Canonisation of Pope John XXIIII
27th April 2014 will remain a historic date in the world, in Italy and above all Bergamo province: it is the date of the canonisation of Pope John XXIII, who came from Sotto il Monte, a town located 18 km from Bergamo. He was elected Pope in 1958, and in less than five years of papacy, he successfully launched an evangelical renewal of the Catholic Church. Notable were his convocation of the Second Vatican Council on October 11, 1962 and his encyclical “Pacem in Terris” during the Cold War, for which he was awarded the Balzan Award for Peace. Saint John XXIII died in Rome on June 3, 1963. Beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 3, 2000, he was proclaimed saint on April 27, 2014.