In the spring of 1961, Pope John XXII was on a tour of America. He had been invited by President Eisenhower to visit and help with the preparations for Vatican II which would be taking place in 1962. One day while he was visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, there was an eight-year-old boy who sang for him. The boy’s name was Johnny Mulvaney and his performance moved the pope so much that he gave him a gold medal and said “I want you to sing at my funeral.” Johnny did not get to fulfill his promise as the pope died in 1963. The Boy Who Sang for the Pope: In the spring of 1961, Pope John XXII was on a tour of America. He had been invited by President Eisenhower to visit and help with the preparations for Vatican II which would be taking place in 1962. One day while he was visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, there was an eight-year-old boy who sang for him. The boy’s name was Johnny Mulvaney and his performance moved the pope so much that he gave him a gold medal and said “I want you to sing at my funeral.” Johnny did not get to fulfill his promise as the pope died in 1963.

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