 4 by the Anglican Church of Canada. In Italy he is remembered with the affectionate appellative of “Il Papa Buono” (“The Good Pope”). (Source: Wikipedia)