The man who would be Pope John XXIII was born in the small village of Sotto il Monte in Italy, on November 25, 1881. He was the fourth of fourteen children born to poor parents who made their living by sharecropping. Named Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, the baby would eventually become one of the most influential popes in recent history, changing the Church forever. Roncalli’s career within the Church began in 1904 when he graduated from university with a doctorate in theology. He was ordained a … Excellent content provided by https://www.catholic.org/.