Archive for the ‘Blessed Pope John XXIII’ Category

John XXIII’s diaries

December 19, 2008

The Journal of a Soul, first published several decades ago, is a generous sampling of the diaries of Angelo Roncalli (who became Pope John XXIII), which he kept from his teen years right up to his death.  If you’ve never explored them, it’s well worth the time. 

Turns out that hefty tome is only a small portion of all of Roncalli’s diaries.  They been published in full now, in 10 volumes! 

The first volume contains works of young Angelo at age 14, in which he recounts his experiences as a seminarian. The last volume presents the testimonies of the Pontiff in 1963, the year of his death, when he was overseeing the recently launched Second Vatican Council.

They are only available in Italian at this point.  And since The Journal of a Soul is out there, making the full 10 volumes of interest to a rather limited audience, I wouldn’t look for an English translation anytime soon.


Blessed John XXIII anniversary

October 28, 2008

Today is the 50th anniversary of the election of Pope John XXIII as Pope.  (“Today they made me pope,” he wrote in his journal that evening.)  My article marking the anniversary appears in this week’s issue of Our Sunday Visitor

Pope John Paul II beatified John XXIII during the Jubilee Year 2000.