Pope JohnXXIII (1881 – 1963) was one of the most beloved Roman Catholic pontiffs of modern times. In 2014, he was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church alongside Pope John Paul II.

Born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, he was elected Pope on the death of Pius XII in 1958. The most important event of his pontificate was the Second Vatican Council (l962 – l965) which he gave the task of renewing the religious life of the Church and bringing up to date its teaching, discipline and organizations, with the ultimate goal of the unity of all Christians.