Saint John XXIII’s humour

Fr Mario Attard OFM Cap

In his old age Saint John XIII was a whimsical, fun old man to be around. That is why people loved him so much that they called him “Good Pope John”.

Saint John XXIII’s jokes are great. Once a reporter asked him: “How many people work at the Vatican?” And John XXIII responded: “About half of them”. John XXIII realized that the Vatican can often be a beaurocracy where half the people are basically doing nothing. When a cardinal complained that a rise in Vatican salaries meant a particular usher earned as much as the cardinal the pope remarked: “That usher has 10 children; I hope the cardinal doesn’t.” Continue reading Saint John XXIII’s humour