Cook Islands – 2014 – 2 Dollars – Religious People CANONIZATION OF JOHANNES XXIII (including box) (PROOF)


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Metal: Silver .925
Weight: 1/2 oz
Diameter: 35mm
Mintage: 1’000 pcs (300 in sets)

Pope John XXIII (Latin: Ioannes XXIII), born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (25 November 1881 – 3 June 1963), was the head of the Roman Catholic Church from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963. Pope John XXIII was buried in the Vatican grottoes beneath Saint Peter’s Basilica on 6 June 1963 and his cause for canonization was opened by his successor, Pope Paul VI, who declared him a Servant of God. In addition to being named Venerable on 20 December 1999, he was beatified on 3 September 2000 by Pope John Paul II alongside Pope Pius IX and two others. Following his beatification, his body was moved on 3 June 2001 from its original place to the altar of Saint Jerome where it could be seen by the faithful. Bypassing the traditionally required second miracle, Pope Francis declared John XXIII a saint based on his merits of opening the Second Vatican Council on 5 July 2013. He is expected to be canonised alongside John Paul II on 27 April 2014. John XXIII today is affectionately known as the Good Pope and in Italian, il Papa Buono .