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Pope John XXIII signs the bull convoking the Second Vatican Council on October 11, 1962.

Pope John XXIII signs the bull convoking the Second Vatican Council on October 11, 1962.

When a cardinal complained that a rise in Vatican salaries meant a particular usher earned as much as the cardinal, the pope remarked: “That usher has 10 children; I hope the cardinal doesn’t.” ~ St. John XXIII jokes, quips, wisecracks: He lived with keen sense of humor ~

When a cardinal complained that a rise in Vatican salaries meant a particular usher earned as much as the cardinal, the pope remarked: “That usher has 10 children; I hope the cardinal doesn’t.” ~ St. John XXIII jokes, quips, wisecracks: He lived with keen sense of humor ~

President John F. Kennedy and Pope Paul VI talk at the Vatican ~ July 2, 1963.

President John F. Kennedy and Pope Paul VI talk at the Vatican ~ July 2, 1963.

Pabst Paul II und Benedikt XVI

Pabst Paul II und Benedikt XVI

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh pictured with Pope John XXIII in the Vatican City, Rome

36 years since The Queen visited The Vatican

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh pictured with Pope John XXIII in the Vatican City, Rome

While much of the focus of Sunday's dual canonization will be on the globe-trotting, 26-year papacy of Pope John Paul II and his near-record sprint to sainthood, many older Catholics will be celebrating the short but historic pontificate of the "Good Pope," John XXIII.

While much of the focus of Sunday's dual canonization will be on the globe-trotting, 26-year papacy of Pope John Paul II and his near-record sprint to sainthood, many older Catholics will be celebrating the short but historic pontificate of the "Good Pope," John XXIII.

** ENGLISH ** Special Limited Edition Collector's Series Commemorative Pope John XXIII Canonization Prayer Card

ENGLISH ** Special Limited Edition Collector's Series Commemorative Pope John XXIII Canonization Prayer Card

** ENGLISH ** Special Limited Edition Collector's Series Commemorative Pope John XXIII Canonization Prayer Card

Pope John XXIII in St Peter's Square.

Pope John XXIII in St Peter's Square.

Pope John XXIII by David Raber #NLsaints

Pope John XXIII by David Raber #NLsaints

Richard M. Nixon at the Vatican meeting with Pope Paul VI, on Sept. 29, 1970. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons.)

Richard M. Nixon at the Vatican meeting with Pope Paul VI, on Sept. 29, 1970. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons.)

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