Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Don Bosco's Popes: Blessed John XXIII

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Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was born in Sotto il Monte (Bergamo) on 25th November 1881. He was elected Pope on 28th October 1958. He called the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council. He died on 3rd June 1963. John XXIII was pleased to recall many a time that as a boy he had read Don Bosco’s Catholic readings, “first and most effective addition to his religious and social formation”; he also recalled that as a small child, he had learnt of Don Bosco’s death from the Salesian Bulletin which always came into their home. He recalled too that the picture of Mary Help of Christians, taken from one of the Salesian Bulletins, hung from the wall near his bed. In Rome he solemnly inaugurated the new Temple of St. John Bosco in the Appio district (1950). He chose twelve Salesians to be bishops and Don Bosco’s third Cardinal, His Eminence Raul Henriquez Silva.

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