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Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII Biography

Religious Leader


ABOUT
Head of the Catholic Church from 1958 to 1963 who was the first pope to take the name "John" in more than 500 years.
BEFORE FAME
He completed his doctorate in theology and was ordained a priest in the Church of Santa Maria in Monte Santo in 1904.

FAMILY LIFE
He had twelve brothers and sisters.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2000.
TRIVIA
His frequent habit of sneaking out of the Vatican late at night to walk the streets of the city of Rome earned him the nickname "Johnny Walker."

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