by Anura Guruge
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I was mortified to hear about this yesterday.
I first thought my ears were deceiving me.
How could this be happening AGAIN?
As a papal historian I know how many times
it happened before.
Today’s claim that it was a hoax is better news,
though I am not sure.
This pope, Good Pope John XXIII, as a person, before becoming Pope and during his papacy did more for Jews than any other modern pope — in my opinion, and I include John Paul II (#265).
This was the pope who told the Jewish community: “I am Joseph your brother“ his original middle name having been “Giuseppe” (Joseph in Italian).
Here is one of my slides from the Pope John XXIII Canonization Presentation that goes with the “Pope John XXIII: 101 Facts & Trivia” book. It highlights the crucial “Operation Baptism“, which did NOT involve any baptisms or even a commitment for baptism, which saved thousands of Jews during World War II.
Per the Catholic tradition Saints, and that is what Canonization is all about, are already in heaven, sitting with God keeping an eye on the folks down below. If so, I wonder what John XXIII is thinking right now?