"I do not support the current Pope. He does not at all fit my concept of a good, authoritarian Pope"

Pope John XXIII held office from October 1958 until his death in June 1963. Born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, he had become Patriarch of Venice in 1953. His election as Pope seems to have been a surprise even to himself, as he had arrived at the papal conclave that followed the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958 clutching a return train ticket to Venice. His pursuit of wider ties with other faiths and his emphasis on ecumenism marked him out as more progressive than his traditionalist predecessor who had reigned for over 19 years.