(Vatican Radio) There much common ground between Pope Francis and St. Pope John XXIII, who is known for his kindness, winning smile and simplicity, so much so that when he died he was mourned by Italians as "Papa Buono", or the “Good Pope”. As the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Pope John XXIII on October 11, he is much remembered for his endearing ways.
Pope John XXIII, was born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli to a poor humble family in Sotto il Monte, northern Italy, on 25 November 1881. He would eventually become one of the most influential popes in recent history. His most important decision during his less than 5-year papacy was to convoke Vatican Council II that dramatically reformed the Church, bringing it in line with modern times. He died on 3 June 1963 and was declared a saint on 27 April 2014.