Pope John XXIII was born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli in the Bergamo area of Italy on 25 November 1881, John became pope in 1958, just before his 77th birthday. His feast day is October 11.
He is credited with only performing one miracle - the healing of a nun - which meant Pope Francis had to waive customary rules requiring a second miracle after beatification.
Admirers say his papacy was characterised by his unstinting devotion to Christian duties including visiting prisoners and the sick.
But he is also remembered for his disdain of papal pomposity - insisting that he should only be referred to as "the Pope" and reorganising the College of Cardinals so that it became far more international in its outlook.
Pope John appointed the college's first members from Japan, Africa and the Philippines.
The original icon you see here was painted in celebration of his Canonization and hangs and Saint John XXIII in Rialto CA.
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