File - In this photo taken on Nov. 4 1958, Pope John XXIII, just after being crowned pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, raises his hand in blessing at the Vatican, Nov. 4, 1958. (AP Photo)
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Pope John XXIII, who was proclaimed a saint with John Paul II Sunday, surprised many by leading the Catholic Church to more open relations with the world.Within three months after being elected, John announced preparations for the Second Vatican Council, a global gathering of Catholic bishops, which opened in October 1962 and proved to be revolutionary.On a more personal level, John XXIII had a healthy sense of humor.Pope John was beatified in August 2000, based on the healing of an Italian nun, sister Caterina Capitani, which was declared a miracle after a medical commission determined there was no scientific explanation for the event.He was beatified by then Pope John Paul II, who pursued John's outreach to Jews with a historic visit to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem in March 2000 .
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