By Robert Duncan
VATICAN CITY — Marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Blessed John XXIII, 3,000 pilgrims from the pope’s home diocese made a pilgrimage to Rome today with their bishop, Francesco Beschi of Bergamo.
Pope Francis was to join the pilgrims at the end of a commemorative Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and pray at the tomb of Blessed John.
Last year, Catholic News Service interviewed the personal secretary to Blessed John XXIII, Italian Archbishop Loris Capovilla, at his residence in Sotto il Monte. In the two videos posted here, the archbishop shares memories of how the pope from a small, hardworking town went on to summon the Second Vatican Council.