Title: Pope John XXIII - The Good Pope
Author: Wyatt North
Review: This is a very good book about Pope John XXIII and takes you through a short history of his life from birth to death. I am not a Catholic and found the book to be very informative. The short follow up on Pope Francis was also very enlightening. Wyatt North also have a book out on Pope Francis which I would read for my own education and enlightenment.
I obtained this book from Amazon. I would give it a four star rating for educational value.
Thanks Frank for this review.
Synopsis: John XXIII was nicknamed “The Good Pope” because of his humble, loving, and open character and his gracious sense of humor. In possessing those attributes, he is viewed by many to be similar to Pope Francis today.
Like Pope Francis, Pope John was wont to stroll about Rome by night and make pastoral visits to sick children and prison inmates. John’s secretary, the Italian prelate Loris Capovilla, heard the news from Pope Francis himself and remarked how appropriate it was for the step to be taken by “the successor most similar” to John.
Shortly before Pope John’s death, the International Balzan Foundation, which is headquartered in Milan and Zurich, awarded Pope John its Peace Prize. Then, in December 1963, President Lyndon Johnson posthumously awarded him the United States’ Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.
The canonization of Pope John XXIII was announced by Pope Francis shortly after the fiftieth anniversary of John’s death. The date for canonization has been set for April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter.
Kindle Edition, 109 pages
Published February 6th 2014 by Wyatt North Publishing, LLC