Pope Francis Honours Blessed John XXIII – visits his tomb

The Pope visited the tomb of John XXIII on the day that marked 50 years since his death. Moments before, after a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pope greeted thousands of pilgrims who came to visit from the late Pope’s Diocese of Bergamo. The Pope prayed with them, and asked them to imitate his predecessor by focusing on the virtues of peace and obedience.

“Angelo Roncalli was able to convey peace: It was a natural, serene and cordial kind of peace. As Pope, he transmitted that peace to the world, adding to this reputation of kindness. It’s so nice to encounter such a good priest. A priest with graciousness.”

The Pope explained that in order to achieve peace, it is necessary to put selfishness aside and instead to make room for God.

The Bishop of Bergamo provoked some nervous laughs, when he told Pope Francis that after his election, many thought his gestures resembled those of Pope John XXIII.

With thanks to http://www.romereeports.com

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