June 2, 2011. (Romereports.com)
June 3, 1963 saw the passing of one of the most influential popes in recent history. John XXIII is the pope who created the Second Vatican Council. The council was different from others, in the sense that it presented itself as more pastoral than doctrinal.
The late pope also created a department within the Vatican to improve the relationship among different Christian denominations. It was a move that quickly improved the relationship between Catholics and other Christians.
John XXIII is also remembered for the role he played during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He publically denounced the violence and pleaded with world leaders to promote peace.
In 1881, Pope John XXII was born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli in a small country near Bergamo, Italy. He only served as pontiff for five years but the changes he made in the Church are still seen to this day.