Pope John XXIII Death, Books, Bio

Name Pope John XXIII
Date of Birth November 25, 1881
Place of Birth Italy

Pope John XXIII


Pope John XXIII was born on November 25, 1881 in Italy. He died on Jun 3, 1963 (age 81). He was the leader of the Catholic Church from 1958 until 1963 and the first pope to take the name “John” in more than 500 years. John XXIII served as pope from 1958 until 1963.

In 1904, after completing his studies for a doctorate in theology, he was ordained as a priest in the Church of Santa Maria in Monte Santo. The appellation “Johnny Walker” was given to him as a result of his regular practise of secretly leaving the Vatican at an ungodly hour in order to walk around the city of Rome. There were a total of twelve of his brothers and sisters.

Pope John XXIII


Pope John XXIII wrote several books during his lifetime, the most famous of which is probably his autobiography, “Journal of a Soul.” First published in 1963, the book chronicles the pope’s life from his childhood in Italy through his election to the papacy. It was a bestseller in both the Catholic and secular world, and was praised for its frankness and insight into the mind of one of the 20th century’s most influential religious leaders.

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