(Agence France-Presse) Pope John XXIII, who will be canonized on Sunday, was “the best pope in history for the Jewish people,” says one of the founders of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.

John XXIII, who will be made a saint along with John Paul II at the Vatican, is credited with saving thousands of Jews during the Holocaust and opening the door to Judeo-Christian dialogue, Baruch Tenembaum told AFP in an interview at the Foundation’s New York headquarters.

The Italian-born John XXIII, whose given name was Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, “did such extraordinary things. I’m delighted that he is becoming a saint, even if—as a Jew—beatification doesn’t affect me.”

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