Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pope John XIII Olympic Medal

Image Courtesy of Jencius Coins

The 1960 Summer Olympics were held in Rome, Italy, and Pope John XXIII issued an extraordinary medal in honor of the Olympics. Pope John has always been known as the Pope of Peace and he underscored the importance of the Olympics in bringing countries together. Tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States were very high, and technologies capable of delivering high megaton nuclear fusion bombs from one side of the world were effectively operational.

Pope John's humble wide-brimmed hat, one that could be worn outside on walks or in the sun, contrasts the Papal tiaras of Pius XII and previous Popes.

The latin phrase on the reverse means "Obedience and Peace." In Pope John's autobiography "Journey of a Soul," these themes occur across every decade of his life. The fill meaning of "obedience" to Pope John meant peaceful acceptance of God's will in his life. We continue to remember him and admire him for the serenity he brought to an on-the-brink-of-war world in 1960.

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