Pope John XXIII died on June 3, 1963 from stomach cancer. He was born in northern Italy to parents who were from a long line of farmers who were also deeply faith-filled. He was sometimes called the Peasant Pope. The website from which the information above comes, also has recipes for favorite recipes related to the stories included. Check it out here.
Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli studied at the Pontifical Roman Seminary and was ordained on August 10, 1904 e served in the medical corps and as a chaplain during World War I. "As pope he stressed his own pastoral duties as well as those of other bishops and clergy. Promoted social reforms for workers, poor people, orphans, and the outcast. He advanced cooperation with other faiths and traditions including Protestant, Greek Orthodox, Church of England, and even Shinto. In April 1959 he forbade Catholics to vote for parties supporting Communism. His encyclical,Mater et Magistra of 14 July 1961 advocated social reform, assistance to underdeveloped countries, a living wage for all workers, and support for socialist measures that promised real benefit to society." See our source here. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in September 2000.