Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) was born on the 25th of November 1881 in Sotto il Monte. He was the eldest son of Giovanni Battista Roncalli (1854 – July 1935) and Marianna Giulia Mazzolla (1855 – 20 February 1939), and fourth in a family of 13. His family worked as sharecroppers, as did most of the people of Sotto il Monte. On January 12 of 1953, he was appointed Patriarch of Venice and then raised to the rank of Cardinal-Priest of Santa Prisca by Pope Pius XII. He was elected pope at 4:30 pm, with a total of 38 votes on October 9, 1958. Pope John XXIII's Papacy began on October 18 of 1958 and his Papacy ended on June 3 of 1963. On September 23 of 1962, Pope John XXIII was first diagnosed with stomach cancer. Then on June 3 of 1963 he died at age 81, in Apostolic Palace, Vatican City.
Professor Gennaro Golia was an assistant at the Anatomy Department of the Medical School of the Catholic University in Rome. "He confirmed that he was asked to perform the operation of preserving the pope’s remains and carried out this duty using a technique of his own invention". This was not intended to be true ‘embalming’, as some have insinuated. True embalming requires removing the body fluids and all of the internal organs from the body, including the brain. While Prof. Golia’s ‘treatment’ of the body was supposed to temporarily stop the degeneration process, it was never meant to preserve the body forever. This treatment cannot explain the present incorrupt state of Pope John XXII.
Pope John XXIII had many famous quotes, such as: "Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age." "I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart." "See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little."