He had quite a sense of humor:
- Blueprints were being drawn for a new building on Vatican grounds. The architect prepared the blueprints carefully and submitted them to Pope John XXIII, who looked them over and wrote in one of the margins: “Non sumus angeli,” which means, “We are not angels.” No one quite knew what he meant by this until someone noticed that there were no bathrooms in the blueprints. Ha!
- A reporter asked the Pope about how many people worked in the Vatican. He replied: “About half of them.”
- Pope John XXIII’s predecessor was Pope Pius XII, born Eugenio Pacelli. The first time Pope John XXIII was carried on the papal throne, he asked: “How much did Pacelli weigh? From now on, your salary is doubled.”